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11-15-2003, 04:23 PM
Does any one have pictures of the "clarkie tuono", or weblinks or websites. wanted them for a friend. thanks....

11-15-2003, 04:55 PM
Sure you can search for others....

Buutt here's one..

11-15-2003, 05:39 PM
Johny2Stones, thanks a million!:banana:

11-15-2003, 07:14 PM
and here,

11-15-2003, 10:04 PM
ahhh, my baby :D

i'm like a proud dad :banana:


11-15-2003, 10:17 PM
Originally posted by clarkie49
ahhh, my baby :D

i'm like a proud dad :banana:


Are you all done with it???

Or is it coming to NH??

11-16-2003, 12:00 AM
its the property of aprilia usa so your guess is as good as mine, i wish we could get it at the shop for a bit.

maybe it will turn up on ebay instead :D


11-16-2003, 12:58 AM
What all did you do to this Tuono. Any major engine mods? I have heard it rocks.

Ricky J
11-16-2003, 02:47 AM
From the Ricky J R-chives:




Hey, this digital photography thang just might catch on....nah.

11-16-2003, 09:38 AM
this is copied from the press kit for the bike.

"the evil one"

Let us introduce you to the most Evil Aprilia motorcycle ever
created... the "Clarkie".

The Aprilia RSV Tuono Clarkie was built from a standard Tuono
that had a wicked interaction with gravity earlier in the year.
Sure the bike could have been fixed back to stock... but that
would be boring. Thus the Tuono Clarkie was born.

Named after the 2000 Aprilia Cup champion and Aprilia Demo
Manager, Aaron Clark, the Clarkie features everything he
wanted in the most twisted full-bore project bike Aprilia has
ever had. Aaron ordered a pile of the coolest stuff available
from his friends at European Motorcycle Accessories.

A bike capable of squeezing the rider between the gas cap and
the asphalt called for an all black (very very black) paint
scheme - so complimenting that scheme, the stock Brembo
wheel and brake package was replaced with black superbike
class PVM wheels, calipers, and rotors.

If twisting the planet off it's axis was the goal, the addition of
the Translogic QS2 Quickshifter makes it happen without
clutching. The Clarkie barks through a Harris Performance slipon,
cranking out 130 horsepower and 80 ft. lbs. of torque to
the rear tire. With the basics taken care of, it was time to
control the evil one and only the best Ohlins shock and steering
damper were up to the task.

EMA is proud to sponsor the RSV Tuono Clarkie and help you
build your own bike up to your high standards. EMA distributes
only the highest quality components for your performance
motorcycle. All the stuff you thought you could not get is
available by calling 925.606.5761 or log on to www.emausa.

Screw average... let EMA and Aprilia show you the way.


Ohlins Adjustable Steering Damper (SD133)
Ohlins unique deign, the oil is held under pressure to avoid the problem
of free play in the damper. The damping range is adjustable in 16 clicks.

Ohlins Fully Adjustable Rear Shock (AP841)
"Piggy back" reservoir with floating piston. Featuring adjustment for
compression, rebound, length, & hydraulic preload adjuster. One of the
most advanced single shock absorbers around. $919.95

Harris Frame Sliders
These machined nylon crash mushrooms are designed to protect the
body & engine from damage in the event of the crash. $64.95

Harris Adjustable Rearsets
Harris has developed their rearsets over years of competition. These
kits are CNC machined from solid billet aluminum and available in
polished, black or gold. $429.95

Harris Oval Slip-On Silencers
The oval race silencer is a natural development of the successful round
body shape. These silencers have been developed to offer optimal
performance in terms of unsprung weight savings and durability.

Translogic QS2 Quickshifter
This system is a full spec superbike quickshifter with Intellishift, the
world's first adaptive quickshifter. The system also comprises of a
remote mount mega-bright shift light for optimum rpm gear shifts.

PVM "5 Spoke" Forged Aluminum Wheels
Completely CNC-processed, it is more stable and rigid than any
traditional cast wheel. The street homologated aluminum version is up
to 30% lighter than comparable cast aluminum wheels. $1795 per set

PVM 6 Piston Mono-Block Calipers
PVM 6 piston mono-block calipers combine form and functionality. This
caliper features titanium pistons and a compact design, which provides
a weight reduction of 20% over 2 piece calipers. $950.00 per caliper

Custom caliper adaptors CNC machined from billet aluminum also
available. $169.95 per set

PVM "EVO" Narrow Track Rotors
This rotor has been optimized for mono-block brake calipers and made
from heat-treated steel. $419.95 per rotor


Inside the Evil One...
After EMA had taken care of the external bolt-on goodies, it was time to
go inside the beast.

