Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
Also called Dorsoduro 1200 ABS, Dorsoduro 1200 ATC ABS, SMV1200
Production 2011 - 2017 [1]
Class Supermotard
v2, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 106.0mm x 67.8mm
Compression ratio 12:1
Top Speed 143 mph (230.2 km/h)
Horsepower 127.26 HP (94.9 KW) @ 8500RPM
Torque 84.82 ft/lbs (115.0 Nm) @ 6500RPM
Ignition digital electronic, integrated in the fuel injection system.
Spark Plug NGK CR8EKB `11-13 [2]
Battery YUASA YTX14-BS '11-13 [2]
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: multiplate wet clutch, hydraulically operated
Suspension Front: sachs upside-down front fork with fully adjustable compression and rebound damping and spring preload. wheel travel 167 mm.
Rear: aluminum alloy swingarm sachs hydraulic shock absorber with adjustable rebound and preload.
Brakes Front: double disc. bremo. abs.
Rear: single disc. bremo. abs.
Front Tire 120/70-zr17 '11-13 [2]
Rear Tire 180/55-zr17 '11-13 [2]
Wheelbase 61.61 inches (1565 mm)
Length 88.5 inches (2248 mm)
Width 36.42 inches (925 mm)
Height 47.44 inches (1205 mm)
Seat Height 34.25 inches (870 mm)
Weight 467.38 pounds (212.0 Kg) (dry),
Fuel Capacity 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 5.9 L/100 km / 17.0 km/l / 40 US mpg
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The Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 was a v2, four-stroke Supermotard motorcycle produced by Aprilia between 2011 and 2015. Max torque was 84.82 ft/lbs (115.0 Nm) @ 6500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 127.26 HP (94.9 KW) @ 8500 RPM.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a liquid cooled v2, four-stroke. A 106.0mm bore x 67.8mm stroke result in a displacement of just 1197.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a double overhead cams/twin cam (DOHC).

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 6-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the multiplate wet clutch, hydraulically operated.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 120/70-zr17 front tire and a 190/55-zr17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via double disc. bremo. abs. in the front and a single disc. bremo. abs. in the rear. The front suspension was a sachs upside-down front fork with fully adjustable compression and rebound damping and spring preload. wheel travel 167 mm. while the rear was equipped with a aluminum alloy swingarm sachs hydraulic shock absorber with adjustable rebound and preload.. The Dorsoduro 1200 was fitted with a 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 467.38 pounds (212.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 61.61 inches (1565 mm) long.

2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200[edit | edit source]

Zero compromises and full-on brawn for this bold supermotard: the 2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is a bike for those who are capable of handling a 1.2-liter class machine and make the most out of its agility and power. Savage yet fairly easy to learn, the Dorsoduro 1200 can be a partner for daily riding to work, and a thrilling machine for weekend getaways. Add in some optional saddlebags and the bike is good for overnight trips, too.

The new engine for this model year sports DOHC architecture, triple mappings, ride by wire and adapts to multiple riding styles. Add in Brembo racing-grade brakes, ABS and traction control for even more safe fun.

2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200[edit | edit source]

If there's one thing better than a big, powerful supermotard, it must be a bigger and even more powerful supermoto machine. At leats that's what Aprilia must have thought when they decided to create the 2011 version of the Dorsoduro 1200. Sporting the same ultra-aggresive design cues and awesome, compact looks, the 2011 Dorsoduro 1200 is not a toy for the faint of heart: 130 hp and 115 Nm are specs to be reckoned with in the hands of a skilled rider.

And with adjustable suspensions, Brembo brakes, ABS and a traction control system designed for this very bike and its savage nature, the 2011 Dorsoduro 1200 is definitely one scary road monster for those willing to take a daring step on the extreme side of biking.

2013 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200[edit | edit source]

If you plan to someday become the king of the streets, you need a horse. Or a bike. And if you go for the latter, why not throw a leg over the 2012 Aprila Dorsoduro 1200, a hot machine like no other? Powerful and nimble, dripping with asphalt aggression and boasting exceptional steering, this supermotard takes things ta the really wild side.

