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fnfalman
06-01-2009, 05:15 PM
I have put off test riding the Mana for the longest just because I was under the misconception that it's an overgrown scooter and kind of beeing poo-pooing it.

Well, Ed@AF1 insisted on my taking it for a ride while I was in town, so who am I to say no? I took it for a good two-days ride but not heavy twisties though. Just putting around town and hitting the freeway and backroads a bit.

Well, I was dead wrong. This is a motorcycle albeit with a weird transmission. Very natural sitting position for me, and confidence inspiring handling. Micah@AF1 said that other than the Leo slip-on, everything is stock. The suspension is well sorted & damped for my fat ass of 210-lbs. The 90-degree V-twin is making more of a Ducati-esque thumping noise but with the typical Aprilia growl instead of Ducati basse. At freeway speed, it was super stable with great directional stability ala my BMW Rockster. At low speed, the damn thing maneuvers like a scooter - awesome!!! Brakes are more than acceptable for the type of bike it is - very controllable yet powerful enough to stop hard.

Surprisingly enough, even without any wind screen I didn't feel any serious windblast even with the 110-MPH plus runs. It would make for a great commuter bike. It definitely has more flair than the SV650/Gladius/Ninja650R/Versys/Monster runabouts. Pretty good gas mileage too, around low 40s-MPG, I believe.

The Leo pipe looks sexy AND sounds sweet like a typical Leo pipe for V-twin.

My main complaints are very few:

1. Maybe move the pegs to the rear an inch or two. Minor discomfort for me. Very minor discomfort, though I'm used to the Tuono's rearset so for people who prefer a more innocuous ride, the Mana's pegs might be it for them.

2. The vibration is wayyyyyy too much when set to SPORT mode, especially through the left foot. My left foot went numb within a minute of setting the SPORT mode. TOUR mode is fine for all around.

Would I buy it? Yes, I would...except for the funds issue. I'm saving up for Tuono V4 but otherwise I would buy it just for grins and giggles.

Awesome runabout.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Ride%20with%20Tony/Visit%20to%20AF1%202009/AF1RacingVisit010.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Ride%20with%20Tony/Visit%20to%20AF1%202009/AF1RacingVisit003.jpg

Dman51
06-01-2009, 05:39 PM
I wish I could get that bike it looks great and everyone who said "eh its a big scooter" has like u been wrong once riding the thing so its understandable. I hope it will catch on here in the US and maybe they will bring a smaller one out like a 500cc that I could actually afford. Did you get a chance to check out the storage under the "gas tank"? I heard its pretty deep and can hold a full face helmet.

Micah / AF1 Racing
06-01-2009, 08:40 PM
I do not know if it will hold a helmet, I have always brought mine inside with me, you only have to replace one Arai to feel slightly burned. I know the "trunk" will hold my DSLR (big) camera bag, a bottle of water, a point and shoot camera, a can of redbull and a 9mm pistol...all at the same time!

SAFit07
06-01-2009, 08:56 PM
2. The vibration is wayyyyyy too much when set to SPORT mode, especially through the left foot. My left foot went numb within a minute of setting the SPORT mode. TOUR mode is fine for all around.


+ 1

Felt the stock 'sound' was better in this mode...but agree, the vibration is not for me. Touring mode is just fine.

SilverFoxUno
06-01-2009, 09:42 PM
I do not know if it will hold a helmet, I have always brought mine inside with me, you only have to replace one Arai to feel slightly burned. I know the "trunk" will hold my DSLR (big) camera bag, a bottle of water, a point and shoot camera, a can of redbull and a 9mm pistol...all at the same time!

Yes, Micah, a helmet will fit...at least, some helmets will...but not with all that other stuff in there

Mana-in-NC
06-01-2009, 09:44 PM
Yes, Micah, a helmet will fit...at least, some helmets will...but not with all that other stuff in there

Well, I guess he could squeeze of a few rounds on the 9mm to open it up and make some more room :D

VFR4Lee
06-01-2009, 10:26 PM
I hope Aprilia has demo rides at the Long Beach MC show next December. I'd like to try one to see what the transmission is like. :cool:

It's not a scooter at all, imho. Too big for that, and has full size wheels. :p:

SapperPest19
06-02-2009, 01:05 AM
I do not know if it will hold a helmet, I have always brought mine inside with me, you only have to replace one Arai to feel slightly burned. I know the "trunk" will hold my DSLR (big) camera bag, a bottle of water, a point and shoot camera, a can of redbull and a 9mm pistol...all at the same time!

http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=179379

There's a thread about what helmets fit and don't fit. Oh, and a .45 fits as well. :)

jsherm01
06-02-2009, 11:11 AM
[QUOTE=fnfalman;2194512] "...It definitely has more flair than the SV650/Gladius/Ninja650R/Versys/Monster runabouts..."

HEY! :soap: Dammit I have a Versys runabout and I take great exception to your comment that the Mana has more flair :bond:

But after 2500 miles on the Mana we bought for the wife I... have to agree with you. :cheers:

How much for the DEMO with trading in my Versys?

fnfalman
06-02-2009, 01:28 PM
The storage did not take my Nolan N102 flip-up but that's a big ass helmet. However, it can take some serious cargo because it's a fairly cavernous hole.

SapperPest19
06-02-2009, 03:51 PM
The storage did not take my Nolan N102 flip-up but that's a big ass helmet. However, it can take some serious cargo because it's a fairly cavernous hole.

A gallon of milk, a pint of Ben & Jerry's, a couple packs of shredded cheese, a couple packs of tortillas, and a few other miscellaneous small items. It's fun to see people's reaction when I put a gallon of milk in the "trunk" of the bike.

ritchj
06-02-2009, 09:05 PM
Dainese Airstream Course fits just fine.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3142/3060760863_83f92cbe8d.jpg

kboe
06-02-2009, 11:51 PM
As does an Arai profile with 2 pairs of gloves stuffed inside and a Garmin GPS unit.

Beau1K
06-03-2009, 12:07 AM
I rode one. I think it's pretty cool. It is a motorcycle...not a scooter...that's for sure. I classify it as the ULTIMATE beginner-learner bike/commuter/around town bike/DMV test bike ;). The transmission is VERY smooth...you pretty much forget about it after a while. I was really thrashing on it too. 2 UP...pounding on the brakes...full throttle on/off/on/off/on/off just playing around to see how the shifting worked in the different modes etc.

Overall I liked it. I felt it was quite underpowered and the suspension was too soft but I'm used to my Tuono Factory...so...of course it's going to feel that way. Plus the chick I had on the back had a thick 'ol ass so that could have been what was going on with the suspension :D

fnfalman
06-03-2009, 11:38 AM
Plus the chick I had on the back had a thick 'ol ass so that could have been what was going on with the suspension :D

Say it isn't so, Beau!!! You went hoggin' again?

SilverFoxUno
06-03-2009, 04:23 PM
Dainese Airstream Course fits just fine.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3142/3060760863_83f92cbe8d.jpg

Perfect...where's the ice?

ritchj
06-04-2009, 10:27 AM
Perfect...where's the ice?

I do ice in the Vespa - the Mana isn't sealed


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3638/3551971909_17ccfefc59.jpg

jrflanne
06-04-2009, 12:56 PM
I'm going to get out there and ride that bike sometime. I think it is an awfully cool concept and I would bet there is some additional HP to be had with that motor. Seems like one of the AF1 guys were rippin' 13.4's in the 1/4. Or something like that.