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I have just recently bought a RS125 (2007 model) GP? Its the fortuna replica one. And its brill. Corners are confidence inspiring and the acceleration is mindblowing for a 125. I bought a derestricted version and there is a hidden powerband at about 10,000 revs. This bike begs to ridden fast. You could seriously do some damage with it. It feels so stable at high speed. The Brakes are brilliant. The size of the front radial disk brake is amazing. The brakes stop you within metres. Brilliant. However, I have only had it a few months and already its playing up. The clutch is weak sometimes dies when you pull off the line. Mine needs to go back to the garage as i cannot pull off the line with anything under 7,000 revs. stupid. Another thing is the desirability for theft. I keep mine in a garage with an industral sized lock and an alarm in the garage. Everytime i leave it i feel like its going to be stolen. Trust me, if you have one, you know what i mean. Apart from that its great is somewhat unrelable. Once its warmed up... the fun begins...
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! TAKING CARE OF THE RS125: 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 £1000 for the frame alone so it pays! Pluss its such a great looking thing it would be a shame not too after youve paid £3500+ 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!!! IT LOOKS FANTASTIC, GOES LIKE NOTHING YOUR LIKELY TO GET AT 17 - CAR OR OTHERWISE AND ITS FUN AS YOU LIKE!!!!!! GET ONE, AND GO HAVE SOME PANT BURNING FUN!!!!!
Well it had been a while since i owned a bike, well over 10 years. Then it was a RD125LC, until some git stole it. But after being wheelless for so many years and still itching to get back in the saddle, i finally took the plunge and decided to buy one, 2nd hand. The only choices i then had were; what to pay and what bike to go for. Like most things i started out cheap, but the more i thought about it, the more adverts i saw and the more i read my price range kept on going upwards. Well if your gonna get a bike u might as well get good one right? and for that u need to dig deep and cough up. It wasnt too hard a choice to go for the Aprillia. The first thing that hits u about the RS125 is the size, for a 125 it is big. But once on it you realise how nicely put together it is, it isnt big, its just right. The first time i rode it (back from the shop) was interesting, the riding position isnt the most comfortable one at first, but once u get used to the posture (within a week or so) you'll wonder what you thought was awkward about it. The clocks are mainly in kph, but there is also an rpm gague at the major points (10, 20, 30, etc). On the dash u also have a digital readout which informs u of the temperature, time, etc. You also get a laptimer just for the fun of it. The temp guague wil show COLD til the bike is warmed up (30deg) but even a few degrees above this it will still perform poorly until its warmed up properly. Once you reach that point you'll be riding a dream of a bike. As for performance, well all i can say is you'll be smiling like a cheshire cat once u go for a real ride. It handles beautifully and the accelleration is fantastic. Although mine is the restricted model it will reach 85 every time i ask, and on occasions when i've really let the throttle go, 90 (the restiction wont allow you to go past the 8,000rpm mark in each gear but so what? :o). Economical? Well a tank of petrol will se
t u back £5.00, which lasts me 130km easily. Go for a long ride and the bike will outlast the rider. I went 7 hours in the seat and i was stiff, cramped up and tired near the end, but the bike was still going as smoothly as it was at the beginning. I only know of two problems: The first drawback is the that the bike is very light on the road so any strong winds will be felt, but during normal weather (or light winds) and at top speed you'll hardly get any vibration at all. The wide rear tyre helps road handling. Once you get brave enough to trust it and enjoy throwing the bike into the bends you'll be doing what the Aprilia was made for. The second (and last) drawback is its attraction for theft. Get an alarm on it and use a strong lock to put your mind at rest, and keep it locked up indoors safe and warm at night. This attraction to the lowest of the low unfortunately affects the insurance price, as does the fact of a learner driver, but fun does have a price. I'll be selling mine in a few months once i get the direct access, then its onto a larger more powerful bike, but i'll always have great memories of this 2-wheel grin-machine. A beautiful, fantastic bike to ride and its legal for a learner too, is that amount of fun allowed? If you can afford one and want the best 125 on the market, get an RS125. You deserve it!
