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Breaking news on the new Tuono 1000R from Aprilia:


The Tuono is re-asserting its technical superiority and unrivalled performance! The world’s only production street fighter, the superbike without a fairing that changed the way we think about nakeds, is now more stunning, more powerful, and meaner than ever!

Ever since it first appeared on the motorcycling scene, the Tuono has embodied Aprilia’s genius and amazing technical know-how, accumulated through victory after victory in motorcycle racing. The Tuono has come to mean flair and technology more than any other road-going motorcycle.

The fact is that the Tuono is simply unique. Not just another naked, the Tuono is a 1000 cc superbike. Only the fairing has been removed, and the handlebars raised for maximum control. The Tuono has exceeded all expectations. It has proved unbeatable as a road bike, and the Factory version has been invincible on the racetrack, literally dominating the Italian naked racing scene.

Not satisfied with success at home, the Tuono has also carried the Aprilia flag on the international racing scene, achieving prestige in epic races like the Isle of Mann Tourist Trophy, to name just one event in which the Tuono has fearlessly taken on production bikes and competition superbikes too. The Tuono is a street fighter with racing in the blood.

The 2006 Tuono has all the winning features of its predecessors but is more aggressive and easier to ride than ever before, with even more blistering performance. In short, the Tuono is more refined, more powerful, and more Tuono than ever. The latest model is more modern in styling and more up to date in technical content too, setting standards that are further than ever beyond the reach of the competition. The Tuono remains the most high-tech naked around and the absolute leader of the twin cylinder class. Here is the machine for the demanding motorcyclist, the rider who seeks maximum naked performance, on the road and on the track.

The latest Tuono 1000 R has the same amazing character as the previous model, with improved technical specifications and performance.

The fastest of all nakeds on road and track has got even better! Improved control and performance guarantee absolute riding satisfaction and real sports performance to thrill even expert competition riders.

The engine, frame, and fork have all improved. The latest designs and technical solutions make the Tuono even easier to ride on the road without losing any of its breathtaking racetrack handling. On the contrary, the Tuono is harder to beat than ever. Just like the RSV from which it derives, the Tuono 1000 R embodies the concept of “total ridability” that has always characterised Aprilia’s performance motorcycles.

Manically precise ergonomics combine with amazingly easy control to let you establish a perfect feeling with the bike the moment you ride off, and to help you maximise your own potential with the minimum physical and mental effort.

The improvements that Aprilia’s engineers have made will ensure that the Tuono continues to set the pace for high performance nakeds.

Let’s look at some of the main changes.

Brand new styling
New V 60 Magnesium engine
Dynamic air intake (the only naked with this technology)
New electronic fuel injection system with 57 mm throttle bodies
New 16 bit engine management unit
New exhaust system with twin silencers and three way catalytic converter with Lambda oxygen sensor
New aluminium alloy perimeter frame
New double banana aluminium swingarm
New rear suspension linkages
Lighter steering yoke

Once again Aprilia has succeeded in producing an exclusive, refined and unique naked. The latest Tuono 1000 R remains the most sought after of all naked twins, and the perfect synthesis of exclusive components, quality, technology and finish.

Like the RSV, the Tuono has been perfected on the track to satisfy the most demanding and refined motorcyclists. Each individual part has been developed to maximise the performance and riding pleasure of a naked that is already a legend in racing circles.

Engine performance is better than ever. Maximum power is 98 kW (133 HP) at the crank and maximum torque 10.4 kgm at only 8,750 rpm. The Aprilia Tuono is therefore among the most powerful of all nakeds.

The chassis has been thoroughly redesigned to improve handling dynamics under all riding conditions and make the Tuono absolutely unbeatable on the racetrack.

The Tuono also boasts a host of top quality components, all carefully selected to give today’s motorcycling enthusiasts a truly pace-setting supersport.


The bike’s styling is unmistakably Aprilia, and unmistakably Tuono. The Tuono 1000 R maintains a close family look with the previous model and the RSV 1000 R from which it derives. The new, aggressive nose fairing, with closely mounted twin headlights, has been developed in wind tunnel testing to provide effective protection for the rider and to kill lift at high speeds, ensuring maximum precision and control.

The Tuono 1000 R has been designed with performance and comfort in mind. All parts are styled for stunning looks and maximum functionality. The two lateral spoilers, for example, not only look great but also serve an important aerodynamic purpose. They help keep the bike stable at high speed and keep the wind off the rider’s legs. It is partly thanks to these spoilers that the Tuono provides better aerodynamic protection than any other naked.

The design team has also gone to great lengths to ensure that, unlike other nakeds, the Tuono benefits from race-tuned engine breathing. The Tuono is the only naked with a dynamic air intake located directly under the nose fairing, and a duct to channel ram air through the frame to the airbox. Yet more proof of the Tuono’s uncompromising racing soul!

To ensure unrivalled ergonomics, the latest Tuono 1000 R has been made more compact, lower and narrower than the previous model. The seat is 15 mm lower, and the riding position gives even greater control over the front end. The handlebar risers are lower and the footrests have been moved further back, so that the riding position is sportier and more effective. Despite this, overall comfort has even improved, so that riding is less tiring.

