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Old 12-08-2020, 06:43 AM   #1
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Aprilia RS660 Test Ride Review

Hi Everybody!

Finally I had the opportunity to test this brand new sportbike from Aprilia. I had some commercial doubts about RS 660 with a price close to an R6 or Ninja 636 than CBR 650 R and I thinked that this last one could've been a real competitor making buyers choosing it due to a price cheaper of 2.000 euros.

I was soooooo wrong... This Aprilia RS 660 got me, if Tuono will be like this I'll have to find some room in my garage next to Dorsoduro




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Old 12-08-2020, 10:18 AM   #2
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That's a solid review. I too am interested in how the Tuono 660 turns out.
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Old 12-10-2020, 02:06 AM   #3
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That's a solid review. I too am interested in how the Tuono 660 turns out.
I'm saving moneys for it too
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Old 12-10-2020, 10:21 AM   #4
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As a side note, Madhorse you ever ridden at Pergusa? Is that place as bonkers as it seems in video?

Real high speed with what appear to be guard rails very close to the track surface. I've seen a few videos of it recently and it seems a bit bizarre. I think Pirelli uses it as a test track. Maybe they own it I am not sure. Hard to tell how dangerous but in videos on a small screen it looks super sketchy.
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Old 01-15-2021, 02:05 AM   #6
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As a side note, Madhorse you ever ridden at Pergusa? Is that place as bonkers as it seems in video?

Real high speed with what appear to be guard rails very close to the track surface. I've seen a few videos of it recently and it seems a bit bizarre. I think Pirelli uses it as a test track. Maybe they own it I am not sure. Hard to tell how dangerous but in videos on a small screen it looks super sketchy.
Hi! Never ridden at Pergusa, the only "big track" where I've been is Magione.
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OK, I'm gonna jump on this thread.

I did the Aprilia Demo thing at Chuckwaala Valley Raceway, and got to ride two 20-minute sessions on two different RS660s. One was bone stock, the other had an aftermarket tuned shock (Penske triple clicker, IIRC). The bike with the shock had also had tuned fork cartidges, but those had been swapped back out to stock before I got to ride the bike.

SO, my impressions:
The chassis is really good. The bike handles really well, and even with the stock shock goes around a track really nicely. The stock suspension is acceptable, but really, plan on spending money there if you buy one of these bikes. The aftermarket shock made the second bike much better.

The seating position is good, and I was OK with it even though I'm a big guy at 6'2". What isn't good are the pegs. Very slippery. I would have liked the clip-ons to have been spread a bit wider, too, but that's personal preference. YMMV. The seat's alright and the dash is current TFT, so I'm sure it can be set up how you'd like it.

The engine... Well, it has enough power to get around a track pretty fast, so don't assume it's slow. According to my source, it can deliver 90hp at the rear wheel with no internal work, 100hp with some work but still reliable. This sounds low, and sure- it's not an R6. But it's fast enough, and great for Lightweight Superbike club racing.
What really bothered me about the engine, though, is very little over-rev. Like a Ducati twin, hitting the rev limiter is like being smacked in the face with a two by four. The bike accelerates, accelerates, then bam! Party over. Redline is irritatingly low, too, so it kept taking me by surprise.
A side effect of this is the autoblipper downshifts just don't happen if you're up in the powerband. The bike won't allow itself to be shifted into those forbidden RPMs, so you can't simply slam down a couple of shifts going hot into a tight corner. You have to let the revs drop before each shift.
Obviously, that's something you just have to learn about this bike and a rude shock if you're coming off an R6 (for example) but not a deal killer.
Otherwise the powershifter worked alright, but again, the stock foot controls are not great and I accidentally shifted a few times when my foot tapped the shifter prematurely as I was setting up to shift.
I would buy rearsets immediately if I were to buy this bike. This is also true of the Tuono Factory and RSVF Factory bikes that I rode that day- slippery pegs and oddly set up foot levers.

So- my takeaway. Fun bike, a bit down on power and engine refinement compared to I-4 middleweights, but lighter and easier handling than them.
It would take me a while to get used to the motor and transmission's quirks, but I could easily learn to do that and have no issues.
The foot pegs and controls need to go- or at the very least, be adjusted and modified a bit.
The stock suspension would be acceptable on the street, but not great. For track use plan on spending that money.

I liked the bike and had fun riding it. A bit of work on it and some more saddle time and I'd be happy with it as my favorite track toy.
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Old 01-27-2021, 04:02 AM   #8
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OK, I'm gonna jump on this thread.

I did the Aprilia Demo thing at Chuckwaala Valley Raceway, and got to ride two 20-minute sessions on two different RS660s. One was bone stock, the other had an aftermarket tuned shock (Penske triple clicker, IIRC). The bike with the shock had also had tuned fork cartidges, but those had been swapped back out to stock before I got to ride the bike.

SO, my impressions:
The chassis is really good. The bike handles really well, and even with the stock shock goes around a track really nicely. The stock suspension is acceptable, but really, plan on spending money there if you buy one of these bikes. The aftermarket shock made the second bike much better.

The seating position is good, and I was OK with it even though I'm a big guy at 6'2". What isn't good are the pegs. Very slippery. I would have liked the clip-ons to have been spread a bit wider, too, but that's personal preference. YMMV. The seat's alright and the dash is current TFT, so I'm sure it can be set up how you'd like it.

The engine... Well, it has enough power to get around a track pretty fast, so don't assume it's slow. According to my source, it can deliver 90hp at the rear wheel with no internal work, 100hp with some work but still reliable. This sounds low, and sure- it's not an R6. But it's fast enough, and great for Lightweight Superbike club racing.
What really bothered me about the engine, though, is very little over-rev. Like a Ducati twin, hitting the rev limiter is like being smacked in the face with a two by four. The bike accelerates, accelerates, then bam! Party over. Redline is irritatingly low, too, so it kept taking me by surprise.
A side effect of this is the autoblipper downshifts just don't happen if you're up in the powerband. The bike won't allow itself to be shifted into those forbidden RPMs, so you can't simply slam down a couple of shifts going hot into a tight corner. You have to let the revs drop before each shift.
Obviously, that's something you just have to learn about this bike and a rude shock if you're coming off an R6 (for example) but not a deal killer.
Otherwise the powershifter worked alright, but again, the stock foot controls are not great and I accidentally shifted a few times when my foot tapped the shifter prematurely as I was setting up to shift.
I would buy rearsets immediately if I were to buy this bike. This is also true of the Tuono Factory and RSVF Factory bikes that I rode that day- slippery pegs and oddly set up foot levers.

So- my takeaway. Fun bike, a bit down on power and engine refinement compared to I-4 middleweights, but lighter and easier handling than them.
It would take me a while to get used to the motor and transmission's quirks, but I could easily learn to do that and have no issues.
The foot pegs and controls need to go- or at the very least, be adjusted and modified a bit.
The stock suspension would be acceptable on the street, but not great. For track use plan on spending that money.

I liked the bike and had fun riding it. A bit of work on it and some more saddle time and I'd be happy with it as my favorite track toy.
Thank You for sharing your Trackday experience with RS660, riding on streets I didn't feel pegs so slippery but I wasn't pushing hard due to road conditions. I'd love to tray the RS on track like You did!
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