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Aprilia RS 660 Debut at Laguna Seca

The Rs 660 Finally Shows up to the Party

If you’ve you’re a fan of Italian motorcycles but are intimidated or have no use for a literbike, the Aprilia brand has pretty off-limits with producing mid-displacement motorcycles – especially ones with that of a sport-bike form. Sure, you have the Mana 850, Shiver 750 and Dosoduro 750; but all these bikes have one thing in common… None of them feature your typical street-bike (crotch rocket) styling and design.

Yamaha has the smaller R6 to their R1, Honda has the CBR 600RR as a smaller option to their 1000RR etc. Aprilia finally hits the market with their agile 600cc class sportbike and have decided to host the official unveiling on the Westcoast of USA at none other than the legendary Laguna Seca race track.

Aprilia has teamed up with Rennie Scaysbrook to be their official demo rider, an Aussie racer who took the Aprilia Tuono V4 on a victory run at the infamous Hillclimb of Pikes Peak.

The brand unveiled a new colour option for the motorcycle at the event in addition to the full-speed race demo to display the capabilities of the motorcycle.

The new ‘Acid Gold’ colour scheme available for the RS 660

The new RS 660 is a 4100 pound, two-cylinder, 100HP “full-fairing sport bike with semi-handlebar that exploits the dynamic qualities of perfect chassis architecture“, as their official release states.

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Currently paired along with their Europian press launch – as of yesterday – those of you in europian markets are welcomed to prebook online and order the new RS 660 from the official Aprilia website.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aprilia Is Working on a Sub-300cc Model for India

Piaggio Expanding in India

Aprilia will put out a sub-300cc motorcycle for the Indian market.

This news comes from the mouth of Piaggio India managing director and chairman Diego Graffi. In a recent interview he did with Money Control, he said Aprila wants to get into the 250cc to 300cc segment in India in the next three years. 

This is a little different from the things he as said in the past, though not completely. He told the world that Aprilia is working on a 300cc to 400cc motorcycle for the Indian market at the Vespa Racing Sixties launch in India in September.

That was the first major move. Now he says 250cc to 300cc, which is a step down in displacement but makes plenty of sense for the Indian market.

“We are … looking at a higher 250-300cc segment. In the next three years, the Indian market will see a motorcycle under the Aprilia brand. We are taking our time because we want to be coherent with our mission and profile, which is to be different and premium and deliver a performance which is not seen in that segment. All this takes time, but the product will come,” Graffi told Money Control.

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It will be interesting to see what comes of this. I doubt the little bike will make it outside of India, but the more money Aprilia is making in the country, the more money it will have to build higher displacement bikes for global sale.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aprilia Australia Confirmed RS 660 Arrival Date and Price Range

Aprilia’s Middle-Displacement Sportbike Is Almost Here

The Aprilia RS660 is a hotly anticipated motorcycle for just about any market out there. In Australia, Aprilia has now said when the model will arrive and roughly what it will cost. 

The motorcycle will get official pricing a little closer to arrival, but when those numbers do come in, they should be between $18,500 and $19,00 AUS. The motorcycle will arrive on Australian shores in March of 2021, so you have a bit of a wait before you need to round up your cash or your financing. The price listed above will be inclusive of GST and on-road costs.

What’s interesting is the fact that after the RS660 arrives, Aprilia will likely be hard at work coming out with other middleweight machines.

According to Motorcycle News Australia, there will be a Tuareg adventure bike and a Streetfighter both based on the RS660 platform that will come soon after. How soon, though, is still up in the air.

I knew about the Taureg adventure bike the but I’d only heard rumors of the Streetfighter bike. The fact that the publication lists it like its a sure thing, gets me excited. Time will tell how long Aprilia will take to get those bikes ready.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

The Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo Is Coming Soon

A Trofeo Version? Yes Please

The Aprilia RS660 is a sportbike that a lot of people are excited about, and it’s not even out yet. It’s coming and should be here soon, but Aprilia isn’t just sitting around. The company will have a Trofeo version soon.

Moto2 rider Tommaso Marcon recently posted an image to his Instagram that showed an Aprilia RS660 Trofeo at the racetrack. In his post, he said simply: “COMING SOON.. 🤩🚀”

That will be a seriously cool motorcycle when it comes out. Other than the simple post to his Instagram, Marcon didn’t disclose any other details about the bike.

As Motociclismo reported, there simply aren’t any other details about the bike at this time. However, you can see that there’s a SC-Project racing exhaust on the bike. Otherwise, the updates are a bit of a mystery. Things should become clearer in the future, though.

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Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aprilia Tuareg 660 Spotted

An Italian Adventure Machine

Aprilia has a new adventure motorcycle in the works and it’s called the Tuareg, which is a name from the company’s history. The model hasn’t been officially announced yet, but the company is developing it. The bike was recently spotted testing.

