The Dorsoduro 1200 boasts class-beating technical solutions: radial Brembo callipers, hydraulic clutch, Ride by Wire with 3 different engine maps and the Matrix instrument panel with on board computer are all elements setting the Dorsoduro apart as a unique and exclusive project. The Dorsoduro is available with ABS and Aprilia Traction Control (ATC), to combine total fun with total safety.
The evolution of the Dorsoduro 1200 was particularly aimed at enhancing the agility of the bike in direction changes, all to the advantage of riding pleasure, to emphasise the unique performance concept of the Dorsoduro 1200: the most powerful and exhilarating maxi-motard available in the world today.
In order to achieve this result, a decisive change was made, adopting new three split spoke wheel rims, 2.3 kg lighter than the 5 spoke predecessors. In fact, the weight of the wheel rims is a fundamentally important element of the vehicle dynamics in virtue of the gyroscopic effect. The change allowed reduction of the polar moments of inertia by 15.4% on the front wheel and an astonishing 22.2% on the rear to facilitate direction changes and handling in curves and to make the ride easier and less tiring, as well as improving the acceleration phase coming out of turns.
This change meant a complete revamping of the bike's structure: the shock absorber and suspension yield were adapted to the new weight distribution with a setting that now favours agility in the mixture, reducing the overall height of the bike's centre of gravity.
The "total" electronic management (engine + vehicle) is by now a well known sign of Aprilia's supremacy and advancements in this area are never-ending. On the new Dorsoduro 1200 version some important changes in the ATC system (Aprilia Traction Control) were introduced: now the torque return in post wheelie phase is modulated based on the ATC level selected by the rider. This new feature allows greater delineation of the character to the ATC maps (from the higher performance one to the more conservative one).
There are also aesthetic innovations with two new colour schemes, intended to emphasise the sport and aggressive nature of the Dorsoduro 1200. The front mudguard is also new with an insert inspired by the racing world, as well as the new license plate bracket which was completely redesigned in the spirit of weight reduction.
The weight of the bike dropped about 3 Kg, approaching values very similar to that of its little sister, the Dorsoduro 750.