The Aprilia Tuono is a naked motorcycle manufactured by Aprilia from 2002. It is based on the Aprilia RSV Mille. Its successor, the Aprilia RSV1000R superbike shares its engine, gearbox, frame and, partly, its suspension. The Tuono was succeeded by the Aprilia Tuono V4 R for model year 2011, though the V2 model continued in production into the 2011 model year.

Aprilia RSV Tuono
2004 Aprilia RSV Tuono in 'Nero Darkness' paint scheme
SuccessorAprilia Tuono 1000 R
Classnaked bike
EngineBRP-Rotax V990, 997.62 cc (60.879 cu in) 60° V-twin, 4-stroke, liquid cooled
Top speed240 km/h (149 mph)
Power92 kW (123 hp) @ 9500 rpm[citation needed]
Torque10.3 kg⋅m (75 lb⋅ft) @ 7250 rpm[citation needed]
Transmission6-speed, chain drive
SuspensionFront: 43mm fully adjustable Showa Upside-down (USD) forks, rear: fully adjustable Boge monoshock
Brakesfront: Dual 320mm disc with radial mounted Brembo Monobloc M100 calipers, rear: single disc
TiresTubeless radial, front: 120/70 ZR 17, rear: 190/50 ZR 17
Wheelbase1,415 mm (55.7 in)
Seat height820 mm (32 in)
Weight203 kg (448 lb)[citation needed] (dry)
210 kg (460 lb)[citation needed] (wet)
Fuel capacity18 l (4.0 imp gal; 4.8 US gal) including reserve


The current Aprilia Tuono is designed as a streetfighter with a lot of electronic aids such as multi level traction control, ABS, Wheelie control, launch control and AQS(Aprilia Quick Shift electronic System).[1] Since 2002, a lot of changes have been made but the basics character of the bike almost remains almost the same.[2]

2002 Aprilia Tuono R LimitedEdit

Following the 2001 Bologna Motor Show, the Aprilia Tuono made its debut in a series of 220 individually numbered bikes. Called the Tuono R Limited and in hindsight being a proof of concept for the future RSV Tuono Factory, it had the 94.9 kW (129.0 PS; 127.3 hp) engine of the RSV Mille R, a gold colored frame and was built solely out of high end materials such as carbon fiber, kevlar and titanium. Specs included Öhlins Racing suspension, OZ forged alloy wheels, Brembo 4-pad brake calipers and an Aprilia Racing titanium exhaust system with matching EEPROM.

2002 - 2005 RSV Tuono (known as the Tuono Fighter for 2003 in the US market)Edit

The roots of the RSV Tuono lie with the 1998 - 2003 RSV Mille superbike. The original 2003-2005 RSV Tuono uses the 2002 Mille frame, engine, suspension and brakes. The majority of parts are interchangeable between Mille and Tuono models up until the introduction of the RSV 1000 R which replaced the Mille. One minor difference is that the RSV Tuono is fitted with a steering damper as standard whereas the RSV Mille is not. The reason for this is to avoid potential speed wobble under full acceleration due to the motocross style handlebars atop high machined ergal risers causing the rider to sit more upright, resulting in less weight over the front wheel. The main difference is the lack of significant bodywork (fairings).

The base model Tuono (known as the Tuono Fighter in the US market for 2003 and as the RSV Tuono for the 2004-2005 models) and the high spec Tuono Factory all share the same frame-mounted bikini fairing and body covers, either in plastic for the base model or carbon fibre for the Factory models. The frame and swingarm of the 2003 Tuono (Tuono Fighter in the US market) was a light bronze color, whereas the 2004 and 2005 models sported a black frame and swingarm. This contrasted with the frames used on the RSV Mille which were a chrome finish for the base models and black for the Racing/Factory models. The Tuono base models feature an adjustable Sachs rear shock absorber and Showa front suspension.

The RSV Tuono uses the Austrian built BRP-Rotax V990 60° V-Twin engine which can also be found in numerous other Aprilia models. It sports dual overhead cams, double balance shafts, 4 valves per cylinder, electronic fuel injection, twin spark ignition and the same two-into-one exhaust as used on the RSV Mille. In the RSV Tuono, the V990 delivers 92 kW (125 PS; 123 hp) @ 9500 rpm and 10.3 kg⋅m (101 N⋅m; 75 lb⋅ft) @ 7250 rpm.[citation needed] Its fuel tank will hold 18 L (4.8 gal) and has a maximum range of 280 km (175 mi) on the highway before the low fuel indicator turns on. Fuel consumption increases significantly with aggressive throttle use.

2003 - 2005 RSV Tuono FactoryEdit

The RSV Tuono Factory is a high spec model based upon the Aprilia RSV Mille R. Compared to the standard RSV Tuono it has forged alloy wheels, gold anodized Öhlins Racing front forks, fully adjustable Öhlins Racing rear monoshock, a fully adjustable Öhlins Racing steering damper, radially mounted Brembo brake calipers and it extensively uses carbon fiber parts for weight reduction.

