In 2016 the revised Aprilia Tuono 1100 rightfully earned its place as the winner of our Streetfighter category and runner-up for Motorcycle of the Year. Fast forward to 2017 and what we thought was already an incredible motorcycle just got better. Aprilia invited to the Circuit of the Americas to sample these upgrades in Texas.

2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR/Factory First Ride Review

The Noale-based manufacturer made considerable electronic upgrades for both the Tuono and the RSV4 in 2017. Some systems have been revised (like traction and wheelie controls) while others are entirely new. Here are the highlights:

New Color TFT Digital Instrumentation.

New ACC: Aprilia Cruise Control.

New APL: Cornering ABS, a Bosch 9.1 MP multi-map Cornering ABS (C-ABS) system optimizing cornering stability via constant monitoring of lateral acceleration, lean angle, pitch and yaw angle, and, of course, the amount of pressure being applied at the front brake lever. Adjustable to 3 levels and can be switched off.

New AQS: Aprilia Quick Shift, the electronic strategy that allows shifting without closing the throttle and without using the clutch, now allowing clutchless downshifting.

New V4-MP: Multimedia Platform, smartphone connectivity for corner-by-corner calibration of electronics setting (TC, ABS, C-ABS, etc.), as well the infotainment system including voice commands.

The Tuono RR and RF also now come standard with Brembo M50 monoblock calipers to aid in stopping its 1077cc of V-Four power. Full-color TFT display is new for 2017 to give a brilliant display of pertinent information. As the Tuono is a road-going superbike, it is now equipped with cruise control (ACC) to make long boring straights a little less fatiguing.

The Factory model offers significant handling upgrades with an Öhlins supplying the fork, shock and steering damper to stabilize the entire set up. These Swedish upgrades put the Factory version at $17,499, $2,500 more than the $14,999 RR model.

With new and upgraded electronics and components, we’ll once again see the Tuono competing for class honors in our Best Of awards and surely in the running for our Motorcycle of the Year to be named later this month.

Check out the video below from former editor, Tom Roderick, as he tries to convince us Aprilia was making him “work hard” by spinning laps on both RR and RF models of Tuono and RSV4 bikes at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas during the bike’s debut.

  • DickRuble

    Sorry but the Tuono is to naked bikes what a burkini is to bikinis. That ain’t naked.

    • Born to Ride

      It’s quarter faired at the minimum, but let them call it a naked so we can own one with affordable insurance rates.

    • Huff955

      Does it really matter?

    • spiff

      Lol, had to look it up.

  • Chris

    Works as a naked for me: less money, less weight, more comfort, and no/less plastics to remove for routine maintenance. If only there were a dealership anywhere near me and if it got some kind of gas mileage to justify it as a public road, practical bike (“Practical” being a relative thing, of course.). Otherwise, I’d have one. Instead, KTM SD-R…which is just as good, but different.

  • Ken Washburn

    Wow, the music was super annoying in that video.

  • 2chilled4u

    they need to lift their game with the aesthetics. Sure, its an impressive bike, but would i go into my garage with my beer to have another look at my two wheel baby? No way. Ducati, Triumph and BMW all get that, which is why their bikes look so much more finished and balanced. Owning a bike is about more than the stats it will do in the hands of a super fast rider, its about how it maes you feel, and this bike does nothing for me.

    • 2chilled4u

      I have to add, it has a sweet rear swing arm, but a desperately ugly pipe.

    • Born to Ride

      Hrmmm, this must be an eye of the beholder thing. I think the Tuono is the most beautiful of all the super nakeds. The speed triple, s1000r, and Superduke are all dogs by comparison to me. The M1200R is truly beautiful- from the right side…

      I do however prefer her in solid colors like the Blue they had for the RR model last year

      • Jordan Andrew

        I would agree. Prefer the RR looks over the Factory though…

    • Jay Moto

      Absolutely an “eye of the beholder” type deal. The Tuono is gorgeous to me. I do wish that incredible V4 was more visible. I could stand in the garage with a beer in hand staring at just that engine alone for downright wasteful amounts of time


    The Tuono has always been on my must have list. It may be better to put it on my must ride list. I need to find out for myself. Am I in love with the idea of the Tuono? In solid silver or black I would like it better. Guys that I have talked to that have ridden one have all said it is not as fun to ride as other bikes. I don’t know. Suum cuique.

    • Born to Ride

      I haven’t ridden the 1100, but I have ridden the 1000 and I can say that the bike handles with the alacrity of a middleweight. It has a broad powerband that never feels overwhelming like the M1200R or the SDR, but just keeps pulling and pulling endlessly until you have to shut the throttle because you’re out of road. If not for my concerns about factory support, fuel range, and engine heat, I would probably own one already.

      • JMDGT

        My local dealer does not have one in his demo bike stable and I don’t know anyone who has one. I am not worried about support or range. It would be a Sunday fun ride machine. Even the graphics aren’t that bad in a Repsol Honda kind of way. I cannot rest until I have one.

      • spiff

        I haven’t ridden the other two, but I have the SDR. It doesn’t feel overwhelming at all. It just pulls, but in an oddly boring manner. Don’t get me wrong, it goes like stink, and 90 is a regular occurrence just leaving a light, but no drama. My last two bike were a 2 stroke MX, and a 550 supermoto. I kind of miss the rip snorting power they had.

        • Kevin Duke

          With a bike background like yours, I can guarantee you’ll adore the Tuono 1100!

          • spiff

            When I was getting ready to buy it was in my final three (SDR, FZ-10SP, and the Factory). It was eliminated by a pillion. Not sure if that would have changed my mind. The SDR ticked all the boxes, and I really enjoy it. I was riding an Aprilia at the time, and very mych like the brand, but admit I have always favored the KTM.

    • Kevin Duke

      Those guys you talked to must like NC700s if they don’t think a Tuono is fun to ride! It’s one of the most exciting bikes ever built!

      • JMDGT

        It was only two guys. Their contention is that it required all their attention and focus to ride. Both thought it a beast. Every body is different. I don’t see that as a bad thing even if true. The Tuono has alway been in my view the epitome of what a motorcycle should be. I like the factory version. I lament the fact I don’t have any personal experience other than my lust for what looks to be the perfect machine.

        • spiff

          I have to comment on the fact the bike took all their attention to ride. It should. That is why I ride, be in the now.
          If they are using all their attention to just deal with the bike on the other hand, that is bad. Was it Keith Code who said you only have $10 worth of concentration? Spend it wisely.

          • JMDGT

            I have ridden a few liter sized sport bikes. Never anything approaching the high horsepower machines of today. I have driven a few 400 plus horsepower sports cars. Like the bikes they require a certain amount of concentration to drive properly. Being in the now is what it’s all about. I ride and drive pretty conservative now compared to when I was in my twenties. I have always liked being quick more than being fast. Knowing what the Tuono is really like to ride requires I ride one. That is goal number one. Number two is owning one. Here’s to spending our concentration dollars wisely. Ride safe.

          • spiff

            I did one of those track experiences in a couple of Porsches. I hate to admit it, but I was definitely not comfortable. Enjoyed it, but it also showed me that if I were to pursue such activities I would need to slow down and start from the beginning.

            As far as the Tuono? I would love to ride one.

  • Jordan Andrew

    I am going to get a lot of hate… that’s fine..
    No OEM heated grips??!!

    • Jeff S. Wiebe

      Agreed; heated grips seem de rigeur at this price and quality point.

    • Kevin Duke

      But, cruise control! 🙂

  • Steve McLaughlin

    great bike ! Dump the crap music.