Road tests and reviews

Aprilia Futura – Magazine road tests and write-ups

The Aprilia RST1000 Futura fared quite well in road tests around the world when it was launched in 2001 and many of these tests are still available to see online.

This page is the largest and most comprehensive archive of Aprilia Futura online road tests and write-ups still available, with links to pdf versions of magazine tests stored on this website.

If you’re thinking of buying a Futura, and want an idea of what it’s like to ride and how it stands up to the competition, then dipping into a few of these should help.

BIKE (UK) road test pictureAt present I have added only a few pdfs, but I have a big stack of magazine road tests waiting to be scanned that I’ll put here when time allows.

Online road tests and write-ups

Motorcycle News

  • Motor Cycle News UK: “The Aprilia RST1000 Futura is desperately underestimated, sadly short lived and now a potential bargain.” Read the road test: Aprilia Futura

Sport Rider was discontinued in 2017.  It’s archives can be accessed through Cycle World, however this requires a subscription (including the two links below).

  • April 2003: Aprilia Futura v Ducati ST4S, FJR1300, Triumph Sprint ST: “[The Futura is]…far and away the most comfortable tuck out of the bunch, due to its excellent seat (and pillion) and forgiving peg position. The better compromised of the two high performance bikes.” Read the road test: Aprilia Futura v ST4S, FJR1300, Triumph Sprint ST group test

Thanks to Spitfire Triple for finding the tests.

Downloadable magazine tests

Some of these are large PDF files of 2 Mb or above, so may take a minute to download. You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them

  • BIKE Magazine (UK) 2002: £8,000 sports tourers test: Aprilia Futura v Ducati ST4s ABS v Triumph Sprint ST v VFR ABS. Download the road test
  • BIKE Magazine (UK) 2003: Sports tourers test – Aprilia Futura v Ducati ST4s v Honda VFR v Triumph 955I Centennial Download the road test