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Aprilia up the ante in nakedbike war with Tuono V4 X

Aprilia Tuono V4 X

After the success achieved by Aprilia RSV4 X, the special version of the supersport bike from Noale, Aprilia has now given the X factor to the Tuono V4.

Aprilia Tuono V4 X

The Aprilia Tuono V4 X is touted as an exclusive “super Tuono” produced in a numbered and limited edition, developed and assembled directly by Aprilia Racing.

Aprilia claim this excluse new Tuono V4 X is capable of lapping Imola in 1m50s with Aprilia rider Lorenzo Savadori, only a couple of seconds away from World Superbike pace around the Italian circuit.

Aleix Espargaró also put it through its paces on the Austrian Red Bull Ring circuit: “The Tuono V4 X is out of this world. I had never tested a high-handlebar bike on the track and I was surprised at the feeling of stability. The engine is insane, but the chassis architecture doesn’t struggle – to the contrary: the riding position and the electronics make it extremely fun. You can ride it cleanly, but you can also drift with it if you want to. It is a pure sportbike with a hooligan side!”

The experience that the Racing Department from Noale has in the top championships contributed to the development of the Aprilia Tuono V4 X with large aero wings in carbon added to the Tuono, clearly derived from the one fitted on the Aprilia RS-GP used in MotoGP. This choice contributes to increasing stability at high speeds and in the critical phases of braking and acceleration.

Aprilia Tuono V4 X

The goal of making this special Tuono a true high-handlebar racing bike exclusively for track use was achieved in full, thanks to a skilled job of general lightening, which reached the exceptional landmark of 166 kg dry weight on the scales.

All the fairings are in carbon, enhanced by the dedicated “Bol d’Or” graphic, inspired by the Aprilia RSV 1000 R Factory which participated in the 2006 edition of the legendary French endurance race. The fuel tank is the same shape as the original, but it is lighter, while the factory electrical system has been simplified.

Aprilia Tuono V4 X

Another obviously sports-derived element is the racing panel via which to adjust the main electronic controls of the Tuono V4 X. There are numerous billet aluminium parts that contribute to lowering the weight, such as the clutch lever, the brake lever guard, the engine crankcase guards, the adjustable footpegs and the fuel cap. The Marchesini wheel rims in forged magnesium, shod with racing slicks, provide the added value of handling that is out of reach even for fairing-covered supersport bikes.

The engine is derived from the unit that successfully equips the RSV4 1100 Factory. The Akrapovic exhaust system features titanium collectors and a carbon outlet, while the air filter is a Sprint Filter element, the same unit that Aprilia Racing uses in MotoGP.

Electronic fine-tuning is via a revamped ECU in terms of logic and functions, featuring engine control and vehicle dynamics maps developed by Aprilia Racing. The engine maps are all “full power” and optimised for the racing exhaust system. The engine brake, traction control and anti-wheelie levels are specifically designed for use on the track. It comes standard with two-way quick-shift and the colour TFT instrument cluster reprogrammed with lap time display using the built-in GPS sensor.

The maximum power of the V4 from Noale increases from the 217 HP of the factory unit to the value of 221 HP measured at the crank. Performance that can be fully exploited thanks to a race derived chassis with advanced semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension system.

Aprilia Tuono V4 X

The Brembo braking system is also entirely racing, thanks to the use of refined and extremely effective GP4-MS billet aluminium calipers that grip a pair of steel discs with T-Drive technology and are controlled by a 19×16 radial master cylinder, also made in billet aluminium.

Each Aprilia Tuono V4 X unit, available at a price of €34,900 ($56,600 AUD), can already be reserved exclusively online by going to the Aprilia website. Buyers will be able to pick up their unit directly from Aprilia Racing, simultaneously with an exclusive tour of the racing department in Noale, and they will receive a dedicated KYT NX-Race helmet with a graphic inspired by the bike’s graphics.

Tuono V4 X is part of the Factory Works program launched by Aprilia Racing: it takes technology developed in competitive racing and makes it available to those planning to compete at high level in factory derivative championships or to those who want an RSV4 or a Tuono V4 with performance optimised for track use. That means, of course, that the Tuono V4 X will not be able to be used on public roads, legally.

Aprilia Tuono V4 X

Source: MCNews.com.au

Safety recall on Aprilia Tuono and RSV4

Aprilia Australia has issued a safety recall notice for a brake issue on 2017-2020 RSV4 and Tuono 1100 motorcycles.

The official safety recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the front brake pad friction material “could potentially separate from the back plate, resulting in reduced braking performance”.

“Reduced brake performance may result in a dangerous fall or collision, causing serious injury or death to the rider or other road users,” the notice says.

Owners should contact their authorised Aprilia dealer to book a brake pad inspection and, if potentially faulty brake pads are found, they will be replaced free of charge.

For more information, owners should contact their nearest authorised Aprilia dealer or email [email protected]

Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of the 451 affected bikes are listed at the end of this article.

2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR brembo brake
Tuono V4 1100 RR

Even though manufacturers and importers contact owners when a safety recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle recalls as a service to all riders.

