• Aug 9th 2010 at 5:31PM
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Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Rumors have swirled since the introduction of Aprilia's in-house developed 750cc V-twin engine back in 2007 (in the company's naked Shiver and supermoto-inspired Dorsoduro models) that a larger 1200cc version of the potent mill was in the offing. Well, it's been nearly four years since its introduction, and we still don't see a big-bore bike to go up against the likes of the Ducati Monster and Hypermotard.

However, it seems such a machine may finally be headed to a dealership near you. And interestingly enough, the news kinda sorta comes from Aprilia itself in the form of (what we assume to be) a mistakenly posted service manual for the upcoming bike. It appears that the new engine will sport higher compression in addition to the increased displacement, so we're expecting plenty of power from the ride-by-wire platform.

We should also see a suitably beefed-up chassis with slightly more relaxed steering geometry, longer wheelbase and fully adjustable Sachs suspension. Anti-lock brakes will be optional and can be fully turned off. All signs point to a November debut at the upcoming EICMA Show in Milan, and we wouldn't be surprised to see 1200cc versions of both the Dorsoduro and Shiver.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I had the same thoughts too, and look at the high performance street tires. This is a faux enduro bike.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its a SuperMoto or SuperMotard bike, not a faux enduro bike. Ducati calls their high displacement Motard the HyperMotard. Go to Youtube and search for supermoto so that you can understand what they are all about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Absolutely gorgeous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Any reason for the high front fender? Isn't it a little heavy to go in the dirt?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's the nicest supermotard ever. The new engine 1200cc 135 hp, will be limited to 120hp, to increase the torque.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you look you will see there is an actual front wheel mud guard that ride pretty close to the tire. The larger front fender hanging off the headlight assembly is, as IOMTT said, more for the supermoto look.

        I'm in love with the look of this bike. Especially that rear suspension assembly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably not going into the dirt with those tires. The fender is to get the look of a Supermoto bike. Should be a worthy competitor to the Ducati HyperMotard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You don't see competition for the Ducati Monster?!

      That's funny. Last I checked, my Shiver SL 750 was pushing within 5 hp of Ducati's 1100 Monster.
        • 5 Years Ago
        excuse me, the SAME 95 hp as the 1100 Monster, but 15 less lb-ft.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah no...The Shiver SL 750 does not make the same HP as a 1100 Monster but it kills the 696 Monster:

        Shiver SL 750
        76 bhp @ 9300 rpm and 45lb.-ft. @ 7600 rpm - on the dyno and 466 lbs.

        Ducati Monster 1100
        82 bhp @7500 and 66 lb - ft. @ 5750 rpm and 416lbs

        That being said the Shiver is $2.5 less expensive than the 1100 Monster and like I said it BLOWS away the comparability priced Monster 696 - its true rival bike and the bike it should be compared with. It is also arguably more comfortable than the Ducati (IMO).

        • 5 Years Ago
        I know, but thanks for posting dyno charts. It was kinda a mock argument, the reality is that they (IMHO) didn't need the bigger engine. The Aprilia was priced to compete with the lower Monster but gives the bigger Monster a run for it's money, numbers-wise.

        Especially with twins, the numbers of interest are the torque figures, which is an argument I can't make between displacement disparities.

        Like you mentioned, the Aprilia is almost a different "monster" altogether. It's a little heavier, a little more comfortable, and the hp and torque figures aren't direct competition to either of the Monster offerings.

        I love mine, and after being a member of the Ducatisti for years, don't regret not going with the Monster this time out. I still love Ducati, would love a stable full of them, but I'm really enjoying the Shiver.
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