I had to check this, and this is indeed a first Aprilia Tuono… even first Aprilia on this blog. This is a very extraordinary base to customize. Aprilia is a truly exotic Italian brand. That somehow manages to release machines that can compete with the colossal and more funded brands like BMW and Ducati. The RSV version of Aprilia is year by year one of the best sportbikes on the market. Tuono is a straight descendant from this pedigree, just naked.
Founders of the P.M. Motorbike Garage Customizations located in Albosaggia, Italy. They are Italian, as the brand – so I love this kind of local patriotism. I wish I had a brand in Poland to promote this way. So what can You do when You get Your hands on one of the best machines in its class? (And also one of most expensive ones?) It’s a tough job to improve one…
The builders decided to redesign the rear end completely and use some super-lightweight materials, to further reduce some weight of the donor bike (which already has impressive power to weight ratio of 0.9142 HP/kg!).
The fibreglass and aluminium were used in the tail section and on the mini fairing that is housing the LED headlights. The turn signals came from Kellerman. To reduce weight – carbon fibre. The handlebars and footrests were also custom made. Enter framework, fenders and swingarm are covered in carbon, to give the bike more extreme looks.
The engine was left untouched. Only little mods were made to improve the throttle response. And obviously – the exhaust was custom made. There is no full exhaust available for Aprilia that would be this compact, so it was designed especially for this build.
The builders have kept the molds used to fabricate custom parts you can see on the photos. So… if by any chance You own a Tuono that you’d like to customize – give them a call, probably you’ll strike a deal. Finally, the tricolour paint-job is a tribute to the Aprilia colour pattern from the earlier models. The result is… pretty discreet, to an untrained eye, but a real gem for an Italian superbike nerd.
Pier has been a mechanic for twelve years, passionately restoring and modifying old Japanese and European motorcycles. He met Marco when he came to restore his Yamaha XJ550. The newly made friendship resulted in opening professional garage. They worked already on Cagiva Mito and BMW R-series and Hondas.
Many notice their motorbikes concentrated, unique and aggressive. Covered by elegant pastel colour designs. it’s the style they prefer, but Pier and Marco are ready to grant tailor-made changes together with the customer.
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