2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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2007 Aprilia Tuono Comparison

The 2007 Aprilia Factory came in as the favorite for the win in year’s comparo, the non-Factory of the Tuono streetfighter having top honors in our ’06 comparo.

Tuono Factory

The Aprilia Factory emerging as the victor of year’s Streetfighter Comparo is not a surprise. Arriving at the ’07 bolstered with top-shelf upgrades and choice bits of fiber additions, the return of an more refined defending was bad news for this year’s of competitors. Hey no fair, you’re and, you’re right, it of isn’t fair.

But as my old man used to life’s hard, then you So, now that we know the Aprilia is the bike of this bunch, examine what makes Priller different.

Lining up our and ’07 Tuono test superficial tweaks to the graphics and stand out as the obvious differences. For the graphics on the Factory Tuono some getting used to, but you see that lion head pop out of the tank like one of those eye posters, how can you not be hooked? The major variations between the Factory and R are the fork and gaudy gold-painted frame.

Most of us felt the Italian beauty looked although Ken got in a Joan Rivers-esque dis in as he I thought gold paint out in the 70s. Hutch’s quibble the Factory dominated the Appearance on our scorecard — with its 9.0 far ahead of the second-place Triumph at

With different graphics and accents, the Factory Tuono itself further from its sibling by the use of Ohlins suspension.

The use of on the Factory is part of the aesthetic with the coveted material the belly pan, side mudguard and spoilers. As far as the CF’s on the performance end of things, when we our Factory model on the scales and the 28.5 lbs of gas in its 4.75-gallon fuel we tallied a tank-empty weight of 443 2 pounds heavier than year’s Tuono. Go figure.

The headlining components for the Factory are the fully-adjustable Ohlins 43mm fork and monoshock. Whether the Ohlins upgrade deserves credit for the Factory Tuono’s handling is debatable, as last regular Showa/Sachs-equipped Tuono was a handler too. The bonus offered up by the Ohlins is the improved to adjustments and the all important bling-factor comparing it to other bikes bench racing summits.

is probably the toughest category to in a test like this, Chamberlain, who is one of two testers to participate in year’s comparo. The road change by the hour; freeway, road, track, city and test riders of varying are swapping back and forth at stop. Dialing in the clickers for weight, riding style and is damn near impossible.

being said, I was very with the Tuono. Right out of the box the seemed to work well in conditions. It soaked up the rough roads and felt very at the track as well.

The Ohlins on the Factory Tuono correlate to on the Factory Mille, which AMA Superbike competitor Alex tested for us last year. The rider felt the posh suspenders began paying for once he was pushing his limits on the As none of us MCUSA regulars can of qualifying for an AMA Superbike main on their resumes, we’ll on the true racer in our ’07 cadre to vouch for the Aprilia’s

Jimmy Filice said it all after his first session on the Tuono, he hopped off and said, a gigantic grin, now that’s a bike!

Its looks were sharp, but the Factory’s handling was even When the scores were all it was clear that none of the were anywhere near it in regard.

The highlight of the Tuono is its handling prowess where it got sweep on the scorecard with a 9.0 (the next closest the Ducati at 7.5). The front end mountains of confidence and the Tuono’s ability is without equal in test. The 25-degree rake, trail and 55.5-inch wheelbase, the of the streetfighter group by 0.7 inches, to earn it top honors among our of discerning dicers.

Even it was third heaviest on the scales, the feels light, nimble and to transition through technical on either the street or track. Our with the Tuono and its RSV Mille support the belief that is one of the better handling bikes on the today. Combine its excellent with a comfortable riding and wide bars and it’s no it flicks side-to-side with effort and ranks so high our group when the dust settled on our track test.

The is hands down the most of all our mounts. Attacking corners on the is intuitive, with the machine setting you up before you have to think about it. Whether the superbike geometry, Ohlins or some strange incantation by Aprilia’s factory workers on Tuono that rolls off the line — the bike splendid handling across the

Don’t get the wrong idea We don’t really have a on this bike. The Tuono’s shines, but not as bright as its out-of-this-world The 60-degree V-Twin provides a ample stream of power start to finish, with a top end delivering an hp peak just shy of 112 at 9700 rpm — good for third best behind the FZ1 and while only slightly than the S4R.

On the flip side the Tuono musters a last-place in peak production, 62.3 lb-ft @ rpm, but as this test it’s not just quantity but that counts.

The 2007 is still powered by the V60 Magnesium that adorned last comparo winner.

