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Aprilia Tuono 1000 (2003-2011)



Detail Value
New price £8,399
Used price range View Aprilia TUONO 1000 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 998 cc
Power 116 bhp
Top speed 155 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Aprilia Tuono 1000 is one of the maddest motorcycles you can buy, with a blend of wheelie-popping power, respectable handling and Goldie Lookin' Chain styling. A motor taken from the RSV1000 Mille sportbike, but not detuned, acts like a Mr Hyde potion in this motorcycle, but if you like the occasional foray to the dark side, you'll love the Aprilia Tuono 1000.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Stonking great gobs of poke, especially in the later 2005 onwards Aprilia Tuono 1000 Factory and Aprilia 2006 Tuono 1000 R ( claimed 130bhp ) are basically too much motorcycle for road use, but tremendous fun to apply, especially when baiting sportbike riders who haven't a clue what they're doing. If you cannot wheelie an Aprilia Tuono 1000 R then you probably haven't discovered how to operate a motorcycle's throttle yet.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The higher spec Aprilia Tuono 1000 models have the trick Ohlins suspension kit on them, buyt the early base model motorcycles have cheaper suspension which compromises the bike somewhat, making it feel like a supermoto motorcycle with an unfeasible motor fitted - it works OK, but feels a little skittish when pushed hard on bumpy

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Again, a mixed bag, with the Aprilia Tuono 1000 Factory and Tuono 1000 Racing models having all the right bits on them, but the cheaper variants feeling a little bit of a parts bin special here and there. The Aprilia Tuono 1000's questionable bronze anodised frame, `bling' clutch covers and lurid paint schemes on some of the Tuono models aren't everyone's cup of cappucino either. On the upside the Aprilia Tuono 1000 comes with motorcycle crash bungs factory fitted. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Tuono in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There's no doubt the top spec Aprilia Tuono 1000 models have some trick bits on them, and the motors are legendary for their reliability. But the motorcycles can suffer some corrosion here and there and the bottom line is that the Aprilia Tuono 1000 isn't an everyday naked roadster motorcycle like say a SV1000, Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer or Honda CB1300, it's a bit more exotic and needs more TLC. Find an Aprilia Tuono for sale.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The early basic Aprilia Tuono 1000 models are one of the best used motorcycle buys in biking, a true weekend fun motorcycle. But if your bank balance can stretch to the lush Racing/Factory versions you'll feel the quality every time you ride the thing at 9/10ths. The Aprilia Tuono 1000 has plenty of high power rival motorcycles nowadays and arguably might not hold its resale value as well as more mainstream rivals. The Aprilia Tuono 1000 lacks the sheer classiness of some of its Italian opposition motorcycles too.

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Insurance

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

2003: Aprilia Tuono 1000 Fighter and Aprilia Tuono Racing launched.
2005: Fully revised Aprilia Tuono 1000 based on new-style RSV1000 launched. Aprilia Tuono 1000 R motorcycle is joined by hi spec Aprilia Tuono 1000 Factory.
2006: Aprilia Tuono 1000 R is all you get, but it's got latest bodywork, Aprilia RSV1000 R chassis and engine tweaks.
2007: Aprilia Tuono 1000 Factory launched.

Other Versions

2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000 Racing: An uprated version of the standard Aprilia Tuono 1000, featuring Ohlins suspension and steering damper, OZ wheels and carbon fibre body panels.
2006 Aprilia Tuono 1000 Factory: Like the Aprilia Tuono 1000 Racing before the Factory
version of the current Aprilia Tuono 1000 features a long list of high-spec chassis parts, but is
also 6bhp more powerful and 9kg lighter than the standard motorcycle.

