Piaggio India has launched the 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 in India, with an introductory price tag on limited units. The new Dorsoduro 900 is priced at Rs 12.50 lakh (introductory and ex-showroom, Pune), which after June 30, will retail for Rs 13.83 lakh. This supermotard bike is the second offering from the Italian two-wheeler giant for the Indian market, after the highly impressive Dorsoduro 1200.
And like the bigger Dorsoduro sibling, this 900 also gets a similar stance with a beaky front, a long travel (41mm Kayaba) USD front fork and a flat seat.
The fuel tank capacity stands at 15 litres. What adds to the muscular styling is the nicely chiseled fuel tank and beefy under-seat exhaust pipes.
The red, black and grey paint scheme looks fantastic and the exposed trellis frame is finished in red to add to the contrast.
The 900's brakes, frame and the rear monoshock unit is similar to the Shiver 900, but the saddle height is higher at 868mm. The USD forks lend a travel of 160mm.
As a global update, this year Aprilia endowed the Dorsoduro 900 with a 4.3-inch TFT screen. This one displays a plethora of riding data and can be paired to a smartphone too.
Coming to the electronics package, the Aprilia Shiver 900 gets switchable ABS, three-level traction control, ride-by-wire and three ride modes (sport, touring and rain).
Powering the Dorsoduro 900 is a new 896cc motor, mated to a six-speed gearbox seen on the Shiver 900 too. It also pumps out 96bhp, but the 90Nm of torque is made available at a lower 4,500rpm with a flatter torque curve.
With the introduction of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 in the Indian market, we have a new option for a dual purpose motorcycle. It competes against the Ducati Hypermotard 939 in our country.