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2014 Four-Cylinder Streetfighter Shootout Conclusion

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Adam Waheed, 35, Road Test Editor – 6’0”, 178 pounds – Aprilia Tuono V4R ABS

I can’t even believe how excellent a motorcycle the Aprilia is. It quite literally offers track-grade performance in a friendly-for-the-streets package. And with its electronics you can wail on the thing with little worry. I’m utterly amazed that Aprilia could build such an exquisite motorcycle. The V4R is clearly the best bike in this competition. Factor in its price and it’s an absolute no brainer on what bike I’d buy.

Jason Abbott, 35, Cycle News Test Rider – 5’11”, 195 pounds – Aprilia Tuono V4R ABS

It’s clear that the Aprilia Tuono is the one that takes the cake for me. It looks amazing, has incredible power and is super comfortable. Not only was it easy to control but that sound it makes is out of this world. It made me want to crack on the throttle and just rip on the thing.

Alex Dunstan, 35, Guest Test Rider – 6’1”, 175 pounds – Aprilia Tuono V4R ABS

I’d say the Aprilia and the MV are the bikes that stood out for me. There’s a lot of things to like about the Aprilia. It’s a great looking bike, it’s a great sounding bike, and it handled really well. There’s a lot of things to like about it and the one that I’d probably buy.

Nathon Verdugo, 35, Guest Test Rider – 6’0”, 170 pounds – Aprilia Tuono V4R ABS

I’d buy the Aprilia just based off the sound it makes alone. But then you factor in how comfortable it is, not to mention its excellent handling and it makes my decision that much easier. This bike is a total home run.

2014 Four-Cylinder Streetfighter Shootout Specs
Kawasaki 
    Z1000
ABS
 MV Agusta
Brutale 1090 RR
BMW
S1000 R
Aprilia
Tuono V4 R
ABS
Engine: 1043cc Liquid-
cooled Inline Four, 16-valve
Engine: 1078cc Liquid-cooled
Inline Four 16-valve
Engine: 999cc Liquid-cooled
 Inline Four; 16-valve
Engine: 999cc Liquid-cooled
V-Four; 16-valve
Bore x Stroke: 77.0 x 56.0mm Bore x Stroke: 79.0 x 55.0mm Bore x Stroke: 80.0 x 49.7mm Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 52.3mm
Compression: 11.8:1 Compression:13.0:1 Compression: 12.0:1 Compression:13.0:1
Fueling: Fuel-injection Fueling: Fuel-injection Fueling: Fuel-injection  Fueling: Fuel-injection
Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type  Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type with electronic quickshifter Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type with electronic quickshifter
Clutch: Wet multi-plate; Cable actuation   Clutch: Wet multi-plate slipper clutch; Hydraulic actuation Clutch: Wet multi-plate slipper clutch; Cable actuation Clutch: Wet multi-plate slipper clutch; Cable actuation
Final Drive: Chain; 15/43 Final Drive: Chain; 15/43 Final Drive: Chain; 17/45 Final Drive: Chain; 16/42
Frame: Twin-spar aluminum  Frame: Steel tubular trellis and aluminum  Frame: Twin-spar aluminum Frame: Twin-spar aluminum
Front Suspension: 41mm
Showa BP-SFF with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.7 in. travel  
Front Suspension: 50mm
Marzocchi fork with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.92 in. travel  
Front Suspension: 46mm 
Sachs inverted DDC fork; ; 4.7 in. travel 
Front Suspension: 43mm Sachs inverted fork with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.72 in. travel 
Rear Suspension: Horizontal back-link shock w/ spring preload, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.8 in. travel Rear Suspension: Sachs gas-charged shock with spring preload, high/low-speed compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.72 in. travel Rear Suspension: Sachs DDC shock; 4.7 in. travel Rear Suspension:Sachs gas-charged shock with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 5.11 in. travel
Front Brakes: 310mm petal discs, radial-mount monobloc-style four-piston Nissin calipers  Front Brakes: 320mm discs, radial-mount  Brembo monobloc calipers   Front Brakes: 320mm discs, radial-mount  Brembo monobloc calipers Front Brakes:320mm discs, radial-mount  Brembo monobloc calipers
Tires: Dunlop Sportmax; 120/70R17, 190/50R17 Tires: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP; 120/70R17, 190/55R17  Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso II; 120/70R17, 190/55R17 Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa; 120/70R17, 190/55R17
Curb Weight: 485 lbs. Curb Weight: 480 lbs. Curb Weight: 457 lbs. Curb Weight: 478 lbs.
Wheelbase: 56.5 in. Wheelbase: 56.6 in. Wheelbase: 56.7 in. Wheelbase: 56.9 in.
Rake / Trail: 24.5 deg. / 4.0 in. Rake / Trail: 24.5 / 4.07 in. Rake / Trail: 24.6 deg. / 3.9 in.  Rake: 27 deg. / 4.21 in.
Seat Height: 32.1 in. Seat Height: 32.68 in. Seat Height: 32.0 in.  Seat Height: 32.87 in.
Fuel Tank: 4.5 gal. Fuel Tank: 6.07 gal. Fuel Tank: 4.6 gal. Fuel Tank: 4.9 gal.
MSRP: $11,999 MSRP: $18,998 MSRP: $14,950 as tested MSRP: $14,499








 





 

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OutOfTheBox   June 21, 2014 11:07 AM
Considering how easy it is to convert a bike into a 'streetfighter' while keeping in mind how ridiculous the concept is (you end up with a massively overpowered enduro) so much of this all gets folded up into faff except maybe effective wheelie-control and the ability to convince the police not to write you up for wheelies and noise violations. But why make on on purpose and give it tight gearing especially with a liter engine and a sixspeed box? And no fz1? Get serious. And no doughnuts either. The only valid point I see to this genre is the absence of expensive parts that will just get broken and the ability to pull stumps in first gear while cruising semicomfortably at 5k at 75mph in 6th. A lot of bikes can do that well.
weitzman   June 11, 2014 11:12 AM
Now I understand, Motorcycle USA is into age discrimination, If you are not 35 years old you can't work or write or even be a guest rider for these guys. So if anyone applies, be sure you put down you are 35 years old. Or maybe its all a coincidence.