2009 Aprilia Mana 850
The Aprilia Mana is the state of the art in motorcycle
technology. Only Aprilia, with its legendary technical
skills, would have dared take on a challenge of this
entity. The Aprilia 850 Mana is so advanced and so
unique that it simply cannot be compared with any
other motorcycle. The Mana takes all the stress from
motorcycling while injecting more satisfaction and
more fun into riding under all conditions, from commuting
to sports touring on the open road. All you need to
do to enter a whole new world is press the button
on the handlebars.
Its revolutionary Sportgear transmission is electronically
controlled to deliver unrivalled riding pleasure.
So whatever your riding style, and whatever the road
conditions, the Mana is the bike you will want to
The transmission management system offers a choice
of three “Autodrive” mappings plus a manual,
seven speed, sequential gearshift, so you can be absolutely
certain to find the perfect ratio for any traffic
condition and riding preference. Whether you are just
nipping across town or blowing away the cobwebs on
a winding country road, the Aprilia Mana always delivers
the ideal response and the same unique riding satisfaction.
Whatever the conditions, and whoever the rider (even
the most demanding), the Mana guarantees a perfect,
peak-efficiency ride that lets you discover hitherto
The Mana’s compact, sporty and ecological 90°
V twin engine is the perfect partner for this type
of transmission. It is compact, powerful and ecological.
Pace-setting power and torque mean brilliant performance,
especially in acceleration. Virtually no other naked
can keep up with a Mana as it pulls away from the
lights! Yet the Aprilia 850 Mana is so amazingly easy
to ride that blistering performance is well within
the reach of any rider. The technology that Aprilia
has developed for the 850 Mana is truly ‘rider-friendly’
and amazingly easy to use. The clutch lever has gone,
replaced by an electronic control system that leaves
you free to relax and enjoy the ride. The sequential
gearshift can even be operated by a simply handlebar
control as well as by the classic pedal.
As with all Aprilias, accurate design of the chassis
guarantees top level handling. The 850 Mana’s
tubular trellis frame gives the bike impressive strength
and torsional rigidity, and a single piece aluminium
swingarm and advanced suspension delivers road holding
to satisfy even the most demanding sports rider. Top
quality brakes add to active safety by ensuring impressively
short stopping distances.
The following are the characteristics that make the
Aprilia Mana unique:
- 90° V twin engine with four valves per cylinder,
Euro 3 homologated;
- sportgear transmission: electronically controlled
sequential gearshift offering two shift modes seven
speed manual or Autodrive with three mappings: Touring,
Sport, and Rain
- storage compartment with non-scratch lining,
large enough for a full-face helmet, with mobile
phone holder, toolkit & document holder, and
12V power socket;
- under-seat fuel tank;
- brakes with radial calipers;
- 43 mm upside down fork;
- offset monoshock with spring preload and rebound
- steel trellis frame with single piece aluminium
- twin spark ignition;
- electronic fuel injection with single throttle
- latest generation two channel ABS system (ABS
With its exclusive, unmistakably Italian styling,
the 850 Mana embodies the perfect combination of elegance
and practicality. As with all Aprilia nakeds, the
Mana’s high-tech components make an essential
contribution to overall design.
The 16 litre tank is located under the seat, lower
than normal, to distribute weight more evenly and
lower the bike’s centre of gravity. The “traditional”
tank location is occupied instead by an illuminated
storage compartment that is lined with non-slip, non-scratch
material and big enough to house a full face helmet.
The compartment also incorporates mobile phone storage
and a 12V power socket.
The Mana is the first motorcycle ever to provide
fully integrated helmet storage, a unique and immensely
practical advantage, especially for urban commuting
and short trips. The compartment is opened electrically
by a convenient switch on the handlebars. The lid
opens under the control of a hydropneumatic damper
that prevents accidental opening while the bike is
in motion. A manually operated lever under the passenger
seat is provided to release the compartment lid in
the event of a flat battery.
There can be no doubt that the Mana engine has opened
new horizons in the world of motorcycling, featuring
as it does a twin cylinder layout, electronic fuel
injection, bags of torque, and above all a revolutionary
transmission system that completely replaces the conventional
mechanical gearbox and delivers a whole new motorcycling
experience even under sport riding conditions.
To develop this amazing new engine, Aprilia has
relied on the expertise of the world’s top designers
and all the skill of its own R&D department.
Mana: the future of the gearbox
The most interesting aspect of the Mana engine is
without a doubt its primary drive system, based on
an electronically controlled, sequential transmission
that offers the rider a choice of control modes.
Riders can choose from two options:
- Sequential mode: The rider decides for himself
when to change gear, either using the conventional
pedal or a switch on the handlebars. A servo mechanism
shifts the main pulley to change between the seven
gear ratios amazingly quickly. During deceleration,
if the rider omit to change gear manually, the control
system intervenes to change down automatically, preventing
engine speed from dropping below the set threshold
and providing another valuable aid to active safety.
