Although it’s not a street-legal model offered to capture newcomers and enthusiasts looking for an intercity commuter, the 2009 Aprilia RS 125 two-stroke single – already available for order – is nonetheless a neat little bike able to reach triple digit speeds.
The way Aprilia sees it, 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, today's 600 to 1000cc sport bikes with their huge horsepower and top speed numbers aren't always the best choice. A smaller displacement machine actually 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 don't inspire the same level of confidence.
Carrying a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $5,499, the little RS features a powerplant with a crankcase reed valve intake, anti-vibration balancer shaft and an automatic fuel-oil mixing system; a six-speed transmission; race-style, upside-down front forks and a hydraulic rear monoshock mounted in a rising rate linkage; aluminum alloy wheels; radial mount brake caliper; rear-set style footpegs; and a lightweight polished cast-aluminum twin spar frame mated to a box section, aluminum alloy swingarm.
Colors? It comes in the red and yellow MotoGP 250 livery of Spain’s No. 1.
So, whether your customer is an aspiring GP star, club racer or weekend warrior, the Aprilia RS 125 is likely an ideal learning platform for new and beginning riders, as well as a solid base for experienced enthusiasts.