Posts by tag: 125cc

Aprilia December 17, 2018 posted by

Stocking Stuffer – 2009 Aprilia RS125

Even RSBFS is not immune to a little mission-creep, as our last two “stocking stuffer” posts were Aprilia RS50’s !  Anyway this late and low-mile if lightly documented RS125 looks like just the suggestion for your future ex- this holiday season.

2009 Aprilia RS125 for sale on eBay

Aprilia’s RS125 was introduced in 1992, and the 2009 came midway through the fourth generation.  By this time the RS125 was an RSV1000R lookalike, with twin headlights, four-piston front caliper, and Piaggio ECU to help meet Euro-3 emissions.  Power was great for a 125 at 28 hp, and alloy wheels were both 17’s.  The No.1 livery commemorated Jorge Lorenzo’s 125cc championship.

Not too many photos or words accompany this auction, but the second oil change miles and original condition speak volumes.  From the eBay auction:

2009 Aprilia RS125, two stroke, SC title, runs great, excellent condition, fun to ride.  Not too many of these in the US.  I have the bike listed locally and will remove ad if sold locally.

A number of current MotoGP starters have history with an Aprilia RS125, and while the sub-300 lb. weight might favor a youngster, anyone who wears mediums and wants to work on keeping the revs up through a corner will find joy in the RS125.  Aprilia brought a lot of the sophistication of their race bikes across to the showroom, with pricing to match their mid-size performance.  For a bike whose only purpose is fun, the asking price and condition are downright sensible…

-donn

Stocking Stuffer – 2009 Aprilia RS125
Aprilia February 21, 2018 posted by

Fly(er) Weight – 2006 Aprilia RS125

Regularly seen in racing livery and worn around the edges from track use, here is a mint example in factory paint with just 637 miles.  Built to accompany the RSV1000R to the showroom, the RS125 is a lightweight but surprisingly accommodating to an adult rider.

2006 Aprilia RS125 for sale on eBay

The RS125 was heavily revised in 2006 and styled in admiration of its big brother.  The twin-spar alloy frame is lightly polished and coated to stay nice, as is the banana swingarm.  The 28 hp Rotax-based single is very advanced, liquid cooled with a counter-balance shaft and Nikasil coated aluminum cylinder.  Seventeen-inch wheels and upside-down forks aspire to a larger machine.  Brakes are big 4-piston Brembo but singular of course.  Wind-cheating bodywork is occupied by the angular corporate lion.

A SoCal native, this RS hasn’t much history, apparently quite stock and without damage.  From the eBay auction:

2006 Aprilia RS125 two stroke bike has a clear California title. Registration is valid till October of 2018. This bike is factory stock except for Arrow full exhaust system that make it sound unique. Bike is in great condition with very low mileage.

A bit of Dr. Jekyll as a starter bike in progressive licensing countries, and Mr. Hyde when a gateway racing motorcycle, the RS125 can take you there.  Pricing by cc was outlandish when new, and a decade later the ask is more than a lot of new singles.  But then this is undeniably sporty, one of the last road going two-strokes ever, built using Aprilia’s long knowledge of the lightweight classes.

-donn

 

 

Fly(er) Weight – 2006 Aprilia RS125
Aprilia January 1, 2018 posted by

Downsizing – 2009 Aprilia RS125 Spain’s No. 1 Replica

Happy New Year !

Developed as a mid-size for countries with progressive licensing, 125cc race replicas are finding their way to collections here, and they’re somewhat easier on the funding stream than the superbikes they are styled like. This fairly up-to-date Aprilia has low mileage and Penn. title.

 

2009 Aprilia RS125 Spain’s No. 1 Replica for sale on eBay

 

Aprilia had a long post-war history in bicycles, but ventured into motorcycles in the late 60’s and introduced the RS125 in 1992.  Aprilia won 9 titles in the 125cc class, which was succeeded by the 250cc four stroke formula in 2012.  The fourth generation RS125 was made from 2006-12 and is styled like the RSV 1000R.  The two-stroke Rotax single is carburetted and zings 28 hp to you at 10,500 rpm.  The formed and welded alloy frame is robust for the segment and  has a matching alloy boomerang swingarm.  The RS125 is fitted with nicer alloy wheels, inverted forks and radially-mount front disk brake.

