The RS660 delivers the renowned Aprilia track sensation to the street with its racing character and attractive contemporary looks. Its one-of-a-kind design results in a light, petite motorcycle with elegant, graceful volume.
The model is all about providing an enjoyable, pleasurable riding experience when it comes to offering stability at high speeds. The brand-new Acid Gold color option emphasizes the motorcycle's style and youthful, dynamic spirit even more. With a special edition boasting a Stars and Stripes paint, bigger top cowl, single-seat tail fairing, and reversed quick-shift gears, the RS 660 commemorates its first major competitive achievement.
The narrative of the RS660 commences with an all-new parallel-twin 695cc engine, which produces 100 hp at 10,500 rpm and a peak torque of 49.4 lb-ft at 8,500 pm. The RS660's engine is a lively little cracker with a plain wicked exhaust note, similar to the RSV4.
The Aprilia RS660 has a lot of guts right off the bat, offering plenty of mid-range punch with a seamless bottom end and around 80% of its max torque coming on board at a low 4,000 rpm. Even more, all of that horsepower is provided in a tractable, thrilling, and approachable manner, allowing intermediate users to enjoy the inviting, rollicking performance while experienced riders will cherish each ounce of power.
Unlike traditional inline-four supersports, you'll always have sharp acceleration at your disposal, whether you're in town or on your favorite twisting route. The RS660 stands out even more from the crowd since it is the only middleweight motorcycle with an up/down quick-shifter, which is a joy to ride in the mountains, allowing you to rip through the gearbox with freedom.
Aprilia RSV4 RR
The Aprilia RSV4 is a motorcycle that improves with age, much like a quality wine. Aprilia's sportbikes are almost always designed with racing in mind. The RSV4 was released in 2009.
It's only logical that advances gained on the racetrack affect the design and manufacturing of models used by the general public, from improved electronics to downforce-producing fairing. For 2021, the Aprilia RSV4 was completely redesigned, making it even better.
Aprilia claims that the model's, 65-degree 1099cc V-4 engine, which has an extra 22cc of capacity thanks to a relatively long 53.3mm stroke, produces 217 hp at 13,000 rpm and 92 lb-ft of torque at 10,500 rpm while fulfilling tough Euro 5 emissions rules. The V-4 design allows the engine to be compact while delivering the performance of four cylinders.
The crankshaft was made smaller, while the exterior housings, oil sump, and cylinder head coverings were built using magnesium to keep the engine as lightweight as possible. The crankcase is a monoblock layout with integrated aluminum cylinder liners to optimize the engine's stiffness.
A modern MagnetiMarelli ECU 11MP allows for faster processing of more complex algorithms, and a revamped exhaust system not only meets Euro 5 requirements but is also smaller than its predecessor. Electronics enable the RSV4's riding sensation to be adjusted to the rider's skill and preference, despite having well over 200 hp on hand. The APRC suite, controlled by a Bosch 6-axis IMU, performs quick calculations to improve the motorcycle's dynamic behavior while providing a wide range of flexibility.
Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR
If you wish to conquer the race track with speed, the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR is worth considering. The Tuono Racing was born when the Noalenutters took the fairing off their RSV Mille V-twin super motorcycle, maintained practically all of the performance and chassis technology, and launched it in 2002.
The previous V-twin Tuono was a decent motorcycle, but Aprilia made a huge leap forward in 2012 when it released a V-four version based on the RSV4 super motorcycle's engine and frame.
The 1000 variant added a lot of power and craziness, and shortly afterward, Aprilia increased the size to 1,077cc, resulting in the 175bhp 1100 model. The swingarm and engine location have also changed in this Aprilia motorcycle. The swingarm has indeed been stretched by 4mm, and the engine has been moved forward, both of which are intended to increase traction and reduce tire wear.
Another notable modification is the headlight, which is now smaller and lighter than before. Any reduced weight on the front side, especially when it's high up, like the headlight, reduces the effort required to maneuver a motorcycle, which is a good thing.
The Tuono still has all of the bells and whistles, including an improved version of Aprilia's APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) electronics suite. Track, Sport, and Road are the three riding modes. Although the power output remains constant, the throttle reaction and delivery change as you alter the modes.
