BMW S 1000 R vs. Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR

Motorrad | January 29th, 2016 by 14
Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR BMW S 1000 RR 750x500

The BMW S 1000 R, the naked-standard sibling of the company’s very successful S 1000 RR sportbike, is among my favorites in the company’s lineup. …

The BMW S 1000 R, the naked-standard sibling of the company’s very successful S 1000 RR sportbike, is among my favorites in the company’s lineup. Frankly, it’s among my favorite motorcycles altogether. However, the competition in the premium super naked segment is fierce.

One of the Bavarian bike’s competitors is the Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR. Though Aprilia became the most successful racing company in 2010, wrestling the title away from fellow Italian brand MV Agusta, many are still very unfamiliar with the Aprilia brand and its offerings.

Aprilia Tuono 2015 750x378

A Venetian brand founded in 1945, Aprilia began as a bicycle manufacture. Only later did they begin to produce scooters and small displacement motorcycles. However, in more recent times, the brand has become a more premium motorcycle brand with larger displacement offerings. Here, in the States, they still offer a very small displacement, non-premium, scooter. In fact, Aprilia is a subsidiary of Piaggio & Co., a manufacturer renowned for its scooters and Vespa brand.

Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR 1 750x479

The Tuono is a naked-standard version of the company’s RSV4 RR. So, both of these bikes, though standards, have very sporty characteristics. With that being said, both bikes are also better road bikes than the sportbikes to which they are related. In almost every way, the two bikes are comparable.

Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR-1

The Aprilia has a slight advantage, in terms of horsepower, producing 175hp. The BMW produces, a still very lively, 160hp. This is a result of the Aprilia’s 78cc larger engine displacement. The BMW utilizes a 999cc power plant, a detuned version of the same engine used in the S 1000 double R. The Tuono’s 1,077cc engine is, too, derived from its sportbike brethren. The torque produced by the two engines is also quite close, again with a small advantage going to the Aprilia, at 88.5lb-ft of torque compared to the BMW’s 83lb-ft of torque.


Based on the figures, it would appear that the Tuono is the ‘better’ motorcycle, however, it isn’t merely that simple. As the BMW is a little bit lighter, it compensates for its lower performance figures. The S 1000 R weighs 456lbs wet. The Aprilia is no pig, but at 472lbs wet, it’s creeping closer to the 500lb mark. This translates into an almost incomparable level of nimbleness for the Beemer. As road riding, rather than track riding, is the primary purpose of these bikes, the question becomes, ‘which is the better road bike?’

Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR BMW S 1000 RR

Both bikes have great, smooth slipper clutches. As far as stopping power is concerned, both bikes feature dual front and single rear disc brakes. As well, both bikes have standard seating positions; up right, with lower pegs than a sportbike. As a result, neither is poorly suited to longer rides, be they on the twisty, unpopulated roads or in the urban jungle. Yet, I find the BMW to have a slightly more refined power delivery, which leads it to also be more predictable.

In conclusion, the light feeling of the BMW enables it to remain my preference between the two. Though the Aprilia has more power, if I were seeking more power, I’d consider a sport bike, as the S 1000 R will never leave you with the feeling that it is lacking in the power department. Having said that, I found the Aprilia to be really impressive and aesthetically beautiful. Still, one big concern for me with the Tuono is reliability, as Aprilia’s are not, generally, considered to be very reliable motorcycles. The last thing any rider wants, aside from a crash, of course, is to be standing on the side of the road with their bike.

14 responses to “BMW S 1000 R vs. Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR”

  1. Nathan Matthews says:

    Aprilia reliability issues??? That’s the pot calling the kettle black! A 2013 survey conducted by the US Consumer Reports magazine found that 30% of all BMW Motorcycles sold in the U.S. needed major repairs. You just have to look at the amount of recalls for BMW Motorrad to understand the kind of issues that plague the brand. But then again, I should expect this kind irrational comment in such a biased article posted on a blog that’s affiliated with the BMW brand itself. Sure, the S1000R is a great bike, but these sort of comments just hurt the reviews credibility.

