Aprilia has released yet another new platform using its successful 660 parallel twin-cylinder layout, which features the RS660 and the Tuono 660. Marking a return to the adventure segment with a proven engine making this a serious rival to the likes of the Vstrom 650, Yamaha T7 and the Triumph tiger 900.
Aprilia are keeping it light, but keeping ability when the terrain changes, giving maximum control regardless of the surface. Perfect for adventure, or touring (adventoring as Aprilia put it) the new Tuareg is packed full of features.
Keeping premium parts and keeping weight low has been an aim, with a dry weight of 187kg. Shaving grams of every component but keeping an 18-litre fuel tank gives a good range. In the real world, we would expect a 210kg-ish wet weight once fluids have been added.
On the electronics side, the Tuareg 660 gains four rider modes, with two being customisable (one dedicated off-road). ABS is switchable on or off for both wheels, or rear only. Aprilia’s APRC system gives traction control, cruise control and adjustable engine maps and engine braking settings. This is all switchable through a 5″ TFT screen.
The frame and suspension are of new tubular steel with aluminium brackets connecting the engine at six points. The wheelbase is at 1500mm, allowing even weight distribution. The suspension uses a 43mm fork and a progressive linkage rear shock both using 240mm of travel.
Much like the RS660 and the Tuono 660, the new Tuareg 660 uses the same platform, retuned to 80hp with 70Nm of torque. The torque curve has been boosted giving even more at low to mid RPM’s whilst the sump has been redesigned to maximise ground clearance to 240mm. Importantly for short riders the seat height is a manageable 860mm.
It is worth noting then that this weight is similar to the Yamaha T7 only 7kg heavier, but the Tuareg gains about 7hp more over the T7, so performance should be pretty similar. Once more there is no mention of price, I’d ball park around the £10k mark!
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