While not as fun as authentic spy photos, these photos of a Triumph Tiger 660 Sport prototype are still worth a look. Here’s what we think we can deduct from examining the images and the model name:
Here’s what a Triumph Motorcycle America Public Relations Manager Gina D’Ambrosio tells us about the photos: “Triumph has been testing the final prototype of the new Tiger Sport 660 that is set to bring triple engine performance advantages to the middleweight adventure sports category. No additional information will be shared at this time.”
We got a Triumph Tiger Sport 850 street-oriented adventure bike, as well as a Triumph Trident 660 retro-tinged street bike. Looking at the prototype Triumph Tiger 660 Sport, it doesn’t take long to figure out that it is definitely a street-focused motorcycle with longish-travel ADV suspension. As Triumph calls it, “middleweight adventure sports.”
That’s the same 660 triple found in the new Triumph Trident 660. That motor is based on the old Triumph Street Triple 675 mill, and it puts out good power in the Trident chassis. We expect this version of the venerable triple will be tuned for a bit more torque to reflect its ADV styling.
It’s a bit more difficult to determine the parentage of the Tiger 660 Sport’s frame. The swingarm on the Tiger 660 sport is definitely not the same as on the Trident 660 or the Tiger 850 Sport. However, the frame looks like it may be the same, or closely related to, the Trident 660 frame. The frame is entirely unrelated to the Tiger 850 Sport.
The inverted Showa fork on the Tiger 660 Sport is slightly different than the Trident’s fork. They’re close, but not the same. The Tiger 660 Sport has more wheel clearance, front and back, so it almost certainly has longer travel suspension.
The footpegs are mounted farther forward on the Tiger 660 Sport than on the Trident 660. That’s in line with a conversion for sport to ADV.
Michelin Road 5 tires are mounted to the Tiger 660 Sport—the same rubber used on the Trident 660. That’s much more street-oriented than the Michelin Anakee Adventure tires on the Tiger 850 Sport.
The Tiger 850 Sport has a 19-inch front wheel, while the Tiger 660 Sport has a pure-street 17-inch front wheel.
The Nissin brake calipers look to be the same on both 660s. The Triumph Tiger 850 Sport has Brembos units.
There are integrated slots for mounting panniers on the Triumph Tiger 660 Sport. Further, one of the photos shows panniers installed. Let’s go on a trip!
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
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In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!