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Old 03-18-2015, 09:10 AM   #1
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Is KTM working on a V4 road bike

Why has Austrian firm been testing an Aprilia Tuono V4

An Aprilia Tuono V4R just like the one KTM has been testing, but with camouflage stripped away

KTM test riders have been spotted on a heavily camouflaged Aprilia Tuono V4R, sparking speculation the firm is developing its own V4 road bike.

Road tests have been carried out over several weeks near a KTM facility in Spain, using a bike covered in black and white camouflage tape. A slightly bigger screen has been added but that may be part of the thorough disguise attempt. Otherwise there is nothing to suggest it’s not a standard Aprilia Tuono V4R.

The intention is really anyone’s guess – manufacturers frequently test each others' bikes. But it’s been suggested the tests could be the early stages of a KTM V4 road bike project.

The firm is developing a V4 MotoGP bike called the RC16 to race in 2017, as well as a track-only limited-production derivative. A road bike using some of the same technology may recover part of the cost of the RC16 project.

It's also speculated the firm may want to use a V4 engine in a new high-performance road-biased adventure bike, to compete with BMW's forthcoming S1000XR.

Spy shots of the Aprilia test bike are circulating but show only a disguised Tuono – proof all it takes to get a bike picture published is some black and white camouflage.

Our picture reveals the same machine with camouflage stripped away.

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