News Aprilia Tuono RSV "Clarkie" | Motorcycle Preview

Aprilia Tuono RSV “Clarkie” | Motorcycle Preview

Despite its menacing looks and warp-speed potential, the Aprilia “Clarkie” is actually a comfortable motorcycle with balanced handling, linear power and perfect brakes that quickly inspire the rider to confidence. Builder Aaron Clarke started with Aprilia’s superb Tuono platform and carefully selected parts from the European Motorcycle Accessories catalog.

Aprilia Clarkie

Displacement was increased to 1,060cc and Evoluzione Cyclesports added larger throttle bodies, airbox and Arrow titanium mufflers. Scuderia West revalved the Showa forks and added an Ohlins rear shock. With Michelin tires on PVM wheels, handling is superbly quick but neutral and the PVM monoblock brakes are beautifully smooth and controlled.

The combination of STM slipper clutch and Translogic Quickshift were a revelation. When downshifting, the clutch can be dumped without fear of the rear wheel hopping and losing control. Used with the Quickshift, riding fast becomes easier as gearchanges become quick and seamless.

AMA and World Champion Doug Polen remarked with a grin after handing over the Clarkie: “Every garage should have one.” An excellent place to start is with the EMA-USA catalog and a call to Aaron Clarke.

Aprilia Tuono RSV “Clarkie”

Engine :1060cc V-Twin

Weight :402 lbs

Price: Aprilia Tuono plus $12,000 (inc. labor)

Aaron Clarke (Seacoast Sport Cycle)

www.aprilia-nh.com

European Motorcycle Accessories

www.ema-usa.com


 

 

 

 

Avatar
Arthur Coldwells
President and Owner of Ultimate MotorCycling magazine

2021 BMW R 18 Classic First Look: Touring Motorcycle (9 Fast Facts)

Hot on the heels of the 2021 BMW R 18 First Edition comes the 2021 BMW R 18 Classic. BMW goes for the touring...

2021 Yamaha YZ250F Review (13 First Ride Fast Facts)

We rode the new, upgraded 2021 Yamaha YZ250F at Glen Helen Raceway for a first ride impression. We were fans of the previous YZ250F, so...

2021 Monster Energy Supercross Schedule (Super Tuesdays and more)

The 2021 Monster Energy Supercross schedule is now public. Due to the government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule is unlike any seen...

2021 Yamaha MT-09 First Look and All-New (18 Fast Facts)

All-new from the ground-up this year, the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 gets a new motor and chassis, along with a full suite of electronics. Let's...

2020 Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200 ES Adventure-Touring Test

The Yamaha Super Ténéré story begins with the TT500 off-road enduro machine released in 1975, and the XT500 dual-sport model the following year. These...

2021 Aprilia RS 660 Review (18 Fast Facts From the Canyons)

The long-awaited and much-anticipated 2021 Aprilia RS 660 is finally here. Slipping into an under-served niche in the motorcycling world, it is a high-tech...