Super-naked goes ‘full-factory’ with new semi-active suspension
Aprilia’s naked gets sexy new suspension
There’s no doubt Aprilia’s Tuono V4 is one of the most potent and sophisticated of all super nakeds with an overwhelming suite of electronic rider aids. And for 2019, the list of brain-mashing electronics gets a little longer as the top-spec Factory gains Öhlins’ semiactive suspension.
There are two main modes: Semi-active, where the bike sorts everything out, and Manual, which lets you pick your own settings and disable any electronic meddling. Switching between the two is via a simple button.
Semi-active constantly evaluates feedback from the front and rear suspension, rider inputs to throttle and brakes and delivers an ever-changing combination of micro responses aimed at making the rider feel the suspension is doing nothing other than offer perfect support.
Manual mode comes with three pre-set parameters and disables the semi-active intervention. The Track, Sport and Road settings each alter the suspension to suit those environments.
There’s also an OBTI (Objective Based Tuning Interface) available via the 4.3 inch colour TFT dash which enables the rider to further personalize to the settings.
The rest of the Factory’s array of electronic rider aids contains everything from bi-directional quickshifter to cornering ABS, traction control, anti-lift, launch control, pit lane limiter, cruise control and more. There are two new paintjobs, too – but you’d have to be quite the aficionado to spot the subtle changes without having both in front of you. No word on price, yet.