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Raiderfan
11-18-2013, 05:39 PM
Hello all. Another new D1200 owner checking in. Picking up a 2012 model, completely standard, 2,500 miles on the clock on Saturday. A return to Aprilia: had a Falco and then an RSVR a few years ago before discovering the brilliance of Buell for a few years (including riding from Alaska to Argentina on a Ulysses). Keen to meet up with any Brits for rideouts and/or track days - Brands and Spa planned for the new year.

And, like most people on here, absolutely stunned by how good the Dorso is. It's just a set of aftermarket cans away from perfection!

Al

Brinks_2
11-18-2013, 07:05 PM
Hi Raider, good to here it has placed a grin on your dial. Enjoy it, it takes some time to get the grin off after each ride. :)

Raiderfan
11-20-2013, 04:00 PM
Thanks Brinks.

So where are all the British Dorso riders?!

trainman
11-22-2013, 04:27 PM
Thanks Brinks.

So where are all the British Dorso riders?!
me fellow newb too, I had the same thought, I guess it may be that the 1200 was only imported here for a few years and maybe UK riders of this type of bike prefer the big cc's like the Dukes or KTM, I think the lack of dealers in some areas and the changes at top of Aprilia put people off too

airbus330
12-03-2013, 10:52 AM
me fellow newb too, I had the same thought, I guess it may be that the 1200 was only imported here for a few years and maybe UK riders of this type of bike prefer the big cc's like the Dukes or KTM, I think the lack of dealers in some areas and the changes at top of Aprilia put people off too

Our American cousins may be surprised to learn that there are only 67 DD1200 ABS and 15 Non-ABS on the road in the UK at the present time, there are 5 more on SORN (legally off the road) including mine. There are 143 RSV 07 variety alone. Unsurprisingly, we are a rare sight on UK roads, which to my mind is just fine!:D

trainman
12-03-2013, 06:01 PM
Our American cousins may be surprised to learn that there are only 67 DD1200 ABS and 15 Non-ABS on the road in the UK at the present time, there are 5 more on SORN (legally off the road) including mine. There are 143 RSV 07 variety alone. Unsurprisingly, we are a rare sight on UK roads, which to my mind is just fine!:D

that's good to hear, as you say its good to be different, sort of explains why they stopped importing it but still wonder why it didn't sell, maybe the other makes were more attractive

airbus330
12-04-2013, 03:51 AM
that's good to hear, as you say its good to be different, sort of explains why they stopped importing it but still wonder why it didn't sell, maybe the other makes were more attractive

The couple of theories I have heard is that a) supermoto style bikes are not very popular in the UK, but are in mainland Europe (how many Ducati Hypermotards do we see?) and b) that this was a testbed for the new 1200 v twin before it went in the more popular Adventure style bike that is now the Caponord.

Personally, I love the engine and think Aprilia have missed a trick by not putting it into a more road orientated bike. I might have to get rid of the DD as I'm sick of having to plan my trips around which fuel station I am going to need to fill up at. Tank range is criminally poor.

BTW, if your bike doesn't have one, I highly recommend the PUIG screen and running it on Super Unleaded.

trainman
12-04-2013, 12:21 PM
The couple of theories I have heard is that a) supermoto style bikes are not very popular in the UK, but are in mainland Europe (how many Ducati Hypermotards do we see?) and b) that this was a testbed for the new 1200 v twin before it went in the more popular Adventure style bike that is now the Caponord.

Personally, I love the engine and think Aprilia have missed a trick by not putting it into a more road orientated bike. I might have to get rid of the DD as I'm sick of having to plan my trips around which fuel station I am going to need to fill up at. Tank range is criminally poor.

BTW, if your bike doesn't have one, I highly recommend the PUIG screen and running it on Super Unleaded.

agree totally with second para, that may well shorten my ownership too

have just got the screen, have also blanked off most of the rad to help warm up, now getting 26/27 mpg commuting! does being in S mode help at all?

airbus330
12-04-2013, 05:04 PM
agree totally with second para, that may well shorten my ownership too

have just got the screen, have also blanked off most of the rad to help warm up, now getting 26/27 mpg commuting! does being in S mode help at all?

Crikey, I was complaining about 34mpg! That tank is really going to pee you off. Personally, I didn't find that Sport mode made much difference to the mpg, but caning the beanz out of it definitely does. How can a modern twin be so uneconomical? I find superUL gives an extra 2mpg which helps a bit, plus I think the throttle pick up is smoother. I usually just run it in T, unless I really want to go for it. I also like R in greasy road conditions as it eases off the throttle response. I'm running Pirelli Corsas which can be a bit skittish in the wet, but are superb in the dry. This maybe just me, but I find the bike is very sensitive to tyre pressures, particularly the front, if it is down a few PSI, it really makes the steering sluggish.

