The Aprilia Tuareg has been announced for a while now. Well, here’s the next entry in the Aprilia 660 story.
We were already 30 centimeters off the Eicma, but then it was in a kind of cage with a complete botanical garden around it, so that you could only see details. But now the official images have finally been released. And the first thought is immediately: The Yamaha Ténéré 700 has a direct competitor and we are happy about that. Not because we have anything against the Yamaha, quite the contrary, but because a competitor that comes just a little bit close, let alone is more fun, just makes the motorcycle world better.
The numbers. With 187 kilograms, 80 hp and 70 Nm, the Aprilia is also completely in line with the Ténéré, with a curb weight that, partly due to a tank capacity of 18 liters (2 liters more than the Ténéré), may be slightly higher, but in terms of power a hp or 7 better. In terms of torque, they hardly run into each other, whereby we suspect that the Tuareg will probably show much more power at the bottom compared to the RS660, where the block comes from, given the RS660 has a top power of 100 hp. Tuned back for more spread out power and bottom end power.
Aprilia also mentions adjustable front and rear springs, something you should not have on the Ténéré, with 240mm of travel. In addition, you also get a TFT display, where the Ténéré has to make do with an LCD screen and a lot more electronics with 4 driving modes. Now the lack of electronics on the Ténéré is one of the things that makes it so much fun for us, but oh well.
The profile of both engines can also almost be superimposed, whereby Aprilia has also gone full for the Dakar look, with a thin head fairing, and as little as possible that weight can drag on or break in a crash.
Much, if not everything, will depend on the price, but nothing is known about that yet. But it is a fact that we are looking forward to a test with the Tuareg 660, with or without a Ténéré next to it.