2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 Tuono Racing
- New RADIAL caliper front disks
- New Íhlins upside down fork
- New front mudguard
- Close ratio gearbox
- All bodywork in carbon, expect for the fuel
- Permanently on lights
- Carbon fork guards
- Burnished steel silencer from the RSV 2003
- Nylon slide buffers
- Enclosed cockpit fairing (race regulation
- TITANIUM EVO exhaust system with dedicated
EPROM (2.7 kg in weight instead of 9.9 kg)
- Silencer bracket without passenger footrest
- 16" sprocket
- Enclosed belly pan (with track-homologated
- Drilled bolts for lubrication and braking
systems (race homologated)
- Reverse pattern gearshift
- Black mesh cover for the hole left when
the rear light cluster is removed
- Carbon passenger seat cover
Two bikes for the price of one. Double the
visual impact too. The naked with the highest
performance on the market cannot fail to attract
attention and admiration. Provided you can
keep up of course! And not even the best sports
roadsters can. A few seconds at the traffic
lights perhaps, to appreciate the true Racing
lines then it's time to say goodbye! Dark,
mean looking, with "Aprilia" emblazoned on
the rear mudguard and belly pan, just like
Aprilia's factory racers. And with yellow
number holders on the rear and front fairing,
in compliance with the latest speed championship
regulations. The Tuono Racing leaves you breathless
even in its road-going clothing. With its
competition kit fitted, the Racing becomes
the dream you thought you could never achieve.
There is no fairing to hide the muscle of
the 60░ V twin, and the triple front headlight
cluster has become just a factory mark. Aprilia's
obsessive attention to detail and finish makes
the Tuono Racing a totally unique machine.
The Tuono Racing is aggressive, modern, sporting,
and exclusive, with extremely effective sports
and track ergonomics too. The bike's inimitable
design starts right from the front, with a
carbon headlight cover and a cockpit fairing
that gives the bike better aerodynamics than
any other sports naked. So many details set
the Tuono Racing aside from the rest, like
the nylon slide buffers, white wheels, drilled
bolts, reverse gearshift, and carbon passenger
seat cover; components that most track and
road riders can only dream of.
What more needs be said about this engine?
Its uniqueness, reliability and performance
have made it a reference for every other motorcycle
in the class. We are talking of course, about
the same one thousand cc 60 degree V twin
that powers all Aprilia's 1000 cc machines.
The injection mapping is basically the same
as on the RSV 1000 R 2003, with a couple of
modifications to make it even more suitable
for the Tuono Racing. But then, 130 horsepower
at 9,500 RPM and a maximum torque of 101 Nm
at 7,250 RPM speak clearly enough. These figures
translate into tremendous flexibility, instant
response, and incredible riding sensations.
On the track you really can see 245 kilometres
an hour appearing on the speedometer; a result
achievable only with an impeccable engine
and chassis. The total absence of irritating
vibrations is another point to remember.
The Tuono Racing incorporates the same technical
features that have won the RSV Mille such
fame and acclaim:
- Longitudinal 60░ V twin engine (short and
compact for optimum positioning in the frame),
with four valves per cylinder and double overhead
cams with mixed chain and gear timing drive.
- Electronic fuel injection with a dynamic
air intake system; 51 mm diameter throttle
bodies and continuous self-diagnostics with
real-time dashboard display of system faults.
- 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 injection.
- Dry sump lubrication, with a second trochoidal
pump on the return line, a separate oil reservoir,
and an oil cooler mounted in front of the
engine. Dry sump lubrication means a more
rigid and compact crankcase than wet sump
engines, with no risk of lubrication failure
during fierce acceleration and braking or
- Mixed gear/chain valve timing drive with
the two drive gears (one per timing chain)
located in the engine block to reduce cylinder
The Tuono Racing also incorporates the following
exclusive Aprilia patents:
- AVDC (Anti Vibration Double Countershaft)
system, with a counter-rotating shaft to balance
out crank vibrations. A second, smaller shaft
in the rear cylinder head eliminates the vibrations
generated by the main countershaft. This high
technology solution is accepted to be the
most efficient way of producing excellent
power output, torque and smoothness with very
- Hydraulic clutch assisted by the patented
PPC (Pneumatic Power Clutch) system to control
rear wheel bounce. It is a well known phenomenon
that during rapid deceleration the bike's
weight is transferred on to the front wheel,
leaving the rear wheel too light. This is
accentuated in large twins by the engine's
impressive braking effect. The result is that
the rear wheel bounces, i.e. tends to lock
and leave the ground, endangering the bike's
stability and putting performance and safety
at risk too. The PPC system, already tried
and tested on the RSV Mille, uses the variation
in pressure generated in the intake manifolds
when the throttle is closed to relax the load
on the clutch springs, thus reducing engine
braking at the rear wheel. Despite its effectiveness,
PPC is also a simple system. A pipe connects
the intake manifolds to a reservoir alongside
the clutch. When the throttle is closed, the
vacuum created in the reservoir reduces the
pressure that the springs apply on the clutch
plates. When the throttle is opened again
the clutch returns to its normal operating
conditions, transmitting all available power
to the rear wheel. The system also reduces
the force needed to pull in the clutch lever
at low engine revs.
