If we didn't know any better, we'd have to say that the adventure motorcycle segment is the hottest thing on two wheels this year. With the first string players like BMW and KTM off the benches and in the game, a whole new generation of competitors is quickly joining in the action.
Enter the Aprilia Tuareg 750 (no, not the Touareg), a new middle weight concept from the Piaggio camp, that looks to take aim at more "off the beaten path" kind of pleasures. A healthy tubular steel frame and proposed weigh of just 441 pounds should provide a strong starting point for true adventure touring, and with a 19-inch rear and 21-inch front wheel combination, the Tuareg would give the choice of running the even the most aggressive rubber. Those of you who are long-time fans of the Italian brand should recognize the Tuareg name. This is not the first Tuareg to make it's way out off the Aprilia assembly line, but a bigger and certainly badder version of the original single cylinder adventure bike of the early 90's.
We can't help but notice the similarities between the frame, suspension and power-plant of the very moody Dorsoduro 750 that recently spent some time here in the Autoblog garage. Finding itself on the field surrounded by MVP performers like the BMW F800GS, we hope the Tuareg will have a personality all it's own, that is... one that loves going new places and doesn't mind coming home dirty and tired. We'll keep you in the know as more details surface, and did we mention the more street friendly 1200cc version? Stay tuned, as we know BMW surely is.