Covering Aprilia's latest offerings unveiled at EICMA 2014.
Aprilia generated some news at EICMA. With so many other breakout genre-busters the very nice updates to their flagship sportbike and sport-naked were lost in the shuffle. Well, now we are going to give them the coverage they deserve.
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Tuono V4 1100
The Tuono V4 1000 is now the Tuono V4 1100. In the everything-is-bigger-and-better category, Aprilia says that the upgrade was done to increase...“drivability”!?!?! Who are we kidding - it was done to put more power to the grip and smiles per mile.
The updated V-4 makes a claimed 175 peak horsepower and 88.5 pound-feet of torque, numbers that should make it the strongest naked bike in production. Drivability indeed!
Two versions will be offered: the RR and Factory. The chassis and related ergonomics have been revised to make the bike more comfortable and enjoyable etc.... insert press release jargon, blah blah blah, did we mention the Tuono V4 1100 is now the most powerful naked?
Both models come equipped with the APRC electronics suite and graphics inspired by the factory RSV4 racers. The RR gets fully adjustable, inverted Sachs 43mm fork, steering damper, and fully adjustable link-actuated Sachs shock. The Factory edition gets Öhlins suspension. Brembo supplies brakes with radial-mount mono block calipers.
Seat height is 32.48 inches, and dry weight is 405.6 pounds.
RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF
The RSV now makes what's become ordinary for the latest class, 201 hp at 13,000 rpm and 84.8 lb.-ft. of torque at 10,500 rpm. That's a healthy increase in power, from 184 hp at 12,500 rpm and 86.3 lb.-ft. at 10,000 rpm. Everything but the bore and stroke was changed to generate that extra oomph.
The RSV4 RR comes with Sachs suspension and cast aluminum wheels, while the RSV4 RF gets an Öhlins fork and shock, and forged aluminum wheels.
Aprilia just won the World Superbike Championship and has now improved that bike even further. We would say watch out but with all of the major manufacturers debuting such radical new bikes, did Aprilia do enough?