It ain’t an Aprilia if it isn’t screaming like a MotoGP track bike… Right? Akrapovič – the industries leading exhaust manufacturer – has two full exhaust systems ready for the 2021 Aprilia RS 660 motorcycle.
The Racing Line (S-A6R2) is a carbon fiber exhaust that will rely on your stock ECU mapping (this is a major benefit; you will avoid the expensive tuning cost to have your motorcycle run properly with the new airflow metrics) with a 2.5 horsepower increase at 11,200 rpm and 2.7 lb-ft bump in torque at 4550. This exhaust will also shed a pound off the wet weight of your motorcycle.
S-A6R1 is the “track use” (haha) variant that aims to bring 3 horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque while also shedding 2.5 pounds from the weight of your ride. This exhaust won’t keep your ride Euro 5 compliant, however.
The official Akra website currently has no info regarding pricing or purchasing these exhaust systems, but I’m sure you can expect to find them through official dealers in the new year.
It’s not unusual for motorcycle companies to develop such partnerships. The most obvious is Ducati and Termignoni, but many other companies have developed partnerships over the years.
Akrapovič claims to be a pioneer in the “innovative use of titanium and super-alloys, and are at the forefront of carbon-fibre components construction”.
The company was founded by racing champion Igor Akrapovič and works closely with several teams in MotoGP, World-Superbikes and MXGP.
New MV Agusta CEO Timur Sardarov says the sound of the exhaust on one of their bikes is critical.
“Sound is part of the MV Agusta experience. It’s a key element to its style and we pay a lot of attention to it,” he says.
“Our three and four-cylinders models have quite unique personalities and we’ve always worked towards matching them with hair-raising sound, but this partnership goes well beyond the look and sound; it is really about leading-edge technology, performance and uncompromising quality.
“MV Agusta and Akrapovič have a very similar approach to industrial excellence, accepting nothing but the best. I welcome this partnership as a natural alliance between like-minded leaders in their own field, which will bring about many synergies and even better products for the enjoyment of motorcycle enthusiasts around the world.”
Akrapovič CEO Uroš Rosa says the partnership is a “natural fit”.
“Count Domenico Agusta and Igor Akrapovič both came from a racing background and created winning global brands through their passion, making this collaboration a natural fit,” he says.
“Akrapovič will create innovative products for the beautiful MV Agusta models that are coming soon, with designs that have never been seen before.
“With high-tech, race-proven materials, such as titanium and carbon fibre, we will create systems that will enhance the ‘Motorcycle Art’ that MV Agusta prides itself on, and our engineers will produce a unique sound for the range. Our exhausts will make a statement for all to see and hear that perfectly complements MV Agusta motorcycles.”
Even before the Indian FTR 1200 arrives there is already a host of accessories available for the bike including two types of Akrapovic slip-on titanium and stainless steel mufflers.
These accessories should help defray some of the criticism of the exhaust and plump seat. It may also thwart some of the aftermarket suppliers from producing their own accessories.
The four accessory packs are labelled Tracker, Rally, Sport, and Tour, two of which have high-mount Akrapovic exhausts similar to the FTR1200 Custom concept which was universally praised.
Indian Motorcycle Australia spokesman Peter Harvey says the parts are all individually available “to allow riders to build the bike in the style they prefer”.
There is no discount pricing for buying the parts as a whole pack.
Indian FTR 1200 accessories
Here are the packs with American pricing. Australian pricing will be announced closer to launch in early 2019.
This collection features the high-mount titanium and steel Akrapovic slip-on muffler ($US1699.99) and mounting kit ($US79.99), plus side number plates ($US199.99), clear turn signal lenses ($US119.99), rally foot pegs ($US279.99), a high number plate mount ($US249.99), tracker seat ($US199.99) and seat cowl ($US299.99) and waffle handgrips ($US29.99).
This off-roading collectionalso has the high-mount muffler and adds aluminium spoked wheels($US1299.99), sport screen ($US149.99), front mudguard ($US299.99), rear mudguard ($US$199.99), aviator seat ($US$299.99), rally footpegs($US279.99), high number plate mount ($US249.99), aluminium radiator guards ($US249.99), tank covers ($US449.99), Protaper handlebar ($US119.99).
This is the smallest collection and emphasises on-road performance with a low-mount titanium and stainless steel Akrapovic slip-on muffler ($US1499.99) carbon fibre tank covers ($US599.99), carbon seat cowl ($US399.99) and carbon front mudguard ($US299.99).
Touring range will be limited by the 13-litre fuel tank, but these accessories should make the ride more comfortable. The pack features the low-mount mufflers, plus a water-resistant messenger bag ($US279.99) for the left side of the bike only as the exhaust prohibits two side bags. It also includes a bag mounting kit ($US129.99), windshield ($US179.99) windshield mount ($US249.99), tank bag ($US279.99) and rear luggage rack ($US249.99).
You can check out the accessories catalogue here, but note it has American pricing.
Indian FTR 1200 tech specs
Ride-away prices: $A19,995 (base black) $A22,995 (FTR 1200 S, red and grey or titanium and black) $A23,995 (Race-Replica)
Engine: 1203cc liquid-cooled, 60 degrees, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, V-twin