Tuning and performance mods

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

exhaust tunes

Exhaust - aftermarket silencer/endcan

Aprilia Futura – exhaust endcans The Futura’s 2 into 1 underseat endcan can be replaced with aftermarket systems, always replacing the single can with a pair of cans. The result is usually more noise and a little more power and torque, since the standard silencer is pretty restrictive. A re-map and proper setting up on […]
The AF1 h-pipe weighs half as much as the original and adds low down grunt

Exhaust - h-pipe (pre-silencer)

Aprilia Futura – Exhaust – Pre-silencer and h-pipe The pre-silencer, also known as the breadbox or pre-muffler, sits under the engine and houses the catalytic converter. It acts as a collector box for the exhaust gases before expelling them to the rear silencer. It’s held in place by springs on the pipes and a single […]
Astroboy66's modified endcan

Exhaust - modifying the OE exhaust

Aprilia Futura – modifying the stock exhaust In the early days of the bike, more engineering-minded owners took to opening up the stock exhausts in search of more performance – and a better ‘soundtrack’. Both the pre-silencer and the underseat silencer have been subjected to this treatment with mixed results. The pre-silencer can be opened […]
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Front sprocket modification

The Aprilia Futura comes with a 16 tooth Afam sprocket as standard, but smaller and larger sprockets are available. The rear sprocket has 43 teeth. Going down to a 15 tooth sprocket is a popular modification done to give the bike more acceleration at the cost of about 5 mph on top end. The standard […]
clutch slave fitted

Aftermarket clutch slave

One way of dealing with the Aprilia Futura’s leaky clutch seal is to replace the whole slave unit with an aftermarket one. They usually offer reduced lever pull and claim greater reliability, though the standard slave can be fixed easily and at a fraction of the cost. Having tried an MPL one only to have […]

Custom maps - TuneECU, PCIII and Tuneboy

Aprilia Futura – Custom maps – Power Commander and Tuneboy The Sagem ECU fitted to the Aprilia RST1000 Futura is not directly re-programmeable, so if you want to do any tuning, you need to add something else to override it. Use the link on the right to do direct to Power Commander III and Tuneboy […]
RSVR flywheel showing the weight attached by six bolts.

Flywheel lightening

Aprilia Futura – Flywheel modification Many of the Aprilia Vee twins have an extra weight fitted to the back of the flywheel generator and it’s common practice among those who race or tune RSVRs to remove it, making the bike rev slightly quicker. And as the RST also has this 2.5lbs (just over a kilo) […]
'Top hat' restrictor


Aprilia Futuras came out of the factory fitted with a restrictor in the airbox which is designed to reduce air flow. There is no electronic restriction as on the Falco, so de-restriction is simply a matter of removing the restrictor. In most cases the ECU will need to be re-mapped to get the best out […]