Escaping Anonymity on the 2009 Aprilia Tuono Factory

Powerful naked bikes have nearly become a two-wheeled cliché, but Aprilia’s Tuono 1000R Factory offers a visually arresting departure from the crowd.

From its gold-tone frame to its insectoid headlight and audacious graphics, the Tuono Factory certainly looks the part of rabble-rouser. But the chattering bark of the 998cc V-twin confirms its feisty looks: This Italian loves to tango, thanks to 139 horsepower and a dry weight of only 399 pounds. Top-shelf Öhlins racing suspension and Brembo brakes round out the bike’s premium components, resulting in riding dynamics that are nothing short of lively and pulse quickening. (www.apriliausa.com)

Photo by Jim Fets
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