APRILIA TUAREG 660 (2022 - on) Review


  • Full electronic suite with optional rider modes
  • impressively dynamic and agile on the road
  • Engine platform shared with Tuono and RS 660

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £220
Power: 79 bhp
Seat height: Tall (33.9 in / 860 mm)
Weight: Medium (450 lbs / 204 kg)


New £10,600
Used £9,300

Overall rating

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

Words by Laura Thomson

Retro rallying has seen a huge revival recently, with nostalgia-tinged adventure bikes like the Honda Africa Twin, DR Big and BMW R nine T Urban GS all returning within the past decade.

And just as you thought the 80s were out of icons, Aprilia have joined the party with the reincarnated Tuareg. Named for the indigenous Saharan nomads, the original Tuareg was launched in 1985 and spewed a five-strong family of models that remained in production until 1994.

And now, the desert racer is back, featuring the 659cc parallel twin of the manufacturer’s recently-launched Aprilia RS660 and Aprilia Tuono 660, albeit with tweaked internals for better low and mid-range torque – peak of 51.63lb-ft is achieved at 2000rpm sooner than the RS 660, at 6500rpm.

Cornering on the Aprilia Tuareg 660

The latest Tuareg has most in common with the four-stroke single cylinder 600 Wind (produced between 1988 - 1990) and the £11,100 Indaco Tagelmust version we tested features graphics that pay homage to the iconic original colour scheme.In case you’re wondering, a Tagelmust is an indigo-dyed cotton turban-come-veil, traditionally worn by Tuareg Berber men.

It was designed by a team at Piaggio’s Advanced Design Centre in California, led by Miguel Galluzzi, who was also responsible for Moto Guzzi’s incredibly stylish V85TT. But in terms of design, the Tuareg is the opposite, with form very much led by function and apparently no superfluous parts.

Aprilia have neglected to follow fashion with a beak, and instead the Tuareg boasts a muscular forward silhouette, which tapers to a narrow waist and low-profile rear.

The 860mm high seat is deliberately long and narrow and the panels on either side flat – allowing for ultimate manoeuvrability around the bike while stood on the pegs, as well as allowing the rider to get as much foot on the floor as possible.

A static view of the Aprilia Tuareg 660

Ride quality & brakes

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

In the pre-ride press-conference, Aprilia positioned the Tuareg as ever-so-slightly more on the travel side of the adventure/enduro mix. And this is reflected in the design, with the high-resistance steel tube structure featuring a welded rather than bolt-on subframe (a la KTM adventure range), which suggests that it is not intended to be ridden too hard off-road.

However, every other element of the bike lends itself to off-road ability – the long swingarm, 240mm travel Kayaba suspension, with adjustable hydraulic rebound damping and compression, and spring preload at the rear (via a manual knob).

The 43mm diameter upside down forks don’t dive anywhere near as much as other bikes in this segment, which allows you to brake harder when pushing on the road. The standard fit Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres (on 21" and 18" spoked wheels) let the bike down in this respect however and struggled to find grip on the slick roads of Sardinia.

Riding a light trail on the Aprilia Tuareg 660

On hard application of the Brembo brakes – double piston calipers on double 300mm discs up front, and a single 260 mm disc and floating, single-piston caliper at the rear – they were prone to skidding. Dual-channel ABS is normally there to intervene, although beware locking both wheels simultaneously.

Off-road, the tyres are happiest in the dry, and clog up quickly through mud. However, they were ideal for the flat and fast gravelly trails we rode on the launch and the Tuareg’s mass-concentrated design made for balanced and composed handling. Peg steering is easy on the 204kg machine and the suspension is consistently well-damped across rough terrain.

The engine, a stressed element of the frame mounted via six anchor points (compared to the three on RS 660 and two on Tuono), has been rotated about 10° to the rear, making the cylinder bank more vertical, thus reducing the yaw movement of the bike and increasing agility on tight turns.

Aprilia Tuareg 660 front rim and brake set-up

And on road, it’s impressively dynamic and agile, lending itself well to the switchbacks of Sardinia’s coast road and rolling through the bends with aplomb. The steering is immediate and assured, and the lock is wide.

