Aprilia RS125 – Review – Greatest 125

15 Jun 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Aprilia RS125 – Review – Greatest 125
Aprilia RS 125

Aprilia RS125

Advantages: Performance. Looks, Handling

Disadvantages: No Fuel Gauge. Theif Magnet. Tank size

I started out on bikes on turning 16 for fun and as a form of transport, as i was too young to drive.

My first bike was a Gilera DNA 50cc in dragon red. Great for a first ride and no gears made it usefull for learning how to handle two wheels on the roads. I used it for pleasure rides and getting to work localy and there was no problems with it.

After a time you get used to a 50cc and the performance and speed were sadly lacking. It becme no fun to hold up traffic at 45-50mph on main fast roads. I wanted something more sporty.

So when i turned 17 i decied to get a ‘propper bike’. It was a tie up between the Cagiva Mito- because of the looks, and the Aprilia RS125.

In magazines the top speed of the Aprilia was quoted at 93mph to the Cagiva’s 100mph.

So i opted for the Cagiva- only to find that my loacl dealers could no longer get them in the UK and that parts and repairs were costly and took time. So i ordered a 2003 RS125 race replica.

I have since found that the top speed of the RS125 can be anthing from 93mph [due to exhust restrictions], to 100 and even 115mph on the flat with a power valve! Awesome for a 125cc bike.

Mine is totaly brilliant, the best fun ever!The handling is spot on and the two stroke peaky power kick – first between 6-7thousand rpm and again at 8 thousand with a final at 10,-o push you to the 100mph mark with ease.

You would think that beeing a 2 stroke it would sound like a strangled hair-dryer when pushed over 7th rpm- but Aprilia have really done wonders with the exhaust silencer.

Driving round town between 30-40mph you rarely go above 7thousand rpm – unless you thrash it all the time [not reccomended for long cylinder and barrel life!!] – but the sound from the exhaust is wonderfull. around 5-6 thousand rpm with gentle throttle roll she sounds almost like a big V Twin. A really deep, throaty burble from the end can makes people look round thinking its a Duke or Mil

eR- brilliant. Then you get the best of both worlds as the rpm reaches 7th+ and your V Twin transforms into a high power 600-like roar. None of that weeeeeeeeeeeemmmmm strangled strimmer crap.

Overtaking on most roads is no problem- just drop her down a gear – of which you have 6 to choose from- and wind on the power- off you go. Hills are no trouble either and the same method applies – speed doesnt drop either- i know coz ive hit 100mph on her up a hill.

The sports racer seating postition gives you lots of feel through the bars and the breaks are good for a bike this size. Long trips aren’t reccomended unless you have tough arms and arse as the riding position means lots of weight goes on the arms and wrists and numb bums are regular. You need to get used to it though coz its the most fun you can have on anything with an engine on public roads at 17.

Example: What car could you get insurance on at 17-18 that will go from 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds. The Aprilia will do this with ease if your good with your clutch pull-aways!

Its a bike you can easily loose serious licence points on- not to mention kill yourself if you fall off!

One slight niggle i have is the lack of fuel tank gauge- you only know you need to trun to reserve when the thing cuts out in traffic. Can be interesting. So far best tank range ive got is about 160km before reserve on flat mostly, and without high revs. Higher revs over 6thrpm means she will eat fuel more quickly.

But about a tenner will fill the tank from dry. not too bad!


The RS125cc is a brilliant bike – but she IS quite fragile.

A high resale value rewards care.

NOTE: There seems to be some confusion with owners about how to ride the bike. ‘Race Replica’ can be missleading.

DONT thrash the pants off her untill she’s fully warmed up! [You can check the engine temp on the digital display- 65-7

0c is warm.But you can feel it in the performance and the exhaust not deepens- she also rides less rough.]

If you have the habit of running it at 8th rpm+ allways then you will most likely turn the barrel from cylinder to oval in a year and a bit- meaning a nackered rattling bike and an engine re-build. She also wont pull away propperly in low gears.

Ive heard a nakkered one on the road and it really doesnt sound nice.

Always use good oil and clean the body frequently. The silver frame gets messy and i recommend ‘GUNK’ cleaner to make it shine- its costs over Ј1000 for the frame alone so it pays! Pluss its such a great looking thing it would be a shame not too after youve paid Ј3500+ for it.

If you want to preserve the engine then never rev her hard when cold- keep revs to a minimum! 2-5th rpm.

Once she is warm you can have some fun – but even then going mad isnt recommended. its up too you- its your bike.

Only be aware that thrashing grinds the barrel out.

Headlights are great for night driving and can blind car drivers on full beam even though its a single light. so remember to use dipped beam.

If your reading this because you want to get an RS125 i would reccomend it TOTALLY.



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