LEON HASLAM AND JORDI TORRES ARE HARD AT WORK GETTING READY FOR THE RACES THIS WEEKEND.
GUINTOLI IS FAST AND CONSISTENT STRAIGHT AWAY AT LOSAIL, READY TO MAKE HIS PLAY FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP
EXCELLENT THIRD BEST TIME FOR THE ROOKIE, FIFTH FOR LEON HASLAM.
Phillip Island (Australia), 17 February 2015 – The Superbike 2015 season opened up as usual with two days of testing on the Phillip Island track where the first two races of the season will be held on Sunday. These were two essential days of testing for the Aprilia Racing – Red
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APRILIA DEFENDS A 23 POINT LEAD IN THE MANUFACTURER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Losail (Qatar), 31 October 2014 – The longest night is approaching, Sunday night, when Sylvain Guintoli and Aprilia will make the final play for the Rider World Championship and the Manufacturer World Championship in the Qatar night races.
Guintoli will need to keep up his resounding comeback which, on the eve of the last two races, has taken him to just 12 points behind the lead in the Rider Championship, while Aprilia must defend a 23 point advantage over Kawasaki to be crowned Manufacturer World Champion.
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We started with Aprilia UAE and have worked hard to establish a brand that cares about our riders and what they love. We now have not only Piaggio with Vespa, Aprilia, Motoguzzi and Gilera but also proud to now be the agent for Triumph
YET ANOTHER DOUBLE ONE-TWO IN BOTH FRENCH RACES FOR THE APRILIA RSV4s
GUINTOLI WINS RACE 1 WITH MELANDRI SECOND, MELANDRI FIRST AND GUINTOLI SECOND IN RACE 2
APRILIA LEADS THE MANUFACTURER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
GUINTOLI MAKES UP MORE POINTS AND IS NOW JUST 12 POINTS FROM THE RIDER CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
Magny-Cours (France), 5 October 2014 – The Aprilia RSV4s are proving to be unbeatable in this final phase of the 2014 World SBK season. On the French track at Magny-Cours Guintoli and Melandri divided the spoils with one win each, also taking turns on the second step of the podium in both races. This is a one-two that rekindles Guintoli’s ambitions in the Rider Championship. The teams will now go to the Qatar round with just 12 points separating Guintoli from championship leader Sykes.
With this exciting season finale Aprilia has stepped over Kawasaki and now leads the Manufacturer World Championship with a 23 point advantage in demonstration of the RSV4’s domination on the track.
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THE LONG AWAITED NEW PRODUCTS FROM MOTO GUZZI AND APRILIA MAKE THEIR DÉBUT AT INTERMOT 2014,
50TH EDITION OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GERMAN MOTORCYCLE SHOW
Cologne (Germany), 30 September 2014 – The Cologne Intermot 2014 show opened up with a distinctly Italian bike flavour. This morning – on the day dedicated to the international press – Aprilia and Moto Guzzi unveiled two of the most important new products for the 2015 season: in fact, as mentioned over the last few days, the new generation of the Moto Guzzi V7 and the new Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally were introduced.
The Cologne Intermot 2014 show, one of the most important and traditional motorcycle events in the world, celebrates its 50th edition by opening up with 900 exhibitors from 35 countries all over the world. The show will be open to the public from tomorrow, Wednesday 1 October, through Sunday 5 October.
New Moto Guzzi V7 II
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Noale, 15 September 2014 – Spanish rider Alvaro Bautista will ride one of the official Aprilias that will race next year in the MotoGP Championship, managed by the Aprilia Gresini Racing Team.
The agreement with Bautista is valid for two years, for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. A rider with vast experience, Bautista – born in Talavera de la Reina on 21 November 1984 – took his first world championship steps astride an Aprilia 125cc, which he rode to victory as World Champion in the “eighth litre” class in 2006.
In his fifth year in the top category, MotoGP, Bautista boasts 3 podiums and one pole position and his trophy case includes a total of 16 wins, 33 podiums and 18 pole positions.
