APRILIA RS660 (2021 - on) Review


  • Goes, handles and excites like a sportsbike
  • Comfy like a sports tourer
  • Lots of tech

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 3.1 out of 5 (3.1/5)
Annual servicing cost: £160
Power: 99 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Medium (404 lbs / 183 kg)


New £10,300
Used £9,000 - £9,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Aprilia RS 660 is a new kind of comfortable, middleweight sportsbike. Let’s face it, someone had to build one.

Sportsbike sales have bombed over the past decade and it’s easy to see why. Lots of us love the idea of owning one, but the reality gets ever harder as they become more extreme, powerful, physically smaller and expensive. The RS 660 costs more than we’d hoped, but when you dig down you quickly realise you get a lot of machine for your money.

It ticks all the sportsbike boxes by being fast, exciting and feeling like a mini RSV4 superbike in the corners. It’s crammed with tech and looks just like a cutting-edge race rep should, but crucially it’s easy to live with.

Power is usable, the riding position is comfortable and it’s the perfect to step up the sportsbike ladder for newer riders, not to mention for the rest of us who still want the thrill of a sportsbike without the aches and pains.

Watch our Aprilia RS 660 video review:

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

If only the high-octane buzz of a supersport or superbike will do, the RS 660 might feel lacking at first, but bear with it because it gets under your skin.

Its thrills are delivered in more subtle way and the excitement comes not from top speed or the ability to set lap records, but the exhilaration you get from sub 100mph acceleration and carrying momentum.

The way it clings to corners like its favourite comfort blanket is a trait is shares with its bigger RSV4 and Tuono sisters. Aprilia have always known how to make a bike handle and they’ve sprinkled the same magic on the RS 660.

Light, narrow and nimble it’s precise, balanced and steers with fingertip light precision. It never feels stiff or awkward, just easy, confidence inspiring, stable and flattering. The way the power is delivered never dominates the handling or stresses the rear tyre, which leaves you to just get on and enjoy the ride.

Suspension might not have Öhlins-like plushness and control (there’ll surely be a Factory version in the future), but its adjustable shock and Kayaba forks do their jobs perfectly over all kinds of road surface, fast or slow.

Brembos aren’t the latest and greatest, but they may as well be and have the kind feel, power and confidence that many top superbikes struggle to pull off. Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa IIs are just about the stickiest rubber you can fit this side of a trackday tyre, so there’s never a problem with grip either. Our long-term test bike did see the rear starting to square after around 1900 miles though.

Aprilia RS660 on the road

Now we’re coming to what makes the RS 660 so special: it’s riding position. How many times have you wished someone would just make a proper sportsbike that normal people can actually fit on? Well here it is.

The riding position takes its inspiration from the RSV4, but it’s a relief to find that its actually halfway between a superbike and sports tourer, so wrists, knees, back and neck don’t take a battering after a long ride.

The seat is comfy, pegs are low (ground clearance doesn’t suffer) and knees are nicely close together for extra control, thanks to the Aprilia being just two cylinders wide. Thighs fit snuggly beneath the sculpted tank wings and it’s not too much of a stoop to its raised clip-ons, which are set wide like a modern race bike’s to give you room to move around.

All practical stuff is taken care of, too, with mirrors that work, light controls, a screen that’s high enough to keep the wind off tall riders and a low seat height for those short in the leg.

The seat on the RS 660 is very comfortable

How Aprilia have squeezed a lot into a very small space

It’s no accident the RS 660 is light and tightly packaged and it’s all been achieved without resorting to exotic materials. That’s harder to do when you’ve got to keep costs down than when you’ve got an open cheque book to produce a £90k Ducati Superleggera V4.

Aprilia have also turned the RS 660 around in a very short space of time with a mock-up only being shown at EICMA show at the end of 2018.

To keep the chassis simple its parallel twin motor is a stressed member of the ali beam frame with the swingarm bolted to the back. It isn’t just a happy convenience, the engine is half an RSV4, it’s so compact it can be easily be used and repackaged to power Aprilia’s new generation 660 models. 

