Aprilia started out making small displacement bikes before producing the 998cc RSV Mille in 1998. That bike was so successful that it gave rise to a number of successor 998cc bikes, including the Tuono, which is a versatile street machine, something of a cross between a sportbike and a streetfighter. Trust the Italians to give the bike, with its aluminum frame and carbon fiber body, a distinctive look to go with its track roots and street-use versatility. As a ""naked"" bike, the nose fairing houses only the air intake, headlights, and a small windscreen (which can be replaced with an optional larger one). Lateral spoilers protect the rider’s legs from wind. The Tuono 1000 R comes in three colors for 2008: blue and silver, red, and black.