The world awaits with bated breath for my first ride review of Aprilia’s new midsized ADV bike, schedjed as of now to be posted two weeks from now on these very pages. Designed to mine a seam between Yamaha’s simple and inexpensive Tenere 700, and more complex and expensive ADV bikes like the KTM 890 Adventure that won our recent shootout, the 80-horsepower, $12K Tuareg could be just the ticket. 


Aprilia Press Release:

INTRODUCING THE 2022 APRILIA TUAREG 660

 PRE-BOOKING OPEN FROM NOVEMBER 10 IN UNITED STATES, WITH FIRST UNITS RESERVED FOR THOSE WHO BOOK ONLINE

 THE EAGERLY AWAITED ADVENTURE BIKE FROM APRILIA WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DEALERSHIPS STARTING IN FEBRUARY

That’s your Indaco Tagelmust livery, which jacks the price up to $12,599.

New York, NY, 29 October 2021 – The wait is nearly over, as the Aprilia Tuareg 660 announces its arrival to the market. The most eagerly awaited adventure bike, the off-road bike par excellence, magnificent on and off the asphalt, will be ready to ride starting February in the US.

To celebrate the return of an off-road legend, Aprilia will launch an online prebooking program for those who want to be the first to take home one of the most eagerly awaited bikes.

Customers can view the model details on aprilia.com/us_EN/new-tuareg-660/, and beginning Wednesday, November 10, can book their ideal configuration of the Tuareg 660, with all of their factory options and upgrades, and select their dealer of choice directly at storeusa.aprilia.com.

Aprilia Tuareg 660 is developed on the mechanical base of the RS 660 and Tuono 660 and was conceived to tackle the roughest off-road riding, while at the same time, offering exciting yet comfortable mileage on road-dedicated adventures. The Tuareg 660 offers the best combination of single-cylinder enduros and large displacement adventure bikes; two opposing worlds – until now.

Acid Gold is nice.

Non-conforming and original in its design, lightweight and powerful (412 lbs dry with 80 HP), it is the result of a conceptually ultra-modern, and entirely new, project. Tuareg 660 stands out for its riding ergonomics, specifically designed for off-road riding, with a wide and handlebar and slender body volume to facilitate movement in the saddle. The long suspension travel guarantees its capability tackling any obstacle, with a comfortable ride on the road, and when touring. The complete equipment package includes an LED lighting system with perimeter DRL and 5-inch color TFT instrumentation. It comes standard with the APRC with Ride-by-Wire multimap electronics package, including traction controlcruise controlengine brake and multiple engine maps. There are four customizable Riding Modes that let the rider maximize their experience and make on-board life easier, simply selecting desired Riding Mode to automatically obtain the best calibration of the electronics.

Martian Red at Mitre Peak, pining for the Milford Sound fiord in New Zealand.

Aprilia Tuareg 660 is powered by a latest generation forward-facing twin cylinder engine, lightweight and with spectacular performance, fine-tuned to handle even the most demanding off-road riding. The vast catalog of accessories includes options for sportier off-road riding and more comfort for traveling. There is also a range of high-quality technical apparel dedicated to touring and off-road. The available color schemes include the Acid Gold version, bold and distinctive in true Aprilia tradition, and the Martian Red version. These are joined by the more nostalgic Indaco Tagelmust graphic.

Availability:    Q1 2022

Pricing:          $11,999 (Acid Gold and Martian Red), $12,599 (Indaco Tagelmust)