The original naked bad boy gets some extra bling and even more fire in its belly. Jon Urry braves an Italian hill climb course on the new Tuono Factory.
They say: "For five years we've had a lap timer on Aprilias, and still no one knows how to use them" We say: "Look, it's got a lap timer! How does it work?" Jon Urry
bullock, for those who aren't from farming stock, is a cow that has its balls cut off at birth. This causes the poor animal to become gentler in temperament, grow beefier (if you excuse the pun) and moo in soprano.
A bull, on the other hand, still has its dangly bits in place and with it a raging temper, big muscles, a willingness to hump anything in sight and an aversion to anything red.
A Japanese naked bike is a bullock. It has the same structure as a bull, but its performance has been neutered and it now has weight issues. Aprilia's Tuono is a bull, full of beefy testosterone (or the bovine equivalent), brimming with aggression and ready for a fight. And the new Tuono Factory? This beast is an angry bull on steroids.
Like the previous high spec Tuono - the Racing - the new Factory is basically a stock Tuono with a few trick bits on it. The suspension is …hlins front and rear, wheels are lightweight OZ units and there's a smattering of carbonfibre. The engine is a 2007 RSV-R unit, which has bigger exhaust valves and makes 6bhp more than before. The net result is a claimed 139bhp and a weight of 181kg, a saving of 4kg. Oh, it also gets a bronze coloured frame.
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