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Naked Thunder: 2003 APRILIA RSV-R TUONO Limited


You learn something new everyday.  While working feverishly researching the Tuono Carbon here at the plush RSBFS offices I learned that “Tuono” means “thunder” in Italian.  Thunder and V-twins go hand and hand no doubt.  This is one of the those bikes that really goes under the radar.  I had really forgotten about these bikes until I started reading up on it.  Aprilia definitely did not skimp on it component wise.  For the visually challenged, the Tuono is basically a naked Mille R.  The limited was an initial run of just 200 bikes.  The gold frame being the key identifier.

Here she is:

The details:

APRILIA TUONO RSV-R CARBON LIMITED N° 190 of a 200 production

Only 50 pcs in the States

Very rare and lightweight superbike

Carbon, Carbon/Kevlar, Titanium, Magnesium and Ergal parts.

Lots of options (original Aprilia) and all original parts come with the bike

Newprice with options was over 21,000 $

Magnesium racing Exhaust with Touno RSV-R Chip

Original exhaust & manual come in the original box

Ergal Aprilia Racing footpegs (original come with it)

Carbon Kevlar screen (original come with it)

Carbon Kevlar woven seats   ”                 “

Titanium Oil tank

Ohlins fork and shocks

OZ Racing lightweight wheels

Lots of Carbon and Carbon Kevlar parts

New battery, good tires,

comes with manuals and magazines


If you are into naked sport bikes and want something Italian but not red, this seems like it could be a nice find.  I don’t think you’ll have to worry about the guy next door having one with only 50 brought in for sale.  The bike is being offered for $10,000 and the seller is open to offers. 



  • Hi cool bike. I have #188

  • I have #165 and would like to sell
    call 701-720-2210

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