The newest member of the Aprilia 660 family has been unveiled: the Tuareg 660. This adventure bike traces its odd name back to the ’80s, when Aprilia put out the Tuareg ETX 125, which was inspired by the Paris-Dakar Rally.
With its adventure touring (or ‘adventouring,’ as Aprilia calls it) focus, the Tuareg rounds out the Noale brand’s 660 stable by offering the track features of the RS 660 and the road-carving Tuono 660 into one off-road-ready package.
The 660cc parallel-twin engine found in the Tuareg’s new tubular steel frame has been tuned differently compared to its sportier siblings. The mill now makes 80hp and 70Nm of torque, and boasts a significant performance boost in the low to mid rev ranges, letting the bike perform better in rougher conditions.
Complementing the engine is the full Aprilia electronics package. Accessible through a high-visibility five-inch TFT screen are four riding modes, switchable ABS, traction control, cruise control, adjustable engine mapping and engine braking, and more.
A 43mm front fork and a progressive linkage rear monoshock ensure both traction and fun on less-than-ideal road terrain where street bikes wouldn’t dare venture. At either end are spoked wheels with Brembo brakes and semi-knobby tires.
The Tuareg’s dry weight is listed at 187 kg, making it easy to manhandle when the situation calls for it. Seat height is at around 34 inches. The bike’s narrow chassis could mean that less vertically gifted riders can still reach the ground. Despite the compact chassis, the fuel tank can hold up to 18 liters of gas at full capacity.
With a full set of ADV features, the Tuareg 660 looks just about ready to go head-to-head with its competitors in the middleweight adventure game, namely the Yamaha Tenere 700 and the KTM 790 Adventure. Let’s just hope the price is competitive, too.
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