Supermotos haven’t yet caught on in the Indian market, but there is very little about them that is not to like, especially given the condition of most of our roads. Essentially dirt bikes with the wheels and tyres of street bikes, they are fun, light machines that can take on a variety of different surfaces without a hitch. The Aprilia Dorsoduro is the smaller supermoto offering from the Italian manufacturer. It generates 92bhp and 90Nm from its 896cc V-twin engine, and in that light chassis, it is perfectly happy to pick up the front wheel at the slightest provocation.
The trellis frame helps keep things small and light, and it being Italian, the design is top notch. The fuel tank holds 12 litres, and there are twin 320mm front discs to help bring the Dorsoduro to a halt. The gearbox is a six speed one. In terms of electronics, there is ABS and a traction control system. Three riding modes are also on offer.
The Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 competes with the Ducati Hypermotard 939, and it costs quite a bit more than the latter despite it not having as many features. There are no other supermotards that compete with the Dorsoduro 900 but adventure-touring motorcycles like the Triumph Tiger 800, Suzuki V-Strom 100, Honda Africa Twin and Ducati Hyperstrada 939 also fall in the same price bracket.