Some may celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a turkey, while others choose to go with a ham. Ultimate Motorcycling contributor Kelly Callan spent it with 2016 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory and 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 for a comparison test.
As far as ergonomics go, the Tuono is sportier with a forward leaning riding positions and legs tucked up in the back. For those who find this uncomfortable, the seat is long enough for you to scoot closer to the tank for a more upright ride or further back for track day. A 32.5-inch seat should accommodate shorter riders as Kelly only has a 30.5-inch inseam. The FZ-10 has a more upright riding position and it feels roomier even though the seat height is the same 32.5-inches.
When it comes to performance, the 1100 Factory has a lot of useable torque at low and mid-range rpms even in Track mode. The Aprilia V4’s quick acceleration is satisfying on open roads, but the wide front tire takes more effort to turn thus slowing her down when riding through urban streets.
Where the Tuono feels aggressive, the FZ-10’s 998cc engine is more refined. It’ll smoothly pull away from a complete stop and acceleration is so fluid, you wouldn’t even notice how fast the bike is going without looking at the speedometer or the rapidly disappearing cars in the rearview mirrors.
Sure, the dual 320mm discs doesn’t have the bite of the Tuono’s twin 320mm discs with Brembo Monoblock M432 radial calipers, but the FZ-10’s suspension is softer so riders can go over cracked and old asphalt with confidence.
In the end, she crowned the versatile 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 as the winner that Thanksgiving Day.