The Aprilia Tuono 1100 and KTM Super Duke R have been going at one another for years. They’ve both won MOBO awards and numerous shootouts against one another, as well as other contenders. Both bikes were upgraded for 2017, improving the performance of each. We may or may not conduct another shootout between the two, but prior to if and when we do, we’re curious to know which bike our readers think is the better hooligan.

If you need reminding what each bike brings to the table for 2017 before casting your vote check out our first ride reviews here:

2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR/Factory First Ride Review

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R First Ride Review

Comments explaining your choice are also welcome below. We’d love to hear from ya!

  • Bryan Spears

    The Tuono is a dream bike, because in dreams I don’t run out of fuel. Low fuel light at 90 miles? No thanks, I’ll take the Beast.

    • Chris

      Yep, they need to include the conditions of the choice. If I’m picking the bike I most want to ride: Tuono. If I have to maintain it, feed it, service it, etc.: Katoom. Still, they did ask which bike we “think is the better hooligan.” And that’d be the Tuono for me, riding it hard, and tearing it up.

      • Born to Ride

        In the spirit of discussion, Why do you believe the KTM better on maintenance than the Tuono? Gas mileage sure, but I don’t think that’s much of an expense difference.

    • Born to Ride

      That’s a big reserve allocation, tank is 5 gallons and it gets 28-35mpg depending on how big of a MOron you are. Low fuel light should be coming on around 120.

  • Old MOron

    Aw jeez, no idea.
    I voted for the SDR because I like twins.

    • spiff

      Never had twins, I have watched the video.

      • DickRuble

        I prefer singles… I’ll wait for their 1300cc thumper.

        • spiff

          13 oh 1.

  • John B.

    I voted for the SDR because it has orange hair and refuses to speak in complete sentences just like President Trump!!!

  • ColoradoS14

    If you offered me one of them for free I would take the Tuono, just can’t say no to that V4…

  • gjw1992

    The Tuono’s a fantastic translation of a sports bike into a useable super-naked and I’d love one. But the SDR’s a brute of a purpose built road bike that still works in all conditions. I vote for the SDR.

  • ADB

    Yes the Super Duke is probably the best engineered “king of the uprights”, but I’ll never forget being on vacation last year- standing outside an ice cream parlor mid week, sunny August day, eating a cone with my wife, leaning on a street rail in West Bay Dorset. Here I am, thousands of miles from home, middle of vacation, no motorcycle, finally relaxed after a tough month at work, dreaming about where I am going ride when I get back home, and right in front of me comes what has to be the absolute best sounding motorcycle on the face of the earth. The gentleman was older (like me), and geared up from head to toe. Silver with the red and black Aprilia lettered graphics, Shoei helmet, Sidi boots. If you’ve never heard a Tuono going down and up through the gears, in the middle of the day, with no distractions, well…. I’ve thought about the sound of that moment many times, and I’ve owned a ton of motorcycles. Breathtaking. Tuono wins.

  • spiff

    Most of my riding has been on dirtbikes. The SDR is an over grown dirtbike. I am a foot out, not a knee down kind of guy. That is the main reason for me. If I go deeper, the KTM can ride a passenger, is comfortable enough to commute on, is comfortable enough to light tour on, and gets decent milage. Also remember bar position can be changed without too big of an ordeal. It just seems more versatile all the while giving real world performance that is overkill, as does the Tuono. If I can only have one bike (Fact: I can only have one bike at the moment) The KTM ticks all my “boxes”, and only leaves me wanting if I go to the track. If I go back to the track it would be on an old $4000 race bike anyway.

    Edit: just reread this and have to admit the KTM is still better than me on the track. I’d still buy the track bike just because I wouldn’t want to take the chance on the SDR.

  • Bram

    Already bought a 2017 Tuono Factory. Many reasons why, but the most compelling was that it feels so much more special and also not having to pay extra for the quickshifter etc. sealed it.

    • spiff

      You are spot on about paying extra to unlock the KTM electronics. That is crap, and the Aprilia’s electronics are better to boot.

  • mikstr

    Both are stellar and oh so desirable!!!!

  • spiff

    Tom, you rode them both. Are you going to chime in?

