Aprilia RS660 Global Pre-bookings To Open In October
The brand new middleweight sports bike from Aprilia was supposed to make its public debut by now, but the project was postponed due to the pandemic. The Italian company has now finally released a promotional video and confirmed the early opening of pre-bookings.
The promotional video shows the RS 660 with a pillion seat-mounted for the first time since all Aprilia shared photos had the bike in a single-seat guise so far. We also get a look at what the riding position is going to be like and the clip-on bars are not as short as a superbike. How the rider sits on the bike indicates a sporty but not heavily engaged riding posture. It would be fair to expect ergonomics similar to the four-cylinder Honda CBR650R, a famous bike sure to be in the sights of the Aprilia RS660.
There’s a medium-sized TFT monitor visible from the rider’s point of view, a new switchgear cluster, and what appears to be change screws in the suspension caps. Other noticeable elements as the bike swings around corners are high-spec radial brake calipers, a polished aluminum beam frame, and a fat swingarm that gives the bike a sporty stance.
The Aprilia RS660 will also promise the highest package levels in the market, including a 6-axis IMU, five riding modes, ABS cornering, traction control, wheelie control, bi-directional rapid shifter, and cruise control. Considering this bike’s level of technology and luxury facilities, it’ll be fascinating to see how it’s priced in the international markets.
Recently, Piaggio announced that it had plans to set up a CKD operation in India, but due to the current situation, these plans were placed on the backburner. If Piaggio is serious about taking the Aprilia RS660 and its forthcoming naked sibling the Tuono 660 to India, the logical path to achieving a fair price tag would be local assembly. And that’s why we don’t think any time soon the latest Aprilia 660 twins will arrive in India.