APRILIA TUONO 660 FACTORY (2022 - on) Review

Highlights

  • Thrilling to ride at road speeds
  • Top-notch handling
  • Slightly more powerful than the standard Tuono 660

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 3.7 out of 5 (3.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £210
Power: 99 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Medium (399 lbs / 181 kg)

Prices

New £10,000
Used £7,400 - £9,300

Overall rating

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

The Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory takes what you think you know about sports nakeds, crumples it up, and throws it in the general waste.

At a smidge off 99bhp it’s no super naked powerhouse and its chassis and electronics hardly reinvent the wheel. However, tipping the scales at a claimed 181kg wet and suspended by quality fully adjustable KYB forks and a Sachs mono shock, it slices from one corner to the next like scissors through wrapping paper.

It won’t rip your arms off like its V4 Tuono older siblings, but it’s playful and predictable – making it a thoroughly enjoyable road bike from the off. Anyone that thinks you need a billion horses and the latest semi-active do-dads to have a brilliant time on the road needs to ride a 660 Factory.

 

Building on the already capable base-spec £9700 Tuono 660, the Factory also gets an IMU as standard for lean-sensitive electronics, plus a claimed 2kg reduction in weight, and a smidge under five extra horsepowers – taking it out of the realms of an A2 licence holder and closer to more powerful rivals like the Yamaha MT-09.

Tipping in with the slightest press of the wide upright bars, the superb Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tyres heat quickly to provide wonderful front end feel at speed and there’s never any intrusion from the lean-sensitive ABS.

Although you’re unlikely to notice the extra power over the standard bike, the parallel-twin engine provides enough poke to live up to its Factory badges, without feeling overwhelming on the public roads.

Fellow testers have previously criticised the Euro5 lump for being too revvy for a bike of this ilk, but I never tired of chasing the V4 mimicking yowl up to the redline – all within the confines of the speed limit!

Ride quality & brakes

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

Out go the standard Tuono 660’s rebound and preload-adjustable suspension components and in comes a pair of fully adjustable 41mm KYB forks and a Sachs rear shock.

Not only more adjustable than the base bike, the new kit works brilliantly with the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tyres - providing a composed ride that allows you to fully exploit its twin-cylinder engine without tying yourself in knots.

There’s no aggressive head shaking through the bars or squatting at the rear under acceleration – an issue sometimes found on its fully-faired RS660 sibling – giving you the confidence to push on after a handful of miles in the saddle.

Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory left side on the road

Granted, it can be a little crashy over serious dents in the tarmac, but to cater to those would be to the detriment of its sporting prowess.

On top of the handling, Aprilia also say the Factory has been on a diet, dropping around 2kg for a claimed kerb weight of 181kg – making it one of the lightest in class and helping to offset its lack of power when compared to the similarly priced 117bhp Yamaha MT-09 and 114bhp KTM 890 Duke.

Without riding it back-to-back with the standard Tuono, I’d be lying if I said I could tell the weight difference, but it does feel incredibly nimble between your legs – flicking from left to right almost telepathically as you push against the wide upright bars.

It’s also a doddle to move around and easy to hold on one foot, making it more accessible to a wider range or riders.

Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory front brakes

Engine

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

The Factory gets a claimed extra 4.9bhp, taking it a step closer to rivals like the £9400 Yamaha MT-09 and taking it out of the realms of A2 licence compliance.

Much like the weight saving, it’s difficult to say just how much effect the boost has had, but in isolation it shines as a tractable unit that encourages you to chase the revs far into the red. It really is a cracking motor that remains engaging well past the honeymoon stage – something I can vouch for after spending 2021 with an RS660 in the garage, which shares the same base unit.

Although torque remains the same, the Factory drops of tooth on the front sprocket for more urgency, too – yowling back at you like a wannabe V4 as wind the throttle to the stop for maximum road-going thrills, without fear of losing your licence.

Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory engine

Reliability & build quality

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

Being a new bike, it’s hard to predict quite how the Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory will fare long term. However, having lived with an RS660 for a year, I am confident in saying it will stand the test of time.

Afterall, the Factory shares much of the same components as the RS, and all I had to do all year with that was adjust the chain twice. That said, it did suffer with thin paint around the matt petrol tank (the Tuono is gloss) and sprang a tiny oil weep at around 6000 miles that was easily rectified back at Aprilia HQ.

What’s more, owners’ reviews of the standard Tuono 660 score the bike an average 4.3 out of five stars for reliability and build quality – scoring the bike down for some finishes and fasteners.

Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory turning right

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory is brilliant fun to ride, but £10,000 is an awful lot of money for a twin-cylinder naked producing less than 100bhp.

