Last month, Aprilia confirmed rumors that it was developing a new adventure bike based on its new middleweight platform found on the RS660 sportbike. With a naked version, the Tuono 660, already available in the global market, it makes perfect sense that Aprilia launched yet another versatile machine based on this potent platform.
Following the announcement of the Tuareg 660, the entire motorcycling community stood in anticipation, waiting to see just what would roll out of the Noale company’s design studios. When launched, the Tuareg 660 will lock horns directly with the likes of the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and even the KTM 790 Adventure in the premium middleweight ADV segment. On July 31, 2021, Aprilia posted a video on its official YouTube channel finally unveiling the new adventure bike in all its glory.
No doubt, the Tuareg 660 certainly looks like it means business. With its adventure-focused body work, long-travel suspension, and even wire-spoke wheels as standard, there’s no denying that the Tuareg 660 will be one capable off-roader. That said, let’s take a closer look at the bike’s specifications, shall we? For starters, we find the same 660cc, 270-degree parallel twin in the RS 660 and Tuono 660. In the Tuareg, however, Aprilia has tweaked the engine’s tuning to pump out 80 horsepower and 52 ft-lbs of torque. It will likely produce peak power and torque lower in the rev range to provide better off-road capability.
The Tuareg 660’s underpinnings are truly offroad-focused with a 21-inch and 18-inch wheel setup at the front and rear respectively. Equipped with wire-spoke wheels, the Tuareg is tubeless compatible, making it even more versatile for true, blue, ADV aficionados. On the suspension side of things, the Tuareg gets 240mm of travel on both front and rear ends. We can expect a certain degree of adjustability from the bike’s suspension, although Aprilia has yet to confirm if it will be equipped with a premium, full-suite of adjustability.
The Aprilia Tuareg 660 is slated to debut at the tail-end of 2021, or early on in 2022. Designated as a 2022 model, this bike will certainly make a fine addition to Aprilia’s premium middleweight machines. The Italian company is also reportedly developing yet another machine based on the 660 platform—the Pegaso dual-sport. That being said, you might want to stay tuned with Aprilia, as it looks like the company has a good number of exciting new models in the pipeline.