Aprilia Futura?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Star-Bellied Sneetch, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. Star-Bellied Sneetch

    Star-Bellied Sneetch Long timer

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    Hi all,

    I went to a bike night at a local diner on Friday night, and met a guy there who was selling a 2001 Futura. I haven't been able to get that damn bike out of my skull ever since then. I've probably been to every site online that even mentions these things ever since then (when not riding, of course!) and was wondering if anyone here has any experience with the Futura, and could offer some advice either way.

    I have no specific questions, but any opinions or things I should know about these bikes are very welcome.

    Thanks.

    ps - I guess this isn't the most exciting thread in the world! :D
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  2. GoFar

    GoFar My butt hurts.

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    The Futura is a fantastic sport-touring machine! Bigger and not as flickable as a Ducati ST3/4 for instance, but more comfortable and stable. Looks great with bags off or on.

    Torquey motor, V-twin sound...sweet bike, and reasonable cheap on the used market.

    Downside? Even less dealer support than BMW!**




    **BMW Dealers are great, there just aren't many of them because BMW is running them off just as quickly as they can...bastards.
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  3. jdiaz

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    Where are they cheap? I keep seeing 2001s and 2002s for $7K. If they were $4500, I would have already purchased one.

    Jon
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  4. BikePilot

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    Great ST bikes, super reliable rotax motors and generally pretty affordable on the used market. Fuel mileage sucks, but otherwise a very well sorted bike. Handles well, runs well, great suspension etc. Dealership coverage can be spotty, but they aren't all that hard to find. There's two in the DC area I think.

    have fun
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  5. Star-Bellied Sneetch

    Star-Bellied Sneetch Long timer

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    The dealership in Yorktown where I bought my Multistrada is an Aprilia dealership. I don't think there are any here in Richmond, though.

    I just think the Futura is great looking, with the exception of the mirrors and the "futura" stickers. I sat on the one I saw at the bike night on Friday, and it felt good. He had helibars or something that raised the bars 2". I should have convinced him to let me ride it.
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  6. RonS

    RonS Out there... Supporter

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    What Jon said. I bought one of the first ones that arrived in the Northwest back in 2001. Rode it to Alaska and back. Put some 20k miles on it that first year then traded it for something I could ride the Dalton on. I've been looking a deal on another used one off and on since then.

    Opinions: One of the better bikes I've owned over the years. I've owned two Aprilias now. Put about 20k on each of them and they have been as reliable as any Honda I've owned. 700-800 mile days, not a problem. Best stock seat on the market. Great brakes, great handling, more than adequate power and very unique looking. They don't have the soulful sound of the Ducati but if you replace the canister under the motor with the Y pipe and put a set of Staintunes on, they bark like a big dog.

    The only down side is that they do not do well in deep mud:)

    Somewhere in the Yukon:
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  7. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    What kind of pipe is what?
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  8. onbmw

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  9. RonS

    RonS Out there... Supporter

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  10. Popey

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    Great bike - there's one doing the rounds out here which has been owned by Kirk Moon, Lonestar and now JeanLuc.

    I've ridden it briefly and liked it. Super comfortable. They would obviously know the nitty gritty.
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  11. Backmarker

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    I"ve got one in the garage along with the 06 1200adventure. Mine is an 02 red model with staintune pipes,powercomander etc. Since i purchased this bike i have also owned and sold a st-1300,fjr-1300,r1200gs. I keep looking for a bike as good as the aprilia but so far i"ve not found it so i guess i"ll hang onto it for a while. I would not worry to much about dealer support as they are pretty bulletproof, just don"t crash one. Of all the bikes i"ve owned the futura seems to get the most attention and the most smiles under the helmet.......... Heres something i find funny when the futura first came out nobody wanted one, the bike mags rated them pretty well but sales were slow. In 04 they stopped making them, in the most resent bike mag tests they have the aprilia comming out on top. Now there seems to be more interest in this bike today than when it was new.......... What gives????????:ear
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  12. ironoxide

    ironoxide newbe

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    Check out the subject web site for Futura information. Great group of guys, willing to help each other out. It rivals the VFR bunch! Owned one for a couple of years. A terrific bike. Stock bikes need an aftermarket rectifier...that's about all. I had zero problems with mine. It was the most comfortable sport tourer right out of the box I ever owned.:clap
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  13. Star-Bellied Sneetch

    Star-Bellied Sneetch Long timer

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    Well, the owner of the bike that got me lusting after these things in the first place let me take a test ride of about 20 miles yesterday. Nice guy! He took me at a fast pace (he was on his BMW R1150RT) through some nice country roads. My impression of the Futura, to quote Eric Cartman:

    SUPERSWEET!!!

