2001 Aprilia RS125 from United Kingdom
Awesome, Italian, screaming rocket
"Clutch basket"? fell off on day 2!!! Resulting in a total loss of drive.
Speedo drive broken at 8000km.
I took a lot of time deciding which bike to go for with my provisional license, and after choosing between a Cagiva Mito and the RS, I was pleased with my choice.
So it's a 125 we're talking about, not an R1, but for what it is, it's a very quick bike.
It handles like a dream and doesn't look embarrassing when you're riding with bigger bikes. In fact around twisty roads, it can get embarrassing for big bikes to see you come flying past!
On the whole, I have had very few problems other than the clutch, which the dealer refused to collect, leaving me to get it 60 miles back to them! (not happy)
The only bad point I can think of, is the lack of a fuel gauge. There is a reserve tap, so once the bike runs out, you can flick the tap and get to a garage. But when you run out of fuel passing a car on the wrong side of the road, it becomes dangerous! I know!!
I wouldn't buy second hand because they need looking after. Run it in properly and gently, only use fully synthetic oil, and don't so much as touch the throttle until it is warmed through! Obey the above rules and it will last you a long time.
If it's a sports bike you want, and you don't have a full license, then this is the bike for you.
I loved mine so much, I have ordered another (2006) to commute to my new job, and I pick it up a week from today! I really must do my test!!!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd March, 2006
The previous comments on the Aprilia RS125 were outstanding... from gentle running in right down to the use of full synthetic oil, this person really is a RS125 rider, Rossi would be proud. Only a true RS rider would know about the speedo cable problems and the way on a twisty road it is possible to leave 400cc riders smelling that sweet aroma.
Standard RS125's can look even better with little cost, just by polishing the end can. Riders be warned that going too fast over humpback bridges can set you back when it comes to buying a new mono shock.
N.B. The New Irish provisional licence will not allow you to ride a RS125 (unless restricted). Bring back the old days.. :)..