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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-07-2012, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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No Freaking Aprilia Dealer??

Never have I had such a hard time giving away my money!

I'd like to swap both my 2003 FZ-1 and 2008 CBR1K (and some add'l $ I'm sure) for a new Aprilia Tuono to cover all the bases. But there does not seem to be a f*cking Aprilia dealer anywhere near here. Is that actually true? The entire Southern WI and Northern IL area is not a big enough market to justify one Aprilia dealer?

Aprilia's web site is no help, as they only list scooter dealers near here, and one of their 'local dealer' links goes to a damn bicycle shop. Amazing how a manufacturer that can make such amazing machines can drop the ball so hard when it comes to proper marketing and sales practices. It's like they don't even want to sell these things...

So, anyone know of any news contrary to the above? Any inside news on a new dealer coming soon? Sure I could just buy the bike from a distant dealer and hope for the best, but that would probably bite me in the ass.

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There is one in Peoria , I believe. Also , Iowa. Those are the closest. Aprilia was/is it's own worst enemy when it comes to dealer network and support. They make a good product , but have difficulties getting it to a customer. As I always say , keep your options open. Look into a Zed or a CB1000R or a Speedtriple. Not to mention a few others that can easily be serviced locally.

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I'm new to the area but a quick search got me this.

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I'm new to the area but a quick search got me this.

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Think that info is around 3 years old.
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Unfortunately, Aprilia's dealer network blows. If they had Ducati like marketing they'd be golden.

I'd have to send mine back to AF1 in Texas if I have major issues.

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AF1 in Texas.

Post up in the http://www.apriliaforum.com/ site for all the Aprilia info you never wined to know.

I have an Aprilia RS250 Cup Bike. We have some good local mechanics who know two-strokes well. For real work though, AF1

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There is no easy way to do it. I considered the new Tuono and the only way I would do it was to get it set up (exhaust, map2, re-learn) at AF1 and have it shipped. If something big goes wrong you are SOL.

I think if MCC picked the brand back up now it would work for them with the new space they have. There is a huge gap in the tri-state area.

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Think that info is around 3 years old.
Yep, they've had maybe 1 new Aprilia in 3 years, also not even listed on Aprilia's web site.
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There is one in Peoria , I believe. Also , Iowa. Those are the closest. Aprilia was/is it's own worst enemy when it comes to dealer network and support. They make a good product , but have difficulties getting it to a customer. As I always say , keep your options open. Look into a Zed or a CB1000R or a Speedtriple. Not to mention a few others that can easily be serviced locally.
Yes I may have to go that route. With going from 2 bikes to 1, I was able to get something a bit exotic and special, but really the new Tuono is the only one that really fits what I want while not being crazy expensive.

I'm in no way bragging here, but I do frequently ride 80-120mph on the highways and backroads, and I must have a decent windshield. The CBR1000RR has a Zero gravity dbl bbl that works perfectly, and the FZ-1 has a varioscreen that does the job, too. I rode a buddy's 1050 Speed Triple and anything over 80 is a chore, so I don't think S3, Z1000, or CB1000R will do, same with Streetfighter, which I rode and liked a lot, but no option at all to put a shield on that.

The new Tuono has a half-fairing that is almost exactly what the FZ-1 has, just needs a bigger shield.

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My advice is don't do it. Aprilia has a long history of recalls.
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There is an ape dealer near me that I have friends at...
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Just keep in mind that warranty work is 3 hours away .

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There is an ape dealer near me that I have friends at...
OK spill the beans, which one? Do they have new Aprilias in there now?
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My $0.02:

Buy it from AF1. Have them prep it, perform any recalls or upgrades you may want, and have them ship it up. Commit to the 3 hour drive for service/warranty work after that.

I bought my SXV from AF1 when the world around (late 2008) the SXV was imploding due to poor dealer set up and owners that didn't understand what type of bike the SXV was. I was nervous as heck but my bike didn't have any of the common issues other folks had. I believe it was because AF1 took the time to set the bike up properly and it was a really enjoyable experience dealing with them. Very nice folks. YMMV

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I was just about to post this exact same thread. I want a '12 Tuono, but can't find a dealer anywhere in the tri-state area. Maybe I can talk the Mellingers into including Aprilla into their lineup now that they have the bigger facility.

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Dident sqrly blow and engine and had to scrap a basically new bike because he could not get parts? I understand the appeal of an rare bike, but these don't seem to be worth the hassle unless you only ride a thousand miles a year and will never wear them out.
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Sounds like the perfect excuse for a fly and ride. How is this a problem???

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Sounds like the perfect excuse for a fly and ride. How is this a problem???
Well of course that would be fun, but the PROBLEM prompting the thread is the life with the bike AFTER the sale. Warranty issues in particular. There is no shop or dealer anywhere near here that would do warranty work, so if there's something that needs to be done, I'm either footing the bill (no thanks) or shipping the bike to the nearest COMPETENT dealer (no thanks).

THAT'S why fly and ride is a nice idea, but worthless after the ride home if the bike has warranty issues.

SO, I just bought a 2012 ZX-14R last week, so the problem has another year or two to solve itself before I need to worry about it!
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Chances are with that ZX you won't even have to worry about warranty issues.

Win/Win situation.
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Well of course that would be fun, but the PROBLEM prompting the thread is the life with the bike AFTER the sale. Warranty issues in particular. There is no shop or dealer anywhere near here that would do warranty work, so if there's something that needs to be done, I'm either footing the bill (no thanks) or shipping the bike to the nearest COMPETENT dealer (no thanks).

THAT'S why fly and ride is a nice idea, but worthless after the ride home if the bike has warranty issues.

SO, I just bought a 2012 ZX-14R last week, so the problem has another year or two to solve itself before I need to worry about it!

I still think the fly and ride is a great idea (Actually, I've done it before. But for a pre-owned bike) And I'm not even worried so much about getting warranty work done. The problem is; AF1 is over 1,000 miles from my house. I'd have to stop somewhere along the way home to get the first service performed.

There's just too many obstacles to getting a '12 Tuono

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Dident sqrly blow and engine and had to scrap a basically new bike because he could not get parts? I understand the appeal of an rare bike, but these don't seem to be worth the hassle unless you only ride a thousand miles a year and will never wear them out.
If I remember the story right it was a fuel regulator that was discontinued and the only way to get one was to buy a complete throttle body assembly. But that was on the Futurua which hasn't been made since 04, so I wouldn't use that as a fair comparison to parts availability.

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Not even 10 years old and thats fair? I dunno, I like having parts available for atleast 10 years minimum, and more would be ideal.

Heck most Jap mnfg's make parts for almost double that, not to mention aftermarket replacements as well.
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Not even 10 years old and thats fair? I dunno, I like having parts available for atleast 10 years minimum, and more would be ideal.

Heck most Jap mnfg's make parts for almost double that, not to mention aftermarket replacements as well.

Yeah, but...

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Well of course that would be fun, but the PROBLEM prompting the thread is the life with the bike AFTER the sale. Warranty issues in particular. There is no shop or dealer anywhere near here that would do warranty work, so if there's something that needs to be done, I'm either footing the bill (no thanks) or shipping the bike to the nearest COMPETENT dealer (no thanks).

THAT'S why fly and ride is a nice idea, but worthless after the ride home if the bike has warranty issues.

SO, I just bought a 2012 ZX-14R last week, so the problem has another year or two to solve itself before I need to worry about it!
Makes sense!

So buy a used previous gen (factory) and spend the extra cash on...?

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Makes sense!

So buy a used previous gen (factory) and spend the extra cash on...?

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As crazy as it sounds, it's a power and weight thing. I've ridden the V-Twin Mille's and Tuono's, and loved them, but I'm at a stage now where I need Massive power - namely midrange, but huge top-end too. All of the current standards are great bikes, but for me a new Speed Triple does not have enough power (midrange and top end) for my personal riding tastes. Plus it's a bit heavy, as are all of the 1000cc+ standards out there now.

The 08 CBR1000RR I just sold for the ZX-14R had a killer engine - plenty of power on top (155 RWHP) but it was the midrange that was so great. Anywhere in the 5-8000 rpm range and no need to downshift, just masive power, much better than bikes like the S1000RR and the new ZX-10R, which have more power at the very top end, but much less midrange.

Now if Honda didn't dumb-down it's new CB1000R standard like it did, and if they would have kept the engine intact from the current generation CBR1000RR, THAT would be a hell of a super-standard and would likely have been my next bike. Instead, the new CB1000R has about 120 RWHP and although is very nice, it does nothing any other standard doesn't already do.

So, the V4 Tuono is in a class of it's own, with no Aprilia dealer nearby to take my money for one.
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