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Aprilia RST 1000 Futura


Year of specifications 2001 - 2005
Engine 998 cc, 8 valve V-twin
Transmission 6-speed, chain
Top speed 149 mph
0-60 MPH -
Horsepower 114 hp @ 9250 rpm
Weight 210 kg (436 lb)
Seat height 820 mm

The RST 1000 Futura is the Italian answer to the Honda VFR800.

Heavier and less powerful than the Aprilia Falco, the Futura offers a mix of performance, comfort and practicality.

It's stylish too, in its own angular sort of way. The single-sided swingarm looks good, and also makes changing the rear wheel far easier. The full fairing provides decent wind protection for the rider while also contributing to aerodynamic performance.

The Futura is powered by a detuned version of the Aprilia RSV Mille V-twin engine and offers good mid-range power delivery. The clever exhaust system incorporates an underseat silencer allowing space for hard luggage panniers to be attached to either side.

It goes and handles well, with plenty of seat space for long journeys.

On the downside the Aprilia Futura has service intervals (4500 miles) shorter than most of the competition, and expensive spares and running costs.

A good tourer bike for those looking for something a little different.


Similar and related bikes:
Ducati ST4S




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