Ver­dict ‘The Aprilia leaves ri­vals in its wake’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - MICHAEL NEEVES CHIEF ROAD TESTER

With its nips and tucks the 2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Fac­tory has moved fur­ther ahead of the su­per-naked game and leaves its ri­vals squab­bling for run­ner-up spot. It’s ev­ery bit as quick as a su­per­bike, but comes with lash­ings of ev­ery­day prac­ti­cal­ity. Some might point to the Aprilia’s fair­ing and say it’s not a su­per­naked, but its bril­liance lays in its en­gine, chas­sis, poise, con­fi­dence and elec­tron­ics, not its plas­tics. It’s the most ex­pen­sive too, but jus­ti­fies its high price tag.

Slot­ting into sec­ond is the Yamaha with its wild en­gine, easy han­dling, roomy rid­ing po­si­tion and the best wind pro­tec­tion. The light­ning­fast, hot- gripped, but slightly char­ac­ter­less BMW comes third and bring­ing up the rear, KTM’S roomy su­per­mo­toon-steroids has a front end to shame a race bike, loves scratchy cor­ners, but feels less re­fined than its ri­vals.

Cross­plane power de­liv­ers huge grins

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