New 2017 Aprilia RS 125

The Aprilia RS 125 has seen a revamp for 2017, for an even closer connection to the RSV4
The 2017 Aprilia RS 125. Black Speed.
The 2017 Aprilia RS 125. Black Speed.

Aprilia’s RS 125 remains a point of reference in sport bikes for younger riders, concentrating on content and style, for the best performance on the road and track.

Born of racing, aggressive, with a dynamic character and light weight in recognisable style, the 2017 RS 125 highlights Aprilia’s passion for sport with a concentrate of technological refinements worthy of a true Superbike.

With the exclusive ergonomics of a true super sport bike, sleek fairings, aluminium frame, a generous engine and the best components and technical features, the RS 125 is now even closer to the RSV4 superbike.

The Aprilia RS 125’s new look takes inspiration from the shapes and colours of its multiple title winning older sister, the RSV4 that is a protagonist in World SBK. This includes an aggressive and original look that is highlighted by the triple headlight, a trademark of the RSV4.

The 2017 Aprilia RS 125 is now styled to even more closely resemble the RSV4.
The 2017 Aprilia RS 125 is now styled to even more closely resemble the RSV4.

Sleek fairings enhance the exclusive aluminium frame, which is an entirely race-inspired refinement that no competitor can claim. And is 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 melt away into nothing, joined together with the LED taillight that, in the spirit of road safety, guarantees outstanding lighting power.

The 2017 Aprilia RS 125 includes the iconic triple headlight and an LED tail light in the slim tail.
The 2017 Aprilia RS 125 includes the iconic triple headlight and an LED tail light in the slim tail.

The new RS 125 version is available in two liveries, Silver Speed and Black Speed. Both with a sporty orientation, they are also characterised by graphics with the dominating “a” on a red background which is the emblem of the Aprilia machines that compete on racetracks all over the world.

The 2017 Aprilia RS 125. Black Speed colour scheme, with the iconic Aprilia 'a' and Italian iconography on the tank.
The 2017 Aprilia RS 125. Black Speed colour scheme, with the iconic Aprilia ‘a’ and Italian iconography on the tank.

The graphics on the fuel tank recall the Italian red, white and green as a reminder of the RS 125’s exclusivity, the only small sport bike to be designed, developed and built in Italy.

The latest version of the Aprilia RS 125 also boasts the largest 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.

The general ergonomics of the Aprilia RS 125 are designed for the track. No other 125 can convey a racing character like the eighth-litre from Noale.

The riding position on the RS 125 is unique, the semi-handlebars, forward-mounted lower than the steering yoke and the set-back footpegs, along with the saddle-fuel tank assembly, ensure a true super sport riding position without compromise.

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 2017 RS 125 includes a single 300mm front disc with four-piston radial caliper. Forks are 41mm USD items.
The 2017 RS 125 includes a single 300mm front disc with four-piston radial caliper. Forks are 41mm USD items.

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.

Split six-spoke design of the wheels emphasises the purposeful character of the RS 125. A configuration that is once again merit of racing experience that ensures light weight and speed going into corners.

The braking system uses a four-piston radial caliper on the front wheel, assisted by Bosch single-channel ABS, that grips a 300 mm diameter steel disc.

The 2017 Aprilia RS 125 features the class leading aluminium perimeter frame, asymmetric swingarm.
The 2017 Aprilia RS 125 features the class leading aluminium perimeter frame, asymmetric swingarm.

The rear mounts a single-piston calliper that grips a 220 mm disc and has a tone wheel to guarantee anti roll-over protection, providing maximum performance and safety at every braking point.

The license plate mount and turn indicators can be easily removed for track use.

A compact and ultra-lightweight new instrument cluster provides all the functions of true racing instrumentation: from the analogue rev counter to the multifunction digital display.

Handlebar controls offer access to the speedometer, trip master, battery voltage, time and stopwatch with memory for 20 laps, cooling circuit temperature indicator and fuel reserve indicator, OBD warning light and ABS fault warning light. The AMP ECU that enables connectivity between the bike and your smartphone is also available as an accessory.

The beating heart of the Aprilia RS 125 is a modern and technological 125cc single-cylinder, four-stroke, four-valve electronic injection engine with liquid cooling. Reliable on the road and powerful on the track, it has particularly refined technologies such as double overhead camshaft timing (DOHC).

The 2017 Aprilia RS 125 is powered by a four-stroke, four-valve 125cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder with DOHC and is ready for an optional Quick Shifter.
The 2017 Aprilia RS 125 is powered by a four-stroke, four-valve 125cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder with DOHC and is ready for an optional Quick Shifter.

With ultra-modern conception and design, lightweight and compact, it has allowed development of a refined chassis. Its power, optimally calibrated, guarantees responsiveness even at low revs. Vibrations are reduced to the minimum by a balancing countershaft. Euro 4 approved, it guarantees environmentally-friendly performance.

The 2017 MY RS 125 is also installation-ready for a Quick Shifter, the innovative gear shifting system that Aprilia has used and perfected on tracks all over the world.

Just like with its big sister, the RSV4, the electronic system manages torque interruption for the engaged gear change, 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, which is unmistakably racing inspired, is completely integrated within the lower part of the fairing. A solution with a strong aesthetic impact that effects the dynamic performance of the vehicle, based on the centralisation of mass.

PS Importers the new distributor for Aprilia and Moto Guzzi in Australia is currently establishing if the Tuono 125 and RS 125 will feature in the  2017 model range.

Nigel Harvey  (Aprilia Australia Marketing) told MCNEWS, “The Tuono 125 and RS 125 represent an exciting entry point for Aprilia customers and a great introduction to the Aprilia model range”.

Aprilia has a history of unparalleled success with small capacity race inspired motorcycles and any model featuring LAMS approval is of significant importance to the firm.  “We (PS Importers) are currently looking into the feasibility of bringing the new models to Australia and their suitability for the Australia Market,” he added.

The 2017 Aprilia RS 125 also now incorporates the exhaust in the belly/fairing for optimal weight distribution.
The 2017 Aprilia RS 125 also now incorporates the exhaust in the belly/fairing for optimal weight distribution.
2017 Aprilia RS 125 Technical Specifications
  • Engine – 124.2cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke, DOHC
  • Bore x Stroke – 58x47mm
  • Compression – 12.5(±0.5):1
  • Induction – Magneti Marelli M3G 32mm
  • Gearbox –Six-speed
  • Clutch – Multiple discs, oil bath
  • Chassis –Aluminum perimeter frame, asymmetric swingarm
  • Front Suspension – 41mm USD forks, 110mm travel
  • Rear Suspension – Monoshock, 120mm travel
  • Brakes – Single four-piston radial caliper, 300mm disc (F),
    single 218mm disc and single-piston caliper (R), Bosch single channel ABS
  • Rims – Light alloy six-split-spoke wheels, 2.75 x 17in, 3.50 x 17in
  • Tyres – 100/80 -17, 130/70 – 17
  • Wheelbase – 1353mm
  • Seat height – 820mm
  • Fuel capacity – 14.5L