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The Aprilia Tuono is a naked motorcycle manufactured by Aprilia from 2002. It is based heavily upon the Aprilia RSV Mille and its successor, the Aprilia RSV1000R superbike with which is 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.
Following the 2001 Bologna Motor Show, the Aprilia Tuono made its debut in a series of 200 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 (Tuono Fighter for 2003)
The roots of the RSV Tuono lie with the 1998 - 2003 RSV Mille superbike. The original 2003 Tuono Fighter 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 RSV1000R 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 motorcross 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 Tuono Fighter (2003) and RSV Tuono (2004-05) all share the same frame-mounted bikini fairing and body covers, either in plastic for the base model or carbon fibre for the Racing and R models.
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. 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. Its fuel tank will hold 18 L (4.8 gal) and has a 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 Factory
The RSV Tuono Factory is a high spec model based upon the Aprilia RSV Mille R. Compared to the standard RSV Tuono it has increased engine performance (94.9 kW (129.0 PS; 127.3 hp) @ 9500 rpm), 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 - 2011 Tuono 1000 R
The 2nd generation Tuono, the Tuono 1000 R, is based upon the 2004 - 2011 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 inbound- and outbound damping, as well as preload control. The Tuono 1000 R only provides control of preload and inbound 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 Ralso 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. Torque increased to 11.9 kg·m (117 N·m; 86 lb·ft) @ 8500 rpm.
The 2006 - 2011 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 Factory
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 APRC
For the 2012 model year, the Tuono was completely redesigned along the lines of the RSV4. 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.