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Misano, 12 September 2014 – Aprilia (Piaggio Group) officially announced that they will enter the Grand Prix motorcycle racing in the MotoGP class.
The Aprilia brand’s return to the top world motorcycling competition will take place in 2015, a year ahead of their previously announced plans.
The intent of the Piaggio Group’s strategy to commit the Aprilia brand in the MotoGP class is to favour a rapid growth of competitiveness, focusing all Aprilia Racing’s technical and organisational efforts on developing prototypes. For this reason, Aprilia Racing will send its bikes onto the track supported by a cooperation agreement which has been reached with Gresini Racing.
This agreement will allow Aprilia Racing – a representative of Italian sport excellence and a protagonist in motorcycle racing on a global level – to take advantage of Gresini Racing’s significant contribution in terms of MotoGP experience and know-how, enough to solidify the strategic decision to début already next season. This is a four year agreement, so Gresini Racing will be managing the Aprilia bikes on the track in MotoGP until the 2018 season. Aprilia racing is currently making assessments to determine which riders will take part in the MotoGP project.
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Two-wheelers help them overcome gridlocks and save on fuel
Dubai More and more New Dubai residents are taking to two-wheelers as an alternative commuting option to beat daily traffic snarls in the area.
“I was getting frustrated with the daily traffic situation around Dubai Marina. I came across a good offer on a scooter and decided to buy one. It’s convenient, easy to manoeuvre and I don’t get stuck in traffic jams,” said British expat Adam Ridgway.The JBR resident ditched his Audi car for a scooter last year and has since clocked 20,000 km on his two-wheeler. “Its saves thousands of dirhams in petrol and maintenance costs,” he said.
French entrepreneur Abdel Samad, who lives in Dubai Marina, also prefers the scooter over a car. “It is convenient and cheap. A full tank (about three gallons) costs me just Dh10 and it lasts me for an about a week,” he reasoned.
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IN THE TENTH ROUND OF THE WORLD SBK CHAMPIONSHIP IT’S A DOUBLE ONE-TWO FOR THE ITALIAN BIKES ON THE SPANISH TRACK.
MARCO MELANDRI WINS BOTH RACES IN FRONT OF TEAM MATE GUINTOLI.
Jerez de la Frontera, 7 September 2014 – Aprilia had no rivals at Jerez in the tenth round of the World SBK Championship. The RSV4s from Noale proved their superiority taking first and second place in both Race 1 and Race 2.
It was Melandri who earned both wins with authority and employing a similar strategy. In both Race 1 and Race 2 Marco found himself behind in the initial phases, sixth in the first race and fifth in the second. In both cases he skilfully and steadfastly came back, demonstrating undisputed superiority and an optimum feeling with his RSV4. This takes Melandri to five wins this season.
In both races Sylvain Guintoli took the lead early, trying to pull away from his rivals. Once overtaken by Melandri Guintoli confidently managed his position, finishing in second place twice to earn 13 championship points and close the gap behind championship leader, Sykes, whose advantage has now been reduced to just 31 points over Aprilia Racing’s Frenchman.
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IN SEPTEMBER THE WEEKEND DEDICATED TO MOTO GUZZI PASSION IS BACK AT MANDELLO DEL LARIO.
OPEN HOUSE MOTO GUZZI – FROM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 AT THE HISTORIC FACTORY IN VIA PARODI – THREE DAYS OF REVELRY TO CELEBRATE THE EAGLE BRAND.
TOURS OF THE FACTORY AND HISTORIC MUSEUM, BIKE TEST RIDES, SHOPPING IN MOTO GUZZI STYLE AND MANY OTHER SURPRISES, ALL IN A SINGLE WEEKEND.
