2021 Aprilia RS660 Review – First Ride

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By Troy Siahaan

2021 Aprilia RS660

Editor Score: 87.0%

Engine 18.5/20
Suspension/Handling 12.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.5/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 9.5/10
Value 7.5/10
Overall Score 87/100

I knew this day would come eventually. I didn’t expect it to take so long, but I suppose good things like the Aprilia RS660 are worth waiting for. You see, as an owner of a Suzuki SV650 that’s almost of legal drinking age (and a former Kawasaki Versys 650 owner), I have a soft spot for bikes in this middleweight category. They hit that sweet spot between power, performance, and price – there’s just enough power to keep things exciting, moderate performance to emphasize the importance of rider skill, and well…SVs are dirt cheap. After all this time, I still haven’t found a compelling reason to replace my trusty little Suzuki.

My whole paradigm changed just 200 yards into my first ride with the new RS660 as I thought to myself, “Oh, this bike is good.” It’s a feeling that continued through the next eight hours riding Aprilia’s hotly anticipated middleweight twin. For the first time in a long time, the thought of parting ways with my trusty SV crossed my mind.

Starting off my morning with a stroll down this street was all it took to know the Aprilia RS660 was going to be good.

Now, granted, Aprilia *really* wants you to know the RS660 is a streetable sportbike first and foremost, with emphasis on streetable comfort and practicality. But you don’t style a motorcycle like this, claim it has heavy influences from my other favorite Aprilia – the track-ready RSV4 1100 – and not expect people like me to salivate over the opportunity to wring its neck at the racetrack.

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