Big Bikes For 2017 - Overdrive

Big bikes for 2017

29 Dec 2016 / 2

The year 2017 promises to be exciting as we have a slew of launches lined up, ranging from litre-class superbikes to supersport and affordable adventure motorcycles. Our comprehensive list will give you an idea of the bikes headed our way. We would say plan and start saving, now!


The Italian manufacturer showcased the new RSV4 RF, its flagship superbike, and the new Tuono V4 1100 at the Intermot 2016. Both bikes are headed to India, and we can’t wait to get our hands on the updated versions of one of our favorites.

2017 Aprilia RSV4 RF

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The RSV4 RF is Aprilia’s flagship superbike and that means the Italian firm has given it the best in the business. We sampled the current iteration at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore and were very impressed with the level of performance that the bike offers. For 2017, the bike gets an upgraded electronics package as well as new suspension components.

The new APRC electronics system has a repositioned IMU unit which has resulted in a much smoother wheelie control system. The Aprilia Traction Control (ATC) can now be adjusted on the fly, without having to roll off the throttle. Ditto for the Aprilia Wheelie Control (AWC). The new Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS) electronic gearbox allows clutch-less upshifts and downshifts and this without the need to close the throttle.

The bike also gets Bosch’s latest 9.1MP cornering ABS system and a quick shifter with auto blip for smoother downshifts. New Brembo M50 Monobloc calipers bite on larger 330mm discs which will give it even better stopping power. The RSV4’s Ohlins were known to offer a splendid blend of ride and handling, and Aprilia has gone a step-up by upgrading the suspension. Upfront are new Ohlins NIX forks and at the rear is the Ohlins TTX shock absorber.

Aprilia has also taken out the analogue-digital instrument cluster and has introduced a modern full-TFT unit that shows a plethora of useful information.

The bike gets a new Superpole paint scheme that looks pretty close to Aprilia’s Moto GP machine. Now, we wait for the bike to arrive in India so that we can put it through its paces.

999.6cc liquid-cooled, V4. 201PS at 13,000rpm and 115Nm at 10,500rpm
Rs 24.76-25.26 lakh (ex-Mumbai)

2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR/Factory

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The Tuono is one of the most incredible supernakeds we’ve ever tested and is one of our favorite motorcycles. Its combination of power and technology offers a riding experience that’s simply unparalleled.

The bike is essentially an RSV4 RF, sans a few fairing bits, a significant jump in torque across the rev band and a motor with lower peak power. Since it’s a street bike, the single-piece handlebar is placed higher than the clip-ons on the RSV4.

Besides these differences, the new Tuono gets all the juicy upgrades that you see on the 2017 RSV4 RF. Excited? We surely are.

1,077cc liquid-cooled, V4, 175PS at 11,000rpm, 121Nm at 9,000rpm
Rs 21.10-21.60 lakh (ex-Mumbai)

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