First Ride: Aprilia RST1000 Futura Motortrend

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Aprilia RST 1000 Futura

Just another

First Ride: Aprilia Futura

A serious sport from the little company can.

Torrance, California, 22 2001

Initially, the opening of this story was going to “Pardon us if we don’t gush all Aprilia’s all-new RST 1000 like people expect us

After spending the perfunctory period with the Futura, we less than amazed. Not there was anything wrong the bike, mind you. It didn’t tickle our nether like we expected it to.

But once we to spend some more on the bike, we began dispensing of of miles at a time and, magically, our opinion of the bike

Right now, Aprilia is doing the biz, popping out left and right, seemingly each one going straight to the top of its In addition to their numerous in various two-wheeled disciplines, the of their recent entries the street bike market caught a number of people by Including us.

Aprilia’s Mille won our Twins shootout, their quickly became a staff and their Scarabeo 150 is practically … in a practical package. All emotional stuff, no doubt. So why the initial response to the Futura?

Not a Mille With Bags we first heard about the last year, we were on the bike — based purely on merit and our growing love with the Italian company. On it would appear that the has all the ingredients we look for in a serious

The Futura’s “V990″ motor has bloodlines, though it has been to make it more appealing to the crowd. The motor is in a more state of tune than the SL1000 Falco. Aprilia that this re-tuning the new motor, “not just but rather ideal,” for sport-touring

Still displacing 997.62 centimeters, the 60-degree v-twin four valves per cylinder and driven by a combination gear/chain just like on the Falco and Similarly, the motor retains Anti Vibration Double (AVDC) balancing countershaft and uses their patented Power Clutch (PPC) keeps the back wheel chattering on downshifts during braking.

While the core of the motor is the there have been a few significant changes made Starting with the intake the Futura uses different bodies that are designed for instead of high RPM power as on the Their diameter still in at 51 mm, but they work with a new pipe to keep the focus on power at low revs.

The entire fuel-injection system gets a once-over as well, courtesy of the at Sagem. This all starts the control unit taking of things every 10-degrees of rotation. Their control is able to sense acceleration or the of the throttle in order to optimize the mixture for the smoothest delivery of

The fuel mapping is, of course, from the Mille and Falco, and is in each cylinder to make things burn as efficiently as

Another nice feature of new control system is that notice the choke lever from the left grip. chores are now taken care of by so you don’t have to. There’s a larger generator that with all this electro-trickery to out the torque delivery and to provide a uninterrupted flow of electricity.

around the new motor is a frame resembles that of the Mille, it features a number of important For starters, the steering stem has lengthened by four millimeters the lower triple clamp has brought forward by five increasing the wheelbase and the amount of The engine also finds in a new location within the frame.

Of the purpose of these changes is to the bike’s road behavior the touring end of the spectrum, without too much from the sort of duty the RSV Mille has become for.

Hanging off the rear of the you’ll find a nice bit of eye in the single-sided swingarm, made of alloy. Aprilia claims used a one-armer because it swift removal of the rear (only one nut holds it in place) and it allows them to use a nifty, exhaust system.

The exhaust is a two-into-one-into-two-into-one system features an overall volume of 15 (3.3 gallons) thanks to a of the system residing under the A catalytic converter is incorporated and a to not only keep things but emissions remain low enough the Futura will pass all and emissions tests throughout the The use of this system also the standard hard luggage to fit in keeping the Futura’s overall nice and narrow.

Suspension-wise, the uses 43 mm Showa forks up that feature adjustable and rebound, though they are of any sort of provisions to alter externally. Aprilia claims set up the suspension for “riding comfort” at sport-touring instead of the sportier used on either the Mille or

Rear suspension is handled by a shock that is, again, for preload and rebound damping, there are no signs of a compression back here either. The suspension works through a and the rear shock features a knob located under the side of the seat for on-the-fly tweaks.

Fitted to both are Brembo’s “Gold series” and Freudenburg brake lines are said to offer the same as braided steel lines. The brakes feature dual 300 mm discs and four-pot calipers use different size pistons (34 and 30 The rear disk is a single unit with a single caliper using 28 mm pistons.

features include a removable sub-frame, center stand, luggage and “free-form” headlight features three H7 55-watt bulbs.

Sporting and TouringOur impression of the Futura was that a larger bike than photos indicate, looking larger than most sport-tourers. It looks at least better, too. Well, we looks are subjective, but once seen the bike in person, it grows on you.


a leg over it, and you see why it looks so large a distance — it is big, but in a roomy of way. The bars and all their fall readily to hand and the appears large enough to comfortably behind for hours on

Once underway, you realize initial impressions were The bike’s front section is and provides the sort of wind only found on full and some sport-tourers whose is firmly in the touring. Despite the large size, though, the feels good between legs.

The generous cut-outs in the give the impression of a bike mass is far less than sheets would indicate, in some 50 pounds more the Mille.

On the open road, a glance down will you all you need to know about steed. The instrument panel you the bike’s vitals and offers a few lights should the electronics to take a nap at some point, hopefully this will happen. The instrument cluster is a far simple place than the devoid of the five or so buttons the bottom edge that a simple odometer reset on bike such a daunting

Instead, there are two buttons One that allows you to see the bike’s or the ambient temperature, depending on curiosity at the moment. The other you to toggle between odometer and meter, and there’s a fuel that shows how much remains in both graphic and readouts. About the only missing here is a second meter, but the cool lighting of the at night seems to make up for little oversight.

