2006 Aprilia RS50
Good first bike, when it's bought in good condition
A lot, soon after buying and I began to ride it (I bought the bike before I could ride it).
The battery went, which I believe to be my fault, but something to bear in mind; after putting between 100-150 miles on the bike, the rear wheel bearings gave way, and after discussion with a motorcycle engineer of 40 years, from my information and his knowledge, it is apparent the bike was likely sold to me with the bearings well worn and unsafe. Know recently when working on it in my college workshop (as I am on a motor vehicle course), it's apparent that the front engine mounts are non-existent and, again, classed as 'unsafe'. Though I have friends with the same make, model and year of bike who have had few problems. It goes to show it's not the make, model and year; it's where you buy it and in what condition.
Not great off the line, but once it gets going (out of 1st and half way into 2nd), it accelerates amazingly for a 50.
Stop pretty well, provided the road isn't wet.
Corners pretty well, and you can get some fair leanage on it.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th January, 2011