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Old 08-05-2010, 07:51 PM   #46
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So.....I started reading the Tuareg thread and began to wonder what the 750 engine was like. I headed down to our local dealer and low and behold they had a low miles used 2009 Dorsoduro. I took a test ride and was hooked! I've only put a few hundred miles on the bike but I'm very impressed with the whole package. I'm wondering if, with a little work, the Dorsoduro would make a good backroad / dirt road / fire road kind of adventure bike? My first step is trying the Avon rain tires for a little more dirt road traction. I'll let you folks know how the tires work out.
I'd be interested to know how many miles you get out of them.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:31 PM   #47
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2009 Dorsoduro - My new ride...

Pick up my 2009 Dorosoduro tonight.

To say im a little excited is an understatement. It has a whopping 340K's on the clock.

Does anyone know exactly what gets adjusted at the first 1000K service? I hear the engine might be governed until this service?

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Old 09-07-2010, 03:25 AM   #48
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:36 AM   #49
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Pick up my 2009 Dorosoduro tonight.

To say im a little excited is an understatement. It has a whopping 340K's on the clock.

Does anyone know exactly what gets adjusted at the first 1000K service? I hear the engine might be governed until this service?

Cheers.
Congratulations! Hopefully your are already a member on the Aprilia Forum
http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/f...splay.php?f=63

Lots of godd info there.

The 1000km is an oil change and valve adjustment. The shift light is 'programmable' using the mode switch. Did you get the operator manual with the bike?
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:54 PM   #50
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Been eyeing one of these up lately as a possible adventure touring mount. Seems as off-road or dirt-road worthy as a Ulysses or Versys, and at least close to a Strom.

Does anyone know what the first service costs? I heard with the RXV they have to drop the engine out of the frame to access the valves in the rear cylinder for the valve adjustment. Is this the case with the Dorsoduro too? It increases the cost and complexity of a valve adjustment by quite a bit, I'm told.

Could be worth it for that exhaust note and styling...
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:19 PM   #51
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Been eyeing one of these up lately as a possible adventure touring mount. Seems as off-road or dirt-road worthy as a Ulysses or Versys, and at least close to a Strom.

Does anyone know what the first service costs? I heard with the RXV they have to drop the engine out of the frame to access the valves in the rear cylinder for the valve adjustment. Is this the case with the Dorsoduro too? It increases the cost and complexity of a valve adjustment by quite a bit, I'm told.

Could be worth it for that exhaust note and styling...
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The service manual (pdf) I got with my bike states in the valve check procedure that "The following operation can be carried out with the engine fitted on the vehicle". It's shim under bucket adjustment, and it looks like the DOHC cams are gear driven. The service interval is 20K km and the little maintenance expense chart in the Motorcycle Consumer News reviews says it's a 1.5 hour job.

I only have about 300 miles on mine so far and have been getting about 100 miles before the low fuel warning light comes on so I think that might be a limitation in the boonies (although no worse than most dirt bikes with their stock tanks). The seat isn't very comfortable (at least not so far).

There's more than 6" of travel in the suspension and it's adjustable for preload and rebound damping. Not many luggage options. I just ordered a Krauser topbox and rack today, and Aprilia has some soft panniers and a rack to keep them out of the wheels and off the exhausts.

Bought this as a play bike and I'm thrilled with it so far.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:03 AM   #52
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Congratulations! Hopefully your are already a member on the Aprilia Forum
http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/f...splay.php?f=63
If he is/was.. he wouldn't have bought the bike.
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:10 PM   #53
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If he is/was.. he wouldn't have bought the bike.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:25 PM   #54
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If he is/was.. he wouldn't have bought the bike.
haha, yep, ive been to that forum and Yes, I still wanted the bike. So far im extremely happy with it. My plans are to remove the stupid seat strap as its right under my butt and then just ride it....

i will look at the fuel shortage eventually and look at some sort of aux tank setup. Already got a couple of ideas but am not going to do anything until the 1200 is released and i make sure i cant adapt a tank of that bad boy.

Thanks All....
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Congratulations! Hopefully your are already a member on the Aprilia Forum
http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/f...splay.php?f=63

Lots of godd info there.

The 1000km is an oil change and valve adjustment. The shift light is 'programmable' using the mode switch. Did you get the operator manual with the bike?
Yep, got the manual. Changed the rev light as it was bugging me. Set it at 8000 and doesnt come on as often now. hehe. Slowly getting used to it and its exceeded all my expectations so far......
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:01 PM   #56
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haha, yep, ive been to that forum and Yes, I still wanted the bike. So far im extremely happy with it. My plans are to remove the stupid seat strap as its right under my butt and then just ride it....

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Thanks All....
The seat strap ends are held together with a couple of bolts. Take off the seat and the five or so screws holding the tail section on (there is a little spot of velcro over the tail light too) and then you'll see them. Piece of cake.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:30 PM   #57
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The seat strap ends are held together with a couple of bolts. Take off the seat and the five or so screws holding the tail section on (there is a little spot of velcro over the tail light too) and then you'll see them. Piece of cake.
Awesome. Cheers
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:59 AM   #58
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Awesome. Cheers
While you're in there, I highly recommend taking off that horrible stinger. A tidy-tail kit is less than $90 and made me at least $200 happier... ;)
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:06 PM   #59
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Any of you Dorso guys have any more info on the new 1200 Dorsoduro coming out soon? Looks like it will go over 500 lbs. wet. 130 HP.

I haven't read this whole thread ... forgive if this is old news.
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Any of you Dorso guys have any more info on the new 1200 Dorsoduro coming out soon? Looks like it will go over 500 lbs. wet. 130 HP.

I haven't read this whole thread ... forgive if this is old news.
The 1200 engine specs came out about at the same time as the 750,
but no bike to go around it since (it's been years now).
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