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Crazy naked gets semi-ac­tive sus­penders

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As one of the world’s most un­hinged naked bikes, the Tuono’s cen­tre­piece is its 175bhp en­gine – a mas­ter­stroke of V4 midrange wal­lop and a top-end so pow­er­ful it could have blitzed BSB rac­ers 15 years ago. But for 2019 it’s the sus­pen­sion we’re talk­ing about – the Fac­tory now comes with Öh­lins semi-ac­tive forks and rear shock as stan­dard. As usual, you can choose a semi­ac­tive mode, where the sys­tem will lis­ten to its sen­sors and de­cide what damp­ing you need ac­cord­ing to the road con­di­tions and how ag­gres­sively you’re rid­ing, or a man­ual mode, where you can fid­dle with the damp­ing by push­ing but­tons. There are three rid­ing modes, giv­ing three dis­tinct sus­pen­sion set-ups too. The other elec­tron­ics re­main un­changed for 2019, which is a good thing – the 8-level trac­tion con­trol is sub­lime. Then there’s the wheelie con­trol, launch con­trol, pit­lane lim­iter, cor­ner­ing ABS and, for rid­ing home from the po­lice sta­tion, cruise con­trol.

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