Now, almost a year on, the Tuareg 660 has been spotted in the wild for the first time. The new Tuareg will be the third motorcycle to be launched with Aprilia’s all-new 660cc powerplant, a liquid-cooled parallel twin engine that is half-tilted forward from the factory RSV4 1100 V-four mill.
The Aprilia Tuareg 660 is something of a retro throwback for the Italian company. Its name is reminiscent of the defiant Dakar machines of the 80s and 90s and offers Aprilia a brave challenger in the emerging ADV middle class, which the Tenere 700 in particular has won impressive Success.
The Aprilia Tuareg 660 2021 features several design lines inspired by the Dakar Rally motorcycle. It seems that Italy is aiming for big competitors in the adventure motorcycle segment like the Yamaha Tenere 700, perhaps the 800 Honda Africa Twin (if the rumors are true), the BMW F 850 GS and the KTM 790 Adventure.
The bodywork is equipped with a fuel tank that sits on top of the engine and does not slide sideways, so the maximum fuel capacity is around 18 liters. From an ergonomic point of view, the riding position seems to offer good off-road dynamics as the Adventure motorcycle is equipped with a narrow saddle that is mounted quite high (we may see 870mm from the ground).
The Aprilia Tuareg 660 is powered by the RS 660 powerplant. This is a 660 cc twin-cylinder engine with 99 bhp. This engine is connected to a six-speed transmission with a bi-directional quickshifte. Torque readings have not been disclosed by the company, but we hope they will be impressive.
Even the suspension parts of the Tuareg 660 will most likely be identical to the RS 660’s fully adjustable 41 mm KYB inverted forks with mono-shock absorber, while the braking duties will be handled by twin front and single rear disc brakes with Brembo calipers. However, bicycles may require longer suspension travel for off-road use.