Specifications

Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11 secs
Max power 116 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Weight 180 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 998 cc
Engine specification 8v, V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(20 reviews)

  • Test review

    Testaccount8

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    This it a test

    11 April 2007

  • 04 Tuono Factory

    leslie saint

    New Ollerton , UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Everything you could ever want,all in a good looking package.The handling is fantastic,the power great,and with a double bubble fitted high speeds are attainable in all probably the best all round bike i have ever owned

    18 March 2007

  • Racing Tuono 2003

    kirky78

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is an awsome bike with great handling and an excellent engine. I bought the 2003 racing version, after saying goodbye to my GSXR 600k5. Another good bike but was so good it was boring (in the end found myself riding every where at >12000 rpm so it had to go as i like my licience and need it for work) With this bike you have power the whole way through the rev range and dont have to bounce it of the limiter to get anywhere. Corner exit drive is unreal. Suspension is great, making the most bumpy roads seem flat. Comfort is also great with wind blast only getting bad at 120mph or so. Only drawbacks are: Tyre life and if being picky could do with more tank range.

    11 March 2007

  • 6ft 4in and tired of sports bikes - fell in love when I saw a Tuono

    boote_r

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    It looks fantastic and the attention to detail is superb. I have passers by asking me to start it when I'm parked up! It's as easy to ride as my zx6-r as long as you're carefull with the throttle. The riding position is brilliant for 6 footers with more leg room and a reach to the bars. Leaves you very prone though, 100+ mph for any time gets your neck (but then thats a distinct advantage in my book!) Loves to lift the front wheel in most gears. Brakes are superb and offer a lot of feedback as does the suspension. I thought it was rock hard at first but it has a magical way of smoothing out bumps as if they weren't there that my previous jap bikes haven't done. Does not like poor surfaces though - may be the std D208s. Cheap to insure for the performance, good lights. Fit open cans and there's a second map on the ECU waiting to be dialed in by your dealer. Mine came with an additional smaller front sproket as a standard accessory! Strengths: Looks, value, engine, power delivery, handling, brakes and suspension. Riding position for taller riders. Keep your licence on the motorway. Weaknesses: Tyre wear, fuel consumption, valve service every other time (although now 6000 mile intervals.) Need a hack for the winter as I don't want to let her near salt.

    24 July 2006

  • 2003 bike bought new in 2006 for £5499 - bargain!

    phelix27

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought this bike to replace my ZX9R and am I glad I did. The power, looks and above all value for money is exceptional. Comes with all the bits and is more of a bike than I'll ever need. The day after I got it I went to the MotoGP at Assen, round the Nurburgring in Germany and then to Antwerp before returning to England and it never missed a beat. Can't fault the comfort or reliability of the bike (then again it is brand new). Buy one, or at least ride one, you won't be disappointed. Strengths: Looks, standard parts, engine, reliability and the way it makes you smile when you ride it!! Weaknesses: My friend has the 2006 Tuono and it eats tyres so I'm expecting mine to do the same. Fuel economy isn't good but thats not why I bought it!!

    04 July 2006

  • My Tuono is in grey & gold... in my opinion the best colour

    andymo999

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    You can spend years looking for the right bike, one that can do just about anything you ask of it. Well I think that the Tuono has it all and then some !! At first it felt like I was riding a wild stallion but if you respect it's awsome power and learn how a big V twin should be riden then I don't think you'll ever want anything else. I bought mine second hand and the bloke I bought it off was nearly in tears when I picked it up. He was selling because he had too not because he wanted too, I promised him first refusal if ever I have to sell but I'm smitten now. I'm not one for top end speed but this bike has everything, the only reservation I had when I had a test ride on it was that it physically felt like a smaller bike but you only have to open the throttle a bit to make you feel different, It has two arrow cans on it and they sound like thunder!!! Strengths: Italian styling,awsome power, fantastic riding position, and looks you'll never get tired of. Weaknesses: It's not British!!

