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    Great Mana Video

    This is a video by MCN.... a tour of the factory in Noale, and a full introduction to the technology and thought behind the development of the Mana 850.

    The video also answers a few questions that came up in other posts:

    Q: What is the Range?
    A: Just over 200km

    They describe the turning radius as "Ideal for City U-Turns". An attribute that most of the other Aprilia models are not so great at.

    check out the vid here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbX0KLzrT8Q
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougan View Post
    This is a video by MCN.... a tour of the factory in Noale, and a full introduction to the technology and thought behind the development of the Mana 850.

    The video also answers a few questions that came up in other posts:

    Q: What is the Range?
    A: Just over 200km

    They describe the turning radius as "Ideal for City U-Turns". An attribute that most of the other Aprilia models are not so great at.

    check out the vid here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbX0KLzrT8Q
    Thanks for that Dougan. Such a short range rules it out for me.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by williamr View Post
    Thanks for that Dougan. Such a short range rules it out for me.
    So, ditch the helmet storage and install a huge petrol tank up front (and use the smaller underseat tank as the auxiliary). It's not like your second choice of motorcycle has helmet storage and this way you still get the ECVT.
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    I think this all sounds pretty cool, but the last line of the video pretty much sidelined any hope I have of owning one,-9000 euros! So that must mean
    what? $14,000 US pesos,-er, I mean,- Dollars? Heres one prospective buyer
    who can't do it. I guess there is always the hope of winning the Lotto to fall back on.
    My paid for Scarabeo 500 is looking pretty good in comparison.

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    Impressive. Like the guy said, it's not THE future of motorcycling but part of it.
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    Nice video. Its refreshing to see more practical footage rather than the hype and scope of release media.

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    This is all great and I actually wouldn't mind having one (if someone bought it for me).

    The only problem I see with this, and what nobody really wants to admit is...this is technically, historically, NOT what you would call a motorcycle. It's not quite a scooter either.

    I propose "mooter," or "scootercycle."

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    Mooter at least made me laugh, but possibly the worst name ever!
    No one would ever want to buy a "Mooter," I can tell you that much.
    But a great giggle. I figure it looks enough like a M.C. to pass muster,
    and that would work well enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FUN DOG View Post
    ...this is technically, historically, NOT what you would call a motorcycle. It's not quite a scooter either.
    Technically, historically, all scooters had manual transmissions. Manual transmission scooters are called scooters; automatic transmission scooters are called scooters. The transmission has never been part of the definition for automobile, motorcycle, or scooter.

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    I think that fact that the type of machine is NOT a step-through design pushes it to a motorcycle. There are/have been several auto tranny bikes to come on the market the past 40 years or so. As I recall, they were still called "motorcycles".


    "Mooter" sounds dirty

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    It might as well be a Mooter since there has never been a scooter that looked that good, or performed as well. That little company amazes me. They go broke, get some funding, and let that collection of freaking geniuses go to work. Love the look of the Shiver (heck, I might even buy one), and love the look of the Mana. If Aprilia would build a sport-touring ride again (and bring it to the US), I would buy one. Right now.

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