Attention to lightness goes right down to its lithium battery, lightweight wheels (3.56kg front, 5.38kg rear) and a slimline subframe, which is 16mm narrower than the RSV4’s and weighs just 1.98kg, but strong enough to carry a pillion and luggage.

Aprilia RS660 pillion

Even the numberplate holder gets the Weight Watchers treatment. It’s a one, instead of two-piece plastic item with a carbon fibre core and weighs just 210 grams.

Aprilia have managed to squeeze two chunky exhaust headers, a cat packed Euro5 collector box and silencer neatly under the engine for optimum weight distribution and low centre of gravity. It weighs just 6.2kg.

The first of a new generation of Aprilia electronics, the RS 660 uses a more powerful Marelli 11MP ECU, replacing the 7SM found in the RSV4 and Tuono. It controls everything from the ride-by-wire throttle, lean sensitive rider aids and even cornering headlights and self-cancelling indicators.

The RS660 has three standard riding modes (‘Commute’, ‘Dynamic’ and a customisable ‘Individual’), three engine maps, engine brake and cornering ABS settings, eight levels of traction control, wheelie control (which can be switched off), cruise control and an optional pitlane limiter and two more riding modes (Challenge and Time Attack).


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

At its heart lies a 99bhp, 659cc parallel twin-cylinder motor (there’s also A2-friendly 94bhp version) with a 270-degree crank. It’s essentially the front half of a V4 RSV4 1100 with the same 81mm bore and a longer 63.93mm stroke (up from 52.3mm).

It’s a perky little number with a sweet gearbox and light clutch but it’s tuned very much for life on the road. You’ll be seeing a lot of this engine over the coming months, as it will be powering the Tuono version and adventure styled Tuareg.

Power is delivered impeccably at town speeds and flows seamlessly to its 10,500rpm peak when you want to get a wriggle on. Tuck in for long enough it wouldn’t be hard to see over 140mph on the clock.

It punches out of corners with as little as 4000rpm showing on the tacho (where it makes 80% of its maximum torque) and things gets positively fruity past 6200rpm where it accelerates like a sportsbike should and the exhaust note flips from droning Moto3 to hard-edged, bass-infused V-twin.

On the road you’ll never be dancing on the gear lever in search of power, because there’s plenty of it and being so light (just 183kg wet) it doesn’t need much to push it along anyway.

The RS 660’s crowning glory is its electronic rider aids, which along with its tasty chassis parts sets it apart from its lower-spec Japanese rivals.

The up/down quickshifter is as slick as they come and its cruise control is a godsend on motorways and for keeping to speed limits.

Aprilia RS660 engine

The new colour dash is bright, clear and easy to read and the switches easy to operate, but its huge left switchgear block is a bit of an eyesore and the high beam switch juts out so far, it’s easy to keep flicking it on by accident.

Rider modes, traction, wheelie and engine braking control are almost an irrelevance to an experienced rider on a bike with modest power, but it never hurts to have the ability to make things safer and more docile in dodgy conditions.

But for the less experienced an electronic safety net that works so smoothly, as they discover the joys of a sportsbike, is a no-brainer.

To find out more about Aprilia's 660 engine tech, click here.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Riding pre-production launch bikes, which were well finished, we did have a few starting problems and engine warning lights flashing, but Aprilia assure us they’re minor software glitches and will be sorted before full production begins.

Our first ride of a production version on UK roads didn't present us with any obvious problems, although tester Jon Urry does state that "there are a few areas that look budget on the RS 660".

If you head down to our Aprilia RS 660 owners' reviews you'll see several people have had problems with the engine and electrics. In particular, there seems to be a prevailing issue with oil leaks. Ensure any used bike you're looking at has had this investigated and sorted.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

We were hoping the RS 660 would be slightly cheaper, but when you look at its spec and performance you get a lot of sportsbike for the money.

