Bike Life: Swapping the Pani for the Tuono V4 – Part 1
For this week, me and my buddy Walter had decided to do a swap between our bikes. Walter’s bike is a stock-standard 2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC, in the black and white colour scheme. I’ve always been keen on Aprilia’s V4 powerplant, that also powers the RSV4, and it was among one of my purchase options that I had in mind over the past few years.
The Tuono, in essence, can generally be considered as a detuned RSV4 with a more street-friendly riding position. In saying that, to say that the Tuono packs a decent punch in current form is an understatement.
Roaring like a triumphant lion, the Tuono hammers down the ultimate aural experience. As the revs climb, the speedometer shoots up with such deceivingly brutal but buttery ease, momentarily interrupted by the quickshifter, that changes gears akin to the blast of Thor’s hammer.
Its looks leave a little to be desired, and the dash needs an update. However, presentation only lasts for a minute; it’s the ride that holds the memory. And, holy mother of Thor, does it ride!
Over the week, I had taken my time to get accustomed to the Tuono. By this time, the Panigale felt as though it was a part of me. To get off the Panigale and on to the Tuono was a drastic change, in that the Aprilia seemed funnily strange to me with its taller handlebars.
See below for photos that I’ve taken for this week with the Aprilia. I will be outlining my impression in detail for next week’s post. I also will be highlighting Walter’s thoughts about my Panigale. Stay tuned!