You’ll notice, while looking that the filler cap on the gas tank is to the right. Aprilia have this on purpose so that you can top off the tank while the bike is over on its side-stand, should you be too to properly prop it up on its center-stand.

nicely integrated into signals and add to the chiseled look of the doing a decent job of providing a view, showing minimal of elbow or back-side, depending on riding position and the width of riding companion’s derriere.

along the highway, the Futura has than enough oomph to past other vehicles little more than a rotation of the throttle. No downshift is and the motor’s smooth power you can be as lazy — or aggressive — as you want to be. The is pretty smooth at constant but a few testers did mention the motor’s coming through the grips consistently while under acceleration.

Ths suspension works very at keeping you isolated from the concrete below, yet gives you of feedback as to just what’s you. That little below your left is a handy thing, too. It you to go from straight highways and suspension to tight roads and suspension settings without to stop for a moment.

In the twisties, the is a big bike that makes its known, requiring a steady to steer through a corner. But if willing to commit to a corner, absolutely amazing how well new Aprilia responds.

On one particular we were off helping one of the more print books with a comparo of their own — one that several of today’s fastest and track-worthy, cutting-edge sport around. We happened to bring the along just for yuks, and the ended up surprising everybody who it. Though it took some the Futura pilot was able to up with the other bikes in about every condition we on the road.

About the only the Futura had any problems was in fast where the speeds were and the revs were above RPM. It was only here we experienced any sort of fuel-injection Mid-corner, through long where the throttle is used to minute line changes, the would occasionally glitch, just enough to momentarily the well-balanced chassis.

Thankfully, occurred only in very situations and never showed up the rest of the time we spent on the

For most of that hard-charging the Futura was a joy in the twisties. Go down the hard on the throttle, accelerating before up-shifting at about RPM — just above the 7,200 RPM peak — to keep things forward. No need to rev this boys.

Ride the torque and revel in its

Fast enough? Then onto the front brake and give her a squeeeeeeze, feeling get promptly hauled down where you shouldn’t have in the first place. Maybe drag the excellent rear to help settle the chassis, if you so inclined.

It works just as as the front.

Shove the bike into a corner after let go of the binders and, if all is well the world on this day, just touch the center-stand After that little feel free to thwack the the rest of the way open and ride on out of the on one of the smoothest, most linear curves this side of a Then get on with the next of beds and the next highway.

The has one of the best seats of all time, you to play like this all day in comfort.

Another Aprilia of making a sportbike with it’s as though Aprilia its sportbike parts to build a and then made sure it feel like a tourer at The Futura is so well thought out and so put together, it’s as though a technician jumped ship to out. The Futura may just be the sport-tourer we’ve ever had the to swing a leg over.

So then caused our luke-warm initial

The Futura works extremely maybe even better we’d ever expected it to. But it’s Italian, you naturally some real, honest to eye-tal-yun flair, of take out of this particular Aprilia Maybe that’s a good though, since “flair” and seem all too often interchangeable the terms “glitch” and “problem” — two you definitely do not want on a proper

And this new Aprilia really is a sport-tourer.


Engine Four-…, longitudinal 60° V twin, anti-vibration double countershaft patent)

Cooling. Liquid with three-way pressurized double radiator

Bore and 97 x 67.5 mm

Aprilia RST 1000 Futura

Displacement. 997.62 cc

Compression ratio. 11.4:1

Double cam shaft in cylinder controlled by mixed gear/chain four valves per cylinder

injection. Integrated electronic regulation system. Indirect electronic injection 51 mm throttle

Ignition. Digital electronic two spark plugs per cylinder

Twin Spark Ignition), with injection. Electronic

(Dynamic Ignition Advance

Lubrication. Dry crankcase with oil reservoir. Double trochoidial with oil cooling radiator

6 speed, chain

Clutch. disk in oil bath with hydraulic control (PPC

Frame. aluminum alloy sloping double parallel beam, removable high steel saddle mount

length. 85.4 inch mm)

Max. width. 29.1 740 mm (at half-handlebars)

Max. height. inch (1220 mm) at front

Saddle height. 32.3 (820 mm)

Handlebar height. inch (940 mm) at external

Wheelbase. 56.5 inch mm)

Trail. 4.0 inch (102 mm)

angle. 26°

Front suspension. upside-down fork, 43 mm diameter adjustable in damping, rebound and

Wheel travel. 4.7 inches mm)

Rear suspension: Aluminium single swingarm; progressive with APS system (Aprilia System), Sachs hydraulic absorber, adjustable in rebound and

Wheel travel. 4.7 inches 120 mm

brake. 300 mm diameter Brembo steel double floating

Floating four-pot calipers differentiated diameter, 34 and 30 mm Pads in material and Freudenberg brake

Rear brake. 255 mm diameter steel disk; floating calipers, 28 mm diameter, Freudenberg tubes

Rims. Aluminum (cold cast)

Aprilia RST 1000 Futura
Aprilia RST 1000 Futura


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