Tracking The MO Showdown Adventure Tour Staff
by Staff

Aprilia Tuareg 660 vs Yamaha Ténéré 700.

After months of preparation, MO’s biggest Showdown of the year is taking place right now, and you can follow it. We have secured an Aprilia Tuareg 660 and a Yamaha Ténéré 700, had them transported to the Get On! ADV Fest, flew out to Sturgis, SD, and are riding the two bikes back on an epic 1,800-mile street and off-road route planned by master of the long-haul journey, Ryan Adams. Accompanying him will be EiC Evans Brasfield for riding and photo duty (bets are currently being taken over how many times he’ll crash in the dirt) and MO Video Producer, Sean Matic.

tracking the mo showdown adventure tour

Highlights of the trip include a day each spent on the Utah and Wyoming Backcountry Discovery Routes along with some moto-camping. Before, between, and after, we have a mix of backroads and interstate. All of which is a short, vague way of teasing you about the most complete comparison between the Ténéré and the Tuareg done anywhere.

tracking the mo showdown adventure tour

Here are some tidbits about what’s happened so far: Day 1 featured temperatures rocketing to a high of 111° F throughout the bulk of the day. If that’s not enough, the winds were constant, with gusts. Day 2 included WYBDR Section 2. You’ll first have access to this post while our trio is actively riding from Centennial, WY, to a city that has a strangely familiar name. You can track their progress for the remainder of the tour by clicking the link below.

MO Showdown Spot GPS Track

Since we need to give Sean time to work his video magic, the finished product is still a few weeks away. However, we have included this spec sheet below for you to debate.

Have fun.

tracking the mo showdown adventure tour


2022 Aprilia Tuareg 660

2022 Yamaha Ténéré 700

MSRP$11,999 – $12,599$10,299
Engine Type659 cc liquid-cooled parallel Twin, 270-degree crank, DOHC, 4 valves-per cylinder689cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel Twin four valves per cylinder
Bore and Stroke81mm x 63.9mm80mm x 68.6mm
Compression Ratio13.5:111.5:1
Horsepower80 hp at 9250 rpm (claimed)72.4 hp at 9,000 rpm (claimed)
Torque51.6 lb-ft at 6500 rpm (claimed)50 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm (claimed)
Transmission6-speed6-speed; wet multiplate clutch
Final DriveChainChain
Front Suspension43mm inverted KYB fork; adjustable for spring preload, rebound and compression damping, 9.4 inches of travelKYB 43mm inverted fork, fully-adjustable; 8.3 inches of travel
Rear SuspensionLink-type single shock; adjustable for spring preload, rebound and compression damping, 9.4 inches of travelKYB Single shock, adjustable preload (w/remote adjuster) and rebound damping; 7.9 inches of travel
Front BrakeDual 310mm discs, 4-piston calipers, ABSBrembo Dual 282mm hydraulic disc; selectable ABS (on/off)
Rear Brake260mm disc, 1-piston caliper, ABSBrembo 245mm hydraulic disc; selectable ABS (on/off)
Front Tire90/90-2190/90R21 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
Rear Tire150/70 – 18150/70R18 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
Rake/Trail26.7°/4.5 inches27.0 deg/4.13 inches
Wheelbase60 inches62.8 inches
Seat Height33.9 inches34.6 inches
Curb Weight450 pounds (claimed)449.7 pounds (claimed)
Fuel Capacity4.8 gallons4.2 gallons
ColorsIndaco Tagelmust, Acid Gold, Martian RedTeam Yamaha Blue, Raven
Warranty24 months, transferable; extended coverage availableWarranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

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