modificationsWhat you need to know about modifying the Aprilia RST1000 Futura, from essential mods to luggage racks and performance mods.

You’ll also find some info from people who have done the mods.

Aprilia Futura modifications

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Tuning and performance mods

Things to make your Aprilia Futura go faster – or just better!
crash bungs rg

Crash bungs

Aprilia Futura – Crash bungs (frame sliders) The Futura can be very vulnerable to damage when falling over at a standstill, never mind a low speed spill, but crash bungs can save you a lot of hassle, especially if the bike goes down without the hard luggage on. Nothing can guarantee your bike won’t get […]
Carbon front fender

Fit a carbon fibre front mudguard

The front mudguard (or fender if you’re from the US) on the Aprilia RST1000 Futura is unique to the bike, but others will fit for a sportier look. Wolfie’s Futura, pictured, looks particularly handsome with a carbon fibre RSV front mudguard. Mudguards from the following bikes will fit with a little modification – namely opening […]
petrol cap mod

Fuel filler cap modification

Aprilia Futura – filler cap modification The Aprilia RST1000 Futura comes equipped with a shroud inside the fuel filler cap that some owners have removed. Removing it makes it easier to completely fill the bike up at fuel stops, as you can actually see inside the tank. It’s also quite easy to do if you’re […]
KamilsRST's Futura after fuel quick release failure resulted in a fire

Fuel quick disconnect modification

Aprilia Futura – Fuel quick disconnect (QD) The Aprilia Futura’s original fuel quick disconnect is plastic and prone to breaking, with potentially disastrous results like those to the right. This, along with the brown connector, is one of the two modifications that really must be done to the bike without delay. This issue has been […]

HID headlight

Aprilia Futura – High Intensity Discharge headlight (HID) install For most of us, the headlight on the Aprilia RST 1000 Futura is good enough, but there’s always room for improvement. So if you want to turn night into day then fitting a High Intensity Discharge (HID) kit is the way to go, providing you can […]

Horn upgrade

Aprilia Futura – Air horn installation One of the great mysteries of motorcycling is why bikes always come fitted with a horn no louder than a bee’s fart. The Aprilia RST 1000 Futura is no exception, but thankfully John B on the Apriliaforum has fitted a set of Fiamm airhorns loud enough to attract the […]
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Light switch modification

If you want more lighting power you can wire up the headlights so the dip stays on when you use main beams. The guide below was originally written by PaulZX9R and applies equally to all 1,000cc Aprilia Vee twins. Headlamp switch mod Disassemble left hand switch gear. (two cross-heads screws from underneath) Separate the two […]
RSVR mirrors fitted to Befbever's bike

Mirrors - alternatives

Aprilia Futura – Mirrors The Futura’s distinctive mirror/indicator housing can get damaged in a crash or a tip over and is expensive to replace. Though the indicator lenses can be cheap to get hold of, the mirror glass isn’t – and standard mirror glass doesn’t give as wide a view. Aprilia lists the whole unit […]
MauriceOz's Aprilia Futura with standard stand (left) and the US part fitted

Side stand modification

Aprilia Futura – Sidestand mod For some owners, the Aprilia RST1000 Futura sits a little too close to the vertical for comfort when parked on the sidestand. Given the bike’s tendency to catch the wind, more than one Futura has been blown off its sidestand in high winds. If this really bothers you it can […]
Hansb's single seat modification

Single seat conversion

Aprilia Futura – Single seat hump Fancy turning your Aprilia RST1000 Futura into a single seat bike – and getting some more dry storage space into the bargain? Well, as you can see in the picture, it’s been done, and with a reasonable level of skill you can do the same yourself for not much […]