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NAKED AMBITION

Aprilia’s Tuono has been the king of naked bikes for years, but it has been updated for 2017, as have its closest rivals. So, has anyone stolen a march on the monarch?

NAKED SPORTSBIKES

Bloody kids…

Usually, when one machine keeps banging in the class wins, it becomes harder and harder to write about. It’s true, I cannot count the number of times, say, Triumph’s Street Triple won its respective test against its peers and I had to come up with exactly why, but without repeating myself. At the dozenth attempt, trust me, this becomes quite a tricky task. But when it comes to the big naked sports class, the second most important to Fast Bikes and its wonderful readers, the Aprilia Tuono has been a joy to describe.

First it was the litre version, then the previous iteration, which became an 1100cc scorcher, but both were a pleasure to wax lyrical about. Sure, perhaps a rival may be a teeny tiny bit better on the road, or a tad more comfortable, or come with a few more bells and whistles. But the Aprilia was always so close to those traits itself, a hair’s breadth away in most cases, and then so crushing when you threw a racetrack into the equation, that it came top each and every time.

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