Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020
2020 is a new decade, a new year for all of us to leap and move forward fearlessly. To re-invent and to make room for things which really matters, things that will uplift you physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Throw up your arms, wash off that alcohol stink, and go get yourself a new motorcycle. Works just the same.
Here’s our top twenty production motorcycles coming in 2020 that does all of that, and more.
2020 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR
Aprilia rolls into the new decade with its racebike-inspired Tuono V4 1100 RR. The factory drew on its own not-inconsiderable WSBK experience to turn out this track-capable ride, and the targeted demographic would be those riders who actually aspire to hit a closed-circuit or road course. A 175-horsepower V4 plant delivers the goods with a full array of revamped, race-centric, ride-quality electronics and corner-sensing technology to complete the package. Essentially, what we have here is a liter-sized superbike with some of the bodywork stripped down to produce a very capable naked streetfighter.
2020 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory
Aprilia created the 2020 Tuono V4 1100 Factory to deliver real racebike experience in a naked-sport package for riders who may actually get beyond the parking lot at the local track. Since Aprilia acts as the racebike division of Piaggio & C. SpA, it brings considerable trackside expertise to the end product for a genuine racebike experience no matter where you ride. V4 power drives an aluminum chassis with robust ride-control electronics with a definite bias for track use, and it comes adorned with weight-saving carbon-fiber bits and bobs to minimize mass. This is a serious bike for serious riders. Don’t be fooled by the relatively low price that slides in just below the $19k mark. That accessibility doesn’t fully express its overall worth as you shall soon see.
The most expensive motorcycles currently in production
Let’s just say you’ve made it big out there in the world, bought a billion-dollar mansion somewhere along the coast or up in the mountains, and you have enough space to indulge with all sorts of gadgetry and machines.
But for that whiff of pure unadulterated freedom, you know you need one motorcycle that can truly make sense of all of that. An experience no other motorcycle could possibly give. Which one’s going to be your tool?
Here’s our way of spoiling you for choices. A list of those breathtaking machines on two wheels you could buy right now that are truly made for opulence, opportunities, and most vividly, to make a statement.
2018 - 2019 Aprilia Shiver 900
Aprilia brings the full weight of its not-inconsiderable racing experience to bear in its revamped Shiver 900. Nicknamed “the naked bike from Noale,” the new Shiver carries changes and improvements all the way across the board with a new 900 V-twin engine, new body details, new instrumentation, and Aprilia’s advanced traction-control feature for increased safety right along with its increased capabilities. This is arguably the closest thing to an entry-level machine that the factory offers, and toward that end, it comes available in an A2 license compliant version for riders in areas with the tiered licensing system.
2017 Aprilia Shiver 900
Aprilia has been firing on all pistons to give the world class leading performance motorcycles that make the riding aphrodisiac’s hearts racing. And as with them trying to stay with changing times, they add new updated models every year to their existing lineup to keep things fresh. Although they never made many headways before, it seems like they have now learnt things the hard way and have been busy making bikes that speak for themselves and beam technical prowess.
First seen on the EICMA 2016 stage, Aprilia launched the updated models of its naked streetfighter, Shiver. A 750cc motorcycle first launched in 2007, struggled because of its unearthing looks which were not any more striking than the competition. But now, it seems that Aprilia have given their magic touch to the 2017 edition, and it looks more so ever lively and strong.
It carries a bigger 900 cc engine, a jump of a lethal 150 cc from the earlier models and they sit just below the Italian brand’s flagship models RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 RF. New electronics, refined mechanics and an excellent chassis structure sees this motorcycle take new levels of riding pleasure and we are here to find out how.
Aprilia started out life building scooters. Now the brand falls under the Piaggio umbrella, and it sort of serves as the “racing division” for the company. As such, one would expect some fairly race-tastic features, even on such a small engine, an assertion backed up by recent wins in Qatar by Aprilia racers Jordi Torres (who unfortunately crashed out in a later round) and Leon Haslam.
The company doesn’t come out and say it, but I consider the 2016 Shiver 750 to be the closest thing to an entry-level motorcycle that it offers, unless you count the SR Motard scooter (I do not). Back in ’07, the original Shiver was widely regarded as entry-level champagne at beer prices, and it pioneered the nearly ubiquitous, ride-by-wire throttle control system now seen on most top-end rides. The factory has had a few years now to polish the Shiver, so let’s see how it’s coming along, shall we?