Think if it this way: it’s less than half the price of an RSV4 1100 Factory and is arguably a better road bike. The Aprilia is considerably more expensive than its softer, lower-spec Japanese sportsbike rivals like the Honda CBR650R (£7949) and also the higher-powered traditional supersport Kawasaki ZX-6R (£9699). But it's considerably cheaper than the Yamaha R6 (£12,221) and MV Agusta F3 675 (around £14,000).

The similarly road-focused Ducati SuperSport 950 was freshly updated for 2021 and makes slightly more power than the Aprilia but costs £12,385 for the base model and almost £14,000 for the S.

However, the RS660's biggest rival in 2022 was the then-new Yamaha R7, which was far cheaper and aimed at exactly the same sort of riders. We're expecting more rivals to break cover in 2024.

Group test video: Aprilia RS660 vs Honda CBR650R vs MV Agusta F3 675

Many riders have turned away from sportsbikes because the current crop are just too focused, but the RS 660 could be the bike to change that. When you take into account the consequences of being caught speeding, the concentration required to ride litre bikes and the brutality of 200bhp, you can see why many have simply lost the love.

Even colleague Bruce, who races and has grown up on sportsbikes, freely admits that despite having access to a 2020 Fireblade this year he wasn’t tempted to take it out onroad due to its aggressive nature.

By building a middleweight bike that can be viewed as a proper sportsbike thanks to the quality of its electronics and chassis and then arming it with a motor producing more than enough power for road riding, Aprilia have given the RS 660 credibility that many middleweight rivals lack. There are a few compromises, most noticeably the shock, but overall it delivers a lovely balance of performance and handling that makes it fun. Owning an RS660 won’t feel like a downwards step.

You have chosen to own a smaller capacity sportsbike and you can hold your head up high at any bike meet. That motor, that gearing, that torque, those electronics and even the looks, it ticks every box and is an absolute blast to ride!


5 out of 5 (5/5)

The RS 660 comes with electronics galore: adjustable traction, wheelie and engine braking control, power maps, up/down quickshifter, cruise control, riding modes and a multi-function colour dash (with fuel gauge).

You also get Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tyres, adjustable Kayaba forks, Brembo calipers and cornering LED headlights (dipped beam comes on automatically in low light), LED daytime running lights and self-cancelling indicators.

Aprilia RS660 acid gold

Just like its flagship models Aprilia have produced a full range of performance, touring and cosmetic accessories, from a full Akrapovic exhaust system, single seat cowl, software to activate a pitlane limiter and the electronics for a race pattern shift, billet ali levers, carbon number plate holder and wheel stickers.

Sculpted bodywork has built-in RSV4-like wings that look the part, but they’re not exactly needed at road speeds, but the double-skinned fairing helps to keep the RS 660 cool to make life more comfortable for the rider in the heat. It also comes in three funky satin paint jobs: a black one with bright red wheels, a Cadbury’s blue and gloss red one and an ‘acid gold’ one.

A lazy fairing lip

A lip in the fairing spoils the look

The RS 660 is a lovely looking thing, but it’s let down by a lazy design feature on the nose fairing. In order to accommodate the unnecessarily bulky left switchgear, the Noale firm have added a lip in the body work, to insure a full turning circle. On our long-term test bike we noticed it after around 50 miles and now see it every time it’s parked. A little more R&D for symmetry would’ve gone a long way.

Aprilia RS 660 aftermarket upgrades

A side view of an accessorised Aprilia RS 660

Our long-term test bike was also fitted with a number of aftermarket accessories over 2021 - providing additional crash protection, improving the looks, and experimenting with different tyres. You can find our thoughts on each of them below.

R&G Brake Lever Guard

An easy-peasy modification to instal and vitally important to any rider wanting to venture on track, with many circuits now stipulating mandatory brake lever guards on any bike. The R&G unit is built well, hasn’t faded and continues to hold strong where the bar end once sat. The black design also means it blends into the looks, which is handy as I have a real disliking for lever and clutch guards on road bikes.

