2009 Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro Delivers Maxi Moto Thrills
Fueled by five Supermoto World Championships, Aprilia’s new supermotard
blends total control and serious technology with extreme road riding fun
NEW YORK, NY – December 5, 2009 – Power slides, jumps, wheelies and full
throttle straights are all part of supermoto racing, and with five Supermoto
World Championships in the record books, Aprilia is a master at engineering
motorcycles that can expertly handle the challenges – and the sport’s
inherent thrills. Now, with the U.S. debut of the mid-size 2009 SMV 750
Dorsoduro, the Italian manufacturer offers American riding enthusiasts a
lightweight, high-performance 92-hp V-Twin streetbike that combines all the
benefits of supermoto styling and riding position with precision handling
and race-bred technology. Just as importantly, the Dorsoduro comes standard
with an inordinate amount of pure fun.
Lightweight, agile, and powerful, this new addition to Aprilia’s family of
sport bikes features the compact, new-generation 90° V-Twin engine for power
that rivals or exceeds that of many larger twins. In addition to massive
torque and unique style, the Dorsoduro is blessed with abundant racing
technology, from a second-generation ride-by-wire throttle to an ultra-rigid
mixed steel trellis and aluminum frame and competition-caliber brakes with
radial calipers. Rough roads or smooth as glass asphalt, the 2009 Aprilia
SMV Dorsoduro begs you to bring it on – and leaves you smiling all the way
to the end of the ride.
Minimal Styling, Extreme Good Looks
Every square inch of the lean and mean Dorsoduro has been designed to serve
one purpose: delivering maximum riding thrills with minimum weight. As a
result, body panels are reduced to a bare minimum. A mini fairing
integrates the front head light as well as the front fender, and at the rear
a knife-sharp tail houses the dual exhaust. Even the fuel tank includes
off-road style radiator shrouds. This combination doesn’t just keep the
Dorsoduro’s profile as slim and aggressive as possible, but also achieves
perfect symmetry and ideal weight distribution, as well as a dry weight of
just 409 lbs.
With a concentrated center of gravity, the rider melds with the machine,
shifting weight effortlessly to control power output under all riding
conditions, even on circuits where classic supermotard wheelies and power
slides are the order of the day.
Engine Technology Befitting a World Champion
The Dorsoduro’s engine has been optimized for street riding. With peak 92
hp on tap at 8,750 rpm and 61 ft.-lbs. torque available at just 4,500 rpm,
the four-stroke, eight-valve DOHC V-Twin delivers the perfect combination of
low-end “grunt” and steady top end performance. The compact Twin also
features a mixed gear chain drive and electronic fuel injection with
Sophisticated electronic engine management sets a new benchmark for the
competition. As the first manufacturer to utilize ride-by-wire technology
on a motorcycle in this segment, Aprilia continues to be a leader in using
sophisticated technical solutions that help riders harness the ultimate
performance from their motorcycle. The latest generation engine control
unit (ECU) manages all engine parameters, with a CAN network carrying
signals to the diagnostic center integrated in the Dorsoduro’s instrument
cluster. The CAN uses just two wires to handle all data, dramatically
simplifying the electrical system and reducing the overall weight of the
Three Performance Modes, One All-Around Entertaining Ride
Three performance modes – Sport, Touring and Rain – can be selected from a
switch on the handlebars (with the throttle closed for safety reasons). The
Dorsoduro changes its character radically, depending on which mode the rider
selects. Sport mode provides aggressive instant power; Touring mode
delivers a smoother throttle action that is better suited to relaxed daily
riding; Rain mode reduces the engines power for improved safety on slippery
The Tri-Map electronic throttle also means smoother, more consistent power
anytime thanks to more accurate and precise throttle control, based on
parameters including engine speed, gear selection, air flow, throttle
position and temperature. Whatever the mapping choice, the engine is always
ready to deliver the best possible performance in terms of acceleration and
rev range, resulting in a most satisfying and entertaining ride.
Emissions are handled by the Dorsoduro’s stainless steel dual exhaust. The
system features collector pipes which meet in a single silencer under the
seat before splitting again into two tail pipes. The large-volume exhaust
system also aids engine breathing and boosts efficiency.