    • The whole point of this was keeping me out of the fray 😉 I’ve been an SDR proponent since attending the first model’s press launch a few years ago. But, right now, with the Tuono RR coming equipped with everything you want on a streetfighter/sportbike for a price way under the SDR, it’s hard for me to justify spending the extra money. Take money out of the picture, and I might choose the KTM outfitted with both its packages, and some rearsets, simply because it makes a better street bike for us taller folk.

      • Mark Thompson

        The “tall factor” is important for me at 6’3. I had a ’07 Tuono and could only comfortably ride it after buying some aftermarket pegs that were about an inch lower. The V4 Tuono is a really terrific bike and great fun to ride, but the SD is tailor made for a tall rider, and that’s why I have a ’17 on order.

        • spiff

          A birdie told me they are close. Shipping no later then Monday.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    Of course it’s the SDR! If you want a track bike, get the Tuono. For everything else, it is the Super Duke. Commuting, drag racing, running from the authorities, showing off at Alice’s Restaurant, wheelies, general hooliganism – its name is the 2017 1290 SDR. You’ll get used to the headlight – eventually. On the other hand, no one will mistake what bike you are on.

    • DickRuble

      yes, for everything else, including frequent trips to the dealership.

      • Mark Thompson

        Purely anecdotal, but I put 6000 miles on my ’14 SD before I sold it this spring, including multiple track days. Nothing broke.

        • DickRuble

          Ok, based on the testimonials on this thread, you have a 50/50 chance your KTM won’t break during the first two years of ownership.

          • Mark Thompson

            That’s probably about right. I wonder if bikes from all manufacturers might be a little more “fragile” now, especially with the greater integration of electronics. Mechanically they’re probably the same reliability-wise as they were 10 or 20 years ago, but there are a lot more electronic things to break now.
            I know the most troublesome bike I had in the first two years of ownership was a Yamaha FJR1300, but even that wasn’t terrible. The KTM was fine as was the Aprilia before that. Bikes of any marque aren’t Camrys, especially if you ride ’em hard.

          • DickRuble

            Hard to tell without getting the input of a dealership mechanic, but I would think that higher compression engines, much higher power, lighter components all tend to favor mechanical problems.. At the opposite spectrum, KLR650, which probably never breaks.

          • Walter

            I have over 130,000 miles on my current 3 KTMs- 950SE 45,000 miles, 950SM 64,000 miles, 1190A 25,000 miles.

            Solid state fuel pump and clutch slaves on both 950s, as well as upgraded water pump shaft/seal as preventatives. Only “abnormal” failure was a head gasket on the SM- due to my botched water pump shaft “repair” which I had to redo; and VRRs on both 950s. The 1190 has been without issue of any type except a leaky fork seal fixed under warranty. I also put almost 30,000 miles on a 2004 950S (water pump shaft, and fuel pump points, clutch slave was fine) and 25,000 miles on a 990 Dakar.without any issues except a clogged fuel filter (intermittently ran poorly for a minute or two). Valves usually remain in spec at least 2 checks (16,000 miles).

            I’ve also had a few KTM and a Husaberg thumper that never had issues.

            All in all, they have been fine- not Japanese appliance reliable- but neither is the riding experience.

            The great thing is that we all get to choose how to spend our money.

  • Jordan Andrew

    My heart screams for the Tuono, but my conscience says SDR- only for the fact that I have KTM dealers close buy… the closest Aprilia dealer is over 2 hours away!
    They both are fantastic machines.

    With that said, (as a Monster owner), I think these two bikes are an overall better package compared to the M1200R. Just my opinion.

    • DickRuble

      From what others say, with the KTM you better be close to the dealership.

      • Jordan Andrew

        Point taken.

        One thing I always consider is if I bought a Tuono, it would be more of a challenge just to take in for service…. seeing how the closest dealer is in Charlotte and I am in RTP… I couldn’t just have my friend pick me up before work… I’d have to take the day off, or go down on an early Saturday and spend the day out of town while the service was done. See where I am coming from?