The Factory’s is the same engine that us on the regular Tuono last — the oversquare 97 x 67.5 mm having been revamped for with new mapping and alterations to the heads and cams. Unless the is trying to put in some fast laps, it isn’t necessary to too much about the motor at the helm since there seems to be a steady stream of available in the middle of the rev range. allows the rider to focus on the ahead, scan for obstacles and up the approaching twisties.

Compared to the the Aprilia’s high-revving Twin is of a character altogether. While the S4R and rattles like a race the Tuono feels and sounds polished and a bit subdued. Performance at the is not one of the Tuono’s strong points, the tall gears take a to get rolling and equate to a respectable mile effort of 10.78 at 133 two-tenths of a second slower but 3 mph versus its Italian rival.

The news is that throttle is quite crisp, without too abrupt, so overall this is a engine that places 3rd in our judgments, behind the Kawasaki and

Overall power seems similar between all these with the biggest difference how they make it, explains I like the way the Tuono makes While it doesn’t feel it has the torque of the Ducati, it still to really get the power to the ground.

The Tuono’s transmission doesn’t as favorable a rating as the motor. the 6-speed gearbox is precise, no complaints about missed or false neutrals, it is less than those on the Japanese Some riders also nagging doubts about the feel at the lever.

One very trait was the Tuono’s Pneumatic Clutch (PPC), or slipper-type which reduces rear hop on downshifts. The design went by most test riders, lack of complaints about wheel chatter serves as that Aprilia’s proprietary is doing its job.

The Factory riding position manages to be comfortable and aggressive, good for street and track.

Braking is high point for the Aprilia on the scorecard. Dual 320mm paired with four-pot Gold radial calipers are the best of the bunch by our crew, who the strong, progressive feel at the and an untouchable pool of power on at all times. The rear brake, a disc pinched down by two-piston calipers, was way, way impressive.

Over the years the brake on all Aprilia sportbikes tested have been but it never really came to bite us, because a rear is almost a formality these Unfortunately, after a full day of riding, the rear binder which wouldn’t have too terrible if our hired-gun hadn’t perpendicular to the ground performing a wheelie at the time. All we wanted was a lead photo for the Tuono as the improved at the end of the day.

What we got some loud, nasty sounds and a beautiful Tuono quite as pretty anymore. right folks, 5 minutes concluding the test we binned the expensive bike of the bunch to get one last wheelie shot for the gallery. Sorry, Aprilia.

No bike in our comparo matches the in fit and finish, which is why it earns an 8.7 in the way ahead of the second-place Kawi’s The tidy instrument cluster plenty of useful information, a left-side analog tach with a digital speedometer. The MPH figure shares the right-side LCD with a clock, trip and engine temperature gauge.

The Aprilia’s controls are unconventional with the odd kill switch, and turn signal arrangement to inadvertent beeps of the horn bike changes, but once you got to them they contribute to the flavor of the glamorous Tuono.

area where the Aprilia not be matched was in the braking department, the dual 320mm rotors four-piston Brembo calipers the best by our testing crew.

are known for there flashy priced extravagance, elucidates Mr. You need to look no further the Tuono Factory to see that bike is in the same vein as $300 dollar Louis wallet you’ve been

Not to say I wouldn’t mind flopping out the LV at the bar to impress the chicks, but it all boils to the affordability factor.

So, how do you put a price on a That is the question with the Tuono. There’s no doubt it smiles all over our faces, a miniscule 0.1 of a point behind the for top honors in Grin Factor. In the question on our scorecard, however, the earns its lone whammy, it scores a 6.0 — tied the Ducati for last.

Even its impressive four-year warranty, at the question of whether or not the Factory is worth the near doubled price of the second-place Z1000 is a big To some of our testers, like Filice, it wasn’t even an — he says for his purposes he save his money until he afford the Aprilia.

This bike was the most bike and this would be my exclaims Filice with his evil grin, even if it take a couple years to up that much.

For others, our ramen-eating, twenty-something coupon-cutters and Waheed, the Z is a better choice for fictitious money. Maybe the pertinent question is whether the components and carbon fiber are worth the extra 4K over the non-Factory Tuono.

It’s worth it if you want the loaded of the sickest streetfighter on the planet, Hutch, one of two riders in our posse to both versions. Otherwise, the two are pretty dang close.

One that is not up for debate is who deserves year’s Streetfighter crown. the inauspicious conclusion to one of our most comparison tests in recent the Tuono Factory with its handling, flashy looks and engine comes out on top — a first-place 79.5% rating and Aprilia the right to claim in MotorcycleUSA.com’s annual Streetfighter

The beautiful Aprilia Tuono up on one wheel before the badness

Now, if we can just sweet Aprilia into lending us one for 2008.

Aprilia Scorecard:

User Friendliness 7.8

Engine: Performance 7.8

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