Just announced at EICMA 2016 is this, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 900. For 2017, Aprilia’s maxi-motard will enter the new year packed with even more muscle thanks to a generous displacement bump of its V-Twin engine from 750cc to 900cc (well, 896cc to be exact). Aprilia’s goal was to provide the Dorso with a healthy increase in bottom-end and midrange power, doing so by taking the old 750cc engine and increasing the stroke from 56.4mm to 67.4mm while keeping the bore the same at 92mm.

The result of turning the V-Twin into a stroker motor is a claimed 95.2 hp at 8,750 rpm, up modestly from 92 hp. With the extra displacement comes more torque throughout the powerband, including a 6 lb-ft boost to peak torque to 66.4 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm. While Aprilia was increasing the engine’s power, it also revised the internal lubrication system for greater efficiency and fitted a new exhaust system to meet Euro 4 regulations.

Aprilia's maxi-motard has been overshadowed by other Italian competitors, but a bigger engine and should help it claw back some ground.

Aprilia’s maxi-motard has been overshadowed by other Italian competitors, but a bigger engine should help it claw back some ground.

A new ride-by-wire system replaces the old unit of the 750 Dorso and is said to not only shave 550 grams from the old system, but also to help smooth out abrupt on/off throttle delivery. Aprilia traction control now sees its way onto the Dorsoduro, with a total of four settings available (three levels plus off) to limit unwanted wheelspin. The TC is combined with an ABS system from Continental.

More new electronic hardware is seen in the TFT display, which replaces the LCD unit of old. The 4.3-inch screen is said to provide clear information to the rider, day or night, thanks to light sensors within.

Hooligans, rejoice!

Hooligans, rejoice!

On the suspension front, the Dorso 900 gets a new rebound- and preload-adjustable Kayaba fork that’s 450 grams (1 lb) lighter than before. Wheels are new, too, and are of the three-split-spoke variety. Aprilia says the pair shaves more than 4 pounds compared to the wheels on the 750cc version.

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  • mikstr

    always liked this bike, but they need to shave some (serious) weight to make it more interesting

  • JMDonald

    Aprilia. One beautiful bike after another.

  • cg

    Any idea on pricing?

    • TroySiahaan

      Pricing hasn’t been released yet.

  • Old MOron

    “The TC is combined with an ABS system from Continental.”

    Huh, when did Continental start doing ABS?

    • TroySiahaan

      Continental has been in the game for a while. Just hasn’t received the attention Bosch has.

      • Old MOron

        Thanks, that’s interesting. How many ABS OEM’s are there? Is the competition hotting up by combining ABS with IMU?

  • Matt Forero

    I love the look of the DD. Been perusing the used market for a few weeks now.

    Kinda weird to bump displacement by 20% and only get 5% boosts in power/tq. I guess the Euro 4 tuning is to blame?

  • R0gueHunt3R

    I own a D12, and I’ve always been two minds about it.

    On the one hand, it sounds incredible with its SC Project exhausts, and goes like a cannon off of the line.

    On the other, it has an awful throttle, weighs a ton, and chows gas like you won’t believe.

    It always turns heads, though.

  • Shlomi

    I owned DD before , and sold it as the weight was high and the suspension was not great (even after I upgraded to the adjustable rear shock from the accessory catalog). I can’t see how the new DD can compete with Ducati Hyper (any version)