Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2003 Aprilia Tuono R. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
The Aprilia Tuono is a motorcycling legend now, but it was rolled out in many small stages. It started as as a limited run of a Streetfighter kit for the Falco in 2001, and the following year Aprilia officially created the Tuono (officially called the Tuono Mille RSV-R Limited) with a numbered run of approximately 200.
135 were built in the first run, with roughly another 100 in a second run. Soon after, Aprilia would create the base model Tuono and the Tuono Racing, and the rest is history – Aprilia’s recently released the new Tuono V4, which we got a chance to review at the US press launch.
When the Limited was initially launched, Aprilia told the press that they were going to make 200, 50 of which were slotted for the US.
The Limited got the full-power RSV-R engine and was upgraded with Ohlins suspension front and rear plus a steering damper, OZ lightweight wheels, carbon fiber bodywork, Matte Diablo black paint on the tank, an exclusive gold frame/swingarm color (or as the Italians called it, “oro metalizzato opaco”), Aprilia Racing exhaust with EPROM chip, model-specific seats, and frame sliders.
This example is VIN: ZD4RPC0493S000003. The seller acquired it thirteen years ago from Touring Sport in Greenville, South Carolina (no longer in business).
It is #169 of the production run.
During his ownership, the seller has covered roughly 8,000 miles. The odometer shows 21,227 miles.
Full titanium Akrapovic Aprilia Racing Exhaust & headers.
Aprilia matching matte carbon fiber rear seat cowl.
R&G frame sliders, R&G axle sliders.
Gold radiator and oil cooler guards.
Not pictured is a Gabro Chip with Power Commander (custom tuned on a dyno), as well as “matching matte carbon fiber pieces such as toe/chain protector and upper chain guard (not installed but included in sale).”
The seller notes “a small paint scratch in the gold frame near the triple tree (difficult to notice unless pointed out).”
The sale includes four keys, the owner’s manual, the original tool kit, and several stock parts: footpegs, mirrors, both sets of original seats, windscreen, and levers. “I also have a brand new (never installed) OEM front headlight housing, which I bought in case the one on the bike ever got cracked.”
Currently located in Monument, Colorado, this Aprilia is offered on a clean Colorado title.
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