The existing Tuono has a full-color TFT display that contains all of the necessary information and also acts as a command center for the electronic management system, which contains a sophisticated dynamic control bundle with stability control, wheelie control, release control, maneuvering ABS, pit limiter, power steering, and much more. Despite its small size, the passenger seat appears to be making effective use of the available space.
The Tuono V4 1100 RR is ideal for experienced riders due to its immense power, which can make handling harder for beginners. However, the Tuono 660 is better suited to new riders. It is more user-friendly and capable around town. The Tuono 660 boasts a 659cc engine that produces 49.42 lb-ft torque at 8,500 pm. A six-speed transmission is also available, and the bike's top speed is 135 mph. Overall, the Tuono 660 can be a great ride for anyone who finds the V4 1100 RR a bit difficult to ride.
Aprilia Shiver 900
The Aprilia Shiver 900 is rough and ready to take on everyday routes, but it's toned down a level to make it more accessible. Despite this, the 890cc category naked bike still boasts a lot of power that makes it idle for experienced riders.
The trip is enhanced by an interactive set of electronics, and the price of this Aprilia motorcycle is reasonable. The Shiver was among the first Aprilia motorcycles to come out of the plant in Noale, Italy, using an engine designed and constructed in-house instead of by Rotax.
The middleweight naked bike seemed like something from the long term, with its striking, geometric appearance and early use of throttle-by-wire with several engine settings. It had a hybrid structure with an overhead tubular-steel trellis and aluminum side spars and a dual-parabola headlamp that led the charge, with spent gasses exiting through a couple of Jetsons-style under-seat pipes.
With the Shiver's first major revision for 2018, Aprilia had the chance to take it to the next tier, starting with the engine, which received a lengthier stroke and increased displacement to 896.1cc, and also lighter pistons, a newly designed crankshaft, and a racing-derived MagnetiMarelli 7SM ECU. The Shiver 900 accelerates more effortlessly than before.
Switchable ABS and traction control, with three levels of intervention, have been added to the Shiver's safety factor. Other adjustments were made to make the system more user-friendly and to lose weight. The motorcycle's 6-speed gearbox changes swiftly and easily thanks to a new hydraulic clutch and a bigger primary gearbox. The broad, flat seating is comfy enough to get through a tank of gasoline, and the aerodynamics place the rider in a moderate stoop.
Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
The Dorsoduro 900 is another popular motorcycle in the company’s line-up. It combines an all-new 90-degree 896cc V-twin engine with the Dorsoduro.
Aprilia redesigned the engine, keeping the 92mm bore but expanding the length from 56.4mm to 67.4mm. It produces 95.20 hp at 8750 rpm and a torque of 66.4 lb-ft. Although Aprilia has decreased friction by revamping the pistons with a strengthened piston pin, fresh piston coating, and slightly altered crankshaft shape and balancing, the majority of the design from the preceding model remains the same.
The dual undertail exhaust is still unique in design, but the new motor produces a much more forceful bark. The new Marelli 7 SM ECU, which is also found on the Aprilia RSV4 and Tuono, is one of the most significant changes to the Dorso. The ride-by-wire throttle technology and the three fuel maps, three-level stability control system, and ABS are all controlled by this scheme.
The Dorso also introduces a second Kayaba 41mm fork, which is 450 grams smaller than the Dorso 750 and has spring preload and rebounding damping adjustments. The shock's spring preload can also be adjusted from the back. Wheels taken straight from the Aprilia RSV4 RR are also used.
Despite the smaller rims and fork, the Dorso 900 still weighs in at 485 lbs. wet and loaded. At the front, four-piston, axially mounted calipers bite on dual 320mm discs, while the back has a solitary piston caliper and single 240mm disc.
Aprilia SR Motard 50
The SR Motard could be the most attractive scooter in its category, and it doesn’t put a dent in your wallet, so it's no surprise that it's gaining popularity. It is a hawk-like scooter that combines scooter basics with motard traits. The SR Motard is modeled on Piaggio's famous Typhoon scooter from the 2nd generation. The chassis, motor choices, and main body parts are all identical; therefore, the modifications are only cosmetic.