First up was a call to Don Lemlin at Scuderia West in San Francisco
(415.621.7223) who had his suspension guru, Coelho, revalve the stock
Showa forks with 20mm Ohlins superbike internals ($599.99).

Making the Evil One breathe was the next project. Ken Zeller from
Evoluzione.net (805.306.9705), provided the project bike with his
54mm throttle bodies and high performance airbox kit ($599.99). He
also threw in his Clutch Slave Cylinder ($179.99) and License Relocator
Kit ($39.99).

Azione Moto in Florida (954.535.2941) provided the STM Slipper Clutch
($924.95) for the Aprilia motor. But it already has a slipper clutch you
say? The STM ball and ramp design makes the clutch slip in a more linear
and progressive fashion than the stock design. The STM Slipper Clutch
can also be adjusted to slip more or less by changing the internal spring
rate, just like the factory boys.

I was up late one night when I thought to myself, 'screw it, let's make it
insane!'. After a call to Bill Himmelsback from Blackman's Racing
(610.965.9865), we had a set of their 100mm piston kits ($799.99) on
the way to Mike Arrington from Millennium Technologies
(920.893.5595). The stock cylinders were bored and plated ($200
each) and in less than a week they were on their way to catch up with
me at Seacoast Sport Cycle in New Hampshire.

With all of the different modifications that had been done to the Tuono, I
had to make the fuel injection work with the 'big' airbox and 'big' pistons
(see a theme here?), so I called in a favor from Dusty at Dynojet
(1.800.992.4993). He supplied a Powercommander ($329.95) and
worked a full custom fuel map. It doesn't matter how much horsepower
you have if the fuel injection isn't right, then the power isn't usable.

Remember, this is a bike for the street, not the track.
The Evil One was almost complete. Out of the blue, I get a box of
bodywork from Aprilia's Robert Pandya. When I unpacked the various
pieces of bodywork, I saw the coolest custom paint job that I had ever
seen. Robert had contacted his friend, Taylor Blair of Blair Graphix
(512.259.6759), who put the final touch on the whole project right
down to printing the sponsor decals. If you ever need a cool custom
paint job, give Taylor a call.

Two months after the bike fell off a cliff at a demo ride, the project has
been finished. The RSV Tuono Clarkie is a true piece of roadside
Americana, assembled in different Aprilia dealerships and Walmart
parking lots across the country.

Hope you like it. I definitely do.

Aaron Clark

11-16-2003, 03:43 PM
Great read, you've got a good deal of products on that thing!!!

(Hopefully one day mine'll compete :D )

11-17-2003, 12:46 PM
i will not paint mine black.

i will not install a 00.5 tail.

i will not add "apexie" to sides of air scoops.

i will not, i will not, i will not......

I WILL, continue to spin the shit out of my rear wheel at all times, lofting the front at will and always ride with a big smile


btw aaron,

nice pipe(s) you got on her now:happy:

11-17-2003, 04:07 PM
yeah dude, i saw yours and could help myself.

actually i wanted arrow pipes on it from the start as they sponsored my for a couple of years and i am friends with the guys at giomoto.

EMA wanted the harris pipe on there as they are the harris importers but didnt want a full 2-2 pipe on there.

both myself and ken zeller were both astounded with the performance gain, i kneew it would make more than the sipon but now my baby has come to life.

hey, you get your beast on the dyno yet???


11-17-2003, 05:41 PM
i still want to try the new pc3, and dan kyle is going to do it for next to nothing just to get some hands on exp.

it still feels the same, however i did a hi-speed pass in my testing area on hw25 to coalinga and could only get it up to 154. must be weather related as the temp was down 20 degrees:confused:

i was pulling fuses for my laguna track day on the 6th, and disconnected the battery.......and...no mo 163 max speed reading on my display.

damnit, jim:mad:

11-17-2003, 08:05 PM
Originally posted by ApexMolester
however i did a hi-speed pass in my testing area on hw25 to coalinga and could only get it up to 154.