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Vespa announces their ultra-stylish handmade 946 scooter will finally come to Dubai.Inspired by the WWII-era MP6 prototype, the Vespa 946 is the scooter at its most pure and refined with the typical quality of made in Italy products. Introducing an outstanding design, the vehicle is truly top of scooters universe. The 946 is powered by an ultra-modern single cylinder, 125cc, four-stroke engine that offers fuel consumption of over 55 km per liter — that’s nearly 130 mpg — and 30 percent fewer emissions. Other features include a lightweight, high-quality build that incorporates plenty of aluminium, full LED lights and full digital dashboard,and a sleek design that’s perfect for the urban commute. With some changes in the traditional design, the 946’s shape copies the first Vespa model in a modern and futuristic way, which is a new starting point of a winning brand, that has made the history of mobility.The Vespa 946 will surely maintain it’s high value in time and while pricey the 946 is already being snapped up in pre orders by collectors around the world.
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2013 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC ABS and RSV4 Factory APRC ABS Test Aprilia’s flagship and championship winning RSV4 superbike has received some important upgrades for 2013. And the manufacturer of Noale, Italy, this weekend launched its newest RSV4 models – the RSV4 R APRC ABS and the RSV4 Factory APRC ABS – at the Estoril Circuit in Portugal. The motorcycling granddaddy of Ride-by-wire and radial brake calipers behaves better than ever on an international circuit such as Estoril – and that is not a small statement. The latest Aprilia RSV4 models come from a lineage of more or less successful racing bikes. Launched in 1998, the RSV Mille twin wasted no time winning races, but the Mille didn’t win any championships. Regarding chassis, the unrivaled success in 2-stroke racing, particularly in the smaller 125 and 250 GP classes, gave Aprilia some of the best chassis expertise in the world. This all occurred at the twilight of 2-stroke racing. In 2002, the RS Cube triple four-stroke arrived, and it all went downhill in terms of results. But make no mistake, the RS Cube still plays an important role etoday as it was the monster that introduced the motorcycling world to Ride-by-wire. Today, Ride-by-Wire is a staple nobody can live without in GP racing. The RS Cube was rumored to produce a staggering 270hp (it was half a Cosworth F1 V6…) at the test bench before Aprilia withdrew its MotoGP team to focus 100-percent on the new V4 RSV4 superbike. Insiders in Aprilia Racing states that in 2013 the RS Cube would win races as today the traction control technology has caught up and the RS Cube would in fact be rideable. The same insider also revealed that the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory World Superbike produces a measured 233 horsepower and that it doesn’t need any more to win races. My source also explained that the V4 was first determined for the 800cc MotoGP class, but a last minute decision sent the V4 into World Superbike instead (hence the 999.6cc capacity).
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Compared to the previous incarnation, the 2013 Triumph Street Triple R is lighter, smoother, more refined and has the handling and brakes a superbike would be proud of. Best of all, it’s 6kg lighter. It’s lost some of that in-your-face, foaming-at-the-mouth aggression, which made the original make us all stand up and take notice back in 2007, but it’ll be a ‘nicer’ bike to live with. For the first time there’s also an ABS option. It manages to be more of everything: better for newbies, more capable for fast riders, more fun for adrenalin junkies and has one of the best engines and exhaust notes in biking. It’s a great all-rounder, no matter what your ability.
