One hot Aprilia cafe racer…that can be ridden with only one hand!
The Aprilia Mana 850, offered since 2007, is a naked bike with a 90° V-twin engine and automatic transmission. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) offers three mode — Sport, Touring, and Rain. While there is no clutch lever, the transmission can also be placed in a manual mode, where the rider switches gears with a standard foot-shifter or paddle-shifters on the left grip. The bike offers 53 horsepower and a quarter-mile time of 13.5 seconds. Sport Rider has said of the bike:
“The Mana isn’t exactly a sportbike, but it is an awfully nice tool to tackle the everyday needs of a rider.”
While we’re usually not that fans of automatic transmissions, they certainly have their uses. This particular bike, in fact, has been customized for a rider with no right hand, with all of the controls moved to the left side. This customization has been the work of Giorgio De Angelis of Rome’s De Angelis Elaborazioni, in collaboration with his friend Fabio Senesi. For this reason, they named the bike “OnlyOne.”
Below, we get the full story from Giorgio himself, as well as a slew of stunning photos from Giovanni De Angelis.
Aprilia Cafe Racer: In the Builder’s Words
Hi guys, I present my customization created in collaboration with a friend of mine Fabio Senesi. It is a fully developed Aprilia Mana 850 automatic year 2008. I called the bike: OnlyOne.
The customization was very long and complicated. The bike originally had the fuel tank on the rear while its fake tank was a helmet compartment.
The bike has been all twisted. WE mounted the fuel tank on the front side, made completely by hand in aluminum, along with a super complete hand-crafted exhaust.
We mounted front and rear suspension Ohlins / Andreani Group, as well as Rc-Radiators aluminum radiator and Sesfactory exhaust. Radial Brembo racing pump.
The bike has been customized for an invalid person, it does not have the right hand, so all the controls have been moved to the left side.
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Photos by: Giovanni De Angelis (www.giovannideangelis.it)