While middleweight supermoto machines are already evil, try to imagine the fury you can unleash from this 1197cc v-twin! Ready to take on any road and any track, the 2012 Dorsoduro 1200is definitely not a toy for beginners or the faint of heart. In fact if you aim for the king of the street title, boldness should be your middle name!

2011 - 2013 Aprilia 1200 DORSDURO[edit | edit source]

This Italian-made street bike represents the extreme in terms of performance courtesy of its liquid-cooled, 1197cc V-Twin engine, hybrid steel/aluminum chassis and racing brakes.

Overview[edit | edit source]

NO COMPROMISES FOR A BIKE WITH NOTHING BUT PURE FUN IN ITS SIGHTS EXPLOSIVELY POWERFUL, EXTREMELY AGILE AND PERFORMANCE-FOCUSED, THIS EXCLUSIVE TWIN-CYLINDER MOTARD HAS BEEN CREATED TO SATISFY EVEN THE MOST DISCERNING OF RIDERS WHO DEMAND THE BEST IN A BIKE. With 277 GP wins, Aprilia is the most successful racing brand in the history of the Motorcycle GP World Championship. On September 26, 2010, Max Biaggi secured the world SBK riders' championship in the saddle of his RSV4 with still a round to go before the end of the season. The following weekend at Magny Cours - the last round in the season - Aprilia also clinched the world constructors' championship, winning both races and racking up the 45th world title in the brand's history. Building on unique expertise and skills gathered in the world of racing, Aprilia continues to evolve its large-capacity, high-performance range. Dorsoduro 1200 is a heady cocktail of power, agility and precision -which is synonymous with pure fun in a motorcycle. Extreme, powerful and exhilarating like nothing else in its class, the new Dorsoduro 1200 simply represents the best that a maximotard has to offer a rider in terms of performance, precision and excitement.

A new record-breaking twin cylinder engine in a light and nimble chassis. With its sleek forms, broad handlebars, superb attention to detail and premium componentry, this motorcycle represents the zenith of the twin-cylinder maximotard class. Dorsoduro 1200 is an explosive cocktail of horsepower, agility and precision. An extreme bike that takes the concept of fun riding - introduced by the Dorsoduro 750 and enjoyed by countless riders around the world - to the next level. Dorsoduro 1200 is the new benchmark in the maxi motard class. Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is a bike that multiplies the basic concepts of the Motard to the nth power to satisfy even the most demanding riders - riders who accept no compromise in their pursuit of the best.

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 combines power and agility, sportiness and essentiality, bringing together the best aspects of the street sports bike and Supermoto genres. The result is the distilled essence of performance and technology, to reward the rider with unparalleled riding pleasure and fun. This is a unique, special and elite bike, which complements the skills of the rider and takes them to extraordinary new levels. With the perfect riding position for total control, a powerful 130 hp engine and an incredibly nimble, class-beating chassis in true Aprilia tradition, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is the kind of bike that just begs you to twist open the throttle. A bike that is unbeatable in the bends - like all Dorsoduros - that also offers the high power performance of a genuine sports machine.

Superlative mechanicals and perfection in terms of chassis design are the hallmarks of all Aprilia machines, and the same is naturally true of the Dorsoduro 1200 which, in addition, also boasts extremely sporty and sophisticated looks, outstanding new levels of finish and trim, and levels of agility and smoothness never experienced before on a twin this size. Powerful, agile and smooth, the Dorsoduro 1200 is powered by the all-new latest generation twin-cylinder engine, with the most advanced technology in the segment. The boisterous 90° V2 unleashes 130 hp of record-breaking power. True to Aprilia tradition, the chassis layout is simply without par in its class.

