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ADV News2022 Aprilia Tuareg 660 Adventure Bike Unveiled with Specs & Details

2022 Aprilia Tuareg 660 Adventure Bike Unveiled with Specs & Details

The Italian brand drops the cover on their all-new middleweight adventure machine.

Published on 07.31.2021

Aprilia is officially back in the ‘ADV Game’, and back in a big way with the unveiling of the all-new Tuareg 660. Today the company released images and key specs, giving us our first look at the Tuareg completely unobscured. No more blurry spy shots, no more plants in the way, just the bike in its final form.

We’ve been keeping a close eye out for this much-anticipated reveal after Aprilia Marketing Manager, Cristian Romeo Barelli, confirmed a few months ago they’d be releasing it as a 2022 model. The launch of the Tuareg 660 makes this the third Aprilia model to use the company’s 660cc parallel-twin powerplant. That same unique engine character that has been praised in the RS 660 and Tuono 660, will soon be available in an Adventure Touring chassis. 

Visually, the bike looks stunning in its Red, White, Blue livery that pays tribute to the old Tuareg 600 Wind of the 80s. It also has a modern triple LED headlight, clear rally-style windscreen and big front air scoops that give it a distinctive look. A flat single-piece seat, wrap-around skid plate, upswept exhaust, 21″/18″ wheels, oversized 1-1/8″ bars, serrated platform-style footpegs, hand guards, and tall stance all give it an aggressive off-road appearance as well.


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From the video, we can see a tubular steel frame supports the 660cc engine as a stressed member, which is said to produce 80 horsepower and 52 ft-lbs of torque. Plus, the Tuareg gets outfitted with premium componentry like Brembo brakes, tubeless cross-spoke wheels, a 43mm USD fork with progressive linkage suspension (both adjustable) that support an impressive 9.5 inches of travel and ground clearance. With its 412 pounds dry weight, it’s also fairly light for the class, similar on paper to its main rival the Yamaha Tenere 700.

Unlike the T7, 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. It also differs in the additional inch and a half of suspension travel it offers, which is more on par with the KTM 890 Adventure R and Tiger 900 Rally. The wheelbase is fairly short at 59.1 inches as well, which along with a reasonable seat height of 33.9 inches, should give it good maneuverability on the trail. Fuel capacity is on the low side though at 4.6 gallons, but the smaller displacement engine should sip fuel conservatively when not on the gas.

Considering the full package, this is an impressive new offering from the Italian marque. With the market trending toward lighter, more dirt-focused machines, Aprilia has answered the call with the Tuareg — a serious off-road adventure bike with a relatively low weight, capable chassis and well-equipped electronics package. The only question is the price. Considering all the electronic goodies and premium componentry, we’d expect it to be priced closer to the KTM 890 Adventure than the T7. Hopefully, they can keep it in the $12,500 range. We’ll find out soon enough and will report back more details as they become available!

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
Front Suspension Travel:9.5″ (240mm)
Rear Suspension: Adjustable monoshock with progressive linkage
Rear Suspension Travel:9.5″ (240mm)
Ground Clearance:9.5″ (240mm)
Seat Height:33.9″ (860mm)
Fuel Capacity:4.6 gallons (18 liters)
Wheelbase:59.1″ (1500mm)
Wheels:21″ front / 18″ rear tubeless

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney
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21 thoughts on “2022 Aprilia Tuareg 660 Adventure Bike Unveiled with Specs & Details

  1. Pingback: 2022 Aprilia Tuareg 660 Adventure Bike Unveiled with Specs & Details - ADVENTURE & OVERLAND MOTORCYCLE TRAVEL

  2. Spare part availability outside of Italy seems not to be the strong side of Aprilia, from what I have heard. Also thst engine is wuite new, so we don`t know much about long time reliabilty. The Yamaha CP2 engine seems to be a good example of 100% reliability and I have nothing to complain either about the 790 in my KTM for 45.000km now.

    • It is based on a proven V4 that has been in production since 2010. Can’t wait for it to be a reality. It will give the KTM and Yamaha some serious competition. Expect nothing less just look at the success of the RS660 and Tuono 660.

  3. Sweet. 412 lbs. wet would have been nice though. With the electronics its more of a ‘baby’ 890 KTM than a T7. Should sell well but my nearest Aprilia dealer is a 3 hour round trip whereas my KTM dealer is 15 min. away. Middle weight bikes are a nice sweet spot.

