2012 Aprilia Mana 850 GT Review

A testament to Aprilia’s technological prowess, the Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS is packed with rider-friendly technology. With the Mana’s Sport Gear transmission you can easily switch between manual and automatic riding modes with the push of a button. The Anti-Lock Braking System, integrated half-fairing and adjustable windshield, make the perfect touring companion or daily commuter.

A completely new motorcycling concept, the result of technological expertise, the courage tobelieve in innovation and be daring which is Aprilia's hallmark together with attention paid to motorcyclists' needs and a tendency to look to the future: Mana 850 is a complete motorcycle, thenew frontier, the missing link in an evolution that makes the world of motorcycling and its emotionsaccessible to all types of user.

Performance is pretty good, too. The Mana accelerates out of hairpin bends with a satisfying midrange punch, heading for a top speed of about 120 mph. The 839cc V-twin produces a throaty exhaust note that rises and falls rapidly as I thumb through the seven-speed sequential gearbox. Alternatively, I could use the foot shift lever, though it feels pretty odd to operate it without a clutch. Switching to automatic mode means the CVT takes care of everything-all I have to do is point the bike where I want it to go. But on these technical roads it's more fun to take control of the engine.

2012 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS Quick Stats:
WHEELBASE: 57.6 inches
BORE x STROKE: 88mm x 69mm
RAKE: 24 degrees
PRICE: $10,999