2012 Aprilia Tuono V4 R Review —

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Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

The liter-size … sportbike always wanted

Here’s Our Tuono V4 R test bike out 154 horsepower at its wheel, 20 horses up on the wild Ducati Streetfighter. altered valve timing, intake ducts and extra mass hint at some of the dreaded detuning common in bikes, the Tuono’s 65-degree feels anything but. simply one of the most thrilling we’ve ever had the pleasure of its throttle.

While powerful in bikes without fairings unprecedented, the Tuono V4 is a dancer in the that a VMax or B-King come close to matching. The is underpinned by an aluminum chassis identical to the RSV4 that won the World Superbike Championship in the of Max Biaggi. Also familiar is the adjustable Sachs suspension bolts in unchanged from the R; wheels, too, are identical.

suspension was dialed by the time I on,” comments Associate Troy “Trizzle” Siahaan, not much to say other than you always need top-shelf bits to have a well-suspended

Adding taller handlebars and ergos to this superbike results in one of the most thrilling rides ever. Its bars even a feeble rider of leverage to bend it swiftly a corner, and a 0.5-degree increase in 2mm added trail and a slightly wheelbase – plus a steering damper – it the composure to scythe through any with confidence.

Our test bike was delivered a rear tire squared off many freeway miles and dyno runs, and this it to require a minor but constant on the inside bar to continue arcing through corners. Our faith in the chassis was vindicated after a new was fitted and it steered like a sportbike should. When in proper shape, the Pirelli Corsas are excellent.

So the new Tuono like hell and rails corners. What else do you to know?

Alphabet Soup

For the letters APRC. The Aprilia Ride Control system is by two gyros, two accelerometers and a wheel-speed to govern three control (traction, wheelie and launch) a ride-by-wire throttle. It’s a electronics suite that, of all, isn’t intrusive if how you want it and can easily be switched

Aprilia Traction Control of eight levels of intervention or can be disabled. Switchgear on the left allows adjustment on the fly. We the TC3 setting, which provided a safety net while intervening when ridden aggressively.

“Its traction control is one of the seamless systems I’ve Siahaan raves. “The it can be changed on the fly with the + and — is an added bonus. And there’s a difference in levels as well.”

Wheelie Control can be set to three and it does a great job of bringing the wheel down in a gentle This being a raucous our favorite setting was “off.” aiding acceleration is the Aprilia Shifter which allows upshifts by briefly interrupting to the engine. It works fairly at street speeds, but it works when hard on the gas.

is such a benefit to quick that you don’t realize is so until you don’t have it says Trizzle. “Although I did it wasn’t happy shifting at low

A Tuono rider can choose three engine-control maps: Sport and Road modes. mode, naturally, has the most throttle response, but it’s quite manageable. Sport restrains torque output but max horsepower.

The Road setting reduces 25% across the rev range.

The Tuono another rare (for electronic aid: self-canceling which will automatically off based on time and distance.

The Brembo brake system is capable of even racetrack although the fronts are the same as to the old Tuono. As such, they of lower-spec two-piece calipers by a non-radial master cylinder. feedback through steel-braided is quite good.

“Braking is strong and linear, with feel at the lever,” Trizzle “To me, it just goes to that the difference between and monobloc calipers most will go unnoticed to the average It did for me.”

Like a good the Tuono V4 performs well in motorcycling. The Tuono has perfect for this style of bike. Its forward lean makes cruising comfortable with human-sail effect, yet it’s comfortable when cruising town.

And it has a reasonably good from its mirrors for an Italian

One nit we need to pick is its fluffy below 3000 rpm, when cold, likely a lean mixture to pass standards. We hear throttle can be significantly improved by fitting an slip-on muffler ($1,545) Aprilia’s accessory catalog, includes access to the ECU’s race map.

Speaking of the volume out the stock exhaust is loud and sounds angry. It its rider a thrill just by the throttle to hear its nasty and it feels animalistic as it spits out the The V-4 sounds, and is, sensational.

Bonus: The exhaust system is 4.4 pounds than the RSV4’s.

Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC
Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

As fabulous as V-Four is, it’s also thirsty. At best, we recorded 35 At worst, mileage dropped to the

Slurping fuel at such a the Tuono’s range isn’t more than 100 miles.

claims a 4.5-gallon fuel but we wonder if it actually holds much. “I had an indicated 17 on the low-fuel light and only to put 3.5 gallons into the Tuono’s tank,” Content Editor Tom Roderick notes.


An important aspect of buying an sportbike has always been its and design. To our eyes, the Tuono be regarded as pretty, but we find in its sheer outlandishness. It plays to the Ferrari-ness of Ducati or MV Agusta.

To Roderick, our Sunset Yellow looks like Bumblebee, the Camaro in the Transformer movies.

also weighed in on the Tuono’s seat, which he says is for a few reasons. “First off, the yellow seatlooks cool in pictures, in reality the color easily and appears horrendous a short period of ownership. the seat is slippery when leathers, and with the huge gap tank and … stop sliding all over the place, under full acceleration. the edges of the seat and fuel are sharp and dig into your when leaning off the bike.”

If okay with a more color scheme, the Tuono’s (matte) Black version is with a slightly different and material.

Press kits are filled with hyperbole, so we naturally skeptical when the described this hyper-… as king of all streetfighters.” However, our impressions aren’t too far off Aprilia’s statement. It’s relentlessly always chomping at the bit. at $14,999, it’s quite priced for an Italian sportbike a robust electronics package.

“The Tuono V4 R is the perfect for someone looking for a comfortable motorcycle without giving up any of the qualities of a literbike,” Trizzle “To be able to say the Tuono is not a detuned for the street but rather a comfortable RSV4 should be to anyone’s ears.”

Simply the Tuono V4 R is now one of our favorite sportbikes. tuned to see how it fairs against its rivals in our upcoming shootout!


Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC
Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC
Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

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