Posts by tag: RS125

Aprilia June 22, 2017 posted by

Tiny Tiddler: 2009 Aprilia RS125

Go figure, but these Aprilia RS125s are extremely popular on RSBFS. Nowhere near liter bike territory, the little Rotax-powered chicken chaser is the grey-market equivalent of a Honda Grom – only much, much cooler. With a single cylinder two stroke motor, lights and turn signals to make it almost legal in most states and a reputation for handling, this Aprilia will let you take the fight to those pesky Ninja 250Rs and Honda CBR250s for top title in the small bike class. Got a local track that is tight and twisty? Here is your answer. Addicted to anything that requires premix? Here is your answer. Got a few bucks laying around and hankering for a new toy? Here is your answer.

2009 Aprilia RS125 for sale on eBay

The world is changing, and we are drawn along with it – willingly or not. Gasoline and diesel are the targets of EV automobiles. Our beloved two strokes are already in their graves; four strokers have taken over everything from GP machinery to scooters. What is left but the past? This RS125 is a perfect reminder of the past. Conjuring up the glory days before Moto3, the RS125 hearkens back to an era of 125cc, entry-level GP racing. This is where pimply-faced teens cut their teeth before becoming heroes: Rossi, Biaggi, Criville, Capirossi, Locatelli, Pedrosa, Dovizioso, Luthi, Bautista, Di Meglio, Marquez. I mean, what do these guys know?

From the seller:
2009 Aprilia RS125. Purchased new, all original except tidy tail, exhaust bracket and solo seat. Factory wiring harness with no cuts/splices. Street legal, licensed and titled in my name (17 digit factory vin number). The solo seat was a factory Aprilia part (fiberglass). Bike has clear title in my name, never down or dropped, needs nothing.

Aprilia made the brave move to bring the RS125 into the US for a scant few years. Those individuals that purchased them bought well, as these are wonderful (if not small) sporting motorcycles. Keeping one on the pipe can be a mental exercise, but isn’t the mental aspect what we we really seek when riding or racing? Gone is the basement torque you may expect from your Ducati. Gone is the safety net of big horsepower when you blow your corner entry and get dogged on the following straight. Small bikes are all about focus, corner speed and planning. The RS125 plays this game well with a rev-happy motor, strong brakes and decent suspension. This is a viable trainer for the younger set, and a noteworthy toy for the, uh, more mature riders (and readers) among us. If, when you step on the scale, you double the displacement of this little scoot, you will be forgiven if you pass. But you’re still missing out.

Located in Tennessee and with 3,433 on the clock, this US titled bike looks to be in great condition. The seller is asking for some pretty big dollars, and already has a few bids on the hook; This RS125 is up to $4k with more to come. Check it out here, and then jump back to our Comments section for the real test: would you be able to ride a RS125, or is something, er, a little “larger” more preferable? This is a great bike for some – check it out and Good Luck!!

MI

Tiny Tiddler: 2009 Aprilia RS125
Aprilia February 17, 2017 posted by

Tiny Titled Two-Stroke: 2009 Aprilia RS125 for Sale

Back when two-strokes ruled the entry-level sportbike class in Europe, Aprilia’s RS125 was designed to appeal to new riders who wanted something sporty, but were limited in terms of displacement and outright power by strict licensing laws that prevented the purchase of bikes that in the USA would be considered “learner bikes.” Sponsor logos and race-replica paint jobs were the order of the day and, made between 1992 and 2012, the RS125 had a pretty long and successful run. Details and styling varied throughout production, according to tastes of the period, but spec was similar: a 124.8cc two-stroke, single cylinder and six-speed gearbox, aluminum beam frame, racy big-bike looks, and a sub-300lb dry weight.

This version of the RS125 is clearly meant to resemble Aprilia’s range-topping RSV1000, with those angular, cat’s-eye headlights and stealth-fighter angles, although it shares those traits with the RSV4 that followed as well. Ultimately, the RS125 was superseded by the RS4 that more closely matched the look of the bigger RSV4 and was powered by a four-stroke single to meet today’s more stringent emissions requirements. It’s a perfectly competent machine and looks very sharp, but it lacks the pop and fizz of a manic two-stroke, and is far less tunable to boot.

