The Aprilia RS 660 Is a Middleweight Scalpel of a Sportbike
Compact and Sharp
The RS 660 was rumored and spotted and teased before its debut at EICMA. Now the bike has been revealed and it is as sexy as I imagined it would be. The bike looks like a shrunken down version of Aprilia’s other fancy sportbikes. The bike is designed for aerodynamic stability and wind protection, but it looks seriously aggressive and attractive.
The bike features an aluminum frame and swingarm. The 660 engine is used as a stressed member of the bike. This helps save weight and keeps the bike as lean as possible. The bike features upsidedown forks up front, a rear single shock, and brakes are made by Brembo.
The 660 engine makes 100 hp. Aprilia hasn’t revealed torque numbers that I can find, but I’d imagine them to be pretty impressive. The motorcycle weighs just 373 pounds and that should make the bike not only quick but very maneuverable. The RS 660 gets a five-mode traction control system and a six-axis inertial measurement system. The bike also has wheelie control, a quick shifter, engine brake control, and several engine map modes. There’s also variable ABS.
The five ride modes that come with the bike are Commute, Individual, Dynamic, Challenge, and Time Attack. Three of them are supposed to be for everyday riding and the other two for the track. Challenge and Time Attack are track modes. The bike also has cruise control and MIA infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. Pricing has not been announced.