Aprilia’s first learner-approved adventure motorcycle, the Tuareg 660 L, will arrive in Australian showrooms by July in three colour schemes.
It comes a month after the release of the full-powered Tuareg 660 in May/June.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed for either bike.
The output of the full-powered version is 58.8kW (80hp) at 9250rpm with 79Nm of torque at 6500 revs.
To qualify under Australia’s learner-approved motorcycle scheme (LAMS), the 660cc parallel-twin engine has been detuned to 35kW (47.6hp) at 5500rpm and 61Nm of torque at 5000rpm.
All other technical features of the learner adventurer are unchanged and include such features as LED lighting, traction control, four riding modes and even cruise control. A quick shifter is available as an accessory.
These adventure models are part of the new 660 platform following the RS 660 and Tuono 660.
They represent a return to adventure riding after the Caponord was discontinued, but promise to be much more dirt oriented with 21-inch front wheels and tubeless tyres on spoked wheels.
Other adventure characteristics are a light wet weight of 204kg, 18-litre fuel tank and fully adjustable Kayaba suspension.
Tuareg revives a model name Aprilia last used in 1985.
The name is also used by VW for their SUV although it is spelt Touareg. Both names refer to a nomadic Sahara tribe.
Tuareg 660 was designed by the Piaggio Advanced Design Centre in Pasadena, California.
It will arrive in a choice of Acid Gold, Martian Red (black and red) and Indaco Tagelmust inspired by the 1988 Tuareg Wind 600.
Aprilia has developed a range of accessories:
Lockable aluminium panniers
33-litre aluminium top box
Tubular engine guards
Auxiliary LED lights
Touring windscreen: this ensures greater protection for the rider from the air for a more comfortable trip. It is made of 4mm thick metacrylate and is sturdy and durable.
Aprilia smartphone multimedia system
Electronic anti-theft system
Aprilia will also have a range of adventure helmets, clothing and gloves as seen in the photos on this page.
Aprilia Tuareg 660 – Technical specs
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
Maximum power at crankshaft
80hp (58.8kW) at 9250rpm
47.6hp (35kW) at 5500rpm (LAMS)
Maximum torque at crankshaft
70Nm (7.13kgm) at 6500rpm
61Nm at 5000rpm (LAMS)
Airbox with front air vent. 2 Æ48mm throttle bodies, Ride-by-wire management
Six-speed, Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS) System up and down available as accessory
Multiplate wet clutch with slipper system
Chain, drive ratio 15/42
APRC Suite that includes ATC (traction control), AEB (engine brake) AEM (engine maps), ACC (cruise control)
Four riding modes (Urban, Explore, Off-road, Individual)
Frame in steel tubing and built-in subframe screwed aluminium plates connecting the frame to the engine