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    Differences between Euro and USA spec?

    Hello all, i'm new to the forum and had a question about an rst I want to go look at. its an 01 with low miles and the owner claims it was imported from germany and as such is tuned for better performance than its us counterparts. The speedo is indeed in KPH. I was just wondering if there was any validity to his claims and if anyone knew what other differences there may be mechanically or cosmetically. I tried to google search but couldn't find anything.

    thanks in advance

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    Right lights switch in EU versions have three positions.
    Engine isn't more powerful.
    English is not my native language, so please be kind to my mistakes.

    Remember, this is an Italian bike with an Austrian motor, it isn't like the GSXR you use to own...

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    There were different air box restrictors for each market.
    Many riders remove the restrictor making them equal.
    '02 Futura, Blue
    100,000 miles !

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    and if Irc, the models going to other parts of the world(France??) had a restrictor that was even more restricted, so maybe that's why he said the German unit was more powerful.

    Yeah, you'll likely have an on/off switch the headlights where ours are on all the time.

    There were 3 ECU maps. The 2002 model maps (I'm still using that map) were massaged a bit for the 2003 models to ease the abrupt off-idle throttle response. The 2001 models came with of a map that you'll be happier w/o, so hooking up to Tune ECU to find out if you need an update to the "05" map would be on your list.

    Also, the safety recall for the quick release fuel connector in the return fuel line only happened in the US. If those parts are still plastic, you'll want to change that sooner than crispy fire later. .

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    US windscreen is clear. I believe EU windscreen has a light smoke tint.

    I'm pretty sure that EU bikes don't get the large amber reflectors on the front fender, like US bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spaz_666 View Post
    I'm pretty sure that EU bikes don't get the large amber reflectors on the front fender, like US bikes.
    Yes EU bikes have no reflector on front fender , easy to kwnow where fut pics are took !

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    The side stand is different.
    The US version in lightyears better.
    Pointing much more out, more stabile.
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    Different sidestand? Really? Never heard about this.
    English is not my native language, so please be kind to my mistakes.

    Remember, this is an Italian bike with an Austrian motor, it isn't like the GSXR you use to own...

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    sorta remember that conversation - from the previous decade.

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    Looks like there are two different part numbers for the side stand ("Lateral Stand") and Stand Plate depending on the country.


    USA - side stand: 8146477, stand plate: 8134755

    Rest of world - side stand: 8146298, stand plate: 8134737
    Last edited by spaz_666; Yesterday at 08:30 AM.

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    ironic that new side stands are available, but things that break off in a tip over - like foot controls, not so much.

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    spaz_666, and what's the difference? Which one is better?
    English is not my native language, so please be kind to my mistakes.

    Remember, this is an Italian bike with an Austrian motor, it isn't like the GSXR you use to own...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAS View Post
    ironic that new side stands are available, but things that break off in a tip over - like foot controls, not so much.
    ??????????????????

    These are all in stock at AF1 or available from the warehouse within a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamdude View Post
    spaz_666, and what's the difference? Which one is better?
    US spec side stands are preferred for many Aprilias (not just Futuras). Primarily, they create a larger "triangle" between the front and rear wheel and the side stand. Think of it like spreading the legs wider on a camera tripod. The larger "footprint" is inherently more stable. They allow the bike to lean a little more too, where the EU spec stands park the bike too upright for many riders' liking. Doesn't look or feel nearly as stable - like the bike could be blown over onto the right side by a strong wind. US spec stands also seem more sturdily built and heavier.

    apriliafutura.co.uk sidestand page

    Gen 2 Tuono thread

    one of many Falco threads

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    Thanks a lot for clarification!
    English is not my native language, so please be kind to my mistakes.

    Remember, this is an Italian bike with an Austrian motor, it isn't like the GSXR you use to own...

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