Launched in 2008, the Dorsoduro brand marked Aprilia’s entry into the supermotard world. The big bike market in India might have grown rapidly in the last few years, but a ‘supermoto’ is still as rare as a unicorn and you might spend your lifetime without spotting one on the road. Here is a photo gallery of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 –
True to its supermoto character, the Dorsoduro 900 gets a high-riding stance, minimalistic bodywork and an exposed frame.
The gold-coloured forks, short and beaky front fender, offset rear shock and the underseat exhaust give it an exotic appeal.
The Dorsoduro 900 is built around a trellis frame with part steel and part aluminium construction. It rides on lightweight three-spoke wheels.
The 4.3-inch FT screen features Aprilia’s multimedia platform, which can connect to a smartphone and display call information.
Powering the Dorsoduro 900 is an 891cc V-twin engine, with ride by wire throttle and three riding modes - Sport, Touring and Rain.
The engine delivers 92.5bhp and 90Nm of torque though a six-speed transmission. A three-level traction control is offered as standard.
The Dorsoduro 900 rides on 41mm Kayaba inverted front forks and a rear monoshock absorber, both of which get 6.3 inches of travel.
Braking duties are handled by dual 320mm discs up front and a single 240mm disc at the rear. Switchable ABS is offered as standard.
It is available in a single black/silver livery. The tank spells out the marque’s name and a giant ‘a’, similar to its supersport siblings.