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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory - FIRST RIDE REVIEW

Latest Tuono has tons of torque, plus advanced electronics that can “learn” a track.

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory on-track action

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory on-track action

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Earlier this year, at Misano, I had the chance to test the new Tuono V4 1100 Factory, which is powered by a new and very potent version of Aprilia’s 65-degree V-4 that has been enlarged to 1,077cc by enlarging the bore to 81mm from the original 78. This engine delivers a massive claimed output of 175 hp at 11,000 rpm, backed by an even more impressive 89.2 pound-feet of torque at 9,000 rpm.

In addition to the larger bore, the V-4 has received a lighter crank assembly featuring Pankl connecting rods and larger valves (32mm inlet, 26mm exhaust), plus it breathes through 48mm throttle bodies with fixed geometry optimized for mid-range response. There is one injector per throttle body.

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory static side view

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory static side view

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This excellent engine is harnessed in the same aluminum frame of the RSV4RF Superbike racer, but with further refined steering geometry and weight bias. The steering rake has been reduced from 25.1° to 24.7° and the offset of the triple-clamps has been increased from 30 to 35mm. The front wheel axle has remained in the same position in relation to the center of gravity of the bike, but the trail has been reduced from 107.4mm to 99.7mm. In addition, the swingarm has been lengthened by 4mm.

The changes, related to Aprilia’s dominance in the superbike arena, are designed to give the Tuono crisper steering and more agility, while adding high-speed stability. Compared to the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100RR tested last April, the Tuono V4 1100 Factory features drastically refined suspension components, all from Öhlins: an inverted 43mm fork, a gas-charged shock absorber, and a steering damper. These upgrades alone made for a remarkable improvement during my test at the Pirelli Tire Test Track.

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory front wheel

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory front wheel

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In addition, the Factory front brake uses twin 320mm rotors featuring special lightweight aluminum flanges and Brembo M432 monoblock radial-mount calipers. The Factory has Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa radials as standard rubber, the front one in the customary 120/70-17 size, while the 6.00 x 17 rear wheel is shod with a 200/55-17 tire instead of the 190/55-17 of the Tuono RR.

The new Tuono V4 1100 Factory is equipped with Aprilia’s most advanced RSV4RR/RF electronics suite, and the APRC includes a very sophisticated Race ABS that offers three selectable levels of actuation. Piaggio specialists also developed software called Multimedia Platform, which gives the Tuono Factory three new functions. Active Electronic Setup is the nearest thing to what in racing is called “corner-by-corner” active management. It uses a GPS module that memorizes the track layout and then adjusts the engine response and suspension settings to the best possible settings for every section of the track. The Multimedia Platform also offers Adaptive Race Assistant and Advanced Telemetry Dashboard, the former to further hone the bike settings, the latter to provide more “virtual” instrumentation to keep the engine under control.

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory instrument panel

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory instrument panel

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On a gray and humid morning, a black and silver bike does not shine much, but the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory is a very well styled naked bike, with wheels and red accents that help the bike cut through the morning gloom. The major styling difference that separates the Tuono Factory from the Tuono RR is the streamlined seat borrowed from the RSV4 RR/RF.

The Tuono, at a claimed 408 lb. dry, is appreciably light, and the Engine is an absolute wonder. Power is impressive, about all one can handle on a naked bike. Most exceptional is the torque, which is seemingly available at any rpm, giving the engine and immense flexibility. The Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa were appreciated on the humid track, yet the amount of torque delivered to the rear wheel while accelerating out of a third-gear 70 mph corner was enough to experience a few rear end slides, with traction control set to its least intrusive level. To avoid troubles, I then upshifted to the next taller gears, from third to fourth and even fifth, and the amount of torque available was still perfectly adequate to balance the bike at knee-dragging lean angles. Absolutely fascinating!

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory cornering on-track action

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory cornering on-track action

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With all due respect for the Sachs suspension units, the upgrade to the Öhlins makes a difference in all riding circumstances. The bike feels lighter, more agile, and more responsive at low to medium speeds and superbly stable at high speed. Despite the abundant power and torque, the Tuono 1100 Factory is even at home in downtown Milan traffic. Yet the tack test proved that the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory is the perfect bike for a spirited ride on a twisty back road, where its superb engine and brakes, and all its dynamic qualities, can be tested.

To check the bike’s all-out speed potential, one must have an effectively streamlined riding style because, at 160-plus mph, the wind pressure is rather extreme. And the Tuono gets there quickly. Even down the short straight of the Pirelli track, the Tuono was easily hitting 120 mph, even though the ide and fairly tall handlebar (which makes for an ergonomically correct riding posture for a twisty course), does not help when the rider tries to tuck in behind the mini top fairing.

But that’s a small nit to pick on this most refined version of the Aprilia Tuono. The sporty seat is adequately comfortable for one, and I think the Tuono V4 1100 is a very flexible platform that could give life to a whole family of models, starting with a fully dressed sport-touring bike along the lines of a BMW R100RS. Build it, Aprilia. Please!

The Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory is available now in the US, priced at $16,999.

SPECIFICATIONS
|Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory
PRICE|$16,999
ENGINE|1077cc liquid-cooled DOHC V-4
COMPRESSION RATIO|13.1:1
WHEELBASE|57.0 in.
RAKE / TRAIL|24.7º/ 3.9 in.
SEAT HEIGHT|32.9 in.
FUEL CAPACITY|4.9 gal.
WET WEIGHT|472 lb.
Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory action

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 factory action

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 taking a curve

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 on the road

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 taking a curve

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100

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Aprilia Tuono taking a curve

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 taking a curve

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 hugs the road

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 hugs the road

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 review

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 left side

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 left side

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 front view

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 front view

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 rear view

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 rear view

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 static rear

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 static rear

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 gas tank

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 gas tank

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 clutch housing

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 clutch housing

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 details

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 details

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 details

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 details

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 up close

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 frame

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 up close

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 front brake

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 dashboard

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 dashboard

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Factory details aprilia tuono

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Factory details

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Front fork and dynamic air intake aprilia tuono

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Front fork and dynamic air intake

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100  rear section sport seat with spoiler

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 rear section sport seat with spoiler

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Aprilia rear section sport seat with spoiler

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 rear section sport seat with spoiler

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Aprilia Tuono V4 rear wheel

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 rear wheel

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 sport seat

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 sport seat

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 swingarm

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 swingarm

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 front left view

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 front left view

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 rear right side

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 rear right side

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 right side view

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 right side view

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 front of bike

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 front of bike

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Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 left side view

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 left side view

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Aprilia Tuono factory studio top

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aprilia tuono factory details handlebar

Factory details handlebar

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Carbon fiber front mudguard

Carbon fiber front mudguard

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Carbon fiber rear mudguard

Carbon fiber rear mudguard

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racing rider footpegs

Racing rider footpegs

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Ohlins TTX rear shock absorber

Ohlins TTX rear shock absorber

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Ohlins steering damper

Ohlins steering damper

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aprilia tuono slip on exhaust

Aprilia Tuono slip-on exhaust

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