so with only 1200 miles under the belt with the tuono, i worked out a airbox replacement kit (carbon plate, hi-flow foam filter over intake trumpets) and swapped the 17T sprocket for a 16T. holy schmokes.
buttoned her up on friday but didnt happen to try her out until saturday and even then it was only for 5 minutes.
took it down a service road adjacent to a local highway. ran it down one side and noticed the lovely intake noises borne from the new air intake setup...very nice. turned a u-turn, as soon as i was upright, i rolled on the throttle with some enthusiasm. the road starts downhill and with the upright ergos, the bike felt normal, albeit witha lighter than normal feeling front end. it wasnt until the bars had lifted even further did i realize i was about 2 feet off the ground with the front wheel. it did it so effortlessly, without warning, but without any jerky or twitch, it was rather surreal.
now make now bones about it, i liek to ride fast, but i have (had) never wheelied before...aside from getting a bit of a light front from a strong drive out of a corner on the track. even then, they are minor crossed-up wheelies. not that there is anything wrong with wheelies, just never added the to the list of riding skills. well having realized the front was on its own, i chopped the throttle and made a less than graceful landing promptly crunching my left nuticle on the tank. the pain was rather numbed against the increased heart rate at the realization of what this bike can do.
this thing is bone stock aside from the 16T countersprocket and the intake setup. can't imagine what she will be like with a pipe and chip or PCIII tuned.
the airbox replacement kit is something we (firebolter and i) whipped up and looking to spead the love to interested folks. we wont have everything completed until december some time, but its a domestically available kit that should make some aprilia owners happy. will post more info as we make more progress. the unit on my bike is the first prototype and i may not change anything on mine, but for the production models, we will tweek a few things. next thing to add is the shorter intake trumpets. hidden bling with more go to boot.