APRILIA TUONO 1000 (2003 - 2011) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£330|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||8v, V-twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||18 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||35 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£330|
|Used price||£3,000 - £6,000|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||116 bhp|
|Max torque||78 ft-lb|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11 secs|
|Tank range||120 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
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.
EZ Tuning Tuono F**ktory
Stop giggling at the back – despite the ridiculously rude name EZ Tuning’s Aprilia Tuono ‘F**ktory’ is a heavily modified and stunning streetfighter.
Based on a 2003 model Aprilia Tuono 1000, the awkwardly-styled standard machine was stripped bare and rebuilt using sexier parts and a more individual look.
The Aprilia’s chassis is pretty good anyway, but the F**ktory’s handling is improved further by fitting the Ohlins front and rear suspension from a later model RSV-R Factory, complete with radial Brembo brakes and the forged aluminium OZ Racing rims.
The standard Aprilia calipers are boosted further with race-spec radial-pump Brembo master cylinders, and Braking Wave discs offer a performance advantage as well as looking more special.
The F**ktory’s spec list or appearance doesn’t explain the potty-mouthed pun on Aprilia’s own high-spec Tuono Factory, but an EZ Tuning spokesperson shed some light: "We named it F**ktory just to see how many Italian people knew the meaning in English!"
Owners' reviews for the APRILIA TUONO 1000 (2003 - 2011)
33 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
|Ride quality & brakes:|
|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£330|
Annual servicing cost: £300
Sports bike performance in a naked, stinking brakes, excellent handling and an absolute v twin beast. Worst feature was the rear brake sleeve, I kept losing the rear brake every 1000 mile due to air materialising in the slave as positioned parallel to the ground. Swapped the rear sets to reposition the slave vertically so all good now.
I have ridden 400miles in one day before with no issues with riding position. I changed the gearing by one tooth front and back to make the bike more friendly around town. I can ride until needing fuel no problem, usually about 100 mile before fuel light comes on. Fuel light came on once after only 65 miles but that was a mad one on the marshes.
Love the power delivery, quite happy going for it or having a more relaxed ride.
2004 to 2009 models fitted with a rotar arm which creates too much wattage. 1st stator burned out 18500, second one was already burning out when I swapped the rotar arm for the revised one fitted to post 2009 models. Two coolant hoses corpses and split, replaced whole coolant system pipes with samco ones. Clutch slave leaks god knows where, replaced with aftermarket one. In total spent about £850 sorting issues, been awesome since 2015.
Know of an excellent motorbike mechanic who keeps prices real.
Oz wheels are a nice touch.
Buying experience: Advertised at £4500 , as I travelled 380 miles to purchase the private seller agreed £4000 over the phone before I had even seen the bike and insisted I wouldn’t be disappointed, which I was not.
Version: Fighter in Magnet Grey and Gold
Annual servicing cost: £100
Bought it 12 years ago, quite reluctantly after driving Firestorms for 6 years. It ticked all the boxes on paper, but I found it a hideous bike at the time. Test drove it and wasn't impressed at all, but bought it anyway. "Give it time". After changing the squared off Pirelli's for MPP 2CT's my life completely changed. Rode it for the next 12 years and was gutted when I crashed beyond repair last September. Replaced by a V4r... maybe even more reluctant. The 2002-2005 Tuono is the best road bike ever imo.
Brakes are Brembo's. 'Nuff said. This bike won't let you take a sunday morning stroll. It forces you to dig in and it will remind you when you don't. To some extent it is an allrounder. I tracked it a few times, but also toured parts of Europe, with luggage and a pillion. The big rear end does have it's pre. Mileage is pretty poor though. Not as bad as a Firestorm or V4r though.
Not spectacular below 6000 rpm. But beyond that..... wow ! The great thing about this bike, which makes it stand out from most other roadbikes is how well you can use and manage all the available power and torques. A whole different story than today's performance nakeds.
Although it has it quirks, it only left me stranded a few times with the infamous hot restart issue or a bad battery. Which were easily solved with a few thicker leads and a larger battery. (It likes fresh batteries) I replaced the sprag clutch at the first sign of trouble after 65000 km. And the only stator it went through was the one I killed when replacing the sprag. Valves were regularly checked but never needed adjustment. Starter relay really needs upgrading. And spareparts are a disaster to acquire after an occasional 'mishap'.... cough...
Due to poor mileage and bad parts supply they loose value pretty quick. However prices for used 2002-2005's are picking up somewhat here in NL. Biggest cost were new brake discs, sprag clutch repair and fairing plus fairing mount (twice..... :-$ )
The Gen 1 has a decent windscreen that actually provides some protection, where the newer Tuono's do not. Mine was already equipped with all the performance goodies when I bought it. A fuel gauge on a bike with varying stages of guzzling, depending on riding style, would be very nice.
Version: Gen 1
Annual servicing cost: £750
Can be a little flighty under hard acceleration. Wide bars exaggerate rider input and are tiring in less than perfect weather conditions. Throaty roar and comfortable for touring though 200km will drain the tank. Very smooth with little or no vibrations.
