Proud to be naked
Some motorcycles are temptations. These bikes grab ahold of you and never let go, no matter how hard you try to get away.
Looks alone will pull you in, forcing you into deep thought of what could be. Dare swing a leg over one? Consider it a step into the dark side.
You’ll be thinking about this bike, until the urge to own one pushes you over the edge—despite however many times your significant other might tell you no.
But it’s these bikes that drive our passion for motorcycling. They’re usually the ones built for fun—hooliganism, if you will—and are aesthetically eye-catching. And almost always naked.
Enter the Aprilia Dorsoduro 900.
Totally Naked, Completely Legal
There’s nothing unlawful about a naked bike. Well, it depends on how you ride it.
Aprilia gave the Dorsoduro 900 a head-turning look by stripping it of any excess bodywork, and leaving it in minimalist clothing. The sleek shaping of the fuel tank proves the Aprilia’s aggression, while keeping its profile slender and giving the rider a leverage point to work with. A similar shape is carried on through the seat and into the tail section, which also houses a double exhaust system.
Out front, the vicious-looking front fender and number plate will tell others the Aprilia Dorsoduro means business. Oh, and the handguards give this a seriously racy feel. Let the green flag fall.
Worthy Engine Performance? The Dorsoduro Has It
Do your best to deny the capabilities of the Dorsoduro’s 900cc V-twin engine. A few power wheelies and pulls to redline rpm will stop you in your tracks.
The Dorsoduro 900 cranks out 95.2 horsepower at 8,750 rpm and 66.4 ft/lbs of torque at 6,500 rpm. Trust us; it’s worthy of a giggle and hair-raising top speeds.
So, what about managing the power? We fitted the Dorsoduro 900 with a top-shelf Marelli 7SM ECU and ride-by-wire electronic package, which is home to three selectable riding modes and a traction control feature.
The Dorsoduro has the ability to be tuned exactly to your liking. Nothing else. Electronic settings are accessed via a 4.3-inch TFT display.
Typical Aprilia Apex-Destroying Handling
In designing the Dorsoduro, we wanted to build it to be as potent as possible. No detail missed.
Housing the V-twin engine is a steel trellis frame, which is complemented by a fully-adjustable Kayaba fork for serious corner carving. No apexes will be missed on the Dosoduro, not one. A comfortable street weapon, and a totally capable track bike.
Bringing the Dorsoduro to a halt is a pair of four-piston brake calipers, which clamp to 320mm discs up front. Worried of too much power? The Aprilia comes equipped with a two-channel ABS system to ensure as much safety as possible.