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The other day I went on the web to find out why italians are so passionate about pretty much..well.. everything. I asked every question under the sun. “why are Italians so passionate?” “What makes an Italian passionate?” “where does Italy get it’s passion?” I wanted a scientific breakdown that explained the historical and metaphysical reasons for this phenomena. In fact, where we are all made of 3?4 water, the Italians are 75% pure passion. Passion flows through everything they do, from throwing a dish together, constructing an argument to building a motorcycle.MV Agusta 860
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It’s been sitting there for a while and I really hadn’t found the time to sling a leg over and go for a ride. After seeing Ernie Vigil’s epic video about the Scrambler I had to give her a go. All I can say is what an absolute hoot. I’ve now had such luck in being able to try most of these fantastic machines and quite a few other brands that come in and there are only a few that ooze character. This is one of them. I can’t believe how much fun this is to ride. Supple and strong. Surprisingly agile and easy to ride but it makes you feel like Bruce Springsteen or Steve McQueen – an honest bloke. When you picture a real motorcycle in your mind this is it. Demi Jacket, open face helmet, a funny set of googles, calf skin leather gloves and work boots. You’re a regular motorcycle rider but in a world of super slick, homologated speed machine you’re not. You’re special. It should be called “The Boss”
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Kaffeemaschine is probably the single best Moto Guzzi custom garage in the world today, it’s run by a talented chap by the name of Axel Budde, a native of Hamburg. Axel’s mission directive with this particular Moto Guzzi Racer was simple, the client wanted a red and silver faired racer with cast wheels. The only difficulty was the timetable, the client wanted to take the bike to the The Bikers’ Classics and this left just over 2 months for the project from start to finish. Axel managed it in time, though only just, and the bike was a popular attraction in and of itself at the event.
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Ok..it’s a little ridiculous. I’m attempting to write a review and I’m the one that sells the product. It’s a bit like getting one to comment about one’s son or daughter without bias. Pointless right? Well I’m also a human being (most of the time) and I feel the need to express my thoughts on this particular bike. The Triumph Tiger XC800. I’m one very lucky guy (literally) working with such brands around me and I’m going to boast. Sorry…but this bike is bl…dy epic. Not because it’s blisteringly fast or it climbs mountains like a billy goat, although I reckon it would give it it’s best shot. It’s just that the Tiger has already become my best friend and I’ve only done 450km on it.
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I’ve had these little beauties sitting on my mac for the last 12 years and decided it’s time to share. The year is 2000 and I had the opportunity to attend the Goodwood Revival meeting as official press. Don’t ask me how I managed to do that, let’s just say I have to thank New Classic Car magazine for helping left my status to that of journalist. I feel utterly privileged to have been a part of one of the last times we were to have seen the great Barry Sheene either standing or in action. One of the great renegades of racing. I think everyone new it too. I arrived in parc ferme for the start of the Lennox Cup (now the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy) with almost no knowledge of what it was. Looking down I struggled to find some names I would know. Finally… Barry Sheene …Number 12, it said. I looked at my feet to find the number 12, only to look up again to see Barry shuffling his bike into position not more than 4 feet from me. For a moment it was just me and Barry. What to do. Fumbling around for my poxy little fuji finepix I blurted out “Hi Barry..photo?” I managed a few before being descended on by a tribe of real media paparazzi and swallowed whole by the mass.
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There are a lot of times when we all wish we could custom something special for ourselves. Something that says a little bit about who we are and what we like. You could do it on a T-Shirt but it’s way more fun doing it on a Vespa! We had a wonderful opportunity, just recently, to show off a little at the Italian National Day Gala dinner at the magical St Regis Hotel on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. So the day before we designed a tribute to Manchester City and it’s triumphs. Folioacar helped us produce a stunning piece of kit and it became centre stage of the evening. Too much fun.
