The Aprilia Tuono is one of the scariest beasts I've ridden to date.
Its high pegs, hard seat, sportbike suspension, and tall gearing make it really feel like someone threw some higher bars on a sportbike and called it a day. It's on a very short list of bikes that still make my heart skip a beat (or three) when I grab a handful of throttle, but the motorcycle industry is whacky and always thinks more power is the answer.
Aprilia is releasing an update of the Tuono for the 2015 model year, bumping the engine up to 1,110 ccs by increasing the bore from 78 mm to 81 mm. This new powerplant will make 175 horsepower and 88 foot-pounds of torque, up from the pathetic 170 horsepower and 84 foot-pounds of the previous generation.
The 2015 version will also get a slightly lower seat (0.5 inches), slightly narrower bars, a tiny little windscreen, and some really fancy "bold new graphics." All jokes aside, I'm actually a big fan of this and the new Suzuki GSX-Rs' use of the manufacturers' names as a graphic, though I wouldn't exactly call it groundbreaking.
Overall, the changes to the bike should make it slightly more comfortable and easy to navigate in urban settings, which will be helpful when trying to wrangle the beast. I really hope that little screen has some sort of magic in it that actually helps block wind, because I really liked how the bike looked without it and it will need to deliver some noticeable difference to give up that weird Transformer face. My big question is, with the greater power, how atrocious will the fuel range be now?