With essential lines oozing pure personality, the unmistakeable design of the new Dorsoduro 1200 makes it stand out in any crowd. The finish and trim set new standards for exclusiveness, with details such as the painted tail fairing, the two-tone frame and the dual exhaust with black heat shields. The wind deflector and hand guards offer enhanced wind protection on a bike that is not just nimble in the bends, but is also capable of significant speed. Naturally, the Dorsoduro boasts class-beating technical solutions, too. 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 also available with ABS and Aprilia Traction Control (ATC), for total fun in total safety.

The unique characteristics of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 in detail: • New 90° V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshaft, liquid cooling and twin spark ignition; • Triple map Ride by Wire technology (with Sport, Touring and Rain maps) • Electronic fuel injection; • Mixed gear/chain valve timing system; • Exhaust system with three-way catalytic converter and oxygen sensor; • Ultralight modular frame made from tubular steel trellis/aluminum castings offering outstanding torsional stiffness; • Aluminum saddle mount; • Aluminum swingarm with lateral shock absorber; • Fully adjustable 43 mm upside-down front fork and piggy-back design rear monoshock; • Brembo racing brake system with radial calipers.

DESIGN Dorsoduro 1200 is a radical, outrageously agile and sporty bike. It makes no concessions whatsoever for ornamentation or for anything not directly functional in achieving total performance and riding pleasure. This is why all body parts are cut down to the bare minimum; just like a proper race machine, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 eliminates anything that is of no use to the rider. No frills, for a bike that prefers to put its superlative mechanicals and componentry on show instead. Every detail is minimalised and focused on pure function, such as the all-new hand guards and the motard-style race number panel, which also offers wind protection at higher speeds. These elements complement the pure design of the Dorsoduro 1200 perfectly, with an outstanding attention to detail evident in features such as the two-tone paintwork of the frame, the tail fairing color-coded with the rest of the body elements and the new dual exhaust with black heat shields. Even the 15 litre fuel tank is perfectly integrated into the sleek forms of the Dorsoduro 1200. Dorsoduro 1200 a bike with the soul of a pure motard racer. The ultra-narrow mid section of the bike - the area that interacts most with the movements of the rider's body when riding hard - emphasises the extreme compactness of the bike itself. The rider becomes an integral part of the machine and can move freely in the slender and perfectly straight saddle to dominate the brutal power of the engine in all situations. None of the typical acrobatics of the motard style are beyond the reach of this bike. THE 1200 cc V90 ENGINE: THE STATE OF THE ART IN TWIN CYLINDER TECHNOLOGY The Aprilia V90 is a completely new design. It is a modern, technologically advanced unit with a highly oversquare cylinder geometry for a markedly sporty temperament and smooth power delivery. Every internal element of the Dorsoduro 1200 has been designed to optimise power delivery and make full use of the incredible 130 hp unleashed by the engine at 8700 rpm. Every single detail is conceived to complement the outrageously acrobatic character of the bike. The main characteristics of this ultra-sophisticated engine are as follows: • 90° V-twin architecture; • Triple map Ride by Wire technology (with Sport, Touring and Rain maps) • Highly oversquare bore/stroke ratio; • Offset cylinders for maximum lateral compactness; • Four valves per cylinder; • Double overhead camshafts driven by a mixed chain/gear valve timing system; • Twin spark ignition for smooth but full-bore power delivery; • Electronic fuel injection with dual throttle bodies; • Stick-coils integrated in spark plug boots; • Three-way catalytic converter with oxygen sensor; • Hydraulically operated clutch.

