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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 – The Worst Kept Secret


Note to manufacturers . . . if you are planning to surprise the world when you unveil a new model, don’t release the owners’ manual on the Internet months in advance.  Whether deliberately or not, Aprilia has allowed the owners’ manual for the as-yet-unreleased Dorsoduro 1200 to be published on the internet with all of the new model’s details (see the specs below).  The big v-twin brother to the Dorsoduro 750, will be plenty fast if power is anywhere near the claimed 134.5 bhp at 9500 rpm.  Compare this to the 92 bhp put out by the current 750 (which is no slouch) and you get the general idea.  This isn’t going to be your typical big twin.  Output is more like Ducati output.

With slightly more relaxed steering, the Dorsoduro 1200 should be more stable than the 750, a necessity with the huge boost in power.  The bigger bike will also carry an additional 59 pounds in weight, unfortunately.  It may have Ducati power, but this will be a porkier  package than the typical one available from Bologna.


– Engine Type 90 ° V-Twin DOHC 8V LC
– Bore x stroke 106 x 67.8 mm
– Displacement 1196.63 cc
– Maximum power 134.5 bhp at 9500 rpm
– Maximum torque 10.5 kgm at 4,000 rpm
– Compression ratio 12,0:1
– Electronic Fuel Injection (Multi)
– Electric Start
– Digital Electronic Ignition CDI
– 6-Speed
– Multi-plate clutch in oil bath and hydraulic
– Chain final drive
– Steel and aluminum chassis with high strength bolts and aluminum side plates
– Swingarm in cast aluminum
– Front suspension fork 43 mm inverted telehydraulic, three-way adjustable
– Rear suspension Hydraulic shock absorber adjustable rate. Wheel travel 150 mm.
– Front brake Dual discs 320 mm, 4 piston radial calipers
– Rear brake 240 mm disc, single piston caliper
– Tyres 120/70 x 17 “and 180/55 x 17”
– Total length 2248 mm
– Maximum height 1205 mm
– Maximum width 925 mm
– 1528 mm Wheelbase
– Seat height 750 mm
– Empty weight 212 kg
– Fuel tank 15 liters


  1. simon says:

    …finally, an aprilia for my side-car.

  2. S Calwel says:

    I have had a Caponord since 2002. It is a highly underrated bike. Great handling, power, tranny and ergos are perfect for me out of the box. My ONLY problem with it is weight when stopped, parking or just rolling around the garage. The weight is no problem when underway. I traded in a Ducati Monster 900 that was too uncomfortable to ride any distance. So weight in this case was a good trade off.

    Put priority on a lighter, more comfortable all day rider to be more appealing to more riders. Rather than trying to find more performance for less money.

  3. Tom says:

    I agree with Apriliorange. With an engine this powerful, and powerful brakes, the frame needs to be strong (heavy) enough to counter all the stresses. After all, who wants a frame flexural fatigue failure while carving through the canyons?

  4. Justin says:

    Peak torque at 4000 rpm and peak power at 9500 should make for a VERY flexible, very enjoyable engine.

  5. edpix says:

    Aprilia really dropped the ball with these new 750/1200 V twins in regards to weight.
    I like the concepts and the Shiver/Dorsoduro styling but the bikes are just too heavy when compared to the Ducatis. I am not sure if all the weight is in the engines but it seems like they are contributing to the over weight problem.

    I am more interested in the V4 Tuono if it ever gets to production.

    • Mike D. says:

      I believe she’s a Porker too. 466lbs Dry Weight?
      My outdated 2003 SV1000N comes up to 418lbs bone dry and is rated at 118-120hp @ (Flywheel).

      Does 200cc more make this engine an Anchor ?! WOW.
      Also, i was xpecting more HP along the lines of 150hp like the new MULTISTRADA.
      All the ingridients are there: (12:1), huge bore, 4Valves Heads and yet it looks as is being held back hanging by the sack…instead of letting it all hang out. (^_^ )

      • Butch says:

        Porker? Please. All newer bikes are gaining weight due to heavier and more restrictive exhaust/emission systems. Too heavy for you? Get an aftermarket system. Also, half the guys I hear complain about overweight bikes could stand to lose 40 or 50 pounds anyway, so start there. Lastly, you must actually believe those Ducati dry weights which are among the most inaccurate in the industry. Take your Ducati and roll it on some scales sometime re-calibrate what you think is a porker. Unless you’re racing a few pounds here or there is not going to be noticed on a well balanced bike. And if you are a racer, then you aren’t looking at this bike anyway.

  6. Apriliorange says:

    Fuel Tank is said to be “18 liters” on that 1200 dorsoduro (instead of 15 liter mentioned above).

  7. Apriliorange says:

    If the roadster Shiver come out with that 1200 engine, it will definitely bury the Moto Morini Corsaro …

  8. Apriliorange says:

    There is a point where less weight means less quality.

    And I think Ducati has reached this point.

    I had a Monster 696 and a shiver 750 : the first bike feels little and frail, not the Aprilia.

    We should compare the Aprilia with Bmw instead of Ducati.

  9. Thoppa says:

    Peak torque at 4,000 rpm and 130+ bhp ? That engine is begging for other uses. I wonder how much the engine weighs…..

  10. Ron says:

    A 1200 twin with a useable fuel capacity of 3 U.S. gallons (allowing a gallon reserve to not run out of gas) = not exactly a mile-eater.

  11. alan says:

    sounds like my new multi 1200