Interesting comment about the radiator, I find my bike warms up to operating temp in about 4 miles, does yours take longer?

trainman
12-05-2013, 11:54 AM
Crikey, I was complaining about 34mpg! That tank is really going to pee you off. Personally, I didn't find that Sport mode made much difference to the mpg, but caning the beanz out of it definitely does. How can a modern twin be so uneconomical? I find superUL gives an extra 2mpg which helps a bit, plus I think the throttle pick up is smoother. I usually just run it in T, unless I really want to go for it. I also like R in greasy road conditions as it eases off the throttle response. I'm running Pirelli Corsas which can be a bit skittish in the wet, but are superb in the dry. This maybe just me, but I find the bike is very sensitive to tyre pressures, particularly the front, if it is down a few PSI, it really makes the steering sluggish.

Interesting comment about the radiator, I find my bike warms up to operating temp in about 4 miles, does yours take longer?

I find with the rad blanked it takes 3/4 miles, but temp here is 0C overnight and not much more daytime, also to be fair bike rarely gets into 4th gear on my city commute. Fuel cost not an issue for me its the tank size that's annoying. Other big twins do seem better.

Anyway will worry about fuel when old and broke! For now its a great ride,roll on spring.

Curly1965
01-11-2014, 09:23 PM
Hi to the select few that bought a DD12, got mine last march but only just found the forum. After 20 or so years on kawasaki and the last 10 on what I think is the best sports bike zx10. Had to admit getting old and needing a comfy riding position, also wanted a twin, extremely joyous that I picked the DD. If it was fitted with the Caponord fuel tank it would be perfect. So few of us on the road, who wants a common everywhere you look Duc or ktm. Enjoy your riding and tell the kids daddy is coming home :peace:

Raiderfan
01-13-2014, 03:13 PM
Hey Curly - you're not old - 1965 is only four years before I was born!

Welcome to the DD12 club - if you're ever in the South East, give me a shout.

Al

Curly1965
01-13-2014, 08:46 PM
Thanks for those kind words Al, if I'm ever down there I will give you a shout. Would be excellent if we could get all the 12's together for a meet. Av you got some cans yet, I looked at tons, always had Leo's in the past but just took delivery of a set of Mivv souno black, not fitted yet but will post pics when done also gonna make the back end sexier (well I think it will be) will also post pics and the DD universe can decide

Al (also) :peace: Enjoy your riding and tell the kids, daddy is coming home

stockell_mat
01-14-2014, 05:03 PM
Hello all, I am also a DD 12 owner. I LOVE IT. Currently living in Cobham but keeping the bike secured in central London. Al- I am well up for a ride out or a track day, but the bike is temporarily in bits as am having all the pipes coated by zircotec. Also I finally found a rexxer tuning specialist in Cambridge, I will keep you all updated on how it goes. Mat

Raiderfan
01-16-2014, 02:37 PM
Hello all, I am also a DD 12 owner. I LOVE IT. Currently living in Cobham but keeping the bike secured in central London. Al- I am well up for a ride out or a track day, but the bike is temporarily in bits as am having all the pipes coated by zircotec. Also I finally found a rexxer tuning specialist in Cambridge, I will keep you all updated on how it goes. Mat

There we go: DD12 riders in the UK starting to come out of the woodwork!

I don't have any cans yet, but will (obviously!). They seem seriously expensive, though: 1k upwards?! Aftermarket cans for Buells are less than half that. And, whatever you think of Buells, the sound of those things with a decent can is absolutely AWESOME.

Was planning on Arrow cans, but if others know better, happy to be educated...

stockell_mat
01-17-2014, 01:37 PM
Al, I have got a pair of pipewerxs in all carbon. I think that they are incredible but VERY loud. I am presently running without the dB killers in as it has a deeper bass. The only problem is that the fuel economy has dropped something rotten, possible due to the air inversion mentioned in other posts, which is why I want to get it flashed / tuned on the Dyno at BDS with the rexxer . I will try to get some pictures up over the weekend.

Curly1965
01-18-2014, 05:59 PM
Hi everybody, I looked at the pipewerx, they make some really nice pipes and are a very reasonable price compared to some. But in the end I got Mivv souno from Italy ( was cheaper than buying in UK, fitted them yesterday sound nice still got the db's still in will try without next time she is out to play. Not sure on fuel yet av just started using super. Same as Mat will try for pics over wkend. Enjoy your riding and tell the kids, daddy is coming home.

Bloy182
03-05-2014, 05:55 PM
Another UK member here!

Had the 750 DD now getting the 1200 in a few days! Never had so much fun on a bike! I much prefer them to my 09 blade.

Who cares it only does 100 miles or less on a tank, the age we live in there are fuel stations every 5 miles! 30mpg? priceless to the amount of fun you have. Want economics jump on your 125 !

Tear up the streets on a V-twin, cant beat it!

jasonmachine
03-06-2014, 02:14 AM
Hi Raider...welcome to the world of smiles and giggles! Just a heads up about putting on aftermarket pipes...i think it may be best to have yr toy dyno'd and mapped at the same time. Loads of posts i have read from guys having surging and fueling problems, like myself. My next step is to remove the oxygen sensor in the cat pipe, or put back the stock cans.
Anyways, enjoy the machine...i wish you guys in the UK could get to South Africa and try our awesome roads and weather.