Regardless of model – RR, Factory, or some earlier variation – we love Aprilia’s Tuono V4. It’s the only bike that comes close to upsetting the mighty KTM Super Duke R from its hooligan throne, and, depending who you ask, is actually the better motorcycle. In fact, in last year’s Ultimate Streetfighter Shootout EiC Duke and I called it draw. Working against the SDR is that it only comes in an expensive ($17,999) version, whereas the Tuono RR model at $14,999 is more affordable than its counterpart Factory version ($17,499) or the KTM. Although the Tuono was barely out-pointed by Yamaha’s FZ-10 in our most recent Streetfighter Shootout, by a scant 0.2%, the Tuono vaults the cool factor to an unapproachable level for its MotoGP V-4 soundtrack and Italian flair. Performance-per-dollar, it’s hard to match what the Tuono RR brings to the table. The 2017, the Tuono receives several upgrades, including Cornering ABS, color TFT instrumentation, cruise control, an auto-blipping downshifter and a 500-rpm higher redline.

2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Preview

Honorable Mention: EBR 1190SX: $12,995

Poor EBR. With the announcement late last year of yet another liquidation, it seems unlikely that even Erik Buell can phoenix this time around. However, if you’re willing to purchase a motorcycle from an OEM that for the most part already doesn’t exist, the 1190SX is a steal at its current $12,995 price. In last year’s Yet Another Streetfighter Shootout the 1190SX proved to be the most raw among the participants, and we mean that in a good way. And some day a clean EBR could well be very valuable at auction.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    Just bought a maroon 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S yesterday in excellent condition. For only $2500. Runs like a dream. It is going to be my main commuter bike (except for rainy days). And for on-road dry weather weekend jaunts.

    • Jon Jones

      Lucky you, great bike!

    • What’s your rainy-day bike?

      • Sayyed Bashir

        I have a 2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R for rainy days, hooliganism and off-road weekend adventures (going out tomorrow), and a 2007 Harley Softail when I want to scare the s**t out of people.

    • johnny mars

      Just wear long pants because that chrome exhaust pipe will brand your bare calf. I’d slap a D&D carbon fiber pipe on that bad boy right off the bat. Then I’d get a set of bar risers and extenders since it’s a long reach. Otherwise, it’s a great value and a bulletproof engine.

      • Sayyed Bashir

        It came with a Yoshimura carbon fiber exhaust so no problem there. No long reach for me. Maybe the previous owner already did the bar risers. He did a lot of updates including steel brake lines, better chain, etc. I have added a HealTech gear indicator which also eliminates the timing retard in the lower gears. Fast and smooth bike. Got a ticket the next day after adding the GIpro ATRE.

  • Cami


  • Great list, all true…but how can the FZ10 not be #1 if it beat the Tuono in your shootout and is $2k less…by cool factor alone?

    • Kevin Duke

      We put this list together with an attempt to represent a wide swath of genres and styles, and the selection of the much-loved Tuono was a way to include something on the exotic end of things. I[‘d say the FZ-10 represents a better motorcycle-per-dollar value, while the Priller perhaps has a better lust-per-dollar value! YMMV…

      • Ah makes sense.
        Speaking of $13k Japanese bargains…how close did the Africa Twin get to being included?

        • Kevin Duke

          In terms of the ADV class, we’re strong proponents of the Honda and its value equation:

          The Africa Twin strikes a terrific middle ground of capability and price. Next up is determining which transmission makes for a better Africa Twin. We’ll be riding the pair in the desert this weekend. Stay tuned for our findings…


    Tuono. Tuono. Tuono. Life will not be complete without a Tuono.

    • Kevin Duke

      It’s worth it if you’re willing to dare…

  • Mad4TheCrest

    Well, ‘value’ bikes are a difficult category, since what constitutes value can be subjective. There are considerations like low buy-in, low cost of ownership, fuel-efficiency, multi-role effectiveness, best combo of features for the buck, etc, etc. Trouble is, value can also represent a boring compromise. Which is why buying a bike on practical value can leave the owner feeling somewhat empty inside. Since most of us reading MO buy our bikes primarily for recreation and personal enjoyment rather than basic transport, I argue buy the best you can of what tugs at your heart and forget practicalities. With that in mind the Tuono seems spot-on as the #1.

    • Tinwoods

      Well, there are also a lot of us out here (especially here in perpetually sunny Southern California) who prefer riding motorcycles than driving cars, so I would argue your comment, though articulately expressed, is frivolous nonsense.

      • Mad4TheCrest

        Hmm… not nonsense at all: you are arguing my point. We ride because we like doing it better than sitting in cars. So riding is a passion, and why comprise a passion more than you have to?

    • Val Demort

      Good one, same thoughts. I would add the Triumph Street Triple, most fun naked bike i ride these days. flat 10.000 new

  • John B.

    This list could go on forever since motorcycles provide one of the best bang for the bucks in life. I would add two bikes to the list: A 2016 Kawasaki ZX-14R ABS out the door at my local dealer for $12,171 (the dealer delivers/ships bikes nationwide for a nominal fee). That’s only $63 per horsepower and $108 per foot pound of torque, which translates into a 9.77 second quarter mile on a bike suitable for 500 mile days according to one expert; BMW G310R, $4,750 MSRP. A Beemer for less than $5 grand; enough said.

  • johnny mars

    I wish Yamaha would offer the FZ-07 in an adventure version for $8500 with ABS and TC, and keep the weight under 444 lbs.. Who wants that fat old, expensive Tenere anyway? I’d take an FJ-07 over a V-Strom or Versys or Triumph middleweight.