Verdict ‘The Aprilia leaves rivals in its wake’
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.