    20 March 2006

  • Sports performance in a naked bike. Ticks all the boxes

    mukhtar

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought as a second bike to complement my race bike. Couldn't settle for a detuned Faclo, knowing how I am like on the road. This bike more than delivers. Italian design but with well tested reliability. Do not fall into the misconception that you are growing up by trading in your R1, Blade, Gixer to get this bike! You don't need 150mph+ to be having fun. Strengths: Looks, performance, comfort (against a sports bike), corner drive, exclusivity. The addictive noise of the twin with race pipes. Weaknesses: Turns me into a hooligan when I am on it :-) Not sure if that is a bad thing. I call her the widow maker. Tank range not the best, clocks have reset themselves a few times.

    07 March 2006

  • A demanding bike that puts the fun back into riding

    gavinwilkins

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bored with sport tourers, but wanting something that offered lots of power and excitment I settled on a Tuono last May. From the look of some of these reports I may have paid over the top for it, but so far have been absolutely delighted with it. I have added an ermax flip screen to help it on the motorway, and replaced large numbers of badly fured nuts and bolts. It is a bike that demands a lot of committment from a rider - ride it well and it rewards with great dollops of grip, shunts of torque, and a howling engine that tickles something primevil inside me. Ride it badly and it hesitates, wheelies, slides, slaps the chain so bad you think it will break, and shakes it's head in disgust and generally tries to kill you. It was just what I was looking for. It's demanding, passionate, and utimatly rewarding. It demands committment from me, and gives utter delight in return. Strengths: Wonderful, powerful V-twin engine, the amazing brembo brakes, handling, attitude, un-commoness, brutal looks, italian detailing, noise. Weaknesses: Fuel range is not good. Seat is not comfortable for distance - in fact the bike is not great at motorways/distance because of the riding position, italian detailing, and the noise at 6.30am when I wake everyone on my street.

    06 January 2006

  • 99% perfect!

    phil peverley

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Fell in love at first sight and not disappointed. Sensible mod is to drop front cog by one tooth as was lumpy at very low revs around town. Im 6 foot and overwieght and the bike is so stable. On the throtle the bike is very responsive and the front brake can have the rear in mid air. Quality is supperb and the bike comes with steering damper, tank guard, crash bobins rear hugger, and slipper clutch, everything i would of had to but as extras on other bikes. Ive done track days on it and it flies, its highly confidence inspiring. Strengths: Stability, build quality, value for money, grin factor, reliability AND glorious red Italian exotica. Weaknesses: High motorway speeds are very tiring due to lack of wind protection around the head / neck.

    11 March 2005

  • Sensible or manic? You can have both with a Tuono

    norm3390

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    In 30 yrs of biking I have never had a bike which makes me smile so much whether a 80 mile scratch, 300 mile tour or a 5 mile commute. Can't wait for the alleged 2006 model! Strengths: Power, Handling [on the right rubber] relative comfort, Italian style with reliabilty. Weaknesses: I found different makes of tyres make a huge difference in the way the front end feels.

    21 January 2005

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Aprilia Tuono R

After years of sportsbikes (latterly an RSVR) I took the plunge two week's ago and bought one after months of consideration - one careful owner before, a red, black and white '06 with Mivv cans, Ermax raised screen and tail tidy - I have already put 500 miles on and absoblutely love this bike! All the superlatives that Tuono riders come out with are absoblutely bang on - this bike really does do the lot - with style!

Confidence oozes when you ride one, the bike inspires you - twisty A roads are a dream, roundabouts a blast (as my right hand slider found out yesterday without the efforts of a traditional sportsbike).

This bike is really what you want it to be - so versatile and so much fun - saw too many faces yesterday grimacing with the daunting prospect of another ride as they got onto bikes that are out of their league and really too track focussed - me?, wouldn't have smiled more if Cheryl Cole had called me up for a night out!

03 August 2009 12:49

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The best bike i have owned for a very long time,doe's it all looks great and goes like sh1t off of a shovel.I would recommend this bike to anyone, especially if you are wanting to get of your Super-bike

18 March 2007 12:04

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