The RS125 were never officially imported to the USA for road use, but some made it here “for offroad use only” and they do come up for sale from time to time. Unfortunately, the sleek little RS125 has two problems: one, you can’t just call it an “RS125” or people might not be clear what bike you’re talking about. Did you mean the Aprilia or the Honda’s entry-level race bike? Two, and obviously more significantly, the same titling and registration issues that affect all grey-market two-strokes apply here. If you live in a state with a liberal DMV, you may be able to find a way to make one road-legal without too much trouble: titled examples like this one have shown up on this site before. If not, you’re stuck with a handsome display piece or a very slow track day bike. If I was looking for a display bike, I’d probably want a bit of genuine racing machinery or something truly historic…

Fortunately, this example is ready for road use, at least in Pennsylvania…

From the original eBay listing: 2009 Aprilia RS125 for Sale

For Sale-York, PA. 2009 Aprilia RS 125 2 stroke. Clean and clear title. 798 miles. 34mm DeLorto carb, V-Force 3 reeds, pinned TPS, pipercross OEM style air filter, Arrow exhaust, Tyga carbon fiber rear hugger, chain guard and engine cover, Rhinomoto front and rear axle sliders, Driven Racing swingarm spools, R&G tail tidy, Evotech exhaust hanger, Woodcraft rearsets w/ GP shift, Aprilia OEM European ECU and harness to allow lighting, factory signals, mirrors and TS relay, Ohlins front fork springs, many replaced OEM parts included, Dyno tuned by Eraldo Ferracci of Fast By Ferracci. It comes with the factory Aprilia parts book and service manual. This was $5499 new in 2009 when only 150 were imported for racing only. It came derestricted with no lighting. Considering the amount of kit put on this bike and the rarity of this bike I think it is a more than fair price. I reserve the right to end this auction as the bike is also for sale locally. Serious bidders can contact me for more pictures or information. I will not ship this motorcycle so it will have to be picked up. Bike will have to be picked up within two weeks of auction end or deposit will be forfeited. You must have at least a 95% positive feedback rating to bid and at least 20 positive feedbacks. Deposit can be made through PayPal but the balance must be paid in cash.***It is currently tagged, titled, inspected and insured in York County, PA. It is titled as a regular motorcycle.

So what’s it worth? Well this seller has set the starting bid at $6,000 and there are no takers yet so he may be aiming a bit high. Certainly this one has that road-legal status, very low miles, and has been thoughtfully modified using quality parts and tuned by the famous owner of Fast by Ferracci. Eraldo had his hands on my Ducati Monster when I had it in to be rejetted and I was pretty happy with the results, so that’d certainly be a selling point for me. If you’re in the market for a little two-stroke sportbike you can thrash the living daylights out of without tripling the national speed limit and live somewhere it can be titled, this one might be worth a look.

-tad

Tiny Titled Two-Stroke: 2009 Aprilia RS125 for Sale
Honda January 7, 2017 posted by

Grand Prix Dreams: 1990 Honda RS125 for Sale

The second Honda RS125 that’s been up for sale in the past couple weeks, this looks like a more bare-bones offering than the last one we featured, although it still appears to be in decent shape. If you’re not familiar with the RS125, it’s no “race replica”: it’s an over-the-counter competition machine meant for racing, not a stripped-down roadbike. Weighing in at 160lbs with a half-tank of fuel, it is powered by a very slightly undersquare 124.4cc two-stroke single that is backed by a six-speed gearbox.

These tiny two-strokes aren’t for novices: the high-strung little engine makes a stunning 40+hp and that kind of power-to-weight means regular rebuilds, and shepherding the power from that tiny engine requires constant tuning and gearing changes to suit different altitudes, conditions, and tracks. It helps that the competition design means they’re relatively simple to work on, but these are serious Grand Prix motorcycles, and potentially a stepping stone to bigger, faster bikes and more prestigious classes.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Honda RS125 for Sale

Very rare Honda GP racer RS125, 125cc two-stroke single.
Very nice original condition.
1990 model legal to Vintage class racing.
Please see pictures for more detail.
Any questions please ask.
Will ship worldwide.

