2004 APRILIA FUTURA RS TOURING 1000
The design objective behind the development
of the Aprilia FUTURA RS TOURING 1000 was to
create a motorcycle that combines sports performance
with touring ergonomics and riding comfort,
in other words to create the first true "sports
The heart of the Futura is the same prestigious
V twin that powers all Aprilia's maxi sports
machines, and is the most powerful twin cylinder
engine in the sport touring class. Derived from
the power unit of the RSV supersport, the engine
has been specially tuned for road touring. This
unit is now universally recognised as the best
possible engine for sport touring (thanks to
the excellent combination of ridability, performance
and pleasure it delivers). Alternative multi-cylinder
machines simply cannot compare with the Aprilia
FUTURA RS TOURING 1000 for sheer riding pleasure.
The chassis, including Aprilia's exclusive
and acclaimed aluminium alloy twin-spar frame
and the brand new single member swing-arm, not
only give the Futura tremendous visual impact
but also help the rider enjoy better sports
riding in complete safety. For the same reason
the fully adjustable suspensions can be set
up quickly and easily to match any road surface
conditions. The Futura's ergonomics, riding
position and wind protection are all unbeatable
and permit even the longest journeys to be tackled
without rider or passenger fatigue. The bike's
load carrying capacity has also been carefully
designed for maximum versatility and for the
best possible integration of the panniers in
the bike's aerodynamic shape.
The form of the new FUTURA RS TOURING 1000
is the result of Aprilia's accurate technical
and stylistic design work. Each individual component
has been designed to enhance the bike's power,
speed, and aerodynamic penetration. But the
FUTURA RS TOURING 1000 is not just a pretty
face! Everything on the bike has also been designed
with maximum rider control and rider and passenger
comfort in mind. The Futura's ultra-modern design
features an aggressive, streamlined and aerodynamic
fairing, and a large, comfortable seat. The
single member swing-arm and innovative triangular
section under-seat exhaust also add touches
of unparalleled class.
Nothing has been left to chance on the Futura.
The under-seat exhaust allows the panniers to
be fitted close in to the bike's chassis, significantly
reducing width and the annoying turbulence that
comes with it. The direction indicators are
integrated in the rear view mirrors. The instrumentation,
designed for functionality and elegance, provides
quickly and clearly all the information the
rider needs. The fuel filler cap is offset to
the right of the tank to facilitate refuelling
with the bike on its side stand.
Like most Aprilia machines, the Aprilia FUTURA
RS TOURING 1000 has been thoroughly tested in
the wind tunnel to eliminate turbulence and
guarantee unbeatable wind protection for the
rider and passenger alike.
The FUTURA RS TOURING 1000 is powered by the
Aprilia "V990" 60° V twin, acclaimed as the
standard setter for performance reliability,
compact size and light weight. In the Futura
this power unit really shows just how versatile
it is in adapting to all types of motorcycle
riding. Thoroughly modified (with respect to
the RSV Mille and SL Falco) the RS Touring's
power unit delivers impressive performance and
exceptional levels of smoothness and fluidity,
making the Futura an easy and satisfying machine
The twin cylinder engine is also part of European
motorcycling heritage, delivers unbeatable riding
pleasure, and perfectly matches the FUTURA RS
TOURING 1000's handling characteristics.
The Futura's power unit features the same technical
characteristics that have already won world-wide
- - Longitudinal 60° V twin design with
four valves per cylinder and double overhead
cams with mixed chain and gear timing drive.
- Electronic fuel injection system specifically
designed for the RS Touring.
- CDI capacitor discharge ignition combined
with Twin Spark Ignition (TSI ) with two
spark plugs per cylinder. Ignition timing
is controlled by the same integrated engine
management system that also controls fuel
- Dry sump lubrication, for a more rigid
and compact sump than wet sump engines,
with no risk of lubrication failure during
fierce acceleration, braking and wheelies.
The Futura's lubrication system is equipped
with a second trochoidal pump on the return
line, a separate oil reservoir, and an oil
cooler mounted in front of the engine.
- Mixed gear/chain valve timing drive with
the two drive gears (one per timing chain)
located in the engine block to reduce cylinder
Just like the RSV Mille, the FUTURA RS
TOURING 1000 also incorporates the following
exclusive Aprilia patents:
- AVDC (Anti Vibration Double Countershaft)
- Hydraulic clutch assisted by the patented
PPC (Pneumatic Power Clutch) system to control
rear wheel bounce.
Intensive Aprilia research and development
have led to impressive results with this
- Improved power delivery for touring use
without diminishing the riding pleasure
typical of a high performance V-twin.
- Good power even at very low revs, eliminating
the need to work the gears and clutch when
coming out of bends, in traffic, and at
These exceptional results are also the
result of dedicated technical solutions
- throttle bodies specially designed for
improved torque. The throttle bodies themselves
are 51 mm in diameter (as on the RSV), but
the intake manifold immediately after the
throttles has been carefully designed to
give smoother power and torque at low engine
speeds, and an even higher maximum torque
- Sagem electronic fuel injection system.
