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    Cool Aprilia Noob saying hello

    I'm picking up my first Aprilia in a couple of weeks. 2008 Tuono Factory. I've been on Triumphs since 2008 both a Sprint ST and Street Triple R. I used to ride with a friend in Germany who owned a Gen 1 Tuono and I've never gotten over the look and sound of that bike. They have character, IMO. The Rotax symphony sounds so much better than the Milwaukee version!

    I've been lurking around here getting educated on what to expect owning the Ape. I'll be looking at the stator/RR connectors for sure. Not sure which stator this one has, most likely the 370W, right? Both my Triumphs stranded me due to very similar issues, one had the shunt style regulator go super-nova and the other had one phase drop out from the stator. Good times!

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    It has been said the in 2008 the low wattage rotor was used on engine number 8176929 and up. So you could possibly have a 500 watt rotor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox Fader View Post
    It has been said the in 2008 the low wattage rotor was used on engine number 8176929 and up. So you could possibly have a 500 watt rotor.
    Just realized I said stator instead of rotor. I'll have to check the numbers once I have it in the garage.

    I like the tone from your cored exhaust, FF. Sounds well balanced.

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    Got it out of the garage today for a nice ride into DeSoto Forrest. What a stable bike! I'm coming off a '16 Street Triple that is a twitchy little machine.

    The clutch system needs some attention. It is engaging at the far end of lever travel and I'm worried it is close to the slip point. The rear brake is non-existent. I see kzmille has some really thorough guides for these issues.
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    G'day ioneater and WAFO.
    Nice bike. Must feel substantial compared to a Street Triple.
    You'll get used to the clutch lever actuation.
    Mine has been like that from new and an aftermarket slave made little difference.
    Adjusting the lever may help.
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    Thanks Bloodnutt,

    Ok, so it's normal for these to engage near the extended lever position? I hardly had to pull on the lever to disengage it. I figured it needed a good bleeding to bring the engagement point closer to the bar or something like that. I flushed and converted it to DOT 5 today, lubed all the innards with silicone grease and bled it thoroughly. Haven't had a chance to ride it, just fired it up on the stand and checked clutch operation. I've got the lever adjustment as close to the bars as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ioneater View Post
    Just realized I said stator instead of rotor. I'll have to check the numbers once I have it in the garage.

    I like the tone from your cored exhaust, FF. Sounds well balanced.
    Thanks, believe it or not, throttle response is way better than any other I've ridden.

    Bleed the rear brake properly and you'll have no problems.
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    Rear brake complaints are really common for the Gen 2 (try searching this forum for more info), but mine seems to be okay. Perhaps I just have lower expectations.
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    Oh yeah, to the OP, I forgot to add. The rear brake is what Aprilia designed it to be. It's made to slow the bike, not stop it. You'll see lots of people modding the rear brake to make it bite harder. Aprilia didn't make a mistake, they did it this way intentionally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox Fader View Post
    Oh yeah, to the OP, I forgot to add. The rear brake is what Aprilia designed it to be. It's made to slow the bike, not stop it. You'll see lots of people modding the rear brake to make it bite harder. Aprilia didn't make a mistake, they did it this way intentionally.
    I know you keep saying this, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this. Do you have any written verification of this claim?

    My rear brake doesn't even slow me down, it's basically nonexistent.

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    Today I bled it IAW kzmille's clutch/brake thread. It now performs up to my expectations of a tiny rear brake on a 400lb bike. I never stop a motorcycle solely with the rear brake. Asking for trouble doing that in my experience on and offroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pvster View Post
    I know you keep saying this, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this. Do you have any written verification of this claim?

    My rear brake doesn't even slow me down, it's basically nonexistent.
    Then you have a problem somewhere.

    Micha or Ed has agreed with me in the past. I don't think a company like Aprilia would refine a bike as far as they went with this RSV line then use a Brembo rear brake that doesn't work as they intended. That and common knowledge is all I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ioneater View Post
    I'm picking up my first Aprilia in a couple of weeks. 2008 Tuono Factory. I've been on Triumphs since 2008 both a Sprint ST and Street Triple R. I used to ride with a friend in Germany who owned a Gen 1 Tuono and I've never gotten over the look and sound of that bike. They have character, IMO. The Rotax symphony sounds so much better than the Milwaukee version!

    I've been lurking around here getting educated on what to expect owning the Ape. I'll be looking at the stator/RR connectors for sure. Not sure which stator this one has, most likely the 370W, right? Both my Triumphs stranded me due to very similar issues, one had the shunt style regulator go super-nova and the other had one phase drop out from the stator. Good times!
    Nice bike and Welcome to the addiction! Where in MS are you located?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cew View Post
    Nice bike and Welcome to the addiction! Where in MS are you located?
    Thanks, I'm down in Gulfport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pvster View Post
    I know you keep saying this, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this. Do you have any written verification of this claim?

    My rear brake doesn't even slow me down, it's basically nonexistent.
    I read a lot about this after I got my Factory a couple years ago.. First ride home was a bit of a WTF moment, as yes, the brake seemed useless. But playing with it, I realized that it will easily lock the rear wheel if pushed FIRMLY, but doing so doesn't slow the bike anyway! So it's an adjustment; I use it to stabilize the bike into corners, that's about it. Hard braking unloads the rear so much anyway, that again, all the rear is doing is stabilizing the bike a bit.

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