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EICMA 2019: Aprilia RS 660; 169 kg, 100 bhp, and a boatload of fun!

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  • EICMA 2019: Aprilia RS 660; 169 kg, 100 bhp, and a boatload of fun!

    Last year's EICMA served as a platform for Aprilia to stun the world with a concept 660 motorcycle. And that is exactly what it did... it stunned motorcyclists the world over, including us. We could not wait for the motorcycle to turn into a full-fledged production motorcycle. Only a few spy shots emerged since then but at EICMA 2019, the most eagerly awaited model from Noale is here... Aprilia RS 660!

    Press Release:

    Created around a totally new technical base, defined by the 660 parallel-twin, comes a new generation of lightweight, high-performance bikes that are sophisticated in design. A return to the mid-sized engine, supported by the electronics and technology of the Aprilia Racing department, to rediscover the pleasure and joy of everyday riding.

    The firstborn in this brand-new generation of Aprilia bikes is RS 660. Premium technical content and advanced but unvarnished performance to rediscover the pleasure of dynamic riding on the road. A sportbike to suit all motorcyclists and that requires no particular experience level or ability. The innovative concept behind the RS 660 project can be summed up by its excellent weight/power ratio that makes for enjoyable riding, whether relaxed or more sports-orientated: 169 kg plus 100 HP is the perfect formula for enjoyment on the road.

    It is also a unique project from a technical standpoint, featuring a new frame and swingarm in lightweight aluminium, and a new high-performance parallel-twin engine accessible to everyone. Inherited from the unbeatable RSV4, the electronic equipment is top class and comprises a Ride-by-Wire throttle and a six-axis inertial platform for optimum operation of the APRC electronic aids.

    It offers five Riding Modes designed to regulate the behaviour of the electronic controls for safety and fun during daily riding, dynamic riding on the road, and extreme riding on the track. RS 660 also stands out for its particularly advanced aerodynamics comprising a double fairing with aerodynamic appendage function to optimise stability at high speeds, effectively protecting both rider and passenger from the air pressure.