An authentic taste of Italian culture in the heart of new Dubai as Sicilia at The Gate takes diners on a journey through Tuscany, one of Italy’s most popular regions running until July 15th. From 1-15 July, Sicilia restaurant will serve up a menu of Italian favourites especially created by Chef Stefano Ligori, including tuna tartare, a Treviso style codfish mousse with walnuts, Angus beef tartare with warm mushroom salad, homemade papardelle pasta with wild boar ragout, and a zesty citrus panna cotta for dessert. Tuscany is the birthplace of an Italian legend – the Vespa scooter, which was first manufactured in 1946 in the town of Pontedera. “As well as genuine flavours from the region, diners will have the chance to check out two of the latest Vespa models – the chic Vespa GTS 300 Super and the Vespa GTS 300 Super Sport,” said Philippe Bonnot, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate general manager. “The Vespa is the epitome of Italian design excellence and sporty style, and has been the street smart choice of movie stars and celebrities including Marlon Brando, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tigers Woods, ever since Audrey Hepburn whizzed through the city streets in the iconic movie Roman Holiday,” he added. Diners are also invited to bring their cameras and pose astride their favourite model for a souvenir snapshot. The four-course taste of Italy set menu is available from 2 June -15 July 2012 for AED 170 per person. A la carte menu also available. For restaurant reservations, kindly contact the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate restaurant reservations team on 04 444 56 13 or email at AlBahou.IbnBattuta@moevenpick.com
The big-bore Moto Guzzi shows its face in the USA, not far from where the company’s new Advanced Design Centre has opened in Pasadena. The Piaggio Group has officially revealed its new 2012 Moto Guzzi California motorcycle in Miami, USA. Max Biaggi was on hand along with Moto Guzzi’s parent company’s top brass (the Piaggio Group), as the company showed off the important models headed to the North American market place in 2012 and 2013. The unveiling of the Moto Guzzi California coincided with the announcement by CEO Roberto Colaninno that the Piaggio Group’s new US-based Advanced Design Centre was open for business, located in Pasadena, California.
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As motorcycle engines continue to grow in displacement and power production, at what point does raw performance and elevated costs exceed practicality? The Adventure Touring class is a perfect segment to answer this question, as first the BMW F800GS and now the Tiger 800 present attractive middleweight entries into the AT world. Engine displacement is the most obvious hindrance keeping the Triumph from tussling with the bigger Twins. The Triumph’s Inline Triple gives up 200cc to its nearest rival – the 999cc KTM. Disparity with the air-cooled BMW is 371cc, with the liquid-cooled Yamaha and Ducati 400cc up on the underdog. That’s a displacement advantage ranging from 25-50%. But don’t tell the little Tiger it can’t scrap with the big kids. Its three-cylinder mill revved our dyno up to 84.59 horsepower and 51.49 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers were the lowest in both categories, but not too far off the mark. Yamaha, BMW and KTM managed 90.78, 94.94 and 95.21 horsepower. That 25-50% edge in engine volume shrinks to a 7-11% gain in peak horsepower. The incomparable Ducati is the exception, its pornographic 132-horsepower peak exceeding the cc advantage with a 55.7% increase over the Trumpet! Granted, Triumph cheated some by kitting its test bike with an Arrow accessory exhaust (powertrain modifications were against our Shootout wishes, but we gave the little guy a break…).
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What better way to celebrate July 4th than with a motorcycle that embodies independence. Freedom from the confines of the paved jungle. Liberty to explore any route. Triumph introduced the 2011 Tiger 800 this year after lot of hype around its new middleweight adventure touring machine. As a midsize ADV motorcycle, the new Tiger has a lot to live up to in regards to its intended use and a well-established market competitor in the BMW F800GS. Triumph offers the bike in two versions, one with a street emphasis, and one targeted at off-road. We’ve already tested the dirt-slanted version which you can read about in the 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC First Ride and see how it stacks up against the BMW in the 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 XC Comparison Review. Even though the two British machines share most of the same vital components, Triumph invited us to sample the road-going Tiger 800 during a two-day camping trip in Southern California.
