THE APRILIA maxi supermoto adds further technical elements to meet the needs of more experienced riders. Even lighter and better equipped, even more stunning, even more “fun”, APRILIA Dorsoduro honours the “Factory” title by simply offering the best components to maximise enjoyment.
APRILIA DORSODURO FACTORY
The Aprilia Dorsoduro stirred up the maxi supermoto segment, but the Dorsoduro Factory goes further. A refined bike, even lighter and more efficient, whose mission is "fun". A real standard special, a concentration of performance and technology.
The word "Factory" is never used just by chance in Aprilia. In the language of the enthusiasts it refers to elite bikes fitted out with the best technology and made with the best materials. Light, agile, powerful, the Dorsoduro Factory doesn't belie its name; it's heart is the latest 750 dual cylinder and it boasts technical solutions unique for this segment. Thanks to the advanced electronic management, the compact Aprilia 90° V twin engine offers extremely high performance levels, similar to those of much bigger engines.
The chassis, as becomes the Aprilia tradition, is without rivals in this category. The Dorsoduro Factory exploits the technology that Aprilia has developed, dominating the Supermoto competitions with the incredible SXV that won 5 world championships between 2004 and 2008.
The chassis, with its tubular frame and aluminium structure, is one of the distinctive elements of the Dorsoduro Factory - a common thread that unites the highly specialised Aprilia racing models with the most exciting twin cylinder supermoto on the market.
With its essential design, characterised by the considerable use of carbon fibre for the top structure, Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory boasts components, technical fittings and trim features of the highest levels. Brembo 4-piston radial callipers, Wave discs, oil-bath hydraulic clutch, fully adjustable gas-operated single shock absorber with separate tank, a sophisticated multi-adjustable fork, Ride by Wire “Tri-Map” and Matrix instrument panel with on-board computer - these are the elements that help to make this bike unique.
The details of the special Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory features:
- Carbon fibre top structure (ducts, ignition unit cover, front mudguard);
- Special graphics with red chassis, black plate, exclusive saddle and black exhaust covers;
- 90° V2 engine, four valves, double overhead camshaft, liquid cooling;
- Second generation Ride by Wire “Tri-Map” technology;
- Modular tubular frame/aluminium chassis - ultralight and with excellent torsional rigidity;
- Aluminium swingarm with multi-adjustable gas-operated lateral shock absorber;
- Multi-adjustable 43mm upside down fork;
- Brembo front brake callipers with radial connection, combined with 320mm Wave discs.
The simple, elegant dress never veils but highlights the technical elements (chassis and engine) of the Dorsoduro Factory, turning the particularly aggressive aesthetics into one of its strong points. The new colours and carbon fibre top structure underline the sporty nature of a project that proudly shares the Factory name with the sportiest Aprilia bikes. Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory is incredibly sleek and agile, managing to create an immediate harmony with the rider. The long, flat saddle facilitates those rider movements typical of the supermoto; the Dorsoduro Factory backs up the rider at all times. The compact, curvy tail fairing also envelops the dual exhaust: a solution that not only creates a really aggressive design feel, but also excellent symmetry in the proportions and weight distribution. The hand guards, derived from the Supermoto SXV, display a sleek style and effectively protect the levers against any accidental contact.
The Aprilia 750 90° V twin engine represents the current state of the art for this type of motor drive. The electronic management is the cream of this engine, which uses a second generation Ride by Wire system equipped with triple mapping.
The three options - Sport, Touring and Rain - can be selected while actually riding, thanks to a gas closed command on the handlebar; they radically modify the character of the Dorsoduro Factory, offering an aggressive, immediate response in Sport mode, more gentle (ideal for tourism) in Touring mode, and extremely safe (even in conditions of poor road-holding) in Rain mode. Thanks to the electronic and mechanical technology used, the Aprilia dual cylinder reaches 92hp at 8,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 82 Nm at 4,500 rpm: values that put the Dorsoduro in direct competition with bikes of a much higher engine capacity.
There is also a special version of the Dorsoduro Factory for newly qualified riders, limited to 25 kW. The electronic throttle grip management system (Ride By Wire) avoids the need to reduce power delivery over the whole supply range (as happens on less advanced models), maintaining exactly the same delivery as for its full-power “sibling”, up to the maximum allowed level. In this way, the Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory offers an improved acceleration performance compared with the equivalent 25 kW versions of the competitors, ensuring non-stop riding pleasure.
Aprilia bikes have always been considered a point of reference for the excellence of their chassis. The Dorsoduro Factory certainly doesn't belie this tradition. On the contrary, its sophisticated suspension systems and racing brakes emphasise it, making it the most effective and well-balanced maxi supermoto on the market.
Everything about this bike has been designed to aid the rider during heavy handling. The agile, light chassis was designed with an eye to ergonomics, so the Dorsoduro Factory is perfect for any rider, allowing them all to take full advantage, in every situation, of the high limits of a real fun-to-ride bike.
The chassis exploits the most of the notable expertise acquired by Aprilia during competitions, fully drawing on the experience gained on the mixed structures used in the Supermoto world championship. The upper part, with its tubular steel frame, is joined to the large, aluminium side plates through special high-resistance bolts. The resulting structure is extremely rigid yet light - the best solution for curbing the pounding power of the Aprilia twin cylinder engine.
The lateral, strongly tilting position of the new gas-operated shock absorber leaves plenty of precious space to obtain the optimal conformation of the exhaust manifolds, without altering the length of the bike and without applying any thermal stress to the shock absorber itself. The aluminium swingarm is sized to support the asymmetric stress caused by the lateral positioning of the shock absorber. It was purposely conceived for a supermoto like the Aprilia Dorsoduro, and sums up the need for torsional rigidity and elasticity - elements essential for obtaining precise support and the right riding feeling in the transitory phases.