Do you ever see LEO's out there on Hwy25? I've noticed from several prior posts that you feel very comfortable...err....slightly exceeding the speed limit out there.

I've only hit about 120mph out there :angel:, although I suppose in the eyes of the law there's not much difference between 120 and 163mph. :gunner:

11-17-2003, 09:50 PM
i have 3-4 areas which allow safe zones with some runout for the hi-speed runs.

before even trying, i'm stopped on the side of the road looking UP^^^^^. aircraft do most of the busting by supporting the ground forces.

i have a few friends whom are chp's, and get some feedback there. there was 2-groups this year which were making stunt movies out there with no respect for the road traffic what so ever (18-25yr olds). one bust had 26 people, which 7 were camera crew on foot and in cars/small pickups. this was at the 198 junction area and north.

anyone doing 2x over any posted speed can go directly to the klink. its up to the officer to do what he wants at that point

if you like, we can get together on a weekend and meet in hollister and make a run out and back.

as a side note*

there is also another road which allows safe speed runs east of greenfield. its called METZ RD. it will take you into king city, and also meets up with bitterwater which takes you over the grade to hw25, 20miles or so north of the 198 junction.

metz rd is a wfo rd which has some very nice section from start to finish. kinda like mines rd in livermore. if you have not rode it, you must. plenty of gas stops too.

11-18-2003, 05:51 AM
Cool, thanks for the info. That's a good idea to stop and look up before attempting high speed runs.

I'd love to meet up some time and ride those roads, although from where I live (near S.F.) it is a long ride so it might have to wait until the days are a little longer. Maybe a couple of other Tuono-philes would like to go and we can all do comparative high-speed passes.:)

11-18-2003, 10:29 AM
my loops are around 270-290miles (monterey/coalinga/monterey)

11-22-2003, 04:51 PM
The Clarkie is in Dallas this weekend. From what I saw, it was getting a little more attention than the Tuono Racing, myself included. It looks like a lot of fun and wow, that front end is SLAMMED! Tip into corners OK? :)

11-22-2003, 07:30 PM
thanks KDUB,

i'm interested in what tires are on it at the moment, i had heard a murmur about different tires.

the bike totally rails with the front slammed like that :D

it is set up for michelin H2's which are a little taller front tire than dunlops or pirellis, it didnt compromise the handling at all, in fact it transfered the weight bias towards the front and makes it a better bike.

it also lets me get both my feet flat on the ground.

if the bike was on a ram stand the front is also tied down so the forks are compressed a bit.


Bill in OKC
11-23-2003, 12:03 AM
I went to the Cycle World show in Dallas today and saw the Clarkie. What a beautiful machine. I am disappointed that there was no discription of the bike - it was just sitting there in all its glory and the impression I got was that *most* people there just walked by it not realizing how special it was. There should be a flyer or board listing all of its modifications and features. I also got to sit on an '04 R (the factory was up on a platform). I think that the R felt just as high as my '02 Mille but the front end was lower, a more radical riding position. It is a beautiful thing and a few people felt it was the most exciting bike at the show. Great job on the Clarkie, Clarkie!

11-23-2003, 12:31 AM
there were a shit load of broshures for the bike at laguna but i guess they all got chucked out when i left aprilia.

then again the bike is supposed to be in stealth mode :D

my wife is going to build a website for the clarkie and some other stuff i am doing like motor and suspension work so i will keep you all informed.

oh yeah, the guys at the shop want me to build another project bike :D :D :D

but i cant say what its going to be yet, quiet brent you cant tell anyone yet.:D

maybe it will be a 140hp caponord, or a mille engined atlantic, or maybe a 250 chassis with a 450 motor, nah that one is too obvious.

thanks again for the kind words bill.

11-23-2003, 02:18 AM
Originally posted by clarkie49
i'm interested in what tires are on it at the moment, i had heard a murmur about different tires.

Right now it's got a set of Pilot Sports on it. They look totally unused and still have the whiskers on them.

11-23-2003, 08:53 AM
its supposed to have H2's on it :mad:

ohwell, whatever at least it is there. :happy:

11-24-2003, 07:27 AM
Don't worry Aaron, I won't tell:D


Bill in OKC
11-24-2003, 10:40 AM
I talked to my son and he said that there was a card on the seat with the technical details of the bike. I guess I was busy looking at the trick brakes and mechanical bits.