RideApart 5: Tuono V4R and the R6

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For some, there’s nothing more exciting than a sleek modern sportbike. We head out to Idyllwild with Isle of Man TT and 250GP racer Jamie Robinson on some of SoCal’s twistiest mountain roads to put a Yamaha R6 and an Aprilia Tuono V4R through their paces.

  • Coreyvwc

    You didn’t mention the part about getting stuck behind a gang of mom-jean wearing fat asses on cruisers. There are certain inevitabilities when it comes to canon riding, that unfortunately is one of them…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      What’s this “getting stuck” thing you speak of? We’re on bikes man!

      • Coreyvwc

        by gang I do mean gang, those dudes roll pretty deep some times. 300 yards of iron isn’t always easy to pass in the canyons.

  • BMW11GS

    Best one yet and not just because of the sportbike subject matter. I like sport bikes but never think I could own one as my only bike. Definitely too many concession to daily comfort and practicality. Although this video makes reminds me why they can be the most fun thing around.

    • Tim

      That is why bikes like the Triumph Street Triple make so much sense. The power and handling of a middle weight sport bike but with a more sensible riding position.

      I test rode an R6 and it was terrible below 8k or so. It felt slower than a Ninja 250. Open the throttle and it screams. Great for the track, no so much for public roads.

      • ~RUSH~

        Oh, yeah…I so LOVE my Striple!~!

        • filly-fuzz

          Fuck yeah, go Striples!

      • Daniel


        • BMW11GS

          So are fairings basically for guys who want to feel the part of motorcycle racer? I know it is easy to cast that stereotype, but the more I have looked into it (I even had an S1000RR on loan for a bit) I have a lot more fun on my R1100GS without scaring myself (well…it is large off road). Is one ultimately better served with a bike like the Monster, Street triple, etc?

          • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

            Different bikes are good at different things. With sportbikes, the fairings aren’t the issue – the ergonomics are. They’re very aggressive and can be quite uncomfortable relative to the upright position found on nakeds/standards/etc. However, those same ergonomics make for an easier and more effective time in the twisties.

            That said, I’ll take the comfortable ergos every time, as I do plenty of commuting. Darn shame that a big tradeoff on most bikes in the category is a lack of wind protection.

            • Charles

              I actually like the “supersport” ergonomics for the road. It puts enough weight on my hands that heavy steering is no problem.

  • jason

    Superb, yet again. Nice work. It is good to be able to hear the engines, not soundtrack.

  • NitroPye


  • Roman

    Sportbikes at last! Great episode gang.

  • Corey

    Hoping to see more from you on that new T. I test rode one and going from my 2nd Gen Tuono to it was more exciting than when I got my 2nd Gen and sold the old SV. Lovely lovely bike. Excellent watch as well guys. I was hoping this vid would be longer.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub Sean MacDonald (the other Sean)

    “you look really….REALLY…good.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

      Sounds like a quote from the sexual harassment course they dish out at my company.

    • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

      In a deep, husky voice: “Yeah Jamie…REALLY good”

      Good vid, man love is usually funny, along with catfights in full leathers.

  • Jon B.

    HD is so good looking. Top stuff.

  • smoke4ndmears


  • 10/10ths

    “Good news is we aren’t on one of them!”


  • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D [EX500]

    1) “Wheelie control? Isn’t that your right wrist?”
    2) The Aprilia seat looks like a banana slug.

    Awesome video, makes me wish I could go on an all day ride right now! These keep getting better and better guys.

  • PenguinScotty

    Good video. Different bikes, but very interesting.

    Thanks for the nod to ATGATT, can never ever be mentioned enough.

  • Archer

    Superb job gentlemen- Wes is really getting quite good at this and the videography is just excellent Grant.

    Mind you I just spent the last six hours on a day off, hooning around the canyons of UT breaking in a fresh set of BS S-20′s on my CBR 600RR, so your timing and content is perfect for my world at this moment. A great watch over two fingers of The Macallan and a Cuban Partagas No. 2.

    One small niggle. Since when does an R6 actually produce 120+ HP?

    • Sean Smith

      Since my 2009 GSX-R 600 produces a claimed 126hp. Yeah, I don’t believe manufacturer numbers either. Probably more like 110 at the wheel.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      We have to compare every bike using the same yardstick. Since there is no comprehensive resource for RWHP, we use manufacturer quoted crank figures. It’s the only way to do it fairly.

      • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

        Up until the HFL empire is so fabulously wealthy that you have an in-house dyno.

        • Ben

          Lets stuff that in Wes’ living room.

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            I’d be cool with that.

  • Dylan

    Awesome episode guys. I really appreciate the emphasis that riders are able to have fun at extra-legal speeds but still be responsible. Also liked the shout out to ATGATT. Loved the whole little fight when you were going to “race” to lunch…literally made me laugh out loud.

    One question what action camera are you guys using in the video? I might be wrong but it looks like an XD1080? Any reason you use that over a GoPro or Contour?

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    That was cool stuff.

    So glad you guys are doing that show!

  • WhoDey

    Top notch!

  • Wolfgang Romero

    Amazing episode!! So, who had to pay the lunch??

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      I did. As usual.

      • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

        Cue the violins. Grant, used and abused.

  • ChrisV7C

    Really incredible video. These just keep getting better. Amazing production value. Hands down the best videos around.

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    You guys set a new benchmark for canyon riding vids here. Enjoyed Jaime’s feedback very much. Looks like it was a lot of fun to make and participate in. Awesome to see. It’s not as good as actually riding but when I’m at the desk it’s about as good as it gets.

  • Alejandro Zapata

    This one was very very good, looking forward to more like these, your content is getting better and better every week, you are definitely getting comfortable with The camera and I hope you keep making video content for a long time, it suits you

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

    Wes – Question: why was it so much more of a workout on the Tuono? Because of the wide bars? The weight difference? What was that about?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s got a ton of power and takes a fair bit of effort to get it to turn.

      • Edward

        Any thoughts as to how the Tuono compares to the Streetfighter (1098 or 848), its nearest competitors? Maybe that will be covered in a forthcoming review.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Faster, better handling, nicer motor, smaller, more comfy, more electronics. We’ll be reviewing it shortly. Swapping the ugly yellow for a nice black one.

  • Plotts

    Wes, I bet you were a little nervous riding with someone of that talent level. Great vid.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Nah, knowing that Jamie’s competent is actually a huge relief. I definitely get nervous riding with most people though.

  • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

    great episode. that tuono is butt ugly though. looks like the windshield fell off.

  • AHA

    Glad to see the pikie’s Le Mans race start (throw your opponent’s keys in the dirt and ride off)is alive and well! That put a smile on my face.
    Nice episode.

  • Mitchell

    Finally! Sportbikes! Head to the track next!

  • tomwito

    That Aprilia sounds so good. Next bike has got to be a V twin or V4. Although my D675 with the full Arrow system sounds amazing too.

    • Corey

      The Tuono V4 with a slip-on is intoxicating. I could not stop free revving the damn thing on my ride.

  • GGno

    Does anyone know where to find Tuono’s selling data?

  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

    would you ever do an episode like Top Gear where each of you goes out and buys a bike for $600, run them through fire and see who comes out on top?