2006 - 2010 Tuono 1000 REdit

Aprilia Tuono 1000 R
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000 R in 'Rosso Fluo' paint scheme
PredecessorAprilia RSV Tuono
SuccessorAprilia Tuono V4 R
Classnaked bike
EngineBRP-Rotax V990, 997.62 cc (60.879 cu in) 60° V-twin, 4-stroke, liquid cooled
Power133 hp (99 kW) @ 9500 rpm[citation needed]
Torque86 lb⋅ft (117 N⋅m) @ 8500 rpm[citation needed]
Transmission6-speed, chain drive
SuspensionFront: 43mm fully adjustable Showa Upside-down (USD) forks, rear: Sachs monoshock with adjustable preload and inbound damping
Brakesfront: Dual 320mm disc with radially mounted Brembo calipers with ABS, rear: 220mm single disc.(2017 Tuono 1100 RR& factory)
TiresTubeless radial, front: 120/70 ZR 17, rear: 190/50 ZR 17
Wheelbase1,415 mm (55.7 in)
Seat height830 mm (33 in)
Weight181 kg (399 lb)[citation needed] (dry)
Fuel capacity18 litres (1,098.4 cu in)

The 2nd generation Tuono, the Tuono 1000 R, is based upon the 2004 - 2009 Aprilia RSV1000R superbike. One technical difference between the Tuono 1000 R and the RSV1000R is that the latter has a rear shock providing control of both compression and rebound damping, as well as preload control. The Tuono 1000 R only provides control of preload and rebound damping. This directly implies that the stock Tuono is less usable as a track bike when compared to the Mille. However, since the parts between the two are interchangeable and abundant this should not hinder anyone wanting to use the Tuono as a track bike from changing the rear shock.

Other differences are purely cosmetic and consist of the lack of a full fairing, a superbike handlebar instead of clip-ons and different paint schemes. Like the first generation Tuono, the Tuono 1000 R also employs a steering damper as standard.

The BRP-Rotax V990 60° V-Twin engine was upgraded significantly when compared to the first generation Tuono: different gear ratios (close ratio with longer first gear), larger throttle bodies, single spark plug, minor cosmetic changes and an increase in power output to 99.8 kW (135.7 PS; 133.8 hp) @ 9500 rpm.[citation needed] Torque increased to 11.9 kg⋅m (117 N⋅m; 86 lb⋅ft) @ 8500 rpm.[citation needed]

The 2006 - 2010 Aprilia Tuono is offered in two versions: the Tuono 1000 R is the standard version, based upon the Aprilia RSV1000R. The Tuono 1000 R Factory is Aprilia's flagship naked bike.

2006 - 2010 Tuono 1000 R FactoryEdit

Early 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000 R Factory

The Tuono 1000 R Factory comes with fully adjustable Öhlins Racing rear mono-shock and front forks, blue- or gold-anodized (depending on model year) forged aluminum wheels, a frame finished in gold, a paint job sporting the signature Aprilia Lion's head on the fuel tank and the extensive use of carbon fiber parts. The use of forged aluminum wheels and carbon fiber explains the weight difference of 4 kg (9 lb) between the two versions in favor of the Factory model.

2012 - Tuono V4 APRCEdit

For the 2012 model year, the Tuono was completely redesigned along the lines of the RSV4 with a 65° V4. As with that bike, it received Aprilia's APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) package with 8-position traction control, 3 position wheelie control, and 3 position launch control. For the 2014 model year, various refinements including a larger 18.5 l fuel tank, more comfortable saddle, and 3 position race ABS brakes were introduced.

2015 - Tuono V4 1100Edit

For the 2015 model year, the Tuono was updated with increasing the engine size to 1,077 cc (65.7 cu in). Now called the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR and Öhlins-equipped Factory model with a claimed 175 hp (130 kW) @ 11,000 rpm and a wet weight of 472 lb (214 kg).[3] Tuono comes with three levels of adjustable Cornering ABS system developed in collaboration with Bosch, plus three new engine maps—Sport, Track, and Race.

The new 2017 Tuonos are outfitted with Aprilia’s new TFT display and produces 173–175 hp (129–130 kW) @ 11,000 rpm (claimed)[4][5]. The Tuonos were also available in the factory paint scheme similar to that on the Aprilia RS V4.


  1. ^ "Naked Superbike Comparison Test Review". Cycle World. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  2. ^ "First Ride Review: 2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR & Factory". Motorcyclist. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  3. ^ Canet, Don (November 16, 2015). "2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory - ROAD TEST REVIEW". Cycle World. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "The 2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR and V4 1100 Factory Get Updated Electronics and More". Cycle World. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  5. ^ "First Ride Review: 2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100 RR & Factory". Motorcyclist. Retrieved 2017-10-06.

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