The sleek tail with its integrated direction indicators is similar to that of the RSV but points upwards to enhance the Tuono 1000 R’s dynamic styling. The bike can also be rapidly transformed from single to dual seat, adding a passenger seat with built-in grab handles for a comfortable and safe grip.

The V60 Magnesium ENGINE
The latest V 60 Magnesium 1000 cc engine derives from that of the RSV 1000 R, with only a few minor changes to improve torque and muscle at low revs. The engine has been thoroughly redesigned to maintain its reputation as the best twin cylinder engine in production. So performance is more amazing than ever, with 100% usable power and, of course, that proverbial Aprilia reliability.

Improved injection and ignition mapping plus modified valve timing have led to increased power at low and medium revs. Its maximum power rating of 133 HP at 9,500 rpm establishes the V60 Magnesium among the most powerful of all engines in the naked segment. The latest V 60 Magnesium puts out more power than before despite now being homologated to Euro 3 standards!

Some of the main characteristics of the new V 60 Magnesium:

New cylinder heads for improved gas flow and cooling.
New camshafts and valve springs.
57 mm throttle bodies with one injector per cylinder.
High strength conrods.
Lighter overall weight thanks to the extensive use of magnesium.
The same close-ratio gearbox as the RSV.
Dry sump lubrication with a double trochoidal pump, separate oil tank and oil cooler.
Mixed gear and chain timing gear. The drive gears (one for each timing chain) are located inside the crankcase to keep the cylinder heads as compact as possible.
AVDC (Anti Vibration Double Countershaft).
Aprilia’s patented PPC (Pneumatic Power Clutch) hydraulically operated, power assisted clutch system for controlling rear wheel bounce under deceleration.

The Tuono 1000 R inherits the RSV’s dynamic air intake, locating it just under the headlight cluster, in the centre of the bike where ram air pressure is highest. The Air Runner duct (which also supports the nose fairing and instruments) channels the air to a 10.3 litre airbox, designed to allow the engine to develop its full potential. The Air Runner duct ensures that pressure in the airbox increases with speed, and generates a 3% increase in engine power at maximum speed.

An engine control unit developed in conjunction with Siemens VDO provides integrated engine management. The ECU receives all essential engine parameters in real time from 15 different sensors, processes the data and, again in real time, controls the various actuators that keep the engine functioning perfectly at all times. The unit’s flash EPROM comes with the mapping for unrestricted racing exhausts ready loaded. Aprilia’s Technical Assistance Service can therefore enable race mapping in next to no time on request.

The entire system has been updated to use the latest technology. All data passes over a CAN line on its way to the instrument control unit that also functions as autodiagnostic controller. The CAN line uses just two wires to carry all necessary data, rendering the wiring extremely simple and contributing to the Tuono’s fantastically light weight.

Like that of the RSV, the Tuono’s exhaust system is the result of Aprilia’s vast experience in Superbike and Superstock racing. The system is a 2-in-1-in-2, and is made entirely from stainless steel using the latest racing exhaust manufacturing techniques.

Whether you are riding on the road or on the track, the Tuono’s chassis brings you the tops in performance and control. Every aspect of the frame, fork and suspensions has been fine tuned for perfect weight distribution.

In keeping with Aprilia traditions, the frame is a combination of aluminium-silicon alloy castings and Peraluman 450 pressed parts. This highly sophisticated structure is not only more rigid than the previous version but lighter too. The latest frame weighs under 10 kg (9650 grams) setting an impressive new record for its class.

The wheelbase is shorter too, and at 1410 mm – another record for the category – accounts for the Tuono’s crisper than even handling and more instinctive ride. Even the rear suspension linkages have been redesigned for a more progressive and comfortable action on the road combined with greater precision on the track.

The new double banana swingarm provides a clear passage for the exhaust system and weighs only 4860 grams, well under the 5 kg figure considered by experts to be the reference weight for this component.


The most race-oriented naked on the market accepts no compromises when it comes to suspension. The fork is a Showa upside down unit, with 43 mm stanchions for a perfect balance between precision on the racetrack and comfort on the road. And to ensure that the ideal setup can be achieved for all styles and conditions, on the road and on the track alike, the fork is fully adjustable in spring preload and in compression and rebound damping.

The Sachs monoshock at the rear is likewise adjustable in spring preload and rebound damping.


The braking system has undergone a number of major changes. The new Tuono 1000 R is equipped with Brembo Gold radial calipers featuring four separate sintered pads (one for each piston). The use of four pads instead of two doubles the number of leading edges in the pad-disc system, and delivers increased braking force for identical effort at the brake lever. Because the pads are smaller in size, wear is also more evenly distributed. The two 320 mm floating steel discs feature a narrower braking track to minimise inertia and weight and are fixed in place by Aprilia’s exclusive six spoke flange.

The rear braking system is Brembo Gold too, with a 220 mm stainless steel disc and a caliper with two 32 mm pistons.

The front and rear brakes both use aeronautical metal braided hoses to eliminate the sponginess inevitably associated with conventional brake hoses and to ensure maximum braking precision.

