Gone Riding: Aprilia RS 660

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Another bike on our list of “must-rides” for 2020, we are about to swing a leg over the Aprilia RS 660. This middleweight-twin has been a long time coming, especially in its full-fairing aesthetic.

On the spec sheet, the Aprilia RS 660 looks set to upend the segment, but of course the proof is in the pudding on how this parallel-twin motor runs, how its twin-spar aluminum chassis handles, and how refined its APRC electronics package truly is on the open road.

Today’s test takes us to the curvy pavement near Santa Barbara, California, where our 200-mile route through canyons and highways promises to give us a glimpse at this bike’s potential.

Will it live up to the hype? Is this really the class-killer that racing clubs are worried about? We hope to get that first impression tomorrow.

Per our new review format, I will be giving you a live assessment of the Aprilia RS 660 right here in this article (down in the comments section), and I will try to answer any questions you might have about this exciting motorcycle.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the Aprilia RS 660, before even our own proper review is posted (of note: Aprilia has embargoed our review until Monday, October 26th). 

As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Aprilia personnel. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and you can see what our colleagues are posting by looking for the hashtag #RS660 on social media.

Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the Aprilia RS 660:

  Aprilia RS 660 KTM 790 Duke Suzuki SV650 ABS
Horsepower 99 hp 103 hp 75 hp
Torque 49 lbs•ft 57 lbs•ft 47 lbs•ft
Weight 403 lbs (wet) 414 lbs (wet) 437 lbs (wet)
Engine 659cc / Parallel-Twin 799cc / Parallel-Twin 645cc / 90° V-Twin
Price $11,299 $10,699 $7,499


Photos: Aprilia