4. Aprilia Tuono

2015 Aprilia Tuono Like the RSV4 RR in the number-9 spot, the Tuono is one of our favorite naked streetfighters on the market. Hell, if it weren’t for the awesome KTM 1290 Super Duke R, the Tuono might still hold the number-1 spot among the MO staff. In a bid to nudge KTM off the top of the hill, the new Tuono V4 1100 brings more firepower to the table in the form of a bigger engine. The new Tuono’s 1077cc V-4 promises more power and torque, which should make lofting wheelies an even easier affair (not that I’m any good at them, but with the standard wheelie control maybe I can practice?).

2014 EICMA: 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Preview

Its electronics package gets similar updates as the RSV4, which includes a specialized version of the Piaggio Multimedia Platform which turns a smartphone into an onboard multifunctional computer. Using the phone’s GPS sensor, the V4-MP connectivity can be programmed to offer corner-by-corner adjustment of the APRC electronics to suit different portions of a race track. The system also provides a connected smartphone with telemetry data and an adaptive race assistant which suggests the optimal points on a track to brake or open the throttle. Old school riders may scoff at the proliferation of electrons in today’s motorcycles, but I personally don’t miss the days of changing carb needles or busting knuckles on rounded bolts.