Wednesday, August 10, 2011


APRILIA SMV 750 Dorsoduro claims to set new standards for a road-going supermoto. And with four world supermoto titles Aprilia should know how to build one.

While many manufacturers fall into the trap of claiming their bikes are uncompromising yet utterly versatile and suited to all types of rider, Aprilia has gone the other way. They seem to be saying, we built this bike to be the best at what it's designed to do, and as a consequence don't expect it to do all this other stuff. I sort of believe them.

The SMV 750 Dorsoduro is Aprilia's new, road-going supermoto. In one sense, it looks a bit like their existing Shiver model, and indeed it shares some components. It's powered by a 750cc, 90°, V-twin motor, producing 92hp (as opposed to the Shiver's 95hp), runs a second-generation version of their ride-by-wire throttle system and takes all its design cues from a supermoto rather than a naked street-bike.

Engine V Twin
Piston Displacement 749.9cc
Bore and Spoke 92mm X 56.4mm
Induction Fuel Injected
Compression Ratio 11:01
Ignition Electric
Cooling Liquid

Frame Aluminum / Steel
Front Suspension Inverted Fork
Rear Suspension Twin Sided Swing Arm
Read Suspension Adjust Yes
Brakes Dual Hydraulic Disc / Hydraulic Disc
Front Tires 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tires 180/55 ZR17
Front Suspension Travel 6.3mm

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