Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR
The Aprilia Tuono V4 is a direct descendant of the RSV4, and as a naked, it doesn't give too much away when inspected visually. No protruding wings on fairings that suggest any lunacy from the 1100cc V4 unit. It's all very deceptive and this may just be the Aprilia's biggest weapon, because what the employees at Aprilia don't tell you when doing the handover is how brutal and aggressive the Tuono RR can be. It isn't the fastest bike out there but it's easily the most vicious accelerating thing I've experienced on two wheels. It's a very angry bike and at times its wrath is frightening. With 130 kW and 121 Nm on standby, under hard acceleration, the V4 motor hits like a jackhammer and pounds without ceasing.
Even though the 1100cc V4 is capable of leaving you disorientated and slightly shaken, depending on how long you’re willing to keep the throttle open. It will, however, still offer an immense adrenaline rush and glorious sounds on every other occasions. An Aprilia approved Akrapovic exhaust clears the airways for a glorious V4 soundtrack and unleashes a few more of those feral horses for increased output.
This is a track machine disguised as a street brawler. The Tuono RR comes kitted with systems such as launch control, a pit limiter, an 8 level TC system as well as the ability to configure the bike for different tracks and pre-programme your desired ride settings for every corner and section of the circuit, which the bike will apply on the fly.
With so much to like about this Aprilia, there has to be something we don't like - and there is. This may seem insignificant to some but the Tuono RR's looks are not the most appealing, more especially at the front. Not much design inspiration went into that end of business and it leaves you feeling like it could do better.
What this bike offers in terms of equipment, performance and sheer brutality far outweighs any design imperfections. I fact, if the Tuono RR were to be offered bare without a single fairing, it would still be a bike worth having. What's rather satisfying is that it can also be used daily without protest. The up and down quick-shifter produces its best results at high revolutions, although it won't mind the more mundane shifting duties.