Aprilia has revealed its new middleweight adventure motorcycle – the Tuareg 660. It has some very interesting features that should help it to take on rivals such as the Yamaha Tenere 700.
Just like the Tenere 700, the new Aprilia Tuareg 660 has very unique styling. It features a radical-looking LED headlamp and DRLs that wouldn’t be mistaken for anything else but the Tuareg. Apart from that, the ADV’s design is quite minimalistic, which should suit its overall character. Yes, there’s the huge, side-mounted exhaust that doesn’t exactly fit the otherwise spot-on package but it is there to keep the emissions in check.
In terms of hardware, the Aprilia Tuareg 660 is fitted with adjustable USD front forks and a rear monoshock, both have 240mm of travel. The braking system comprises dual rotors upfront and a single one at the back, courtesy of Brembo. The seat of the ADV appears to be designed to allow riders to ride easily in diversified terrain conditions. The motorcycle comes with an 18L fuel tank and weighs 187kg dry. For the wheels, Aprilia has gone ahead with a 21-in front and 18-in rear setup with cross-spoke rims and dual-purpose tyres.
As expected, powering the Aprilia Tuareg 660 is the same 660cc parallel-twin engine that we’ve seen in the faired RS 660 and naked Tuono 660. However, to suit the motorcycle’s dual-purpose character, the Italian firm has tuned the engine accordingly; it produces 80 HP and 70 Nm. Apart from that, the Tuareg 660 has been given a fully digital instrument cluster with a colour display, switchable ABS, 4 riding modes, and APRC.
There’s no denying that the Aprilia Tuareg 660 looks like a very tempting overall package. We are eager to see the motorcycle in flesh and ride it to find out whether the Tenere 700 has got something to worry about or not.