Something we have been hinting about the Aprilia RS 660 just came true today, as the middleweight-twin sport bike is now officially ready for racing duty, and being offered through Noale’s Aprilia Factory Works program.
What does that mean? A factory equipped ready-to-race bike that has been honed by the same hands that touch Aprilia’s MotoGP and WorldSBK projects.
The result is a 105hp machine that tips the scales at 337 lbs (153 kg) dry, which by our math should be good for 370 lbs when fully fueled and lubricated.
The cost is a bit bracing and currently set at €14,700 MSRP, though considering the kit and the cost to build a comparable new machine from scratch, one could call the Trofeo downright affordable for a class-leading race bike.
Noale has tapped a wide list of partners for the Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo project, with SC-Project full exhaust, Öhlins rear shock, fork cartridge kits from Andreani.
There are numerous race-only hard parts as well, including proper clip-on handlebars as well as adjustable rearsets.
On the electronics side, the Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo sees a number of changes from its road-going counterpart.
First off, there is no ignition key is installed, and the ABS functionality has been disabled. The ABS ECU remains so the 0’s and 1’s work properly, but the front and rear calipers are mated to their respective master cylinders directly.
The main ECU has been reprogrammed for racing use and the electronic strategies have been developed by Aprilia Racing specifically for the Trofeo model.
This means that the items like the wheelie control, engine braking control, and traction control, are specific for racing use and can be adjusted by the rider to different levels. There is a quickshifter, but it is upshift only.
This bike is going to be an absolute sex pest on the race track, and turn the Lightweight racing category on its head. Mark our words.
Source: Aprilia Factory Works