Aprilia Dorsoduro 750
Very Madridesque and too cool for 90% of us!
“I almost feel like I’m not cool enough to ride one.”
As I’ve mentioned, I live in Barcelona where the culture is very laid back and “scruffy” is cool. Graffiti lines the bare brick walls and the bars are littered with dread-locked, bearded hippies. HOWEVER, recently, I’ve met an incredible girl who lives in Madrid (she loves motorcycles almost as much as I do), and I’m happy as Larry. I’ve been travelling back and forth a bit and noticed that the motorcycle culture reflects the difference in the people. Madrid is the capital of Spain, it’s more solid, things seem more concrete and just more “proper” in general. The people dress fancy and go to fancy restaurants, but more to the point, they ride fancy bikes and the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 sums them up nicely. They look great, but they have the “uuuumph” to back it up.
The Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 is a bike that instantly grabs you by the cahunas and says “Look what you are missing out on, your life is lame without me!”, it’s elegant to the Nth degree but somehow it emanates “cool” so much, I almost feel like I’m not cool enough to ride one, it’s intimidating. The folk in Madrid however, confident as they are, love them and it was only there that I really noticed how awsome these bikes are. Of course, there are a few Aprilia Dorsoduro 750‘s in Barcelona, but the people here in BCN are more into the “Harley” culture. I guess, it sums up their “go-slow” mentality.
Of course I could and often do spend hours talking about how beautifully designed some motorcycles are and I guess the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 is a prime example of how design can make it possible for us to “feel” so much emotion for what is effectively nothing but a “machine”. It’s lines and pointy bits trigger emotions that you should perhaps be finding on “other” websites. But here we are, lusting over a lump of metal, plastic and rubber.
“A bike for the expert rider who wants to explore new horizons in terms of technology and fun.”
What will really get you going, is knowing that under that skimpy little bikini fairing, you will find 92 bhp liquid cooled, double overhead camshafts with mixed gear/chain valve timing and four valves per cylinder, not just a pretty face, this is a full blooded power-plant focused on low-end torque and enhanced performance. Very Madridesque, this bike doesn’t only look like the mutts-nutts, it goes like the clappers too! And for those of us who live in the city, you won’t find much more city riding pleasure from any other bike.
NOT A BIKE FOR EVERYONE!
I love that Aprilia aren’t pussy footing about trying to get maximum sales out of this bad boy. Often, the motard arena is marketed as a “fun-comfortable” ride for all levels of rider. Aprilia market the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 as “A bike for the expert rider who wants to explore new horizons in terms of technology and fun.” Which in a world of “mediocre-ness” is quite refreshing.
SELF ADJUSTING HYDRAULIC CLUTCH
“Just one of the many cutting edge technological solutions used on the bike: the hydraulic clutch ensures precise and perfectly smooth release. The clutch is also self-adjusting, meaning that it needs no maintenance.”
So, there you have it, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750, it seems almost to good to be true, but lets face it, modern techonology has advanced things so far and so fast that we are spoilt for choice these days and with such strong competition, we are in a fortunate position. For around £7K, you can have a Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 in your garage and if you’ve got the balls to take it on, I would strongly suggest you do it. Now there are some happy thoughts…….