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Well where do i start with this fantastic peace of Italian engineering. When i was 16 i used to own a scooter (50cc) which was pants by the way! so when i turned 17 i decided i wanted a 125 until i passed my driving test to drive a car. So i had a look about at a few bikes on the net and i was either going to buy a one of these chinese imports, brand new for around £1000 or buy a second hand well known make bike for about the same price. Then i seen these aprilia rs125 bikes and had herd by a lot of people that they were the fastest 125's you can get so i looked into it a bit more then decided i wanted one, not long after searching for one in my price range i found one on EBay for 2000 model for £450 i think it was but it had a few days left but i wanted to go and view the bike so my dad took me to view it with the cash just in case. When i got there we had a look at the bike and it wasn't in very good condition at all! it had been hand painted with a paint brush on the wheels by the looks of it lol and it was scratched to death, in other words it was a right mess but we started it up and the engine seemed to sound in pretty good order and no knocks or rattles so then we asked if they would sell it there and then cash, after a short discussion we settled on £500. I rode the bike home that night following my dad in his car and it rattled like mad for some reason, got it home and the next day i began to restore its beauty. After about 3 months of work (full body respray) and a few extra parts it was finished! and all together cost about £850 which is fantastic value for such a good bike. (If any one would like to see a picture of my bike after i had finished it i can email one to you if you would like. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Right down to detail:
*Reliability: I couldn't ask for any better, starts every time and has never failed me yet. I have ridden for days out with me dad and uncles on there 1000cc+ bikes from sunderland to lake windermere in the Lake District, stopping at Hart-side cafe on the way and many detours and it never even missed fire once lol. (id like to hear from any other 125 that could travel that distance following 1000cc+ bikes and have no problems) :P.
*Style: What a head turner! great sleek look with its full fairing but i do have one slight disappointment and that would be with the design of the front head light, it seems to be a bit flat on the front and looks a little dated against new modern bikes. But the frame how ever is from another world its sexy shiney polished ultra light aluminium frame and swinging arm just sets the bike off and makes even most new super bikes look cheap and thought less design.
*Performance: WOW! outstanding 33bhp on a 125cc! All i can say is i am yet to race a standard 125 and get beat lol. Very fast bike for a 125 i had about 95mph out of mine (de-restricted) and properly would get around 100mph. The acceleration is also outstanding, when the bike gets to its power-band that's when the fun starts! :P.
There ain't many down sides to this bike i don't think, obviously other people might have other views with there experiences of owning one of these but if your looking for a 125 then i would say these are the BEST!. The fuel consumption isn't to bad either, a lot cheaper than running a car that's for sure lol. One other downside i must say is the price of the parts for these bikes, you can get them but they can be pretty pricey but as they say... You only get what you pay for.
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