2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 First ImpressionsThu, 08 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0800
The upgrades include new Aprilia wheels that are said to be nearly 6 pounds lighter than previous models. This reduces unsprung weight, and I felt their effect during my test – the “new” Dorsoduro is more responsive than ever. A new front mudguard, a less-bulky exhaust heat shield and a new license-plate holder shaves an additional 300 grams.
The Dorso’s 1200cc V-Twin is also a little bit more powerful than before, although the reasons why aren’t revealed in the tech specs. The improved engine-management system allows for even smoother operation than before, but Sport mode is still very fierce, so Touring mode is preferred in most riding scenarios. The 2012 Dorsoduro 1200 is just as fun as before but now it handles better and responds better to throttle input. More in my full review.
2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 Review [Video]
2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 Review: First Impressions
By Tor Sagen
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