• Dec 2nd 2008 at 8:58AM
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Click above for more shots of the Aprilia Mana X concept

Aprilia went out on a limb when it designed its brand-new Mana 850 by equipping the standard-style machine with a CVT shiftless transmission. The rest of the bike isn't quite as revolutionary, but interesting features such as a large storage unit big enough to house a helmet where the gas tank would normally sit and an electronic ride-by-wire system that features multiple throttle maps allow the bike to stand out as an excellent commuter. All of that technology, along with Aprilia's first in-house developed V-Twin engine, was most definitely expensive to develop, and parent-company Piaggio surely wants to recoup that money as quickly as possible.

Variations on the Mana's basic theme are to be expected, and the first one is the Mana X concept bike that comes from the EICMA show Milan. While the same basic chassis underpins the X, everything the rider touches has been tweaked or completely redesigned. It's tough to pigeonhole the X with one particular label, as its design seems influenced by dirt trackers, scramblers and supermotos. Whatever the case, it definitely looks like it would be a blast to ride.

[Source: Aprilia, Hell for Leather]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      awesome styling, but i hope it'll come with a standard transmission.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 2X
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree...CVT's are great for scooters where you might not be going as fast, but it would suck not to have engine braking, especially in situations where you might not have great traction.

        AWESOME concept though. Looks like a TW200 was raped by a Ducati Monster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks left over from the set of "The Road Warrior". Pretty cool though, but do the tires need to be that big???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe I am missing something, but it looks like the exhaust from the front cylinder comes down, loops around under the bike to the left-side muffler, and exhausts forward. That's weird.

      Other than that it looks neat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're right: It does look that way. Maybe to match exhaust lengths for both cylinders?

        Meanwhile, the cover on the rear cylinder's pipe doesn't look to be enough to prevent right-inner-thigh toastiness...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks cool and tough as nails. I hope they also offer a standard trans for us old-timey cog-swappers.
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