Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC vs. Ducati Streetfighter S | Brute Force!

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing

Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC | $14,999

Ergos
The Tuono is as a naked bike should be: upright. It’s a shorter reach to taller bars. The seat is also slightly lower, which makes it easier to reach the ground, but legroom is reduced by nearly 2 inches.








Dyno
Aprilia’s V4 doesn’t have as much grunt off the bottom, but low-rpm numbers are still impressive. Power builds dramatically above 7000 rpm and hits hardest right where the Ducati signs off.

Tech Spec

Engine type: l-c 65-deg. V4
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 999.6cc
Bore x stroke: 78.0 x 52.3mm
Compression: 13.0:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar with aluminum swingarm
Front suspension: Sachs 43mm inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Sachs shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Brembo radial four-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Rake/trail: 25.0°/4.2 in.
Seat height: 32.9 in.
Wheelbase: 56.9 in.
Fuel capacity: 3.9 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 472/448 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 145.1 bhp @ 11,800 rpm
Measured torque: 72.3 lb.-ft. @ 9500 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.30 sec. @ 135.30 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph:  2.81 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 29/25/28 mpg
Colors: Yellow, black
Available: Now
Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Aprilia USA 140 E. 45th St. New York, NY 10017 800.631.1101 www.apriliausa.com

Ducati Streetfighter S | $18,995

Ergos
The Streetfighter has a high, slanted seat that threatens your unborn children, plus droopy bars that put an uncomfortable bend in your wrists. But it offers a lot more legroom for tall riders.








Dyno
Power is as you’d expect from a racing-derived big twin. Torque surpasses 60 lb.-ft. at 3500 rpm and rises from there. Horsepower climbs all the way to 9750 rpm before the rev-limiter spoils the fun.

Tech Spec

Engine type: l-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train: DOHC, 8v desmodromic
Displacement: 1099cc
Bore x stroke: 104.0 x 64.7mm
Compression: 12.5:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Dry, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Tubular-steel trellis with single-sided aluminum swingarm
Front suspension: Öhlins 43mm inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Öhlins shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Brembo Monobloc radial four-piston calipers, 330mm discs
Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 245mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Rake/trail: 25.6°/4.5 in.
Seat height: 33.0 in.
Wheelbase: 58.1 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.4 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 437/410 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 135.1 bhp @ 9750 rpm
Measured torque: 74.1 lb.-ft. @ 7750 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.44 sec. @ 124.42 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 2.68 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 37/34/35 mpg
Colors: Titanium, red
Available: Now
Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Ducati North America 10443 Bandley Dr. Cupertino, CA 95014 408.253.0499 www.ducati.com

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