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Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

Everybody Get Naked. A Flurry of Standards for the USA Market: CB1000R, V4R Tuono,BMW R1200R and F800R

O, why do they do it? Despite … being a tiny percentage of bikes sold in the USA, insist on bringing new models in to a unappreciative market. The reason why is to moto-journalists—the product planners, communications staff and management are enthusiasts, and a big, fast, and comfortable bike is what (and we) want to ride.

sales are usually disappointing. think that a global would be enough to kill all of anything not sportbike or cruiser, but (for riders and journalists), not; behold, four and interesting nekkid models for our Plains and Purple Mountains.

up is the Honda CB1000R. It’s not a new model — it was introduced in 2008 for the market—but it’s gotten updates for 2011. The basic is a sound one: single-backbone frame with single-sided holding the nothing-wrong-with-that 998cc motor from the ’06-’07

It is, (some of you would say, “of given the tuned-for-torque treatment to it more street-friendly, but it’s making a claimed 123 horsepower at the dyno reports peg it at about 110 hp at the Front suspension is a three-way 43mm inverted fork; a and damping-adjustable monoshock with linkage handles things in

Braking is done with four-piston calipers and 310mm (traction fans, despair: it look like we’ll get an ABS for the USA). Tires are standard-sized radials, with a 180-section A 25-degree rake and 56.9-inch show a middle-of-the-road approach to The bike is a claimed 484 pound wet for the Euro model.

Updates for include a fatter aluminum and a new marker lamp.

Honda release pricing until Veteran’s Day, but we can make a The 2010 CB1000R is anywhere 67-80 percent the price of a in European markets. The 2010 is $13,399; 75 percent of that is over $10,000.

Kawasaki’s is $10,599; I’d expect Honda to its model at a few hundred dollars

We’ve seen a lot of criticism of on our discussion boards. It seems our are losing faith in Honda exciting, interesting bikes, but it that the global Honda is putting more pressure on Honda’s handlebars. The PCX scooter and entry-level sportbike seem like world products products tailored to the USA market, and this Euro-designed and built here in the USA makes me think the will continue, with one product lineup being the result.

Different frame and motor is one way to build a …, a recipe Honda and other OEMs have been for a while. Aprilia goes a way. Starting with the Touno.

Aprilia has just the fairing, slapped on some bars, sliced a grand off the and called it a day. And we love it.

continues with the 2012 V4R. The starting point is the V-Four-powered RSV4R superbike. It is a revised from the full-honk 180 hp in the RSV4R, with different ratios and slightly different that brings the torque down 1000 rpm and also 18 hp (boo!) from on top.

Still; 162 hp isn’t bad for a …. The of the package is basically the same as the track-oriented superbike, with calipers, 320mm floating rotors, and titanium-nitride-coated tubes on the 43mm inverted fork. there, Aprilia’s people the upper cowl, designed a bikini fairing similar to Tuono’s. added a fattie bar and said, “here, ride ”

Some of the most interesting are also on the V4R Tuono’s brother, the Factory APRC SE. That’s a lot of for a bike model, but what you to know is the APRC stands for Performance Ride Control, a electronics package that wheel speed, ground the bike’s pitch, yaw and roll and probably hat size and inseam to the tires firmly on the ground all conditions.

The traction control is adjustable and also includes two features of great interest to The first is wheelie control, and not what you think; instead of you from doing wheelies, as you may on many recent sportbikes, it the rider make smoother, landings from what probably be a perpetual state of on the new Tuono.

The other gizmo is called Launch Control. This the motor to deliver full to the rear tire as soon as the is released. It’s not really how this works from the release, so stay tuned for on the RSV4R Factory APRC SE do I have to type that out time?).

Oh, and there’s an electronic too.

The sad news is the new Tuono be in USA dealers until the end of 2011. is no pricing yet, but I’m thinking around $16,000.

BMW R1200R and

Of course, BMW kind of invented the powerful, torquey … or at least is best known for big, powerful roadburners David Robb was in diapers. And tradition continues with two variants of the R1200R.

Lightweight, and torquey, the original R1200R is one of my all-time rides. For 2011, it’s even better with the cylinder heads from the HP2 and good for a claimed 110 hp (BMW power numbers at the wheel) and 88 of torque. Redline gets out to 8500 rpm to broaden the powerband.

Also, the instruments are now reworked two round binnacles for the tach and and the muffler is shortened. As with the model, ABS, traction and other electronics are available as are enough luggage and touring to make the R into a competent or commuter.

That retro of the instruments is extended with the Classic. Nobody’s going to it for an R90S, but with wire-spoke a chrome exhaust and a classy stripe, it does harken to the classic Beemers of the ’70s. USA and availability has not yet been released, but the R1200R starts at $12,795.

I over the F800R when it was in Europe in 2009. And why not? F800 motor is cheap, silky-smooth and plenty powerful at 87 hp.

At 450 pounds wet, it was 50 pounds than the R1200R. Plus, it had a drive and a comfy-looking, upright position—but it wasn’t available for the

That was then. BMW has finally we can handle the F800R. It will in BMW dealers around January, an MSRP of $9950. Options ABS, heated grips, monitors and more.

All those the new Speed Triple — give nudists a lot of choices for 2011. that be enough to spur into showrooms? We’d be if it did, but we look forward to a lot of very cool motorcycles year.

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