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Old 11-19-2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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Aprilia Futura

Well, picked up my "new to me" Aprilia Futura today and brought it home. It's a 2002 in Flame Red. Pretty much stock except for bar risers (thank dog at 50 yo). Coming from a BMW R1150 GS Adv this is a totally different animal. Very comfortable, great sound - even with stock exhaust, and fast. Did I say fast? Came with stock bags and all the updates (electrical) as recommended. I looked at the Ducati ST series as well but many reviews pointed to the Aprilia as the sport tourer to get. Will post pics tomorrow. Any other Futura riders here? I know they are rare animals but?
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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Congrats to you, not an owner but it's on my short list.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:37 PM   #3
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How do you like the Tuono? I've looked at '07.5 and up as a good commuter and street bike. The left overs are priced great.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:39 PM   #4
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Once their uncorked it's hard to keep the front wheel on the ground. That's a good thing. It's truly a sport bike with handlebars. As far as a daily commuter I believe the Falco or Futura is a much better choice. If you want to know the the local LEO by first name the Tuono is the way to go.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:14 AM   #5
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Good choice, Panzer! You will love it. Congrats!
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Old 11-20-2011, 05:33 AM   #6
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I got rid of a R1100S and got a 2003 Futura this year also.... The BMW was a good bike.... The Aprilia is a GREAT BIKE. I LOVE MINE!!!!
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:16 AM   #7
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I picked up my beautiful 04 this past Spring from an inmate here. He did an amazing job with every upgrade possible and the bike is just incredible. I toured from the Smoky's to the Rockies and around New England this season and at 40K young, she purrs like a kitten. Superb motorcycle and I've owned and enjoyed many, many bikes .It's an easy bike to work on and a bullet proof platform with amazing capabilities. Enjoy






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Old 11-26-2011, 09:16 AM   #8
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I had a 2001 that I sold about 2 years ago. Great bike, I wish I would have kept it.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:50 AM   #9
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I was going to take my Futura for a ride yesterday and the back tire was flat as all get out. Fut's are great bikes, especially after 500 miles. Probably the best seat in the history of motorcycling and a very comfortable bike.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:50 PM   #10
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..... Any other Futura riders here? I know they are rare animals but?
Count me as a "wannabe" Futura owner. I had a chance to buy an '03 with 300 miles on it but passed, have regretted it ever since. Some day....some day....
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:48 PM   #11
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Well the weather warmed up a bit and the rain stopped so I took the new to me Futura out for a ride yesterday. Definitely different than the BMW GS Adv I'm used to. In a good way. I can easily flat foot at stops, the transmission doesn't shift like a tractor, and it certainly has power on tap - at any time. The seat is probably the best stock seat I've ridden on. Second only to the Russell I had made for the GS, but then that was custom built for me. At 6'1 I was in clean air the whole time. I may lower the pegs for a bit more comfort for my long legs, we'll see. It came with a Laminar lip which I'll fit and try to see how it is. The bike is mostly stock except for the advised upgrades as outlined on the AF1 forum and Gen-Mar risers. I'm thinking I may look for some Staintune or Taylormade cans to replace the stock exhaust. I love the sound of the V Twin Rotax. I will post pics hopefully tomorrow.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:50 PM   #12
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Count me as a "wannabe" Futura owner. I had a chance to buy an '03 with 300 miles on it but passed, have regretted it ever since. Some day....some day....
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Buy one. You won't regret it. I definitely haven't. There is one for sale in Colorado and another in Kansas for sale now
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:24 PM   #13
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:24 AM   #14
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I just bought a Falco. Not collected it yet.

The Futura looks like a great tourer
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:40 PM   #15
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I love mine, it's always a hoot to ride! Along with my 1150GS, I have no plans to ever sell them.



Other than the electrical issue, they are also known for having a leaking clutch slave cylinder. Replacement seal is about $20 from af1racing.

Keep an eye on the clutch fluid reservoir, my slave cylinder was leaking and it ate the paint off the very bottom of the fairing.
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