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 […]

FrontRunners: Factory Special

For many riders, Italian superbike is synonymous with Ducati. But the 2010 Aprilia RSV4 Factory (www.apriliausa.com) promises to change minds—and turn heads. The $21,000 superbike weighs less than 400 pounds and features a new 65-degree V-4 engine that produces 180 hp and 85 ft lbs of torque. Black and red body panels wrapped tightly around […]

2008 Private Preview: Off the Track

While competing in its third Grand Prix motor racing season in 1987, Aprilia won its first title, at the Grand Prix of San Marino. Since then, the Italian producer of motorcycles and scooters has won 32 world titles and recorded 250 individual victories. Despite its racing success, the brand has remained relatively obscure in the […]

FrontRunners: Light Speed

The term muscle scooter might sound self-contradictory, but it aptly describes the Aprilia Sportcity 250 (www­.apriliausa.com). Aprilia, a unit of the Italian vehicle maker Piaggio, is best known for its sportbikes, and it has packed the new Sportcity with technology derived from those race-winning machines, including an electronic fuel-injected engine and 15-inch wheels. The Sportcity […]

Best of the Best: Sportbikes

Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory An advanced Italian exotic exhibits slender sexiness. Ironically, for all the innovations aboard the Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory that aid and abet the fast-forward progress of the $18,000 Italian motorcycle, it is the mechanism that brings the bike to a halt that best reveals its essence of pure speed. Aprilia fitted […]

The Best of the Best 2003: Wheels – Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R

The Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R has been fashioned with hard lines, shapely contours, and bold race-replica graphics that, at triple-digit speeds, meld into a blurred streak of beauty. The company’s designers in Noale, Italy, created a 170-mph superbike that is uncompromised by cookie-cutter parts or vacuum-formed plastic.   The Mille’s form, however, does not […]

Motorcycles: Best of the Best Sportbikes: Molto Mille

Molto Mille For decades, the Rock Store, a restaurant and souvenir shop in the mountains above Malibu, has been a weekend gathering place for biking enthusiasts, and as with most motorcycle venues, an invisible demarcation line bisects its parking lot: cruisers on one side, sportbikes on the other, and never the twain shall meet. Well, […]