The Tuono Racing's prize chassis embodies
all the experience and talent of the Noale
design team. The frame is as rigid as granite,
as you will see if you push the motorcycle
to its limits, and allows you to make 100%
full use of the bike's incredible power. The
Tuono Racing shows its mettle at the highest
speeds on straights and bends, leaving you
feeling that your wheels are really stuck
to the road. Merit for all this goes to the
pressed aluminium twin spar frame with silicon-aluminium
alloy castings. This rational, super-lightweight
structure is recognised to give the greatest
torsional rigidity of any production motorcycle
frame. And the wide, raised handlebars make
handling even easier than on the already excellent
RSV Mille. The Tuono's riding position allows
you to recover from even the most critical
situations. And in its Racing configuration
the bike also lets you push your riding limits
forward in total safety. Because the handling
of the Tuono Racing really is natural, and
lets you enter bends faster than ever before
and maintain your line with total precision.
And the Tuono Racing will never let you down;
handling remains constant and responses remain
instant in deceleration, acceleration out
of bends, and specially on high speed mixed
Though a production machine, the Tuono Racing
has the best suspensions available today.
The name itself says it all: Íhlins Racing,
the same suspensions used on Aprilia's competition
machines. Because we know that Tuono Racing
riders expect only the best.
The 43 mm upside down TIN coated front fork
has been improved structurally and hydraulically.
Naturally, the fork is fully adjustable (spring
pre-load, hydraulic rebound and compression
damping). The precision adjustment system
allows even the most experienced riders to
find their ideal set-up. The outer legs have
been lengthened by 15 mm and the stanchions
shortened accordingly, with the bottom bushings
moved down 15 mm to reduce friction. This
has reduced load at the two most critical
points of the fork, the sliding bushing and
the stanchion/outer fixing. Wheel travel is
The calliper mounting block is in monolithic
forged aluminium for greater rigidity and
braking stability, in line with the latest
GP and SBK technology. In fact the entire
front end has been thoroughly revisited using
Aprilia's recent GP racing experience to optimise
relative flexibility and ensure perfect damping
of suspension movements even with the bike
at an acute angle. The result is the best
suspension you can find today in terms of
exclusivity, technology and efficiency. The
rear suspension is a professional Íhlins Racing
unit too. The monoshock unit with piggy back
nitrogen cylinder provides adjustments for
rebound, compression, preload and even length,
so that the rear end of the bike can be raised
or lowered to match road or track type, rider
preferences and the overall suspension set-up.
Because the Tuono Racing is a serious racer
in every way. Only the fairing has been left
The Tuono Racing uses the same close ratio
gearbox as the RSV 1000 2003. This gives it
unbeatable acceleration on the road and track
(especially at high revs and powering out
of bends) and more effective power in all
gears. With the Tuono Racing, racing satisfaction
is guaranteed. Then there is Aprilia's patented
PPC clutch to eliminate rear wheel lock and
bounce during fierce deceleration (a phenomenon
typical of large, powerful twins) and make
the Tuono Racing safer, easier, and even more
satisfying to ride.
The Tuono brakes were already the best. But
on the Racing, Aprilia has gone even further
and fitted a new, improved braking system
that places the RSV 1000 Tuono Racing way
out in front of the competition. Because the
Tuono Racing is the first production street
fighter with radial calliper brakes.
The benefits of radial calliper brakes:
- More progressive action (with better control
over braking on road and track), thanks to
reduced system flexing and more linear response.
- With radially fixed callipers the pads work
in more precise alignment with the disk, because
the calliper is rigidly aligned with its theoretically
optimum working position even during fierce
braking. This extends pad life by guaranteeing
perfect pad alignment and pad wear.
- More constant braking effect with less difference
in efficiency between hot and cold.
- The Tuono Racing also features a 5 mm wider
gap between the two disks (2.5 mm per disk)
to improve front end stability and disk cooling.
Even the pads themselves are in a new sintered
material that affords better performance and
It is the little things, almost obsessive
attention to detail, and standards of finish
unknown to the competition that make the
Tuono Racing so exclusive. The Racing embodies
all the dedication, experience and mystique
of Aprilia. The unrivalled standard of the
components used on the Racing prove the
- The fuel tank is manufactured in rotational
nylon for minimum weight. Rotational nylon
is perfect for use on the track because on
top of its light weight it is even more resistant
than sheet metal to small knocks and scratches.
