Aprilia RSV4 R APRC/ Factory APRC SE $16,999/$22,499
RSV4 Factory APRC SE shown
Engine L-C 16V 1000 V-Four Seat HT. 33.3 in. Wheelbase 55.9 in.
The standard RSV4 R model now receives the stunningly competent APRC electronics package from the Factory SE model, including wheelie/launch/traction control. The Factory SE model that won our BOTY shootout keeps the Öhlins suspension, forged aluminum wheels, variable-length intake system, and adjustable Engine/swingarm position features.
Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 $11,999
Engine L-C 8V 1197 V-Twin Seat HT. 34.3 in. Wheelbase 60.2 in.
Tested in our December 2011 issue, the Dorsoduro 1200 packs the type of power that supermoto bikes should’ve had from the start, with a combination of impressively flat torque curve and beefy top end that won’t wheeze out on the highway. Excellent handling and brakes complete the package.
Engine L-C 8V 750 V-Twin Seat HT. 31.5 in. Wheelbase 56.7 in.
The Shiver 750 was heavily updated last year with a new windshield, petal-style front rotors, and revised ergonomics with a more aggressive riding position, narrower saddle, and new footpegs and handlebar. The rear wheel and tire were also made wider. It all adds up to a seriously fun naked bike at a nice price.
Aprilia Tuono V4 R $14,999
Engine L-C 16V 1000 V-Four Seat HT. 32.9 in. Wheelbase 56.9 in.
After debuting in Europe last year, the Tuono V4 R (basically the naked version of the RSV4) finally comes to American shores. The superb APRC electronics, 160-plus horsepower V-4 engine and excellent chassis from the RSV4 come standard, but with a more hospitable riding position.
Aprilia Mana 850GT ABS $10,999
Engine L-C 8V 839 V-Twin Seat HT. 31.5 in. Wheelbase 57.6 in.
The Mana 850 will now only be available in the 850GT ABS version, which includes a small windscreen and anti-lock brakes to complement its unique design. The fuel tank is actually a large storage area, and the torquey Engine features a CVT transmission with automatic or semi-auto modes.
Engine L-C 24V 1649 Inline-Six Seat HT. 31.9 – 32.7 in. Wheelbase 63.7 in.
BMW’s inline-six Engine changed the face of sport-touring last year, with its smooth, versatile powerband and inspiring exhaust note. The K16 bristles with technology, including the optional Adaptive Headlight that compensates for lean angle in corners, traction control, Electronic Suspension Adjustment II and more.
BMW K1300S $15,555
L-C 16V 1293 Inline-Four Seat HT.
32.3 in. Wheelbase
The four-cylinder version of BMW’s K series continues for 2012 with two optional performance packages. The HP package includes Akrapovic muffler, rear wheel stand, HP footrest setup, and numerous carbon pieces, while the Dynamic package features the ESA II, traction control, tire pressure monitor, GSA, and more.
BMW S 1000 RR $15,050
L-C 16V 999 Inline-Four Seat HT.
32.3 in. Wheelbase
BMW’s literbike warrior is heavily updated for 2012 (check our First Ride report this issue), including better midrange power, more Riding Mode performance curves, refined Race ABS and traction control settings, new chassis geometry and suspension rates, different gearing, subtle styling changes, new colors, and much, much more.
BMW R1200R $13,880
A-C 8V 1170 Opposed-Twin Seat HT.
31.5 in. Wheelbase
The R1200R’s air-cooled boxer twin was updated last year with the new DOHC cylinder heads with dual plugs and radial valve layout previously seen on the GS and RT models, raising the redline to 8500 rpm and boosting power to 110 horsepower and 88 ft-lb of torque.
BMW F800R $10,840
L-C 8V 798 Inline-Twin Seat HT.
31.5 in. Wheelbase
BMW’s naked middleweight receives a visual makeover for 2012, with redesigned radiator guards now matching in color along with the flyscreen and front fender; rear shock spring is red, and turn signals are white. The 798cc parallel twin with “dummy” counter-balancing connecting rod provides smooth and peppy power.