We test the 2022 Aprilia Tuareg 660, a new adventure bike with a 659cc parallel-Twin derived from Aprilia’s RS 660 and Tuono 600 sportbikes. Tuned for a broad spread of torque, in the Tuareg 660 the engine makes 80 horsepower at 9,250 rpm and 51.6 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. MSRP is $11,999.
The engine is carried in a lightweight tubular-steel trellis frame and wheelbase is 59 inches. Aprilia claims a 449-pound wet weight and 275 miles of range from the 4.75-gallon fuel tank.
As with other bikes in Aprilia’s lineup, the Tuareg 660 gets the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) electronics suite with selectable engine maps and settings for traction control and engine braking. ABS can be switched off entirely or just at the rear wheel. Standard equipment also includes cruise control and a 5-inch TFT color display with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation via the Aprilia MIA app. The bike also has full LED lighting
The Tuareg 660 has fully adjustable suspension with 9.4 inches of front/rear travel, with a 43mm inverted fork and a rear shock with progressive linkage. There’s 9.5 inches of ground clearance for off-road riding, and the Tuareg 660 rolls on 21-inch front/18-inch rear spoked wheels with tubeless tires.
Aprilia hosted a press launch for the Tuareg 660 in Sardinia, Italy, and the test route included paved roads, dirt, gravel, and mud. Contributor Peter Jones found the Tuareg 660 user-friendly, fun to ride, and highly capable. “It is reasonably comfortable, has seamless power, shifting, and mode selections, and provides confidence-inspiring agility. The brakes provide consistent feedback, the suspension, though fully tunable, should match most riders needs as is, and the electronics are dang smart. It’s one of the easiest and friendliest motorcycles to ride while being more than up to the task of being ridden hard.”
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Aprilia is taking pre-orders for U.S. customers, and delivery priority will be given to those who make reservations. Customers can book their ideal configuration of the Tuareg 660, including factory options and upgrades, and select their dealer of choice at storeusa.aprilia.com.
For more information or to find an Aprilia dealer near you, visit aprilia.com.
I am sold!! I was looking for something diferent from my 790R that I just sold… I thinking in getting the 690R but KTM is not making it for 2022… So, placing an order on Aprilia website for a new one. Great news is that they will be arriving in USA quicker than any other new bike! Should have it by the end of Feb or March the latest. Super excited about it!!
Home run. A better T7 dynamically and for what you get I think it is even a better value. Problem in the US is dealer network for many. Love my KTM 790R but the Tuareg is next in line.
I had my name put at the top of the list at my nearest Aprilia dealer six months ago when I first saw spy photos of this bike. Can’t wait to be the launch customer in Arizona!
A friend in San Diego said that his local dealer received the first Tuareg 660 in thew USA on Friday April 15, 2022.
A friend in San Diego said that his local dealer received the first Tuareg 660 in the USA on Friday April 15, 2022. Aprilia in April.