Aprilia Tuono 660 2021 review (15 quick facts about canyons)
The bare middleweight segment is shining positively these days, from sensible and affordable Japanese motorcycles to more powerful, tech-rich and expensive European competition. Cyclists of all shapes and sizes have before them a veritable buffet of bikes. There really is something for everyone, without the risk of salmonella. The 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 adds a bit of Italian flair to the menu, which looks like a real treat by bringing all the fully-streamlined RS 660 supersport feel to a straight, street-centric seating position, with a lower price tag of $ 10,499. .
We walked the sunny streets of Southern California and terrorized many canyons to understand what this new middleweight sportbike is all about. Now for the quick facts!
- Pop the Prosecco, he giovanetto, because the 659cc parallel twin is a peach. From the first bark from the exhaust, it’s clear that Aprilia has a winner in her hands. The mid-weight hunk is spirited and ready to go, thanks to performance-focused bindings including a high compression ratio of 13.5: 1 and the much-fashioned 270-degree firing order. With 100 peak horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque, 80% of which is available at low revs of 4000 rpm, the size of the Tuono 660 spins freely and quickly takes advantage of all of its low and medium growl. regime, without forgetting a bit of high-end shove.
- The engine is an absolute hoot, with one exception. There’s a lot to love about this p-twin engine, my friends. His performances marry intermediate and veteran runners, without overwhelming. The engine is thrilling and manoeuvrable, but has a flat spot in the power band of around 5,000-6,000 rpm which is most important in second gear. In slower, narrower canyon roads, this trough undermines some of the mid-range fun. Is it a deal-breaker? No. Stick to the diet, and all is well. However, this makes an exhaust system and reflash more tempting.
- A smooth six-speed gearbox is only improved by the up / down Quickshifter attachment. If you read our 2021 Aprilia RS 660 review, you already know that the gearbox is the cat’s meow. Clean and sporty gear changes are complemented by the must-have Quickshifter up / down accessory which is almost perfect. Unlike the RS, it will set you back $ 200.
- The APRC electronic suite is in full swing, but the IMU is optional. Fans of the Italian brand already know that the Aprilia Performance Ride Control suite includes all the driver aids imaginable. From the excellent TFT display you have five selectable driving modes, adjustable engine braking modes (three levels), throttle maps (three levels), wheel control (on / off), traction control (eight levels), ABS (three levels), and cruise control. When you unlock the $ 200 six-axis IMU, the driver aids become sensitive to the lean angle and activate the cornering lights.
- It’s time to get into electronics and get ready to write a check for $ 200. The street-focused preset riding modes of Commuter and Dynamic reduce the bike’s performance to relaxed levels, allowing new riders to gain a foothold. However, I find the dynamic throttle a bit vague. However, once in the customizable mode, I settled in with the sportiest throttle map, left the engine brake in 2, and lowered things to a sporty enough level. Nannies intervene when needed and never too early. Note that you cannot deactivate WC without also deactivating TC if you have not unlocked the IMU. Although the toilet is nice, it is not entirely necessary for experienced riders. Conversely, TC is most certainly essential, and the added nuance that an IMU brings is invaluable. Spend the $ 200.
- Comfortable ergonomics are part of the Tuono heritage. Hitting the handlebars of a completely bonkers superbike is the genesis of the Tuono V4 1100 in a nutshell, and the midweight version doesn’t disappoint. The wide handlebars sit higher and further back than the RS’s faux clips, supporting the rider for day trips while still allowing me to stick my elbows out into the canyons for some fun. Likewise, the rear controls are pushed slightly forward to further relax the rider’s triangle while adding rubber inserts to dampen vibration, which keeps vibration at a much higher degree.
- The rider housings have a more mature feel and are of adequate size. The 32.2-inch saddle height isn’t the lowest in the class by far, but it’s a moot point due to the bike’s thinness at the waist, allowing shorter riders to reach the bridge. Overall, the Tuono 660 isn’t as big as the open-class supernaked machines, but nowhere as confined as many Japanese middleweight vertical sports bikes.
- Bodywork with benefits on a semi-nude bike with taste. The Tuono V4 and 660 have a Victorian mentality with their styling, leaving a little more to the imagination than the wacky naked Ducati Monster, the KTM 890 Duke R or the Triumph Speed Triple 765 RS. To this end, the junior partner Tuono also offers good protection against the wind, as well as aerodynamic characteristics that keep hot air away from the rider.
