Aprilia's changes for 2012

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Aprilia's Dorsoduro isn't that different for 2012.
Aprilia's Dorsoduro isn't that different for 2012.

Along with the SRV850 maxi-scooter we told you about last month, Aprilia has made some other changes to their 2012 lineup.

Like the Dorsoduro, the Shiver 750 gets new paint and new electronics, but no major mechanical changes.

The company also took the wraps off the 2012 Dorsoduro 1200 supermoto and Shiver 750 naked bike at Milan this morning. There’s also another new scooter on the way, the SR Motard, available with a two-stroke 50cc engine, or a four-stroke 125cc.

What’s new for next year’s Dorsoduro? Improvements for the hydraulic clutch, and of course, new paint schemes, but that’s not all.

The bike will come with optional traction control and ABS. Fly-by-wire throttle with three selectable throttle maps will be carried over from the 2011 model.

The Aprilia Shiver 750’s fly-by-wire throttle also gets selectable mapping to control power output for various riding conditions. ABS will also be optional, and there will be new paint schemes.

Aprilia calls this RSV4 paint scheme 'Pussy Magnet Yellow.' Let's hope no militant feminists read the sales brochures.

The RSV4 Factory APRC superbike gets gearing changes, a new, lighter exhaust system, changes to the engine lubrication system, and tweaks for its Aprilia Performance Ride Control electronics system. That includes traction control, launch control, wheelie control, and a quick shift system.

And, of course, there’s the new SR Motard scooter, apparently designed to help the step-through concept appeal to supermoto fans.

Here's the SR Motard scooter. It's supposed to appeal to supermoto fans.

That sounds like a crazy idea for a machine that only comes with a two-stroke 50cc or four-stroke 125cc engine, but Aprilia says the new scooter “has the aggressive, essential and compact personality of a supermoto, the bike that stands for fun in its purest form. Thrust, acceleration, pick-up, agility in traffic and braking are the ‘weapons’ of the Aprilia SR Motard, a scooter enabling younger riders to lead the way every day on the city streets.”

We bet they’d probably rather be on the Dorsoduro or the Shiver, though.

1 COMMENT

  1. The SR Motard looks interesting. It’s a clear twin of the Piaggio Typhoon 125 but they’ve done a nice job with the two tone colors and different rims.

    I’m surprised the 50cc model is coming to Canada. Is this for sure? Or is the 50cc just going to be sold in other parts of the world?

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