Usually, off-road ability comes at the expense of road comfort, but this isn’t the case with the Tuareg – it’s as capable on road as it is off.


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

The 660 powertrain was originally derived from the front half of the 1100cc RSV4 powertrain and boasts the same 81mm bore, with a lengthened 63.93mm stroke.

It has already proven its prowess in the RS and Tuono, however this latest iteration has been internally tweaked for more low and mid-range torque, receiving optimised valve lifting, a revised exhaust layout and a newly designed intake system with longer ducts and a filter casing positioned between the headstock and the fuel tank to allow for easy servicing.

A unique ignition advance management algorithm fettles combustion across varying engine heating conditions, optimising powertrain performance and consumption.

Aprilia Tuareg 660 engine side view

These modifications certainly deliver, with peak of 51.63lbft achieved at 2000rpm sooner than the RS 660, at 6500rpm, with 75% available from 3000rpm and 90% from 5500rpm.

Understandably, it comes at the expense of top end power - the Tuareg makes 79bhp at 9250rpm, compared to the RS’ 99bhp at 10,500rpm (however, it still makes 6.5hp more than the Ténéré. A 270-degree firing order lends a V-twin sound to match the feel – a deep gargling rising to a guttural roar.

However, it still feels incredibly sporty and its provenance is undisputable. Despite a slightly snappy ride-by-wire throttle, propulsion is immediate and impressive, thanks in part to a shorter first gear ratio and final drive.

Power climbs linearly to the peak, while torque boasts several sweet spots, the low-down abundance particularly noticeable and helpful while riding off-road.

Aprilia Tuareg 660 exhaust

A mechanically-assisted clutch makes for light lever feel, but the bite point seemed quite far in, which was noticeable when riding off-road with just two fingers on the lever – the other two got in the way as I pulled the lever back to the bar.

Aprilia’s optional up-down quickshifter was fitted across the test fleet, however proved inconsistent – smoother on some, and jolty on others. On one of the bikes neutral was virtually impossible to find with the engine running.

A new, shallower oil sump allows ground clearance to perfectly match the suspension travel. Internal walls keep oil quantity optimised, while a new channel in the semi-crankcase takes lubricant to the sump, preventing stagnation in the gearbox.

Reliability & build quality

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

That frame will reportedly support loads of up to 210kg, making this a capable middleweight, two-up tourer. Whether it is comfortable remains to be seen, but on first impressions the one-piece seat is more so than that of the Yamaha Ténéré 700. There appears to be slightly more room for a pillion, too.

The broad expanse of plexiglass screen looks a tad odd from the cockpit but offers great protection from the wind. The design leaves a natural gap behind the centre of the screen which could allow for fitment of auxiliary rally lights or navigation tower.

Riding the Aprilia Tuareg 660

In order to keep weight as low as possible, every component does multiple jobs – the fibreglass enriched technopolymer instrument structure, for example, also supports the screen. The plastic tank cap reduces weight by 200g compared to a metal one, while there are no pillion grab handles.

Build quality certainly seems impressive, and nothing stood out as poor during on our 160km test ride. When another rider dropped the bike off-road, nothing broke, and the only damage was a bent lever and scuffed faring panel (easily replaceable). The comprehensive metal bash plate is certainly worth its weight.

Watch Saffron Wilson's Aprilia Tuareg 660 long-term test round up video here:

Value vs rivals

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

Starting at £10,600 for the Acid Gold and Martian Red colourshemes (£11,100 for the Indaco Tagelmust), the Tuareg costs £1000 more than the Yamaha Ténéré 700, which weighs in at £9502 (2021 pricing).

However, the Ténéré 700 shuns electronic aids (with the exception of switchable ABS), in favour of a stripped-back rally style. In terms of physical specification, the two are very similar, with matching suspension and braking capabilities.

Other competitors include the Triumph Tiger 900 (starting from £11,500) or the KTM 890 Adventure (starting from £10,999).

