Tuono tech

Su­per-naked goes ‘full-fac­tory’ with new semi-ac­tive sus­pen­sion

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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.

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