Futura development — The inside story

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Futura development — The story

Last Updated on 20 February 2011 18:40 | | |

In with the first RSV Milles out of showrooms, Aprilia launched a new to create a new sports tourer the emphasis on sport.

In charge of the was Aprilia Research and Development’s Manager, Pierluigi Marconi, who had the company from Bimota the year.

Marconi had risen the ranks after joining from university, becoming Manager in the early 90s and quickly a reputation for innovation and excellence in

Under Marconi’s direction produced the most technologically — and sometimes the most — bikes of the 90s. See the on the right for a list.

He also was responsible for the 500 Vdue the mechanical woes of which broke the company.

For the Futura Marconi was given a team of and set up at Aprilia’s scooter engine plant in San Marino, rather the headquarters in Noale.

From the it was decided the Futura would use the 998 dohc 60 degree Vee twin and a frame almost identical to used by the sports bike.

The received a few important changes to improve stability, including:

A longer steering stem;

a longer wheelbase;

Rake and trail of 25.6 compared with the Mille’s degrees and longer trail.

engine mounting points.

The was based on the 2000 Mille, but and his team thought it a little too for a sports tourer so they attention on turning it into a powerplant ideally suited for big miles with a minimum of

So out went the Mille’s fuel system, to be replaced by a Sagem and in came new throttle bodies smaller pipes to increase torque, and new injectors.

The generator was increased by 30 per cent to make the smoother, while increasing to 470W to cope with accessories.

Most mechancial and the valve timing are the same as the Marconi told Fast magazine (UK) in 2001.

We wanted to have good

But the Futura radically departed its sports bike cousin in its sided swing arm, was tied in with its radical the time) under seat — and with the integral

Marconi again: We quickly that we would use a single-sided arm and central high level to keep the bike narrow and maximum space for the luggage, was always intended to be an important

His team also deserves a lot of for designing an exhaust that heat up the rider’s (and wedding tackle, unlike Ducatis and especially Triumph’s Sprint ST.

Marconi told Fast Making the exhaust work was the hardest part of developing the because we hadn’t done like it before.

So much so the bike met Euro 1 emissions even without the catalytic

Aprilia were rightly of their creation at the Futura’s launch in Sicily in 2001, and journalists that there plans for an ABS option and a power for accessories for the 2002 bikes. But never happened.

Maybe it was the sales or maybe the decision had been made higher up to let the … and let Moto Guzzi acquired the year before make the tourers.

But there’s another aspect may have proved the most of all.

Just six months the Futura was launched to the world, left Aprilia and became Manager for Benelli.

With gone it appears Aprilia interest in the Futura, and the promised to the bike did not materialise. It certainly a question over whether departure and the slow … of the were linked.

Marconi with Benelli, becoming Engineer in 2005. He quit in 2010 in frustration at the company’s Quianjiang, refusal to put new designs production. He’s now working for leading the Spanish off road manufacturers’ project to build a valve four …

This article from an magazine provides more

Marconi’s bikes for Bimota: YB8e, YB8 Furano, DB2, DB2ef, DB3 Mantra, YB9 Bellaria, YB10, YB10 biposto, SB6R, SB7, SB8R, Vdue, Tesi.


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