From day one, Aprilia has been coy about the Tuareg 660. While we knew from the get-go that the Aprilia’s 660cc parallel-twin motor would foster a whole range of motorcycles, our introduction to the Tuareg 660 started with obfuscation.
Our first glimpse of the Aprilia Tuareg 660 was behind a glass box full of fake plants, at the 2019 EICMA show, and while we could glean some info from that display, much about the new middleweight ADV bike remained a mystery.
Now it seems, Aprilia is willing to speak more about its latest creation – though there is still much we don’t know.
We do know that the 660cc parallel-twin engine has been retuned for a peak power output of 80hp (though, like with the Tuono 660’s horsepower mix-up, that figure might be a European spec).
Peak torque is quoted as 52 lbs•ft (70 Nm), with a focus on low and mid-range thrust, likely at the cost of power up top. But, for an adventure-touring machine, those engine trade-offs should be just fine.
The Tuareg 660 weighs 412 pounds (187 kg) dry, which is a fairly useless figure from the Italian brand – though they are quoting an 18-liter fuel tank. That should mean that the Aprilia Tuareg 660 will tips the scales over 450 lbs when ready to ride.
With a wheelbase “just over 1,500mm” in length, the Tuareg 660 is fairly compact, and the Italians say its weight has been centralized to have a low center of gravity (ground clearance is 240mm / 9.4 inches).
Perhaps more importantly though, the seat heigh is set at just 33.8 inches (860mm), despite the 9.4″ (240mm) of suspension travel front and back.
Commanding the cockpit is a 5″ TFT dash, which will help one select through the four riding modes (two are customizable), the switchable ABS that includes options for front-wheel only modulation, traction control, cruise control, and engine brake control.