APRILIA's presence in the 125cc MotoGP is ofcourse very well known. It has recorded 8 wins, the highest number of vivtories by a team in the 125cc class since 1992 when it started racing in the 125 class., their latest victories coming in 2006 and 2007 as well. And since 2002, they have won all but one of the Manufacturer's World Championship in the 125 cc class. Even in the 250cc category, since 1994, the time of Aprilia's first World Driver's Championship, it has recorded an amazing 9 wins out of 15. Amazing! And in both the categories, their beasts are 2 strokers. Well, while for most companies, this doesn't ammount to much in terms of production bikes, but for Aprilia, it definitely ups the ante as they still produce street legal 125 cc 2 strokers.
Of course, we are talking about the RS125, this is a GP-bred track bike which has for time outclassed larger displacement bikes. Just think about a few things. This is a bike with GP genes, just like the R1 or CBR which translated into speed, agility and superior handling and then comes the bonus, its a super-light-weight motorcycle, which means even more easier handling.
No doubt, Aprilia is the leading manufacturer in 125cc and 250cc MotoGP competition, they has perfected the art of engineering championship-winning race bikes.
Aprilia's race proven technology has converted into this RS 125, a sophisticated single-cylinder two-stroke, liquid-cooled engine. The highlights of the engine are a highly advanced crankcase reed valve intake, anti-vibration balancer shaft and an automatic fuel-oil mixing system all complimented by a superb 6-speed transmission system. Keep on adding one racing feature after another as it also has race-style, upside-down front forks and a hydraulic rear monoshock mounted in a rising rate linkage, aluminium alloy wheels, radial mount brake calliper, and rear-set style racing footpegs.
While those of us who have never ridden on a GP track will definitely find the bike as a real sport, even for those riders, you will definitely find a smile in their faces once they get the throttle. Its made for every bike enthusiast who has even a little bit of racing gene. It will not overwhelm a newbie and will always please an experienced rider.
And now, Aprilia has released a new version of the RS125, "The Spain No.1".
This is a GP replica with a double optical streched body and the rear similar to the GP bike. Looks have alays been a forth for Aprilia models and this version looks even sexier. Critics are saying the plastics and finishing are even better. I dont know if thats possible, but then... they have said it. Other small details have been added like deflectors in front. Equipments are all that are present onthe GP bike ,along with a minimum dashboard having a tachometer and a digital screen that combines a speedometer and temperature. The petrol gauge is absent although you have a researve indicator.
With a constant decrease of 2 strokers, these bikes are currently gaining importance with high resale value. Whether 2 strokers will survive or not is questionable, but the fun one can have on 2 strokers undoubtedly is much more than a 4S. This is definitely an endangered species and Aprilia knowing this is playing the card for those who still have a chance to buy a factory made 2 stroker. To repeat myself, it is intended for recreational use and for Aprilia and 2 stroker fans wanting to have an exclusive machine, a 2 stroker mass produced bike from the factory.
To know more about the RS125, visit the Aprilia website and this Spain No.1 version is seen in the Aprilia USA website. Source of photos have been various from the net and some from Moto Caradisiac