What makes the Tuono 1000 R stand out from the competition is the tremendous care and attention that Aprilia has paid to every little detail. The design team have done their very best to ensure that every component on the bike improves its performance and functionality, reduces its weight and enhances its quality and finish.

The following components deserve special mention.

- The dashboard is a mixed (digital-analog) unit. It uses the data received over the CAN line to perform an essential autodiagnostic function for which it incorporates a dedicated memory. The new dashboard control unit performs the same functions as the previous unit (including the 40 lap timer) but is more compact and modern in design and extremely lightweight.

User friendliness has improved too, with all functions controlled from two practical push-buttons on the left hand light switch. The LED backlighting can also be adjusted to three levels of intensity.

- The headlight cluster is derived from that of the RSV, and incorporates four light units for perfect night-time visibility.

- The new tail light cluster features the innovative design and LED lighting of the RSV.

- The ignition key is internally coded, and the ignition block is fitted with an engine immobiliser as standard.


Aprilia’s dedication to style clearly emerges from the elegant colour schemes and graphics that enhance the Tuono’s aggressive looks. The Tuono 1000 R is available in a choice of three colour schemes: Silver, Black, and Fluo Red, to cater for the refined tastes of today’s demanding motorcyclists.

APRILIA TUONO 1000 R Technical Specifications

V60 Magnesium. Longitudinal 60° V twin, four stroke. Liquid cooling with three-way pressurised circuit. Double overhead cams, mixed gear/chain timing drive, four valves per cylinder. Patented AVDC anti-vibration double countershaft.

95 RON unleaded petrol.

Bore and stroke
97 x 67.5 mm.

997.62 cc.

Compression ratio

Maximum power at the crank
98 kW (133 HP) at 9,500 rpm.

Maximum torque at the crank
10.4 kgm (102 Nm) at 8,750 rpm.

Fuel system
Integrated electronic engine management system. Indirect multi-point electronic injection. 57 mm diameter throttle bodies.

Digital electronic ignition, integrated with the injection control system. One spark plug per cylinder.

Electric starter.

Exhaust system
Two silencers with three way catalytic converter and lambda oxygen sensor (Euro 3).

12 V – 500 W.

Dry sump with separate oil reservoir.

Double trochoidal pump with oil cooler.

Steel oil reservoir.

6 speed. Transmission ratios:

1st 34/15 (2.27)

2nd 31/19 (1.63)

3rd 26/20 (1.3)

4th 24/22 (1.091)

5th 24/25 (0.96)

6th 23/26 (0.88)

Multiple disc in oil bath with patented PPC power-assisted hydraulic control.

Metal braid clutch line.

Radial master cylinder with 15 mm piston.

Primary drive
Spur gears. Transmission ratio: 60/31 (1.935:1).

Final drive

Transmission ratio: 40/16 (2.5:1).

Box section sloping twin-spar frame in aluminium alloy.

Front suspension

Showa 43 mm upside-down fork with adjustment for spring preload, compression and rebound damping. 120 mm wheel travel.

Rear suspension
Aluminium alloy double banana swingarm. APS (Aprilia Progressive System) rising rate linkages.

Sachs hydraulic monoshock with adjustment for spring preload and rebound damping.

Wheel travel 133 mm.

Front: Brembo double floating disk in stainless steel, Ø 320 mm.

Brembo triple bridge caliper with four 34 mm pistons and four sintered pads.

Metal braided brake line.

Rear: Brembo stainless steel disk, Ø 220 mm. Twin piston calliper, 32 mm diameter pistons, sintered pads. Metal braided brake line.

Aluminium alloy.

Front: 3.50 x 17"

Rear: 6.00 x 17".

Radial tubeless.

Front: 120/70 ZR 17.

Rear: 190/50 ZR 17 (alternative: 180/55 ZR 17 and 190/55).

Maximum length: 2,025 mm

Maximum width: 830 mm (at handlebars)

Maximum height: 1,100 mm (at handlebars)

Seat height: 810 mm

Handlebar height: 1,020 mm at bar ends

Wheelbase: 1,410 mm

Trail: 103.7 mm

Steering angle: 25°

Dry weight (without battery)
185 kg

Capacity 18 litres, 4 litre reserve.

Silver, Black, Fluo Red.

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The V60 Magnesium ENGINE
The latest V 60 Magnesium 1000 cc engine derives from that of the RSV 1000 R, with only a few minor changes to improve torque and muscle at low revs. The engine has been thoroughly redesigned to maintain its reputation as the best twin cylinder engine in production. So performance is more amazing than ever, with 100% usable power and, of course, that proverbial Aprilia reliability.
Thats a nice motor. I was suprised to hear 133hp and not more but it is tuned diffrent than the RSV. The first Tuono had me at first glance, but this one will take a while to get used to. Doesnt matter really, its a Tuono and an Aprilia! 'nuf said.

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Many of the new bikes take a little getting use to.... they are jsut pushing the edge of design and that is going to invoke our hesitent response... but it's all good, we still like them once they grow on us!!

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I sat on that bike yesterday, it was pretty nice.
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