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ADV NewsAprilia Teases Off-Road Chops of Tuareg 660 In New Video

Aprilia Teases Off-Road Chops of Tuareg 660 In New Video

The Italian brand drops another round of teasers ahead of the bike's launch.

Published on 09.28.2021

Since its debut at EICMA in 2019 when the then-rumored Tuareg 660 was concealed by tropical foliage behind plexiglas, to spy shots of it being tested, Aprilia’s new adventure bike has been a bit of a puzzle. That has recently changed though, as the company has begun ramping up its teaser marketing in preparation for an imminent launch. 

After finally releasing key specs and full images of the Tuareg 660 in July, Aprilia is now dropping another round of teasers. This time, the company has unveiled new photos along with a video in which we get a glimpse of the bike in action. 


Seemingly eating trails for breakfast, plowing through rock-strewn paths and jumping effortlessly over obstacles, it looks like the bike is poised to become a real contender in the competitive middleweight adventure class. Something Aprilia’s Brand Manager, Cristian Romeo Barelli, has been sure to emphasize by stating it will be ‘very off-road oriented’ and also “lightweight but not fragile, comfortable, very functional with very dynamic technical features that would support someone’s desire to explore.” 



Expected as a 2022 model, the bike uses the company’s 660cc parallel-twin powerplant which is said to produce 80 horsepower and 52 ft-lbs of torque. The Tuareg 660 also gets outfitted with premium componentry like Brembo brakes, tubeless cross-spoke wheels, a 43mm USD fork with progressive linkage rear suspension (both adjustable) that support an impressive 9.5 inches of travel and ground clearance. 


The new adventure bike will have a seat height of 33.9 inches, 4.8 gallons of fuel capacity, 21″/18″ wheels and weigh 412 pounds dry (similar on paper to its main rival the Yamaha Tenere 700). The Tuareg’s electronics package is state of the art with traction control, fuel maps, engine braking, four ride modes (two customizable), switchable ABS for either rear or both wheels, and cruise control, all accessible through a 5″ color TFT display. A modern triple LED headlight, clear rally-style windscreen and big front air scoops complete the look.

Aprilia hasn’t released pricing information yet but we’ll report back as soon as we get more details. Stay tuned!


Aprilia Tuareg 660 Specs

ENGINE:660cc parallel-twin
POWER:80 hp
TORQUE:51.63 ft-lbs
FRAME:Tubular steel frame, engine used as a stressed member
DRY WEIGHT:412 lbs (187 kg)
FRONT SUSPENSION:43mm adjustable USD Fork
REAR SUSPENSION: Adjustable monoshock with progressive linkage
SEAT HEIGHT:33.9″ (860mm)
FUEL CAPACITY:4.8 gallons (18 liters)
WHEELBASE:59.1″ (1500mm)
WHEELS:21″ front / 18″ rear tubeless

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Joe John
Joe John
September 28, 2021 2:55 pm

I should probably just buy a KTM 390 adventure and quit waiting for an affordable middle weight adv offering from the big four. And no I don’t want any bike that was designed in the 1980s (aka klr, dr, xrl)

September 29, 2021 6:40 am
Reply to  Joe John

Or hang in there a little longer for the KTM 490 twin which should be killer. The others of the big 4 snooze while the T7 kicks butt and only Aprilia answers?

September 28, 2021 6:01 pm

I’ll take one. Where can I buy it and will they be selling, servicing Aprillas in 1-2 years?

I’m in the SE USA.

September 30, 2021 9:44 am

i love my dorsoduro- best bike out the 20 or so ive owned over the years-looking forward to buying one of these!


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