New engine and styling for slick Italian learner tools
Okay, we know you really all want 30bhp two-strokes when it comes to eighth-litre machinery. But this is 2021, so all you learners will have to cope as best you can with the likes of these – Aprilia’s new RS125 and Tuono 125s. The Noale outfit has given them a bit of a makeover for this year, with a new RS660-inspired look, new fairing design and colourways, plus an all-new engine.
The motor still makes the learner-legal limit of 11kW or 14bhp, but does it at lower revs now, peaking at 11,000rpm. A new cylinder head improves torque and combustion efficiency, while a revised Marelli ECU gives slicker engine management. There’s a new two-channel Bosch ABS setup – fancy on a 125 – and you still get a proper aluminium twin-spar frame and asymmetrical monoshock swingarm.
The RS gets a full fairing while the Tuono has a half-fairing and belly pan. Both weigh in at just 144kg with a full tank, and will look just the job parked outside the chippy!
Prices are at the top end of course: £4,500 for the Tuono, £4,600 for the RS and £4,700 for the special RS-GP MotoGP replica RS. More info: www.aprilia.com