At the risk of sounding like a complete idiot, I’m going to declare the emperor is buck naked on this one. I’m sure the Tuono is capable of a high level of performance, but the problem is it’s not easily accessible. Whereas a bike such as the Honda 919 feels small, controllable and even a bit underpowered, the Tuono feels big, tall, unwieldy and simply too powerful. Yes, I said too powerful—this bike wants to wheelie all the time due to the laid-back seating position and massive amounts of torque. One tester said he was able to get it to wheelie off bumps in the road in fourth gear, if you can believe that. Normally I’d be all for mondo-power, but the Tuono’s bars are so tall and you sit so high and far back that there’s almost no weight on the front wheel. This trait makes rapid corner entries practically impossible, forcing you to tiptoe in and then bomb out of corners using the bike’s midrange. That’s not the way I like to ride, and I’d venture to say for someone my weight even the Yamaha FZ1—with its non-Öhlins suspension—delivers a more compliant and confidence-inspiring ride. The Tuono looks and sounds absolutely killer, but for me its beauty is only skin deep.