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Aprilia Shiver 750.
Aprilia isn’t a brand you see zipping around Smalltown, U.S.A., but European superbike race fans (and competing manufacturers) know the name all too well. Operating under the Piaggio umbrella, this one-time bicycle, moped and scooter manufacturer now focuses its efforts on building large, powerful racing machines – such as the 2016 Tuono V4 1100 RR. The Aprilia “super-naked” line sprang from experimentation with Aprilia’s then-flagship superbike, the RSV Mille, and evolved over years of Tuono 1000 R production. This newest Tuono benefits from years of successful race experience, and it represents the latest generation of Aprilia ingenuity. I’ve made mention before about how passionate Italians (in general) are about their bikes, so let’s see if the Tuono meets my already-high expectations.
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR ABS.
The Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC is the naked version of the sporty RSV4. It is priced at $14,499 and comes with a long list of state of the art technologies which help it deliver first class riding performances.
At the heart of the new Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC lies a 999.6 cc, V4 Longitudinal 65°, 4-Strokes, liquid cooled engine with double overhead camshaft (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The engine is paired with a six speed cassette type gearbox and delivers a maximum power of 167 HP (123 KW) at 11,500 Rpm and 82 Lb-Ft (111.5 Nm) o torque at 9,500 Rpm.
For enhanced versatility, the engine features triple mapping which enables you to modify the character of the bike using three differed setups namely: T-TRACK, S-SPORT and R-ROAD.
The motorcycle rides on 17 inch wheels wrapped in 120/70 ZR 17 front and rear 190/55 ZR 17 tubeless tires.
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The Aprilia Shiver 750 is pretty competitive motorcycle and occupies a top position in the medium powered naked class.
Featuring a very attractive design language, and being equipped with state of the at technologies, the Aprilia Shiver 750 is able to deliver a very enjoyable riding experience whenever you jump on its back.
Thanks to its versatile personality, the Aprilia Shiver 750 feels at home in any situation being able to deal great with anything you ask of it.
It is powered by Aprilia’s new 90° V2 which features an advanced electronic management, and can deliver a level of power comparable to four cylinder engines in the same class, but with much more torque at low revs. The unit puts out 95 HP At 9000 Rpm and 8.25 Kgm at 7000 Rpm and needs to deal with a dry weight of only 189 kg. The engine is mounted on a mixed trellis/aluminium frame which delivers a high level of rigidity.
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Aprilia launched the 2012 Tuono V4 R APRC, a bike that’s able to deal effortless with the demands of the most hardcore enthusiasts.
The motorcycle features a dynamic body that cuts through the air with ease and is powered by Aprilia’s longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled engine with double overhead camshafts (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The modern engine rewards you with a maximum output of 167.3 CV (123 kW) at 11.500 rpm and 111.5 Nm of torque at 9.500 rpm.
The engine is mounted on a strong yet light aluminum frame. The company says that the Tuono’s frame “ exploits the strength and flexibility of cast and pressed elements in a structure that sets new benchmarks in terms of balance and dynamic efficiency.” Shortly, that is translated into maximum torsional stiffness and flexional stiffness.
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The 2012 Aprilia Tuono V4 R is one of the newest motorcycles developed by the Italian manufacturer. The motorcycle features a sharp design which underlines its sporty character. You’ll especially like the imposing headlights and the sporty exhaust pipes. Like the original Tuono, the new V4 R is immediately recognisable with its triple headlight fixed top fairing.
The Aprilia Tuono V4 is powered by Aprilia’s longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooling, double overhead camshafts (DOHC), four valves per cylinder engine which has a 999.9 cc displacement. The engine cranks out a maximum power of 167.3 CV (123 kW) at 11.500 rpm and 111.5 Nm of torque at 9.500 rpm.
The motorcycle is available in two different configurations namely Tuono V4 R and Tuono V4 R APRC and in a choice of three colours: competition black, sunlit yellow and wing grey.
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It is certainly no easy matter to take the lead in a class as fiercely competitive as the medium powered naked class. A class where the battle is not just about technology and performance, but also design, component rationality and riding ease and pleasure, elements which are not always compatible and are particularly demanding for designers and engineers.
Aprilia has picked up this challenge and interpreted it by applying its own successful philosophy to a completely new design, destined to set new standards for years to come. A bike both strongly aggressive and at the same time clean-cut and elegant, in perfect Aprilia style. A bike at the top of its class for its sporty personality, designed on the basis of the know-how of a company which has to date won 250 world championship victories.
