• Oct 8, 2007
Considering the mix of comments that we received when we covered Honda's new DN-01, we decided to show our readers that Honda is not the only manufacturer bringing the automatic transmission to the motorcycle. Aprilia debuted its 850 Mana last year, and the bike has since gone into production. Hopefully, the Mana will make it across the pond and into American dealers too, because there are a lot of reasons to like the new Aprilia.

The most obvious innovation is the automatic transmission, which uses a CVT design similar to what is available on Aprilia's own line of scooters, and even a few cars. Continuously variable transmissions have pulleys inside that can change diameter and thereby change the ratio. All of this happens automatically, unless the rider uses the buttons on the handlebars or the foot operated gearchange lever in its normal location off the left footpeg. Although Aprilia is known for making sportbikes featuring V-Twin engines, the 90-degree twin inside the Mana's steel trellis frame is the first streetbike engine designed in-house by Aprilia itself. Expect more bikes from Aprilia using variations of this engine. The fuel tank has also been moved under the seat, leaving a storage container where the tank would normally sit. That storage area is large enough for a helmet, making this an excellent commuter bike.

So, is the Mana just the gift from heaven that you were waiting for? Let us know what you think in the comments!

[Source: Aprilia]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I bought a CF Moto V5 auto trans. last year. I paid about 3200 bucks, it gets 75 mpg, and I have gotten it to 72 MPH. It has good pickup from a stop, has a low seat height, and large comfortable foot pedals. I researched a lot before buying it, and if you are interested in a comfortable, easy to manuever cycle at a good price, check it out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I picked up a QLINK Sapero CVT about a year ago from these guys http://www.cbxmanmotorcycles.com/QLINK-Sport-Motorcycles-And-Street-Bikes.aspx. it's a solid bike, dealer is a great as well, a fun bunch to talk too... I'm planning a trip up the turnpike to see them this summer
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anything that gets more people onto two wheels, improves their awareness, and maybe they won't drive so badly in their SUVs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Italians make all sorts of sweet stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      keep those moto posts comin.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I plan on buying the 850 Mana when it gets to the USA. However, I do agree with some of the other posters; they should have built the bike with the Piaggio 500 engine and made the seat height 27-inches (rather than 31.5). A bike with those specifications would appeal more to your average commuter, beginner, and woman rider.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with the seat height comments. 31.5 puts most on their tip toes. My BV250 is 30.9, and none of my friends are really tall enough to feel comfortorable on it. I will definitely check this one out.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I totally agree...if it were half the size, I would seriously consider it (if my budget agrees of course). I'd really like to have a good commuter bike.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Apples to oranges when you're talking about a 3000 lb car vs a 350 lb motorcycle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes. God designed, engineered, and built this. Or maybe not.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the only thing that's very useful is the helmet storage. As a comutter bike I'd rather get the yamaha r125 when it comes to canada, looks sweet, should be around 70mpg and hopefully no more then $3500
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Mana 850 is a tremendous bike. I have owned many motorcycles (currently have a BMW R1150%, 3 Harleys, 2 Piaggio scooters and the Mana) and, all around, this is the most versatile and fun street bike I have ever ridden. A great design, well executed in every regard.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am so happy to see you guys really showing alot of love to the 2-wheelers recently, although I'd still love to see a more cycle-centric blog, or one more powertoy related....

      Anyways, I don't know if I'd call this anything close to a religious gift for m/cyclists. I think it's more of a godsend for those scooterists who want to step up into a real M/C. I'd also go so far as to call this a great initiative towards a more gender neutral 2-wheel community. It sure would be nice to have other women at the AMA, MotoGP and WSBK events other than just the umbrella girls. It's gettin' to be quite a pickle party...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because we all know, women don't know how to shift...

      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the commuter bike I've been looking for... basically a moped that doesn't look goofy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, a moped that has an engine 17 times larger than a normal moped.

        As for it being a commuter bike? It's only gonna get 40mpg or so. Has storage for a helmet, but not much more.

        Has Aprilla released matinence intervals yet?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Great job...I am sure that I am one of many who will finally have a chance to ride a motorcycle...who cares if it's automatic or manual...it's a freakin' machine on 2 wheels...All that matters is if you look cool in it.
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