When it comes to naked bikes, European manufacturers like KTM, Ducati, and Aprilia just can’t stop pushing the envelope when it comes to outright performance. In essence, a naked bike is meant to be a tractable, practical, and easy-to-ride motorcycle which can be ridden on a daily basis. However, the recent trend of hyper-naked motorcycle has taken this ideal definition and thrown it out the window.
These days, bikes which you would consider hyper-nakeds are the likes of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, Ducati Streetfighter V4 S, and the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100. All these bikes boast absolutely excessive power figures which linger dangerously close to the 200 horsepower mark—figures you would find on race-oriented supersport bikes. While this much power indeed doesn’t have a place on the street, it does, however, give the bikes a very well-rounded nature in a sense that you could ride all the way from Manila to Clark International Speedway, put in some hot laps, then head back home in relative comfort as opposed to a full-blown sportbike.
All that being said, iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Aprilia, has recently updated the Tuono V4 to feature some slight revisions to its underpinnings, as well as a few tweaks to the engine making it Euro 5-compliant. The 2021 Aprilia Tuono V4 has already begun making its way to showrooms in Italy, and we can expect to see this bike gradually trickle down to other markets all over the world.
Going into the details, the 2021 Aprilia Tuono V4 gets a new lightweight aluminum swingarm which is significantly lighter than that of the previous model. The new lightweight swingarm improves handling and power delivery thanks to an overall reduction to the bike’s unsprung weight. This results in a more compliant rear end, and a sharper handling experience. Aprilia has also revised the engine to comply with Euro 5 emission standards, however, it’s interesting to note that the bike continues to pump out an eye-watering 175 horsepower out of its 1,100cc V4 engine.
The new Aprilia Tuono V4 fetches 16,990 Euros, or the equivalent of P988,000. However, if and when this bike makes its way to Philippine shores, expect it to come with a significantly higher sticker price once import duties and taxes have been accounted for.