The middleweight adventure bike segment is rife with options for the discerning consumer. With bikes in or around the 650cc bikes being what many consider to be the Goldilocks zone, adventure bikes from manufacturers all over the world are becoming lighter, more nimble, and more capable than ever.
A testament to this statement would be Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 which was launched in the local market a couple of weeks ago. Sporting Yamaha’s famed 680cc crossplane parallel-twin engine, the Ténéré 700 has fast become a favorite among adventure riders looking for a versatile and thoroughly capable all-rounder. That being said, could the Ténéré 700 soon be knocked off the affordable middleweight throne by an Aprilia adventurer based on the 660 platform?
Well, confirmation to this comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as the Italian motorcycle company has confirmed its plans of developing a 660cc parallel-twin equipped adventure bike in the form of the Tuareg 660. Sharing the same platform as its naked sibling, the Tuono 660, it will likely share the same engine as the sportbike from which it all started, the RS 660. Equipped with a 660cc 270-degree parallel-twin, the RS660’s motor is tuned to produce an astounding 100 horsepower. Chances are that it’ll bear a slightly detuned setting in the Tuareg in order to account for better low-end performance.
Having said that, the Aprilia RS660 is currently available in the local market, albeit in extremely limited quantities, for a staggering price of P860,000. Chances are the Tuareg 660 will be priced at around the same ballpark, which means it’ll be over P200,000 more expensive than the Yamaha Ténéré 700. We certainly can’t wait to see the developments concerning this performance-oriented adventurer. If you’re interested as well, be sure to stay tuned, as we’ll bring you all the latest developments to this story.