- Fully automatic mode (Autodrive): Sophisticated
electronics assume control over everything, and the
CVT transmission keeps the engine running at maximum
torque speed for optimum pickup and acceleration.
The Sportgear transmission offers a choice of three
Touring: for minimum consumption and maximum usability.
Sport: for top performance with blistering acceleration
Rain: for use on wet or slippery roads
- Semi-Autodrive mode allows the rider only to change
down independently. This is particularly useful for
overtaking at maximum torque revs or for boosting
engine braking when riding down a hill.
You can switch from Autodrive to Sequential mode and
back at any time, irrespective of riding conditions.
The handlebar gearshift control can also be disabled
from the dashboard.
The 90° V engine, chosen for torque and power
delivery, is the perfect match for this type of transmission.
Delivering 76 horsepower at the crank and well in
excess of 7 kgm of torque (at 5,000 rpm), the engine
produces an extremely flat power curve that translates
into plenty of ready power even at low revs.
The robust steel tube trellis frame sets new standards
for this class of machine and ensures top level handling
in line with the characteristics of the innovative
engine. The single piece aluminium swingarm is damped
by a monoshock that is laterally offset to free up
space for the exhaust pipe behind the engine and make
the motorcycle more compact. The Mana has a wheelbase
of only 1,463 mm, extremely short for a naked, even
a sports model.
The 43 mm upside down fork slides easily and features
an optimised setup for excellent performance even
under sport riding conditions. 120 mm of front wheel
travel lets you tackle all sorts of road surface.
Impressive stopping power is delivered by the very
best braking technology currently available, developed
in-house by Aprilia. Radial calipers with 4 pistons
are the state of the art for motorcycle brakes and
ensure maximum active safety under all braking conditions.
The generous front discs are 320 mm in diameter, the
standard size for Aprilia’s big bikes, and are
complemented by a single 260 mm rear disc.
A sophisticated two channel ABS system maximises the
Mana ABS’s already impressive levels of active
and passive safety by preventing wheel lock on slippery
surfaces and improving braking performance.
Your Mana 850 can become even more versatile, exclusive
and unique with the dedicated accessories that Aprilia
has designed to satisfy all your needs, from around-town
commuting for work or shopping to weekends away and
even long journeys.
Adjustable windscreen for stylish protection in all
weathers, even at high speeds. Generous side cases
personalised with the Mana logo, City 35 litre top
box with matching paint finish cover and passenger
backrest, robust steel luggage rack for an extended
carrying capacity and perfect weight distribution.
Aprilia 850 Mana Technical specifications
- Engine - Aprilia 90° longitudinal V twin four
stroke. Liquid cooled. Single overhead cam with
chain drive, four valves per cylinder. Euro3.
- Fuel - Unleaded petrol.
- Bore x stroke - 88 x 69 mm.
- Total displacement - 839.3 cc.
- Compression ratio - 10:1.
- Maximum power at crank - 56 kW (76.1 HP) at 8,000
- Maximum torque at crank - 7.45 kgm (73 Nm) at
- Fuel system - Integrated engine management system.
Weber Marelli electronic fuel injection with one
38 mm throttle body.
- Ignition - Digital electronic ignition, with
two spark plugs per cylinder, integrated with fuel
- Starting - Electric.
- Exhaust - Two in one system in 100% stainless
steel with three-way catalytic converter and Lambda
- Generator - 450 W at 6000 rpm.
- Lubrication - Dry sump with separate oil reservoir.
- Gearbox - Sequential with manual or automatic
mode selectable by the user. 7 ratios in manual
3 mappings (Touring, Sport, Rain) in automatic mode.
Gear change by pedal or handlebar control.
The user can switch from automatic to sequential
mode at any moment.
- Clutch - Automatic.
- Primary drive - Belt.
- Final drive - Chain.
- Frame - High strength steel trellis.
- Front suspension - 43 mm upside-down fork. Wheel
travel: 120 mm.
- Rear suspension - Aluminium alloy single-piece
swingarm. Hydraulic shock absorber adjustable in
spring preload and rebound damping. Wheel travel:
- Brakes - Front: double stainless steel floating
disc (? 320 mm). Radial calipers with four pistons.
Rear: stainless steel disc (? 260 mm). Single piston
caliper. Two channel ABS system (Mana ABS).
- Wheels - Aluminium alloy. Front: 3.50 x 17".
Rear: 6.00 x 17".
- Tyres - Radial tubeless. Front: 120/70 ZR 17.
Rear: 180/55 ZR 17.
- Overall length: 2080 mm
- Overall width: 800 mm (at handlebars)
- Overall height: 1130 mm
- Seat height: 800 mm
- Wheelbase: 1463 mm
- Trail: 103 mm
- Rake angle: 24°
- Tank capacity: 16 litres.
- Adjustable windscreen
- side cases personalised with the Mana logo
- City 35 litre top box with matching paint finish
cover and passenger backrest
- stainless steel luggage rack