Featured In the December 2020 issue of Roadracing World:
“I’ve spent the last decade and a half racing Suzuki SV650s. I built an SV500 that I took to two class lap records at Willow Springs. The last SV650 I turned into a racebike (with an engine built by Twin Works) was quick enough to take class wins in CVMA, albeit in the hands of a younger, hungrier racer than I am nowadays.
“For decades, the SV has been right at the top of the 650 Twins class in terms of ultimate race potential, and it’s a friendly, fun street ride with a base model selling for $7,099 off the showroom floor. Now Aprilia has built the RS660, and suddenly every other 650-class Twin is obsolete.
“The 2021 RS660 makes more horsepower in Euro5 emissions-compliant specification than any SV racebike I’ve ever built, and Racing Editor Chris Ulrich’s butt dynomometer suggests that it is right there with the most powerful bikes on the MotoAmerica Twins Cup grid. It’s 34 pounds lighter than a naked SV650, even with the added weight of a full fairing. It has inverted forks, an electronics suite developed for the company’s Supersport RSV4, a twin-spar chassis, and the list goes on…”
—Quick Look: 2021 Aprilia RS660,The Middleweight Levels Up
The Aprilia RS660 shatters the norm for the venerable 650 Twins class in every way, including the suggested retail price—$11,299. In a way, it’s expensive. In another way, it’s a screaming bargain. Longtime Twins racer and Editor at Large Michael Gougis and Racing Editor Chris Ulrich examine Aprilia’s long-awaited supersport middleweight twin in the latest issue of Roadracing World!
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