Posts by tag: Tuono Racing

Aprilia November 10, 2015 posted by

Carbonated – 2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing

Aprilia’s “Thunder” bike, the Tuono is based on the RSV Mille Superbike, with a bikini fairing and adapted for tubular handlebars.  Introduced in 2002, the model was made in modest quantities until it was succeeded by the V4 1100 in 2011.  The “Racing” special edition offered here has several mechanical upgrades from the base model and a lot of gorgeous carbon fiber details.

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2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing for sale on eBay

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As many Aprilias have done, the Tuono uses the very successful Rotax 998 cc V-twin, dry-sumped this time, with Aprilia’s own intake, fuel injection system and exhaust resulting in 126 hp and 74 ft-lbs. torque.  The aluminum frame has formed twin spars welded to the steering head and frame connectors, and an aluminum seat sub-frame.  The aluminum swingarm is supported by a fully adjustable Boge shock with progressive linkage.  Up front the 43 mm inverted forks are Ohlins fully adjustable.  An Ohlins steering damper helps keep the adjustable bars from over-reacting to acceleration.  Clutch action is aided by Aprilia’s Pneumatic Power Clutch, which uses engine vacuum to provide a slipper clutch-like response when downshifting.  Brakes are radially mounted Brembo front calipers on 320 mm disks, with 220 mm rear.

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Almost everything that isn’t aluminum on the Racing edition must be carbon fiber, including the fenders, belly pan, seat fairing, bikini, ram air scoops, radiator shrouds, and oil tank.  All that carbon helps the “transformer” looks of the Tuono, at least for me.  In this case the accent is the black painted nylon fuel tank, and the colorful graphics on the seat fairing and belly pan.  The gold anodizing on the brake carriers, forks, and handlebars adds a nice highlight.

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Showing 17,500 miles, this Tuono looks great and appears undamaged.  Some customization has been done – a Remus exhaust, Corbin seat, and Rizoma signals and mirrors.  The Illinois dealer says this in the eBay auction:

Brembo Brakes

Remus Revolution Exhaust

Ohlins Rear Mono Shock

Ohlins Adjustable Steering Damper

Anti vibration Double Countershaft

Dynojet Power Commander Tuner

Aluminum Footrests

Rizoma LED Turn Signals

Rizoma Grips

Rizoma Mirrors

Our 2003 Aprilia Tuono is in pristine condition inside and out. It has a clean Carfax and Autocheck and has been very well maintained.

20151109 2003 aprilia tuono 1000r racing right front wheel

20151109 2003 aprilia tuono 1000r racing left rear wheel

Free of the bronze anodizing on the base Tuono, this Aprilia street fighter is very high tech and looks it.  Not much about maintenance in the auction, but the Rotax double overhead cams are gear and chain driven, and with any luck the valves have been looked after.  The close relation to the RSV Mille has rewarded the Tuono with great handling, without too much arm and shoulder pain.  A naked bike running an 11-second quarter mile and a 157 mph top speed is a bit of a head scratcher, but as a the saying goes, too much of a good thing – is wonderful…


Carbonated – 2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing
Aprilia June 28, 2013 posted by

2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing

2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing For Sale

Here’s another limited edition you don’t see very often, the Tuono Racing. It features “a Ti Race Exhaust System and EPROM Chip, tons of Carbon Fiber Body Work and an Enclosed Belly Pan, a Reverse Pattern Gear Shift Linkage, Carbon Fiber Seat Cover, Carbon Fiber Head Light Cover, Ohlins Suspension Front and Rear including the Steering Damper and a set of gorgeous OZ White Wheels.” This particular example has covered less than 2000 miles and is available in Grants Pass, Oregon. Current bid is $5300 reserve not met and it has 2 days to go.


2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing For Sale on eBay




Aprilia January 11, 2013 posted by

Friday Mailbag! [Tuono Racing, RGV250 SP, 750 F1, ZX-7RR N1]

Happy Friday guys! I found myself with some left over time last night and decided to try and keep the mailbag more current by posting what’s come in this week. I can’t promise it again for next week but I’ll try to stay more on top of this post. Have a good weekend,


Steve has this outstanding 2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing available with less than 2000 miles for $9450 in Los Angeles. Steve is “one of us” as they say and has been a long time RSBFS supporter. Good luck with the sale!

