The COVID-19 crisis has put a halt on the arrival of a couple of really nice motorcycles here in the country. It has also caused the cancellation or postponement of this year's top motorcycle shows like the Makina Moto Show (formerly Moto Builds Pilipinas) and the Inside Racing Bike Festival and Trade Show (IRBF). Still, this crisis is not enough to deter Aprilia from bringing their newest creation to our shores – the RS 660 sportbike.
Marc de Joya, president of Bikerbox, Inc., official Philippine distributor of Aprilia motorcycles, has shared with MotoPinas.com that the RS 660 middleweight sportbike will be available by the end of this year (assuming the COVID-19 crisis improves). That means the Yamaha R6 and Kawasaki ZX6-R will be joined by a European contender in the middleweight supersport segment.
The RS 660 was first unveiled at the 2018 EICMA as a concept bike. In April of last year, MotoPinas.com has reported that the bike was greenlit for production. It is powered by a 660cc parallel-twin that Aprilia says was “derived from the front bank of the 1100 cc V4, from which it takes its concepts and measurements.” It produces 101 Ps (100 Hp) of power. No torque figures have been released yet.
They've also designed the engine as a stressed member of the aluminum frame. The front suspension is comprised of an adjustable upside-down Kayaba (KYB) fork with 41 mm stanchions. It has a pair of 320 mm steel discs, a pair of radial calipers and a radial cylinder, all by Brembo.
Behind is an aluminum asymmetric swingarm which pivots directly from the load-bearing engine. The rear shock uses a linkage-free design.
For the electronics, there's Aprilia Traction Control which is an adjustable traction control system with precise, high-performance intervention logic; Aprilia Wheelie Control, an adjustable wheelie control system; Aprilia Cruise Control; and Aprilia Quick Shift, which is an electronic gearbox that allows for very rapid shifting without closing the throttle or using the clutch. It is also equipped with a downshift function, to allow for clutchless downshifting. There's Aprilia Engine Brake, which is a system that controls engine braking when closing the throttle. Power is controlled by Aprilia Engine Mapping, which provides 5 riding modes. Finally, it has cornering ABS as standard.
These settings can be seen on the full-color TFT screen that includes the Aprilia MIA, which is a multimedia platform that allows smartphone connectivity and control through an Aprilia motorcycle. A navigation function is also included that allows the rider to view directions directly on the instrument cluster after having set a journey destination on the smartphone.
The new RS 660 will be offered in two liveries: one is black and red, while the other is the Reggiani Replica, which is a tribute to the 1994 RS250 championship motorcycle.
As of the moment, the Philippine price of the new Aprilia RS 660 is not yet available. Please follow our page for updates.