The Aprilia Mana 850, ABS & Mana GT
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Aprilia have revolutionised
the motorbiking world by introducing the electronic gearbox
used in the Mana 850.
Mana GT 850 and Mana 850 share the same innovative engine
developed by the Aprilia Research & Development team
to make the most of the revolutionary qualities of the Sportgear®
electronically controlled transmission. This radical innovation
replaces the conventional gearbox and offers the rider a
choice between Sequential shift mode and Autodrive mode,
which offers three maps to suit different riding styles
and engine needs.
You can select between these two modes with the simple click
of a button, with sequential mode making it feel like you
are driving an F1 car, and autodrive providing maximum torque
at all times for speedier acceleration.
MATRIX INSTRUMENT PANEL
The handlebar button as shown above puts the multiple functions
of the analogue-digital instrument panel at your fingertip.
The sporty instrument panel also has its own dedicated self-diagnostic
memory. The LED backlighting -
white for the analogue area and red for the digital display
- has three different brightness settings to ensure the
data can be read at all times.
in Sequential Mode
This option gives you total control over the gearbox, letting
you select between 7 speeds with incredible speed and precision:
bend after bend, traffic light after traffic light In Semi-Sequential
mode, if the rider does not manually change gear, the transmission
downshifts automatically to prevent engine speed from falling
below the predetermined minimum threshold.
The Mana has a 839.3cc V-twin engine has
a CVT (continuously variable transmission) that produces
76BHP and a top speed of 120mph. When in autodrive the electronic
transmission system handles everything producing maximum
torque and acceleration at all times. On top of the automatic
system there are three mapping systems so you really can
get the most out of you Mana.
Ideal for making your long distance journey more relaxed.
Sport: For tackling the tarmac
with a vengeance and provide one hell of a ride.
Rain: Provide a safe journey
even in slippery conditions.
The 90° V architecture
engineensures class beating performance: 839.3cc produces
76.1 bhp at the crankshaft, with 7.45 kgm of torque available
at incredibly low engine speeds (just 5,000 rpm). The 4
valve per cylinder timing layout with a single overhead
camshaft is exceptionally effective and also simplifies
maintenance. The injection system is also managed by a sophisticated
electronic system to optimise performance and reduce emissions.
The stainless steel exhaust system with catalytic converter
and lambda probe (Euro 3) also contributes to the environmental
credentials of the engine.
On The Aprilia Mana Motorcycle
even the brake system features a degree of technological
sophistication worthy of a much more expensive bike. The
front brake has four-piston radial callipers stopping a
pair of floating discs with full 320 mm diameter and controlled
by a hydraulic pump with integrated reservoir. A 260-mm
rear disc brake completes the system.
The Mana is also available in the ABS version. The sophisticated
dual channel ABS further enhances the active and passive
safety of the bike. This system lets the rider make full
use of the power of the oversized brake system, even in
unforeseen situations and in difficult or treacherous conditions.
This impressive feature is fitted as standard on the GT!
Obsessive attention to detail can even be found in the suspension.
The upside down fork with 43-mm stanchions offers superbly
effective and progressive damping action. The adjustable
side-mounted shock absorber, linked directly to the monolithic
aluminium swingarm, has made a shorter wheelbase possible,
therefore providing greater manoeuvrability. Wheel travel
is 120 mm at the front and 125 mm at the rear: the ideal
values for tackling the whole spectrum of road conditions,
from cobbled city streets to mountain switchbacks. On the
Mana GT 850, the rear shock absorber is equipped with an
adjustment dial as standard, for finding the perfect setup
to cater for the additional weight of a passenger or luggage
for longer journeys even more quickly and easily.
The frame of the Mana GT 850 and Mana 850
was developed in parallel with the engine for total symbiosis
between the chassis and the powerplant. Its tubular steel
trellis structure ensures benchmark levels of rigidity to
suit the characteristics of the transmission and engine
performance, resulting in remarkable precision in the bends.
This stunning Aprilia machine
really does stand out from the crowd in every way, from
the perfect architecture and visual effect of the exposed
frame to the aggressive and elegant round headlight. On
the GT version, this unique character gains additional protectiveness
and aerodynamic efficiency with the ability to adjust the
windscreen to suit you personal preference.
The saddle has been located
under the seat, this is a race derived solution that ensures
the bikes centre of gravity remains balanced in all conditions.
The Mana also boasts a spacious
front compartment which is large enough for a flip-up helmet.