Aprilia kept all of the Typhoon side panels for the SR Motard; thus, the common ancestry is obvious. The SR Motard's most noticeable alteration is the use of bigger rims with lower profile wheels to maintain the same tire circumference.
The rims are very elegant, and they have a similar appearance to Aprilia's larger motorcycles. Aprilia also uses the same rims on their Sport City One scooter. It's interesting to see Aprilia bring over the SR Motard's heritage from their larger motorcycles.
A redesigned front fender, new disc rotors, and two-tone seating are among the other styling alterations. The high compression, 4-valve architecture of the 4-stroke 50cc engine produces an overall capacity of 4.6 HP. The top speed is a reasonable 40 mph, and the average fuel mileage is 90 mpg.
Aprilia has fitted the SR Motard with a great 220mm front braking system and an acceptable 140mm rear drum brake. The front brake is very effective, while the rear brake is adequate. The scooter has a decently sized under-seat storage compartment that can fit most full-face helmets. Apart from that, there's a baguette hook on the inside of the leg shield, as well as a well-integrated glovebox.
Aprilia Caponord 1200
The latest Aprilia Caponord is a well-designed and very efficient street-oriented adventure-tourer that appears to be influenced by the Dorsoduro. It comes equipped with the most comprehensive technological package ever put on a motorcycle, enhancing rider safety, convenience, and enjoyment.
Beginning with the ride-by-wire electronic throttle control, which has three customizable responses: Touring, Sport, and Rain, this Aprilia motorcycle includes a host of new innovations. The newest Brembo radial-mount monoblock calipers and dual 320mm front disc brakes, as well as the floating single-piston back with 240mm rotor, are independently managed by a Continental double-channel network. The ABS is linked to the ATC system; however, it can be turned off separately.
The Aprilia Caponord is equipped with a 90-degree 1200cc V-Twin engine that produces 125 horsepower at 8250 pm. The engine has been extensively modified, starting with 52mm throttle bodies in replacement of the Dorsoduro engine's 57mm components.
Two injectors are installed in each throttle body to promote flexibility and fluidity of response, and an oxygen sensor is installed down in each exhaust port for optimal injection calibration, lower fuel usage, and decreased exhaust emissions.
The Caponord also includes a set of color-coded panniers with an innovative mounting method that eliminates the need for unsightly frames. They're a little awkward to carry because of their form, but they're fine for overnighters. The accessory list includes a little top box, as well as a few more items such as gel seats as well as other glitz.
Aprilia ETX 150
The Aprilia ETX-150 is more than just a commuter; it's a tiny, easy-to-ride motorcycle with one of the best dollar-to-grin rates in the industry. The first element that you notice about the ETX-150 is the enduro appearance of the motorcycle, not the power of the engine.
The front mudguard is set high, like Aprilia's vintage enduro motorcycles, and the 17-inch rims are encased in mid-size tires.
Brush shields on the handlebars of this Aprilia motorcycle and an elevated riding stance complement the enduro concept. You can even stand on the pegs and ride the motorcycle as if it were an off-roader. Unlike its enduro brethren, the ETX-150's saddle has a noticeable height difference between the driver and the pillion. While this improves comfort in 95 percent of riding situations, scooting back after a longer period on the seat is difficult due to the awkward form.
The ETX-150 isn't a track devil or an off-road beast, but thanks to its 5-speed gearbox's speed range, it can comfortably attain and hold the open road restriction. An enduro-sized gasoline tank matches the enduro appearance. With a massive size of 18 liters, the Aprilia should have plenty of range, assuming you don't abuse the engine.
The ETX150's engine is one of its strongest features. Despite being far from a monster with barely 12 horsepower, the engine hasn't skipped a beat. It gets off to a good start and keeps going. A finely modulated 260mm front disc with a two-piston caliper and a powerful drum braking on the back wheel manage stopping.
