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Old 03-20-2012, 03:31 AM   #166
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:04 AM   #167
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Love it! Just bought it a few weeks ago.

Very spicey, I see your wearing the Tuono grin
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:14 PM   #168
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Those colors are awesome! Just like my old XT.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:16 PM   #169
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I think I may have an '07 on the way. The flat black and grey. I see some listed as '07.5 but I'm not sure what the distinction is, perhaps someone could explain?

Also, what problem do I look out for? It has around 5k miles.

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Old 08-11-2012, 07:45 AM   #170
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I think I may have an '07 on the way. The flat black and grey. I see some listed as '07.5 but I'm not sure what the distinction is, perhaps someone could explain?

Also, what problem do I look out for? It has around 5k miles.

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Go over here for info and help http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/content.php Stator issues on some 07's that was corrected in 08.The 07.5 got a small HP increase.
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Old 08-11-2012, 01:20 PM   #171
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Well I started reading the Tuono forums and realized they were seeing the same issues Ducati is with their fuel tanks only Aprilia is ignoring the problem. I'm no longer interested.
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:01 AM   #172
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Well I started reading the Tuono forums and realized they were seeing the same issues Ducati is with their fuel tanks only Aprilia is ignoring the problem. I'm no longer interested.
Interesting, since my ~40,000 mile Tuono with plastic tank is doing just fine, and it runs E-10 more often than not. As is my 70k mile Sprint, also with plastic tank from Acerbis.

That said, Aprilia IS providing new tanks free of charge under warranty for those few that have had an issue with swelling...I'd hardly call that "ignoring the problem".

I just suspect that it's cheaper for them to eat the cost of a handful of new tanks on a case-by-case basis than it is to go back to the drawing board to guarantee they're immune to the effects of ethanol, an additive pretty much only used in one of their smaller sales markets, North America (and Brazil).

And THAT said, I imagine Acerbis is indeed seriously looking into the issue, as they are the OEM for the bulk of all plastic tanks.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:36 AM   #173
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Interesting, since my ~40,000 mile Tuono with plastic tank is doing just fine, and it runs E-10 more often than not. As is my 70k mile Sprint, also with plastic tank from Acerbis.

That said, Aprilia IS providing new tanks free of charge under warranty for those few that have had an issue with swelling...I'd hardly call that "ignoring the problem".

I just suspect that it's cheaper for them to eat the cost of a handful of new tanks on a case-by-case basis than it is to go back to the drawing board to guarantee they're immune to the effects of ethanol, an additive pretty much only used in one of their smaller sales markets, North America (and Brazil).

And THAT said, I imagine Acerbis is indeed seriously looking into the issue, as they are the OEM for the bulk of all plastic tanks.
So if I buy the '07 and it develops the issue I'm covered?
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:40 PM   #174
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Bought 2007 Tuono R over the weekend, got it registered yesterday and finally had a chance to take her out for a ride. I think I'm in love.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:48 PM   #175
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Just had my 43K mile tuono on the track at CMP a couple of weekends ago. I love the damn thing. Even though sometimes, Tuono means "bitch"

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:11 AM   #176
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Two week update:

Just got back from a 600 mile weekend sorty in the Catskills and Northeast PA. Awesome bike, a few minor niggles but I'm having too much of a blast to care.

The good:
The bike came with a Power Commander, so I'm not sure that this holds true for the stock mapping, but the fuel injection is just buttery smooth. Ok, it doesn't like being under 2500 RPM, but what bike does?
The engine is just fantastic. Anywhere from 5k to 11k is basically its sweet spot, thing just rips, but in a smooth controlled manner.
Surprisingly comfortable- the seat is firm but feel great for longer days, the bar position is perfect for me (I'm 5'10"). The seat is a bit tall, but it doesn't really bother me.
Handling in on smooth, or even decent pavement is spot on. The bike won't cover up for your mistakes, but it drops into a turn with confidence and will hold its line with the best of 'em.
Looks- I've gotten more compliments in 2 weeks than I have in my prior 7 years of bike ownership. It's a stunning looking bike and even Harley guys dig it.

The bad-
Mostly minor, but fuel economy is non-existent. 25 mpg in the city, 30 outside. But I knew this coming in.
The digital display tends to fog up on occasion, especially when it's cool out. Pretty annoying, gotta assume there's a fix for it out there.
Bad pavement upsets the firm suspension at speed. Not a shocker, but I had to deal with a bit too much poor pavement over my trip, pretty annoying.
Rear brake doesn't work....at all. Not bad, but completely not functional. I knew about this coming in, but didn't think it would literally do nothing. Yikes.


That's about it. Awesome bike, can't wait to do many more rides on it, get the feeling I'll be keeping it for a long, long time. Pic for clicks:
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:10 PM   #177
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Gentlemen...all the miles of smiles and cloud scraping wheelie comments are great to read about and it's wonderful to see folks enjoying the activity we all love so much, but my question is...how is the seating position/comfort for a 500 mile day in the twisties? How severe is the knee angle with the set back pegs? I'm 62 and have been riding for over 48 years, but my knees aren't happy being balled up in to tight a knot for long periods. TIA

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Old 10-04-2012, 06:24 PM   #178
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I would not worry about it. You will need fuel long before your knees complain.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:06 PM   #179
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My left knee has been giving me grief lately. So I bought a set of Buell comfort footpegs and fitted them. needed a little work to make them fit. Lost a little ground clearance that only shows when I'm misbehaving. Need to make an adaptor for the brake pedal for it to be comfortable. As it is now I need to pick my foot up from the peg to apply it. But not really a problem.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:10 AM   #180
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I would not worry about it. You will need fuel long before your knees complain.

LOL...I had typed a remark about the short time between fuel stops, but deleted it as didn't want to sound to negative.

The lower pegs was something I've been looking at also...Wild Hair Accessories (www.whaccessories.com) has some nice pieces. With some of these installed, it should take care of the knee position concerns. I'm used to dragging pegs...

Might seem a waste of a fine piece of equipment, but the price of the hold-over V2's makes it very inviting for this old rider.
Maybe Santa will be good to me.

Thanks guys.

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