 

 

Always imported as racers or track day machines, this RS125 has found its way to legality with some additional wiring, signals, mirrors, and horn.  The videos show it to be in nice shape except for a low side scrape on the right.  Even if the new owner keeps it on the track, tags might be a nice feature when it comes time to sell.  Some variants have underseat exhaust, maybe a knowledgeable reader can comment on which, and whether “Spain’s No. 1” refers to Jorge Lorenzo’s 2007 Moto GP 250cc championship or is part of some other ad campaign.  From the eBay auction:

I purchased in California in 2013 new from the dealer.  I did one track day at Laguna Seca.  It has 412 kilometers (about 260miles).

The bike is completely stock except the parts needed to make it street legal in the states:  European wiring harness, blinkers, lights, brake lights, horn, license plate mount, light above the plate to illuminate the plate, and a rear view mirror.  It is now plated and registered in PA and can be titled and plated in any state.  Also, because these are made and sold as street bikes in Europe, it has a passenger seat and is built for two-up riding.

It is an exceptionally fun track bike, very light and nimble, fun and quick.  Not to mention the beautiful sound it makes.  Since it’s plated you have the option of using it as a fun little street bike too.  Good for a novice or anyone who likes light, small bore bikes that can out brake and out corner any other bike on the track.

 

 

The ask is a skwosh more than the new price 9 years ago, though a fair amount of work has been done legalizing the bike.  If you have a little room in your size large clothes, the accomodations on the RS125 might come as a surprise.  No reason a regular sized adult can’t have a ball on the RS125, and if the track’s call is heeded, the new owner will learn oceans about precision and body position.  As they say about smaller displacement “momentum” sports cars, you can’t gain speed, you can only try not to lose it…

-donn

 

 

Downsizing – 2009 Aprilia RS125 Spain’s No. 1 Replica
Aprilia October 20, 2016 posted by

You Haul – 2006 Aprilia RS 125

Aprilia buried their competition with the 2006 update of the RS125.  With specifications and looking like a much larger supersport, it was the beginner’s dream machine.

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2006 Aprilia RS125 for sale on eBay

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With the visual template of their 1000cc machine, the 125cc two-stroke single doesn’t disappoint with 28 hp.  A factory power kit was available for the racetrack.  The powertrain is brought into the modern age with water cooling, oil metering, and a 28mm Dell’Orto carburettor.  The chassis has been Aprilia’s perennial claim to fame, the 2006 alloy twin-spar weighs just 21.5 lbs., and has matching banana swingarm.  Though a single front brake is all that’s required,  it’s a 320mm disk with 4-piston radially-mounted caliper, along with a 220mm rear.  The full fairing carries dual halogen headlights and Aprilia’s digital-plus-tach dash.

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Boasting California title and just 520 miles, this RS125 looks showroom ( maybe a showroom in Europe or Asia ) in the just enough to make you want more pictures.  I’m not a tail-tidy fan, but this bike calls for it – nice to have the stock parts, though.  The owner has completed the best part of the power kit with an Arrow exhaust and has these comments in the eBay auction:

2006 aprilia rs 125 in excellent condition has upgraded arrow exhaust and bike has been properly jetted runs and brakes like a champ running on motul 710 injector oil Clear california title with current registration.

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With rave reviews, the RS125 did well even priced 1/3 higher than the market at the time.  The buy-it-now is up there as well, though a great value for the rarity and condition.  The accommodations and performance will likely surprise all riders happily, S-M-L if not XL…

-donn

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You Haul – 2006 Aprilia RS 125
Aprilia May 27, 2016 posted by

Super Lite – 2006 Aprilia RS125 in Norway

Restyled to be a dead ringer for Aprilia’s liter sportbike, the RS125 is designed and equipped like a larger track weapon.  From the lands of progressive licensing, it brought box-section frame and swingarm, upside-down forks, and four-piston calipers to aspiring riders.

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2006 Aprilia RS125 ( Norway ) for sale on eBay

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Aprilia’s two-stroke single is a known quantity, winning Moto 3’s since 1992, this time with Dell’orto carburetor and electronic ignition.  The resulting 28 hp is mostly available north of 7,000 rpm, though a computer-controlled exhaust valve aims to maximize lower rpm output.  40mm inverted forks and rising-rate rear monoshock are fully adjustable. Radially mounted front caliper is over a big 320mm rotor, but just one, with 220mm rear.  Expansion chamber exhaust is a must, and this bike has been treated to the Arrow titanium.  Wheels are y-web light alloy if not forged.

