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adam123
03-22-2014, 05:09 PM
Hi guys I was an active member on here years ago back in my rs50 days. I'm looking at getting myself a tuono. I'm pretty settled on a blue and white one 2007 onwards. I've had a look around and havnt found one below 4000 with anywhere between 10k-15k miles. Does this seem about right?
Also is there any advice you could give when I'm looking at them? Anything in particular to look for or to ask?

Thanks alot

vato loco
03-22-2014, 05:26 PM
Check the stator and overall charging system. It's a weak link with these bikes but not unfixable.

adam123
03-23-2014, 03:24 PM
Is there a way I can check the stator with out taking apart too much of the bike? Maybe charging voltage at certain revs?

fzwilly
03-23-2014, 03:49 PM
my bike ran fine but was concerned about the condition of the stator so I went ahead and did a visual inspection and found my stator was completely black. I tested voltage just last summer/Fall and I had 14.3ish at the battery with a quality volt meter so not assurance you are not close to a stator meltdown. I will now replace the stator, switch to a series regulator and perform the oil cooling mod. I still love this bike enough deal with this but if it happens every 15-20K I may need to divorce my Italian lady.

Gem STate ST
03-23-2014, 04:03 PM
Is there a way I can check the stator with out taking apart too much of the bike? Maybe charging voltage at certain revs?

Partway thru 08 Aprilia went with a 370 stator which lessened this problem.Look for engine numbers from 8176929 and up.

adam123
03-23-2014, 04:16 PM
No problem thanks for the advice. I've been looking around at the various mods 15t front sprocket, map2 with open cans and the oil cooler mod (still not 100% what this is)

squealer
03-23-2014, 04:55 PM
You'll be lucky to find an 07 for 4k, I've been watching prices as I might have to sell mine later this year:(

adam123
03-24-2014, 12:55 AM
Ye that's seems to be right, I want a blue/white one with no more than 10-12k miles. What do you think I'll be spending?

bloodnutt
03-24-2014, 01:26 AM
Ye that's seems to be right, I want a blue/white one with no more than 10-12k miles. What do you think I'll be spending?

Black & grey ones are much better bikes !

DanV990
03-24-2014, 08:51 AM
Ye that's seems to be right, I want a blue/white one with no more than 10-12k miles. What do you think I'll be spending?

Why are you limiting yourself to 10-12k miles? These bikes with normal maintenance routinely operate past 100,000 miles without issue.

http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/showthread.php?279768-Think-the-Gen-2-V990-is-a-100-000-mile-motor

adam123
03-24-2014, 12:22 PM
It's more the condition of the bike I've looked a few with higher mileage and there just aren't as pristine as the lesser mileage ones. Also the engines may last 100,000 miles but everything else won't be far behind, bearings, fork seals, caliper seals and rear shock so on....

DanV990
03-24-2014, 12:39 PM
Seals and bearings are part of normal maintenance. My Mille has over 61,900 miles on it and with a little work it looks almost as good new and with a few upgrades along the way performs much better than new. I think you are unnecessarily limiting your range of choice in bikes by choosing an arbitrary limit on the number of miles. A well looked after higher mileage bike could very well be a much better bike, not to mention value, than a lower mileage one that was not well maintained or neglected.

adam123
03-24-2014, 02:08 PM
I don't disagree with you one bit, but generally a lower mileage bike would be in better condition, I'm speaking stereotypically of course. Don't get me wrong if a bike with higher mileage comes along then I wouldn't dismiss it at all. As regards to the recommended mods which ones need doing for running of the bike? Eg the oil cooler mod? What is it? When I get a bit more time this weekend I will be doing some searching on the forum to learn as much as I can

fzwilly
03-24-2014, 05:10 PM
I understand both your points but what Adam is saying is that he wants to purchase a bike that looks brandy new as well as mechanically sound. Not all people have bikes with 50K+ miles that look new like your's Dan or my 06 FZ1 and my 07 Tuono Factory. I seen bikes with 8-10K miles that look horrible ie.. dirty, rusty, scratched & dented. Good luck with your search Adam and don't settle.

squealer
03-24-2014, 05:55 PM
After having a second look last night, not looked around for a few weeks, there seems to be a few on Autotrader just over your budget. I'm sure with a bit of haggling you could get them down on their price. Cash talks, hope you get one soon.

adam123
03-25-2014, 12:05 PM
Thanks for help guys fzwilly you're spot on to be honest and squealer I've got my eye on a couple and I'm in talks with one of them to see what he will do