Two grand less and it would get five stars from me for value, but at that price it becomes a rival to the Yamaha MT-09 and KTM 890 Duke which both produce over 10bhp more.

The Yamaha in particular also benefits from a stronger dealer network too.

Away from the asking price though, the Aprilia can be incredibly frugal where needs be. We weren’t able to test a full tank of fuel during our time with the Factory, but the fully faired RS660 will happily return 50mpg on sedate tanks of fuel. Expect the rear Pirelli tyre to square off in around 2000 miles though.

Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory headlight

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Unlike the sporty RS660, the electronics on the standard Tuono 660 are not lean sensitive out the box and the quickshifter and autoblipper are an optional extra.

And, while the base machine can be upgraded with an IMU for said lean sensitivity, the Factory gets all of these goodies as standard. That means multi-map cornering ABS, anti-wheelie, traction control – it goes on. You also get cruise control, front LED cornering lights and five customisable riding modes.

With less than 100bhp on tap, you could argue that all this is overkill – with our test bike having the traction and wheelie intervention switched off and remaining perfectly manageable.

Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory dash

What’s more, the autoblipper will protest unless used at high revs – failing to change down with a lazy prod of the lever below around 5000rpm. It’s slick going up the box though, delivering a lovely pop from the exhausts as you move between cogs.

As you’d expect from a Factory model, the 660 also gets its own special paint job, plus a rear seat cover for a more aggressive look (the standard pillion seat and pegs come in the box too, though).

Finished in a glossy black with licks of red on the rims and jagged bodywork, it’s more understated than the £9700 standard bike and helps attract more attention to the new rear shock, which is finished in Öhlins-mimicking yellow and gold.

Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory rear shock

The screen is also blacked out, which helps keep the light off the full colour TFT dash, which is used to control your electrical goodies. Although too low to hide behind at speed, it also helps keep some of the wind off your chest – making motorway work that slightly more bearable than on a fully pared back naked.

Specs

Engine size 659cc
Engine type 8v liquid-cooled parallel twin
Frame type Aluminium dual beam
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 181kg
Front suspension 41mm KYB fully adjustable up-side-down forks
Rear suspension Fully adjustable mono shock
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial calipers. Corner-ing ABS.
Rear brake Single 220mm disc with two-piston caliper. Cornering ABS.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £210
New price £10,000
Used price £7,400 - £9,300
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two Years

Top speed & performance

Max power 99 bhp
Max torque 49.4 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

2021: Aprilia launch the Tuono 660 – an upright, slightly shorter geared version of the 659cc parallel-twin RS 660 sportsbike, which arrived the year before to take MCN’s Bike of the Year crown.

2022: Aprilia launch the Tuono 660 Factory – a lighter, more powerful, and better suspended version of the standard bike. It’s finished in glossy black with licks of red and isn’t available to the A2 licence holder.

Other versions

If £10,000 looks a bit salty to you, then you can always go for the standard Tuono 660 for £9700. Granted, it’s still hardly a bargain bin special, but £300 off is nothing to be sniffed at and the base bike remains an engaging, credible machine. At 94bhp, it can also be restricted for an A2 licence. Other bikes that share the same base 659cc parallel twin engine are the RS 660 middleweight sportsbike and Tuareg 660 adventurer.

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

3 owners have reviewed their APRILIA TUONO 660 FACTORY (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 TUONO 660 FACTORY (2022 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 (3.7/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 3.7 out of 5 (3.7/5)
Value vs rivals: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Equipment: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £210
1 out of 5 Simply wonder…when she runs…
22 November 2022 by ApriliaSucker

Year: 2022

Have owned it for just less than 3 weeks and it’s already been in the shop twice for oil leaks, and once for a creaking rear axle. Just Google “Aprilia 660 oil leak” and see the thousands of reports of owners taking their bikes on the first 30 min plus ride and coming home to oil leaks even after fixes are done. When I told my dealer my new bike was leaking oil they calmly said, “oh…how much?” Like it was completely expected. Then they told me all 660 engined bikes they’ve sold are having this exact problem and they’d already “fixed” half a dozen. They said parts will take a month or more due to slow factory approval for warranty work but that it was perfectly ok to still ride the bike. Assuming the last bit is because they wanna avoid California lemon law buyback case, which my attorney advised me to consider. As according to Aprilia’s own 660 bike manual my bike is not fit for riding while leaking oil! This was supposed to be a 40th birthday bike and I’d taken time off work to enjoy and now all I’m gonna do is sit around and wait for it to get fixed and even after have anxiety while riding it’ll just burst oil on my boots again. From all reports, including my own experiences, it seriously seems like a person cannot ride the bike longer 30 min!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

If one can ignore the smell of burnt oil on the engine from leaks, it’s one hell of a ride.