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Hard to complain about our locally short riding season when you read about a bike from Oslo, Norway, and with a little over 10,000 miles, this owner has spent some time riding and caring for this bike, as he relates in the eBay auction:

New restored and everything is working properly 100%. Trim setup is mounted is arrow power plant plus rave 2 valve, additionally dyset the carburetor so it gets more gas under higher engine speed of approximately 6000 rpm and upwards. Things that have been made and purchased new. polished frame, new flashing light that is led light in Carbon brake pads front and rear, rear gear, new chain and in addition, it has been the main service and changing engine oil, coolant, brake fluid and spark plugs. It has been laid right in the room temperature, and appears to be rare and exemplary.

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Out of production since 2012, when Moto GP changed their formula to a 250cc four stroke, the Aprilia was half-again as costly as its competitors, and this bike’s ask is just about MSRP.  But if you had a track endeavor, this would be a dynamite starter or pit bike.  Plain vanilla compared to the many factory replicas, this RS125 appears undamaged, lightly updated and maintained.  Leaving it to you to coordinate with your summer fjord cruise line to carry this baby from Oslo back to Southampton, where it’ll be as easy ship home…

-donn

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Super Lite – 2006 Aprilia RS125 in Norway
Morbidelli October 3, 2012 posted by

Morbid Curiosity: 1980 Morbidelli 125 VR

For Sale: 1980 Mordidelli 125 VR

Giancarlo Morbidelli is an iconic figure in motorcycle racing. Not to be confused with his son, Gianni Morbidelli (former Formula 1 driver), Giancarlo started his manufacturing concern building furniture and coach bodies for automobiles before turning to his passion: motorcycle racing. From the late 1960s through mid-1970s Morbidelli campaigned successful small-bore bikes, acquiring talent where he could (including Jorg Muller, who had designed the dominant Van Veen Kreidler machines such as this one).

In the late 1970s Morbidelli created a new factory to manufacture bikes. This time period is known as the Morbidelli-Benelli-Armi – or MBA – era, and it is during this time that customer bikes became available to accredited riders. It is from that era that this wonderful 125 VR was born and raced; it still looks quite aggressive today.

From the seller:
This is a bill of sale

This is my MBA (Morbidelli) 125 GP that I’ve owned since 1996.It was guaranteed to make 35hp, my bike was making 45hp on the dyno. The bike has an interesting history as it was previously raced in Japan. I bought this at Rick Cole auction in March 16, 1996. It was a Museum piece in Japan,that were all road racing machines. I have all of the sale info from the action (catalog, invoice, bill of sale, and more) I had Yoshinobu Kosakathe the owner of Garage Company prep the bike. I had raced it three times with American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association before they banned the bike. It was just too fast for anything on the track. On Hockenheim gearing this bike is said to be capable of 150mph! As you’re probably aware, in the hands of Pier Paulo Bianchi and some other notable riders these machines dominated the 125 GP class during the 70s and are superbly engineered, lightweight machines with many magnesium parts. If during the 70s, you wanted to ride one of these works bikes, then providing Morbidelli thought you were good enough (i.e. British Champion) they might let you buy one, it would cost you a cool £12,000 in the 70s if you weren’t a works rider. These machines very rarely surfaced for sale and no doubt I’ll regret selling. Please contact me on the numbers below if you need any other information.

I have an owner manual (Copy) new tank stickers. I am also selling the all spare parts that I have bought from around the world to keep it running. Piston, rings, needle bearings, cylinders, cylinder heads, crank, NOS clutch plates & used, hangers, jetting, NOS trans & shifting drum & forks, NOS tachometer, Gearing, NOS gasket O rings, NOS connecting rods, rotor valves and much more

I had bought all of Philippe DeLespinay parts and some of them where Factory Morbidelli. One set of cylinder, crank & Pistons are factory Morbidelli not MBA these are priceless.

Look at the photos carefully this is what goes with the bike. This will be the last time you will see one of these for sale for a long long time!