        • DickRuble

          Not really..I do the service myself unless it’s some mandatory dealer service of which I am not aware…

    • Born to Ride

      I’ve ridden the tuono v4 1000, SDR, and m1200r. I loved the monster the most. The M1200r is sharper steering and more seamless in operation than the SDR(electronic intervention and throttle response), and more comfortable and punchy off the bottom than the Tuono. That being said, I wouldn’t buy one because I dont like that they thinned the head gaskets to achieve the higher compression ratio, and testastretta motors are not easy to work on yourself. Also it’s nearly 20 grand and I’ve never seen one marked down 3000$ at the dealership like the 1200s or the Tuono. If you can swing a demo day ride on one though, it’s a wonderful machine.

      • Jordan Andrew

        Call me a bitch, but the monster doesn’t come with cruise control or heated grips. For the price they ask for it- it should! The competition does… I ride a lot- 10k a year… I’d appreciate those features.

        The 1200R is sexy though!

        • Born to Ride

          I don’t really care about cruise on a sport bike, and heated grips are a couple hundred bucks if you want them. But I agree that the bike is simply too expensive in the face of its competition. I rushed to the Ducati dealer to see if the new 1200S with its “improvements” made it as good or better than the R. It’s still not even close. Very frustrating for a Ducati fan that also happens to be realistic. That being said, the RR tuono seems to be the best bargain of the high end market currently.

          • Jordan Andrew

            Agree 100%!

  • Vrooom

    After having my KTM 690 torn apart twice by the dealer under warranty, I’ll take the Tuono. My current very old 03 Tuono has never even hiccupped.

    • DickRuble

      Tell that to Sayyed Bashir.

      • Old MOron

        Why? It’s not going to change his mind.

        • DickRuble

          No .. but it will make him go on a rant…

          • spiff

            Ruble, Dick Ruble. MO ambassador. Lol

          • Old MOron

            Ha ha, you’re right. Go ahead. Say something about Harley or KTM. Let’s watch him rage.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Dick, you have nothing better to do?

    • spiff

      Rotax engine. Not saying their in house stuff is bad.

  • Walter

    I’ll probably get one of these in the very near future.

    I voted SD1290 (GT version) because it’s a better & more practical/comfortable street bike. Don’t be too harsh– at almost 70 I feel I’m entitled to a dollop of both lol.

    Having said that, there’s a good chance I’ll wind up with the Tuono for two reasons:
    1) it’s $5k less expensive, and 2) I mean, c’mon, DAMN!

    Now, if Aprilia would just build a V4 “Futura”….

  • Mad4TheCrest

    It’s the Tuono for me based on looks, sound, and the flexibility of the V4.

  • DL Nielsen

    Well, considering that I just bought a 2016 Tuono RR a couple of months ago, I’ll cast my vote for the Tuono Factory over the KTM. There’s just something about an Italian . . . and a V4. There are dealerships for both within 50-60 miles from where I live so that issue isn’t a problem for me. And I’m familiar with the gas guzzling tendencies of the V4 because I traded a V4 in on this one. That one could pass almost everything but a gas station. Oh, well. There are trade offs and sacrifices in life.

  • Tom Traynor

    Owned a 2013 Tuono. Then a 2014 Superduke. Both had teething problems. Both seemed to have remedied them (Tuono forum discussion of the ENGINES failing? On a modern bike?). I did NOT like Tuono cam chain rattle on warm start at ALL–just saying.

    That said–Tuono is amazing. And baited me into mega-speeding. It’s also more comitted and cramped and gas-guzzling and no real pillion ability.

    Superduke is real world accessible performance right off from 4000 RPMS. You don’t have to ride fast to enjoy the bike. Its performance is every-day accessible. It’s comfortable–but wicked drive off bottom let’s yuh keep license while experiencing “Yahoo!” Factor.

    I saw dyno graph overlays of the 1100 T and SDR. SDR produces Tuono’s max torque–which occurs at 9500 RPMS–at a mere 4000 RPMS.

    Michigan roads are shit. The “too soft for track” SDR suspension with 1-2″ extra travel works well here.

    So–I just bought a 2017 Superduke–wanted to try and swing the Tuono but practical performance won the day.

  • NewYorkJ

    Have about 1300 miles and a track day on my black 2017 Tuono RR. It’s a performance beast. Pull your arms out acceleration, gives full confidence at lean, sounds incredible, and turns heads. Plus, for 15k you get all the goodies. Not to mention comfort. I added the factory seat and I wouldn’t hesitate to ride it anywhere now. Need Ohlins and a fancy paint scheme? Go factory and it’s still a much better value.