The suspension area of the Dorsoduro Factory is entirely new. The Sachs 43mm upside down fork with shell-cast brackets to support the radial callipers features adjustable spring preload and hydraulic brake rebound damping. It's a highly sophisticated element which, apart from offering endless adjustment possibilities, also ensures optimal smoothness and a travel (160mm) in line with the supermoto philosophy. Both steering plates are forged, and the upper one is also anodised to confirm the excellent level of the Dorsoduro trim features.
The new gas-operated lateral shock absorber with separate tank is directly pivoted to the swingarm, as per the cantilever layout, with adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. It's a highly sophisticated element which allows more experienced riders to reach top bike performance levels, even on the race track.
The rear wheel stroke is 160mm, again in line with the supermoto philosophy that aims for an effective, controlled suspension but with a long stroke.
The best of current braking technology can be found on the Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory: the front system uses the new Brembo 4 piston radial callipers. The 320mm floating “Wave” discs are really lightweight, ensuring shorter stopping times and emphasising the aggressive braking style with a supersports look, in keeping with the overall Dorsoduro appearance.
The 240mm rear disc is also of the “Wave” type and is braked via a single piston calliper. Both the front and rear systems use metal braided brake pipes derived from the aeronautical sector which eliminate the irritating "lung" effect of the conventional pipes, ensuring the maximum braking precision.
The supermoto bikes are essential, sometimes even spartan. But this doesn't mean you have to renounce top class contents or painstaking attention to detail. Also in this case, Aprilia stands out from its competitors with class-leading fittings:
- CARBON FIBRE TOP STRUCTURE: Like the best Aprilia Factory bikes, also the Dorsoduro makes great use of carbon fibre for both mudguards, the ducts and the key unit fairing. A choice that further underlines the bike's elegance.
- MATRIX INSTRUMENT PANEL: of the mixed type (analogue-digital), it receives all the information from the CAN line and becomes an integral part of the self-diagnosis system as it is fitted with memory.Particularly compact, with a modern design and considerably reduced weight. All the functions are commutable and easily accessed via a command on the handlebar. The LED lighting (white in the analogue area and red in the digital one) can be adjusted to three levels.
- BICONICAL SECTION ALUMINIUM HANDLEBARS: It brings quite clearly to mind those of the competitive superbikes. An incredibly light component, designed to guarantee top dynamic bike control.
- HYDRAULICALLY OPERATED CLUTCH: It allows precise braking every time, along with smooth exemplary command and handy self-adjustment (without the need for any maintenance).
Aprilia Dorsoduro has demonstrated a new way of interpreting the maxi supermoto bikes. A philosophy based on performance, design and versatility, that has fully met all the enthusiasts' expectations.
Also for 2010, Aprilia Dorsoduro is the benchmark for production supermoto bikes, joining the Dorsoduro Factory version to form a complete range of maxi supermoto bikes for every type of rider.
The Ride by Wire technology with triple mapping, the effective, precise suspension system, the perfect chassis: together they make up a bike that's above all exciting, capable of any acrobatics but also of satisfying riders of varying skill levels. These unique features hide the key to the success of the Aprilia Dorsoduro.
The 90° V twin-cylinder engine is now a point of reference for bikes of average engine capacity. Highly advanced solutions like the mixed chain/gear timing system, or the integral Ride by Wire system with triple mapping, make this engine a perfect blend of usability and performance.
The rider has “three bikes in one”: aggressive when using the Sport map, exuberant but manageable with the Touring map, or especially smooth with the Rain map (useful in conditions of poor road-holding). The 92HP reached at 8,750 rpm ensure a performance level equal to that of other bikes with a much greater engine capacity, with the added advantage of being able to choose the right power delivery at the right time.
Also available in the restricted 25 kW version, the Aprilia Dorsoduro is ideal for newly qualified riders as well. The entirely electronic management and Ride by Wire system avoid the need to reduce power delivery over the whole supply range, so the restricted Dorsoduro maintains exactly the same gas response characteristics as the full power version. An important factor that doesn't penalise riding pleasure compared with the “full power” model.
The chassis structure chosen for the Dorsoduro clearly echoes the one used in competitions, while the suspension is precise and smooth, with values optimised on the basis of the thousands of km travelled on both road and track. In any case, the shock absorber also offers the possibility to adjust the preload and hydraulic rebound, to fine tune the setting in relation to the specific needs of each individual rider.
The brakes are another jewel in the crown of the Dorsoduro, the front system with radial callipers and wave discs ensuring powerful, effective braking even in the hardest conditions, like for example on go-kart tracks (a typical use for these bikes).
The Aprilia Dorsoduro is also available with the latest generation ABS system. It's a 2-channel system, purposely designed for sporting use and therefore allowing you to take full advantage of the bike's potential, even when braking (but with optimal grip conditions).
Aprilia Dorsoduro shares a particularly rich selection of standard fittings with the Dorsoduro Factory, raising it above its direct competitors.
- MATRIX INSTRUMENT PANEL the mixed type (analogue/digital), it receives all the information from the CAN line and becomes an integral and crucial part of the self-diagnosis system as it is fitted with memory.Particularly compact, with a modern design and considerably reduced weight. All the functions are commutable and easily accessed through a command on the handlebar. The LED lighting (white in the analogue area and red in the digital one) can be adjusted to three levels.
- BICONICAL SECTION ALUMINIUM HANDLEBAR: It brings quite clearly to mind those of the competitive superbikes. An incredibly light component, designed to guarantee top dynamic control of the bike.
- HYDRAULICALLY OPERATED CLUTCH: it allows precise braking every time, along with smooth exemplary control and handy self-adjustment (without the need for any maintenance).