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Track-only Buzzsaw: 2009 Aprilia RS125

Built and sold for the street in just about every other country, the 2009 Aprilia RS125 came to this country as a track-only weapon, thanks to its two-stroke mill's inability to pass EPA muster. That didn't stop more than a few track rats from ponying up the $5,500 MSRP for one of these GP grid-derived featherweights.

2009 Aprilia RS125 for sale on eBay

Plenty of these little monsters have found their way to road legal status, though it is unclear whether the bike here carries a street title.

Surprisingly spacious for a 280-pound sportbike, the RS125 found an audience with new racers and track-day beginners who needed to learn to change direction quickly without muscling over a bigger machine. Handling was always the little machine's forte, aided by its weight and suspension and brakes that outstripped its price point.

With no torque and a powerband that doesn't get tuned up until 10,000 rpm or so, the 30-ish horsepower Aprilia rewards momentum, and the guts to stay off the radially-mounted single-disc front brake.

The bike shown here has covered fewer than 2,000 miles, and has been upgraded to a Shorai lithium-ion battery and will be sold with a fresh set of tires.

From the short original eBay listing:

Bike is in excellent condition everything works,tires are in great shape also comes with a new set. Battery has been replaced with a Shoria lithium battery.bike is ready to ride.

The auction concludes on Friday, and reserve has yet to be met at just over $3,000. For a non-street-legal bike that only cost $5,500 new, that's getting on for a steep ask. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

2 Comments

  • This looks like a fun little bike. I did email the seller, and they state the bike does in deed come with a “street title” and lights. Not sure if the seller understood exactly what i was asking as they answered my question with a simple yes.

  • These bikes are really quite special; arguably the most contemporary 2-stroke around with excellent parts availability.

    Some simple modifications really bring life to them and do not impair reliability. A larger carb, freer breathing air filter, carbon reeds, and an exhaust system will make them scream – and the parts are inexpensive.

    I agree that 125cc is tiny, but with a bit of work they’re thoroughly entertaining and very rare in North America

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