A CHIP OFF THE RSV4 BLOCK.
2018 Aprilia RS125 Review on Total Motorcycle:
SYMBOL OF APRILIA’S SPORT DNA, RS 125 CELEBRATES TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SUCCESS
APRILIA RS 125 IS STILL THE POINT OF REFERENCE FOR SPORT BIKES DEDICATED TO YOUNGER RIDERS, A CONCENTRATE OF CONTENT AND STYLE, READY FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE ON THE ROAD AND ON THE TRACK
Born out of racing, aggressive, capable of expressing dynamic character and light weight in a personal and recognisable style, RS 125 highlights Aprilia’s passion for sport with a concentrate of technological refinements worthy of a true Superbike. Exclusive ergonomics of a true super sport bike, sleek fairing, aluminium frame, a generous engine and the best components and technical features in a look that is now even closer to that of the RSV4 superbike.
An adult look for young passion
The Aprilia RS 125’s look takes its inspiration from the shapes and colours of its multiple title winning older sister, the RSV4 that is a protagonist in World SBK, an aggressive and original look that is highlighted by the triple headlight, a trademark of the “big sister”. The sleek fairing enhances the exclusive aluminium frame, an entirely racing-inspired refinement that no competitor can claim. A winning solution that Aprilia takes from its experience on the track to reduce weight and bulk and give the vehicle textbook agility and handling. The tapering lines of the slender tail fairing seem to melt away into nothing, joined together with the LED taillight that, in the spirit of road safety, guarantees outstanding lighting power.
RS 125 version is available in two liveries: Silver Speed and Black Speed. Both with a sporty orientation, they are also characterized by the graphics with the dominating “a” on a red background which is the emblem of the Aprilia machines that compete on racetracks all over the world. The graphics on the fuel tank recall the Italian red, white and green as a reminder of the RS 125’s exclusivity, the only small sport bike to be designed, developed and built in Italy.
Furthermore, there’s the Aprilia RS 125 GP Replica special edition, with specific graphics that are strongly inspired by the racing world, together with Quick Shift and adjustable seat cover as a standard.
Aprilia RS 125 also boasts the largest storage compartment in its segment, a space that can hold a 6” tablet. A practical USB port can also be mounted to conveniently recharge your smartphone or any other compatible device.
2018 Aprilia RS125 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
2018 Aprilia RS125 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Unique ergonomics, benchmark chassis
The general ergonomics of the Aprilia RS 125 are designed for the track. No other 125 can convey a racing character like the eighth-litre from Noale. The riding position on the RS 125 is unique: the semi-handlebars, forward-mounted lower than the steering yoke and the set-back footpegs, along with the saddle-fuel tank assembly, ensure a true super sport riding position without compromise.
Developed on the basis of Aprilia’s experience on the track, the spectacular perimeter frame consists of die cast aluminium spars with crossed reinforcement ribs. It is a lightweight structure, capable of providing high torsional rigidity in order to guarantee top performance on the road and on the track.
The solid upside-down fork and the rear suspension with racing-derived monoshock secured to the asymmetrical swingarm ensure performance, top level safety and comfort. The split 6-spoke design of the wheels emphasizes the purposeful character of the RS 125. A configuration that is once again merit of racing experience that ensures light weight and speed going into corners. The braking system uses a four-piston radial calliper on the front wheel, assisted by Bosch single-channel ABS, that grips a 300 mm diameter steel disc. The rear mounts a single-piston calliper that grips a 220 mm disc and has a tone wheel to guarantee anti roll over protection. Maximum performance and safety at every braking point. The license plate mount and turn indicators can be easily removed for track use.
Compact and ultra-lightweight, the new instrument cluster provides all the functions of a true racing instrumentation: from the analogue rev counter to the multifunction digital display with speedometer, trip master (I,II), max speed, cooling circuit temperature indicator, fuel reserve warning light, OBD warning light and ABS fault warning light. The AMP ECU that enables connectivity between the bike and your smartphone is also available as an accessory.
The beating heart of the Aprilia RS 125 is a modern and technological 125 cc single-cylinder, 4-Stroke, 4-Valve electronic injection engine with liquid cooling: reliable on the road and powerful on the track, it has particularly refined technologies such as double overhead camshaft timing (DOHC). With ultra-modern conception and design, lightweight and compact, it has allowed development of a refined chassis. Its power, optimally calibrated, guarantees responsiveness even at low revs. Vibrations are reduced to the minimum by a balancing countershaft. Euro 4 approved, it guarantees environmentally-friendly top performance.
RS 125 is installation-ready for Quick Shift, the innovative gear shifting system that Aprilia has used and perfected on tracks all over the world. Just like with its big sister, the RSV4, the electronic system manages torque interruption for the engaged gear change, how far the throttle is open and the engine revs, allowing the rider to upshift while holding the throttle open and without using the clutch.
The exhaust, which is unmistakably racing inspired, is completely integrated within the lower part of the fairing. A solution with a strong aesthetic impact that effects the dynamic performance of the vehicle, based on the centralisation of the masses.
Aprilia RS, a unique sports history
20 world titles including Rider and Manufacturer championships and unsurpassed commercial success over time, the Aprilia RS 125 is the symbol of the sports DNA of the Manufacturer from Noale. It made its début in ’92 as the first example of combined content that was to become the true essence of Aprilia, that constant exchange of knowledge between the track and the road that infects both the sport and commercial spirit. The first world title for the manufacturer from Veneto came precisely in the 125 class with Alessandro Gramigni in 1992. The most recent – of the twenty earned – came in 2011, brought home to Noale by Nico Terol. In between were two decades of near absolute domination in the segment which clinched the title as the most victorious European racing team in Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing.
2018 Aprilia RS125 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
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Engine type Four stroke liquid cooled single cylinder with electronic injection and 4 valves
Distribution Double overhead camshaft – DOHC
Bore and stroke 58 x 47 mm
Displacement 124.2 cc
Maximum power at crankshaft 15 CV (11 kW) at 10,750 rpm
Maximum torque at crankshaft 10.5 Nm at 8,000 rpm
Compression ratio 12,5 ± 0,5:1
ECU Magneti Marelli M3G ø 32mm ECU
Start up Electronic with CDI capacity discharge
Alternator 13V – 235W
Lubrication Wet sump
Gearbox 6 speed:
1st 11/33 (0.33)
2nd 15/30 (0.50)
3rd 18/27 (0.67)
4th 20/24 (0.83)
5th 25/27 (0.92)
6th 23/22 (1.05)
Primary drive Gears: 69/29 (2.38)
Final drive Chain: 60/13 (4.61)
Clutch Multiple discs, in oil bath
Frame Aluminium perimeter frame
Front suspension 40 mm upside down fork, wheel excursion 110 mm
Rear suspension Asymmetric swingarm with monoshock, wheel travel 120 mm
Brakes Front: 300 mm stainless steel disc with radial 4 piston caliper
Rear: 218 mm stainless steel disc and caliper with single 30 mm piston
Wheel rims In light alloy with 6 split spokes, with sealing profile for tubeless tyres
Front: 2.75 x 17″
Rear: 3.50 x 17″
Tyres Front: 100/80 – 17″
Rear: 130/70 – 17″
Dimensions Max. length: 1,968 mm
Max. width: 760 mm
Wheelbase: 1,353 mm
Max height at top fairing: 1,135 mm
Saddle height: 820 mm
Tank 14.5 litre capacity (including 3.5 litre reserve)
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