We do not see many Morbidelli models on RSBFS – and I expect this auction to go up in price very quickly. Morbidelli went on to some infamy with his 850cc V-8 motorcycle which was beautifully crafted, but it was deemed too expensive for production and ultimately is remembered as the most expensive motorcycle offered for sale according to Guinness (the record book, not the beer). That was in 2001. Today that record is held by tehe $185k MTT Turbine Superbike. Morbidelli has since created a massive museum to commemorate racing and his motorcycles; now that would be a cool vacation destination.

This auction is on right now and represents a fantastic way to get into vintage racing, vintage collectables AND a spare parts collection. The current bid is at a paltry $4,050 with reserve still in place. Check out this super-rare racer here, and let us know what you think. If it was priced right, would you give it a go?

MI

Aprilia September 10, 2011 posted by

Track Day Special: 2009 Aprilia RS 125

For Sale: 2009 Aprilia RS 125 – Brand New!

Up for grabs today is a brand new Aprilia RS 125. This is listed as a track bike as it is not capable of being registered in several US states (i.e. California). There are many examples of these bikes being registered for the street, however, so all might not be lost if you are dead-set on a new 125cc street bike.

For those states with tighter EPA standards and more restrictive DMV policies, this is a track day only bike. How much fun could that be? Well, let’s take a look – light weight, decent horsepower, good brakes and adjustable suspension all add up to a lithe and nimble track day weapon. If your local venue has more corners than straights, you could well embarrass your friends on much larger machinery.

Yup – that sure looks like fun. Given that this is a new bike, the seller has gone all out in sharing the specs on this little 125cc two stroke GP replia.

From the seller:
Aprilia has always been the undisputed leader in 125 cc supersports, a market segment in which Aprilia has pioneered new concepts and advanced solutions, and developed technology that others have struggled to follow. Like all Aprilia motorcycles, the RS 125 has benefited from the sophisticated technology that has been developed over years of success in GP racing, and quickly transferred into production. Over the years, the RS 125 has forged a reputation as the standard setter for sports 125’s. Sales success has come naturally too, with the RS 125 topping the sales tables on major European markets. The RS 125 is the inevitable choice of riders entering Sport Production racing. And rightly so, because when the competition gets tough, there is simply no other bike like the Aprilia RS 125. The Aprilia RS 125 offers young riders the best in components and equipment, and a concentration of technical refinements worthy of a flagship supersport.
The following are just some of the main features of the Aprilia RS 125:
• tried and tested yet extremely sophisticated Rotax two stroke engine;
• super-rigid aluminium frame and swingarm derived from Aprilia’s vast GP experience;
• upside down fork;
• front brake with radial caliper and four opposed pistons;
• RSV 1000 R style fairing, windshield and tail;
• RSV Factory style, crossed spoke wheels;
• analog/digital instrument panel with multi-functional computer;
• RSV Factory style, forged steering yoke;
• oval section racing silencer with riveted end plates;

STYLE
The mean, cutting edge look of the new RS 125 tells you that this is a professional racing machine. The styling of the RS, like that of all Aprilia sports bikes, is the result of painstaking aerodynamic research.
The fairing, for example, was perfected by extensive wind tunnel testing, to guarantee great wind protection and minimum drag for maximum racetrack efficiency. The fairing, windshield and tail not only look mean and aggressive, but allow the RS 125 to reach a blistering top speed, eliminating all turbulence around the rider and allowing man and machine to become one.
The latest generation twin halogen headlight also adds to the mean look of the new RS 125, and delivers a high power light beam for enhanced visibility and safety at night. The sleek tail looks exactly like the tail of a GP racer. Thanks to the effort put into the design of the RS 125’s tail, not even the passenger seat disturbs the bike’s impeccable lines.
The crossed spoke wheels are not only lighter and more stylish, but safer and more reliable too.

ENGINE
The powerful but reliable, single cylinder, two stroke, Rotax-Aprilia engine needs no introduction. Over the years it has won a reputation for being unbeatable on the track and dependable on the road.
Still today, this engine boasts technical solutions that are state-of-the-art for two strokes, including a crankcase reed valve intake, liquid cooling, an anti-vibration balancer shaft, and an automatic mixing system. The RS 125’s engine has been constantly updated over the years to keep in line with the latest emission control legislation without penalising performance. A catalytic converter and precision carburation has won Aprilia’s single cylinder two stroke homologation to Euro 3 standards. And the amazing thing is that this has been achieved without losing out on performance: the Aprilia RS 125 engine remains the reference point for all 125 cc powerplants.

