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Aprilia tests the idea of active motorcycle aerodynamics with Concept RS660

Aprilia tests the idea of acti...
The Aprilia Concept RS660 unveiled at EICMA is quite a looker
The Aprilia Concept RS660 unveiled at EICMA is quite a looker
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Aprilia Concept RS660: a slim and lightweight middleweight sportster
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Aprilia Concept RS660: a slim and lightweight middleweight sportster
Aprilia Concept RS660: a curious combination of road and race-focused features
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Aprilia Concept RS660: a curious combination of road and race-focused features
Aprilia Concept RS660: active aeros let the front panels move to direct air flow and adjust downforce and drag
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Aprilia Concept RS660: active aeros let the front panels move to direct air flow and adjust downforce and drag
Aprilia Concept RS660: will form the basis of a new class of bikes for Aprilia
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Aprilia Concept RS660: will form the basis of a new class of bikes for Aprilia
Aprilia Concept RS660: looks like a ton of fun to ride
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Aprilia Concept RS660: looks like a ton of fun to ride
Aprilia Concept RS660: 660cc parallel twin is basically a version of the Tuono 1100 V4 motor with the rear two cylinders lopped off.
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Aprilia Concept RS660: 660cc parallel twin is basically a version of the Tuono 1100 V4 motor with the rear two cylinders lopped off.
Aprilia Concept RS660: slim, lightweight motor and frame will underpin a new series of streetbikes
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Aprilia Concept RS660: slim, lightweight motor and frame will underpin a new series of streetbikes
Aprilia Concept RS660: on display at EICMA Milan
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Aprilia Concept RS660: on display at EICMA Milan
Aprilia Concept RS660: takes advantage of the compact engine
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Aprilia Concept RS660: takes advantage of the compact engine
Aprilia hopes this frame and street-focused motor will open up new markets in Europe, Asia and America
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Aprilia hopes this frame and street-focused motor will open up new markets in Europe, Asia and America
Aprilia Concept RS660: wickedly sharp tail
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Aprilia Concept RS660: wickedly sharp tail
The Aprilia Concept RS660 unveiled at EICMA is quite a looker
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The Aprilia Concept RS660 unveiled at EICMA is quite a looker

Powered by the front half of a Tuono 1100 V4, the Aprilia Concept RS660 unveiled at EICMA is a lightweight parallel twin supersport bike with comfy ergonomics for the road and a frontal aerodynamic profile that changes angle to adjust the balance between drag and downforce.

Like most of the Italian company's catalog, the Aprilia Concept RS660 is a stylish looking thing, and although it's focused on being a "fun bike" that's "thrilling for the road," Aprilia is enjoying the chance to experiment with aerodynamic ideas "unrestricted by any regulations" that might pop up in racing.

Aprilia Concept RS660: a curious combination of road and race-focused features
Aprilia Concept RS660: a curious combination of road and race-focused features

As such, it's a bit of an odd combination – the motor, a 660cc parallel twin that basically removes the two rear cylinders from Aprilia's existing RSV4 and Tuono 1100, is firmly street focused, as are the ergonomics, which feature a large seat, high semi-handlebars and comfy riding position. That collection of traits would make for a neat little streetbike.

On the other hand, the carbon fairings and wickedly racy tail give the impression of a track machine with a lap-time focus. And the idea of having active aerodynamics on board to add downforce when cornering and reduce drag on the straights isn't something that'll make much difference at legal road speeds.

Aprilia Concept RS660: takes advantage of the compact engine
Aprilia Concept RS660: takes advantage of the compact engine

In all, the Concept RS660 is probably most notable as our first look at a new platform. That aluminum frame and swingarm, plus the 660cc parallel twin, will form the basis of a new range of streetbikes, presumably including something sporty that doesn't look too dissimilar to this concept, and a naked machine. Aprilia says it plans to release the upcoming bikes in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Source: Aprilia

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