Test Ride: 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660

An impressive Italian machine imbued with emotion

Many motorcycle companies share a common history of having started out manufacturing bicycles—many before World War I, others in the years leading up to World War II. Founded in Noale, Italy in 1946 as a bike manufacturer, Aprilia is one of the younger companies out there and they didn’t start producing motorcycles until Ivano Beggio took the reins from his father in 1968. Even then, …

REV’IT Humanizes Technical Motorcycle Apparel

The Dutch brand's various trademark styles also signpost technical innovation

Motorcycle apparel—which has to be protective, breathable and move with a rider—isn’t just demanding to design, it’s also difficult to make look appealing. With all the tech needed to protect from sun, rain, wind, debris and the road itself, much of the gear looks almost absurd when riders step three feet from the motorcycle. Not to mention, styles borrowed from the military can send all …

Royal Enfield Motorcycles Balance Beauty With Function

The company's head of industrial design explains each bike's pared-down aesthetic

The Royal Enfield brand is 120 years old, but its US presence is relatively recent. The Chennai, India-based company—which began a massive, nearly decade-long boom in 2010—wasn’t on this country’s radar for a simple reason: historically, we tended to buy bigger motorcycles. (What’s considered a “big” bike here is above 1,000cc; in India, 350cc.) Regardless, Royal Enfield became a competitive worldwide player in low-to-midsize motorcycles, …