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Old 08-08-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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Aprilia Futura - Tell me about'm???

Just found what seems to be a deal on one here in my area. I know the rotax is supposed to be reliable but I was looking for a FJR style bike....

Could the Futura be an alternative to an FJR?? Maybe with risers and an aftermarket screen??

Who's had one and did you like it?
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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talk to Dave6253 - homie has 55k on his.....

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=906635

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Old 08-08-2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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talk to Dave6253 - homie has 55k on his.....

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=906635

Such a beautiful shot. I was shopping for a Futura last year but none where to be found when I had the money.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:09 PM   #4
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Thanks, I will definitely reach out when I have a chance.

On another note, what would be a good deal for one? Would your decision change if you could get a clean 2003 with 34k miles for $3500?

Thanks for the input!
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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Thanks, I will definitely reach out when I have a chance.

On another note, what would be a good deal for one? Would your decision change if you could get a clean 2003 with 34k miles for $3500?

Thanks for the input!
If I were presented with that deal, I would sell my VFR and buy the Futura immediately. I've lusted over them for so long, but settled with the VFR because it was all I could find at the time.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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Can't help with the Futura specifically, but Aprilia and Rotax have been very good to me. Only issue is a non working rear brake...
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:15 PM   #7
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AF-1 has all the parts and service advice you will ever need. An FJR is a sport-TOURER at the heavy end of the spectrum - powerful and smooth.

The Futura (RST-1000) uses the Aprilia / Rotax motor from the RSV-1000 Super Sport V-twin, with slightly different tuning. Fairing and luggage work well; the bike is comfortable, albeit with a forward lean. To me, this is a SPORT-tourer, although at 565 lbs. wet it is at the high end of the weight class for me. The bike handles well, has a great torque curve. The rear brake, one small electrical problem, and a few other minor issues are all well sorted out by now. The suspension is good and can be upgraded with parts from other Aprilias. If you like a SSSA, this is a great choice. They are rare in the USA - if you find one, buy it (or tell us about it!)

P.S. There is a good Futura thread here on ADVRider - back in the Road Warrior archive.
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:42 PM   #9
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Caponord owner here, look at the AF-1 forums for info.

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Old 08-12-2013, 03:49 AM   #10
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Just found what seems to be a deal on one here in my area. I know the rotax is supposed to be reliable but I was looking for a FJR style bike....

Could the Futura be an alternative to an FJR?? Maybe with risers and an aftermarket screen??

Who's had one and did you like it?
It's apparently an amazing bike but it's no FJR.

Got a friend who owned one for a while then switched to a TDM for
ease of use, but I always remember his wife said the Futura was more
comfortable, which seemed strange to me for a rather sporty ride.

I believe the lean angle on the bike is around 25, like the VFR, a lot
less then sportbikes (~40) but still on the sporty side.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:18 AM   #11
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if you find one, buy it (or tell us about it!)

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Here's one...

http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/mcy/3969767591.html
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It's apparently an amazing bike but it's no FJR.

Got a friend who owned one for a while then switched to a TDM for
ease of use, but I always remember his wife said the Futura was more
comfortable, which seemed strange to me for a rather sporty ride.

I believe the lean angle on the bike is around 25, like the VFR, a lot
less then sportbikes (~40) but still on the sporty side.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:31 AM   #13
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What do you think where I got the figures from?
But it was from memory, I was comparing the VFR to Futura like 10
times in the past 5 years.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:35 AM   #14
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I've had my Futura since 2008. It replaced my high mileage R1100RS and is a much better bike in almost every way...except for ease of access for maintenance (lotsa fairing screws to remove). I bought my 2004 bike with 9k on the odo...now it reads a little less than 40k. I don't mind at all dealing with a chain, and the bike handles great and has good power. A good Futura is a wonderful bike!
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:14 AM   #15
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Picked up one of the very first to arrive in the US back in 2002. Promptly pointed it north to Alaska. Not a good mud bike but good for everything else.

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