Details: Aprilia Tuono V4R

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Out of all the bikes at the EICMA show — including the Diavel, F3 and Triumph Tiger 800 — it’s the Aprilia Tuono V4R that really needs a closer look. Not because it’s a complicated bike — a “naked” version of the RSV4 with a little less power and the addition of APRC — but because we think hiding behind those horrendously surprised headlights there’s actually a good looking motorcycle. Maybe these live shots will shed some light on things.

Photos: Dan Kastner!

The Tuono’s V4 drops maximum power from 180bhp on the RSV4 to 162bhp here while torque falls 4lb/ft, yet is delivered 1,000rpm lower. The Tuono weighs in identically to the RSV4 Factory at 179kg (dry). The Tuono’s brake discs remain at 320mm in diameter, however the radial Brembo brake calipers are no longer monoblocks. The Tuono’s unique 43mm USD Showa forks and remote-reservoir nitrogen Showa shock are both fully adjustable.

APRC is fitted as standard and includes programmable launch control, quick shift, three-position wheelie control and a traction control system that employs two gyroscopic sensors, accelerometers and wheel speed sensors to speed you up and allow for wheel spin while exiting corners as opposed to slowing you down like other, less sophisticated, systems. It uses eight modes, controlled through the Mana’s + and – shift buttons on the left handlebar, present so you can switch TC settings between each corner on a race track if you want to. Of course, Aprilia Traction Control is also intelligent, able to teach itself the best settings for the size, profile and compound of a new set of tires.

You can read more about APRC in this article and a review of the system, as fitted to the RSV4 Factory, here. After testing the system at Valencia, Kevin Ash said that APRC, “makes you look like a god yet remain a mortal.”

What we can see in these photos that wasn’t evident in the press shots is a neat LED running light mounted centrally in the bikini fairing and an overall look that has shifted away from slick and high-tech on the RSV4 to something more anthropomorphic and H.R. Geiger-esque here on the Tuono. Note the contour lines on the air ducts and on the new, larger pillion seat. Live, the fairing also appears to take less visual emphasis and the diminutive size of the overall package can be fully appreciated. Maybe it’s not that the headlights are so large, it’s that the bike they’re fitted to is so small.

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  • Mark D

    All I see is thist. I do like the pseudo-split pillion seat, though.

  • hooligan317

    Eh, it’s growing on me…

  • Braden

    Quite an interesting headlight design. It almost seems like an insect/”Johnny Five” hybrid to me.

    I’ve noticed it seems quite common in the industry for the naked version to have a slightly detuned engine compared to it’s fully faired brethren. Why is this? Is it to have a diverse a lineup as possible? Do they feel that someone who forgoes the sportier model wants a little less power?

    • Wes Siler

      Don’t focus so much on the peak power, see how the torque peak has been moved down the rev range by 1,000rpm? The goal is to re-tune by making the power more accessible, not de-tune. Sadly, most manufacturers still duff that up.

      • Ben W

        Nothing gets the passion stirring like the manufacturer seeming to claim that they neutered a bike. It doesn’t help that manufacturers provide peak figures instead of power curves that better demonstrate the character of an engine.

        Braden – I’d encourage you to look at dyno curves for a lot of bikes, particularly where there’s a naked using a re-tune of a supersport engine so you can compare. Naked bikes aim for stronger low end and midrange punch. More directly to your last question: they feel that someone who skips the sportier model wants power delivered differently.

        • Wes Siler

          I’ve often thought that providing a dyno chart along with the press material would be pretty smart.

        • Braden

          Ah, that makes a great deal more sense.

  • NickK

    Front view: Toonses the Riding Cat.
    Side view: Holy snorkels, Batman!
    Other views: Decent.
    Chick View: Best.

  • Tony

    It looks extra buggy and less teethy like the previous gen..

  • Tim

    from the front it looks like a Transformer. The exposed snorkels are a bit odd, too. Not bad overall, but I liked the simpler look of the original better, but what do I know?

  • smoke4ndmears

    Needs less or more fairing. What it has now just seems unfinished -as if the owner was mid maintenance and the side fairings are sitting on the bench.

  • BMW11GS

    will it have ABS or is that ring gear visible in the front for the traction control?

  • BMW11GS

    Just kidding after tuning in to my surroundings, I answered my own question.