R&G Engine Case Covers, 

Much like the brake lever guard, the case protection’s black finish slips seamlessly into the factory finish of the bike. I’m seriously impressed and although not installed as a mandatory measure, it gives you added peace of mind, should the worst happen. Buying them separately also saves on the price of replacements, too.

R&G Cotton Reels

Being a sportsbike, there’s no centre stand – meaning these R&G reels are vital for popping the RS onto a paddock stand. After plenty of use, they remain firmly in place, with no signs of wearing out and they’re a decent size to make locating the paddock stand easy. These are important when it comes to chain maintenance too, with the correct tension in the manual logged with the rear raised in the air.

RS 660 Evotech tail tidy

Evotech Performance Tail Tidy

Once installed it tidies up the compact back end nicely, but we could live without it. The unit itself is really nicely built and the planet-friendly packaging contains no plastics. That said, the photo instructions found online can be hard to follow and do miss the removal of one bolt. Having such a small arse it’s also easier to remove all the RS’ plastics from the rear end when attempting to reattach everything and stuff in all the electronics. Factor this into your assembly time.

Bridgestone Battlax S22 tyres

Having used OE Bridgestone S22s on multiple bikes, they've always been impressive. They inspire confidence in low temperatures and are a great road-going performance tyre. Unfortunately, they’re just not quite as good as the standard-fitment Pirelli Rosso Corsa 2s, which offer more front-end feel, greater confidence under braking, and allow the bike to drop in faster and accelerate out of a bend with greater stability. They’ve also squared at the rear after 3000 miles.

Aprilia RS 660 tank pad

Aprilia Tank Pad

On the face of it, getting all the individual blobs to line up on the tank looks hard, but it couldn’t be easier thanks to the simple-to-follow instructions and sticky back plastic packaging. It’s great value and suits the bike nicely. I just wish it was a solid unit, as the finish around the rear of the tank is thin and prone to scratching – meaning some areas are still exposed to damage.

Aprilia RS 660 Extrema

In 2022 Aprilia revealed a lighter, carbon equipped version of the RS660 sportsbike with a claimed kerb weight of just 166kg.

Called the RS660 Extrema, the Noale firm have shed the extra pounds via an all new, street-legal exhaust system by Italian specialists SC Project.

Also helping the bike reach an impressive claimed 100bhp, it features a carbon silencer positioned on the righthand side, a change from the twin-exit under engine design of the RS.

The silencer is held by a black anodised aluminium bracket, which allows the removal of the passenger foot pegs and thus more weight saving.


Engine size 659cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, parallel twin
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 183kg
Front suspension KYB 41mm forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Single shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm front discs with four-piston Brembo radial calipers. Cornering ABS
Rear brake 220mm disc with twin-piston caliper. Cornering ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 57 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £160
New price £10,300
Used price £9,000 - £9,500
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 99 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 188 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2020: New from the ground-up Aprilia RS 660 launched.
  • 2021: A2 version breaks cover.
  • 2022: Limited Edition version released.
  • 2023: RS 660 Extrema launched, costs £11,900

Other versions

This is the first bike to use Aprilia's 660 parallel-twin engine, but there's also the Tuono 660 naked and the Tuareg adventure bike.

Owners' reviews for the APRILIA RS660 (2021 - on)

14 owners have reviewed their APRILIA RS660 (2021 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your APRILIA RS660 (2021 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 (3.9/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Engine: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Reliability & build quality: 3.1 out of 5 (3.1/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.9 out of 5 (3.9/5)
Equipment: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £160
3 out of 5
22 September 2023 by Rik

Year: 2023

Great bike to ride.......when it works!!!!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Handles and brakes great

Engine 2 out of 5

Was really good up to failing

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

The engine blew up after 50 miles (snapped conrod) The control switches were very badly made and seems really low market quality, reminds me of a cheap mini moto

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Not had it serviced as its off the road

Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 Fun Motorcycle with a Love/Hate Relationship
22 May 2023 by Matthew Barker

Version: Limited Edition Stars and Stripes

Year: 2022

Handles great. 0-60 mph with the quick shift is fun. This bike is kind of a weird hybrid bike between track and street. Some say it’s the perfect balance. Under the rear seat has a template for a luggage rack, but as far as I know they don’t sell one yet. The beauty of it is that you’re not completely leaning on the tank. The cruise control also makes it road friendly allowing you ti adjust when you ride.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

The rear brakes are known to squeal after the brake in period. I’ve replaced the pads with aftermarket ones and the squeal has come back (even with lube). Prepare to sound like a freight train horn when stopping. All that aside the rest of ride (once the oil leaks are sorted out) is pretty quality. The bike has the most satisfying click I’ve ever heard when putting down a rear passenger peg. It’s just….quality.

Engine 3 out of 5

When you get all the bugs worked out it’s a fun engine. Revs high, sounds great, plenty of power.

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Aprilia, like most Italian automotive companies, seem to have quality control issues. This seems rapidly true for this first production wrong. There was an engine recall for the 2021 models leaving several people stranded without a motorcycle for months. With my 2022, I have experienced quality control issues with the water pump seal, quick shifter, and water pump rubber hose. All fairly minor but due to the lack of dealerships in the States, it’s a bit more painful to bring it in for warranty work.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Aprilia in their infinite wisdom figured it would be genius to make a service light you can not clear yourself. They also put in the regular service routine to have the ecu checked for updates at every service interval. While it’s neat to get updates, it seems the majority of time this is nothing to update. Leaving you with a bill just to clear the maintenance light. This cost adds to the bike owner’s expenses, especially if you want to keep the warranty. Trust me, you want to keep that warranty with the growing pains this design is having.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Comes with great technology. Bluetooth module accessory is a must. Bike can track everything from lean angle to speed on track days. It even can do gps with your phone. The quick shift is really great.

Buying experience: Dealer I dealt with was amazing. No hidden or weird fees and upfront with everything.

4 out of 5 GET ONE!!
04 July 2022 by Craig Newt.

Year: 2021

Light to the point of being unsettled by turbulence from HGV’s in front and when overtaking. Pull out half a mile behind big vehicles and pass them as wide as you can. Otherwise it’s brilliant!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

They work extremely well but not brilliantly.

Engine 5 out of 5

Torquey, free revving and responsive.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Starter motor jammed at 450 miles but replaced quickly under warranty.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Nothing unaffordable here.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Its got the lot apart from an Ohlins shock which would complete the package.

Buying experience: Bought from my brother with 300 miles on the clock. (He bought it while waiting for the 2022 Busa.)

2 out of 5 RS660 Don't listen to the hype, reliability is terrible.
13 June 2022 by K Keeble

Year: 2022

On paper and on riding it Aprilia should have a winner on their hands. But unfortunately Aprilia made it and so the reliability is sketchy. Some bikes seem reliable while other seem to have one fault followed by another.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Vibrations are high. Rear brake weak and noisy.

Engine 3 out of 5

Vibration is terrible.

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

After just 10 days my bike developed an oil leak and went back in for repair. Having picked the bike back up it developed a noisy back brake and back in the garage in went. No brake parts yet so rode it home to wait. Next morning found it now has a coolant leak. Also they have a known a problem with the gear selector coming off due to the bolt stretching as it is an alloy.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Rider modes.

Buying experience: Dealer was fine paid £10,300.00 which was full price.

4 out of 5 Whoever reviewed this bike 3 stars clearly is fake as it comes with decent Corsa tyres!. I got it as its a bargain for the technology and it flies when you pin it. Cant fault it.
29 April 2022 by Jay

Year: 2022

Excellent bike, good value and loaded with tech.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
2 out of 5 Disappointing
05 January 2022 by The Dentist

Year: 2021

Very bad value . Suspension is awful and underneath there are many cost saving measures . Aprilia updated the suspension and new tyres to get decent performance pushing price to with non OE tyres to over £12.5K . or that money you can get a Ducati Supersport !