  4. Never thought i’d ever consider an Aprilia as a successor for my bike (which is beginning to get very old and needy). Love the specs and i hope the weight is for the model with all electronic options, which means the standard model will be lighter (i can dream can i).
    One thing i noticed is that the clutch cable doesn’t have a rubber bellow/boot and the lower triple clamp doesn’t have a deflector. I hope the engine guard is plastic but i’m not going to hold my breath.

    • Why should a bike without electronic options like antispin and cruise control be any lighter? Thats only software! ABS is compulsory in the EU and makes sense if well implemented, like the offroad abs setting of the 790, that gives you as short stopping distance on loose surfaces as manual intervall braking. The ABS module and hardware itself is well below 1kg, and again: the rest is software. So even if they would offer a “naked” version for the US market were many still don`t understand the importance of safety features like ABS (or even worse helmets) it would not be significantly lighter. 200kg fully fuelled is already quite an achievement in this classM

  5. Aprilia has put together a beautiful package and if the 660 motor stays together and is reliable they will have a winner if the price point lies between the T7 and the KTM 890. Looks like it’s time for a middleweight shootout! I’m interested and have owned Aprilia’s in the past with good results.

  6. The era of mammoth “adventure” bikes is over. Weight is king. Reliability is also critical. Power…not so much.
    Long live the King.

  7. Honda / Kawasaki still laying plans, napping – Aprilia flex. Yep – Looks like a solid contender in the mid-range ADV class with impressive wheel travel. The conservative Dakar looks appeal a lot to me. Electronics wise I need wheelie control separated from yaw/TractionC/wheel slip. I like the way the Honda CRF1100 has these as 2 separate menu choices, so I can lift the wheel over obstacles and still have yaw/slide/high-side protection at the same time. A decent fly-wheel, Torque at low RPM and Price will need to be closer to the T700 for me to consider it.

  8. There is a bad news, if you read between the lines. With all that (electronic) goodies, they will charge a fortune for it. The Tuono 660 is already 11 000 euro in my country. It pains me to think how much this one would be…

  9. Hopefully it will be reliable and sells well… then maybe in another year or two they will punch out the motor and offer a bigger displacement in the same weight package.

  10. T7-killer, to be sure. Then again, Yamaha set the bar WAY low with the T7 being overweight and way too sparse in electronic aids for what it is, and to be relative enough to compete. This bike is what the T7 should have been if Yamaha was really serious. And the impending Honda Transalp will, sadly, most likely follow Yamaha’s cues; heavy, mediocre features, and spiritless, boring engine character.

    IMO, this should be Kawasaki’s game to win. All they need to do is leverage their massive production capabilities and volume-savings to produce this exact same feature set and relative weight, then bring the bike to market priced above the T7 but well below the inevitable high price of this Tuareg. But again, I really don’t think they will…

    So it will be KTM to bring something to market priced slightly lower than this in a couple years, but even better and lighter.

    There’s my crystal ball nobody asked for! Haha.

    Zolo

    • The next Big Bang KTM is going to present in this segment will hopefully be a 450 Adventure R. When I watched the presentation of the 790 S and R at Eicma in late 2018, my immediate reaction was: I want one. Then the price was published, which seemed reasonable, I preordered one. It’s quite likely the same will happen when they present a 450 Adv R which is significantly lighter than the 790.
      The Aprilia looks like a nice bike and my guess is, that it will be prices somewhere between the T700 and the 790 R. Which is: the standard T700, because in my opinion the Rally Edition is ridiculously overpriced for what you (don’t) get!

  11. I think it’s the wrong way! Go single and lighter. I don’t need to fly down the track… Give me a thumper
    that weight less and with less power.

  12. I notice the same “cross the rear spar” the the T7 does with their exhaust pipe. The one serious flaw in a pretty good chassis design. Go down once and crush the pipe and you too will look to purchase an alternative pipe routing.

  13. Hopefully this will be a similar story to the 2022 Transalp, if Honda pull their finger out..
    A proper dual-sport built for people below 6 foot tall. Lots of smooth torque, cruise control. Simple, 3 mode traction control and switchable ABS. Wet weight of less than 200kg (that’s 440lb American friends) and legendary Honda fuel efficiency plus a decent touring tank. Give it all a low centre of gravity and it will become a sales champion.

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