2. Aprilia Tuono V4 R
The Tuono V4 R is one of my favorite motorcycles of all time, as it’s the best version ever of a retuned repli-racer. With 154 horses available at its back tire, the word “detuned” will never enter your mind. Thanks to its longer intake tracts, altered valve timing and shorter gear ratios in the first three cogs, its engine response is ultra-snappy and willing to loft its front end even at highway velocities. It’s one of the reasons why we gave it our Best Streetfighter/Hooligan award for 2013.
As I wrote in its review, the Tuono’s V-4 engine is “simply one of the most thrilling engines we’ve ever had the pleasure of twisting its throttle.” Yep, riding the Tuono is a special experience, and it’s one of the few bikes that can hoik a minger of a wheelie in third gear. Just make sure to switch off the wheelie-control electronics!