The Art of Perfect Balance
Parallel development of both engine and frame means that the Dorsoduro’s
longitudinally compact V-Twin is a perfect complement to the frame structure
– and vice versa. Just like its world championship-winning sibling, the
Aprilia SXV 4.5, the Dorsoduro frame is a super tough mixed steel trellis
and aluminum frame design. The top section of the frame is formed by a
tubular steel trellis, which is fixed to robust aluminum side members with
special high strength bolts. The complete assembly forms an extremely rigid
yet lightweight structure, providing the perfect solution for taming the
generous horsepower of the V-Twin engine without weight gain.
Designers and engineers also paid careful attention to the positioning of
the rear shock, specifying its laterally offset position and angle to
accommodate the exhaust collector pipes and avoid wasting space and adding
weight. Even the Dorsoduro’s aluminum alloy swingarm was specially shaped
to support the asymmetric stress imparted to it by the innovative monoshock
positioning. It boasts standard-setting rigidity for the motard sector.
Suspension Perfection Regardless of Surface
True to its Supermoto character, the Dorsoduro’s suspension package ensures
reliable performance on multiple surfaces. The 43mm inverted front fork has
forged yokes and shell-cast bottom sections to hold the radial calipers.
This technically advanced design results in superb sliding action and, in
keeping with supermotard philosophy, generous 167 mm front wheel travel. A
laterally offset hydraulic monoshock pivots directly on the aluminum alloy
swingarm in a cantilever configuration. Adjustable for spring preload and
rebound damping, the rear suspension allows up to 150mm rear wheel travel.
Braking Technology from the Race Track to You
The Dorsoduro is equipped with the finest braking technology available.
Front brakes feature radial calipers with four pistons, a true state-of-the
art design within the motard category. Big 320mm floating wave discs add
powerful stopping performance. In the rear, a 240mm diameter wave rotor and
single piston caliper is ready to do the job.
Both front and the rear brakes are fitted with aeronautical type metal
braided brake lines to eliminate the sponginess inevitably associated with
conventional rubber hoses and to enable the bike’s top-class braking system
to deliver maximum precision. Seventeen-inch front and rear high-profile
tires add excellent grip and stability.
Premium Components for a World-Class Supermoto
Like all Aprilia motorcycles, the Dorsoduro features a high concentration of
premium components. The sophisticated analog/digital instrument cluster
incorporates diagnostics and multiple functions, all packaged in a modern,
ultra-light design. Analog and digital areas are backlit white and red
respectively and riders can choose from three levels of brightness. All
instrumentation functions can be accessed and controlled from the dual
taper, anodized aluminum handlebars, which are duplicates of the bars used
on Aprilia’s championship winning racing bikes.
The Dorsoduro’s hydraulic clutch provides consistently precise action and
exceptional smoothness and is self-adjusting as well as completely
The 2009 Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro has a manufacturer’s suggested retail
price (MSRP) of $9,599. Color choices for U.S. riders include Aprilia Black
and Shine Red.
About Aprilia and Piaggio Group Americas
Aprilia world headquarters are in Noale (Venice, Italy). Founded in 1962,
the company designs and manufactures motorcycles in Noale, with production
facilities in Scorzè. With 38 motorcycling world championship titles (32
road and 6 off-road) under its belt, Aprilia is the only European
manufacturer to have a complete on- and off-road model portfolio, ranging
from sporty scooters, innovative off-road bikes and tough adventure tourers
to award-winning super sport bikes. For information on Aprilia’s complete
U.S. model line, visit the company’s website at http://www.apriliausa.com.
In December 2004 Aprilia became part of the Piaggio Group, Europe’s leading
manufacturer of two wheelers and one of the world’s most recognized and
respected names in motorcycle and scooter production.
With approximately 7,000 employees, approximately 708,500 vehicles sold in
2007, 5 R&D centers, 7 production facilities in Europe and Asia, and
operations in over 50 countries, the Piaggio Group has a consolidated
leadership in the European 2 wheeler market. Its production includes
scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to 1,200 cc displacement range,
marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi, Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto