Motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the world are a fan of naked sportbikes. They are icons of freedom and power that come with a user-friendly functionality and masculine appeal. What the Italians did is, they added touring abilities on the motorcycle while still holding back its naked sports soul.
Though it is pretty much the same as the previous naked-sport model of Aprilia, the new Mana 850 GT has more to it when it comes to functionality. While on the exterior, it gives an understatement featuring a new-stylish half-fairing with adjustable windshield and round headlight, the under-seat functions project a more contrasting image.
Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS features a robust steel tube trellis frame with a single piece aluminum swingarm. The front suspension features 43mm upside-down fork. Moreover, the spring preload and rebound damping adjustable shock absorber makes the ride feel at home when its out on alien terrains.
Featuring the 850 Mana GT is a missive tank right in front of your seat, but don’t be in a rush to drain it with gasoline. This actually is a helmet compartment, with non-scratch lining for a full-face helmet, (count along) with mobile phone holder, toolkit/glove-box and 12V-power socket. Therefore, the Italians came up with a smarter way to locate the 4.22 gallons fuel tank, cleverly under the seat. Now the pillion rider will save the energy of holding your helmet all the while.
Powering the sports-tourer is an 839.3cc ninety-degree V-twin motor uptuned with the Euro3 Norms. This engine can pump up to 76 hp max power and 73 Nm max torque. Mated to the powerful motor is a Sportgear transmission with intelligent transmission characteristic, offering two riding modes- Sequential and Autodrive.
Under Sequential mode of riding, the rider gets to decide when to change gears either by tapping the gear shift lever on the left foot or by toggling switches on the left handlebar. The smart Semi-Sequential function downshifts automatically incase the rider misjudges the gears during aggressive braking or deceleration.
The second mode, Autodrive does some clever work in relation with electronics and the CVT transmission to do the entire job for the rider. Now the rider has to control the motorcycle solely on the accelerator and brake, the upshift and downshift is controlled completely by the electronics. The Autodrive comes with three different mappings- Touring, which allows the engine to rev low and give amazing mileage, Sport, which makes complete use of the engine potential giving optimum performance, and Rain, for the muddy terrains to allow rider to downshift to keep good traction. Moreover, the rider can shift from one mode to another at virtually any moment.
On the safety end, Aprilia has fitted the Mana 850 GT with ABS brakes. The latest generation 2-channel Continental ABS is very effective, even on the most unforgiving terrains. Moreover, the sports-tourer features linked brake system, something that connects your front and rear brake lines. Now you can apply both brakes by tapping just one. This feature is very handy when it comes to long tiring journeys. You may have a question here- since the bike does not have the normal clutch, how does the bike lock on gradients? Its simple, the Mana 850 GT sports handbrakes! Now you can just park the motorcycle on any steep gradient and pull the hand-brake lever, and it is safe as home.
Performance of the Mana GT 850 is phenomenal, with the 840cc engine pumping extremely loud power, irrespective of the mapping mode. It doesn’t look so quick when standing, but on the go, it performs amazingly. The V-twin almost lifts the motorcycle at mid-range revs, while its more smooth on the higher engine speed. Speaking of V-twin, the Mana gives the typical twin cylinder firing, with a ‘chang-chang’ that rises and drops as you tap through the sequential gearbox. Thought the automatic mode takes control from your hands and its all down to the electronics and computers to take care of the gear-shifting, it is still fun to ride and not boring like a commuter scooter. It requires enormous force to bring to halt all that horsepower. Aprilia has employed powerful braking package with supplementary ABS and Pirelli ST tires.
Thanks to the CVT, the sports-tourer glides through the traffic effortlessly and out on the trail, it is very agile and more forgiving on corners. Its great ground clearance gives you the ability to see six cars ahead of you in traffic and a sense of dominance over other riders. Won’t win you any traffic light drag races, but it is definitely more powerful when it comes to longer stretches.
Moreover, the riding positions is very flexible and comfortable, which is great on a long journey. Italians have given the Mana a unique styling with ergonomics, which is seen with the adjustable windshield and helmet compartment in front of the seat. This is the kind of motorcycle you can ride to work everyday, and still go with friends out on the trail during the season.
Engine and Transmission:
- Engine: Longitudinal 90-degree V-twin, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, single overhead cam with chain drive, four valves per cylinder.
- Bore X Stroke: 88 x 69 mm
- Engine displacement: 839.3 cc
- Compression ratio: 10:1
- Maximum power: 76 bhp @ 8,000 rpm.
- Maximum torqu: 73 Nm @ 5,000 rpm.
- Fuel system: Integrated electronic engine management system. Weber Marelli electronic injection with 38-mm throttle body.
- Ignition: Digital electronic, with two spark plugs per cylinder, integrated with fuel injection system.
- Starter: Electric start
- Exhaust: 2 into 1 exhaust system in 100% stainless steel with 3-way catalytic-con and lambda probe.
- Generator: 450 W @ 6000 rpm.
- Lubrication: Dry sump system with separate oil tank.
- Transmission: Sequential with manual or automatic mode.
7 ratios in manual mode.
3 mappings (Touring – Sport – Rain) in Autodrive mode. Gear change by pedal or handlebar control.
- Clutch: Automatic.
- Primary drive: Belt.
- Final drive: Chain.
- Fuel tank capacity: 16 liters.
- Frame: High-strength steel trellis frame.
- Front suspension: Upside-down fork, 43 mm stanchions. Wheel travel 120 mm.
- Rear suspension: Single- piece aluminum alloy swingarm.
- Shock absorbers: Shock absorber with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping.
- Brakes Front: dual 260 mm stainless steel discs. Radial calipers with four pistons.
- Brakes Rear: Disc. Single piston caliper. 2-channel Continental ABS system.
- Wheels: Aluminum alloy Front: 3.50 X 17″ Rear: 6.00 x 17″
- Tyres: Radials tubeless front: 120/70 ZR 17 rear: 180/55 ZR 17
- Max.: length 2,080 mm
- Max.: width 800 mm (at handlebar)
- Max.: height 1,270 mm
- Saddle height: 800 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,463 mm
- Trail: 101 mm
- Steering angle: 24°