The pride of all Aprilia bikes, refined mechanics and a top class chassis, are once again the key to the success of the Shiver 750.
The Aprilia Shiver 750 is the naked everyone was waiting for. A design able to satisfy the disparate needs of those buying this type of bike. From everyday use to a trip along mountain passes or use on the racetrack, the Aprilia Shiver 750 is completely at home in any situation, guaranteeing pure riding pleasure at all times.
Light, agile and powerful, it has a new generation engine and the most advanced technical features in its class. The brand new 90° V2 produced entirely in-house by Aprilia is extremely compact. Above all, thanks to the advanced electronic management, it can deliver a level of power comparable to four cylinder engines in the same class, but with much more favourable torque at low revs for an efficient and pleasing ride even on everyday routes. True to the Aprilia tradition, the chassis simply has no rivals in its class. The innovative mixed trellis/aluminium frame provides standard setting rigidity. All this makes the bike extremely compact, perfect even for the beginner.
With a dry weight of just 189 kg, the lightness of the Aprilia Shiver 750 also satisfies the most canny motorcyclist. Its manoeuvrability and engine performance enable the bike to accompany its owner from his first few metres on two wheels up to his complete motorcycling maturity.
The Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC earned its strong reputation after has dominated the world superbike championship. The bike was especially developed to be used on race tracks, but also on public roads and features a sporty look and a dynamic character.
At the heart of the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC lies a 65° V-4 engine which is the first unit of its type ever seen in a sports production bike. The engine is offered with a multimap management and cranks out 180 HP at 12,250 rpm and 115 Nm at 10,000 rpm.
Other features offered for the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 are traction control, wheelie control, launch control, Aprilia Quick Shift, new exhaust and a dual display mode for instrument panel display - ROAD and RACE.
The 2013 model is offered with the same chassis and swingarm configuration as the previous generation. The company has also kept the multi-adjustable suspension and the chassis adjustments unchanged.
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The Aprilia RSV4 R APRC features a lot of high tech technologies which help it stay on top on the food chain when it comes to super sport motorcycles.
The cherry from the top is the advanced APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) package, which is developed using Aprilia’s experience gathered on the race tracks.
But Aprilia RSV4 R APRC’s improvements are not limited to the electronic management system as the 65° V4 engine has also received improved lubrication and closer spaced gears for better acceleration.
To increase the Aprilia RSV4’s performances even more, Aprilia gave it a lighter exhaust which features an advanced butterfly valve management system to suit the Ride By Wire mapping for improved breathing and efficiency throughout the RPM range. The 2013 upgrades also include lighter wheels with three double-spokes.
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The Aprilia Tuono V4 APRC ruled the World Superbike Championship, so it’s one of the best naked bikes you can find on today’s market.
Power comes from a V4 engine, which delivers 167.3 hp, and is mounted on completely revised chassis architecture. The first three gear ratios are now shorter, while the maximum torque value of 111.5 Nm is on tap at 9,500 rpm, two characteristics that give the Tuono V4 R a huge power at low and mid engine speeds. The bike features triple mapping for instantly tailoring the performance and is also available with APRC.
Up front, the Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC is fitted with an upside down fork with 43 mm diameter. There are also forged aluminium calliper mountings and a completely adjustable spring preload. The front wheel travel is rated at 120 mm.
Out back, there is double braced aluminium swingarm combined with Sachs piggy back monoshock with completely adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. The rear wheel travels is 130 mm.
As far as design goes, the new V4 R keeps the same triple light layout found at the original Tuono.
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The Aprilia Shiver 750 was launched in 2007 but has never been a success. Though, this doesn’t mean that the bike is less capable.
Designed for long journeys, but also for the race track, the Aprilia Shiver 750 rewards you with a pleasurable and relativelly comfortable ride.
The bike features a lightweight mixed steel trellis and aluminium side plate frame which is combined with a compact 90° V2 engine. The engine develops a peak power of 95 HP at 9000 rpm and features an advanced electronic management system which adjusts the throttle response to be suited for any type of routes.
Up front, the bike is fitted with a 43 mm upside down fork with forged feet to support the radial calipers, while a 120 mm wheel travel helps the bike absorb road bumps. The side shock absorber sits on the swingarm, and provides adjustments for spring preload and hydraulic rebound offering a rear wheel travel of 130 mm.
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