They’re outcasts, the motorcycle industry’s dirty little secrets. Despite their niche popularity in the U.S, they make up only a tiny portion of new-unit sales, and yet to those in the know, they represent some of the most potent and entertaining motorcycles made. They’re the nasty nakeds, and like all shady characters, they tend to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
2012 Naked Bike Shootout Four nakeds, four engine configurations and four e-ticket rides directly to jail.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Aprilia calls its new RSV4-based Tuono V4 R a “superbike with a high bar.” But we think it’s more like a pissed-off wasp that just got its nest whacked with a stick, especially the sunlit-yellow version with its diminutive black-top fairing and bug-eye headlight treatment. Aprilia engineers wanted to maintain the Tuono tradition of a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Judging by the new models that Aprilia unveiled at INTERMOT a month ago and now at EICMA, parent company Piaggio evidently is capitalizing on the racing success of the RSV4. Aprilia has won world titles in the 125 and 250 GP classes by the truckload, but the return on its image has been confined to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)