2006 Aprilia Tuono

At the end of the day, after the adrenaline rush was over, I still had a hard time coming up with "neo." Maybe the rear shock should be equipped with compression adjustment and not just rebound in a bike as serious as the Tuono. Maybe the insensitive and too strong rear brake deserves improvement. The front binders by the way are divine. It's just that the brakes, as this whole scoot, require a fine touch, someone that knows what he's doing. Ask the American journo that ended up the day in a full-length leg cast after locking up the front? So here's the catch. Drive like a proper human being and the thing will purr like a pussycat. Wag it's tail, roll the throttle that tiny bit faster and it becomes a wheelie monster and brings you to the next turn 20 mph faster than you intended, maybe with the front still pawing the air. The first Tuono won some coveted "Best street bike" honors in the US press and elsewhere, yet this one is even sharper and better finished too. Maybe just that tiny bit more civilized in its engine response. At the end of the day it still is the one, true, out-of the-box streetfighter and it does it's combat duties admirably. But are you sharp enough for it?


Technical Chart
** Specs Provided by Aprilia **

Photographs, technical data, specifications and colours refer to the Italian market version and may be subject to change without prior notice. For detailed information on the technical characteristics of the vehicle sold in your country, contact an Aprilia dealer.

Engine V60 Magnesium. Longitudinal 60° V twin, four stroke. Liquid cooling with three-way pressurised circuit. Double overhead cams, mixed gear/chain timing drive, four valves per cylinder. Patented AVDC anti-vibration double countershaft.
Fuel 95 RON unleaded petrol.
Bore and stroke 97 x 67.5 mm.
Displacement 997.62 cc.
Compression ratio 11.8:1.
Maximum power at the crank 98 kW (133 HP) at 9,500 rpm.
Maximum torque at the crank 10.4 kgm (102 Nm) at 8,750 rpm.
Fuel system Integrated electronic engine management system. Indirect multi-point electronic injection. 57 mm diameter throttle bodies.
Ignition Digital electronic ignition, integrated with the injection control system. One spark plug per cylinder.
Starting Electric starter.
Exhaust system Two silencers with three way catalytic converter and lambda oxygen sensor (Euro 3).
Generator 12 V - 500 W.
Lubrication Dry sump with separate oil reservoir. Double trochoidal pump with oil cooler. Steel oil reservoir.
Gearbox 6 speed. Transmission ratios:
1st 34/15 (2.27)
2nd 31/19 (1.63)
3rd 26/20 (1.3)
4th 24/22 (1.091)
5th 24/25 (0.96)
6th 23/26 (0.88)
Clutch Multiple disc in oil bath with patented PPC power-assisted hydraulic control. Metal braid clutch line. Radial master cylinder with 15 mm piston.
Primary drive Spur gears. Transmission ratio: 60/31 (1.935:1).
Final drive Chain.
Transmission ratio: 40/16 (2.5:1).
Frame Box section sloping twin-spar frame in aluminium alloy.
Front suspension Showa 43 mm upside-down fork with adjustment for spring preload, compression and rebound damping. 120 mm wheel travel.
Rear suspension Aluminium alloy double banana swingarm. APS (Aprilia Progressive System) rising rate linkages. Sachs hydraulic monoshock with adjustment for spring preload and rebound damping.
Wheel travel 133 mm.
Brakes Front: Brembo double floating disk in stainless steel, Outside Dia. 320 mm. Brembo triple bridge caliper with four 34 mm pistons and four sintered pads. Metal braided brake line.

Rear: Brembo stainless steel disk, Outside Dia. 220 mm. Twin piston calliper, 32 mm diameter pistons, sintered pads. Metal braided brake line.
Wheels Aluminium alloy.
Front: 3.50 x 17"
Rear: 6.00 x 17".
Tyres Radial tubeless.
Front: 120/70 ZR 17.
Rear: 190/50 ZR 17 (alternative: 180/55 ZR 17 and 190/55).
Dimensions Maximum length: 2,025 mm
Maximum width: 830 mm (at handlebars)
Maximum height: 1,100 mm (at handlebars)
Seat height: 810 mm
Handlebar height: 1,020 mm at bar ends
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm
Trail: 103.7 mm
Steering angle: 25°
*Claimed* Dry weight (without battery) 185 kg
Tank Capacity 18 litres, 4 litre reserve.
Colours Silver, Black, Fluo Red.
Accessories Aprilia by Akrapovic SLIP-ON 2x2 Street legal exhausts Aprilia By Akrapovic, Street Legal Complete exhaust system, compatibility with Ohlins front-fork group (radial calliper joint), aluminium adjustable rear shock absorber, stainless steel adjustable rear shock absorber, adjustable aluminium footrests, ergal riverse pattern gearshifter, forged magnesium wheels, 15" pinion, slid-lateral protection kit, carbon dx-sx side panels, carbon Tank hose protection, carbon oil-tank cover, carbon dx-sx spoile, carbon saddle cover, carbon front mudguard, carbon rearmudguard, carbon dx-sx footrests protectors, carbon hand protections (fixed to the handlebar, extraresistant carbon) kit, bigger windshield kit, tank bag, rear stand, Aprilia electronic anti-theft system.

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