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Aprilia Tuono 1000

Aprilia’s touring sportsbike

by Tim Sanford. Pics by Keith

FOR committed sportsbike freaks is nothing like the thrill of a good bike through a set of corners and in that environment are few bikes as good as Aprilia’s But ride it in traffic for a few hours… or up the for a couple of hundred kays and the starts to give you grief, the pain intrudes… not to mention the mental decay as you force it a task it wasn’t designed for – and

Aprilia is not the only manufacturer to the market’s need for a bike excellent sporting credentials as as engineering for practical riding but its RSV Tuono has all the ability you could on both counts.

Even you straddle the Tuono you can feel the of purpose which surrounds the a clear intention to surmount the challenges of the sportsbike and the tourer. How do you that? The rear view is by the massive 190/50 tyre and is pure sportsbike.

Up front there is the combination of the adjustable 43mm Showa and the twin 320mm fully Brembos with their opposed calipers – specifications to Aprilia’s top-of-the-line RSV of not so long

Brake lines are braided and rear. Rear suspension is by a linkage with a Boge controlling the movement of the shapely and swingarm. The range of suspension at both ends provides the with settings which you can to your specific use: the can be nice and plush to give you travel over less secondary roads or you can make it for a good adrenaline-pumping track

Or you can leave it on the standard settings although on the firm side, cope with most a road rider is likely to across.

There is one item doubtless plays an important in maintaining the bike’s excellent manners: tucked away in the front of the tank is an Ohlins damper; it’s well and if you didn’t know it was there, also never know you’d needed it. You already the engine is a v-twin but although the is technically a “…” bike, are so many little covers and accessories clustered around the plant that its actual doesn’t really stand One thing that is obvious is its – and looks are not deceiving in this

The engine comes with the electronic controls of fuel and functions except, strangely an automatic system to help the warm up when first It’s a cold-blooded beast and it a few minutes on the fast idle to wake up and get ready for action; our was in early summer so expect to even longer in winter. Our bike was fitted with an can and it looked good and sounded

Touring features of the bike with the riding position – much more upright a pure sportsbike and the bars are set and wide. There is some for adjustment of their position but is even more for the foot each of which has eccentric for the toepad.

The tank is usefully and holds 18 litres including litres in reserve. In the quest for reduction the tank is plastic, so a magnetic tankbag is not an option. the back there are several useful locations for ocky and the pillion perch is flat to use as a luggage pad.

For long hours on the freeway I the stylish little nosecone good at keeping the wind off the and on one trip when it turned cold in the high country, I was more grateful.

On the styling the bike looks great its combination of colours and sharp-edged the only clashes come the elliptical mirrors – which superbly so there can be no practical – and the odd fixture which supports the plate and reflector. It looks much like an afterthought.

On the

One of the first things you notice the Tuono is that the narrowness of the is no illusion – I would liken the of the knee position under the to the feel you get when riding a with an expensive, custom-fitted It instantly makes you feel much an integral part of the

Once the bike is warmed up and the second thing of note is the well sorted engine system – the Tuono engine is a v-twin but it is so absolutely smooth in its response it feels more a multi. Good manners that plus the excellent low and torque make the bike stress-free in traffic and in the commuting

Aprilia Tuono 1000

The only distraction – and it’s a one – came from the transmission: the will feel on the firm to side for some riders and its is fast. Also, the gearbox a trifle notchy; it never a shift but it was very reluctant to neutral once stopped; a few kays on the odometer may well fix

For commuting and touring the upright position is excellent and the wide give a feeling of relaxed but control. Riding for lengthy on freeways was no chore and I found the seat still comfortable several hundred kays. The are set back a bit and that allows a lean forwards when fast.

As far as overtaking is concerned, the never presents a problem – the throttle and the job is done instantly to the and mellow tune of that Akropovic can.

Okay, so much for the touring its a dream. And as a sportsbike? Nail it out of a and there’s all of that RSV stuff down below: the fluid and rush of power from the and the fantastic howl of the pipe.

quite addictive and I found always looking for the twisty way – a sure sign you’re on a worth thrashing. Getting from the instruments was good digital speedo is big and clear) and (the analogue tacho contrast and is difficult to read). The of these you’ll either or hate: the speedo lives in an block surrounded by the round tacho which presents its with a series of ever-increasing

At night it looked great but in daylight.

Once you start it, the Tuono’s pedigree becomes apparent: the steering is precise and to corners is very rapid all adds up to very nimble on twisting roads. The transformation of the character from sedate tourer on the highway to … in the twisties is truly impressive and it has same confidence-inspiring road-hugging which is so very familiar on the

The last word

As a bridge the worlds of aggressive sports relaxed touring and mundane there are few bikes which do the job as as the Aprilia Tuono. With a retail price of $19,990 it is value. For another nine you can get the ‘Factory’ variant but that you further into the sportsbike and for another $3,600 you can secure a RSV.

For the do-it-all bike the Tuono gets my nod.

Aprilia Tuono 1000
Aprilia Tuono 1000
Aprilia Tuono 1000


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