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fixingGuides to and information about troubleshooting and repairing the Aprilia RST1000 Futura.

From crash damage to poor starting, this section contains info about some common faults – great and small – and how to fix them.

Aprilia RST1000 Futura – How to fix common problems

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Clutch slave issues

Last Updated on April 22, 2019 by Mark EmburyIn common with all the Aprilia 1,000cc V twins, the Futura can suffer problems with the clutch operation. Usually, but not always, these can be traced to a leaking clutch slave cylinder. Other clutch problems, while not unheard of, are rare. Symptoms Difficulty finding neutral; Difficulty changing […]

Light Switch

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatThe right handlebar light switch on the Aprilia RST 1000 Futura has been known to come apart, especially if you’re not careful with it. When this happens the part you operate with your thumb pings off with great force – that’s because there’s a tiny spring with a […]
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Paint and paint codes

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatPaint Futura paint can be difficult to match and is best done by a professional. Aprilia do not release paint codes either. Some colours are easier than others are available as touch-ups on ebay from a company called Bike Colours. Flame Red would appear to be the hardest […]
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Fuel pressure regulator

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatIf you suffer from a high fuel consumption you can check the following items for improvement: 1) Let the Aprilia dealer check your Throttle Position Sensor and idle trim fuel settings( using latest 05 engine mapping). with the axione unit. measure the mixture with lambda or CO probe. […]
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Crash damage: General

Last Updated on June 5, 2014 by Mark EmburyAprilia Futura – Crash damage repair With a fuelled-up weight of 235 kilos (513lb), the RST1000 Futura is a lot of bike to drop. As standard and without panniers, it’s also vulnerable to the sort of damage that can incapacitate the bike, even in a static tipover […]

Dash (clocks) problems

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatAprilia Futura – Dash/ instrument problems The Aprilia Futura’s dash is a thing of beauty, especially after dark when its instruments look back at you bathed in a blue glow. But they can go wrong. Sadly, it seems that problems with the dash are becoming more common as […]

EFI Error

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatAprilia Futura – EFI error codes and diagnosis The Aprilia Futura’s engine management system is able to self-diagnose faults (well, some of them, at least!) and tell you what’s wrong with it. If an EFI fault is present, the EFI light will flash. To find out what’s wrong, […]
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Electrical problems

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatAgainst the background of a bike that’s supremely reliable in the long run, there have been known to be a few electrical gremlins in the Aprilia RST1000 Futura. Electrical problems are far more likely to show themselves in bikes that have been ridden through the winter in the […]
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Front brake judder

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatThis problem is common to all Aprilia V twins, and is easy to fix if you deal with it promptly. Symptoms Especially when braking hard from high speed, the front end shakes violently but the vibration reduces with speed. The symptoms can be mistaken for warped discs, and […]
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Loose rear wheel

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatThe rear wheel on the Aprilia RST 1000 Futura is a thing of beauty, but it must be re-fitted with care. It’s an ingenious design, which allows the wheel to be removed independently of the chain and the brake disc. Not only is it pretty, but it makes […]
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Side stand switch bypass

Last Updated on April 23, 2019 by Mark EmburyThe Aprilia RST 1000 Futura shares a sidestand cutout switch with all the other 1000cc Aprilias and over time this can give trouble due to corrosion. It’s placed right where it collects lots of crap from the road, but it could be fair to say that the […]

Starting problems

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatThis isn’t an exhaustive list but some advice specific to Aprilia Futuras that won’t start. First of all, when you turn the key the bike does a systems check and primes the fuel pump for five seconds or so. Always wait for it to finish before touching the […]
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Tail light unit

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatA handful of Aprilia Futuras have suffered problems with the tail light lens. The lens is fragile from new and appears to grow more brittle with age, but the few failures serve as a warning to us all to be very careful when replacing tail light bulbs. The […]
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Water under the fuel filler cap

Last Updated on May 27, 2014 by PatAprilia Futura – Water collection in the filler cap When filling up after a heavy downpour (or washing the bike), it’s not unusual to open the filler cap only to see water swirl down into the tank. This is because the top part of the tank is a […]