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Aprilia RST 1000 Futura

If Aprilia doesn’t cut this it’s in serious danger of our favorite motorcycle manufacturer.

We sat by the roving reporter T. Carrithers and me, for as as we could. Scott Russell was out for a (with damaged extremities) and Slight had opted to drive Touring Cars instead of AMA leaving at least two Ducati open. The call could at any time.

Listen, Chili’s 36 one, Pierfrancesco) and, as a of fact, Russell himself is no chicken. I, for one, am still my peak (Carrithers, on the other is showing signs of dementia). And dreams of GP glory are beginning to that there’s not still to win a World Superbike title or two the pension kicks in.

What Never mind.

That’s I rode Foggy’s Superbike and didn’t fall off it even Damnit, get off the phone so Signore can get through! Alas, the call did not Once again I found broken and couchbound.

What’ll we do to the pain? Same thing we do time that dark of ignominious anonymity rolls Pinky: Have a Paxil and go for a for a couple days. What we got to test this month?

Yoshimura Hayabusa? Aprilia Futura? Isn’t that sort of touring bike?

as we can figure it’s like Sport-touring is when you’re the tab yourself, grand-touring is when you somebody else’s motorcycle on the nickel, and sport riding is we do all the time anyway, regardless of the One thing we have learned is motorcycles need have two wheels and an engine. Once into the breach, and pack a

It’s our own version of the California blackout.

Well, there’s the thing we like very about Aprilia’s new Futura—luggage. bags. The kind you won’t do once you’ve done and though Aprilia wants a lot of for the Futura, that $12,999 tag includes them.

Our pilot-production didn’t have them at but in photos they look and integrate very nicely the rest of the bike, depending on you think the rest of the bike is integrated or not. For some, styling revives unpleasant of blocky Japanese cars of the It grew on all of us after minimal

What we can say for certain is that all of the pieces fit very well with no tacky bits or details poking out. As a of fact, the thing is pretty delicious, with pieces of alloy frame peeking distinctive wheels, a cool swingarm (with an ergal nut the wheel on), understated and a beautifully wrought stainless system that’s also and quiet, at least until you a big yank on the throttle—then it’s more delicious.

Naturally, a full-service instrument panel lights up a suave dark and red after dark (excellent too) with outstandingly pie-chart LCD gauges for engine and fuel, or even ambient once you learn not to reset the It’s all very modern and and makes you wonder how you ever anything like pleasure riding ’round on an ’82 with an erratic tachometer wandered like a glass Shudder to think.

The reason you’re able to such penetrating rumination is that the ergonomics of the thing are so transparent that you spend no at all thinking about your or your wrists, even if your job. California blackout. It’s a tall if that bothers you, but it not once your feet are

And if you’re more than long, you’ll love one. We don’t know if the shape or the foam, but the broad approximates the consistency of the back of O’ Donnell’s thighs, and is comfortable. The riser-mounted handlebars up into an angle that complains about, and slightly footpegs are in a spot that all-day touring comfort as as aggressive back-road control.

The windscreen is nearly a windshield for people, though six-foot-two Tim complain if he were hung fresh rope) felt turbulence under his receding Aprilia says the Futura was extensively in a wind tunnel, it didn’t say whether it was the famous Guzzi tunnel, a company it now

You’ve got your hydraulic adjuster for the rear shock, you can grab with your (on the fly if you so desire) and thereby twist ride height just you want it, whether it’s you and the or you and the missus, several blowdryers, shoes and just enough left for your toothbrush. The portion of the seat—resculpted for production vs. the design that debuted at last year—is generous with enough broad for a good-sized broad. Oh, lighten up.

That rear shock is a which Aprilia uses on all its except the upscale Mille R. along with the 43mm fork, it provides a comfortable yet damped ride, working broken pavement like an German car, aided by its excellent throne. There’s no adjustment at either end, but you can in enough rebound damping out to positively pack the rear end There’s plenty of adjustment in other words.

