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Aprilia Tuono V4R Coming Soon to U.S.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
2012 Aprilia Tuono V4R Specs
Engine: 999cc liquid-cooled V-Four, 16-valve DOHC
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 52.3mm
Compression Ratio: 13:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel-injection
Clutch: Cable actuated wet multi-plate ramp-style slipper
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Frame: Twin-spar aluminum
Front Suspension: Showa 43mm inverted fork, 3-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.72 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Sachs gas charged shock absorber, 3-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.11 in. travel
Front Brakes: 320mm discs with Brembo monobloc 4-piston radial-mount calipers; radial-pump master cylinder, stainless-steel lines
Rear Brake: 220mm disc with Brembo twin-piston caliper
Front Wheel: 3-spoke cast aluminum 17 x 3.5-in.
Rear Wheel: 3-spoke cast aluminum 17 x 6.0-in.
Dry Weight: 394 pounds (claimed)
Wheelbase: 55.9 in. (1420mm)
Length: 80.3 in. (2040mm)
Rake: 25.0 deg. Trail: 107.5mm
Seat Height: 33.1 in. (840mm)
Fuel Capacity: 4.49 gal. (17 liters)
MSRP: $14,999
Colors: Competition Black, Sunlit Yellow
Warranty: Two years, unlimited mileage
Aprilia has announced that its latest streetfighter-style naked motorcycle, the Tuono V4R, is finally making its way to the U.S. circa March, 2012, at a retail cost of $14,999. For more information on it make sure to read the 2012 Aprilia Tuono V4R First Look.

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edpix   December 1, 2011 02:50 PM
I think this will be a excellent bike to ride and love the uniqueness of the V4 mated to a Aprilia chassis, I just have a real hard time with the insect head upper front fairing. I am sure if I rode one I would love it because the performance will be excellent as long as the injection mapping is really good at ALL rpms. Besides the subjective styling question, I really do wish these superbike based nakeds and semi nakeds would have more upper fairing/windshield protection than the minimalist speedometer fairings that are so common. Superbike performance means nothing if you are getting blown off the back when the speeds get up there. There still is no real high performance, lightweight superbike based sport bike available that has adequate upper fairing/windshield coverage to allow the full useage of a superbikes performance at higher speeds. The current FZ-1 comes closest but it certainly is far from state of the art as it uses the older Yamaha engine,is overweight and under powered compared to the current crop of superbikes. So I am still sitting on the fence waiting for a 1/2 fairinged, moderately higher handlebared, 2 up, superbike derived sportbike to be developed.
cggunnersmate   December 1, 2011 11:25 AM
Looks good to me. Better first impression than I got from the GenI Tuono (which I ended up buying after a test ride as I didn't care WHAT it looked like as it was too much fun). I definitely think the V4 T looks better than the GenII Tuono. That checkerboard graphic on the tank when they first came out was atrocius and the front fairing is fugly.

So have no real issues with the looks fo the V4 Tuono and I hope to get one and will make whatever cosmetic improvements I want (as most do to any bike). My only concerns with the bike are the crappy stock seat (RSV4 seat fits on it and is a little better, hopefully Sargent makes seats for it soon) and the abysmal fuel mileage the bike gets. I think you're lucky to get more than 100 miles from a tank unless you baby the hell out of it. Will need a Power Commander with a fuel saver map for commuting. If they can make it work with the APRC package.
edpix   December 1, 2011 08:38 AM
This bike had so much potential in theory and then the "stylist" got involved! Is there some design rule somewhere that says if you want a naked or semi naked bike based on a leading edge sport bike that it has to be UGLY! Look at the Ducati Streetfighter which now actually looks good compared to this! I was really hoping that Aprilia might have noticed that this new V4 Tuono is damn ugly before releasing it to the poor Aprilia dealers where it will sit on their showroom floors for 2 years before it is discounted enough to actually sell it.
leward18   November 30, 2011 08:56 PM
About time. Now all we need is for Ducati to come out with a Streetfighter 1198 so we can have a direct comparison. Unfortunately 2012 doesn't look promising for that.