Tribal Tuareg a born nomad

Riley Riley

Born for exploring, the Aprilia Tuareg 660 is designed to withstand the toughest off-road conditions while guaranteeing comfort and riding pleasure.

With an outstanding weight/power ratio, excellent off-road performance, extraordinary chassis features on asphalt and best-in-class electronics, Tuareg raises the bar in the adventure category.

It’s expected to arrive in local showrooms in May/June, priced from $22,230 rideaway.

Tuareg will be available in full-power and learner-friendly versions as well as the choice of three striking liveries:

  • Indaco Tagelmust (Evocative Premium$22,530 rideaway): An iconic livery and statement of the Tuareg movement. A chromatic tribute to the Dakari Aprilia lineage carved out of the glorious past and projected into the future.
  • Acid Gold ($22,230 rideaway): The calling card of the 660 family – intense, bold and piercing – splashed on a base of raw black. It is recognisable anywhere, even in the thick of the forest or arid desert.
  • Martian Red ($22,230 rideaway): A simple, linear black background enriched with classic Aprilia red to create a clearly recognisable livery, a trademark of Aprilia.

Aprilia says the 660 platform represents the start of a new era.

One defined by lightweight and high-performance motorcycles with an attractive design and unique, unequivocally premium technological content.

It is Aprilia’s response to the new generation’s demand for easy and fun vehicles capable of being just as thrilling on the daily commute as they are on dynamic rides.

The result is a range of medium-engine bikes that introduce a new conception of sportiness, in line with the expectations of a younger and more knowledgeable market.

Following on the heels of the highly popular RS 660 and Tuono 660, dedicated to street sport riding, this is a true off-road bike.

It bears a name that was introduced by Aprilia in 1985, one that subsequently became legendary – a name so evocative it’s clear what the bike is all about.

Like the VW Touareg, it’s named after the nomadic Tuareg people, who live in the Sahara region of North Africa (surprised the similarity isn’t an issue).

Tuareg 660 is also exceptional on the road and on even the longest and most adventurous trips.

It was designed to accompany those seeking freedom – a core value in the culture of the Tuareg people, who identify with the name “imohag”, meaning “free men”.

Granting the gift of freedom is Tuareg’s real mission.

Developed on the extraordinary mechanical base of the Aprilia 660 twin-cylinder, from the very first sketches it was designed to be mounted in a chassis architecture with a different intended use.

Tuareg 660 was designed, developed and built to be the best combination of single-cylinder enduro bikes and medium-engine capacity adventure bikes — two opposing worlds until now.

Tuareg 660 raises the bar for off-road adventure bike riding. But, at the same time, it places its supreme travelling spirit centre stage thanks to its impeccable performance on asphalt, its premium technical content, the performance of its 58.8kW twin-cylinder and its reduced weight of just 187kg without fluids.



Engine type Aprilia forward-facing twin-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, dual overhead cam (DOHC) with silent chain drive on the right side, four valve per cylinder.
Bore and stroke 81 x 63.93mm
Engine capacity 659cc
Compression ratio 13.5:1
Maximum power at crankshaft 80hp (58.8kW) at 9250rpm
Maximum torque at crankshaft 70Nm (7.13kgm) at 6500rpm
Fuel system Airbox with front air vent. 2 Æ48mm throttle bodies, Ride-by-wire management
Ignition Electric
Lubrication Wet sump
Transmission Six-speed, Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS) System up and down available as accessory
Clutch Multiplate wet clutch with slipper system
Secondary drive Chain, drive ratio 15/42
Electronics APRC Suite that includes ATC (traction control), AEB (engine brake) AEM (engine maps), ACC (cruise control)
Four riding modes (Urban, Explore, Off-road, Individual)
Chassis Frame in steel tubing and built-in subframe screwed aluminium plates connecting the frame to the engine
Front suspension Fully adjustableÆ 43mm upside-down Kayaba fork with counterspring. Wheel travel: 240mm
Rear suspension Aluminium swingarm. Progressive linkage. Fully adjustable Kayaba monoshock. Wheel travel: 240mm
Front brakeRear brake


300mm double disc
Brembo callipers with 4 horizontally opposed Æ 30/32mm pistons. Axial pump and metal braided brake line
260mm diameter disc; Brembo single piston Æ 34mm floating calliper. Master cylinder with separate reservoir and metal braided hose
Multimap ABS
Wheels spoked with aluminium drop centre Front: 2.15×21-inch, Rear: 4.25×18-inch
Tyres Tubeless, Front: 90/90-21, Rear: 150/70 R 18
Dimensions Wheelbase: 1525mm
Length: 2220mm
Width: 965mm
Saddle height: 860mm
Headstock angle: 26.7 degrees
Trail: 113.3mm
Weight 204kg kerb weight (187kg dry weight)
Emissions compliance Consumption Euro 5
4.0 litres/100 km
CO2 emissions 99g/km
Fuel tank capacity
Colour range
18 litres (3-litre reserve)
Indaco Tagelmust, Martian Red, Acid Gold


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