Christian Romeo Barelli, the Italian manufacturer’s brand manager, breaks down the new bike and talks about how it is “a vehicle that’s greatly appreciated by off-roading enthusiasts.” Barelli compares the Tuareg 660 to a trekking shoe or backpack, in the sense that it is a product designed to serve a specific purpose, which is to “support someone in their desire to explore.”
Exploration is just what the Tuareg 660 and its rider does in the video. The bike hits some serious jumps, tears it up on the trail, and ventures far beyond where most roads lead. Its adventure-appropriate specs come in handy during this excursion.
Aprilia sought to strike a balance between on- and off-road performance, with features that include long-travel suspension; a 21-inch front wheel and 18-in rear; a chassis that’s “lightweight but not fragile”; sophisticated electronics package with different ride modes; 18-l fuel tank to tackle long distances with fewer stops; and aerodynamic protection for highway duties.
Making all of this componentry work is the same 660cc parallel twin-cylinder engine found in the RS660 and Tuono 660. In Tuareg spec, the mill is tuned to produce 80hp and 70Nm of torque. The power curve has been revised to significantly boost low- to mid-range performance, optimizing adventuring ability.
While official pricing and availability isn’t available yet, you can feast your eyes on the Tuareg performing in its natural habitat:
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