Aprilia releases new RS125

Small displacement bike ready to attack the track

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 16, 2008
Italian manufacturer, Aprilia recently unveiled a track-only RS125, which offers a liquid-cooled, two-stroke single-cylinder powerplant. As a leading manufacturer in 125cc and 250cc MotoGP competition, Aprilia is familiar with engineering championship-winning smaller-displacement race bikes. 

As increasing numbers of motorcycle enthusiasts discover the challenge and thrill of honing riding skills on a closed circuit during a group track day or weekend, todayís 600 to 1000cc sport bikes with their huge horsepower and top speed numbers arenít always the best choice. A smaller displacement machine helps to create a better, more confident rider because it requires more input and concentration to score good lap times. At the same time, it allows the rider to really push it to the limit while big displacement bikes often donít inspire the same level of confidence.

The powerplant is packed with technical advancements including a crankcase reed valve intake, anti-vibration balancer shaft and an automatic fuel-oil mixing system. A six-speed transmission delivers the power to the rear wheel with ratios designed to suit a variety of race track configurations.

Aprilia has dominated the 2008 125cc Grand Prix season, winning 11 of 15 races.The RS125 is fitted with high-performance, race-style, upside-down front forks and a hydraulic rear monoshock mounted in a rising rate linkage, designed to work in concert to deliver the highest degree of race track compliance. Styled after its championship-winning GP racing siblings, the RS125 features a distinctive fairing and tail section that has been wind tunnel tested to deliver minimum drag. Riders benefit from improved top speed when tucked in behind the windscreen on long straights. The sleekly aerodynamic bodywork signals that the RS125 would rather be in motion than standing still.

Standard equipment includes distinctive, aluminium alloy wheels, radial mount brake caliper, and rear-set style racing footpegs. The track-only bike is available with racing livery looks of the 2006 and 2007 world championship 250cc Grand Prix bike, the exclusive Replica Spainís N.1.

The RS125 can now be ordered at select U.S. Aprilia dealerships. With an MSRP of $5,499, the Aprilia RS125 looks like a bargain for beginners or experienced riders who want to hone their skills on the track.