2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Fast Facts & Photos
Launched for 2008, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 was the Noale-based company’s entrance into the supermotard world. The bike lasted through 2015, and only its older sibling—the Dorsoduro 1200—was offered in 2016.
But the mid-weight supermoto returns for 2017, now bigger and more powerful. Meet the Aprilia Dorsoduro 900, a direct competitor to the Ducati Hypermotard 939. As we await for a First Ride, here are the Ultimate Motorcycling Fast Facts to keep you informed on what’s new.
1. The Aprilia Dorsoduro’s 90-degree V-Twin powerplant grows from 750 to 900cc. This was achieved by increasing the stroke from 56.4 to 67.4mm, while leaving the bore unchanged at 92mm. Aprilia claims 95 horsepower @ 8750 rpm (though it claimed 92 for the 750 model), and 60 ft/lbs of torque @ 4500 rpm. Aprilia also claims a flatter torque curve.
2. The Dorsoduro 900 arrives with three riding modes: Sport, Touring and Rain. This updates arrives with a new Ride-by-Wire system that’s completely built into the throttle grip, and saves over 1 lbs. of weight (Aprilia didn’t offer total weight).
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3. Further electronic upgrades include traction control and ABS. The Dorsoduro arrives with a three-level traction control system, and a two-channel Continental ABS system that can be disabled.
4. The Dorsoduro 900 is upgraded with new color TFT digital instrumentation. The 4.3-inch screen also can be upgraded with Aprilia’s multimedia platform, which connects to a smartphone and displays incoming information such as calls directly on the screen.
5. The trellis frame remains the same as the Dorsoduro 750. Aprilia’s Dorsoduro’s frame (part steel trellis combined with aluminum on the sides) has continually impressed, so why change it? The aluminum swingarm also returns.
6. The Dorsoduro arrives with a new 41mm Kayaba upside-down fork that provides 6.3 inches of travel. The forks also shave one lb. The rear suspension features an adjustable hydraulic shock absorber that also provides 6.3 inches of travel.
7. The Dorsoduro 900 rolls on new three-spoke wheels. Besides looking the part, they also help shave a further 4.4 lbs.
8. Braking duties are handled by dual 320mm discs up front. These are squeezed by four-piston radial-mounted calipers. A single 240mm disc out back is squeezed by a single-piston caliper.
9. Supermotard means tall seat, and the Dorsoduro is no different. The 2017 Dorsoduro is 34.2 inches tall.
10. The Dorsoduro 900 is priced at $10,299 (MSRP). This is nearly $2,000 cheaper than the base Ducati Hypermotard 939.
11. Aprilia offers one color choice for the 2017 Dorsoduro 900—black with a red frame.
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