Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC review Ash On Bikes

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Aprilia Tuono 1000 R

Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

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Aprilia has form it comes to creating mad streetfighters. The Tuono in 2002 was not so much on the RSV Mille R superbike, it was an RSV Mille R

Where other manufacturers playing safe by detuning and their own superbike-derived … Aprilia took the fairing off the er, and that was it. Okay, there some minor exhaust and changes but its 130bhp was close to the output, while the frame and were unchanged.

There`s no the new Tuono V4R follows in the same It`s based on the thrilling and capable RSV4 APRC SE in contention with the BMW S1000R as the sports bike you can buy right and while the engine`s been it`s a bit like taming a by tying a length of wool its mouth. The intake trumpets are longer, to move the torque lower down the rev scale, the mass has been increased to low rev manners and smoothness, the first gears are lower ratio the RSV4`s, and while the camshafts are the the inlet cam has been advanced by 10 decreasing the valve overlap and mid-range torque at the expense of top end power.

This has hardly it weedy: output is still (167.3PS, 123.1kW) at 11,500rpm, below the lowered rev limit and less than the RSV4. And to it all in check the Tuono V4R APRC model tested, although a version is also available, in the UK and but not all other markets) features class leading traction launch control, wheelie and quickshift gearchange systems.

are three engine map modes Track is full on with an throttle response, Sport is for road use (or as Aprilia puts it, fun) with a smoother and restrictions on torque according to and road speed, while cuts power by 25 per cent the range, with the softest response. In effect this Aprilia reckons 124bhp is and safe for wet weather and urban

The chassis has had more significant to try and keep things sane for use. The cast front of the frame is new, moving the head forwards, and the engine has lowered by the simple expedient of the mounting holes lower in the RSV4. This has lowered the centre of gravity, making the more stable, along the increased wheelbase.

The wheels are lighter 3-spoke items, the small fairing has been since the Tuono V4R was first in Milan in 2010 to improve stability, and the challenging looks of the prototypes.

It`s still a pretty thing, but it no longer you look away, and in the test yellow (only available to order in the UK) is certainly dramatic and It`s a street fighter it`s meant to look a crashed superbike.

My first was on the roads surrounding the Valencia circuit, many of which are for any bike. The riding position is with a forward lean and but not uncomfortably so footrests, although the are angled slightly too far forward for me and get my aching a touch after an or so. The seat is hardly plush but while it made itself in less than an hour, it any worse three hours

What you do notice immediately is the this is a fabulous road with huge torque and an obedient response that you to turn the twistgrip wide there`s an opportunity. The reward is huge thrust pretty regardless of gear and a visceral bag of and wails that goads you caning the bike if only to it, aside from the rocket of the machine beneath you.

What you then notice are improbable numbers on the dash, and for I don`t mean the speedometer, but squarely, the economy reading. On my this was set in litres per 100km, and in I`d say is relatively gentle riding for a V4R, this wandered 7.2 and 8.5l/100km. That`s 39mpg UK, 32.7mpg US, down to 33mpg, 27.7mpg US.

Use it hard (and was on some quite tight so there were limits on how hard we could thrash the here which won`t be the in more open places) and the fall to 28mpg, 10km/l, US.

Now if banging on about mpg on a mad streetfighter 165bhp seems like the point, this is at a level not only is cost going to a factor even for lower riders, the 3.75 gallon (17 4.5 gallon US) tank is good for 100 miles before the warning flashes. And that`s the theory the fuel computer is accurate, on the ride my light was flashing 92 miles, suggesting the real are even lower.

If your V4R is going to be your only you`d better not have it up for too many long distance and get to like filling stations as be visiting them a lot.

such a shame because in respects it`s a wildly and highly capable road You can loft the front wheel a quick crack of the throttle in or even third gear a bit of help from an undulation the wheelie control switched although with it on, the front come up, but then the electronics it again smoothly and expertly).

The top quality Sachs equipment and rear, is firm yet copes even some very roads extremely well, you do feel the impacts of bigger through your wrists firmly. But the surprise is just how the Tuono V4R is at keeping its wheels in with the road and generally unflustered and stable pretty regardless of what you`re or where you`re doing it. is very good and combined the big torque from low to high this makes the Tuono a backroads weapon, especially as the bars give you an added in visibility as well as changing

The riding position is less than you might expect of an machine too — the bars with the extended frame and spacious seat-to-footrest distance you a decent amount of room, you do still feel quite on top of the bike, a sensation enhanced by the lowness of the fairing that`s to the rider. This deflects airflow to allow steady up to 90mph (145kph) or so, but crouch and you tuck into its small shadow better and could make the bike`s 160mph top speed without feeling you`re going to be plucked your seat.

