2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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Aprilia Tuono 1000

2009 Aprilia Tuono Comparison

Although it is the heaviest and the Aprilia still has enough to pop the front wheel off the ground.

amazing how something you remember so good upon re-sampling can you, shall we say, something. It’s kind of trying to rekindle the flame your ex-girlfriend. Sure you fond memories of the good but when you try and recreate that it just doesn’t happen.

in essence, is what happed the Tuono.

One of my very first on the job some two summers ago was participating as one of the riders in Managing Editor Madson’s 2007 Streetfighter II On that sweltering 118-degree I distinctively remember not only how the Aprilia performed but just how hot it was.

Seriously, that was the extreme conditions I have been subjected to, let alone to maneuver a 400-plus-lb motorcycle the racetrack on melting street Thanks again, Bart-man. to say, any bike that can in those severe conditions has to be special.

And on that day the Tuono was so far to the other five bikes I was really anxious to see how it would up against the other new kids on the this time around.

Despite weighting in at 473-lbs, a full tank of premium the Aprilia utilizes the smallest engine in the comparison, its two pistons only 998cc’s of volume. this Rotax-built engine modern performance engine tricks i.e. liquid-cooling, cylinder heads and a respectable compression ratio, but it can only 112.25 peak horsepower @ rpm. That’s 24 less the class-leading Ducati and 7 ponies than its fellow Austrian-powered the Buell 1125CR.

When it to torque, the re-tuned RSV1000R delivers a more respectable Spin the engine up to 8400 and it produces 65.26 lb-ft of which is less than one off the Buell, though nearly 15% than the Ducati. Yet, the torque figure being on par with the other two bikes, one yanks on the throttle, the Aprilia you yearning for more.

“The engine feels like it a bit,” said test and motorcycling young buck Garcia. “It’s almost someone stuffed a sock in the It comes off the corner okay, but the needle climbs slowly and it pull forward with the intensity of the other bikes.”

the Tuono’s narrow 60-degree engine doesn’t have as ‘oomph as its competitors, what it have is a … flat curve. This equates to perhaps the least intimidating and the friendliest. Also of note was how the engine ran, having a to surge forward even constant throttle application, needless to say, isn’t inspiring mid-corner.

We also weren’t thrilled by its exhaust note and the way in which the pops when you hit the rev-limiter.

engine plainly is not up to par with the reiterated fellow MotoUSA Steve Atlas. “It alright and has decent bottom-end but that’s it. When the revs it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. It really antiquated and long in the but at the same time, I have to it’s pretty easy to

The Aprilia’s final-drive gearing its engine manners well and is a medium between that of the Buell and the tall-feeling Ducati. The flaw is that the transmission sticky and can be especially difficult to neutral when at a stop. think that a simple bug this would have fixed by now, but it hasn’t.

as peculiar is the way the hydraulic clutch Sure clutch lever is friendly, but it feels vague like the Buell, it doesn’t until the very end of the lever We also weren’t all that by what Aprilia calls its Power Clutch (PPC).

Sure, it helped ensured clutch lever pull, but it effective at keeping the rear from hopping during deceleration. Atlas noted it “needs slipper-clutch badly”. A testament to how ineffective it is.

In the ergonomics the Tuono offers a curious position. Although it has the honor of the lowest seat height, unusual how far back you sit in its seat. riding, your legs are in tightly into the recesses in the 4.75-gallon fuel tank, giving you a very aggressive-feeling for your lower half. its handlebar looks like might have been off a new motocross bike with a and very upright bend.

its ergonomics make the rider very committed to the motorcycle.

The rigid aluminum chassis big dividends at maximum lean.

ergo package is solid,” Frankie. “It feels a cross between a sportbike and a Plus the handlebars offer a lot of leverage and keep the rider upright, which helps you from getting worn

While both its engine and are somewhat questionable, there’s no its chassis is a sure thing. As above, Aprilia chassis modified the Tuono’s frame, it a slightly more trail its RSV1000R sibling. Despite difference, we found the Aprilia direction well for a machine of its and weight.

Aprilia Tuono 1000
Aprilia Tuono 1000

We also liked how planted it mid-corner and how stable it is both braking and acceleration. What we like was the vague front end exacerbated by Aprilia’s decision to fit it Pirelli’s less expensive Rosso street tire as to the track spec Pirelli Supercorsa Pros it came in ’06. They must be expensive

“It didn’t like I had hoped,” said “But it’s probably a of the tires more than It doesn’t have the best between the tires and the ground. It was putting two positive magnets The front kept tucking and the kept spinning.”

No doubt, at an pace, the Tuono could from the Pirelli’s up-spec Corsa III rubber as fitted on the Ducati and Buell. However, with those tires we still don’t think it be enough to completely eliminate its vague front feel.

The dirt bike-style handlebars a very relaxed riding for your upper body.

it comes to suspension the Aprilia a 43mm Showa fork spring preload, compression and damping adjustment. Rearward it a hydraulic Sachs shock that only offers preload and rebound adjustment. Horsethief’s suspension-taxing course, the settings were soft and ends of the bike had a propensity to too fast.

A few turns of preload, compression and were all it took to get the front end The back-end was another story; the shock kept us from it properly sorted. A higher-spec shock with compression and a range of rebound damping be beneficial around the track.

thing Aprilia sells an Ohlins-equipped Factory model.

the outdated spec of the Tuono’s 4-piston front brakes we skeptical to how it would perform as to the contemporary set-ups on the Buell and But it holds its own in the braking department. though the front brakes that initial bite of the two, pull deep on the and they’re surprisingly effective at speed.

There’s no doubt the brakes aren’t capable of the same level stopping as the Ducati’s ultra-sensitive monobloc’s, yet for a motorcyclist they might be less intimidating and easier to Also of note is how resistant the are to fading due, in part to its brake lines.

If Aprilia give its Tuono 1000R a cosmetic make over and a boost it could have for the Buell and Ducati.

Despite only being on the for three years, aesthetically the already looks out-dated. in the Crowded Silver paint which draws attention to its wide fuel tank and oversized tail section. massive twin exhausts the rage in the ‘90s, now they make the bike look

We’re also tired of its yet surprisingly functional puppy dog facia, which does an job of diverting air around the rider but cut it looks wise anymore. We do dig its beautifully crafted frame and swingarm, both polished to a shine. Other visual are its stylish aluminum wheels and how the engine is packaged within the as most of its innards are very hidden away, just the Ducati.

Aprilia Tuono 1000
Aprilia Tuono 1000

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