Watch MCN's middleweight adventure bike shootout video here:


4 out of 5 (4/5)

While the Ténéré 700 is heralded for its simple, stripped-back nature the Tuareg levels up with a host of electronics, packaged under the APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) name.

Switchable traction control boasts four levels of sensitivity; engine braking is adjustable to three levels and three different engine maps are available to change the engine’s character and power delivery.

All are optimised in the pre-set Urban and Explore riding modes, while Individual and Off-road are user-adjustable. As standard, off-road deactivates ABS at the rear, with the option to switch off the front, too.

Aprilia Tuareg 660 colour TFT dash

It also features the most manageable power delivery, and the ride-by-wire throttle is noticeably less snappy than in the other modes. All can be selected via the left-hand switch controls and five-inch TFT dash.

Behind the vast expanse of screen sits a full LED lighting system including daytime running lights.


Engine size 659cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled parallel twin
Frame type High-resistance steel tube structure
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 860mm
Bike weight 204kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable 43mm upside-down Kayaba fork with counterspring. Wheel travel: 240 mm
Rear suspension Aluminium swingarm. Progressive linkage. Fully adjustable Kayaba monoshock. Wheel travel: 240 mm
Front brake 300 mm double discs. Brembo callipers with 4 horizontally opposed 30/32 mm pistons. Axial pump and metal braided brake line
Rear brake 260 mm diameter disc; Brembo single piston 34 mm floating calliper. Master cylinder with separate reservoir and metal braided hose
Front tyre size 90/90-21
Rear tyre size 150/70 R 18

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 58.8 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £220
New price £10,600
Used price £9,300
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 79 bhp
Max torque 51.6 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 280 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2021: Aprilia launch the Tuareg 660 ahead of going on sale for the 2022 model year.

Other versions

There is only one version of the Aprilia Tuareg 660, however the twin-cylinder engine platform is also shared by the RS 660 sportsbike and Tuono 660 naked.

Watch MCN's expert Aprilia RS 660 video review here

MCN Long term test reports

MCN Fleet: Saffron reflects on what she changed on the Aprilia Tuareg during their time together

MCN Fleet: Saffron reflects on what she changed on the Aprilia Tuareg during their time together

During my time with the Tuareg, I added a few bits and bobs to make my ride easier, and to prep it for the mileage, touring and its off-road adventures. Luggage I experimented with two different types of luggage. Initially I had the SW-Motech legend gear tail bag (£257.95) fitted, which althou

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Owners' reviews for the APRILIA TUAREG 660 (2022 - on)

5 owners have reviewed their APRILIA TUAREG 660 (2022 - 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 TUAREG 660 (2022 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Equipment: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £220
5 out of 5 Can’t wait to take it out again…
25 March 2024 by Kevin