There’s not much bidding activity so far and no Buy It Now price is listed, so perhaps this bike just hasn’t found its audience yet, or maybe folks are looking for listings with more detailed descriptions? Is it the lack of extras? Spares for these little race bikes are very desirable, owing to the fact that they can be a pain to acquire and will be regularly needed if you plan to keep one running: 125s are often associated with cheap, reliable transportation, but the RS125 is a racing machine, and will require regular tuning and maintenance if the new owner intends to use the bike for its intended purpose.

-tad

 

 

Grand Prix Dreams: 1990 Honda RS125 for Sale
Honda December 31, 2016 posted by

Ready to Race: 1993 Honda RS125 NF4 for Sale

The very last post of 2016 is this slightly scruffy, but ready-to-race Honda RS125. It’s not a display bike, it’s a full-on racing machine, ideal for a new racer who’s learning the trade, or a veteran who just likes bikes that weigh less than they do… At just 160lbs partly-fueled, these offer up more performance than you might expect, given the minuscule displacement: the 54mm x 54.4mm bore and stroke give 124.4cc, and the little two-stroke produced somewhere just north of 40hp.

Small-displacement two-stroke race bikes sound like a tinkerer’s dream, requiring constant attention and tuning to keep them in top shape and competitive, although the RS125 is relatively simple and designed to be torn down regularly, so that’s not as much of a chore as it would be on a production-based motorcycle. A pure racing Grand Prix motorcycle, an RS125 was the first step on the road to the firey 500cc monsters that were the top dogs of the two-stroke era: Loris Capirossi and Dani Pedrosa both won 125 championships on RS125s.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda NF4 RS125 for Sale

This is a GP race bike, no title, no reg, no bill of sale. Not an NSR road bike. New top end 0 miles/0 min. on plating/ piston/ring/reed/ new 95 reed cage. Will have to go thru a few “heat cycles” before 1st race. Some top end spares (2-new Wossner, 1-coated HRC pistons).

Starting bid is just $3,500 with no takers yet and several days left on the auction. Details in the listing are spare but, if you’re really in the market for an RS125, it probably tells you enough to pique your interest and I’m sure the seller can answer any questions you might have about this little machine.

Happy New Year everyone!

-tad

Ready to Race: 1993 Honda RS125 NF4 for Sale
Honda October 26, 2016 posted by

Flyweight Racer Redux: 1996 Honda RS125R for Sale

1996-honda-rs125r-r-front2As I’ve mentioned before, it’s weird how some bikes seem to show up in waves, and this is the third Honda RS125R I’ve seen this week. The previous example I posted was in very good condition and came with a nice stash of spares, but was more functional than this particular bike, which also has “TONS” of spare parts along with a very slick paint job.

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Hiding behind those red, white, and blue fairings and nestled in between those beautiful aluminum frame rails is the compact, slightly undersquare 54mm x 54.5mm two-stroke single and a six-speed gearbox. It can be tuned to produce over 40hp and, with a dry weight of under 160 pounds, it’s very possible that the new owner will weigh more than the bike itself. The single Brembo caliper and disc up front should be plenty to haul the bike down from speed, given the bike’s incredibly low weight.

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The only downside to this bike? It’d be a shame to abuse that nice paint rubbing fenders with other racebikes on tracks, but it’d be a shame to let a machine this focused sit as a static display piece…

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Honda RS125R for Sale

Super rare and unique. I restored this bike from the ground up 6 years ago when I purchased it in 2010. Custom designed paint and graphics, it looks insane. Pearlescent clear coat over the paint – spent way too much money and many many hours to create. It is a piece of art. Riders like Loris Capirossi, Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden got their starts racing RS125Rs… here’s your chance to own one. 

Carbon fiber pipe and paint matched carbon fiber rear tire hugger, color matched rear stand. It has rare Hjelm Motorsports rear sets, carbon fiber handlebars, working tach and temp gauge. New slicks (from 2010). Price includes TONS of spare parts, extra cylinder head, rebuild kit parts, carb jets for altitude adjustment, many sprockets… way too much to list.

Bike has been on display in my foyer and detailed with plexus monthly. Tank is dry (no corrosion) Everything on the bike has been restored, rebuilt or replaced. Should start right up with some fresh premix. Will need a brake fluid flush from sitting as well. 