2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing For Sale

I actually spotted this one myself and had to ask Ian if we had posted it previously. To my surprise it’s new to our pages. This plated 1998 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 is listed on Craigslist in California for $10k.

1998 Suzuki RGV250 SP VJ23 For Sale

John submitted this 1988 Ducati 750 F1 for sale in North Carolina. It has just 3200 miles and carries a $20k price tag.


From Giovanni in Italy, he submits this very sharp Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1 for sale, 4500 EUR (~$6000 USD).

Kawasaki ZX-7RR N1 For Sale

Aprilia January 24, 2011 posted by

Before The RSV4: 2003 Aprilia Tuono “Racing”

Before The RSV4:  2003 Aprilia Tuono “Racing”

As far as Aprilia sport bkes go I think we now have to look look at them in a “Pre” or “Post” RSV4 world.  Once that RSV4 came out it made everything seem a lot older.  I’m not saying there is not demand for older Aprilia’s just saying they do seem a bit “older” now.  Now that I think about it,  the RSV4 has made everything not dripping with electronics feel/look old.

Seen one lately?  You don’t count if you have one sitting in your garage.  I guess I could sum this bike up by saying this was Aprilia’s attempt to attract buyers who liked naked bikes but still wanted top quality components and itched for some track time.  I know, that was a lot words to say it is an RSV1000R without the fairing.   The bike came with a nice little track package:

Head light cover

Ti exhaust with matching EPROM chip

Enclosed belly pan

Reverse patten gear shift linkage

Carbon seat cover

Plus some other tidbits I’m too lazy to list


Yeah, it is kind of funky looking but I think bikes like this are a nice way to get a quality bike at a relatively cheap price.   I don’t know if it helps the performance but I’ve seen quite a few pictures with a dual exhaust set up.  It really sharpens the bike appearance in my book.

I’ll let the seller talk you up:

If you are looking for a rare find and one that will most likely stand out in any bike crowd, than this could be the bike for you. I applogize in advanced for those ‘Aprilia’ enthuciast that already know this..but for most riders, here is a little bit on what makes this bike rare.

In 2003 Aprilia wanted to race in the AMA series, but in order to do so legally it had to offer a minimum of 50 bikes for sale to the US market. This was under the holologated rules. When Aprilia came to the US, they definitely came with a bike that could win. Below is a brief description of what this bike has and the factory spares that also came with it. As you can see in the photos the body work (both sets) are all in beautifuly finished carbon fiber.There is a street fairing and track fairing, a street belly pan, and a track (oil catch) belly pan. There is a matching carbon fiber cowl that snaps into the rear seat spot. There are two exhaust systems, a street chip and track chip to match performance. Front and rear suspension are Ohlin’s best as is the steering damper.Radial brakes with Brenbo gold calipers handle the stopping duty.The wheels are OZ forged alloy ( new set runs ~ $3,000). I also have the factory racing reverse shift linkage, racing countershaft sprocket, passenger pegs and factory manuals…street and track.

The tank is painted black and all the rest of the carbon is a high gloss clearcoat. The tires have less than 1000 miles on them and I put in a new battery 30 days ago. This is a bike you will not see in your weekend club ride. It really is a great conversation piece of art. The last really cool thing about this bike that really makes it a collectors it is serial number 2 built out of Italy. The gentleman I purchased it from also had number 1.

Here is a comprehensive write up on the Tuono Racing Edition.  Caution, I can’t tell if this a Aprilia PR release on the bike or just a writer smitten with the Tuono but it goes over what made the Tuono Racing different.


This is another Ebay bike and the auction is starting at $8,500.  I have nothing to compare it with but that just seems a bit high for a starting price.  The pieces on the bike might add up to that number but I’m not sure the demand out there will make that number realistic.  As we all know though,  there only has to be one person that really wants it and we all like having something unique.  It can be.