As many of you already know, Aprilia is introducing the 850 Mana, available first in Italy, and while I’m not sure where it will be going next, the US website has no mention of it. That’s too bad for riders here because this looks like a really nice bike. The Mana has Aprilia’s “Sportgear” transmission which can operate with your choice of 3 different “Autodrive” mappings or as a manual sequential seven speed.
– Sequential mode: The rider decides for himself when to change gear, either using the conventional pedal or a switch on the handlebars. A servo mechanism shifts the main pulley to change between the seven gear ratios amazingly quickly.
– Fully automatic mode (Autodrive): Sophisticated electronics assume control over everything, and the CVT transmission keeps the engine running at maximum torque speed for optimum pickup and acceleration. The Sportgear transmission offers a choice of three mappings:
Touring: for minimum consumption and maximum usability,
Sport: for top performance with blistering acceleration,
Rain: for use on wet or slippery roads
– Semi-Autodrive mode: it allows the rider only to change down independently. This is particularly useful for overtaking at maximum torque revs or for boosting engine braking when riding down a hill.
The 90 degree 76 hp V-Twin engine displaces 839cc and the clutch is fully automatic though the transmission can be operated by a foot lever or handlebar control. Having the manual or automatic choice makes this a pretty interesting bike, an easy commuter or a fun bike for the back roads. It has a very nice storage compartment, too, something usually missing on mid sized motorcycles.
I believe there will be a pretty healthy demand for this bike though you never know until it actually hits the showrooms. How well it actually works once test rides take place will also play a role in how quickly it’s accepted by potential buyers. If it does well, a lot of other manufacturers will be scrambling to get their own version out. This is one I would like to test ride.
More photos and link below:
Link: Aprilia Mana Website