It's versatile, stylish and fun too ... give one a go?
SOMETIMES the obvious answer isn't always the right one. For some time now if you asked a biker what was the best all- rounder money could buy they'd probably plump for something like a Honda Crosstourer or a BMW R1200GS.
Both are very good bikes but just occasionally laurels get rested on. Coming in on their blind side is the bike we take a look at here, Aprilia's Dorsoduro 1200 Supermoto.
Trying to find something this bike does badly is no easy task.
Tall but narrow and lighter by 3kg than last year's model, with a beefy V-twin engine offering an extra 5bhp, the Aprilia offers the experienced biker an option that serves up fun as well as versatility. It's also a good deal more stylish than the Honda or the BMW could ever aspire to be. It's in there with a fighting chance.
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â What Does It Cost?
By today's standards the £10,130 price tag looks eminently reasonable when you consider what's on offer. Radial Brembo callipers, hydraulic clutch, ride-by-wire with three different engine maps and the matrix instrument panel with on-board computer are all elements setting the Dorsoduro apart from its rivals.
Most of all it is the bike's all-round capability compared to similarly priced but less versatile contenders that convinces you it's worth the money. That and its styling of course. Most supermotos can put a smile on your face when you raise your garage door in the morning but this is one that will have you grinning before you've even swung a leg over.
â How Does It Handle?
The only slight black mark in the Aprilia's arsenal is high speed cruising where the lack of a decently-sized screen sees much more than an hour become tiresome. At legal speeds it's not too bad – any faster for protracted periods and it's wearing. Everywhere else it's brilliant. It's hard to imagine a better big capacity town bike, the Aprilia's light clutch, rapid flickability and punchy acceleration seeing it able to get itself out of trouble. It's relatively narrow too, enabling you to thread between cars.
Trying to design the ultimate bike for British roads isn't an easy task. It has to handle all sorts of conditions, be mechanically tough yet able to take advantage of those times when the road opens up and it's time to put the power down. But above all it needs to be fun and affordable. The new Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 answers all these criteria. Give Fowlers a call on 0117 977 0466 and give one a try. You might be surprised.