The latest generation injection system uses micro-nebuliser injectors. In conjunction with optimized fluid dynamics, this solution ensures ideal combustion, for an engine that is not only powerful but also extremely clean. Twin spark ignition also contributes to cleaner emissions, as well as ensuring totally smooth power delivery. With sophisticated electronic engine management, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is the new benchmark for technology and performance in its class. Aprilia was the first manufacturer to believe in the potential of Ride by Wire, a highly sophisticated technology that helps the rider extract every ounce of performance from the motorcycle. The electronic throttle management system used in the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 represents the current state of the art. Even more precise and sophisticated maps ensure optimized engine management, keeping the engine in the perfect conditions to deliver maximum acceleration at all times for a riding experience unlike anything you've ever seen before. This solution also ensures smoother, fuller power delivery at low and medium engine speeds, for optimized engine efficiency even in low load, partial throttle conditions. With its triple maps (Rain, Touring and Sport), the bike has three distinct personalities that the rider can choose from at any time to suit every possible condition and preference. Simply close the throttle and press a button to choose the desired setting. SPORT: extreme, for when you want to put yourself to the test with immediate and direct explosive power. TOURING: smooth, for making full use of the shattering power of the 1200 cc engine in all conditions. RAIN: balanced, with power reigned in to 100 hp for maximum fun even in poor grip or wet conditions. With its state-of-art technology, the Aprilia V90 unleashes class-beating levels of power. No other maxi motard comes close to the performance of the Dorsoduro 1200: with 130 hp at 8,700 rpm and a maximum torque of 115 Nm at 7,200 rpm, this engine sets new records for the motard genre. To further emphasise the performance of the engine, a new 2-into-1-into-2 exhaust system has been designed specifically for the bike. Made entirely from stainless steel, the generous internal volume of the system ensures a spine-tingling and distinctive sound.

THE FRAME: FEATHER-LIGHT BUT ULTRA-STIFF Aprilia bikes have always been considered as the benchmark for chassis excellence by those in the know. And true to tradition, Dorsoduro 1200 is one of the most effective, best balanced bikes in its class. While tailored for total riding fun, as with all Aprilia bikes, the chassis layout of the Dorsoduro also earns respect for its formidable dynamic balance. With the Dorsoduro, extreme agility does mean a nervous temperament, and its highly effective chassis layout ensures total precision and a sensation of being directly connected to the front wheel. And this is something that can only be said of very few motards out they. The mixed frame design, constructed with a sturdy tubular steel trellis mated to lateral aluminum plates, is highly acclaimed by both enthusiasts and experts alike, while the aluminum saddle mount contributes to lightening the bike. The product of Aprilia's experience in the world Supermoto championship, the frame offers perfect balance in terms of stiffness to deliver supreme handling, even with the explosive power of the new 1200 cc V90. The lateral and steeply raked position of the rear shock absorber is a precise engineering choice, determined after testing numerous different configurations. This solution frees up precious space for the generously sized exhaust headers, which are needed to fully exploit the potential of the 1200 cc engine. This made it possible to optimise the layout of the exhaust system without adding unnecessarily to the length of the bike, while also protecting the shock absorber - a vital component in its own right - from high temperatures. SUSPENSION: PERFORMANCE UNDER CONTROL The suspension of the Dorsoduro 1200 has been designed to fully exploit the incredible performance of the engine and offer the best solutions that anyone could ever desire in an extreme motard. The 43 mm Sachs upside-down fork with shell-cast caliper brackets features adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. In addition to permitting total adjustability, this extremely sophisticated component offers class-beating progressiveness and a full 160 mm of wheel travel, in perfect keeping with the supermoto riding style. The side-mounted Sachs gas shock absorber with separate canister is pivoted directly onto the swingarm in a cantilever configuration and features adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. A component allowing experienced riders to explore the full potential of the bike's performance, even on the track. The rear wheel stroke is 155mm, again in line with the supermoto philosophy that aims for an effective, controlled suspension but with a long stroke. BRAKES: RACING TECHNOLOGY - ALSO AVAILABLE WITH ABS The Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 adopts the state of the art in brake technology: at the front are 4-piston radial Brembo callipers gripping 320 mm floating discs. The 240 mm rear disc is also braked by a Brembo caliper - in this case a single piston unit. Both the front and rear brake systems employ aeronautical grade metal braided hoses, which eliminate the undesirable pressure fluctuations of conventional hoses for maximum braking precision and truly class-beating stopping performance. Dorsoduro 1200 is also available with a two-channel ABS system, which can be deactivated by the user directly from the instrument panel. This ABS system is specifically calibrated to let the rider fully exploit the power of the brakes and the grip of the tires in the dry, so as not to detract from the immense fun of this bike. The Dorsoduro 1200 is also the only maxi-motard available today with Aprilia Traction Control (ATC): an exclusive traction control system working in conjunction with the sophisticated ABS system, which allows the rider to make full use of the performance of the exuberant 1200 cc engine, to tackle even the most challenging terrain and most difficult conditions in safety. When active, the system offers three different selectable traction control levels. - Level 1: for an extreme riding experience and maximum fun and adrenaline, when curbing the incredible power of the engine is the last thing on your mind. - Level 2: for total control in all terrain conditions and maximum thrill factor. - Level 3: ideal for tackling challenging conditions, such as slippery roads where grip is poor. COMPONENTRY: TOP OF THE CLASS Motards are by definition essential or even spartan. This, however, does not mean having to do without class-beating premium content. Aprilia moves the bar even higher for its rivals with top class features and components. The following list contains only the main features offered: - Matrix instrument panel: the mixed digital-analogue instrument panel receives information via the CAN line and, with its own dedicated event log memory, is an integral part of the self-diagnostic system. The ultra-compact unit boasts a modern design and is extremely light. All functions are accessible from a control on the handlebar. The LED backlight - white for the analogue area and red for the digital display - has three different brightness settings. - The anodised aluminum tapered handlebar is an unequivocal reference to competition supermoto bikes. An incredibly light component, designed to guarantee top dynamic control of the bike. - Hydraulically operated clutch. Ensuring consistently precise engagement and exemplary smoothness, the clutch is self-adjusting and, as a result, maintenance-free.

