Aprilia Tuareg 660 Adventure Bike 2021 New Concept

By Michael Mann
MannOnABike BikeSocial's Web Editor. Been riding bikes since 1984 and writing about them since 2013. Commuted in Central London for 10 years, fast and smooth road rider, does a reasonable job in a track day quick group. 6 ft and 14 st.


On Aprilia’s rather gargantuan promotional stand at this week’s EICMA, Milan motorcycle show there stood a Perspex box which at a passing glance looked just part of the display with a heap of fake foliage acting as a back drop to the concept Tuono 660, the naked version of the almost-production ready RS660, unveiled on Tuesday.

But study the box a little closer and there was something nestled in those bushes – yet another concept. Evidence suggests the bike is was too early in its production cycle to be shown completely as a concept bike. What we do know is the word ‘TUAREG’ – a name for the nomadic people from North Africa – is emblazoned in capital letters white on a grey and red fuel tank.

The original off-road capable Aprilia Tuareg range lasted around ten years between 1984 – 1994 including 50cc two strokes to 600cc four strokes yet this time, both the timing of this hush-hush release and size of the bike in the bushes would suggest the 660cc twin-cylinder engine from the new RS660 would be an ideal fit for what could be an electronic-laden adventure-tourer to compete with the likes of the KTM 790 Adventure. And given the 90bhp or thereabouts that should be on offer then true off-road capability across punishing conditions might well be on the cards for the Aprilia Tuareg 660, a model that we’ll surely see in the Italian marque’s 2021 line-up.


Above: the recently released RS660 and Tuono 660 concept


Details are obviously sparse and with no official confirmation and therefore information we are speculating although based on what we’ve seen in a David Bellamy-style peep through the undergrowth there’s a chain drive, twin front discs, 21” knobbly front tyre, spoked wheels, a tubular steel trellis frame, single-sided high exhaust silencer and a swinging arm that matches neither RS660, Tuono 660 or even Shiver 900 but instead is reminiscent of the Tuono 125.


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