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With the seller asking $5,700 this RS125R seems to far more reasonably priced than last week’s example, and also includes a wide range of spare parts to keep it running. I’m not sure if the graphics correspond with any race team’s colors, but I’m pretty sure these all came with bare white fairings originally anyway, ready for sponsor decals and whatever wild look your up-and-coming racer wanted.

-tad

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Flyweight Racer Redux: 1996 Honda RS125R for Sale
Honda October 21, 2016 posted by

Flyweight Racer: 2005 Honda RS125R for Sale

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Racing machines are a bit like living living things and, by they time they reach old age, there might be very little left of the original creature except the bones: high performance parts are consumed and replaced regularly, worn out by at-the-limit use, and other parts are upgraded as time goes on to keep pace with the relentless march of competition. So if you’re looking for an office decoration, look elsewhere, since this Honda RS125R was built to race, and comes with the spares package to back that up.

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Powered by a slightly undersquare 54mm x 54.5mm two-stroke single backed by a six-speed gearbox, the mechanicals seem simple at first, but every single component is optimized for performance and light weight. Power can be north of 4ohp when tuned, which sounds pathetic until you consider the partially-dry weight of of under 160lbs. Still, the real shocker with a bike this small and light is in the stopping and the cornering: that single radial Brembo caliper looks absolutely massive and should provide more stopping power than you’ll ever need.

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The bike comes with bare, white bodywork, already for your choice of historic colors or sponsors’ logos. At a glance, I assumed this had been fitted with some sort of Tyga bodywork, but it looks more like Tyga got its inspiration for their aftermarket bodywork from the later RS125s!

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From the original eBay listing: 2005 Honda RS125R for Sale

The engine is freshly rebuilt. New crankcases, new cylinder, new crankshaft and a fresh piston in it.
Engine is setup with a VHM head with a 11.8cc insert for running unleaded fuel.

Current transmission gear setup: 1st: M1-P3 / C1-P3, 2nd: M2-P4 / C2-P4, 3rd: M3-P1 / C3-P1, 4th: M4-P1 / C4-P1, 5th: M5-P1 / C5-P1, 6th: M6-P1 / C6-P1

Equipped electronics consist of a HRC datalogger with HRC detonation counter, detonation and shift lights plus a front wheel speed sensor.

The chassis is equipped with a Honda NSF250R swingarm. Front brake system has been replaced with a new Brembo GP4-RR 32/36 monoblock caliper with titanium pistons and Brembo 16×16 billet radial brake master cylinder.

Typical basic spare parts included, such as jets, gaskets, clutch cable, reeds, engine shims, gaskets, seals, levers, variety of front and rear sprockets etc.

Other spares also included are a April System Powerjet controller, front and rear stands, front wheel with disc, front and rear Dunlop rain tires, spare used cylinder, new front fender, extra over the radiator airbox, HRC cylinder head (10.5cc for leaded fuel).

Extra transmission gears: C1/P2, M2, C1, C2, C3/P4, C4/P2 and main shaft.

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Obviously, this isn’t a fresh-from-the-crate collectible: it’s a hard-core racing machine in miniature, and the included parts should help get the new owner ready for a season of racing. The Buy It Now price is set at $11,000 but I’ve no idea if that’s a fair price or not: RS125s that have graced these pages are generally of much older bikes and those can be had for much less. List price was in the neighborhood of $13,000 new and, with the spares package, that seems to make this a pretty decent deal.

-tad

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Flyweight Racer: 2005 Honda RS125R for Sale
Honda July 22, 2016 posted by

Grand Prix in Miniature: 1993 Honda RS125 for Sale

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Growing up, my only experience with two-strokes was in leaf blowers: I didn’t ride dirt bikes, and two-stroke sportbikes were long gone by the time I got into motorcycles. A thudding v-twin sounds like sex, and the technology that allows a four to scream to 16,000rpm boggles my mind while the noise makes my hair stand on end. But the tinny snarl of a two-stroke engine? Basically it reminded me of Sunday morning hangovers…

But I’m an adult, and adults can admit when they’ve been wrong about something. And I really want a two-stroke race bike like this Honda RS125.

