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Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

2012 Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC review

Mark Hinchliffe road tests and reviews the Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC.

Carbon fibre is tough and light which makes it ideal for shedding some weight in race cars and bikes.

But mainly it just looks great. So when one of our top three Carsguide Bikes of the Year became available with a range of carbon fibre bits and pieces, we couldn’t resist the chance to throw our leg over just one more time.

The Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC is listed at $21,990 which slots in between the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO ($20,990) and Ducati Streetfighter Sports ($23,990) and compares well with the Triumph Speed Triple R ($22,290), although the beautiful MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR ($19,400) wins the price war.

Our test bike was fitted with a range of carbon fibre that pumped up the price to $24,821. It includes carbon fibre front guard ($349), under seat panels ($273.19 each), tank cover panel ($295.84) and slip-on pipes ($1640). Value is enhanced by a high resale value.

At the heart of this naked bike is the 1000cc v-twin based on the RSV4 which won the 2010 World Superbike Championship. It produces 119kW of power, but is tuned differently for more usable power and better midrange torque. There is more grunt here than you will ever need on a naked bike — and two superfluous cogs, unless you take it to a track or ship it to Germany to ride their autobahns.

The show stoppers are the electronic rider aids. There’s Aprilia Performance Ride Control, traction control, wheelie control, launch control and quick shift. It also comes with ABS and a Sachs steering damper.

The rider controls not only allow you to extract the utmost performance from the machine, but also save your bacon in tricky situations. During our test, we encountered wet roads and emergency stops in commuter traffic which would have ended differently without the safety gear.

The controls are easily accessed through neat switches on the left handlebar as well as the ignition switch which doubles as a toggle for the three rider modes (Road, Sport and Track) after the bike is started. Not only can you switch all the gear off, if you really want, but you can also vary the levels of traction, wheelie and launch controls.

This is basically the sports bike without the fairing. But rather than looking naked and ugly, it looks tidy and svelte. Like the new Monster and Brutale, the plumbing has been neatly tucked away.

It also has a small headlight cowl which acts as a low screen that provides surprisingly good aero over 100km/h, if you duck down a little.

Together with the two polyelliptical headlights, it gives the bike a menacing alien look. The Tuono comes in black, silver and yellow.

Discretion is required when starting out on this monster. Select R for Road mode, dial in all the controls and take it easy until you get used to that throbbing and excitable engine.

Once you get comfortable, start dialling out the controls and switch up to Sport and Track settings which will set your trousers on fire and singe your eyebrows. Steering is stable thanks to the Sachs damper and the bike is firmly planted thanks to Sachs suspension.

It’s quite abrupt over urban lumps and bumps, so a few tweaks to the fully adjustable suspension are recommended for daily comfort. Brakes are dynamic with plenty of feel.

Shortcomings are few: the cable clutch is heavy, heat pours out of the engine in commuter traffic, low-speed running is rough, starting can be problematic and the seat is very firm. Despite the firm ride and seat, it’s a comfortable riding position and, with the suspension adjusted, can tour for long periods without too much fatigue.

Not that you will ever want to get off once you fit the aftermarket pipes. It is the next-best sound to standing by the fence at a MotoGP race.

Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

A dynamic ride that can be even more beautiful with the addition of some carbon fibre bits and pieces.

Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

PRICE $21,990 + ORC ($24,821 as tested)

WARRANTY 2 years

SERVICE INTERVAL 1000/10,000km

RESALE 90% (2 years)

ENGINE 999.6cc 8-valve V4, 119kW/110Nm

TRANSMISSION 6-speed, wet clutch, chain drive

SAFETY Aprilia Performance Ride Control, traction control, wheelie control, launch control, quick shift, Sachs steering damper

SUSPENSION Sachs upside-down 43mm adjustable forks, Sachs monoshock (rear)

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

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