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £250

Riding for 35 year and one of the best bikes I’ve ever ridden. Has that special togetherness that makes it more than the sum of it parts. A true all rounder and still fun - It really is a great bike. Just as an example of how useful this bike is; I rode from the South Coast of the UK to Cambridge, to visit family. The weather was poor and it’s not easy getting past London on small roads, so I got my head down and zipped up the motorway, no issue. The next day I headed to the Peak District to see more fam. and the weather was great, took A & B roads and even a couple of green lanes on the way over - bike was awesome and had a ball. In the peaks, it was wet (surprise!) and I went for a blast over all the nadgery roads, smaller the better. It was a joy and the bike loved it. Had to get back to the South Coast and did it in one hit, all motorway. Arse was aching at the end, to be expected on most bikes. The fact that it excelled on all these different roads, was a blast and great company, shows what a stellar machine this really is. I’ve done the same trip on a GS, which is always impressive at long distance. It would have been more comfy, and is surprisingly good at backroads, but it wouldn’t have been as much fun. Which is why, 18 months in, I’m still not bored of the Tuareg and looking for a change - which is more than can be said for most of the bikes I’ve had in the past 10 years, possibly longer. It reminds me of my first BMX, after lugging around on a Raleigh Grifter, how it seemed to fly rather than drop out of the air like a stone and leap over kerb stones…. Go try one, but if you’re comparing it to the Tenere, turn the TC off, you’ll really be able to feel what the engine has.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Lovely ride quality. The suspension is ace and it just leaps from bend to bend in a boisterous but elegant manner. I ride backroads quite hard and it amazes me how it skips over ragged road surfaces and remains totally controlled - great balance. Same off-road, just seams to absorbe bumps and ruts that I’m expecting a hit off. All adjustable and only needed half a click here and there from std. Mainly to satisfy my delicate ego and need to feel like I’d tuned it ;-) The std. settings are excellent. Worth noting there’s a typo in the owners handbook with regard to the front pre-load - setting goes from fully out, not in (Google it) Brakes are good on road and great off - rear brake is lovely and very controlled with real stopping power. Seat is narrow, which makes it feel extra nimble, but it’s no sofa. I bought the Aprilia comfort seat, which is much better for me. Still as narrow but with softer padding - I still need a break after a couple of hours tho. Fitted an adjustable spoiler to the screen. MRA I think - very good addition and can ride all speeds with visor open and no buffeting. I did fit the Aprilia touring screen over winter, which does keep the weather off you, but looks a bit like something from a 1980’s C90. Went back to std. for summer. Spoiler works on both.

Engine 5 out of 5

Pokey with good torque and revs very freely. I leave the TC off and I prefer it - really allows the engine to be itself. It’s got lovely low down power but, if you let it rev it just picks up, and has that lovely, rare feeling, where it harmonises with the great chassis, and feels like it’s gliding just an inch above the road. I came from a line of big twins before this bike and had got used to using the torque, in the lower rev range, to pull me out of corners and accelerate. The Tuareg will do this, but doesn’t feel as powerful. Where it excels and aces the big twins is its willingness to rev and the smoothness and excitable power delivery when you get it around 6k and above - it wants to be there and you don’t feel like you’re asking too much of it, unlike the heftier lumps.Throttle control is the best I’ve had on an injection bike, full stop.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Had an issue that was annoying but the bike was still running great. Fixed under warranty and all good. 6000 miles and never let me down. Been off road a bit and it’s all held together really well, just like new.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Still having service done, as in warranty.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Has lots of electronic stuff, which all works. Nice that it’s very customisable and easy to turn off. Stays off too, no dicking about with settings when you jump on - just get going!

Buying experience: 18 months ago I bought a 6 month old bike, which had covered 1200 miles, and paid £7750 - with a good trade in on another bike. Looks like great deals to be had on new and used. I think it’s a bargain.Would only consider replacing it early if they made a ‘Super Light’ - same power and suspension but shaved 25kg off it (you could loose all the electronics and rear ABS for me) … but only maybe.

4 out of 5 So much better than the competition.
04 October 2023 by NigeL

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £250

Ready to ride out the box. No need to upgrade anything for trail or road riding. (Except perhaps the screen).

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Suspension is good, even off-road

Engine 5 out of 5

Great sound, great feel at 6-9k rpm.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

No issues after 4k miles.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

60mpg all day long

Equipment 4 out of 5

Cruise is missing on all the Tuareg’s rivals. It’s so good to have it. Switch rider modes on the go is pretty cool too.

Buying experience: From the dealer. Pretty effortless

5 out of 5
20 March 2023 by ema tissani

Year: 2022

main pro of this bike: versatile, athletic, peppy, flickable. On the road: incredible for such bike, much better on the road the the tenere700. off road: pretty competent, of course is not a hard-enduro bike, but for a bike that must ride through highways and then some off with competence we must say that Aprilia did a good job.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

this 660 is a little jewel. run a high compression ration of 13.5:1 , so pretty spirited and efficient.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

not thirsty.

Equipment 4 out of 5

the tank cap is ridiculous... they went for a "retro" cap... ffs Aprilia... next iteration pls implement a modern solution...