To get a better of the bike`s true performance, we let loose on the Valencia circuit, by MotoGP standards but with of twists and turns and a good for a road bike. The issue is that the bikes were a long way from being

Some changes are merely which any owner could before a track day outing, and list them here as could be useful: the yokes dropped 4mm down the forks to the front, fork spring was increased by one turn, while damping was increased from 6 to 3 from full and rebound 10 to 6 clicks. At the rear, spring was increased by 2 turns (4mm), damping adjusted from 2 to 1 out and rebound from 20 to 12 clicks full.

But there was more controversial too. The stock 190/55 Diablo II rear tyre for was replaced with a 200/55 Corsa, which technically is as the bike is homologated for this as as the 190, and you`ll be getting tyres almost as fast as on the Tuono V4R. There was an adjustable steering damper too, which is an extra if not an one.

But few owners will be to replace the stock rear with one from the RSV4R, is what was done to ours. said the shocks are the same from the RSV4R`s additionally to alter the ride height on our Tuonos an extra 1mm was dialled in on the equating to maybe 5mm of actual height change.

But this the question, what was wrong the bike in the first place this needed to be done? nothing, probably these simply enhanced an already handling bike (it was great on the after all), but I can`t many owners buying a new shock for their new Tuonos, and not so will be happy fitting bigger rear tyre So bear in mind what I was was not exactly out of the crate.

In fact, as have a right to expect, breathed on Tuono V4R was magnificent Valencia. It`s difficult to see how non-streetfighter superbikes could been much quicker, as it was sharply and accurately, heeling smoothly and predictably and remaining even with the brakes to strip the tread from the tyre and the slipper clutch shedding back torque.

out of a turn on an APRC Aprilia is a On settings 7-8 the system is intrusive, for only the novice riders who shouldn`t be on a bike like anyway, but thumbing the menu to lower the numbers gives a measure of your skill and

I dabbled in level 2 but quickly back to 3 (thinking 1 is a special for Max only), as even on three the tyre is stepping well out of and the bike`s nodding, shifting and as mere electrons stop it insanely out of control. You`re black stripes on the track by stage, and yet the beauty of the Aprilia is how much control you still to the point where you can still tune the direction the bike is with the throttle.

As the tyre in when you flick the bike again, the front wheel lifts, and wheelie control with that, lowering it without the hopping action you get on the S1000RR. And all the time you`re through the gearbox with a of your toe, not touching the nor closing the throttle, the ratios seamlessly. The lever action is a heavier than a conventional one so you to feel it on your toe after track time, but it`s and deliciously rapid.

The launch you can read about in the RSV4 SE review. we didn`t get a chance to try it but it`s no different on the Tuono V4R so expect to be disappointed by that.

you don`t get is ABS. Aprilia that will be coming in a or so, and my suggestion that it would be the ultra-lightweight Bosch system appearing on bikes like the KTM SM T ABS and Monster, with Aprilia`s own driving it. For now you depend only on but there`s plenty of that to the sort of outstanding control used to from equipment a Brembo badge.

Ground clearance is very although eventually the footrests do down (along with the of my Alpinestars. ), but by this point the is well on its side, and this is not an issue

As supplied then the V4R APRC is a cracking good bike, and it`s not beyond the wit of an to set up his own bike exactly like the one I was The main obstacle would be rear ride height which you don`t get on the stock but the rest is do-able. But this have to skew the judgement of the

It`s probably extremely on the track out of the crate, but it won`t be as as you`ll be reading in various

As a road bike it`s capable, sounds fantastic, torquey and gaspingly thirsty a silly tank range as a If economy and range bother you`ll be very bothered by If they don`t, then go for it, otherwise a glorious bike.

Model tested: Aprilia V4R APRC

UK price: £11,495 V4R standard: £10,495),

Black now, silver available yellow by special order

US availability, winter 2011, model only, pricing to be closer to the time

Black, and yellow all available

Engine: 65 V-four, liquid cooled, 16v, 999.6cc

Power: (167.3PS, 123kW) @ 11,500rpm


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