I was in the same boat recently. I made my 16 zx10r track only. And bought a 2016 Suzuki GSX-S 1000 (naked). I looked at the z1000, tuono, super duke, fz10, cb1000r, Monster 1200 S. In the end, the gsx-s made more power and had more features than any of the jap competitors, was more affordable and dependable than the euro models, and comes with abs, traction control, and a host of in dash features. Plus I paid $9,300 otd and I love it. Fully adjustable front suspension and great low end torque for street riding. I am able to hang with my buddies on 1000cc bikes on the street. I am taking it to the track for the first time this coming weekend with the zx10. So we shall see how well it does in that environment.
If I had more money I would have gotten a tuono, but the only one i wanted was the factory model, and those are big bucks. Now if I could only have one bike, it would be a tuono factory. Because with a Tuono Factory, you can ride the track the a super bike, and yet, be comfortable and have fun on the street. Even though that bike is still geared kinda tall for the street.
So biggest thing was all of our limiting factor, money? Im in agreement that the japanese bikes would be better value in what you get for how much you paid. And the reliability plus frequency of dealers and such. Ive been waiting for this year because now the 16s are outgoing, and Im sure I wont be able to land a Tuono or Duke for under 10, not including fees, but they can be had for much cheaper than they were originally selling for. Thats for sure. I definitely want the factory of the Tuono options. Though the 1100RR can be had for 12s or under now. So thats not terrible either.
I watched a long review about the Japense minus FZ10, Tuono, Speed Triple and Monster and though they seemed to prefer the Tuono and Speed Triple to everything, the Suzuki and Kawi were definitely held as pretty good bikes and the best of the Japanese bunch.
My opinion is slightly biased but have you looked at the Ducati 939 Hypermotard? While I know the Hyper isn't quite in the same category as the others but it is a great bike. The Duc is an awesome motorcycle, and more than a match for either of those bikes you mentioned for traffic duty and mountain roads. Out of the three, parts availability for the Ducati's are much better, the Testastretta 11 engine is very reliable, the sound they make are like angels singing, and the Hyper is shite tons of fun to ride. I also personally think the bike looks beautiful too.
Out of the two you mentioned I'd go with the Aprilia, because parts. The sound it makes it great too. Never rode either though.
I had not even thought about it. I just read some stuff on it since you mentioned it. Seems like a pretty wild bike for sure. One review mentioned it being a niche bike, sort of, and I can see why. The dirt bike look might not appeal to some people. I dont find it to be the most appealing for a road going dirt bike appearance, I think I prefer the look of a superduke, but thats not my reason why it didnt land on my list, its the electronics package. I know that if they go out, youre up shits creek, but Id like to have something with all if the new tech. ABS. Traction control. All the little gadgets just to try them out. Im not this great skilled rider, so theyd definitely help me and keep me safer. Or learn where I can push further while having something ti cover my ass.
Im not disagreeing with you over the hypermotard, it looks like a total hooligan bike. Big smile kinda bike you can mess around on. Hows yours?