Aprilia AF1 125 Futura-Aprili

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Aprilia AF1 125 Replica

For mile after mile Id charging. Tearing down the and scratching through the bends as as I could go: head behind the throttle hard against its ears ringing with the of straining two-… engine, left late for the bends, stuck out as I swept through the with a nudge on the low-set

And now I was lost.

Reaching a fork in the far ahead of photographer Goldman, who was with our maps of north- Italy in the car, I realised I hadnt a clue which way to go. was no alternative but to park the gorgeous Aprilia, sit in the sun and hope that hed catch up.

It was lucky that I up when I did moments later, for I would not have noticed as our rentawreck rattled past, a couple of minutes behind and no signs of being in a hurry. And it dawned on me. The new Futura might a million dollars (and six million

lire), it might be big and and beautiful and unbearably well-equipped. But it is, all, still a 125.

all my efforts, despite the fact this tuned and fully-faired was one of the raciest and most high-tech Id ever sat on, I probably hadnt to persuade it to push my un-aerodynamically body above 100mph all For all its upside-down forks and its single-sided arm and its butch alloy frame, the Futuras most significant is nevertheless its engines capacity of half the average-sized shampoo

In many ways it is the curse of like this, the latest to explode onto the Italian market, that for all its design and expensive chassis brilliance the is still just a 125. means that its state-of-the-art motor puts out 34 horsepower the rest of the machine looks and as though it would be happy twice that power.

Not that the Futura is slow, you It has a genuine top speed of just a ton, and if you keep the tacho jabbing at the 11-grand redline it has to match. But by sports bike it is obviously short on ultimate — which, sometimes, is its biggest attraction. The delight of screamers like this is even speed-freaks used to bigger tackle can enjoy

the neck off a 125 without putting or licence at too much risk.

ride across country to Aprilias base near was memorable by any standards, despite the of out-and-out speed, and travelling as fast again on the straights not necessarily have improved the much at all. Lucky is the Luigi whose rich presents him with one of these on his What Id have made of plonked on this motorcycle at the age of 17 I begin to imagine, and I suspect its probably just as well I have the chance to find

British novices wont out immediately either, of course, theyll be restricted to a 12bhp of the Futura that after the full-power version must as though its still parked on the (not that any AF1 is weighed-down by any encumbrance, of course).

All the more for passing your test, which time, on being a photocopy of the owners full the new Aprilia importers will free-of-charge the exhaust power-valve restores the missing ponies.

Aprilia Moto UK wont be anything at all for the Futura for several it must be said, because cant get stocks of the new bike yet and initially concentrate on selling the AF1 Replica model.

When the does arrive it is likely to boss of the strada in the 125 class as it has in Italy, where its apparently all competition.

The Futura is basically the version of the AF1 series. It effectively together the Replica and the AF1 Sport the very similar but slightly powerful production-race version of the screamer — to produce one new that is even slicker, tricker and even more suited to the racetrack than its

It seems almost unnecessary to say the Futura will eventually be the AF1 model. Short of selling the with its bolts already or perhaps with a roll of and a couple of spare fairings, its to imagine how Aprilia could out with a sport production of this. (No doubt they if they tried, though, and they will if their starts getting whipped on the

The main difference between the and Sport models is the carburettor, is a Dellorto that grows 28mm in size to 34mm for the bike. The Futura gets a modified version of the bigger natch, which helps claimed output up one whole from the Replicas 32.8 to precisely, at 11,000rpm.

Compression is actually reduced slightly, 15:1 to 13.6:1, but the rest of the stays virtually unchanged.

Its a two-… single, built by to Aprilias spec. It has almost bore and … dimensions of 54 x a balancer-shaft to damp out vibration, and an operated exhaust valve is appropriately named RAVE, and gets the party swinging eight (thousand rpm, not

The exhaust itself is a similar that bulges out below the before heading up to a neat on the left of the bike.

On the other of the engine the Sports side-mounted is replaced by a more central that sits between the top of the bolt-on rear subframe, and is by plastic and fed by two long plastic running back from the of the fairing.

