News How To Video: Aprilia Performance Ride Control

How To Video: Aprilia Performance Ride Control

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Aprilia APRC Video

For 2012, Aprilia is offering its Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) on many of its top motorcycles, including the RSV4 superbike and the Tuono V4 R.

This APRC is a high-tech electronics package, which is “based on an automotive inertia sensor platform, with two gyrometers and two accelerometers allowing the engine ECU to determine the dynamic state of the motorcycle and control engine torque accordingly to help the rider exploit the full performance potential of the bike.”

But for the first-time rider of an Aprilia featuring APRC, operating such an advanced system can get confusing.

To ease operation, Ultimate MotorCycling offers the “how to” video attached above. This video explains the APRC aboard Aprilia’s naked sportbike, the Tuono V4 R, which features the following:

  • ATC (Aprilia Traction Control) With eight different traction control settings for in relation to turn angle and throttle aperture. The system has been tweaked to make the more conservative settings even more suitable for road use, while leaving the racing spirit of the less restrictive levels intact.
  • AWC (Aprilia Wheelie Control) Helps the rider maintain control by gradually bringing the front wheel back to the ground. AWC has been appropriately adapted for the different weight distribution of the Tuono V4.
  • ALC (Aprilia Launch Control) – Simultaneously pressing both buttons on the joystick on the left hand handlebar arms the system, as confirmed by the specific message on the display. From this moment on, all 167 horsepower of the beast from Noale are ready to slingshot the Tuono V4 like a missile as soon as the rider releases the clutch, unleashing the astonishing power onto the tarmac through every available square millimeter of the 190/55 rear tire. And tire size does not matter to APRC, as with its Calibrating function, it is the only system of its kind on the market capable of self-adapting to tire size and drive ratio.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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