Not resting on its laurels, Bikerbox Inc., distributor of high-end motorcycles, added another hi-Performance brand — Aprila, starting with the legendary RS660.
The Aprilia RS 660 is the first of a brand-new range of motorcycles in response to the demand from new generations for fun, easy and satisfying bikes, a dual purpose bike if you will, thrilling road riding and the occasional outings on the race track.
The RS 660 raises the concept of sportiness to a new level, focusing on an excellent power-to-weight ratio that is likely to really excite but that is also easy to handle, making it an accessible ride for anyone. A unique bike stylistically, from the ground up, maintaining the Aprilia values of state-of-the-art technology and style that you see even in its colours.
Style: the new generation of Aprilia
The Aprilia RS 660 also clearly stands out in terms of style and dictates the shape of the Aprilia sports bikes to come. The main objective of the Aprilia Style Centre was to create dynamic, modern shapes with low surface area, although without taking the concept to extremes, to offer a sense of space and comfort to both rider and passenger, even aboard a sports bike, while at the same time, enhancing both its lightness and slenderness.
The main features of the fairings speak typical Aprilia sporting parlance, and are characterized by a triple LED headlight assembly, equipped with perimeter Daytime Running Lights positioned around the two main headlights, making the RS 660 immediately distinguishable in any lighting conditions.
Direction indicators are integrated into the DRL profiles making the front end even more compact. The lighting system is equipped with several features to make riding even safer: thanks to the presence of a twilight sensor, the dipped beams are switched on automatically, while the self-cancelling turn indicators flash in the event of emergency braking. Finally, thanks to the cornering lights function, a pair of additional headlights in the parabolas illuminate the inside of the curve, increasing visibility when taking bends.
The seat features very comfortable padding and is tapered at the sides to facilitate the resting of the feet on the ground which allows easy manoeuvres from a stationary position. The generously-sized pillion pad is positioned on the tail, whose design was once again inspired by the V4 family, while a single-seat tail comes as an optional extra.
The choice of placing the exhaust pipes beneath the engine brings an added benefit of allowing greater freedom to position the passenger footrests, thus increasing comfort.
The chassis dimensions favour agility: thanks to its 1370 mm wheelbase and the 24.1° inclination of the steering head, the RS 660 boasts exceptional handling capabilities, combined with all the precise features and sensations that characterize the front end of classic Noale-produced motorcycles.
Great performance from Aprilia’s new 100 hp twin-cylinder
This is an allnew 660cc parallel-twin cylinder unit, a highly compact latest-generation engine derived from the 1100 cc front-banked V4, whose line it follows in both concept and measurements and sports a Euro 5 homologation.
This configuration was chosen for its compactness and lightness. An engine with reduced horizontal and lateral dimensions allows great design freedom both for the arrangement of fundamental parts such as the intake and exhaust. As far as the chassis is concerned, the engine also features load-bearing functions, while housing the swingarm to its rear.
For a parallel-twin of this displacement, the performance obtained is ground-breaking and comparable to that of a much higher cubic capacity two-cylinder: 100 hp at 10,500 rpm, with an extension capacity that allows the limiter to be moved up to its 11,500 rpm threshold. The maximum 67 Nm torque is offered at 8,500 rpm, with 80% of the torque available from 4,000 rpm, which becomes 90% when 6,250 rpm are reached. The RS 660 is also available in the 95 hp version which can be disabled, ideal for beginners or less experienced riders.
Ah yes, here are the most important things a rider must know about the RS660
There are three Riding Modes for road use:
- Commute, for everyday riding;
- Dynamic for sports riding on the road
- Individual, which allows for complete customization of electronic controls.
There are two Riding Modes designed for on-track use:
- Challenge, suitable for on-track racing sessions capitalizing on the full potential of the RS 660
- Time Attack, a system that allows more adept riders to fully tweak the electronic setup.
The Aprilia RS 660 is available in two other graphic variations: Lava Red is clearly dominated by colours that hark back to Aprilia’s great sporting heritage. The combination of purple and red is a tribute to the RS 250 in the 1994 Reggiani Replica version, the last true sports bike of the two-stroke engine era, still cherished by motorcyclists and highly sought after by collectors. The second, an Apex Black graphic is characterized by a total black look, which has also long since become part of Aprilia’s.
Aprilia RS 660 – Technical sheet
Aprilia forward-facing parallel twin, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled with radiator and water-oil heat exchanger, double overhead camshaft (DOHC) with silent chain drive on the right side, four valves per cylinder.
Bore and stroke
- 81 x 63.93 mm
- 659 cc
- 13.5: 1
Max power at crankshaft
- 100 hp (73.5 kW) at 10,500 rpm
Max torque at crankshaft
- 67.0 Nm (6.83 kgm) at 8,500 rpm
- Airbox with front air intake. 2 ∅48 mm throttle bodies, Ride-By-Wire management
- Wet sump
- 6 gears with Aprilia Quick Shift (AQS) up-and-down system
- Oil bath multi-disc with anti-hopping system
Chain, 17/43 transmission ratio
- 6-axis inertial platform, APRC suite which includes ATC (traction control, AWC (wheelie control), AEB (engine brake), AEM (engine map), ACC (cruise control)
- 5 Riding modes (Road and Track, 3 fixed and 2 customizable)
Double beam aluminium frame with detachable rear seat
- Kayaba upside down fork ∅ 41 mm with counter spring, aluminium feet for fixing radial calipers. Adjustable for rebound, compression and spring preload. Wheel travel 120mm
- Aluminium swingarm with asymmetrical trusses. Monoshock with adjustable counter spring: rebound and spring preload. Wheel travel: 130mm
- Double disc diameter 320mm
- Brembo radial calipers with 4 ∅ 32mm opposing pistons.
- Radial pump and metal braided brake hose
- 220mm diameter disc; Brembo calliper with 2 isolated ∅ 34mm pistons. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose
ABS: ABS Cornering multimap
- In aluminium alloy Front: 3.5 “X17” Rear: 5.5 “X17”
- Tubeless radials, front: 120/70 ZR 17 rear: 180/55 ZR 17 (alternatively 180/60 ZR17)
- Wheelbase: 1370 mm
- Length: 1995 mm
- Width: 745 mm
- Saddle height: 820 mm
- Rake: 24.1°
- Trail: 104.6 mm
- 183 kg kerb weight (169 kg dry)
- Euro 5
- 4.9 litres / 100km
- 116 g /km
- 15 litres (including 4 lt. fuel reserve)
Apex Black, Lava Red, Acid Gold
Price (Estimated) RS 660: Php 860k Tuono 660: Php 820k
Aprilia Philippines is officially distributed by Bikerbox Inc.