The main frame is a version of Aprilias aluminium twin-spar job, and is so neat and a piece of kit that it wouldnt something from down the at Bimota, let alone a puny 125. The main extrusions now out a little on their route steering head to swing arm and an alloy plate has been on each side of the subframe, for reinforcement. But the most obvious is that the satiny main have been left on instead of covered by bodywork as were before.

Being an the only way that this motorcycle would not have upside-down forks and a single-sided arm is if the Noale firms designers had a way of equipping it with hub-centre a single-sided front fork, a rear wheel or something more weird and over-the-top. Aprilia wouldnt reveal tablets their creative are fed on.)

The suspension set-up at end looks seriously serious, and the forks and shock combine the hugely rigid frame to handling that matches the One surprise is that the suspension is Its firm but I felt no desire to things, and for novices the lack of potential is probably a good

Second surprise is that the is not ultra-quick, at least by small-bike The Replicas rake and trail been kicked out half a and 3mm to give 26 degrees and 95mm, is not radical by current standards.

that means is that the bike that looks Yamahas OW01 actually a little reminiscent of the super- 750 too, ludicrous as that may (Part of the reason is that the is not little at all. It is a leading of the trend that has seen bikes getting physically while big bikes get smaller; they will one day cross in the

Aprilia AF1 125 Replica
Aprilia AF1 125 Replica

The similarities start early. the pilots perch on the skimpy far more thinly-padded even the Replicas, its a fair reach to the low across a fuel tank flush-filler is labelled with the specially developed for racing, in you were in doubt. The wickedly screen comes up to meet wild-eyed stare.

Below it, the houses a typical array of foam-mounted dials, and is bordered by a of surprisingly useful mirrors.

are held predictably high but the feels so long and generally that its hard to believe really is just a 125. you try riding pillion, which membership of the National Union of Press the button, hear the two-… rattle and, perhaps it is a 125 after all. you pull away — or this flash- leather-suited test rider attempted to away, failed to give the motor enough revs, and right outside the factorys door. Thank God for dark


very little power about 4000rpm but once you get to keeping the single singing is really no great problem. from there until 7500rpm is pretty limp, but the power-valve chops in, the exhaust changes dramatically from a drone to a high-pitched shriek and in the lower gears, at least the Futura hurtles towards the redline with great (and with a

slight-but-not-troublesome through the handlebars and seat).

If a should intervene before the has had a chance to stretch its legs in gear, then so much the A squeeze on the big single disc, is progressive but not as brain-rotatingly potent as Id from a bike weighing 250lb, brings the speed in moments. Then you shuffle the seat, flick the Futura the bend and … the throttle after making sure to Get Knee Down if at all possible.

You owe it to the who designed this bike, all.

Naturally, its in the bends the Aprilia exudes the classy of a serious track-ready motorcycle. none of the nervous, underdamped that comes with small sportsters. You need a effort on the bars to move the wheel off-line, after point the Futura tracks absolute precision and holds its with wondrous stability in ripply corners.

Both are five-spoke 17-inchers instead of the seven/nine spoke design, and wear radial Dunlops generous widths and soft allow the Futura to be whistled corners as fast as just anything on two wheels. Then back on the power, the single-pot is revving hard, your boot is flicking frantically and head is back behind the as you flog the guts out of those horses.

For a 125 its a brilliantly enjoyable scratcher; for a costing more than grand it is still a brilliantly scratcher, but. Aprilia UK, the new British importers, hope to stocks of the Futura early year. They plan to it for a little more than the AF1 costs now, which is

Thats much closer to the of Suzukis RG250, for example, the RG125.

If youre a 17-year-old with that sort of to burn, then by now you probably need directions to the nearest showroom. Anyone else have to be pretty sure they really wanted to get two-wheeled kicks from no-nonsense mindless boogie on a with the cornering power and of a Ferrari but the out-and-out speed of a Panda.

Adrenalin junkies dirty licences, this is the for you.

Aprilia AF1 125 Replica
Aprilia AF1 125 Replica
Aprilia AF1 125 Replica
Aprilia AF1 125 Replica
Aprilia AF1 125 Replica
Aprilia AF1 125 Replica
Aprilia AF1 125 Replica
Aprilia AF1 125 Replica

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