CHASSIS
Without a doubt, the most advanced single component on the RS 125 is its frame. Developed from Aprilia’s vast experience in GP 125 racing, the RS 125 frame is made from cast aluminium alloy with cross-ribbing reinforcement. Despite its extremely light weight, this advanced structure achieves amazing torsional rigidity, setting the standards for Aprilia’s competitors.
The box section, aluminium alloy swingarm has the highest torsional rigidity of all production 125 cc swingarms. Differential side members enable the exhaust to follow a path that maximises engine performance and enables more acute angles of lean to be achieved on bends without risking dangerous contact with the asphalt.
The suspension too plays a fundamental role in ensuring not only the RS 125’s performance, but its safety and comfort too. The RS 125 can rely on an upside-down fork that has been optimised for maximum performance on the racetrack while also delivering a more satisfying ride on public roads.
The rear suspension features rising rate linkages based on Aprilia’s 125 GP racing technology, for excellent traction and superb comfort even over uneven road surfaces. The hydraulic monoshock that provides the damping for the swingarm is also adjustable in spring preload.

BRAKES
Like any self-respecting supersport motorcycle, the RS 125 has to have the best when it comes to components. The braking system is the best available, and designed for maximum efficiency under competitive riding conditions. The front brake is a genuine state-of-the-art, high performance system with a radial caliper and four opposed pistons. In addition to the 320 mm front disc, the system also incorporates a radial master cylinder and aeronautical hoses for maximum precision and unrivalled braking power. The rear disc is 220 mm in diameter and is also equipped with metal braided hoses for perfectly balanced, high performance braking.

EQUIPMENT
The Aprilia RS 125 is packed with prestige components. Compact and impressively light in weight, the instruments include an analog rev counter and a multifunctional digital display with an on-board computer that can be operated from the handlebars. The speedometer, rev counter, coolant temperature gauge and exclusive racing chronometer put you in total control. The on-board computer even has provision for interfacing with the optical finishing systems used on racetracks.

These bikes listed around $5500 new. This auction opens the door for a lower priced RS 125, as the auction opens with a $3,500 ask. There is a reserve in place and the BIN is set at an even $5k. Assuming that the reserve is slightly lower than the BIN, this bike could be a real bargain in the making. And in case you need some reminding that a 125 two stroke is effective in the right setting, check out the video below.

Your chance to pick up this bike and become a mini track day GP hero is here – just click the link and jump over to the auction. At the current rate, this bike could turn out to be a real bargain, which is just what we all need: an economical track day toy! Good luck!

MI

Honda March 1, 2011 posted by

1993 Honda RS125 NF4 Described As “Museum Quality”

This is a fantastic looking RS125, Castrol replica!

Bike:  1993 Honda RS125

Miles:  0 (Since rebuild)

Price:  $5,500USD

Location:  Winter Haven, Florida

The seller states that this RS was completely restored and rebuilt by Rising Sun Cycles–a very prominent name in the U.S. two-stroke GP bike segment.  The paint for this bike, alone, came in at $4,500–ouch!  Anyway, this is a fantastic looking RS in, what looks to be, a Castrol scheme very similar to what Joey Dunlop ran.

The auction also includes:

Bike also comes with a complete roller, minus tank. There is also two sets of new bodywork and a ton of other spares, plus some new rains.

I have 2 complete extra motors, 1 new, 1 with time on it.

If you’re still reading this, you’ve probably started to reconsider your original assumptions after seeing the asking price.  The Museum Quality RS also comes with $1.2K-1.5k worth of spares, possibly more.  That being said, is the main bike shown here worth the remaining $4k?  Well, it would be very difficult to replicate the restored bike using the $1.5k and an additional $2.5k:  knowing what parts & labor would add up to at RSC combined with the purported paint cost.  If you’re in love with the NF4 RS125, or would simply like a living room piece and a track bike (with a little work) for the price of an older NX4 RS125; I’d say this auction should absolutely be considered.  The asking price is a bit startling, but with the whole picture and some math, it doesn’t sound that bad at all.  See this fantastic looking RS on eBay .

AG