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Compared to the old v-twin Tuono, this new Aprilia Tuono V4R makes 41bhp more and weighs 10kg less. It’s also fitted with Aprilia Performance Ride Control which incorporates traction control, wheelie control, launch control and quick shift. That makes this the most powerful and most electronically sophisticated naked bike ever mass-produced. Oh, and this is the first time you’ve seen it in yellow.

That yellow seems to work too, drawing visual attention away from the holy crap headlights and onto the minimal bodywork and so-trashy-it-almost-works yellow embroidered seat. Actually, seeing the Tuono complete with rider does resolve some of its visual issues; it’s freakin’ tiny and there’s never much wrong with that.

In the Tuono, Aprilia’s 65° V4 has been detuned from 178bhp at 12,500rpm and 85lb/ft at 10,000rpm in the RSV4 to 167bhp at 11,500rpm and 82lb/ft at 9,500rpm.

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Other than that, this really is a case of no fairing and flat bars on an RSV4. Same huge aluminum beam chassis, same fully-adjutable Sachs 43mm USD fork, same fully-adjustable Sachs piggback shock. There is a difference in the wheels, which are a three rather than five-spoke design, a choice which apparently saves 2kg. To increase stability, the trail has been increased from 105mm on the RSV4 to 107.5 on the Tuono while the engine has been located in the lower of its two adjustments points.

It sounds almost like a challenge, but Aprilia lists the Tuono’s top speed as “over 168mph.”

The new Tuono is being launched to the European press as we speak. We’ll get a chance to ride it once it makes it to this side of the watery divide that protects us from acid-washed, embroidered, boot cut jeans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

    Damn if that first picture doesn’t scream “Johnny five!”

  • tomwito

    You are right, I looked at the photo before reading and thought the yellow really distracts you from the body work.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    I think funky headlights are hear to stay, and I am okay with that.

  • tomwito

    Im thinking Bumble Bee from the transformer movies, especially the yellow. This bike is polarizing to say the least the more I looked at it the less I liked it untill I had to stop looking at the photos.

  • Charlie

    I think the wind buffeting over 150mph would be tiresome. Not sure what to make of this. Almost so bad it’s good. Question is…can you have just as much fun with an air cooled 1100 (thinking of the recent piece on the Multistrada). For real live riding is the new Monster Evo more practical and fun? Or, god willing, the 675 Brutale? Enough may be enough

  • Todd

    The yellow definitely helps, but the bike is still ugly as sin. Not original Multistrada ugly, but ugly nonetheless.

  • Rick

    The mirrors appear overly large and awkward on this very compact motorcycle…if ever a bike screamed for something trick out of Rizoma’s catalog it’s this one!

    Yellow paint looks good, but gimme an all-black seat. I’d add a taller (and transparent) windscreen and lower the handlebar maybe an inch?

    In any case, the sharpest Tuono is the ’03 Tuono Racing in my garage. Happiness is lovin’ what you already own!!!

    • Roman

      I’ve always loved the first gen Tuonos. Hope to own one some day. You’ve certainly got the pick of the litter.

  • Dan

    The front is so big it looks like those rough ass courier sports bikes that have had their fairing removed but the rest left on, ie; ugly, but I bet it’s fast!

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    that video is so bad it makes me want to cry. the tuono looks good tho, or maybe just odd and fun? …but since my motorcycle died last week every bike that runs looks good to me, haha.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      yeah, just try to enjoy what little snippets of enjoy noise there are and blank out the rest.

  • Jens

    Where I noticed that YELLOW before…..?

  • newt

    Wes, have they said anything about when it’ll make it over here?

  • http://theprojectbeta.com/ andehans

    Looks like a crash-damaged RSV4.

    • robotribe

      Deifintely. I wonder if they’re bold enough to make the claim that this model is a “naked” bike/roadster. It sure doesn’t seem like it falls under that label to me. It’s only a windscreen away from being a half-faired sport bike; not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it looks either un-finished or over-done but not something that landed at a logical conclusion.

      It’s the El Camino or motorcycles.

  • Stephen

    does that guy have a tatto of half an onion on his arm?

  • http://www.faster-faster.com fasterfaster

    It’s amazing to me that they started with a bike as beautiful as the RSV4, kept almost all of it (way too much to be a naked or standard), and somehow produced a bike that ugly. It’s like going in for a layup and not only missing it, but accidentally sinking a full-court shot against yourself.

    And that video made me want to punch myself in the nads.

    • CalamariKid

      I’m with you, on all counts.

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    • dux

      Ah ha! So that’s where i’ve seen it before….

  • Abram

    What the eff, Aprilia? Why couldn’t you just make it look like this?

    http://www.carphotomobil.com/motorcycle/aprilia/fv2_1200_2008/gambar_motor_aprilia_fv2_1200_1.jpg