According to Motoblog.it, a person recently spotted the bike out testing and was able to snag a photo of the bike. It is shown above. You can also check out the image below and what Motoblog.it has to say about it.

➡️ Era rimasta nascosta dietro il fogliame della teca📷 Adesso è venuta allo scoperto: #Aprilia #Tuareg 660👇 L’endurona di Noale è tornata: ecco le prime foto

Posted by Motoblog.it on Thursday, September 24, 2020

You can’t really see much from the images, but the bike will have the 660cc twin-cylinder engine that’s in the new RS660. It will of course be tuned differently for adventure touring purposes. I’d assume power will be a little lower and the way that power comes on should be far different.

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The new bike will have the Tenere 700 in its sights. The chassis will need to be quite good, and the bike fully capable of some impressive off-roading feats to compete fully.

It will be interesting to see what Aprilia is able to do with this bike. The RS660 isn’t even available yet, and the company is already making the most of its engine and platform.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Safety recall on Aprilia Tuono and RSV4

Aprilia Australia has issued a safety recall notice for a brake issue on 2017-2020 RSV4 and Tuono 1100 motorcycles.

The official safety recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the front brake pad friction material “could potentially separate from the back plate, resulting in reduced braking performance”.

“Reduced brake performance may result in a dangerous fall or collision, causing serious injury or death to the rider or other road users,” the notice says.

Owners should contact their authorised Aprilia dealer to book a brake pad inspection and, if potentially faulty brake pads are found, they will be replaced free of charge.

For more information, owners should contact their nearest authorised Aprilia dealer or email [email protected]

Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of the 451 affected bikes are listed at the end of this article.

2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR brembo brake
Tuono V4 1100 RR

Even though manufacturers and importers contact owners when a safety recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle recalls as a service to all riders.

In Australia, recall notices are issued by the manufacturer and the Department of Infrastructure through a voluntary industry code under the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

While any recall is not good news for the manufacturer, it shows that they are largely diligent in fixing problems.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia


• New Zealand

• Canada

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Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson & Piaggio take out loans

Harley-Davidson and the Piaggio Group of motorcycle and scooter companies have announced massive loans to get back on their feet after the pandemic.

In June, Harley-Davidson announced it had access to a loan of up to $US350 million (about $A500 million) over the next year.

While it has not committed to the entire amount of the loan, it is committed to draw at least $US150m (about $A215m).

The company believes the loan is consistent with its intentions regarding liquidity.

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Now the Italian Piaggio Group which produces Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa has secured a loan for €60 million (about $A97m, $US67m).

That’s 20% more than their annual net income.

The money will be put towards restarting after the COVID lockdown, as well as research and development.

Piaggio says they will focus their R&D efforts on reducing fuel consumption and emissions and increasing the number of new models.

Comment on loans

The world seems to be going into debt over the pandemic crisis and motorcycle companies are not immune.

It’s good news when they direct loans into R&D.

However, it’s a concern when businesses go into debt to help them survive a crisis.

In the wake of the COVID lockdown, many motorcycle companies are now reporting a huge bounce in sales in June.

In fact, the KTM Group, which includes Husqvarna and Gas Gas, has reports its biggest June in history.

KTM Group Australia/New Zealand MD Brad Hagi says there is “still a long way to go before this crisis is over”.

“This recent sales spike has not only seen existing and former riders return to riding, it has also seen new riders enter our sport, to experience the unique freedom it offers, and that is a real positive for the industry long term,” he says.

Australia is yet to announce official motorcycle sales figures for the second quarter, but they are expected to be flat or slightly up.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has reported that the dive in car sales has now slowed thanks to the easing of restrictions.

FCAI chief executive Tony Weber attributes the slight recovery to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, end-of-financial-year sales and government incentives.

In fact, some dealers tell us buyers have been accessing their superannuation to buy their dream bike!

Similar incentives exist in other countries around the world which are reporting similar strong sales results.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Bike noise crackdown intensifies

The news just gets worse and worse for riders who enjoy a fruity exhaust note as the noise crackdown intensifies across Europe.

We recently reported on Germany’s crackdown with special noise cameras, no-go areas and an 80dB limit on motorcycle exhausts that could make all BMW motorcycles quieter.

Now Austria will ban specific motorcycles with exhaust noise over 95dB on a popular 100km motorcycle route through the Tyrol mountains after receiving complaints from residents.

Bike noise crackdown intensifiesTyrol mountains are popular among riders (Image: www.touring-italy.net)

Bikes that will be barred from this road include the Aprilia Tuono, Aprilia RSV4, BMW S 1000 RR, Ducati Hypermotard, Ducati Multistrada 1260, Ducati Diavel, Kawasaki Z900 and KTM 890 Duke.

Police will do spot checks on motorcycles and can hand out €220 (about $A350) on-the-spot fines.

Crackdown intensifies

We could appreciate a crackdown on exceedingly loud aftermarket exhausts, but these bikes are all legally allowed to have more than 95dB under European regulations.

Somehow Austria thinks this area is exempt from European laws.

And what is worse is that the ban only applies to motorcycles, not cars or trucks or buses! That’s discrimination, pure and simple.

Like the German example, this is a sobering precedent that could be picked up by safety and noise pollution Nazis across the world.

It follows moves by several other European countries to close roads to motorcycles because of noise and banning them from certain areas over weekends and public holidays.

Quieter roads

Call to challenge exhaust noise fines sign noise camerasPolice conduct roadside noise test at Mt Tamborine

While Australia is yet to introduce Draconian laws like the road bans in Europe, police and transport officers do occasionally operate noise monitoring checks on popular motorcycle routes.

It may seem heavy handed, discriminatory and ignoring the perceived safety benefits of “loud pipes save lives”, but it’s nothing compared with Indian police methods.

In India, police make a subjective assessment followed by smashing the offending exhaust pipe on the roadside.If you think the cops are tough on noisy aftermarket exhausts here, try India where they hammer them flat by the roadside, or confiscated them and flattened them with a backhoe.

They have also made an example of their crackdown by steam rolling confiscated pipes.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Are motorbike winglets just a gimmick?

Winglets have been used on MotoGP bikes for a few years now to improved high-speed handling, but are they just a gimmick on street-registered motorcycles?

It’s not just MotoGP bikes that have them, but also Ducati’s Panigale V4, Aprilia’s RSV4 and their upcoming RS660 (pictured).

These all have fixed winglets, but not it seems there is a move to active winglets that automatically deploy at certain speeds like the rear spoilers on some exotic cars that deploy at certain speeds.

Last year Honda applied for a patent for an active aero system that features winglets with servo motors that deploy the winglet at certain speeds to increase downforce.

Honda patents active aero directActive winglets patent

Last month Honda also applied for a patent for an active rear spoiler.

Piaggio gimmick?

Now Piaggio has applied for a patent for active fairing winglets activated by the rider.

The filing drawing features a Piaggio MP3 three-wheeled leaning scooter!

Now surely that’s got to be a gimmick.

GimmickWinglets on a Piaggio MP3 three-wheeled scooter

Or at least it is designed in a vain attempt to disguise their intent to use it on Aprilia MotoGP bikes or production sportsbikes.

After all, the idea is to improve handling at high — and surely illegal — speeds.

However, motorsport technician Jeromy Moore says aerodynamics can have an effect “at any speed depending on the design”.

“You will already feel the drag effect on your body at 60km/h when upright so you can imagine using some of that energy to produce downforce is possible,” he says.

“It’s a small effect at lower speeds but can be quite powerful.

“By having it active you could have a very aggressive winglet that flakes off at higher speed so you can get a benefit at lower speeds.”

So maybe it’s not a gimmick after all, although we don’t see Piaggio using it on a scooter!

But we’re not sure the extra weight of the servo motors and cabling would cancel out the added efficiency of the winglets.

And then there’s the extra expense …

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aprilia patents anti-dive forks

Aprilia has applied for a patent for a system that prevents the front forks diving under heavy braking and losing the ability to absorb bumps.

The drawings show it being used on Aprilia’s RS-GP MotoGP bike.

However, preventing brake dive is more important on normal roads where there are more bumps that can unsettle a motorcycle.

Inventive forks

There have been many inventions that promise anti-dive over the years.

In 2015, Brisbane company Motoinno invented the Triangulated Steering and Suspension System which allows the rider to totally dial out brake dive, or even dial in front lift under braking.

Motoinno TS3 with centre steeringMotoinno TS3 with centre steering

Similarly, the Aprilia system allows the selection of how much the forks dive.

However, their patent features standard cartridge upside-down forks, but with the brake callipers attached by a linkage.

So when you hit the brakes, the callipers rotate and a spring pushes them back when you let the brakes go.

Engineers can probably work out how it functions from the drawings.Aprilia anti-dive forks

For the rest of us, we can see a system that is fairly simple and therefore not adding too much in weight and expense.

The advantages for riders would be the ability to brake later into a corner on a track day and, on bumpy roads, it would be a handy safety feature.

We believe the feature was destined to be been tested in this season’s MotoGP, but that is now on hold indefinitely during the pandemic.

That might mean a further delay in when this safety feature appears on street bikes.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com