There are no big changes, chassis-wise, but the old Tuono was always agile, stable and confidence-inspiring when ridden hard. You still get a Brunel-like aluminium frame and swingarm, fully adjustable Sachs suspension (or Ohlins on the new Factory), Brembo radial brakes and fat, sticky tyres.
To handle the extra power and torque and Aprilia’s chassis gurus have fitted a 4mm longer swingarm for stability and reduced the trail to keep the agility. The engine is fixed lower in the frame, for a lower centre of gravity and it has gripper new Brembo brake pads.
Now it takes even less effort to point the Tuono where you need it, even at high speed, over lumps and bumps in the road. You can ride the Aprilia with your fingertips and it responds to the gentlest of inputs from the rider, all the time giving you feel and confidence.
It’s impossible to get to the limit of what the new Tuono V4 1100 RR is capable of on the road. You have so much in reserve through the corners that you’d need to take it on a track to really see what it can do and even then you’d come away thinking the Aprilia is better than you are.
The Aprilia is comfier, thanks to its softer new seat and narrower bars. Although footpegs are rear-set like a race bike, there’s still plenty of legroom and the new bar position and fairing gives head, shoulders and neck an easier time of it, too.
Aprilia claims its new 1077cc, V4 engine makes 20bhp more in the midrange and that’s entirely believable. There’s so much smooth, easy V4 power from town speeds to illegal ones, that you barely need to slice through the Tuono’s smooth gearbox once you’ve quick-shifted up to sixth gear, making the Aprilia one hell of a twist and go…
But it’s more than just a big-bore job. As well as 3mm larger pistons, the compact V4 motor has lighter Pankl con rods, each 100grams lighter and improved crankcase ventilation. It all adds up to a free-revving, grunt-fest
More refined electronics now ensure that in all three electronic riding modes the throttle response is clean and well-damped.
As well as being fast, safe, comfy and a cornering genius, the new Tuono V4 1100 R is still a thing of beauty and quality. It will be as rewarding spending time with it in your garage cleaning it and marvelling over the build quality as it is pulling great big wheelies and skidding into corners (with the ABS switched off).
The Aprilia is the next most expensive Super Naked, after the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, but you see where your money goes. It’s the ultimate super naked in terms of performance, electronics and spec.
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You get a stonking superbike engine, chassis and electronics package, Brembos, fully-adjustable suspension and quality machined and aluminium cycle parts. There’s the usual array of optional performance and touring accessories available, too, including the new Aprilia ‘V4-MP’ datalogger, also available for the new RSV4, which gives you real-time telemetry via a smartphone/tablet app.