    Where to start? The engine is a 1,000cc V-twin that makes, if I remember correctly, around 115hp. Very nice. More than enough power for me. Smooth, but just the perfect amount of rumble to make it feel like you're on a powerful machine. The bike felt nice and tight, like it was all one piece. Handling was good, sure-footed, and easy. Much easier than an RT, and it sure feels a lot lighter. Well, it IS a lot lighter. Wind protection was very good, and I'm extremely picky in this area. Even at 85mph, no buffeting at all, and not incredibly noisy, even though I was riding without earplugs. And this was with the laminar lip attached, which I usually hate. Best of all: the seat. It was just perfect. I think I could sit on this thing all day. I wouldn't even consider an aftermarket. BMW, are you out there? If Aprilia can do it, so can you.

    The only bad thing, in my opinion, is that the riding position was a bit too leaned forward for my tastes, even with helibars which raise the grips by almost 2 inches. It felt a lot like I remember the BMW RS feeling, except I think the Futura had a good bit more legroom. Neither my arms nor my wrists hurt at the end of the short ride, and at highway speeds the wind pretty much held my body up so there was not much pressure on the wrists, but I'm not sure I could get used to that leaned position, nor am I sure I want to. Damn shame, as the rest of the bike was just awesome.

    Anyone who likes the riding position of the BMW RS or other similar sport-tourers should seriously consider the Futura. For very little cash you can pick up a great bike that you will hardly ever see anywhere else. What a great combination!
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  14. strommin

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    I can't speak to the Futura directly, but 3 weeks ago I picked up an '01 Aprilia Falco (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156376).

    Wasn't too sure about the riding position, parts availability, reliability, etc., but I went for it anyway. Damn motor is addicting, handling is superb, brakes just right! The Falco has better legroom than my V-Strom which been relegated to commuter status for the time being. Buyers remorse is NOT part of an Apriia purchase! Now if the Falco only had the bags that the Futura does...

    As onbmw mentioned, go to http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/ for great info. The forum owner AF1 Racing is a very responsive supplier for all things Aprilia.

    Dave
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  15. Newtfox

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    I just sold my Aprilia Futura a month ago for a BMW R1200ST. There really is nothing to complain about with the Futura it is an excellent bike other than the fact I was very worried about parts availablity and for good reason. I dropped my Futura on the right side in the garage and damaged the bag and called many dealers only to be told it wasn't in stock in the US or Italy. When I asked if I could place an order for the bag they said that there is a good chance Aprilia won't make anymore since the bike has been out of production for 2 years. I just thought if I can not get a bag for a Futura then how are other parts going to be to come by? Luckily I found a brand new bag on EBAY a week later but that was the point in which I thought it was time to get rid of it They are great bikes but I have heard of Aprilia owners waiting a long time for model specific parts. Luckily there is alot of crossover parts between models on the engines so you should be able to keep it running. Now when I compare it to my BMW, as of right now, the Aprilia still has a leg up in almost every category.
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  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I was shopping for Futuras when I ended up with my RT.

    Still can't get that bike outta my head!

    :baldy

    Too bad the Aprilia/Ducati dealer couldn't do the financing...

    M
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  17. Srbenda

    Srbenda Embassy of South Carolina

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    Future Aprilia owners with the intials M.B. suck, and should not be allowed to have so many bikes.

    That is all. :lol3
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  18. Star-Bellied Sneetch

    Star-Bellied Sneetch Long timer

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    :bluduh

    Why don't you buy a few bikes off of me and lighten my load?

    Ural, perhaps? R1100RT? R100T? KLR650?

    Name your poison.
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  19. olie

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    Aprilia/Piaggio USA is not easy to deal with, but also a big portion goes the lousy dealer, There are a few great dealers like AF1 in TX.
    Aprilia bikes are very underrated. I am sure you miss your Futura.
    Some time ago, I was in search of a new bike. I ended up with the Capo on the top. Yes, I did try the GS.
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  20. Newtfox

    Newtfox Adventurer

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    Yeah I miss it a little but the BMW is really starting to gain ground on the Fut. After I get my break in service tomorrow I think my whole opinion will change when I can really see what it can do!
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