Aprilia SMV 750
This Italian motorcycle is another popular model in the Aprilia line-up. It integrates a high-torque, elevated engine in a light, nimble chassis. Add in a sleek design, broad handlebars, and high-end components. Aprilia's R&D department just produced this powerful concoction in the form of this model. The Aprilia SMV 750 is a high-performance motorcycle for riders who refuse to negotiate in their pursuit of perfection.
The Aprilia SMV 750 DORSODURO is more than just another twin-cylinder vehicle; it's a motorcycle that encapsulates Aprilia's significant experience in professional supermotard riding, a discipline in which the company has consistently dominated the field.
The motorcycle's four-valve, DOHC oversquare engine produces 92 crank hp at 8,750 rpm, according to the manufacturer. The Dorsoduro splutters in the middle of the pack at 454 lbs loaded. The SMV 750 DORSODURO brings a layer of power generally only seen on road-going super sports to the nimble performance of all motards.
The motorcycle's strong points include a sophisticated engine and an excellent chassis, as well as athletic looks and a degree of agility rarely seen on a twin. This hybrid iron trellis and aluminum chassis, first seen on the super-specialist SXV, is becoming a trademark of Aprilia motards. This frame establishes high norms for rigidity and maneuverability, with technical characteristics far ahead of the pack.
The SMV 750 is distinguished by its radial calipers, hydraulic clutch, ride-by-wire engine management, wave rotors, and matrix display with an onboard computer. Over and above the pleasant roar that comes from the Dorsoduro's sleek dual under-seat exhausts, forceful downshifts lead to back wheel hop and cracking sounds.
The twin, four-piston radial calipers in the front offer superb power and feel, while the single-piston caliper in the back is wooden and squeals. Steel coiled brake lines, wave rotors, and a variable front lever are among the grace notes of this vehicle.
Aprilia Mana 850
The Aprilia Mana 850 is a spectacle to behold. It's red, Italian, and sleek, with a thundering V-twin engine. This model is full of flare, fun, and efficiency when you consider the comfy, elevated riding position, additional side cases, and one of the favorite parts, a big, locked storage space under the tank.
The Mana 850 distinguishes itself thanks to its sports gear transmission. It's a continuously variable transmission, like what you'd see on a scooter. Another feature that distinguishes the Mana from other motorcycles is the ability to go into completely automated Auto drive mode.
The sports gear transmission on the Mana can be set between Auto drive and Sequential modes. Switch through each of the three engine layouts in automated mode by pressing the gear mode toggle of the handlebar forcefully but momentarily.
You can press the gear mode button down for a few seconds longer, and the LED screen will show "Sport Gear" with a huge numeric gear number. It has a four-stroke 839.3cc liquid-cooled L-twin engine that delivers steady power at all rev settings. This results in a motorcycle that is adaptable to every situation that may arise in everyday life.
Other Aprilia Motorcycles
If you can't find your ideal Aprilia motorcycle from the ones listed above, then take a look at these models. Different types of motorcycles made by Aprilia are listed below.
- Aprilia Scarabeo
- Aprilia Dorsoduro
- Aprilia RS125R
- Aprilia RS-GP
- Aprilia Mana 850
- Aprilia Mojito
- Aprilia RSV4
- Aprilia RSW-2 500
- Aprilia RX/SX 50
- Aprilia RS Cube
- Aprilia RSV 250
- Aprilia RST1000 Futura
- Aprilia SL 750 Shiver
- Aprilia SL1000 Falco
- Aprilia RSV 1000 R
- A Aprilia RS4 125
- Aprilia RS50
- Aprilia RS125
- Aprilia RS250
- Aprilia RSV Mille
- Aprilia RXV/SXV
- Aprilia SR50
- Aprilia Tuono
- Aprilia Tuono 660
- Aprilia SX 50
- Aprilia Tuono V4 1000 R
About THE AUTHOR
Russ currently owns a Yamaha FZ6N and KTM RC 390. When it comes to vintage bikes, his favorite motorcycle is the feisty BMW R32. He also holds a particular interest in the LAMS segment and triple cylinders. Himself a riding enthusiast, Russ has had experience with racetracks from around the world including Willow Springs Raceway in California and the Imola Circuit in Italy.Read More About Russ Crowley