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Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

MD Double-Tested: 2012 Aprilia V4R

Gabe: No Negatives Naked

It was that we tested the new Aprilia V4R with the complaints typically at japanese nakeds (often severely detuned superbike in overweight chassis suspended by forks and shocks) firmly in as to appreciate the new Tuono all the more:

V-Four engine.


upright handlebar.


it under $15,000.


electronically controlled slipper wheelie control for racetrack and adjustable traction control at no charge.


6.Re-tuned for more midrange while adding power to the top of the rev range to last year’s model.

You get the picture—this is a kick-…, highly machine. In fact, it may represent the mark of the gasoline-powered motorcycle.

based—heavily—on Aprilia’s World RSV4R. We rode that not too long ago (“Viffer Swiffer?”, 2010), and though we liked lot—it had limited utility as a ride. The seating position is gearing is tall, and the powerband is toward very illegal even in first gear.

to do? As we have already pointed a Japanese manufacturer might the motor, castrate it to about 110 hp and it in a cheaper, heavier chassis low-spec suspension and brakes and an ‘R’ or two off the name.

That’s not how Aprilia though: to create the Tuono V4R Aprilia designer Miguel (who also penned the Ducati Monster, if the name familiar) left the frame, and brakes alone, but street-o-rized the liquid-cooled, four-valve, dohc by extending the inlet tracts, valve timing, increasing inertia and shortening gear in the first three gears. He about 12 hp off the top end compared to the (also for 2012) RSV4R motor, but moved power and torque 1000 rpm down from the redline.

There are other changes the RSV4R. Chassis geometry is relaxed than the sportbike’s: angle is a half degree to 25, the wheelbase is 20mm longer, 2.5mm more trail. The is unique, but has an interesting continuity the RSV4R’s aggressive shapes.

a tiny passenger seat and windscreen, and the minimal bodywork you eye-hump all the … details—that V-Four, the vast aluminum giant, braced swingarm, angled oil sump. Plenty of haters unimaginatively typed when they first saw but in person—especially with the glittery example we had—the bike desire.

Nobody will use to describe the riding experience. there aren’t a lot of words to it—it’s that good. The is unbelievable: smooth, packed torque, and strong-like-bull in any gear. In the Aprilia “In Any Gear” is what should have called bike, as the brilliant ride-by-wire makes it so smooth and tractable trolling around town in gear is very practical.

or third is fine for tight, roads, and in smooth, high-speed fourth or fifth is fine—just on and off the gas to go as fast as you want. Just be goes really fast, and so smooth and refined it doesn’t like 160 hp is getting fed into fat 190 behind you. The electronic thing does its job keeping under control, but this is still a wheelie machine.

No surprises there.

Handling, and suspension are as you’d expect: The chassis is balanced, and I’m sure the is as rigid as you need, if Max Biaggi can win SBK on it, and he can. As delivered, the springs and felt stiff but they’re adjustable, and what setup is out of the box? A cheap fix if it isn’t.

The wide bars help the steer as quick as any standard Al’s DR-Z supermoto like a bicycle after the but Galuzzi’s tweaking of the chassis keep things feeling and stable—no mean feat in a The brakes are plenty strong, but not the Brembo Racing monoblocs we and love so much around hey, Aprilia has to do something to the inevitable high-spec Factory worth buying, right?

The package is also remarkable. multiple up and downshifts like a racer without damaging all morning and you’ll want a and slipper clutch for your ride, too. The traction and wheelie control are also to have, and easy to adjust as for Aprilia for not being too Italian user-friendliness.

I’ve heard Network has signed up for five of a new series based on the Ducati 1200 owner’s manual, Téa Leoni and David Duchovny, but you need basic cable to the eight-level traction control on the thumb the paddle by your handgrip.

Before I took this yellow zonker out, Don Lemelin said something stuck in my mind: bikes are so good it’s almost as if the are forced to engineer in character, as the control, ride-by-wire, digital injection, selectable fuel-mapping the riding experience so seamless. If so, has the gasoline-engined bike reached its zenith? How much better can get?

