- Automatic Transmission
- Ground Clearance
- Ride Quality
- Poor After-Sales Service
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Aprilia Mana Overview
Aprilia has been renowned the world over for its class leading motorcycles. Be it the WSBK dominating RSV4 that led Max Biaggi to 2 time championship success, or the mighty 1200 Dorsoduro or the hooligan V4R Aprilia's bikes have been widely appreciated, welcomed and looked at with sheer pleasure in mind. However like most Italian or even European motorcycles, Aprilias are quite expensive compared to their Japanese counterparts. So it's only fair that Aprilia should come up with what they term as their entry level streetbike- the Mana 850. But is it really what it claims to be? Or is it more?
Aprilia Mana Engine & Transmission
The Mana 850 features an 839.3 cc longitudinal SOHC 4 stroke, liquid cooled 90 degree V-twin engine featuring four valves per cylinder. With a bore X stroke ratio of 88 X 69 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1, the Mana cranks out peak power of 76.1 hp @8,000 rpm and peak torque of 73 NM @ 5,000 rpm. This then is not a high revving unit. Featuring digital fuel ignition with twinspark technology and and integrated engine management system, the unit manages to still impress with its power and torque figures. But wait that it not all, this engine gets mated to surprise of all surprises- an automatic transmission. Well, a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) after all. Aprilia have managed to do what very few manufacturers have had the courage to do; mate a bike with the twist and go convenience of a scooter. This 'Sportgear' transmission for the Mana 850 offers four separate drive modes viz. Sport, Touring, Rain and Manual. This is essentially an electronically controlled sequential gearshift unit. In Manual or 'sequential' mode as it is called, the rider can choose gears via the 2 wheeler variant of a paddle shifter, the Mana has 2 buttons located either side of the handlebar for either shifting up or down depending on the riding conditions.
Aprilia Mana Mileage
The Mana 850 has relatively decent fuel economy and on city rides you can hope to get 17-18 kmpl with highway figures going on to 20-23 kmpl depending on how you ride and where you ride.
Aprilia Mana Performance and Handling
Crank the engine, get the bike moving and you will not be disappointed by the way the Mana goes through the gears and accelerates. While not blisteringly quick, the Mana still manages to surge ahead effortlessly with shifts happening quite quickly thanks to the servo controlled transmission. Mind you this is a streetbike, not a sportsbike and hence it is quite gentle and refined. If you want to liven things up a little, switch into Sports mode and see the electronics breathe a fresh spark of life into the shift times. The 57.5-inch wheelbase, 24-degree rake and 4.05-inches of trail help the Mana 850tackle twisties with ease. It is certainly not scooter like and is a nimble handler. The low CoG (center of gravity) is courtesy the Mana carrying rear-weight bias of around 54% with the fuel tank being located underneath the front seat. The bike steers quickly and precisely and can go around back to back corners with suitable ease. Suspension duties on the bike are taken up at the front by a 43mm USD (upside down) front fork that unfortunately is not adjustable with and the rear shock that can be adjusted for preload and rebound.