- The Tuono 660 is no exception in the canyons. Whether you’re blasting your favorite corners or roaming the city streets, the impressive 403 curb weight is starting to show its impact. This is not a direct copy and paste from the RS 660 to the Tuono. The lightweight, double-spar aluminum frame of the upright has one less engine brace to reduce chassis stiffness, accommodate slower street rhythms and increase comfort. Everything about the Tuono is light and agile. Thank the steeper 23.9-degree rake and increased stability thanks to a slightly longer 54.3-inch wheelbase.
- The adjustable KYB pendant lamp is more than just the height. To save a few bucks, the 41mm fork offers spring preload and rebound damping adjustments in the right fork leg only instead of the RS’s fully adjustable kit. The shock absorber, which has the same degree of adjustment, is postponed. Overall, the KYB pendant light engulfs the irregularities, keeping the Tuono calm as it moans through the canyons.
- Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires are perfectly matched. The Pirelli DRC II kicks are a perfect match for this street-savvy machine. They offer plenty of edge grip for sporty handling and harder midrange compounds on commuting.
- Brembo brakes keep things shiny. Brembo four-piston calipers and 320mm rotors keep things up front, with great feel and great stopping power, as you’d expect. At the rear, a Brembo two-piston caliper and 220mm disc are perfect for correcting lines or trawling parking lots.
- Speaking of parking lots, low-speed maneuvering is a snap. Tuono V4 owners will surely be envious of its little brother’s lock-to-lock steering, which makes low-speed driving much more enjoyable.
- The 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 is the most expensive in its displacement class. Although its MSRP is significantly higher than that of Honda CB650R, Kawasaki Z650, Suzuki SV650, Triumph Trident 660 and Yamaha MT-07, the Tuono 660 also offers more features and technologies. It starts to get tricky when you consider that the Tuono 660’s price makes it significantly more expensive than the BMW F 900 R (base configuration), Kawasaki Z900 and Yamaha MT-09, three impressive motorcycles. In terms of price, it comes closest to a fully accessorized BMW F 900 R, a Ducati Monster, a KTM 890 Duke (standard model), a Triumph Street Triple RS, and those three vertical bare ones. are in a displacement class, although the Tuono 660 offers a similar high-end driving experience.
- Following in the footsteps of the RS 660, it looks like lightning strikes twice for Aprilia with the 2021 Tuono 660. It’s a nimble machine with a true mid-weight engine, equipped with the tech and sophistication of the big boys in the class. The RSV4 and the Tuono V4 1100 are a boon for the Italian brand because all high performance motorcycles are essential. Now Aprilia has a more responsive midweight duo in its lineup.
Photograph by Don Williams
- Helmet: Arai Corsair-X
- Jacket: Alpinestars Hyper Dry Star
- Gloves: Alpinestars Reef
- Jeans: Alpinestars Copper
- Boots: Alpinestars Faster-3
Aprilia Tuono 660 2021 specifications
- Type: Parallel Twin
- Displacement: 659cc
- Bore x stroke: 81 x 63.9 mm
- Maximum power: 100 horsepower at 10,500 rpm
- Maximum torque: 49 ft-lbs at 8,500 rpm
- Compression ratio: 13.5: 1
- Intake: EFI with two 48mm throttle bodies
- Valvetrain: DOHC, 4vpc
- Transmission: 6 speed (up / down quickshifter, $ 200 optional)
- Clutch: Assist-and-slipper
- Final drive: chain
- Frame: double-spar aluminum with aluminum subframe
- Front suspension; Travel: Fully adjustable 41mm KYB inverted fork; 4.7 inch
- Rear suspension; Travel: Adjustable cantilever, linkage-less shock absorber with rebound damping and spring preload; 5.1 inch
- Wheels: Aluminum
- Front wheel: 17 x 3.5
- Rear wheel: 17. X 5.5
- Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II
- Front tire: 120/70 x 17
- Rear tire: 180/55 x 17 (180/50 x 17 optional)
- Front brakes: 320mm discs with 4 radial pistons, mounted Brembo calipers, radially mounted master cylinder and steel braided line
- Rear brake: 220mm disc with Brembo two-piston caliper with steel braided line
- ABS: Stanarrd (taking into account turns with 6-axis IMU, option $ 200)
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
- Wheelbase: 54.3 inches
- Rake: 23.9 degrees
- Trail: 4.1 inches
- Seat height: 32.3 inches
- Fuel capacity: 4.0 gallons
- Estimated Fuel Consumption: 48 mpg
- Curb weight: 403 pounds
- Colors: Concept Black; Iridium Gray; Acid gold (+ 200 $)
Aprilia Tuono 660 2021 price: $ 10,499 MSRP ($ 10,899 depending on testing)
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