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« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2008, 05:49:30 pm »

Come on down to Fortuna at the end of May (see WCRM V sticky in region 1).  It would be fun to get all the Futura riders together in region 1 for B.S. and bad manners and some riding CA-36.  That highway will help you to appreciate the true sport/tourer that the Futura was meant to be.
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« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2008, 11:20:14 pm »

Yeah, Brian, you could ride to Fortuna in one long day.  Come on down!   Bigok

Usually there are about 60 of us hanging around, going for various rides, drinking a few pints and bench racing (bench touring?).
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« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2008, 09:40:14 pm »

Well yesterday I made the 220 mile trip from Albany to Phoenix Oregon. We got there around 5:45, checked out the bike made the deal and headed out. This bike is sweet, very comfortable and plenty of power. The 220 miles back home were a little bit tough, it was 35 degrees out and I rode through about 20 miles of thick fog and got rained on for an hour but the bike held up great. I just have 2 pictures of the bike right now, one at a gas stop on the way back and one from today without the bags on (the mirrors are turned in because I just took off the cover and forgot about them). I think I got a good deal on it, the guy I bought it from gave me about $1k in receipts from recent maintenance things he's done (new chain/sprockets, water pump seals, new rear axle and king bearing, etc).
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« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2008, 10:10:21 pm »

Congrats - looks good!

And it will be comforting to know that you have the faster "Infinity Blue" model  Bigok

Must be something about Futuras... I had to ride mine home in a monsoon when I bought it but her good manners instantly instilled confidence in wet-handling conditions.

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« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2008, 12:11:58 am »

Congratulations!  I think you'll be very happy with it.
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« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2008, 10:31:14 am »

How's the love affair coming along?
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« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2008, 10:46:42 pm »

That king bearing was unavailable for quite a while not too long ago.  It might be a good idea to have someone who knows to check out the rear wheel, make sure it's on correctly (the system is a little unusual), make sure that the holes in the wheel that the locating pins fit into are round and not elliptical.  At how many miles was the bearing replaced?
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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2008, 01:16:17 am »

The bearing was replaced around 27k miles, the wheel is on there good with no play and the holes on the wheel have not been enlarged as far as I can tell. I've put about 2000 miles on the Futura so far and it is by far the best bike I've owned. I could ride all day on it without any discomfort (my Katana wasn't too bad but something about it's seat made my lower back hurt). I recently went on a ride down the Oregon coast with one of my friends and both our girl friends, the Futura did great even in the pretty severe rain and wind we encountered on the second day of the trip. Here's a couple of pictures of the trip

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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2008, 08:45:10 pm »

Make sure you do the "rectifier connector wiring mods" since the connector housings tend to melt.....if not done already.
The Fut forum on the Apriliaforum has tons of info on it.
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« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2008, 10:02:47 am »

Definitely go over the the Aprilia forum sponsered by AF1.  There is tons of great info there in the Futura forum.
I miss mine a great deal, however my Tuono Racing is filling the bill.
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« Reply #30 on: May 30, 2008, 10:11:32 am »

Hey Guys, cool pics, where were you?
Got a question, did the US get any 2005 Futuras?
I thought it was Euro only, please educate me.
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« Reply #31 on: May 30, 2008, 08:21:22 pm »


Got a question, did the US get any 2005 Futuras?
I thought it was Euro only, please educate me.


There is no such thing as a 2005 Futura.  They were last made in 2003, but some were sold as 2004 models.
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« Reply #32 on: May 31, 2008, 03:41:36 pm »


Hey Guys, cool pics, where were you?
Got a question, did the US get any 2005 Futuras?
I thought it was Euro only, please educate me.


Dealers were still selling left overs in '06.  The bike in question may have been titled in '05.

Got my Blue '01 in '03 - Dash burned out but was replaced under warranty. Battery drains quickly if you let the bike stand without removing the two fuses under the seat just behind the battery (as recommended in the manual). No problems other than that. Addressed my throttle response complaints with a K&N filter and a version of the TBR Juice Box - smoothed delivery while giving me 9 more ponies, 6 more torque, all the way across the power band (better MPH as well).

It's in the shop for a full service as we speak and I'm having the sprockets replaced with a D.I.D. kit. The front sprocket is being dropped to 15 teeth. I'll let you know how that turns out.
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« Reply #33 on: May 31, 2008, 05:18:02 pm »

 Curious, How would you compare your new scoot to the Kat as far as riding position? More agressive position? Also since you have a few miles on her now, is wind protection better or worse than the Kat?
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« Reply #34 on: June 01, 2008, 08:42:12 am »


Battery drains quickly if you let the bike stand without removing the two fuses under the seat just behind the battery (as recommended in the manual).


Do you have the stock recifier? If not, there's a better aftermarket one...  One of my bikes has the stocker, the other was upgraded.

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Addressed my throttle response complaints with a K&N filter and a version of the TBR Juice Box - smoothed delivery while giving me 9 more ponies, 6 more torque, all the way across the power band (better MPH as well).


Have not heard of the TBR Juice Box. What is that?

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It's in the shop for a full service as we speak


Which dealer? If you recommend them, owners are always looking for competent shops. Rollin Fast in NJ is good... as is, of course AF1. I used to use Lightning Motosport in Port St. Lucie, FL, but I think they might be out of business.

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The front sprocket is being dropped to 15 teeth. I'll let you know how that turns out.


I think most people go back to the stock sprocket size. Personally, I'd try going up two in the rear. YMMV.
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« Reply #35 on: June 04, 2008, 12:34:27 pm »

So what does your passenger think of the ride?
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« Reply #36 on: June 10, 2008, 12:28:17 pm »

Where are the left over 0-mile 2004 Aprilia Futura found?
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« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2008, 05:35:08 pm »

I own a 2003 RST, I love the thing, great bike, Fast......what else can I say!
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« Reply #38 on: June 30, 2008, 08:33:45 am »


Where are the left over 0-mile 2004 Aprilia Futura found?


In your dreams?   Bigsmile
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« Reply #39 on: June 30, 2008, 08:35:19 am »


I own a 2003 RST, I love the thing, great bike, Fast......what else can I say!


Contact me late fall/early winter and we can get together for a ride.... when I'll be in FL. BTW, a friend of mine in FL has the same combo of bikes as you.
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