A direct competitor to the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO, the 2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 features an 1197cc V-Twin, the highest-displacement model to date.
Aprilia claims 130 horsepower at 8,700 rpm and 85 ft. lbs. at 7,200 rpm, but the output is actually higher, around 135 horsepower. Aprilia has achieved these performance gains through many technical advancements, including the reduction of friction loss and a new engine map.
Besides power upgrades, though, the 2012 Dorsoduro has many tech-savvy features, including linked traction control (three levels), ABS that can be disabled and three power modes – Sport, Touring and Rain.
The suspension setup on the 2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is from Sachs, and features a 43mm USD fork takes care of the front and a mono laterally mounted piggy-back that sits at the back. When playing, the Dorsoduro features 160mm travel up front and 155mm out back, which is enough for a maxi road motard.
The brake set up is a double four-pot radial Brembo on 320mm discs up front, and 240mm single disc at the rear with separate ABS channels. But luckily for those who enjoy motard riding, the ABS can be turned off.
Attached above is the official video for the 2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200. For a review of the new Dorsoduro, click here.