As we head into the last quarter of 2016, everyone seems to be jumping on the new model or update bandwagon, and this includes Italian firm Aprilia. For 2017, both its flagship machines, the RSV4 superbike, and the Tuono V4 1100 naked sports, receive updates.
Both the RSV4’s 999.6 cc and the Tuono’s 1,077 cc V-fours are now Euro 4-compliant for the upcoming year. Aprilia claims the RSV4’s mill will put out 201 hp, while the Tuono’s narrow-angle engine has 175 hp on tap.
Ohlins suspension is now standard fitment for the RSV4 RF model, with the very latest Ohlins NIX fork in front and TTX shock at the back. The Tuono gets suitably valved Ohlins NIX forks, with the TTX rear shock being an option.
Changes have also been made to the Aprilia Ride Performance Control (APRC) suite of riding aids. Aprilia Traction Control (ATC) – new for 2017 – now comes with eight settings, and is adjustable on the fly without having to shut the throttle. Aprilia Wheelie Control (AWC) is also new, with three setting, and like the ATC, adjustable while riding.
The Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS) allows for clutchless up- and down-shifts, all with an open throttle. Launch Control (ALC) is now available, for track use only, while a pit lane speed limiter lets riders determine a pre-set speed limit with the push of a button.
Cruise control for its 2017 machines is said by Aprilia to come with new electronic management. Both the 2017 Aprilia RSV4 and Tuono V4 1100 come standard with Bosch 9.1 MP ABS, along with Brembo M50 Monobloc brakes, grabbing 330 mm diameter brake discs in front.
In the small bike arena, the new 2017 Aprilia Tuono 125 naked sportsbike carries the same 124 cc single-cylinder DOHC four-stroke as the RS4 125 full-fairing sportsbike. As reported by Motorcycle News, the engine is Euro 4-compliant, and comes with ABS as standard.
Smartphone connectivity is standard for the Tuono 125, which displays the bike’s information and engine state on the rider’s phone. A laptimer is included into the LCD multi-function display, and controlled using switches on the handlebar.
The Tuono 125 also comes ready to accept the AQS system as used in the Tuono V4 1100. As for the Aprilia RS4 125, 2017 sees it getting a new deisgnation – the RS125 – and will come with a USB port for devices, and space under the seat for a six-inch tablet. - paultan