The Sagem control unit features a crankshaft
position sensor with a resolution of only
10 degrees of crank rotation. This gives
far better control over the engine and delivers
a far more fluid response especially at
low revs. Idling speed control is now fully
automatic and incorporates starting control.
(The choke lever is a thing of the past!)
The Sagem injectors reduce emissions (which
are well under the legal limit) and incorporate
a patented Sagem injected fuel flow control
- Differential injection mapping for both
cylinders ensuring optimum fuel burn in
- The fuel injection control unit recognises
throttle opening and closing movements and
the Dynamic Ignition Advance Control (DIAC)
System varies injection and ignition parameters
to keep power delivery as smooth as possible.
- High power generator to cater for the
powerful front light cluster and any accessories
that might be fitted.
The Aprilia FUTURA RS TOURING 1000's engine
delivers 83 kW (113 HP ) at the crank at
9,250 r.p.m. (ECE corrected) and a maximum
torque of 9.78 kgm (96 Nm) at 7,250 r.p.m..
This is the most powerful twin cylinder
sport tourer on the market today.
In keeping with Aprilia tradition, the
Futura's frame and chassis represent the
epitome of Aprilia know how and embody the
maximum expression of Aprilia philosophy.
The FUTURA RS TOURING 1000's frame is derived
from the acclaimed frame of the RSV supersport,
but incorporates unique and exclusive design
modifications to give easier manoeuvrability
at low speed as well as impressive high
speed stability, to suit the needs of a
motorcycle designed for two-up touring with
In particular, the Futura's frame differs
from that of the RSV Mille in the following
- A 4 mm longer steering head
- Steering base 5 mm further forward
- Special engine mountings.
The result is perfect weight distribution
for road touring, with the same legendary
rigidity and handling that typify the original
On top of this, the RS Touring features
an exclusive, eye-catching single member
swing-arm in chilled cast aluminium alloy
for light weight and maximum rigidity. Rigidity
is ensured by the excellent mechanical characteristics
of the aluminium alloy and by the exclusive
design of the top beam that only the Aprilia
FUTURA RS TOURING 1000 can boast in this
category of motorcycle.
The decision to use a single member swing-arm
was taken in order satisfy two essential
requirements for a top quality touring motorcycle:
- The need for an exhaust system that does
not stick out and that has a narrow pipe
path to enable panniers to be fitted in
an ideal, close-in position;
- Quick and easy rear wheel removal, with
a single central securing nut. This nut
is made from top quality ergal and not only
adds to the good looks of the bike but (thanks
to ergal's extremely light weight) also
helps reduce rotating mass.
The exclusive exhaust system is another
eye-catching feature of the Aprilia FUTURA
RS TOURING 1000, both for its under-seat
position and for the original design of
the single, centrally mounted final silencer.
The exhaust system is manufactured entirely
from stainless steel (to guarantee long
working life without loss of efficiency).
The two in one in two in one design has
a total internal volume of approximately
The installation of this impressive exhaust
system is possible thanks to the reduced
dimensions of the dry sump engine. The absence
of an oil sump has made it possible to locate
one expansion chamber directly under the
engine in order to:
- achieve a total exhaust system volume
of 15 litres, giving high performance with
low noise (as should be the case with any
good sports tourer);
- locate a small size final silencer under
- keep high exhaust temperatures under the
engine rather than under the seat, ensuring
greater comfort for the rider and passenger.
The single, centrally located under-seat
exhaust pipe also generates the following
- optimum pannier positioning, close in
and high up, to avoid interfering with control
and to ensure a good angle of lean on bends;
- symmetrical weight distribution;
- no annoying turbulence at high speed.
- The Aprilia FUTURA RS TOURING 1000's exhaust
is catalysed as standard.
The suspension system is specially designed
for the Futura, and manufactured to ensure
an excellent level of riding comfort. The
system can be adjusted as required to suit
road surface, riding style and loading.
The front fork is a 43 mm Showa upside down
unit, with adjustable rebound and preload.
For the rear suspension Aprilia has fitted
a Sachs monoshock with adjustable rebound
and preload. This damps a progressive action
linkage specially calibrated for comfort
even with the bike fully loaded with rider,
passenger and luggage. The rear suspension
can be adjusted by means of a practical
external knob. This enables the setup to
be adapted quickly and easily to match any
riding parameters from solo sports to full
The specially shaped seat and the use
of a padding material developed by Aprilia
ensures an exceptional level of riding comfort,
even after many hours on the road. The positioning
of the footrests and handlebars and the
height of the seat have been carefully worked
out to achieve the best possible ergonomics
for reduced fatigue even after many hours
of riding. This means that both the rider
and the passenger can make even the longest
journeys in absolute comfort and without
Stylish and functional, the wheels of
the Aprilia FUTURA RS TOURING 1000 have
5 symmetrical double "U" profile spokes,
and are manufactured in sand cast aluminium
alloy for a perfect combination of light
weight and rigidity. This special design
(that actually involves 10 individual spokes)
has enabled the rim's central channel to
be kept light. By concentrating weight near
the hub, this ensures very low rolling inertia.