Ride quality & brakes 1 out of 5

too much dive when pushing on and also ejector seat rear on bumpy roads , nearly got thrown off . Brakes OK but when applied hard the bike does a tom Daly

Engine 3 out of 5

Ok , not great . for the money there are better engines out there

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5

Change tyres is a must so budget for that. The electronics are good but it masks the problems with the bike

Buying experience: Good and they have brought it back without too much of a loss on my side

5 out of 5 Less cc more power and fun
03 January 2022 by Steve D

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £150

Extremely comfortable, I am 6ft2 and it fits perfectly for 120 to 150 miles ride which are all I have done so far as bought it in September just as the weather got worse. Engine is strong, slightly underpowered so far but most of my mileage has been running the bike in so expect more once I can use all the rev range. Headlight switch is annoying and can be caught very easily which can annoy other drivers as it is very bright on main beam, less inspiring on dip beam although the cornering lights are useful.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

This rides like an old school 600 before they went too extreme, comfortable pottering about and enough power to overtake safely. Great on twisties although I have still to fully exploit the handling as the roads have been wet. It rides smoothly and will only have a little vibration if you use the mid range. Longest ride to date is 2 hours and there was no aches or pains with a very comfy seat. Bar grips are a little harder than my previous bike and right hand gets a little stiff but quick use of cruise control gets it back to normal (going to change the grips!)

Engine 5 out of 5

Good power delivery across the whole rev range, when it dries out a bit I will exploit the power a little more at the higher end of the rev range. Can be a little tiring in town as the gearing is quite high so generally under 30 mph you are in 1st gear, 40 mph 2nd gear, 50 mph 3rd gear and 4th for all the rest. 5th and 6th are really only for motorways.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

No breakdowns or oil leaks but the chain lost its 'new look' in one wet ride despite being well lubricated, took a lot of cleaning to get some of the finish back but likely to change the chain at the next service. A lot of the fixings seem overly tight (rear pegs) and take a lot of effort to remove. Underslung exhaust is bearing up well to UK salted roads, a little discoloured but nothing excessive.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service costs only but expect this to be the annual cost. Dealers are a little few and far between but good roads to get to my nearest 2.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Great tyres (so far), lots of options for adjusting the rider modes (haven't bothered yet as they do everything well). Brakes are excellent, lots of power and feel. Definitely needs a radiator guard as everything from the front wheel goes in to it and lots of wet rides mean a lot of cleaning (although very easy to clean quickly and well). Best accessory I have bought is paddock stand bobbins as the side stand only makes a lot of things difficult when clean, lubricating and adjusting.

Buying experience: Bought from a main dealer in the West Midlands pre registered and got £1k of the price, but 0 miles on clock apart from PDI, delivered in about a week to Somerset.

5 out of 5 Rs660
19 September 2021 by Smith John

Version: EU

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £50

More comfortable for street use than street bike. Easy to do ‘’knee’’ Enough power and speed for all aspects

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Good brakes

Engine 5 out of 5

Amazing engine, plenty of fun

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

0 issues per 3500 miles. Check engine light never came up. Built quality 8/10 Eating oil, still waiting for reply from Italy. 300ml on 600 miles.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Filter 25 USD Oil 25 USD First Oil change done by myself

Equipment 4 out of 5

Heated grips must be a option

Buying experience: 6.1 is the maximum height for that bike to be comfortable!

