Aprilia RST1000 — CycleChaos

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Aprilia RST 1000 Futura

Aprilia RST1000

Ace Futura Sam MacLachlan A sportster with a seat, or a tourer with tyres? Aprilia’s Futura fast with practical for a with attitude.

It’s not you see a bike with panniers a set of sticky Michelin Pilot Or mixing a single-sided swingarm quality pillion accommodation. The does, and the result?

A bike can transport the rider large in comfort, yet still get up and boogie the situation allows (demands?) it.

features were perfectly to a recent mission of mine, involved riding to Tumut from my Melbourne home to meet up with my Sydney-domiciled Bec — the hastily-arranged solution to an air (or lack of) problem!

Starting out Melbourne around 5.00pm on a meant battling traffic to the outskirts, then a leisurely up the Fume Freeway and Snowy Highway in order to make at something resembling a decent



The Aprilia was first unveiled late year, prior to its worldwide in early 2001. It’s the of Aprilia’s desire to become a player in the world’s motorcycle and therefore compete in a number of sectors.

While the $19,990 — or RST1000 — has a version of Aprilia’s established liquid-cooled V-twin, it’s in its own twin-spar aluminium chassis.

The is one reason the fully-loaded Futura was through Melbourne’s tin-top as I made my escape from HQ.

The rake and trail figures (26 and 102mm) were conceived easy low-speed handling in and have succeeded admirably. full-lock U-turns for the photoshoot proved the point, the RST displaying agility an out-and-out sportster have a hope of matching.

clear of the Melbourne traffic and on the with the on-board temperature reading a fresh 11 degrees, the mile-eating nature began to through.

The large screen, non-adjustable, did an excellent job of confining the to level with my shoulders and — leaving my helmet in air with little buffeting or noise.

One interesting omission such a bike is rubber-topped — for either the rider or While the vibes through the aren’t numbing, the bike definitely be more comfortable them.


I the seat little thought, a sign it’s comfortable, my later confirming that the accommodation is equally as comfortable.

In the seat was still comfortable up until my first fuel 245km later, the bike a handy 15.6km/lt. The tallish no doubt helps here, 100km/h equating to just in sixth (top).

This to a touring range of around in highway mode before the light blinks on, signalling Litres left in the 21-litre The pie-style LCD fuel gauge accurate, also.

Helping the squeeze in the last drop of unleaded is the off-set fuel designed to sit at the highest point on the when the bike is on the sidestand no more arguing with station attendants over to fill up.

Whilst I will never riding the Hume as one of my favourite of tarmac, the Futura went a way towards making it bearable partly because it was so comfortable, because I could get it over and done with in short thanks to the impressive fuel and comfort!

As comfy as it is on the highway, on to the Snowy Mountains Highway was a despite the plummeting temperature to nine degrees by now).

the impressive high beam the deserted highway ahead, I really get down to enjoying the stability through long feeling secure enough, line changes mid-corner potholes and gravel patches) required a light touch on the


A tendency for with loaded panniers to is overcome on the Futura with the adjustable rear preload on the shock, allowing the rider to adjust the spring according to

Winding the remote knob up to two short of maximum improved the as well, as it effectively raises the ride-height. The trade-off, of course, is a rear end — not of the tooth-rattling however. The rebound damping is adjustable.

The USD front forks are with just preload and adjustment available, even the compression adjustment furniture is there in blanked off form.

adjustment isn’t missed on bike however, with the suspension settings doing a job of keeping the front tyre in with the road in most

In fact the suspension is excellent in the world it was designed for, the odd I did manage to nail prompting but a thump from the Michelin Sports, all the while the bike on as though nothing had happened.


The brakes were though, especially compared to the marque’s RSV Mille which Brembo Goldline calipers.

The brake rotors are downsized the Mille (300mm from which goes part way to the difference in performance, though I it’s probably more that — pad material for

While the brakes did the job, are being stretched by the time a and luggage are aboard, requiring a squeeze of the adjustable lever they start offering power, while feel at the was relatively lacking.

Wet weather affected the feel at the lever than usual. Swapping to the rotors may prove the answer.

at Tumut five and a half after leaving Melbourne, I felt good and the bike missed a beat. I was looking to heading home the long

Oiling the chain on arrival was easy thanks to the easy-to-use RST although it does scrape at while cornering, which explains the lack of hero on the rider’s pegs.

One thing to when parking the bike is the steering, when it is easy to the key one stop too far. This engage the parking lights, will eventually run the battery if left for too long. No, I am not speaking experience, but I went close a of times.


Aprilia RST 1000 Futura

The next day Bec and I off to take a look at the Yarrangobilly around 85km further the Snowy Mountains Highway.

into the twisties and heading up the I tried in vain to cause the fuel injection to play up. open the throttle from just saw forward motion with no missing, coughing or

The engine, whilst claiming power than its RSV brother at at 9250rpm, still powered us up the in style, all the while emitting a but satisfying growl.

I found the needle off the 9500rpm redline unnecessary with this Smoother, more enjoyable comes from short-shifting above maximum torque at 7250rpm) at around 8000rpm, it makes it easier for the pillion on to the excellent grab rails.

The on our testbike got better as it warmed up, but was a notchy when cold. gears was still easy, and the clutch (with adjustable of course) was nice to use.

I was myself so much, I was a little to feel a tap on the leg from Bec, she asked me to pull over. up? I asked.

It’s snowing, she out in a tone that suggested would be bad for my health, one way or another. understood, we turned around and made our way back to safer I wasn’t game to check the at that stage!


The dash is well out, utilising an easy-to-read speedo in place of the RSV and RS250’s LCD and glows a funky blue in low There are also comprehensive lights, as well as LCD engine and fuel gauges, and a single meter, all accurate and handy for the haul.

A keyhole on the left of the intrigued me though — the hell was it for? Turning it seem to do anything at first. It out to be the seat release, which the entire seat unit to be rear side panels and

There isn’t room for anything much larger the adequate Aprilia tool That’s what the optional ($1,209) are for I guess.

The panniers are a size too, the under-seat meaning the panniers are of equal due to not needing to make room for a

I reckon the muffler looks from behind, and in fact the styling in general, although the received a mixed reaction various people.

Talk around the angular fairing, and the it could date quickly only time will

The mirrors, too, are part of the styling exercise, incorporating the in the mirror body. The left on the test bike vibrated making the view a blur, the right mirror performed though a little small.


The finish all is very good, as to be expected Aprilia, with the panniers watertight even through a downpour for instance, and the single-sided a well executed touch of

More and more, the line sportsbikes and sportstourers is becoming with bikes built for able to provide genuine world sportsbike performance the Futura is one of these.

Against the RST in the are Ducati’s 916-engined ST4 at $18,995 and ST4S at $20,995, BMW’s S at $17,820 and R1150 RS at $19,900, and own Falco at $18,975. Throw in VFR800 (current 2001 at $15,690 and Triumph’s Sprint ST at and there’s plenty to choose

The $19,990 RST1000 represents step forward for Aprilia, and is and truly up with the established in the company’s first attempt an admirable achievement and one I enjoyed

Aprilia RST 1000 Futura
Aprilia RST 1000 Futura
Aprilia RST 1000 Futura
Aprilia RST 1000 Futura
Aprilia RST 1000 Futura
Aprilia RST 1000 Futura

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