APRILIA TUONO 1000 (2003-2011) Review

Published: 22 November 2006

"One of the maddest motorcycles you can buy"

APRILIA TUONO 1000  (2003-2011)

"One of the maddest motorcycles you can buy"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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

Engine 5 out of 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.  

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 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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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

25 owners have reviewed their APRILIA TUONO 1000 (2003-2011) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your APRILIA TUONO 1000 (2003-2011)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.8 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Just do it!

20 July 2016 by The Converted

Been on only Harley-Davidsons since riding, so over 10 years now. Trouble is my biking circle has expanded and a few are on sport/naked bikes, and my poor Roadking was being "thrashed" to keep pace. Wanted something that was a V-twin, exotic, easy to... Read more transition (as keeping the H-D) and fun. This bike does not fail to deliver on all fronts, ive had it 4 days now and put over 500miles on it, ive not even scratched the surface on what it can do, but whilst im learning its abilities and mine the smile in my helmet goes from ear to ear. I look forward to my commute back and forth to work, go the long way around and find any excuse to take her for a spin after tea! I would recommend this to any rider who was looking to for-fill the same criteria as me. Love it!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The big Brembos help for sure, had to do an emergency stop due to being cut up and we survived.
Engine
5 out of 5
its a V-twin, nuff said from me!
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Too early to say, but i fitted a new battery easily enough
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Ive got through a few tanks of fuel, she likes a drink...
Equipment
5 out of 5
Got some nice bits either as std or previous owner fitted
5 out of 5

Overall best bike I ever drove

20 June 2016 by Johan van der Kooij

Perfect bike in my opinion. Great on the roads due to the more upward riding position compared to sports bikes. Still great on the track as well because of the amazing frame and suspension, not to mention the engine. If you take proper care of the... Read more bike and do some mods to the electrical system reliability is very good as well. I've owned the bike for two years now, but still get excited every time I start the bike and go for a ride. Really love this hooligan machine!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Amazingly stiff frame and great suspension, also for track use. Suspension is fully adjustable front and back which means everybody should get the perfect ride.
Engine
5 out of 5
Great torque and high and power, engine does not stop accelerating throughout the RPM's. The sound is simply amazing, especially with aftermarket exhaust systems and K&N airfilter.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
With some mods to the electrical system (wiring harness and upgraded battery) the engine is really reliable. The Rotax engine is also great.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
I do all the servicing myself, do use fully synthetic oil however.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Great Brembo brakes with steel brake lines and fully adjustable suspension. High end equipment in my opinion.
Buying experience

Bought the bike for 3200 euros 2 years ago (2014). Came with an extra set of wheels and some upgraded parts however.

5 out of 5

Tuono 1000 Factory Review

04 June 2016 by Simon GRIFFITH

I have had literally hundreds of bikes over the last 31 years of riding but this is by far the best bike. It is similar to the RSV I had a few years ago but so much more comfortable and easier to ride. MCN call it a mad bike to ride but only if you... Read more want it to be, it can also commute and tour really well. I get 41 MPG and that is riding it at 8/10 most of the time. The power is great, the handling amazing and unlike so many bikes that just seem to be getting smaller and smaller it actually fits a grown up!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Factory has top quality kit
Engine
5 out of 5
TORQUE!!!!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
MPG worst is 40, best is 45
Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

outstanding

29 April 2016 by tate

I started biking again around 3 years ago and started off with a bandit 650, which are great by the way and after a year i wanted bigger so i purchased a CB1300, stunning but heavy, then honda cb1000r, lovely bike but a bit boring, then z1000 daf,... Read more cracking bike but forever screeming, then yamaha fz1n, very underrated bike but all the while i wanted an aprilia tuono 1000r but was too afraid, high servicing cost, reliability, poor build etc etc, please ignore all of it, the tuono r will put a smile on your face so big people will think you've had a stroke, they are fantastic in every way, well 95%, they hate going slow ie filtering and thats all. ride safe all

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
they dont like going slow ie filtering.
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Tuono 1000R White

07 July 2015 by Thunderstick

The bikes best features are the sheer torque and soundtrack. This is an incredible machine, how a twin such as this can pull away with the speed of a high powered in line-four is mind boggling. Instant throttle response! The white one's look the... Read more best, so that is the one I went for - its highly visible and great when you rumble into a bike meet - this bike always seems to gather interest.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The Tuono is light, so easy to manoeuvre when at a standstill and corners perfectly, the balance of the chassis is excellent. The Tuono is an excellnt all round machine. Pillion space is limited, but there is loads of pull when riding two-up.
Engine
5 out of 5
Excellent performance from the engine. It'll scare off some higher performer sports bikes with the Tuono's catapult like power delivery. Great for hooning around, and fine in town traffic. Traffic will hear you coming, so good for filtering, cars tend to move to one side when they hear the bike coming in slow moving traffic!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Build quality on the Tuono is excellent in comparison with other models. The swing arm and polished frame look incredible. The Tuono has never missed a beat.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Servicing is no more than any other bike, much cheaper and convenient than other Italian exotica such as Ducati - where there is the annual faff of changing cam belts on Monsters and others ( I have owned 3 Monsters).
Equipment
5 out of 5
Equipment on the Tuono seems perfect, the soundtrack is perfect and the bike pops on the over-run, even with standard cans on. Use after market cans and it'll pop even more. If you love the sound of a twin soundtrack, but with excellent performance, you'll love the Tuono. Its a bit of a hooligan, but only when you want it to be, in traffic it'll burble along really nicely.
Buying experience

Dealer. £5800

5 out of 5

Tuono R 05

21 April 2013 by pacman1967

Huge grin factor is deliverwed every time I ride it. I've riden and owned everything from a KR-1 to a ZZR1100 and ZXR750RR, with NC30s Yamaha TRX 850s thrown in, but this has to be one of the most fun bikes I've ridden in 30 years of riding. It goes... Read more like stink, stops and turns beautifully for such a large looking bike and is comfy on longer jaunts, thanks to high bars and a good seat. I can't really think of anything I'd change on it, as it came with a fruity Akropovic pipe when i bought it. It's done over 21K since 2005, but paint looks new and corrsion is almost non-exsistant. It's stunning second-hand buy, with lots of bike for the money.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Tuono R 2008

29 June 2010 by V60Nut

The best transition from a sports bike and radically different with the V60 twin. I love the bike for performance, comfort and handling. Great engine braking and low down torque. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

09 tuono

19 July 2009 by ltj516

had an 08 fireblade and loved it but got sick of aching wrists bought a new tuono and have done 1200 miles so far and love everything about it handling performance and best of all the sound from the akros also finish nearly up to honda standards try... Read more one you wont be disappointed

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

bigklar

25 March 2009 by bigklar

ive had bikes since i was 16 from a honda st 50 monkey bike to a gsxr 1000 k7 and i must say that my 06 tuono is one of the most fun i ever had its does everything you want and more it just inspires conferdence in your riding its goes where... Read more you put it the feedback from this bike is 10/10 and the sound is too i would recommend this bike to any biker out there try one and see you will not be dissapointed

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

It does it all superbly

13 February 2009 by EdsETV

Bought a 2007 one and have been simply amazed by the Tuono's speed, handling, comfort & quality. I own a Fireblade as well and the Tuono handles as well and gives an incredible feeling of confidence. Also the quality of the bike seems as good as... Read more Hondas. If you like quick bikes, go test ride one before they are all gone and I bet you will love it. Roll on the V4 version.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2003
Year discontinued 2011
Original price £8,399
Used price £3,000 to £4,900
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £160
Performance
Max power 116 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11 secs
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 8v, V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 180kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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