By Ryan Adams Editor Score: 87.25%
2021 Aprilia Tuono 660
Editor Score: 87.25%
The Aprilia Tuono 660 is a bike that I’ve been eager to ride since I first laid eyes on the pretty production-ready looking concept at EICMA 2019. Even through what was left of my tired red occhi, dried from so many hours of planes, trains, and automobiles (what I would give for that now!), I was digging the “naked” version of the RS660 more than the sportybike itself.
And really, it does come down to which look you prefer, because they’re almost identical, aside from styling and the essential naked bike handlebar. In fact, since Troy has already reported his riding impressions of the RS660 on the street, track, and in video, I’ll just link to those and go about my day…
Ha! Yeah, right! The story here isn’t so much about how Aprilia’s two new machines are alike, but rather, it’s the Italian marque’s foray into an entirely new segment. Aprilia’s latest offering is jumping into one of, if not the, most competitive class(es) in motorcycling today: middleweight naked bikes.
But before we get too far into talks of it’s competition, let’s take a closer look at Aprilia’s first step into the segment.
Feeling out the thunder
Aprilia is heading down the same path many manufacturers have tread for some time now, that is, offering a more approachable machine at a more approachable price. It’s also built a platform where we now have the RS and Tuono sharing many of the same components including its 659cc Parallel Twin engine. We also know an adventure bike is on …read more