The filler cap's machined locking ring is
finished in matt chrome.
- The steering yoke and handlebar mountings
are machined from a solid block just like
professional race components.
- The rider and passenger footrests are in
high grip aluminium.
- The digital-analog multi-function dashboard
incorporates integrated injection system self-diagnostics
and a 40 memory chronometer operated by the
headlight flasher. The instruments have amber
back-lighting for a racing look and optimum
legibility under all conditions.
- Direction indicators homologated for U.S.
- The front headlight cluster is manufactured
from a special plastic to ensure lightness
and optimum weight distribution at a point
critical to ridability. The H7 bulbs for main
and dipped beam (H4 dipped beam for the USA)
and the reflector geometry have been improved.
The depth and width of the beam combined with
its high intensity and uniformity provide
extremely high visibility lighting.
- The permanently on lights (dipped beam)
conform to the latest road safety directives,
ensuring legal compliance and maximum riding
safety on the road.
- Engine type - Longitudinal 60░ V twin, four
stroke. Patented AVDC anti-vibration double
- Cooling - Liquid cooling with three-way
pressurised circuit. Double radiator. Circuit
capacity 2.6 litres.
- Bore and stroke - 97 x 67.5 mm
- Total displacement - 997.62 cc
- Compression ratio - 11.4 : 1
- Valve gear - Double overhead cams, mixed
gear/chain timing drive, four valves per cylinder.
- Max power at the crank - 96 kw (130 HP)
at 9,500 rpm
- Max torque at the crank - 10.3 kgm (101
Nm) at 7,250 rpm
- Fuel injection - Integrated electronic engine
management system. Indirect multi-point electronic
injection. 51 mm diameter throttle bodies.
95 RON lead-free fuel.
- Ignition - Digital electronic ignition with
TSI (Twin Spark Ignition) with two spark plugs
per cylinder. Ignition timing integrated in
the injection control system.
- Starting - Electric starter.
- Lubrication - Dry sump with separate stainless
steel oil reservoir. Double trochoidal pump
with oil cooler.
- Primary drive - Straight toothed gears.
Transmission ratio: 60/31 (1.935)
- Gearbox - 6 speed. Transmission ratios:
- 1st - 34/15 (2.27)
- 2nd - 31/19 (1.63)
- 3rd - 26/20 (1.3)
- 4th - 24/22 (1.091)
- 5th - 24/25 (0.96)
- 6th - 23/26 (0.88)
- Final drive - Chain.
- Transmission ratio - 42/17 (USA: 42/16)
- Clutch - Multiple disk in oil bath with
patented PPC power-assisted hydraulic control.
Metal braided clutch line.
- Frame - Box section, sloping twin spar frame
in aluminium alloy. Íhlins Racing adjustable
double chamber steering damper with monoblock
- Maximum length - 2,070 mm
- Maximum width - 800 mm (at handlebars)
- Maximum height - 1,200 mm (at windshield)
- Seat height - 820 mm
- Handlebar height - 1,040 mm at bar ends
- Wheelbase - 1,415 mm
- Trail - 99 mm
- Steering angle - 25░
- Front suspension - 43 mm Íhlins titanium
nitride coated upside-down fork. 120 mm wheel
travel. External adjustment system for rebound,
compression and preload. Shortened stanchions.
Radially fixed calliper. Solid machined light
alloy top yoke.
- Rear suspension - Aluminium alloy swing-arm.
Aprilia Progressive System (APS) linkages.
Íhlins Racing monoshock with piggy-back cylinder,
adjustable in rebound, compression, preload
and length. Wheel travel 135 mm.
- Front brakes - Front: Brembo double stainless
steel floating disk, ? 320 mm. Radial calliper
with four 34 mm pistons and four sintered
pads. Metal braided brake line.
- Rear - Brembo stainless steel disk, ě 220
mm. Twin 32 mm piston calliper. Sintered pads.
Metal braided brake line.
- Wheels - Forged aluminium alloy.
- Front - 3.50 X 17"
- Rear - 6.00 X 17"
- Tyres - Radial tubeless.
- Front - 120/70 ZR 17
- Rear - 180/55 ZR 17 (alternative: 190/50
- Battery - 12 V
- Alternator - 12 V 10 Ah 400 W
- Tank Capacity - 18 litres, 4 litre reserve
- Handlebars - 28 /22 mm In ergal, with solid
machined light alloy mountings
- Body Composite material - Carbon
- Racing Kit - Enclosed cockpit fairing, carbon
racing belly pan, carbon seat cover, titanium
silencer with dedicated EPROM and mounting
bracket, reverse gearshift, mesh cover for
rear light hole, regulation racing bolt kit,