Engine 5 out of 5

As long as you are ok with your engine overheating from oil leaks then it’s a real peach!

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

It’s been a rear axle squeaking, oil leaking brick for the first 200 miles.

Value vs rivals 1 out of 5

I was told $500 after tax for 600 mile service and same for subsequent oil changes.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Comes with all she wrote

Buying experience: Sellers refuse to haggle as Aprilia has done great job getting the social media influencers to create demand in a known faulty bike

5 out of 5 Veteran bike guy.
26 September 2022 by Aprilia Jack

Version: Tuono 660 factory

Year: 2022

If you prefer handling and your about 170 or below this is the ride. 23 previous bikes with 4 over 170hp.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Little stiff for my 155 but it do handle. Still can ride 200 miles no break. Cruise really helps 69 yr old aches.

Engine 5 out of 5

Sweet. 100 hp what more to say? Ohh smooth delivery bottom to top 6 gear at 2,000 rpm is ok pulls on….

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

Serviced myself Aprilia says thats ok just keep records. Easy too!

Equipment 5 out of 5

Handling!

Buying experience: Traded a Tuono 1100, Aprilia is not Toyota previous owner friendly. Checked on Ducati hypermotard all dealers BS me I don’t think they wanted to trade for a like new 2017 with 5,000 miles. That’s ok I now after the buy would much rather have this tuono 660 factory!

5 out of 5 Tuono 660 Factory: Buy one!
25 July 2022 by Mark

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £207

This is the perfect road machine if you like visceral performance, sheer fun and riding pleasure, brilliant handling, great engine, addictive soundtrack, looks to make your tongue drop out, and a better than many chance to keep your licence. Get one!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

I almost gave this 5 out of 5. The ride quality is superb, it makes you want to ride and ride some more. It makes you grin. It doesn't matter if you're riding steady or a little more spirited, the grin factor and the performance are there. That said, I did notice the more you twist your right wrist the bigger your grin becomes! The combination of the v-twin engine, the chassis, the adjustable KYB forks and Sachs shock, and the incredible Diablo Rosso II tyres is sublime: one of the very best set ups available today. So where did it lose a point? Mostly on the brakes. They work, you can stop quickly and under control, but they're pretty wooden, they don't inspire stopping on a six-pence even in the dry. Given how dynamic this bike can be, Brembo Stylemas would have complemented the excellence of the rest of the package. The rest of the point was lost in the comfort of the saddle. Subjective of course. I have a skinny derriere, but I'm aware of a lack of comfort before the fuel light comes on, and that is always sooner than you hope. But don't let the 2 negatives hold you back, the positives are very positive, and I would buy this bike again without hesitation.

Engine 5 out of 5

It is so versatile. Sometimes I ride the torque curve between 4 and 6 ish thousand revs and it's effortless but engaging progress. Other times, the road is twisty and quiet, and I ride it to the redline; oh boy! It's even refined and a doddle in town. It's not as fuel efficient as the KTM 790 Duke I owned but depending on how I ride I get between 50 and 68 mpg; both pretty respectable and better than the Honda Jazz you just passed! The other thing about this engine is how refined it is. I already mentioned I owned a KTM 790 Duke before this bike (plus lots of bikes before that). I loved the Duke, but the engine on the Tuono 660 Factory is just in another league for refinement. When I took the bike for its first service the dealer lent me an 890 Duke, and the Aprilia blew it away when it came to refinement. The MT-09 gets close with its triple, but it certainly doesn't beat the 660.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Okay, so I've only owned mine for 3 months/ 1,500 miles, but the quality is there to see in every component, every finish. Reliability is so far perfect, early days of course, but nothing to make me think it won't remain as good as it's been to date.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

I don't think the cost is unusual these days for a major manufacturer, after all after care is a major part of how they make money. However over £200 for a first service is still pretty salty.

Equipment 4 out of 5

If it had heated grips it would have earned a 5. The auto blipper is superb. It's got cruise control which might come in handy if I can ever peel myself away from the twisties. There's a clock, a fuel gauge, a temperature gauge, and an annoying speedo that tells me I should stop accelerating before I want to. It's got all the electronic wizardry you could wish for. Do you need it on a 100 bhp bike? Maybe, maybe not, but let's face it, we all love it! It works brilliantly and is hugely adjustable to your own preference. So much so in fact, one of the rider modes is labelled "individual". Fun!

Buying experience: Bought mine from Moto Corsa in Gillingham. They're a great dealership and they have a proper cafe.

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