Front brake is excellent, rear is non existent and next to useless. Lovely smooth engine at all revs with gobs of torque, a wheelstand monster! Heavy engine breaking can be intrusive if you are not used to large capacity V twins. Fuelling a little unsure at city speeds. Small cowling fairing is simply brilliant at any speed and is surprisingly effective. Leave the pillion at home!
Simply a brute and will not get left behind by anyone up to 100mph. Oil change is a pain and seat removal and fitting just plain dumb (Italian quirks!).
Beautiful punchy low end grunt. Less than stella electrical pedigree. More a case of push starter and hope! Nice fit and finish with quality parts.
Ease of access lessens labour costs but there are your typical Italian "quirks". Not a ride and forget type of machine.
Nice race/lap time feature and cockpit is well laid out with big digital speed readout. Good suspension as standard but will require upgrade to get the best out of the chassis. Will shred soft rear tyres.
Buying experience: Long in the tooth now so hard to find in tip top condition. Look out for wear and tear consistent with excessive wheelies. An excellent choice for older guys looking for something more upright and a little different. Overall a very comfortable machine to ride with kudos points for Italian cool. Not as simple to live with as a Japanese equivalent.
Annual servicing cost: £300
All the bike I ever wanted
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.
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.
All good so far
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.
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
Annual servicing cost: £500
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 also comfortable
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
It's brilliant: pulls like a train, plenty of top end, sounds fantastic... starts easy, doesn't use oil
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
It loves eating up back tyres, but I don't care
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
Annual servicing cost: £500
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.
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
It's brilliant, pulls like train and there's plenty of top-end oomph. It sounds fanatic, starts easily, doesn't use oil
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
It loves eating up back tyres, but I don't care
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
Version: 1000 R
Annual servicing cost: £400
Have owned a Honda SP1 and the Aprilia 1000R 2007 beats it! Can cruise for miles or be a ferocious animal
One finger front brakes - Phenominal.
It wants to GO GO GO
Quality all round
Pricy but well worth it to keep it running sweat.
All you need
Buying experience: From Wheels in Peterborough - Great service
For the money, if you want a naked sports there is no other bike to compare to.
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)
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.
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.
Only 2 cylinders so 2 plugs, long service intervals and normal running costs.
What equipment? Pure unadulterated naked fun.
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 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!
The big Brembos help for sure, had to do an emergency stop due to being cut up and we survived.
its a V-twin, nuff said from me!
Too early to say, but i fitted a new battery easily enough
Ive got through a few tanks of fuel, she likes a drink...
Got some nice bits either as std or previous owner fitted
Annual servicing cost: £200
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 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!
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.
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.
With some mods to the electrical system (wiring harness and upgraded battery) the engine is really reliable. The Rotax engine is also great.
I do all the servicing myself, do use fully synthetic oil however.
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.
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 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!
Factory has top quality kit
MPG worst is 40, best is 45
Annual servicing cost: £150
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, 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
they dont like going slow ie filtering.
Annual servicing cost: £120
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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
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 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.
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.
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 one you wont be disappointed
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 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
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 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.
overall package makes perfect sense on the road. geared it down and tweaked the suspension,everything else was just perfect. great riding position,excellent brakes, standard equipment on the factory defies logic ohlins oz brembo and oodles of carbon the bike just makes perfect sense.power where you need it and comfort for all day or intercontinental riding. one small issue that when geared down for more midrange and low down power the tank range when pushed on would be less than 100 miles, but more than 100 smiles..worthy mod buy one you wont regret it..
In the last year I've owned five bikes, the last bike that came anywhere near this bike was a superduke but some robbing barsteward nicked it. This bike is awesome especially with Akros and 15T front sprocket its a wheelie machine ( I would imagine ) The build quality is far better than the Speed Triple I owned before. I'm yet to experience Aprilia aftersales, be aware the first service is extremely expensive as all valve clearances etc need to be adjusted. Its really nice to ride something a little different to all the Jap inline fours around. It might look like a parts bin special but I love it.
When looking for a new big bike my wish list was simple, I wanted a bike that was comfortable to ride everyday, not a Jap but an Italian v-twin with personality, at a good price and most of all arm stretching blistering fast, the Tuono R1000 2006 onwards is the best and maddest Naked bike in around and with my Carbon Arrows will put plenty super bikes to shame.
After the bike-a-year program for the last 6 years, I've finally found my ride. Having ridden sportbikes for ages, I wasn't keen on having a standard bike that had been neutered or "tuned for torque" nonsense. Thank God Aprilia left this motor alone, and didn't water down what is a fantastic bike. Brakes are awesome, frame is well suspended and stiff. A perfect package.
What a piece of kit! Could'nt find a good enough bike to replace my Fazer 1000cc until the Tuono came along. Very comfortable and quick. Great Value
This it a test
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
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.
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.
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!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.