In Australia, recall notices are issued by the manufacturer and the Department of Infrastructure through a voluntary industry code under the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

While any recall is not good news for the manufacturer, it shows that they are largely diligent in fixing problems.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia


• New Zealand

• Canada

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Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aprilia launches lightweight RS660

Aprilia seems to have faith in the supersport segment with the final unveiling of its lightweight RS660 to be followed by a naked Tuono version next year.

Ever since the RS660 concept hit the EICMA stage in Milan a year ago, there has been a lot of interest in this bike in a segment that is diminishing.

Lightweight funAprilia RS660 lightweight

To many, supersport means lightweight and a good power-to-weight ratio.

The Aprilia RS660 won’t disappoint.

It is powered by two cylinders from a Tuono/RSV4 1100 engine as a 660c parallel twin.

 Weighing in at 169kg with 100hp (75kW) of power, that’s a formula for fun!

But Aprilia doesn’t just see it as a track weapon, but also as an everyday commuter.

In fact, its five riding modes spell it out: Commute, Dynamic, Individual (we imagine that’s a customisable mode), Challenge and Time Attack.

2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 concept
2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 concept

There is not a lot of information available yet, so we can only speculate on what all that means.

It has adjustable Kayaba suspension, a double aero fairing and smartphone connectivity with navigation display on the instruments.Aprilia RS660 lightweight

Lightweight twins

It will be the first of a new platform of lightweight 660 twins.

The first will be a Tuono naked version like the concept presented at EICMA. It is slightly downtuned at 96hp (71kW).

2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 concept
2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 concept

There will also be a restricted version that may come in under Australia’s LAMS rules for novice riders.

And, who knows, maybe it will be followed by an adventure, cafe racer or scrambler version.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Watch Aussie rider’s Pikes Peak record run

Australian motorcycle journalist Rennie Scaysbrook has posted a video of his record run at the recent Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in Colorado.

The event was marred by the death of four-time winner Carlin Dunne on the last turn while riding the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype. He was on his way to victory and a record run.

Carlin Dunne rides Ducati V4 Streetfighter prototype at Pikes peak Multistrada V4 record run
Carlin Dunne on the Streetfighter V4 prototype

The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb organising committee is now considering the future of the motorcycle category in the event in the wake of two other motorcycle fatalities in 2014-15 and the fourth rider death in the event’s history.

The event has run since 1916, but motorcycles did not race for 10 years from 1977-79 and 1983-90.

Organisers are investigating whether a series of bumps in the last corner caused Carlin’s bike to high-side.

Rennie’s record run

Australian motorcycle journalist Rennie Scaysbrook has posted a video of his record run at the recent Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in Colorado.
Images from Rennie’s Facebook page

Carlin’s sad fatality does not take away from Rennie’s victory and record run in the heavy motorcycle class.

The Australian, who is now working in America at Cycle News, set a record time of 9:44.963 riding a 2018 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100. He smashed the record by five seconds.

The Tuono was in “nearly showroom stock” condition.

Rennie says he would like to dedicate his record-run video to the memory of the late Carlin Dunne. 

“This was a man who helped me to no end as a mentor in my rookie year, went head-to-head with me and came out on top in 2018, and was on course to smash the lap record again this year until fate struck,” Rennie says.

“I’m honoured to have shared this race with him, and thanks to Aprilia for such an amazing team.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aprilia RS 660 concept is half a Tuono

Aprilia has cleverly taken half a Tuono engine and made what they call an RS 660 Supersport twin concept machine.

It is powered by two cylinders from a Tuono/RSV4 1100 engine as a 660c parallel twin.

“This configuration was chosen for its compact nature and efficiency, the extremely low level of heat transmitted to the rider and for the freedom that it leaves the designers to create a sleek and lightweight frame and suspension,” Aprilia’s press release says.

The Austrian company says the RS 660 project is aimed at younger riders and shows the supersport market may not be quite dead yet.

They say it will also be the “development base for a wider range that intends to make Aprilia a key player in an extremely strategic market segment in Europe, but also in Asia and the American market”.

Although not mentioned, we should expect to see it in Australia to compete against the very popular mid-sized naked sector led by the Yamaha MT-07.

RS 660 aeroAprilia RS 660 concept is half a Tuono

Aprilia says the Concept RS 660 was developed out of a “series of aerodynamic studies” in a wind tunnel.

With fuel economy top of mind and emissions regulations tightening, motorcycle manufacturers are looking for ways to compete and aero remains one of the biggest hurdles to motorcycles, even more so than big, bulky cars.

Click there to find out how aero affects motorcycles.

Aprilia’s Concept RS 660 features a unique “variable front section” which can adjust air flow direction to vary downforce.

RS 600 has a large saddle and a comfortable riding position to suit most rider sizes.Aprilia RS 660 concept is half a Tuono

It is supported by a lightweight aluminium frame and swingarm with the engine as a stressed element.

The right arm of the swingarm has a curved shape to accomodate the exhaust, while the shock absorber mount is mounted directly to the swingarm with no linkage to reduce weight.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com