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Triumph is a privately-owned British company with over 100 years of history. Triumph has always had its own distinctive character and a history of creating bikes that become design classics since they first came to market in the 1900s. Like the rest of the British motorcycle industry, Triumph went out of business by the 1980s. But the brand was resurrected in the 1990s by British industrialist John Bloor who has built a lineup of cutting-edge sportbikes to nostalgia-themed throwbacks. 1883Siegfried Bettmann moves to Coventry, England from Nuremberg, Germany. 1884 Bettmann starts an import-export company. He imports German sewing machines and also sells bicycles badged with the name “Bettmann.”1887 Bettmann changes the name of his company to New Triumph Co. Ltd. (Later it will be changed again to Triumph Cycle Co. Ltd.) His principal investor is John Dunlop, a Scottish veterinarian who, albeit briefly, holds the patent for the pneumatic tire. Nice idea, too bad he didn’t really have it first! (Another Scot, R. W. Thompson, was the real inventor.) In any case, Dunlop is the first to successfully commercialize the invention.A German engineer, Mauritz Schulte, joins Triumph. He convinces Bettmann that Triumph should design and produce its own products.1888 The company buys an old ribbon-making factory in Coventry and sets it up to make bicycles. 1895 Schulte imports one of the first “practical” motorcycles, made by Hildebrand and Wolfmuller, to study the machine. Triumph considers making it under license, but under English law, powered vehicles are subject to a 4-mph speed limit. A man must walk ahead of each vehicle waving a red flag. This is bound to limit commercial appeal, and Triumph chooses not to get into the motorcycle business. 1902 With the repeal of those onerous sections of the Locomotive Act at the end of the 19th century, Schulte sets out to design his own motorcycle. First Triumph is produced – known as No. 1. This is basically one of the company’s bicycles, fitted with a 2-hp Minerva engine made in Belgium. 1903 Triumph opens a subsidiary in Germany to build and sell motorcycles there. Better engines are sourced from JAP (the initials of James A. Prestwich.) 1905 Triumph produces its first motorcycle completely in-house. It’s powered by a 3-hp engine and has a top speed of 45 mph. 1907 Annual production reaches 1,000 units. A new 450cc motor makes 3.5 hp. 1908 A new model comes with a variable pulley to help with difficult inclines. To change gears, the rider comes to a complete stop, gets off the bike and moves the belt by hand. Jack Marshall wins the single-cylinder class at the TT (on the old Peel course) averaging about 45 mph. It’s not known if he stopped to change gears or just pedaled his ass off, too. 1910 Triumph makes a big advance with the ‘free engine’ device (basically, the first practical clutch), which allows the user to start the engine with the bike on its stand and ride away from a standing start. There are two models in the lineup, and sales hit 3,000 units! 1911 Most bikes are fitted with footpegs only, not pedals.1913 Schulte builds a prototype 600cc vertical Twin. 1914 Despite its strong connection to Germany, Triumph is chosen by Col. Claude Holbrook to supply the Type H motorcycle for military Allied military service. Triumph will sell 30,000 motorcycles to the military over the course of WWI. 1919Schulte leaves the company, with a (very!) generous severance package. He’s replaced by none other than Col. Holbrook. 1920 Triumph produces the 550cc Type SD, the company’s first bike to feature a chain-driven rear wheel. SD stands for Spring Drive – it’s an early version of a cush drive. 1921 Bicycle-style rim brakes are replaced by drum brakes. The new bikes need better brakes, as they now make a lot more power – especially the prototype 20-hp Model R, with four-valve head. It is known as the “Riccy” after one of its designers, Frank Ricardo.
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Our European Correspondent Tor Sagen is in Sicily, Italy, this week testing the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200. We’ll have a full review coming up but first here are Tor’s first impressions.
I’ve just finished testing the updated version of Aprilia‘s Dorsoduro 1200. On paper Aprilia has merely upgraded a few things and, as such, it isn’t the most interesting new motorcycle of 2012. The upgrades include new Aprilia wheels that are said to be nearly 6 pounds lighter than previous models. This reduces unsprung weight, and I felt their effect during my test – the “new” Dorsoduro is more responsive than ever. A new front mudguard, a less-bulky exhaust heat shield and a new license-plate holder shaves an additional 300 grams. The Dorso’s 1200cc V-Twin is also a little bit more powerful than before, although the reasons why aren’t revealed in the tech specs. The improved engine-management system allows for even smoother operation than before, but Sport mode is still very fierce, so Touring mode is preferred in most riding scenarios. The 2012 Dorsoduro 1200 is just as fun as before but now it handles better and responds better to throttle input. More in my full review.