Kiwi Rider May 2022 Vol.1 - Page 21


Aprilia ’ s hotly-anticipated Tuareg 660 finally has confirmed NZ pricing and delivery . Provisional pricing starts at $ 21,490 for the Martian Red ( pictured ) and Acid Gold colours , while the flagship Indaco Tagelmust will retail for slightly more at $ 21,990 . As expected , the Tuareg 660 splits the difference in terms of price between the Yamaha Tenere 700 and the KTM 890 Adventure range . With more tech than the Tenere , but a lower price than the 890 , the Tuareg should find itself in a sweet spot between the two for riders trying to decide what middleweight adventure bike is right for them . Based around Aprilia ’ s 660cc parallel-twin , the Tuareg produces a claimed 80hp and 70Nm of power with the engine being utilised as a stressed member of the tubular steel trellis frame . Visually the bike has few bolt-ons and unnecessary bodywork , with the long flat seat sitting above the exposed subframe . The suspension comes in the form of a 43mm fork and progressive linkage monoshock , both with long 240mm travel , ensure off-road traction and fun in places where others have to close the throttle . Ground clearance is claimed to be “ more than ” 240mm and is matched with a seat height of “ less than ” 860mm . We assume since the bike is still in development Aprilia isn ’ t quite willing to set those figures in stone , but it appears the chassis is well sorted in addition to the 21-inch and 18-inch wheel sizing . Dry weight ( that ’ s minus the 18-litres of fuel , oil and coolant , fork oil etc ) is claimed at a low 187kg , which puts the Aprilia right in the same ballpark as the Yamaha Tenere 700 . However , the Aprilia goes all-in when it comes to technology and boasts a full APRC electronics package and 5-inch TFT dash . The APRC system covers the now expected aspects of electronic aids and includes Traction Control , Cruise Control , Engine Maps and Engine Braking . Included in the electronics package are four Riding Modes , two of which are customisable , with one being dedicated to off-road riding . Interestingly , Aprilia will be giving riders the option to turn the ABS off at both wheels or only the rear through the electronics . The first shipment of the Tuareg 660 is expected to arrive in New Zealand dealers in June 2022 .