2011 Aprilia Tuono V4: ye gads

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This is it, the Aprilia Tuono V4, my god it’s ugly. This is all happening rather fast, so let’s make this easy: same frame and 65-degree V4 as the RSV4; 162bhp; 81lb/ft. There’s talk of APRC and the timing ring for ABS brakes on the front wheel, but official info isn’t available yet.

  • http://twowheelsplus.blogspot.com/ andehans

    A machete re-design.

  • robotribe

    This is a joke, right? It really doesn’t look like this, does it?

  • BN.

    So confused…

  • tarun

    Very disappointing. Well, I guess you can just pull off the headlight assembly and gauge cluster and find some replacements from something else… Maybe the headlight off a Z1000 or SuperDuke would look good there.

  • Penectomy

    I actually like the way it looks. At least it stands out from the pack and does not look like another Asian spinoff.

  • ike6116

    Is it me or do some of these wide ass bikes look like they’ve been taking their design cues from the Batmobile motorcycle?

  • shawn.bassplayer

    Sure seems to have a lot of plastic for a naked bike.

  • The Lawyer

    This would win any ugly-off competition, including any matches vs. the BMW 1000RR.

  • Patrick from Astoria

    Cartoonish. Somewhat awkward. Bulky. Actually slightly amusing.

    Still a Renaissance master’s dream compared to the Diavel.

  • miles_prower

    Looks like an insect mated with one of Aprilia’s scooters.

    • miles_prower

      On second thought, I think one of Aprilia’s scooters mated with the Pontiac Aztek.

      Perfect timing, considering that the Pontiac brand officially died yesterday, I think, with the expiration of GM’s contracts with Pontiac dealers.

  • Johndo

    It’s like if the bike was afraid of being really naked. 80% of the bike looks awesome, The front part, not so much.

    • Bald Shaun

      +1. The headlamp assembly and intake snorkels look awful. The rest of the bike is quite nice.

  • http://www.davidfolch.com david folch

    due to the amount of fairing/plastic in this Tuono, I can’t consider it as a naked anymore. This just a light-fairing RSV4 IMO…

  • Glenngineer

    Looks like a curious ant.

    And is anyone actually trying to call this thing a naked?

    I’d ride the shit out of it, though.

  • spidiracer

    The headlights are huge… or at least they look huge. I can’t stop staring at them.

    • Random

      Seems Tuono and Speed Triple are in a kind of competition for the weirdest, strangely-proportioned headlight

  • stratkat

    it does look like a curious ant, ha!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

    I’m delighted that I didn’t wait for this Tuono. The prospect of a V4 streetfighter was enticing, but I didn’t expect something that ugly on the front.

  • MikeD

    For me whats killing it is the Protruding Gauge Cluster on top of the headlights, it totally kills the lines of the headlamp housing(it SCREAMS afterthought).
    Some kind of Blacked Shield could have made wonders to hide it and give some wind protection at the very least as a bonus.

  • Chuluun

    Two hideous Italian bikes in 24 hours. What’s going on here?

    • Liquidogged

      I don’t know, but it’s depressing and weird.

  • Mitch

    Hrm. I like it, but it’s really hard to top the previous Tuono/Mille’s awesome magnesium frame. The new RSV is all business so this naked version suffers somewhat, however I like this ‘face’ a lot better than the previous Tuono’s transformer chin.

  • 2ndclasscitizen

    Awww fuck yes, that thing looks awesome. And for those who think it’s ugly, have you people never seen the old Tuonos?

    • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

      The old Tuonos aren’t supermodels, but you’d figure Aprilia might not want that to become part of the bike’s ongoing design.

      “That’s too pretty! Get it off of there or you’re fired! Damn it, man, this is a Tuono!”

      • MikeD


  • Beale

    Those headlights like like they’ve been on a very determined three day meth binge.