The dashboard of the Aprilia FUTURA RS
TOURING 1000 comprises two analog instruments
and an easy to read multi-purpose digital
display for clock, ambient temperature,
coolant temperature, and litres of fuel
remaining (with graphic and digital display).
This unit also displays a "service" message
to notify the rider when a service is due,
and also displays injection system malfunction
codes (signalled by a warning light). Easy
readability is ensured by large instrument
size and blue back-lighting (adjustable
to 3 levels of intensity). Blue back-lighting
prevents eye fatigue and also gives the
dashboard of the FUTURA RS TOURING 1000
a prestigious and exclusive look.
The Aprilia FUTURA RS TOURING 1000 is
equipped with components of an exceptionally
- Brembo Gold brakes with Freudenberg brake
lines (with technical characteristics similar
to those of metal braided lines). Front
brake with double ? 300 mm stainless steel
floating disks, callipers with four differential
diameter 34 and 30 mm pistons and sintered
pads. Rear brake with ? 255 mm stainless
steel disk and floating calliper with two
28 mm pistons.
- Removable high strength steel saddle mount
- Free form multi-focal light cluster manufactured
in special plastic for lightness and optimum
weight distribution at a point critical
to ridability. The headlight is adjustable
vertically and horizontally and uses three
H7 55 W halogen bulbs with two high beams
at the top and one low beam at the bottom.
The depth and width of the beam combined
with the intense, uniform light from this
highly functional unit ensure exceptional
- Centre stand fitted as standard.
Just like any self-respecting flagship
motorcycle, the Futura comes with full optionals.
Panniers are fitted as standard, as are
the tank bag and centre stand. Aprilia also
has the more demanding Futura rider in mind,
though. The Aprilia Body-Guard armoured
cable lock will keep your pride and joy
safe from theft.
- Engine - Longitudinal 60° V twin four
stroke, with patented AVDC system (Anti-Vibration
- Fuel - 95 RON lead-free
- Cooling - Liquid cooling with three-way
pressurised circuit. Double radiator.
- Bore and stroke - 97 x 67.5 mm
- Displacement - 997.62 cc
- Compression ratio - 11.8:1
- Valve timing - Double overhead cam with
mixed gear/chain timing drive, four valves
- Maximum power at crankshaft - 114 HP (84
kW) at 9,250 r.p.m..
- Maximum torque at crankshaft - 94 Nm at
- Fuel injection Integrated electronic engine
management system. Indirect multi-point
electronic injection. 51 mm diameter throttle
- Ignition - Digital electronic ignition
with TSI (Twin Spark Ignition) with two
spark plugs per cylinder. Ignition timing
integrated in the injection control system.
DIAC (Dynamic Ignition Advance Control)
electronically controlled ignition timing.
- Starting - Electric starter
- Lubrication - Dry sump with separate oil
reservoir. Circuit capacity 4 litres. Double
trochoidal pump with oil cooler.
- Gearbox - 6 speed. Transmission ratios:
- 1st - 35/14 (2.5)
- 2nd - 28/16 (1.75)
- 3rd - 26/19 (1.368)
- 4th - 24/22 (1.091)
- 5th - 22/23 (0.957)
- 6th - 23/27 (0.852)
- Clutch - Multiple disk in oil bath with
patented PPC power-assisted hydraulic control
- Primary drive - Straight toothed gears.
Transmission ratio: 60/31 (1.935)
- Final drive - Chain. Transmission ratio:
- Frame - Sloping parallel twin-spar frame
in aluminium alloy. Removable high strength
steel saddle mount frame.
- Front suspension - Showa 43 mm upside-down
fork with adjustment for compression, preload
and rebound dampening. 120 mm wheel travel.
- Rear suspension - Single member aluminium
alloy swing-arm. APS (Aprilia Progressive
System) linkage. Sachs hydraulic monoshock
with adjustment for compression, preload
and rebound dampening.
- Wheel travel - 120 mm.
- Front brake - Brembo double floating disk
in stainless steel, Ø 300 mm. Callipers
with four differential 34 and 30 mm pistons.
Sintered brake pads. Freudenberg brake lines.
- Rear brake - Stainless steel disk, Ø 255
mm. Floating calliper with two 28 mm pistons.
Freudenberg brake lines.
- Wheels - Sand cast aluminium alloy
- Front - 3.50 X 17"
- Rear - 5.50 X 17"
- Tyres - Radial tubeless;
- Front - 120 / 70 ZR 17
- Rear - 180 / 55 ZR 17
- Maximum length - 2,170 mm
- Maximum width - 740 mm (at handlebars)
- Maximum height - 1240 mm (at windshield)
- Seat height - 820 mm
- Handlebar height - 940mm (at bar ends)
- Wheelbase - 1,435 mm
- Trail - 98 mm
- Steering angle - 25.6
- Electrical system - 12V
- Battery/Alternator - 12 V 12Ah /470W
- Tank Capacity - 21 litres, 5 litre reserve
- Colours - Darkness Black, Hilton Blue
- Accessories - Panniers (and mounting racks)
standard. Optional: tank bag, Aprilia Body
Guard armoured cable lock.