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

30 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 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Pretty fly for a big guy

13 June 2018 by Dan1990

All the bike I ever wanted Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
I am around 6ft 2 and 17 1/2 stone - I'm not small or light. The bike seems to handle my weight very well with the standard suspension over all kinds of road surface. The steering damper is much appreciated and makes a big difference compared to my previous bike which tank slapped over bumps (05, 1050 Triumph Sprint). I would say though that you do need to keep on top of Tyre pressures to make sure it keeps behaving over cracks and pot holes. The riding position is excellent for both slow, fast and filtering. Feet are high up for those fast corners and wonderful wide upright bars to get a good amount of counter steer. I will never ever go back to a bike with clip ons again. Superb.
Engine
4 out of 5
The sound is absolutely fantastic - and this is coming from a Triumph Triple man. Lovely V Twin roar and loads of torque. I will give one star less here though as you do have a manual idle (even though it's EFI) which can be annoying and a bit embarrassing (it is VERY loud on idle). You basically have to let the bike warm up a bit first (like with the old RS50/RS125) and then turn down the idle. Would be nice if this was automated like most EFI systems. The only other downside is a flat spot around 5k RPM although I understand this is sorted out with a few mods which I intend to undertake. Absolutely no disappointment with power though, it really does feel like it's ripping your arms off in the higher rev range.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
All good so far
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Major service was £600 so comparable to Triumph etc. Although this was done before I took ownership. Would imagine paying this every 2 years or so. Parts are expensive but there is a quality feel to them.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Enough for what you need. Even a little cubby hole in the rear seat hugger. Only let down is again the manual idle and the mirrors are pretty appalling.
Buying experience

Part exed by Sprint

4 out of 5

01 April 2018 by stephen callil

I would have given it 5 out of 5, were it not for starter problems. Other than that, it's a great ride - every time you ride it, it puts a smile on your face. The handling, braking, steering, the barking mad engine... it's just a great ride. It's... Read more also comfortable

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Australian roads are basically crap but the Tuono handles them very well. The brakes are brilliant even compared to latest bikes. It's not really pillion friendly, but is good at long-distance travelling. Verdict? Best on open road or the track not a town bike
Engine
5 out of 5
It's brilliant: pulls like a train, plenty of top end, sounds fantastic... starts easy, doesn't use oil
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
The stators are a real problem - they don't last long. I am from Australia, we have long distances from place to places, other than that the reliability is A1. The general finish of the bike is excellent also. In Australia, Aprilia dealers are rare/non existent if you live in the country area
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
It loves eating up back tyres, but I don't care
Equipment
4 out of 5
Dash got all the info you need and the instruments are easy to read. The headlights are the best i've come across on a bike - and I reckon the best all-round tyres are Conti r/a 3
Buying experience

Bought from a dealer. It only had 3500 kms on it. I saved about Australian $5000 on new price

4 out of 5

01 April 2018 by stephen callil

Would have 5 out 5 except for starter problems. Other than that, it's a great ride. Every time you ride it, it puts a smile on your face: the handling, braking, steering, the barking mad engine just make a great ride. It's also comfortable. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
oz are roads are basically crap but the tuono handles them very well the brakes are brilliant even compared to latest bikes not real pillion friendly good at long distance travelling best on open road or the track not a town bike
Engine
5 out of 5
It's brilliant, pulls like train and there's plenty of top-end oomph. It sounds fanatic, starts easily, doesn't use oil
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Starters are real problem they don't last long i am from australia we have long distances from place to places other than that the reliability is a1 the general finish of the is excellent also in oz aprilia dealers are rare non existent if live in the country area
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
It loves eating up back tyres, but I don't care
Equipment
4 out of 5
dash got all the info you need easy to read the headlights are the best i've come across on a bike best all round tyres are conti r/a 3
Buying experience

Bought from a dealer. It only had 3500 kms on it, so I saved about $5000 on new price

5 out of 5

Just the top street bike with oozing charactor

04 November 2017 by Rich Payne

Have owned a Honda SP1 and the Aprilia 1000R 2007 beats it! Can cruise for miles or be a ferocious animal Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
One finger front brakes - Phenominal.
Engine
5 out of 5
It wants to GO GO GO
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Quality all round
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Pricy but well worth it to keep it running sweat.
Equipment
5 out of 5
All you need
Buying experience

From Wheels in Peterborough - Great service

4 out of 5

Best naked sports of its era

12 August 2017 by Coffs

For the money, if you want a naked sports there is no other bike to compare to. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Light weight with plenty of adjustability on suspension so getting ride sorted is easy. Handles well and excellent brakes (needs rear brake master cylinder and reservoir moving or else no rear brake)
Engine
4 out of 5
Strong, free revving. Needs different sprocket fitting to really smooth out low speed riding while still giving great acceleration. Torque available from just about no revs.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Has it's share of niggles but they're known and fixable. Let down once by a dodgy connector. Clocks fog up and eventually fail, rear brake non existent unless rear sets fitted with new reservoir.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Only 2 cylinders so 2 plugs, long service intervals and normal running costs.
Equipment
1 out of 5
What equipment? Pure unadulterated naked fun.
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
-
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
MPG worst is 40, best is 45
Equipment
5 out of 5
-
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
-
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
-
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

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2003
Year discontinued 2011
Original price £8,399
Used price £2,600 to £6,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £310
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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