Once again, the press has spoken about the absolute dominance of the Aprilia Tuono. The latest arrived from Cycle World, which conducted a two-day event of both track and street riding between four popular 2017 naked motorcycles:
Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR
KTM Super Duke R
BMW S 1000 R
The shootout involved some laps around the three-mile, 15-corner Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif., and on the streets around Willows. The riders participating in the 2017 Cycle World Naked Bike Shootout were Editor-in-Chief Mark Hoyer, guest tester/Red Bull Street Freestyle rider Aaron Colton, and Associate Editors Don Canet and Sean MacDonald. There were also a handful of Cycle World readers at the Thunderhill Raceway test who got to ride the Tuono RR.
The Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR is no stranger to heading up the podium at Cycle World; the 2016 Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR won Best Open Class Streetbike in last year’s Ten Best Bikes. And things only got better on the 2017 Tuono due to some revised suspension and electronics.
After the test, Hoyer summed up the Tuono 1100 RR’s 65-degree V4 engine character: “Hands down, my favorite engine here. And it’s not just that it’s technically superior in terms of balancing bottom-end torque and a top-end that just won’t quit; it’s also one of the most beautiful sounding and inspiring in its power delivery.”
The engine arrives with aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) electronics borrowed from its RSV4 brethren, which include an eight-level traction control and three-level wheelie control—both switchable on the fly. For 2017, the Tuono’s electronics were further upgraded with auto-blip clutchless downshifts, cruise control, a pit-lane speed limiter, and Launch Control.
The electronics obviously place riders in the racer zone, but the handling is also what got much raving from the Cycle World staff during the Naked Bike Shootout: “With the most planted feel of the lot, the Tuono’s handling was the epitome of riding on rails yet offered superb agility working the track’s side-to-side transitions. Its upgraded Brembo M50 calipers, 330mm front discs, and Bosch-IMU-enabled cornering ABS proved a perfect addition to Aprilia’s well-refined package. The Tuono is equally smooth and pleasant at highway cruise.”
Cycle World’s Canet, a competitor of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, finished out the Cycle World Naked Bike Shootout saying: “While the guys didn’t buy into my choice of a foot-long toasted spicy Italian at the sandwich counter, we were all in agreement that the Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR ranks right at the top both road and track. It possesses true superbike performance in every area: engine, electronics, handling, and brakes. And it does so with a degree of comfort, civility, and Italian spice and flair that inspires you physically and emotionally to desire more track time following a two-day road ride. And that is a mountain of evidence in our book.”
We concur, Cycle World!
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