Yep, is an engine; and what an engine it is. the same 60-degree, dual-counterbalanced young Troy Corser everybody with at the opening of the World Superbike Championship—almost. revised it for sport-touring duty in our case) with the addition of engine-control electronics and fuel which Aprilia says is the advanced on the market.

This one crank position every 10 of rotation, and has a throttle-position/rate-of-throttle-opening sensor, for precise injection and ignition Many, if not most, high-performance can be a little snatchy at low revs, but goal with the RST was to make it from off-idle all the way up. The RST engine different 51mm throttle than the ones on the RSV Mille, and feed modified intake designed for optimum low-rev

A larger generator adds mass, which also power delivery while more juice for lights and

It works. You can burble down to rpm in top gear, twist the throttle open, and the Futura pulls away. By 2750 rpm, are already 52 foot-pounds of torque at and from there acceleration is highly tractable and more than it looks on the dyno

Once past the 65-foot-pound peak, at 7250 rpm, the rips hard and loudish up to redline.

It’s not a small but then it’s not exactly a big either. And once past the tallness of the thing, the Futura’s and thin between the thighs and most humans like an suit. It’s slimming. At 535 with the 5.5-gallon tank fueled, the Futura notches in amongst things like the VFR800F (515 lbs.), BMW (545 lbs.) and Triumph ST (530 lbs.). It’s a size for a sport-touring bike,

Anything lighter gets around more by the road and the and anything heavier begins to be sporty. On the superslab, this as nice as anything short of a tourer, with very engine vibration trickling the grips at normal American speeds. At highly illegal cruising speeds, like 100, it begins to get a little

Being the Euro-built travel it is, though, the Futura lives for long, winding two lanes, you can swoop along at 80 or 90 mph, the throttle off and on and letting the CHPs where they may. rolling above approximately 60 mph and no need to use any gear but sixth, is a good thing because the only bone of contention is the Futura’s gearbox isn’t the pencil in the box, needing pressure than some to the next gear. Otherwise, very difficult to be depressed the Futura on a nice spring day in the outback, rolling through groves and green fields of and scattering wild turkeys on our cow-trail back roads.

Only in that sort of tight second- or third-gear stuff does the Futura’s make itself felt, ridden alongside the Honda The VFR feels way low and mass-centralized next to the which has to travel further to get to lean, has a heavier crankshaft and in general, more of everything to around—and, of course, ridden to a bigger bike the Futura feel like the VFR.

the Aprilia can keep up with the VFR in confines but you have to work to do it, you have to plan a bit more. its smaller, revvier engine and buttery transmission, you can just into corners on the Honda, down gears with or the clutch and hard on the very linked brakes, and then you can yank the VFR throttle open

The Futura, with its boomier and balkier gearbox, makes the to shift or not to shift harder. And its injection works very the bike’s extra torque low gives the impression you might not to whack the throttle back lest you experience days of past.

The Aprilia’s suspension its composure, though, even roads that haven’t fresh pavement since Roosevelt. Prodigious Brembos, stainless jobs in front, enough fade-free power for us, the nice and modulative, the suspension hard braking without all to pieces, and the standard Michelin Sports are excellent tires. the tachometer gets back to the seven, the Futura reels in gap the nimbler VFR pulled, both cranking out heavenly motoracket, and it to you that you’re having fun than you would on an all-out because your body hurt anywhere—and on to the next

The verdict, then, is that we all the newest Aprilia very It seems to settle into a niche in the sport-tourer range. not quite as sporting as a Honda VFR very close), but then the compact VFR isn’t nearly the the Futura is, with its hard and posh seat—especially if you’re a passenger. No BMW has the Futura’s combination of and handling.

The Triumph Sprint ST and ST4 are in the performance ballpark, but neither of approach the Aprilia’s interesting and daring design.

This one wants to make you set out on the road for a possibly with the one you love. maybe even with wife. Unplug the coffee pot but the answering machine on—just in

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