From day one, Aprilia has been coy about the Tuareg 660. While we knew from the get-go that the Aprilia’s 660cc parallel-twin motor would foster a whole range of motorcycles, our introduction to the Tuareg 660 started with obfuscation.
Our first glimpse of the Aprilia Tuareg 660 was behind a glass box full of fake plants, at the 2019 EICMA show, and while we could glean some info from that display, much about the new middleweight ADV bike remained a mystery.
Now it seems, Aprilia is willing to speak more about its latest creation – though there is still much we don’t know.
We do know that the 660cc parallel-twin engine has been retuned for a peak power output of 80hp (though, like with the Tuono 660’s horsepower mix-up, that figure might be a European spec).
Peak torque is quoted as 52 lbs•ft (70 Nm), with a focus on low and mid-range thrust, likely at the cost of power up top. But, for an adventure-touring machine, those engine trade-offs should be just fine.
The Tuareg 660 weighs 412 pounds (187 kg) dry, which is a fairly useless figure from the Italian brand – though they are quoting an 18-liter fuel tank. That should mean that the Aprilia Tuareg 660 will tips the scales over 450 lbs when ready to ride.
With a wheelbase “just over 1,500mm” in length, the Tuareg 660 is fairly compact, and the Italians say its weight has been centralized to have a low center of gravity (ground clearance is 240mm / 9.4 inches).
Perhaps more importantly though, the seat heigh is set at just 33.8 inches (860mm), despite the 9.4″ (240mm) of suspension travel front and back.
Commanding the cockpit is a 5″ TFT dash, which will help one select through the four riding modes (two are customizable), the switchable ABS that includes options for front-wheel only modulation, traction control, cruise control, and engine brake control.
There is no word yet on pricing, though we would expect to see the 2022 Aprilia Tuareg 660 slot in between the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and KTM 890 Adventure motorcycles.