  2. Henry says:

    “Though Aprilia became the most successful racing company in 2010, wrestling the title away from fellow Italian brand MV Agusta…”


    • Nathan Matthews says:

      True story… Before MV Agusta, Cagiva was up there, and Moto Guzzi was a class leader for many years as well. Aprilia is all about racing.

      • Henry says:

        But what constitutes “most successful racing company?” Race wins? Championships? Which series? Constructor stats? Rider stats? “Most successful racing company” is an incredibly broad and generic phrase that sounds like something staight out of Aprilia’s marketing dept. Grand Prix racing is the pinnacle of two-wheel racing and Aprilia has zero premier class (500cc/MotoGP) constructor titles. Honda is #1, MV #2.

        • Nathan Matthews says:

          I suggest you do a little research then Henry… MotoGP is not the only motorcycle racing competition… Enjoy.

  3. yamalink says:

    Aprilia owners tell me the latest versions are very reliable, right up there with the likes of Yamaha, but former Aprilia dealers tell me they received horrific support which in turn alienated customers. My town had an Aprilia dealership which was picked up by another shop and then quickly lost. Nearest one is six hours away. Sad cuz it’d be nice to own a Tuono and have some dealer support.

    • Steve Cole says:

      Honestly, the dealer issue is largely resolved in most countries. Some distributors are still problematic (Africa, for example).

  4. J says:

    I own both bikes. The Aprilia is much better all around. BMW is a good, albeit very boring bike.

  5. jerryx2000 says:

    Even in Germany & Switzerland there are more S1000RR & S1000R having electronic issues than any other bike! This is a BMW blog so there are down voting Aprilia.

  6. Thiago says:

    Hi Mike, your blog looks really interesting as far a content but I disagree with the things you are saying here. When you watch Motorcycle-USA review of the (now old) Tuono with its 998cc engine vs the KTM Super Duke and S1000R, you can see that the Tuono put out a good fight with the S1000R, the weight was never a huge concern and both bikes were very close in performance. At the end, KTM still took the victory over the two bikes as they deemed that it was the most well rounder of the 3 bikes. Back last fall, they put the new Tuono 1100 vs the KTM and this time it was a completely different story. The Tuono was a much better bike and performance was impressive. My point is, that while specs may draw a picture on how these bikes will stack against each other, in real world, things can be completely different. You can’t talk about just what they are on paper…. you have to ride both bikes to say which one is better, and so far the reviews on the new Tuono have not been bad at all.

    • Michael says:

      Hello Thiago, and thank you for your comment. Having tested the two bikes, I personally prefer the S 1000 R for the reasons mentioned above. Though, to synopsize, the extra weight seemed noticeable when comparing the two. As I stated previously, the Aprilia is not a pig, and I don’t mean to suggest that it is. With that being said, something such as vehicle weight will have varying importance to different riders. Also, reliability concerns could not be ignored. However, this is not exclusive to Aprilia, and can be said of most any Italian motorcycle brand. In my recent review/comparison of the new Kawasaki ZX-10r against the S 1000 RR, I discuss how the Japanese manufacturers provide an unchallenged level of reliability. Point being, it’s relative. The S 1000 R may be more reliable than the Aprilia, but a Japanese bike will be much more reliable than the BMW. I do not hesitate to admit this. My determination was not based simply on specs, and if it were the Aprilia would have been the choice. The Beemer’s slightly more progressive power delivery, coupled with its lower weight and higher expectation of reliability, were the determining factors for me. Still, something such as this is, inherently, subjective. I’d encourage any prospective consumer to test them both, but as I have the opportunity to test many bikes, I’m simply sharing my opinion of the two.

  7. Jackson says:

    this article basically says nothing

  8. jerryx2000 says:

    This is a fuck’n BMW blog. Logically the boring & ugly BMW would win.

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