SYMBOLIC OF APRILIA SPORTS DNA, THE RS 125 CELEBRATES TWENTY-SIX YEARS OF SUCCESS
THE APRILIA RS 125 HAS LONG BEEN THE BENCHMARK AMONG THOSE SPORTS BIKES AIMED AT YOUNG PEOPLE, A CONCENTRATION OF CONTENT AND STYLE FOR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE ON THE ROAD AND TRACK
Born on the racetracks, gutsy, and able to express dynamism and lightness with its own personal and recognisable style, the RS 125 underlines the passion Aprilia has for sport, combining all the technological refinements of a true Superbike. The exclusive ergonomics of a true supersport bike with its streamlined fairing, aluminium frame, generous engine and the very best in components and technical equipment for a look that is now even closer to that of the RSV4 superbike.
A BIG LOOK TO SUIT YOUTHFUL PASSIONS
The aesthetics of the Aprilia RS 125 are inspired by the shapes and colours of its prize-winning big sister, the RSV4, the star of the WorldSBK championship, an aggressive and original look that is enhanced by the triple front light, a style feature of its “big sister”. The sleek fairing enhances the exclusive aluminium frame, an entirely racing-inspired refinement that no competitor can boast. 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.
The RS 125 version is available with two liveries: Silver Speed and Black Speed. Both offering a true sports look, they also stand out for their graphics, based around a large “a” on a red background, the emblem of all Aprilias competing at the world's racetracks. The tank graphics take up the motif of the Italian flag, highlighting the exclusivity of the RS 125, the only small sports bike to be designed, developed and built in Italy.
A special version, the Aprilia RS 125 GP Replica, is also envisaged, with dedicated graphics that are clearly inspired by the racing world as well as the Quick Shift system and seat cover as standard.
The Aprilia RS 125 also boasts the most spacious 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.
UNIQUE ERGONOMICS, BENCHMARK CHASSIS
The general ergonomics of the Aprilia RS 125 are designed for the track. No other 125 can transmit the racing character that this Noale creation boasts. The riding position offered by the RS 125 is unique: the half-handlebars, further forward and lower with respect to the steering plates, and the rearward footpegs, along with the overall seat-tank package, guarantee a true and uncompromising supersport riding position.
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 emphasises the purposeful character of the RS 125. A configuration that is once again the result of racing experience, ensuring lightness and speed in corner entry. The braking system involves a four-piston radial calliper at the front wheel, assisted by Bosch single channel ABS, which acts on a 300mm steel disc. The rear mounts a single-piston calliper that grips a 220 mm disc and has a phonic wheel to guarantee anti roll-over protection. Maximum performance and safety at every braking point. The licence plate mount and indicators can be easily removed for track use.
Compact and extremely lightweight, the new instrument panel offers all the functions of a real racing machine: from the analogue rev counter, to the multifunction digital display complete with speedometer, trip master (I,II), top speed, cooling circuit temperature gauge, fuel reserve light, OBD light and ABS malfunction light. The AMP ECU that enables connectivity between the bike and your smartphone is also available as an accessory.
At the heart of the Aprilia RS 125 is a modern and technological 125 cc four-stroke liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, with electronic injection and four valves: reliable on the road and generous on the track, it is equipped with particularly sophisticated technologies such as DOHC distribution. Ultra-modern, lightweight and compact in its conception and design, it has allowed for the development of a refined chassis. Its power, optimally calibrated, guarantees responsiveness even at low revs. Vibrations are reduced to a minimum thanks to a balancing countershaft. Euro 4 homologated, it guarantees maximum performance while respecting the environment.
The RS 125 is ready for installation of the Quick Shift, the innovative system tested by Aprilia at circuits around the world. Just like with its big sister, the RSV4, the electronic system manages torque interruption for the engaged gear change, based on 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, unmistakably racing-inspired, is fully integrated within the lower part of the fairing. A solution with a strong aesthetic impact that has a bearing on the dynamic performance of the vehicle, based on the centralisation of masses.
APRILIA RS, A UNIQUE SPORTING HISTORY
With 20 world titles including Rider and Manufacturer championships and unsurpassed commercial success over time, the Aprilia RS 125 is symbolic of the Noale manufacturer's sports DNA. It made its debut in '92 as the first example of combined content that was to become the true essence of Aprilia, that continuous exchange of knowledge between the track and the road that shapes both the sporting and commercial spirit. The Venetian manufacturer's first world title came in the 125 class, with Alessandro Gramigni in 1992; the latest - of the twenty it has collected - arrived in 2011, at the hands of Nico Terol. In between came two decades of almost total domination in the segment, making this European racing team the most successful of all time in the world championship.