Gray 2016 Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR

The Tuono V4 1000 was the 2012 Cycle World Magazine Sport Bike of the Year and Motorcyclist Magazine's 2013 Sport Naked of the Year. And it's been a winner in sport naked comparison tests. What to do to make it better? Make it bigger! And besides the additional horsepower and torque, Aprilia has further refined the chassis, suspension, and electronics. And the MSRP only went up $300 from 2015!

Price: $14,799 plus freight, setup, and tax, $50 document fee, and title transfer / tab renewal unless verifiable out-of-state residency. All prices reflect a 2% discount for payment by cash, check, wire transfer, direct deposit, debit card, or through financing.

Savings$2,800 reduction to $11,999.00 which includes a rebate due to expire March 31, 2017

Factory Warranty2 years with unlimited miles beginning when purchased.

Financing5.99% for 24-36 months, 6.79% for 48, 6.99% for 60, 7.99% for 72, or 8.49 for 84 months OAC (rates based on 715+ credit score, higher rates for lower scores) through Freedom Road Financial.

Engine: 1077cc liquid-cooled V-Four, DOHC, 16-valve
Bore x Stroke: 81.0 x 52.3mm
Compression Ratio: TBD
Fuel Delivery: Fuel-injection
Clutch: Cable actuated wet multi-plate ramp-style slipper
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: Chain, 16/42 gearing
Frame: Twin-spar aluminum
Front Suspension: 43mm Sachs inverted fork, three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.72 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Gas-charged Sachs shock absorber, three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.11 in. travel
Front Brakes: 320mm discs with Brembo M432 monobloc four-piston radial-mount calipers; radial-pump master cylinder, stainless-steel lines w/ Bosch 9MP ABS
Rear Brake: 220mm disc with Brembo twin-piston caliper w/ Bosch 9MP ABS
Curb Weight: TBD
Wheelbase: TBD
Rake: 24.7 deg. Trail: 3.93 in.
Seat Height: 32.48 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.88 gal. 

Tuono V4 1100 is the latest and most spectacular evolution of a sport naked dynasty, born in 2002 out of Aprilia's intuition to strip down and fit a handlebar on their flagship superbike (which at the time was the V-twin RSV mille), thereby combining all the advantages of a chassis par excellence with the fun of sitting up and dynamic riding. The patriarch of the new “supernaked” category was called the Tuono 1000 R, the first ultra high performance naked.
In 2013 an even more refined and powerful version was introduced: Tuono V4 R ABS which offered the new features which had already been successfully introduced on the second generation RSV4, such as the higher performance engine (170 HP), the revamped and recalibrated aPRC system and a Race ABS system capable of withstanding even the extreme stress of the track.
The know-how acquired in years of victorious competition at top levels and the experience of the Tuono history now allow Aprilia to exceed limits which had previously seemed insurmountable: introducing the new Tuono V4 1100, an exclusive thrill generator and fun in its purest state. New 175 HP engine with a powerful maximum torque of 120 Nm, revamped chassis setup to achieve better agility, fine tuned aPRC, new look, the possibility of connecting your smartphone to the vehicle through the PMP platform and two distinctly outfitted versions (Factory and RR) that have the same, strictly Aprilia character in common.

I wondered why we needed a V4 with another 28 horsepower when our V-twin Tuono was so good.

But this bike is about much more than horsepressure. For one, the V4 is a more congenial engine than the V-twin. So as well as making more power, it’s happier when just bopping around town (and the clutch is a much lighter pull as well).

The V4 is also lighter steering due to weight centralization borrowed from the RSV4. Aprilia was an early advocate of designing engines with weight location in mind. First Yamaha introduced the R1with its stacked transmission to optimize the inline four, then Aprilia came out with their 60º twin to be more compact with more weight forward. Plus, like the Japanese twins & fours, the RSV had a modern plain bearing crank, a wet slipper clutch, and chain-driven double-overhead cams driving 4 valves per cylinder with shim-under-bucket that almost never needed adjustment.

When Aprilia progressed from their V-twin, they decided to build a 65º V4. This engine would be a powerful four but with its weight positioned very much like the RSV twin. But better yet, being hardly wider, and shorter top-to-bottom, the engine’s weight would be even closer to the bike’s roll center for easier steering.

Also making it superior to the old V-twin, the Tuono V4 comes with the same electronics package as the RSV4: launch control to maximize acceleration at the drop of a start flag, wheelie control to adjust the amount the front wheel is allowed to loft, a quick shifter to eliminate the need to clutch and roll off the throttle under race conditions, and traction control to prevent acceleration from overwhelming traction exiting a corner. Unlike some, the traction control can be adjusted on the fly using convenient paddle shifters (You don’t have to stop and access some awkward dashboard menu) and can be uniquely calibrated to your chosen rear tire; it’s not just designed to work with one or selected rear tires (OK, for this you do have to find the right menu). 

The Tuono V4 has fly-by-wire fuel injection for fast response that’s switchable through 3 modes. And this is no Italian nightmare for maintenance. It’s water cooled and the dual overhead cams per cylinder bank are driven by chains with self-adjusting tensioners. There are no fragile belts that require frequent replacement and manual adjustment. The valves are supposed to be checked for adjustment every 12,000 miles, but this hardly seems necessary, as we’ve rarely seen a valve out of adjustment on an Aprilia V4 engine. The oil & filter are supposed to be renewed every 6,000 miles in normal use.

The factory warranty is two years with unlimited miles. As for durability, one of our customers ran into a guy on his second Aprilia V4; he ran the first one 80,000 miles.

Starting in 2013 came some improvements. The gas tank got bigger and a slimmer shape. But probably most stellar was a take-away: the MSRP was reduced $1000! For 2014 the tank got bigger again and adjustable ABS was added to minimize skidding under braking. Price was increased $500, so the 2014 with ABS is still cheaper than the 2012 without ABS. The bike was made more congenial on the street with a more comfortable seat and more compliant suspension. And the traction control now better accommodates speed variations, making it as useful on the street as on the track.

In all, this third-generation Tuono is quite the leap forward: more power, better around town, V4 engine, ride-by-wire, traction control, ABS, and only $1500 more than it was a decade ago. It’s easy to see why it was chosen as Cycle World’s 2013 Sportbike of the Year and Motorcyclist’s 2013 Sport Naked of the Year.

The new 1100 adds a bit more horsepower on top and a lot more in the midrange, plus a lower seat, narrower handlebar, Bluetooth connection for an iPhone, and a whole bunch of engine, chassis, & electronic refinments.


Dave Richardson

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MSRP: $14,799.00
Less discount: -$2,050.00
Sale price: $12,749.00
Freight: $480.00
Set-up: $310.00
Document fee $50.00
Subtotal: $13,589.00
Tax: $1,345.31
License (est.): $250.00
Less rebate: -750.00
Total: $14.434.31

*Tax and license fees apply to Washington State residents only.