Naked Italian style fails to impress – Aprilia Tuono Bike Reviews Bike Expert

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Naked Italian style fails to impress – Aprilia Tuono News

APRILIAВ is going through a bit of a lean spell at the moment but news of a takeover by fellow Italian companyВ Ducati should make the future rosy.

How the model range of the two manufacturers will progress is open to speculation but in the past Aprilia has certainly gotВ its moneysworth out of the big 60 degree V twin engine.

It started life in the RSV Mille road bike and, as well as powering a successful World Superbike racer in 2001,В it can be found in various states of tune in the CapoNord trailie, the sports touring Futura and the Falco, which is about half way between the Futura and the Mille.

Looking for another application was proving difficult but there is talk of a retro cafe racer prototype, the Blue Marlin, being put into production if enough interest is shown, but that will all be put on hold for the time being.

The Tuono Racing was released to run up against the latest craze of naked Superbikes like the Monster from Ducati and Kawasaki’s Z1000.


Based on a RSV R Mille it follows the Streetfighter theme with high handlebars and minimal fairing and when I had the chance to sample the big V-twin I was looking forward to see how Aprilia aproached this new concept.

First impressions were mixed. The yolk mounted handlebars which give good leverage and help to make the steering fast and positive, will be a pain at higher speeds and this bike is capable of some serious speeds. Aprilla has notВ followed the leadВ of many competitors and the 1,000cc V twin engine is in the same state of tune asВ the Mille, so you get the full 130bhp.

The frame mounted fairing is not going to offer much protection, buyers in the small Streetfighter niche market who thisВ machineВ is aimed at, don’t go in for such mamby-pamby luxurys.

Aprilia Blue Marlin

To clarify things, think ofВ the StreetfighterВ as a big-bore sports bike that has been thrown down on the road – instead of repairing the costly bodywork it is simply discarded. Stick on a set of straight handlebars which usually sit behind a tiny headlamp set-up and, hey presto, you’ve got a Streetfighter-cum-stunt bike.

As a concept, potential buyers either liked it or loathed it – there was no in-between – with those for drooling over the masses of carbon fibre and those against saying it looked like a crashed RSV and not something which should be inВ a manufacturer’s catalogue.

I like the basic concept but I feel it should be more minimalist with no fairing, less cockpit and no carbon fibre covers over the ugly parts of the engine. After all, no modern powerplants are works of art without their fairings and to me it was tacky.

Not that the price is tacky – at ВЈ11,200 you have got to be seriously keen to justify that sort of outlay. OK it’s a limited edition with only 300 being released, you get all the kit from the R spec Mille and that includes OZ wheels, Ohlins suspension and Ohlins steering damper.

HoweverВ there is a cheaper model for around seven and a half grand, and IВ wonder ifВ the marketing men have gone one step too far in their quest for another application for a very good engine.

My time on the bike was limited, but it felt extremely usable and I admit to being a fan of high bars. That powerful engine is a cracker in this type of bike, but when I got off the machine and took a step back, my mind was made up: it looked too much like a crashed Mille.

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