WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Frame damage – dents or scrapes – down by the gear lever or brake lever. If the bike has been dropped on either side, the levers can push into the frame and leave a mark in the aluminium. It won’t cause a real problem but it’s a cosmetic defect and a decent bargaining tool.
Like the Triumph, a large clanking or clattering on the left side of the motor when you press the starter button means a starter sprag clutch problem. On the Aprilia it’s no longer a huge issue – parts and knowledge are easily available to fix it. But reckon on £300 to pay someone to fix it for you.
Beware of fake Tuono Racing models – there are a lot Tuonos out there and it’s not a big stretch to fit RSV-R parts – Öhlins suspension, OZ wheels, carbon panels – by cross-referencing the frame numbers: ZD4RP means it’s an RSV and ZD4RPB means it’s originally a Tuono.
Brembo radial calipers, Öhlins forks, OZ wheels, exotica overload. Carbon cowl and all-important decal