4 out of 5 Unlikely you will not regret if you have done your research 1st place
03 March 2023 by mcljay

Version: Acid Gold

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £150

The bike is so light and flickable compared to other machines I've owned last few years [Duc M/S, BMW G/S, KTM 1190 Adv] and full of the right kind of tech for its purpose. Seems well built and solid with only a few plasticky bits [most modern bikes have this] Engine a peach, lovely 270 degree firing order makes a wonderful sound, especially with an aftermarket can end i fitted a few weeks ago.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Easy to manage, push around and has a sorted chassis and good suspension. Brakes are very good front 2 x 300mm Brembo's usually work pretty good and they do bite when required. Had pillion on the back more times than solo riding to date and had no complaints in regards comfort or space [top box has pad fitted] so all good. Pirelli STR's seem to work well on road, not been in thick mud yet but they will not work as well, but then these are mostly road bias to be fair.

Engine 5 out of 5

Smooth, torquey for its size and has that wonderful induction noise when you pin it. redline comes in around 9250 and the light flashes [ adjustable] around 9.5k rpm and you take her up to the next one. Spools up quickly not quite KTM LC8 quick but fast enough for spirited [in moderation] rides. Fuelling seems spot on even right down at 30mph with around 2000 rpm in 4th riding through village where its quiet enough

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Watched every YT video prior to purchase and seems one or two gripes globally but I have experienced none, albeit only 1000 miles into ownership. fitted a front fender extender to stop crud getting up into exhaust headers and fitted Givi SR rack so pillion [by the way decent for pillion so it seems..] has some grab rails [which are integral in SR rack] and M7 plate for top box which seems to work all good, even a higher speeds. Good solid feel to most things, gearbox [no QS fitted as yet] seems ok, not as slick as previous KTM 1190 Adv but no issues

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

As bought demonstrator with 760 miles and 1st service done will see what next service at 6,000 miles [its not a major just oil and filters etc]. Fuel use seems pretty good and as its a smaller tank [18L] than 23 litres of last bike seems cheap to run especially as you could get the KTM1190 down towards 40MPG on spirited rides...Seems to be settling early Mid-50's on an official 58.8

Equipment 4 out of 5

Has good electronics, TFT clear display, great suspension, cruise control, on the fly 4 modes and on the fly changes to Individual and off road [explore and urban have fixed pre-sets] for traction, engine brake, engine response. Brembo's as mentioned are brilliant and LED lighting including DRL seems bright and decent beam throw/pattern

Buying experience: dealer Via Moto Sheffield brilliant [Aprilia Dealer] and paid advertised price based on P/ex. Will go back for next service based on buying experience

5 out of 5 Powerful....light...love it
23 June 2022 by Andy mack

Version: Martian red

Year: 2022

In a time of £10 per gallon I decided to get a smaller engined bike. The engineering of the half v4 engine is incredible. 80 hp from a 660cc . 14 hp less than a 1000cc Africa twin. My Africa twin and past gs1200te bikes feel fat and heavy by comparison. Love the tubeless rims.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Feels nimble and agile. Massive braking capabilities

Engine 5 out of 5

What a marvel of engineering. 660cc churning out 80 hp. The v4 they cut in half is incredible and I think the parallel twin is really good. I speak from 45 years of riding motorcycles from a triumph Tiger cub to a 21 reg Kawasaki h2 and everything in between.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

The quality is good. I don't believe you can buy a bad bike in this day and age. Not had it long enough to comment on reliability but aprillia don't have too many problems from what I can tell. Aprillia give you a two year warranty and the option of another two years for £300 so they clearly support their products

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

A lighter bike with a smaller engine and no real less power has to be the way to go. A lot of bike for ten grand. I doubt the dealer services will cost much even though I carry out my own services in between. This new taureg and Africa twin insured fully comp for £230. Usually £40 for oil and filter on most bikes but you all know that. The givi aluminium luggage and racks cost £600. Centre stand is extra.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The electronics package is top notch. Typical aprillia. Givi aluminium luggage completes the package for long trips with minimal fuel costs

Buying experience: Bought it from on yer bike Aylesbury. Probably bike number 12 from them.

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