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 Motorcycle.com to the Circuit of the Americas to sample these upgrades in Texas.
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.