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Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC vs MV Agusta Brutale R 1090 vs Triumph Speed Triple R
Top-shelf Öhlins suspension and Brembo monoblocs were born from racetrack competition and these components, combined with lighter PVM wheels and improved shifting elevate the Speed Triple to R status with a $4,000 increase in retail price. That $4K increase, however, makes the S3R $1,000 more expensive than the Tuono V4 R APRC.
This creates a serious conundrum. We like the Speed Triple R’s styling, seating position, grunty three-cylinder engine, familiar handling and ergonomics, and, of course, its premium brand components, but the technological trickery of the APRC-equipped Tuono and its blistering horsepower can’t be overlooked. And for $1,000 savings, the Tuono is the more affordable choice between the two.
The Tuono, however, stands out as stylistically-challenged, especially when parked next the exotic MV and equally sexy S3R. So what you have to determine for yourself is the greater importance: outright horsepower and the technology to harness it, or a poised motorcycle built more for user-friendly street use and with a simultaneously aggressive and sultry style.
For Duke, and his need-for-speed persona, the Tuono was the obvious choice. For Troy and I, it wasn’t so clear cut. While we both understand Duke’s argument for the Aprilia, we couldn’t shake the lure of the STR and its savoir-faire. We can’t really call it a tie because these two bikes are dissimilar enough to attract motorcyclists looking to fulfill disparate requirements.
The MV Agusta Brutale R 1090 contains all the intangibles of a Harley-Davidson (If we have to explain, you wouldn’t understand). For its $16,500 MSRP (the most expenisve bike here), however, there’s a lot of rough edges, namely its unrefined fuel injection delivery and the buzzy nature of its engine. And, for as much presence as the Brutale exudes, it also lacks a unique engine character.
However, for those who appreciate its tight tolerances, beauty of design, historical namesake and can disregard the practicality of purchasing the other bikes, the Brutale remains an appealing and exotic Italian option.
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