No shootout has been as difficult as this one pitting the Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC ABS against the BMW S1000R and KTM 1290 Super Duke R. Not just in how tight the outcome of the scoring (which was stupid close), but more so in the intangible elements of emotion, sensation and the if you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand bliss of why we ride motorcycles.

Track portion of the first part of our Ultimate Streetfighter Shootout, with the Ducati Monster 1200S, Kawasaki Z1000 and MV Agusta 1090RR Brutale against the KTM and BMW

As much as we attempt to adhere to objectivity, mathematics and science when trying to determine why one motorcycle wins a shootout over oftentimes equally outfitted competitors, this is the first shootout where we must concede that we are flat out in love with the winner of this shootout. And, that’s actually saying a lot because we’ve been in love for years with the bike that came in third!

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Read the street portion of the first part of our Ultimate Streetfighter Shootout, with the Ducati Monster 1200S and Kawasaki Z1000 against the KTM and BMW

The great thing is, if you disagree with us, you simply can’t go wrong purchasing any one of these motorcycles. With a V-Twin, a V-Four and an inline-Four from which to choose, there’s an engine configuration available to fit any personal preference, electronic rider aids up the wazoo, and more usable performance than any liter-size repli-racer could hope to have.

Three Streetfighters on the street

The cream of the super streetfighter crop, an undulating road, and a corporate gas card. What more could we ask for?

Seriously, can it get any better than this? We don’t know how, but we hope so. Fodder for a future shootout. But enough with the pontifications, let’s get on with shootout at hand.


The KTM’s orange trace shows the V-Twin’s superiority over its four-cylinder rivals working with 300cc lesser displacement. The BMW’s peak horsepower is level with the Super Duke, but its torque doesn’t come close. The Tuono’s engine is a thriller but puts out less power everywhere than the S1000R, sliding another nail in the coffin of the theory that V-Four engines have more torque or midrange power than an inline-Four.

2014 Ultimate Streetfighter Specs
Aprilia Tuono
BMW S1000R KTM 1290
Super Duke R
MSRP $14,499 $14,950 $16,999
Engine Capacity 999cc 999cc 1301cc
Engine Type 65° V-Four Inline-Four 75º V-Twin
Bore x Stroke 78 x 52.3 mm 80 x 49.7mm 108 x 71mm
Compression 13:1 12.0:1 13.2:1
Horsepower/Torque 148 @ 11,600 rpm / 73.4 ft-lb. @ 9500 rpm 155.3 hp @ 11,200 rpm / 79.7 ft-lb. @ 9,500 rpm 156.0 hp @ 9,100 rpm / 96.5 ft-lb. @ 8,200 rpm
Fuel System Electronic fuel injection Electronic fuel injection Electronic fuel injection
Transmission Six-Speed Six-Speed Six-Speed
Final Drive Chain Chain Chain
Frame Aluminum dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements Aluminum composite bridge frame Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Front Suspension Sachs 43mm inverted fork with one-by-one separated damping adjustments Sachs 46mm inverted fork with Dynamic Damping Control semi-active suspension WP Suspension 48mm inverted fork with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Rear Suspension Sachs piggyback monoshock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping Dynamic damping control semi-active suspension WP Suspension Monoshock, fully adjustable
Front Brakes Dual 320mm floating discs, Brembo M432 4-piston monoblock radial calipers and ABS Dual 320mm floating rotors, Brembo fixed radial-mount 4-piston calipers and ABS Dual 320mm rotors with Brembo M50 4-piston monoblock calipers and ABS
Rear Brakes 220mm disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper Single 220mm rear rotor, single piston floating caliper Single 240mm rear rotor with two-piston caliper
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17 120/70 ZR17 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire 190/55 ZR17 190/55 ZR17 190/55 ZR17
Seat Height 32.9 in 32.0 in 32.9 in
Wheelbase 56.8 in 56.7 in 58.3 in
Rake/Trail 25.0°/ 4.2 in 24.6º/3.9 in 24.9º/4.21 in
Curb Weight 474 lbs 450 lbs 469 lbs
Fuel Capacity / MPG / Est. Range 4.9 gal / 30.5 MPG / 149 Miles 4.6 gal / 36.9 MPG / 170 Miles 4.7 gal / 37.9 MPG / 178 Miles

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