4 out of 5 Bike great,Aprilia as a company crap
05 September 2021 by Mark unsworth

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £200

Comfortable riding position,great torque, superb handling. Bad points oil leak at 100 miles, buzzy mirrors at 5k revs or above, can be difficult to hit neutral and the high beam switch is a real pain as you always turn it on when using the clutch lever

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Really great low end torque,brakes superb just what you expect from Brembo

Engine 4 out of 5

Very smooth power delivery,great torque

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

Oil leak after a week ,3 weeks later part not even sent out by Aprilia. Aprilia customer service absolutely shocking

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Not sure yet as bike only has 100 miles on it but expect about £200

Equipment 5 out of 5

Loaded with tech,the quick shifter is sublime

Buying experience: Bought the bike new from via moto, cost £10149. Can’t fault dealership with on going situation with oil leak they’ve done everything they can. On the other hand Aprilia are one of the worst companies I’ve had to deal with and don’t seem to be taking the issue seriously.

4 out of 5
08 August 2021 by Andy D

Year: 2021

Almost perfect

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Really comfortable for a sporty bike. I swore I’d never buy another Sportsbike because they’re so uncomfortable on the road, but this is fine for at least three hours of riding. Back brake makes a weird groaning noise at low speed.

Engine 4 out of 5

Fast, but unpleasant at slow speeds. Won’t run smoothly at low revs on a steady throttle, and is constantly hunting and jerking. Only way to smooth it out is to crack the throttle slightly which, because of the ample torque, means you’re constantly going 10mph too fast. Sounds lovely at speed, but like a petrol lawnmower at constant low revs

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Mostly it’s really nice, but there’s a few slightly shoddy bits. Some of the trim inside the fairing doesn’t fit perfectly, and I think my instrument screen is slightly sloping, which is really distracting for me.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Loads of electronics.

5 out of 5
12 June 2021 by Andrea

Year: 2021

Perfectly balanced performance for the roads and tracks

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
3 out of 5 Best worst bike ever
15 May 2021 by paul

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £140

Ticks every box except reliability

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

Had bike 3weeks and developed oil leak. Aprilia still can’t supply the parts 4weeks later.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5
23 April 2021 by Baldy

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £260

Great sports road bike that is really, really fun at lower, less license losing speeds, great engine, sounds like a little V4 at higher revs. Comfier than modern day sports bikes and less common too so a bit of exclusivity, till everyone realises how good they are and buys one.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride quality is excellent with the apparently cheap suspension feeling absolutely fine for roads and my ability. Brakes feel a bit grabby to be honest they are strong but dont know if they need bedding in, cleaning or just some different pads.

Engine 5 out of 5

Ive come from inline 4's and it does feel a bit industrial at lower speeds and finding the right gear through town can sometimes be an effort, but once you get going it is brilliant, love the torque it has and the noise even with the standard exhaust is very addictive. Comes alive from about 7000rpm

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Some of the plastics are a bit, well plasticky and feel a bit cheap. The quickshifter is on the whole very good but does need a positive action for it to work properly.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

got my first service next week, wheels have done one for £260, gulp! Insurance was cheap at £200.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Quickshifter, love it. Should come with a heel guard for the swing arm but doesnt as you boot rubs the swing arm. APrilia do one that matches the plastic finish on the seat unit or R+G do a more substantial one.

Buying experience: Mo tech in Newcastle. Advertised 10149 and thats what i paid. They were very good though and gave a decent trade in on mine and have squeezed me in for my first service 2 weeks after buying it. My nearest dealer was gonna make me wait 4 weeks because I hadn't bought the bike from them. The only reason I didn't was because they didn't have a black one to buy. I live in Scotland and there's only one Aprilia dealer up here so you can figure out who it was.

5 out of 5
23 March 2021 by Birdy

Year: 2021

Engine, noise, looks and comfort are the plus points, fuelling not perfect in town and quality are the slight negatives

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Ride is good and despite being a sport bike, is very comfortable. Brakes are strong.

Engine 5 out of 5

Performance is good due to light weight and punchy engine. Seems plenty for the road and makes a great noise as standard.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Looking closer at the bike, you can see that the build quality is not as good as my Honda. Reliability, too early to tell.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Too early to tell.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Lots of electronics to tailor the bike to your liking. The quickshifter and blipper are favourite.

Buying experience: CMW Chichester - great service in lockdown.

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