Make Model Aprilia SMV 1200 Dorsoduro
Year 2011
Engine Type Four stroke, longitudinal 90°V twin, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder Twin Spark
Displacement 1197 cc / 73.0 cu-in
Bore X Stroke 106 x 67.8 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression 12.5:1
Induction Integrated engine management system. Injection with Ride by Wire technology control of the throttle bodies
Ignition Digital electronic, integrated with the injection, two spark plugs per cylinder
Starting Electric
Exhaust 2 into 1 exhaust system in 100% stainless steel with three-way catalytic converter and lambda probe
Clutch Multiple discs in oil bath, hydraulically operated
Max Power 96 kW / 130 hp @ 8700 rpm
Max Torque 115 Nm / 11.7 kgf-m / 84.8 lb-ft @ 7200 rpm
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Chain
Gear Ratio 1st 14:36 / 2nd 17:32 / 3rd 20:30 / 4th 22:28 / 5th 23:26 / 6th 24:25
Frame Modular tubular steel frame fastened to aluminum side plates by high strength bolts. Removable rear aluminum subframe
Front Suspension Ø43 mm Sachs upside-down front fork with fully adjustable compression and rebound damping and spring preload.
Front Wheel Travel 160 mm / 6.2 in
Rear Suspension Aluminum alloy swingarm Piggy-back design Sachs hydraulic shock absorber with fully adjustable compression and rebound damping and spring preload.
Rear Wheel Travel 155 mm / 6.1 in
Front Brakes 2 x Ø320 mm stainless steel floating discs. Radial calipers with four pistons
Rear Brakes Single Ø240 mm, single piston caliper, metal braided brake pipe
Wheels Aluminum alloy
Front Tire 120/70 -ZR17
Rear Tire 180/55 -ZR17
Dimensions Length 2216 mm / 8732 in Width 905 mm / 35.6 in handlebar Height 1185 mm / 46.6 in at instrument panel
Seat Height 870 mm / 34.2 in
Dry Weight 212 kg / 409 lbs
Fuel Capacity 12 Liters / 3.17 gal
Average Consumption 5.9 L/100 km / 17.0 km/l / 40 US mpg
Standing ¼ Mile 11.5 sec
Top Speed 230.2 km/h / 143 mph

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