Even this more civilised Tuono is a super-fast, taut and aggressive naked sports bike that is as well suited to a racetrack as to the road. On a closed circuit you’d have a chance to reach its top speed of around 170mph, though not without giving your neck muscles a work-out because the redesigned half-fairing, which holds new lights, doesn’t give much wind protection. This updated Aprilia might be a more flexible and refined streetbike than its predecessor, but it hasn’t gone remotely soft.
For that reason some riders will prefer the extra versatility of rival super-nakeds, some of which offer features including cruise control, cornering ABS and semi-active suspension. By comparison, even this more civilised Tuono is singleminded, almost spartan; and even the cheaper RR model is more expensive than most. But if you’re looking for speed, excitement and charisma, this latest version of the bike with which the super-naked story began remains very hard to beat.
Price tag of our Tuono V4 1100 RR: £13,136 (Tuono V4 1100 Factory £14,636)
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