After a variety of flights taking us from London to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, we’ve had chance to throw a leg over Aprilia’s new midrange adventure bike, the 660 Tuareg.
WORDS: Dave Manning PHOTOGRAPHY: Aprilia
While we’re still damp from the torrential showers during the test, we’ll put together some words for a brief synopsis ahead of the full test appearing within the pages of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure January 2022 issue (on sale 3 December 2022, or pre-order yours here).
Sitting right in the middle of the Aprilia range the Tuareg shares the same parallel twin 660 powerplant as the Tuono and RS, but becomes the only bike that the Italian company produce that is focussed on the adventure market, with an ability to cover lots of miles on tarmac and dirt.
That engine has been re-tuned for a fuller midrange to suit offroad and touring, and while it doesn’t have the peak power of the RS660-spec unit, it is still a playful and enthusiastic powerplant that makes a delightful tune through the airbox when allowed to rev out beyond 5,500rpm. It has a smooth delivery that is ideal for on-road riding, through-traffic commuting and off-road exploring too, and the onboard electronics allow for easy shifting through the rider modes, with the Offroad mode removing the ABS and traction control from the rear wheel to result in a playful bike that will be capable of showing a clean pair of heels to many larger adventure bikes.