Driving report Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro


Driving report Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro

Driving report Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro

Easy game

Crisp design, playful handling, full power, good manners ?? Two-cylinder supermotos are in vogue for good reason. With the stylish Dorsoduro, Aprilia is now also playing in the drift industry.

Zack, a short jerk goes through the drive train, reports: "The clutch plates are in contact, the chain is pulling. Request for propulsion. Immediately." So the clutch is fully out, the gas on in return. Clack, clack, clack, slide down the aisles. It doesn’t matter if the speed drops to 2500 revs. Instead of hacking up bumpy from the speed basement, the V2 pushes cleanly, a few thousand tours later still behaves silky smooth, just pushes continuously forward. The good nursery surprises. A scrutinizing look at the instruments. No doubt, the logo printed on the dial confirms that it really is: the Dorsoduro, Aprilia’s new 750 supermoto.

After all, people in this industry know more extreme characters. For example a KTM 990 Supermoto with the eruptive burst of power of 121 PS or the Ducati Hypermotard, which is guided by a bitchy forehand, and the uncompromisingly sporty BMW Megamoto. The Dorsoduro goes in a different direction. Not only because with the 750 V2 it lacks at least a quarter of a liter of displacement on the luxury class drifters. After all, their technology is based on the naked SL 750 Shiver (MOTORRAD 18/2007) presented just under a year ago. But as the saying goes: It depends on what you make of it. And A.prilia knows what is important in this profession. After all, the men from Veneto have already won four Supermoto World Championship titles in the past few years with the SXV models, quasi racing bonsai editions of the Dorsoduro with 450 or 550 cm³ displacement.


The Italian also cuts a fine figure from the side.

The spirit of this Aprilia Supermoto dynasty also hovers over the SMV. From the front with an off-road touch with the fender on top and the lamp mask, to the narrow tank-seat combination, to the stylish aluminum swingarm, despite the identical composite frame and the hardly modified stainless steel silencer, which is skillfully integrated into the rear, reminds little of the Shiver. Although the technical differences are surprisingly narrow. In the Dorsoduro, for example, a twelve-liter tank (Shiver: 15 liters) nestles between the frame tubes, offering both Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock absorber 160 millimeters of travel (Shiver: 120 millimeters each). In addition, the 95 PS declared in the Shiver ?? in the MOTORRAD test only measured with 86 hp ?? Motor in favor of a fuller torque curve in the Dorsoduro with a nominal 92 HP modest. The MOTORRAD test will show whether all horses are in the stable in this case.

Be that as it may, other values ​​count on the winding and bumpy country roads in the mountainous hinterland of Rome: pulling power, handling, comfort, smooth running. With the already mentioned running culture, the Dorsoduro ?? whose model name is borrowed from a part of Venice? emphasized cultivated from the lowest speed cell, can either be effortlessly zapped through its six-speed gearbox on the short straights or cheered up to the speed limit of 10,000 rpm without complaining. Only a hint of the hard throttle response that caused the Shiver to spin at the apex of the curve is just a touch in sport mode. Sport mode? In addition to the electronically controlled throttle valve, the so-called ride-by-wire system, three different mappings can also be selected via electronics. The sport attitude is very direct. The touring version takes away some spontaneity from the unit, but noticeably smooths the load changes. A rain vote cuts the 90-degree V2 built in the Aprilia parent company Piaggio a good third of the performance. The choice remains ?? apart from the ultra-tame and impractical rain mode ?? a matter of personal preference.

Conclusion of the Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro


Like a line: handy and stable – the Dorsoduro impresses with its homogeneous chassis design.

The chassis design supports the uncomplicated appearance of the Aprilia. Instead of consciously putting weight on the front wheel in a supersport manner like some current fun bikes, the Dorsoduro remains noticeably more neutral and, in contrast to the supermoto racers who are constantly hungry for a forced pace, gives their riders a bit of self-determination. The Dorsoduro chassis even gets along splendidly with the Dunlop qualifier tires, which do not have the best reputation due to their stubbornness. The sporty, dresser seating position, a wonderfully adjustable front brake and the good suspension set-up complete the picture. Even bad potholes are lost in the course of the 16 centimeters of suspension travel. And only the heater fraction will want more compression damping against the rear that buckles when accelerating hard. Speaking of the rear. Passenger footrests are supplied as add-on parts, even textile panniers are available as original accessories.

Both of which could be used quite often in the Dorsoduro. Because so aggressive? and attractive ?? The new Aprilia looks styled, so conventionally it behaves at Eckenwetz on the country road. And that in a positive sense. Their unexcited, easily calculable driving behavior should convince less extremely oriented supermoto enthusiasts. Just like Aprilia’s well-known high-quality workmanship. Last but not least, the Italians stay on the carpet in terms of price for the Dorsoduro. On top of the almost 8800 euros that are called for the large drifter, a good three grand must be added to the other two-cylinder supermotos.

Technical data – Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro


Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 90-degree V-engine, crankshaft lying transversely, two overhead, toothed-wheel / chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, wet sump lubrication, injection, Ø 52 mm, regulated catalytic converter, alternator 450 W, battery 12 V / 10 Ah, hydraulically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox.
Bore x stroke 92.0 x 56.4 mm
Cubic capacity 750 cm³
Compression ratio 11.0: 1 rated power
67.3 kW (92 hp) at 8750 rpm
Max. Torque
82 Nm at 4500 rpm

landing gear

Steel tubular frame with screwed cast aluminum parts, upside-down fork, Ø 43 mm, adjustable spring base and rebound damping, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, spring strut, directly hinged, adjustable spring base and rebound damping, double disc brake at the front, Ø 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers, disc brake rear, Ø 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper.

Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 6.00 x 17

Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17

Dimensions + weights

Wheelbase 1505 mm, steering head angle 64.0 degrees, caster 108 mm, spring travel f / r 160/160 mm, seat height 870 mm, dry weight 186 kg, tank capacity 12.0 liters. Two-year guarantee
Colors red / black,
Silver / black, black
Price including additional costs 8758 euros

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