Aprilia have presented Tuono V4 for 2019. The top-of-the-range model, Tuono V4 1100 Factory, is equipped with components which are largely derived from the Aprilia RSV4 RF superbike, and in 2019 it comes standard with the most advanced semi-active electronic suspension system currently available on the market, developed by Öhlins and fine tuned with the collaboration of Aprilia engineers.
The Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension system allows calibration and customising the fork and shock absorber settings with two operating modes on the units: semi-active mode and manual mode, both selectable using the buttons on the handlebar. There are 3 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 suspension adjusts to the type of route and the riding style used.
In the manual mode, on the other hand, the 3 Riding Modes provide predefined calibration types without semi-active assistance, 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 of fine tuning and customising the suspension calibration based on personal taste and riding style.
The Öhlins 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 adjustmenst are done via a system called Objective Based Tuning Interface (OBTi) on a 4.3 inch colour TFT dashboard. 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 area.
The on-board electronics of the Aprilia Tuono V4 remain unchanged. Aprilia Performance Ride Control is derived directly from the World Superbike technology. The fourth generation of APRC, standard on the Tuono V4 1100, integrates seamlessly with electronics management of the fully integrated full Ride-by-Wire throttle control and the inertia platform that allows an optimum possibility of detecting the dynamic conditions of the bike and therefore effective electronic control strategies.
The Tuono V4 1100 range is also fitted with an advanced multi-mode Cornering ABS system, developed in collaboration with Bosch. The ABS system works in unison with the Aprilia RLM (Rear Liftup Mitigation) system that limits the lift of the rear wheel during more abrupt braking. Cornering ABS, fine tuned in accordance with Aprilia’s specific indications, is adjustable to 3 levels of sensibility and can be switched off.
The front braking system of the Tuono V4 is made by Brembo and is identical to the one on the RSV4, which means it uses a pair of 330 mm steel discs which are gripped by monobloc M50 callipers and activated by a radial master cylinder on the handlebar.
The Tuono V4 1100 RR and Tuono V4 1100 Factory APRC equipment include: