Thoughts on a first gen Tuono? - Chicagoland Sportbikes
Chicagoland Sportbikes
 
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-11-2013, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 779
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: 05 SV
Years Riding: ...
How you found us: ...
  
Thoughts on a first gen Tuono?

I've been eyeing this 2003 Aprilia Tuono for about 2 weeks now. Its in Michigan about 2 hours away so I haven't seen it personally, but I've been talking back and forth with teh seller, seeing pics, vids, etc.

Its a 2003 with 17k miles, he's asking mid to upper $4k. He's selling to buy a Tuono V4.

Bike has 20mm Penske cartridges up front, Penske double clicker rear, Sargeant seat, Akro race headers, Mkiv carbon dual pipes, PC3, proper dyno tune, Acculign rearsets, ASV levers, ZG shield, etc.

It has the standard Brembo rims/brakes.

I've always been a Jap guy so I'm a little hesitant to get an Italian/Euro bike, but Aprilia's tend to seem pretty reliable.

Looking for a big twin and that tends to lead me back to the Euro bikes.

What are your thoughts on the first gen Tuono's?

Any other bikes that come to mind that are comparable?
pothiawala786 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-11-2013, 10:39 AM
Obsessed and Deranged
 
elroy121's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: il-west burbs and socal
Posts: 4,646
Location: il-west burbs and socal
Sportbike: SV1000S
Years Riding: too many years
How you found us: dumb luck
           
I had a 1st gen mille, loved the motor, hated the ergos, never felt comfortable on it
elroy121 is offline  
post #3 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-11-2013, 02:07 PM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
Prepare yourself to troubleshoot a low quality wire harness.

"I pity the poor people who don't ride motorcycles"
-Malcolm Smith, champion motorcycle racer

Nick
STT Staff
Midwest Division
www.sportbiketracktime.com
Grasshopper is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-11-2013, 02:26 PM
Bug
Ridiculously Good Looking
 
Bug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Gold Coast
Posts: 32,750
Location: Gold Coast
Sportbike: Sportbike?
Years Riding: No F'in Idea
How you found us: 4 & 6
           
SuperDuke - Crushed the Tuano in every category for years - Most fun bike I have ever owned
Attached Images
File Type: jpg C0800889_2.jpg (108.6 KB, 42 views)

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming WOW, what a RIDE !!"

Last edited by Bug; 09-11-2013 at 02:28 PM.
Bug is offline  
post #5 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-11-2013, 05:35 PM
God forgives, we don't
 
Turkishexpress's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Aurora
Posts: 210
Location: Aurora
Sportbike: K7 Gixxer 600, 15 KTM Super Duke 1290 R
Years Riding: 5+
How you found us: On the interwebz
    
Great bike. Latest generation is probably the best naked bike out there technology, power, handling wise. However, Aprillia customer service is notoriously bad. It helps to have a dealer nearby but parts are hard to get. Just be ware.
Turkishexpress is offline  
post #6 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-11-2013, 07:49 PM
Chief Apex Inspector
 
BLARNEY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Bartlett
Posts: 10,598
Location: Bartlett
Sportbike: The Bird is the *word* - XX
Years Riding: Lots
How you found us: Stuck on the bottom of my race boot.......
           
Great bike .... Echo the hard to get parts and service for comment.

Tom

T2
It's ALL between the ears.....
NESBA Midwest CR #82 ( Hey - T2! ) Retired ?
FJR and a Big Red Wing-Thing
BLARNEY's GARAGE
BLARNEY is offline  
post #7 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-11-2013, 09:05 PM
Super Moderator

 
Vcook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Winfield
Posts: 43,229
Location: Winfield
Sportbike: bikeless
Years Riding: 10
How you found us: Shit, you know I'm a clsb OG!
           
Send a message via AIM to Vcook
Great bike

Chris
Vcook is offline  
post #8 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-11-2013, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 779
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: 05 SV
Years Riding: ...
How you found us: ...
  
Parts availability and the fact that the closest dealer is 3 hours away are the biggest reasons turning me away

I rather stick to a Japanese bike but what bike is comparable?

I considered the KTM SD but same thing, I'm looking to keep the bike for a few years with minimal maintenance.

I need to get some insurance quotes too, help me narrow it down some.
pothiawala786 is offline  
post #9 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 12:20 AM
God forgives, we don't
 
Turkishexpress's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Aurora
Posts: 210
Location: Aurora
Sportbike: K7 Gixxer 600, 15 KTM Super Duke 1290 R
Years Riding: 5+
How you found us: On the interwebz
    
Z1000. Lots of them around in the used market. Very reliable. Great power. Feels heavy but handles great for street purposes. Can put bags in the back if need be and go on semi long trips.


Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
Turkishexpress is offline  
post #10 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 02:17 AM
PIKUACH NEFESH
 
STANIMAL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: G-VIEW
Posts: 6,900
Location: G-VIEW
Sportbike: Italian,British,Japanese,Czech
Years Riding: LONG TIME
How you found us: CRR
           
Buy my Monster , same power and money ,way less miles and easy service availability .
STANIMAL is offline  
post #11 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 779
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: 05 SV
Years Riding: ...
How you found us: ...
  
Quote:
Originally Posted by Turkishexpress View Post
Z1000. Lots of them around in the used market. Very reliable. Great power. Feels heavy but handles great for street purposes. Can put bags in the back if need be and go on semi long trips.


Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
FZ1 vs Z1000?

I like the FZ1's more as they have the small fairing for colder weather.

Alot of 07+ FZ1 are mid $4k, thats about the same as he's asking for the Tuono.

The biggest thing leading me towards the Tuono is the Penske suspension, otherwise my options are open.

Any Jap dealers allow test rides in the area?

Stan, I knew you would mention the Monster, too similar to the SV displacement wise, figured I'd get something bigger.

Should just say screw it and get a GSXR 750

Last edited by pothiawala786; 09-12-2013 at 07:30 AM.
pothiawala786 is offline  
post #12 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 08:47 AM
Moto-Sexual....
 
SmartBiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: chicago il-south side
Posts: 2,397
Location: chicago il-south side
Sportbike: honda goldwing 1500se, yamaha gts1000, suzuki tl1000r
Years Riding: one month
How you found us: NickIF
           
if you can find a good used tl1000r or rc51 id jump on it. lots of low end torque and japanese reliability

my tiller has over 67k miles on it, bought new. have had no problems with it

Excuse me, while i kiss this Guy......

<-----Mr. Vern

Hit me up if you're looking for someone to ride with
773.469.2932....whoohoo! i can get texts now!. will get right back to ya
SmartBiker is offline  
post #13 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 11:17 AM
Registered User
 
plotts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 2,253
Location: Louisville, KY
Sportbike: KTM 690 SM
Years Riding: A little bit.
How you found us: I had the strangest dream.
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grasshopper View Post
Prepare yourself to troubleshoot a low quality wire harness.
Yep, this is true. Great bike, but be prepared to mess with it, as you said it's not Japanese.
plotts is offline  
post #14 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 11:41 AM
Registered User
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PF
Posts: 12,490
Location: PF
Sportbike: Slow
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: a real person
           
The stator plug harness is particularly garbage. The connection get loose and the wires get HOT. Cut the plug and soldier the wires.

"I pity the poor people who don't ride motorcycles"
-Malcolm Smith, champion motorcycle racer

Nick
STT Staff
Midwest Division
www.sportbiketracktime.com
Grasshopper is offline  
post #15 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 01:50 PM
PIKUACH NEFESH
 
STANIMAL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: G-VIEW
Posts: 6,900
Location: G-VIEW
Sportbike: Italian,British,Japanese,Czech
Years Riding: LONG TIME
How you found us: CRR
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by pothiawala786 View Post
Stan, I knew you would mention the Monster, too similar to the SV displacement wise, figured I'd get something bigger.
Its a Monster already , how much bigger do you need ? Its a 996 motor.
STANIMAL is offline  
post #16 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 05:33 PM
Midnight Rider
 
PatFitz9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: North side
Posts: 3,885
Location: North side
Sportbike: R6 and a Z1000
Years Riding: for a bit
How you found us: random PM on sportbikes.net
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by pothiawala786 View Post
FZ1 vs Z1000?

I like the FZ1's more as they have the small fairing for colder weather.

Alot of 07+ FZ1 are mid $4k, thats about the same as he's asking for the Tuono.

The biggest thing leading me towards the Tuono is the Penske suspension, otherwise my options are open.

Any Jap dealers allow test rides in the area?

Stan, I knew you would mention the Monster, too similar to the SV displacement wise, figured I'd get something bigger.

Should just say screw it and get a GSXR 750
Big motor nakeds are the best street bikes you can get. I love my Z1000. Suspension is a bit soft compared to a sport bike, but I haven't once thought it was a set back. The bike is fast, has great brakes and it's comfy for long or short rides.

Fat Pat #728

If you don't like my fire, then don't come around...
PatFitz9 is offline  
post #17 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 07:08 PM
Bug
Ridiculously Good Looking
 
Bug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Gold Coast
Posts: 32,750
Location: Gold Coast
Sportbike: Sportbike?
Years Riding: No F'in Idea
How you found us: 4 & 6
           
Sv1000

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming WOW, what a RIDE !!"
Bug is offline  
post #18 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 08:04 PM

 
resurrection's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: parkforest IL
Posts: 5,620
Location: parkforest IL
Sportbike: lots
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: grasshopper
           
Lets see. you obviously want something a little different.

Seems to me the Monster for a fair price would foot the bill.

Gus
We offer three kinds of service @ Resurrection
GOOD - CHEAP - FAST
You can pick any two
GOOD service CHEAP won't be FAST
GOOD service FAST won't be CHEAP
FAST service CHEAP won't be GOOD
and cold beer.

I'd love to help but I don't chase parts.
Please contact other forum members and supporters for parts.
resurrection is offline  
post #19 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 08:06 PM

 
resurrection's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: parkforest IL
Posts: 5,620
Location: parkforest IL
Sportbike: lots
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: grasshopper
           
Love my new CB1100

Standard style and UJM are the way to go.
If you want to ride. You'll just hate some of the sport bikes.....

Gus
We offer three kinds of service @ Resurrection
GOOD - CHEAP - FAST
You can pick any two
GOOD service CHEAP won't be FAST
GOOD service FAST won't be CHEAP
FAST service CHEAP won't be GOOD
and cold beer.

I'd love to help but I don't chase parts.
Please contact other forum members and supporters for parts.
resurrection is offline  
post #20 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 08:28 PM
Bug
Ridiculously Good Looking
 
Bug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Gold Coast
Posts: 32,750
Location: Gold Coast
Sportbike: Sportbike?
Years Riding: No F'in Idea
How you found us: 4 & 6
           
Save the scheckles and get the baddest of the bad when it comes out......

http://www.ktm.com/us/news-events/ei...er-duke-r.html

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming WOW, what a RIDE !!"
Bug is offline  
post #21 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 08:42 PM

 
resurrection's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: parkforest IL
Posts: 5,620
Location: parkforest IL
Sportbike: lots
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: grasshopper
           
^^^ no way that's not a bike you'd enjoy owning.... that's a bike you'd love to ride.

Gus
We offer three kinds of service @ Resurrection
GOOD - CHEAP - FAST
You can pick any two
GOOD service CHEAP won't be FAST
GOOD service FAST won't be CHEAP
FAST service CHEAP won't be GOOD
and cold beer.

I'd love to help but I don't chase parts.
Please contact other forum members and supporters for parts.
resurrection is offline  
post #22 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 08:43 PM
Bug
Ridiculously Good Looking
 
Bug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Gold Coast
Posts: 32,750
Location: Gold Coast
Sportbike: Sportbike?
Years Riding: No F'in Idea
How you found us: 4 & 6
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by resurrection View Post
^^^ no way that's not a bike you'd enjoy owning.... that's a bike you'd love to ride.
I cannot imagine......

This bike would get me off the Harley and back to full blown idiot status right quick






For prob $18K.......sigh

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming WOW, what a RIDE !!"
Bug is offline  
post #23 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 08:54 PM

 
resurrection's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: parkforest IL
Posts: 5,620
Location: parkforest IL
Sportbike: lots
Years Riding: all of them
How you found us: grasshopper
           
That's what I mean. Loved taking The XR650 R for rides But it became A challenge to relax while riding it.

Gus
We offer three kinds of service @ Resurrection
GOOD - CHEAP - FAST
You can pick any two
GOOD service CHEAP won't be FAST
GOOD service FAST won't be CHEAP
FAST service CHEAP won't be GOOD
and cold beer.

I'd love to help but I don't chase parts.
Please contact other forum members and supporters for parts.
resurrection is offline  
post #24 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 02:15 AM
Not too Slow Not too Fast
 
RSVMillenian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Bensenville, IL
Posts: 1,634
Location: Bensenville, IL
Sportbike: 2003 Aprilia Falco
Years Riding: Too many
How you found us: ApriliaForum.com
           
Send a message via Yahoo to RSVMillenian
Parts are NOT hard to get at all. If you ever need any parts, they are available from AF1 racing in TX.
The only issue is with the already mentioned wiring connector, but with 17K miles on it, I assume the issue has been corrected. Tuono is a great bike, low maintanence, a lot of fun. There are only few folks here that had any experience with Aprilia, so be careful who you listen to (Vcook & grasshopper are ok).

BTW Everything you will ever need to know you can find at the apriliaforum.com probably the best forum period.

Dejan
CCS very very Amateur #144

Last edited by RSVMillenian; 09-13-2013 at 02:19 AM.
RSVMillenian is offline  
post #25 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 06:26 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Chicago Heights, IL.
Posts: 394
Location: Chicago Heights, IL.
Sportbike: 82 Suzuki GS650G, 2006 Yamaha FZ6
Years Riding: Started in 2010
How you found us: google
    
Have you thought about the Husky Nuda 900r? Cool lookin bike. I've only seen one, and it had an amazing sound.

http://m.motorcycle-usa.com/827/1044...irst-Look.aspx
Truth is offline  
post #26 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 08:02 PM
PIKUACH NEFESH
 
STANIMAL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: G-VIEW
Posts: 6,900
Location: G-VIEW
Sportbike: Italian,British,Japanese,Czech
Years Riding: LONG TIME
How you found us: CRR
           
I don't think the Nuda will make it here.
STANIMAL is offline  
post #27 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-14-2013, 11:20 AM
G2G
Registered User
 
G2G's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chicago
Posts: 14,287
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: It changes everyday
Years Riding: since 1991
How you found us: Ur mom
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by RSVMillenian View Post
Parts are NOT hard to get at all. If you ever need any parts, they are available from AF1 racing in TX.
The only issue is with the already mentioned wiring connector, but with 17K miles on it, I assume the issue has been corrected. Tuono is a great bike, low maintanence, a lot of fun. There are only few folks here that had any experience with Aprilia, so be careful who you listen to (Vcook & grasshopper are ok).

BTW Everything you will ever need to know you can find at the apriliaforum.com probably the best forum period.
Alot more people besides vcook and grasshopper have and own Aprilias on this board.
G2G is offline  
post #28 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-14-2013, 12:19 PM
Not too Slow Not too Fast
 
RSVMillenian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Bensenville, IL
Posts: 1,634
Location: Bensenville, IL
Sportbike: 2003 Aprilia Falco
Years Riding: Too many
How you found us: ApriliaForum.com
           
Send a message via Yahoo to RSVMillenian
Quote:
Originally Posted by G2G View Post
Alot more people besides vcook and grasshopper have and own Aprilias on this board.
Not a lot more, lol, but they were the ones I remembered that owned RSVs. A lot of folks make comments without the first hand knowledge about this bikes.

Dejan
CCS very very Amateur #144
RSVMillenian is offline  
post #29 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-14-2013, 03:56 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Morton Grove
Posts: 17
Location: Morton Grove
Sportbike: 1996 suzuki Katana 600cc
Years Riding: This summer
How you found us: Google.com
 
Thats a very nice looking bike good luck with purchase
Matt23 is offline  
post #30 of 65 (permalink) Old 09-14-2013, 07:02 PM
God forgives, we don't
 
Turkishexpress's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Aurora
Posts: 210
Location: Aurora
Sportbike: K7 Gixxer 600, 15 KTM Super Duke 1290 R
Years Riding: 5+
How you found us: On the interwebz
    
Quote:
Originally Posted by RSVMillenian View Post
Not a lot more, lol, but they were the ones I remembered that owned RSVs. A lot of folks make comments without the first hand knowledge about this bikes.
And then an expert comes in and negates years of Aprilia history. I guess next time something major happens he'll be shipping the bike to TX for repairs. Or better yet order the parts from TX which will be ordered from Italy with a notoriously bad turn around then ship the bike to Michigan for the nearest dealer.
Turkishexpress is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chicagoland Sportbikes forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome