Well, it finally happened, I bought a Tuono! I knew it was eventually going to happen someday, but not under the circumstances that it did.
A few weeks ago I was involved in an accident while riding my RS home from work. I'm going to refrain from the details, but the collision involved me flying over the car after impact. Both the car and the bike were totaled, I ended up with a couple broken bones and some real nasty bruises, but all things considered I am fortunate that was all that happened. It was a terrifying experience to say the least, but I'm still alive and vehicles can be replaced.
Which leads me to this juncture. I've lusted over Tuonos for years now. It has always been a "halo bike" for me. I've had a couple opportunities to test ride them and ever since they've never left my brain. Recent iterations of the bike have really shown improvements in the overall package and reliability of the platform. With the sudden departure of my 765 RS, I thought that this was as good of an opportunity as ever to finally pull the trigger. I had plenty of time to shop while I lay on the couch and heal, and I came across one that checked all the boxes.
I now welcome into my garage a 2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory with just shy of 7k miles, a number of nice accessories and in excellent condition.
I know I'm going to miss my Striple. I really did enjoy that bike...a lot... I wholeheartedly believe the Street Triple is one of the best bikes ever made. But I've had Triumph triples for five years now and I'm not one to sit still for very long; it's time to try something new and spicy. Italian spicy! Dear lord, that V4 makes such a delicious racket! It's going to be weird not having a British bike in the garage but I'm excited to see what living with an Italian is like. I'll still hang around here, Triumph bikes have a special place in my heart and I fully expect to own another someday.
For now, I get to stare at it as I go to my truck instead of saddling up in the morning. I cannot wait until I'm cleared to ride again! It's torture walking past this beast everyday. Soon can't come soon enough!
Ride safe, everyone!
Too many pictures because it's pretty...