Motorcycles 2021 Aprilia RS 660 MC Commute Review

16:56  27 october  2020
16:56  27 october  2020 Source:   motorcyclistonline.com

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Not every sportbike rider wants a 190-some horsepower superbike. So for 2021, Italian motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia expands its sport motorcycle line-up with a smaller and more affordable version in the RS 660 ($11,399). Powered by a RSV4-derived, but more compact, 659cc parallel-twin, the 660 is aimed at riders that want a real-world sport machine that splits the difference between practicality and fun.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a dirt field: Motorcyclist © Kevin Wing Motorcyclist a motorcycle parked on the side of a dirt field: Aprilia looks to entice riders with its high-tech and feature-rich RS 660 middleweight. © Provided by Motorcyclist Aprilia looks to entice riders with its high-tech and feature-rich RS 660 middleweight.

Editor’s Note: Get up to speed on the technical specifications in the 2021 Aprilia RS 660 Preview First Look and 2020 Aprilia RS 660 First Look Preview articles.

Espargaro “disappointed” KTM beat Aprilia to first MotoGP win

  Espargaro “disappointed” KTM beat Aprilia to first MotoGP win Aleix Espargaro was “very disappointed” to be 15 seconds away from KTM winner Brad Binder in the Czech Grand Prix, as Aprilia has been in MotoGP two years longer. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Rookie Binder took a sensational maiden victory for himself and KTM last weekend at Brno, while Espargaro was 15s back in 10th having run as high as second in the very early stages. Aprilia returned to MotoGP in 2015 (though it wasn’t till 2016 it built a proper prototype, having raced a glorified RSV4 in its first season) while KTM joined the grid in 2017.

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Aprilia recently hosted its official North American press introduction for the 660 in Santa Barbara, California. In addition to a forthcoming review we recorded a special edition MC Commute where we describe what it’s like to ride the RS in a POV-style format. Swing a leg over the RS, virtually.

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Gear Box

Helmet: Arai Defiant-X

Jacket: REV’IT! Hudson

Gloves: REVI’IT! Chevron 2

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Pant: REV’IT! Vendome 2 RF

Boots: TCX X-Cube EVO Air

2021 Aprilia RS 660 Technical Specifications And Price

PRICE $11,299
ENGINE 659cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 8-valve
BORE x STROKE 81.0 x 63.93 mm
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate
FRAME Double-beam aluminum frame w/ detachable rear seat
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm Kayaba inverted fork, adjustable for rebound damping and spring preload; 4.7 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Kayaba shock, rebound damping and spring preload adjustment; 5.1 in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Brembo radial-mount 4-piston calipers, 320mm discs
REAR BRAKE 1-piston caliper, single disc
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Aluminum alloy; 3.5 x 17-in. / 5.5 x 17-in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Pirelli Diablo Rosso II; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 24.1°/4.1 in.
WHEELBASE 53.9 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.3 in.
CONTACT aprilia.com

Aprilia names three riders for 2021 MotoGP season .
Aprilia has named three riders for its 2021 MotoGP line-up, but only Aleix Espargaro remains confirmed while one of Lorenzo Savadori and Bradley Smith will be his teammate. © Aprilia Racing Aprilia Racing Team Gresini bikes Aprilia has been forced into finding a replacement for Andrea Iannone for 2021 when the one-time MotoGP race winner had his doping ban upped to four years earlier this month. Favourite options in Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow never came to fruition, with the former opting for a sabbatical in 2021 and Crutchlow joining Yamaha as its official test rider.

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