News 5 Oct 2018

Upgraded technology for 2019 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

Heavily-advanced motorcycle boasts extensive electronics package.

2019 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

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Aprilia has confirmed its 2019-specification Tuono V4 1100 Factory will receive a host of technological upgrades in the new year.

The Aprilia naked range achieves absolute performance levels and sophistication, thanks to Aprilia’s know-how acquired over years of winning premier level competitions and the experience of the Tuono history, which is confirmed as being unbeatable on the track and loads of fun on the road.

The Tuono V4 family of motorbikes is made up of two distinctly outfitted models: The Tuono V4 1100 RR represents an exceptional thrill machine, the heir to a dynasty of naked sport bikes acclaimed by critics as the most effective and fastest bike in its segment, and the Tuono V4 1100 Factory, which is the more exclusive version.

Dedicated to an extremely demanding public, this bike is equipped with components which are largely derived from the Aprilia RSV4 RF superbike. The new Factory now comes standard with the most advanced semi-active electronic suspension system currently available on the market, developed by Ohlins and fine tuned with the collaboration of Aprilia engineers.

Maximum ease of calibration for the suspension through simple handlebar controls to give you an even more thrilling riding experience in any area of use. The new Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory comes standard with the most advanced and efficient electronic suspension system currently available, the latest technological frontier offered by manufacturer ohlins, developed in close contact with Aprilia engineers for the new Tuono V4 1100 Factory.

The new electronic suspension management system is conveniently implemented on the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory, the super naked par excellence, unbeatable on the track and fabulous to ride on the road too. The particular technology of the Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension system allows calibration, simple and even customisable, of the fork and shock absorbers with two operating modes on the units: semi-active mode and manual mode, both selectable using the buttons on the handlebar.

There are three Riding Modes the user can select: Track, Sport and Road. In the semi-active mode, suspension performance is managed by the Smart EC 2.0 system which actively intervenes on operation thanks to an algorithm that processes the data transmitted from the vehicle to the dedicated ECU in real time. In this mode, the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory suspension adjust their hydraulic calibration, second by second, to the type of route and the riding style used.

In the manual mode, on the other hand, the three Riding Modes provide as many predefined calibration types without semi-active assistance, therefore in the same way that mechanical type suspension systems operate. Both in the semi-active and manual mode, the user is still left with the possibility, within the three aforementioned logic maps, of fine tuning and customising the suspension calibration based on personal taste and riding style, particularly to the advantage of more expert and demanding riders.

The Ohlins steering damper is also managed electronically by the Smart EC 2.0 system now and it is fully customisable in order to best adjust the calibration depending on that of the fork and shock absorber. The OBTi (Objective Based Tuning Interface), visible on the 4.3 inch colour TFT dashboard of the Aprilia Tuono V4, makes the settings intuitive.

The operating logic of the new OBTi is based on the situations of use and the sensations that the rider feels. The system allows the rider to customise suspension calibration in every single situation in which the suspension system is stressed such as, for example, in the acceleration and braking phase, in order to have the ideal settings in each of these areas.

Simple and quick to adjust, as well as extremely effective in any condition: the innovation introduced by the electronically managed suspension system is important on a motorcycle like the Tuono V4 1100 Factory, intended for use in very different environments (from the track to the road and touring) which demand as many different setups to provide the best riding experience.

Pricing and availability for both motorcycles in Australia are yet to be confirmed.