By Troy Siahaan Editor Score: 87.0%
2021 Aprilia RS660
Editor Score: 87.0%
Even before I first rode the Aprilia RS660, I feared this would finally be the bike that made my beloved Suzuki SV650 obsolete. Other bikes have tried – namely the Kawasaki Z/Ninja 650 and Yamaha’s MT-07 – but none have truly made me believe the ‘ol SV’s time in the spotlight was done.
But the RS660 has come frighteningly close. After just an initial street ride with the Aprilia, it hit all the right buttons, made all the right sounds, and gave just enough performance to make me seriously question what I was still doing with a 20-year-old Suzuki. Of course, being the de facto sportbike guy on the MO staff, I obviously wanted to hold final judgment until I was able to flog the new Aprilia on a racetrack.
Finally, That Time Has Come
I wouldn’t have to wait long, as I recently had the chance to wring the RS660’s neck at the newly-repaved Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center, California. Considering the 660 isn’t a fire-breathing literbike like its RSV4 brother, Chuckwalla would prove to be the perfect place to put the Ape to the test. Its mixture of corners, elevation changes, and the infamous bowl section, would highlight just how good (or bad) the bike handles, and the lack of any real straight section would minimize the 660’s lack of straight-line speed. On a big bike, you could go very quickly and only ever use two gears. On the 660 (at least with stock …read more
Source:: 2021 Aprilia RS660 Track Review