The compartment features internal lighting and is lined
with a slip-proof, scratch-resistant surface. The compartment
also includes a mobile phone pocket and a 12-V power socket:
everything you need conveniently within reach.
||Aprilia 90° longitudinal
V twin four stroke. Liquid cooled. Single overhead cam
with chain drive, four valves per cylinder. Euro 3.
|Bore x Stroke:
||88 x 69mm
|Maximum power at crank:
||56 kW (76.1 HP) at 8,000 rpm.
|Maximum torque at crank:
||7.45 kgm (73 Nm) at 5,000 rpm.
||Integrated engine management system.
||Digital electronic ignition, with two spark plugs
per cylinder, integrated with fuel injection system.
||Two in one system in 100% stainless steel with three-way
catalytic converter and Lambda probe.
|| 43 mm upside-down fork. Wheel travel: 120 mm.
||Aluminium alloy single-piece swingarm.
Hydraulic shock absorber adjustable in spring preload
and rebound damping.
||Double stainless steel floating disc (Ø 320
Radial calipers with four pistons.
||Stainless steel disc (Ø 260 mm). Single piston
caliper. Continental two channel ABS system (Version
for Mana ABS, as standard for Mana GT 850).
An array of accessories are available for
the Mana so you can style the bike to suit your needs. Amongst
these are a set of rigid panniers designed in perfect harmony
with the lines of bike, large enough to hold one flip-up
helmet each and made from impact resistant, scratch resistant
and wear resistant material. The top box and stainless steel
luggage rack help extend the load capacity of your bike
while maintaining perfect weight distribution, an effective
rear splash guard protects you from any water picked up
from a wet road and an adjustable comfort windscreen protects
your from all the elements. The full range of Mana accessories
can be found on our website.
Mana Reveiews &
The Aprilia Mana, while not necessarily tempting all riders
in motorcycledom, should provide many people with an excellent
alternative to the traditional transmission motorcycle.
It's a capable mount in just about every riding environment
with a very welcoming nature wrapped in a high-tech package.
I have to admit: over time the sheer simplicity of doing
nothing more than twisting the throttle made the Mana more
enticing to ride, especially in stop-and-go congestion-burdened
Los Angeles. On a few occasions the fact that I didn’t
have to continually manipulate the clutch lever as punishment
for being trapped behind slow-moving cagers during a technical
downhill decent actually made the ride more enjoyable.
What the Mana 850 may lack in suspension performance, it
more than makes up for in braking brilliance from the potent
pair of Aprilia-branded radial-mount 4-piston calipers.
The binders have heaps of power to crush the 320mm rotors,
and their performance would be flawless if it weren’t
for what I perceived as a minor amount of numbness exacerbated
by the long-ish reach to the lever. Despite being 4-way
adjustable, distances between positions on the lever are
still too far apart. Even our photog Fonzie, with his size
Large glove, noted the relatively long reach. This may seem
nit-picky, but considering many women or short-stature riders
may be attracted to the Mana for its overall ease-of-use,
we figured we’d point out this minor issue.The Mana
850 will probably make sense to a lot of folks. And when
we consider the amount of technology on tap, its great brakes,
comfortable riding position, excellent fit and finish and
the $9,899 MSRP, its value really starts to come into view.
All the more so in light of the $5,700 savings over Honda’s
similarly functioning DN-01 scootercycle. (Full review can
be viewed here)
Rider reviews (from
1) The Mana GT is most definitely
available...I demo'd one last weekend and the dealer said
theyre getting lots of interest. Ive got to say, I can see
why. what a fantastic bike! Its so clever and the gear box
is so good. At first I played around with the paddles on
the bars and the conventional gear lever but after a bit
I just forgot about them and enjoyed the most relaxing riding
experience I think ive ever had! Bliss on a bike it was
:) I reckon you could fit a chinese on your way home from
work under the false tank as well, complete with starters
:) Probably keep it warm as well haha!
Very impressive, Aprilia. Londons' a nightmare at rush hour,
my left hands' usually dead by the time I get to work. I'm
looking for a second bike to commute on so I can keep the
Kawasaki for weekend use and I think just found the perfect
2) I've had a Mana for 5
months. So far nothing has gone wrong and I love the thing
to bits. Buy one second hand if you can live without the
ABS and stick a Puig screen on it. Save yourself a fortune.
I bought mine with 700 miles on it for 4700. It was absolutely
mint and it's still lovely now.
You won't believe how great it is to have some luggage space
and since most people don't know it's there, it's unlikely
ever to be broken into. Unlike a top box.
Plenty fast enough for town and gets 44mpg, in town. Much
more out of town though I haven't measured precisely. The
trip computer is wildy pessimistic by the way.
Slow speed maneuvering is a doddle, and it's brisk off the
lights. ABS would be the only thing I would add after I
locked the front when a security guard dropped a barrier
in front of me as I was leaving a car park!
It's uncomfortable after more than an hour in the saddle
but I'm very tall. Other than that I can't fault it. Why
anybody would want to commute with a clutch is beyond me.
Go do it.