If they don’t get any that’s okay—this bike is far than I will ever be as a

Okay, now the not-so-good things the new Tuono. First: No ABS? This is nonsensical. The electronics and sensors are all there—isn’t ABS sort of control in reverse?

We get it that fun to not have it, but sometimes you really you did—just give us an off switch. also that awful thing behind the gas tank combined with the very footpegs, makes the bike for longer rides. The bike is pretty heavy— Cycle scales registered 480 pounds for its bike.

That’s not such a as the bike is so balanced and easy to that it doesn’t feel but you don’t doubt that on a big bike, though it feels physically.

Maybe the biggest fly in the ointment is the horrendous fuel A full tank—about 3.5 gallons reserve—got us just over 87 before the ‘low-fuel’ odometer on. Seriously? I’m guessing you could like an old lady—maybe even an old lady—and coax 35 mpg out of a tank, but 25 You will get better economy a ’97 Cadillac Fleetwood, and I’m not even

We have tested this.

most of those negatives can be willingly lived with as the of riding such a … This bike isn’t for drudge seeking maximum and economy so he can commute for pennies a It’s for an expert rider who uncompromised ability and performance some measure of riding

If those are your criteria, new Tuono V4R meets it, with a change from your

Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC


Alan Lapp: The shredder you can’t buy at Costco.

The is less a motorcycle than it is a of office equipment, a paper in fact.  Specifically, a driving shredder.  Just feed it driving license, which promptly be sliced, diced and out the exhaust pipe.

If you buy this while you’re getting and tags at DMV, you might as just hand over license to save a trip

Yes, it’s that fun. Stupid giggling, eye-popping, OHMYGAWD-shouting-inside-your-helmet fun. with the electronics-package features set to mid

Lower the values just two and you’d better be on your

The unmistakable first impression is this bike makes power and torque.  The amount of and mid-range torque is just and lovely to ride. I am told the Tuono has been detuned for mid-range and less top-end the sport version, the RSV4, surely must require testing for super-human riding prior to ownership. Not that the is slow on the top end. Everything in is relative, right?


In fact, it reminds me of my ride on the legendary CR500 in the mid Then, as now, I expected it to be The Tuono will wheelie or less anywhere, anytime, in any

There is so much thrust that clutch-dropping is a thing of the it’s roll-on wheelies here on out.

Gabe not dwelling too much on the technology, but impossible to separate it completely the riding experience. The mere rider, such as myself, needs the assistance of the electronics without them, like and Roy’s tiger, it would be a exotic beast that surely savage its rider in a of inattention. The electronics render the useful to a much wider than would otherwise be

And, I must say, electronics interfere skillfully. My driver car, a 10-year-old GM car, has traction control is as subtle as a red rubber kickball to the it chops the throttle abruptly and it closed for a fraction of a second.  TC is so smooth and unobtrusive that you it was your idea.

The same the quick shifter – I have for 35 years, and can’t shift as and smoothly as it does. The TC, quick and launch control modulate the and clutch to execute their tasks flawlessly.

The only the electronics can’t fix is bad judgment—for whacking the throttle open to explore the lean-angle-sensor-equipped traction while your boss is down to pick out photo Good thing the brakes are with crisp, linear

I consider the Tuono V4R a good especially considering how much there is and how well it is integrated. it’s only for a small of riders. Clearly, it’s not a bike. Heck, it’s not suitable for average riders, they could ride it

Despite the hard, slippery the ergonomics are comfortable, and the chassis and are extraordinarily competent. Even the stock exhaust, the V-Four a luscious soundtrack, icing on the It’s the equivalent of a Giorgio suit: it’s Italian, stylish, it makes you feel a million bucks, but you just wear it to Costco. I see it as an indulgence for track-day junkies or former racers. I could see one in my garage.

please. Now, if I could get my license back.

Editor’s yes, we know Roy’s (Mantecore) was trying to “protect” Roy by his head and dragging him offstage. We just making a point.


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