Aprilia’s stripped-down thrills

The Aprilia Tuono was the “founding member and unofficial leader” of the super-naked (stripped down, high performance) class of motorbike. The bad news for challengers is that Aprilia has just raised the bar once again with its new V4R ABS model, says Roland Brown in The Daily Telegraph.

Its predecessor was already a “thrilling machine that combined fierce performance with superb handling and cutting-edge electronics”.

This new model has some sensible tweaks to make the bike a slightly more practical proposition – the petrol tank is bigger and the seat more comfortable – as well as some “not strictly sensible” improvements to the power. The result is an “addictively quick and fun” bike that is now “respectably if not outstandingly practical”.

The new safety features, including ABS brakes, are reassuring, says Bruno dePrato in Cycle World magazine, given the performance and “blinding top speed”.

Aided by “top-notch electronics, it’s a superbly competent and safe bike, perfectly at home on the road and for everyday riding. “But watch your right wrist because you can get yourself into speeding troubles very quickly.”

Price: £12,432
Engine: 999cc V4 four-stroke
Power: 170bhp @ 11,500rpm
Torque: 82lb ft at 9,500rpm
Top speed: 165mph (estimated)
Range: 125 miles at 35mpg (estimated)

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