Having passed my CBT on a Yamaha 125cc old touring style bike, I was fortunate that my friend was selling his Aprilia RS125 Extrema. This bike in true Italian pedigree looks the mutts, a mixture of jet black, a lot of eye catching devilish red with hints of the frames aluminium alloy that make up the chassis, leaving black alloy wheels with fat racing tyres to move the bike that are controlled by huge metallic brake discs which make up this hot racer. This builds upon Aprilias’ RS124 reputation as the fastest 125cc bike and is known to keep up with some 250cc racers, which gives this bike a lot of respect. My dials are white and are in kilometres per hour and the odometer/trip meter in kilometres so you will have to remember the conversion to keep within the law. The bike I ride is also derestricted letting the revs wind up all the way to the max, and to be seen you will have to cover the blinding flash from left hand front light to make it road legal You will find that this bike is hard to wheelie as it is weighted to stick to the road and simply does not have enough power to pull a power wheelie. I find it is amazingly quick compared to the bike I did my CBT on, but due to the bike being a racer its uncomfortable for riding for a long time as being positioned crouched over all your weight is forced through your arms to reduce drag. As it is a 2-stroke engine it will be very smokey when first started. The choke only needs to be on for 20 seconds maximum, after that it isn’t really needed. When first starting up from a cold start or overnight do not give the bike throttle as this will just flood the engine and will make it really difficult to start up. I find using first gear a struggle I always seem to either stall it, or produce a wheel spin this is because being a 2-stroke engine you have to give the bike a lot more beans to get it going and I have not found that balance yet between the throttle and clutch. Maybe I just n
eed to adjust the clutch cable to give myself a little more give. Being Italian it’s a little more tuneful that most other bikes and people will definitely notice you on it. Being in red leathers and fully kitted out, I always get checked out by smiling women, and most of the time get a nod from other bikers and seeing that I am on L-plates I cant complain as I love this gentlemanly sporting gesture that splits riding bikes from driving cars. So far I have pushed the bike up to 85MPH in 5th Gear and this is a 6-speed bike, but with a crosswind it is scary for a learner for the first few times and will take a lot longer to get to the ton mark. The acceleration is much quicker than my Citroen Saxo VTR, and the push only seems to start to happen at the critical 8,000 revs mark while petering out at around 12,000 revs. This means you will pull away from most cars including Golf GTI’s, however a little race with a Caterham 7 left me for dust. This bike will hold the road, when you’re a learner it is overcoming the fear of leaning over to get around a bend rather than steer around it. Also not to do silly mistakes like applying the front brake on a bend to slow down as this will just pull you over to the central reservation and worse slide over you over onto your arse. However on braking you will feel safer as you have a massive brake disc on the front, and a brake disc on the back and compared to other 125ccs’ your stopping distance is much shorter but be careful you do not want to over apply the front brake and leave yourself flying through the air arse over tit. Under the seat you will find a set of tools to make emergency adjustments to the bike and a set of Allen keys to get to the battery and spark plug. Also residing under the seat is the oil tank, I would just use fully synthetic 2-stroke oil for this racer. As the bike gets older, mine needed WD40 sprayed onto the fuel tap to turn on/off the fuel as this seize
s up through the winter months or if not used for a long time, forcing it will just break the aluminium tap. Cost of ownership is low my insurance was around £290 for a first time rider aged 23 for third party fire and theft premium available from the cheapest broker whom was www.mitch.co.uk. Road Tax is £15 a year, and filling up will cost around £7.50 for a full tank. I am always pushing the bike and this means I will get around 200 Kilometres per tank. The bike will flash a fuel warning light when you are getting low, this means there is around £3 left of fuel and this bike does not have a reserve tank to switch over to, so best to fill up otherwise if your not careful your walking home. There is also a warning light for oil and as this is a 2-stroke bike it is very advisable to top the oil up as soon as possible as this is mixed directly with the petrol. If you don’t at best the bike will stop at worst your engine will cease to work anymore and cost a small fortune to fix. This bike is so much fun and will prepare you for the big bikes and for a small engine bike it has an ambitious big heart. .
The Aprilia RS125 is a leader among sports oriented 125cc motorcycles. Aprilia has always been popular in the field of lightweight sports bikes. Like all Aprilia sports motorcycles, the RS 125 has benefited from the sophisticated technology that has been developed over years of GP racing. Competitive success has led to impressive sales results too: the RS125 is one of Europe's best selling sports 125 bikes. The 2006 Aprilia RS 125 is designed and built to maintain this technical supremacy. The new RS incorporates a whole series of technical improvements, and comes dressed in a fairing that is not only new in design and graphics, but shares a clear family resemblance to Aprilias flagship supersport, the RSV 1000 R.