1993 Honda RS125 Rear Wheel

Of course, there are problems with my revised worldview. First of all, I’m a bit too big for something like this: an RS125 weighs something like 160lbs, meaning I weigh more than the bike, and my 6’2” height means it might be a little bit… Cramped, to say the least. That’s not so say that larger riders can’t ride them. It’s just that 180lb rider needs to be very careful about body positioning as their weight will more dramatically affect handling than it would for a smaller rider. In the plus column, their light weight means 125s crash better than heavier bikes…

1993 Honda RS125 L Side Rear

The RS125 wasn’t based on a road bike: it was a pure racing machine, an entry-level, over-the-counter tool that professionals and privateers could order from Honda to cut their teeth on in wheel-to-wheel competition. Powered by a liquid-cooled, two-stroke single with nearly square dimensions of 54mm x 54.5mm and backed by a 6-speed gearbox, the bike was good for 32hp and a 130mph top speed with the rider flat on the tank. Very, very flat on the tank…

Riders like Loris Capirossi and Dani Pedrosa got their starts racing RS125s, and if it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for you, or your kid to go racing.

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From the original eBay listing: 1993 Honda RS125 for Sale

Original Honda Grand prix racer RS125.

Hard to find and very fast !

Please see picture for more detail.

Bike runs, (not race ready Not race for 20 or more year)

Will ship worldwide.

1993 Honda RS125 Tank

The starting bid is $5,000 and there are no takers yet, with five days left on the auction. This example is a little rough around the edges, but those bare plastics just mean you can get wild with graphics, replicate your favorite historic racing team’s colors, or just leave them bare. The listing is very spare, which is a shame, since it’d be nice to know about the bike’s maintenance history and any parts that come with it. These are racebikes, and you’re unlikely to find what you need to tune and maintain them at your local Honda dealer, so included spares are a big selling point.

And that’s really the issue with two-stroke sportbikes of this era in general: spares are getting thin on the ground. I’d expect that, at some point, someone will start making parts for them as two-stroke sport bikes of this era are becoming more desirable but, until that happens, be sure to do your homework if you plan to do more than display your RS125.

-tad

1993 Honda RS125 R Side

Grand Prix in Miniature: 1993 Honda RS125 for Sale
Honda March 22, 2016 posted by

Tiny Trackday Terror: 1998 Honda RS125 for Sale

1998 Honda RS125 R Side

If you’re looking for a pristine, collectible example of Honda’s RS125, you should probably just move along. Nothing to see here. The original engine is long gone, lunched by a previous owner. That’s no real surprise: these were pure racebikes, and never built to last. The durability required for a roadbike means that everything is heavier than is ideal for racing and, when you’re only working with 124.4cc and trying to maximize speed, every ounce counts.

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Your average street-legal 125 is basically a jumped-up moped, an entry-level motorcycle to be quickly discarded or a hypermiling commuter for fans of extreme frugality. But the RS125 is another animal: that little, slightly undersquare two-stroke single, freed from any need to last beyond this weekend’s racing, can be tuned to make in the neighborhood of 45 highly-strung horses. With fuel, the bike weighs in at a featherweight 155lbs, so there’s more performance available than you’d expect.

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But straight-line speed is hardly the point: a 125 or 250 is all about cornering speeds, and the bantamweight RS125’s handling is in another league, offering up a worthy sacrifice of rubber and knee pucks on the Altar of Lean. All the grip in the world can’t really overcome the weight of the average four-stroke sportbike. Sure, the ultimate grip may be there, but that mass dulls everything, and is always lurking, ready to bite.

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From the original eBay listing: 1998 Honda RS125 for Sale

THIS IS A COMPLETE HONDA RS125

The original NF4 series motor did not survive the prior owner and the bike has been equipped with a modified CR85 Engine, former AMA motorcycle racer owned with modified internals. NF4 series motors can be easily sourced online for the true purist.

This treasure was found via word of mouth within the continental USA–I’m not sure when the bike was brought into the USA but bike has been sitting in the back of the shop for several years–recently pulled out for overhaul and prep.

The bike runs and drives, comes as pictured:

New chain, air filter, extra rear sprockets, full fairing set, etc.

Bike bump starts very very easily!

1998 Honda RS125 Rearset

Starting bid is $2,600 with no takers as yet. As the seller mentions, this RS125 is currently powered by an CR85 engine, one of their entry-level two-stroke dirt bikes. I’m not sure how that compares in terms of performance to the original engine, but it should be pretty easy to find parts to tune it and keep it running… This bike has been well-used, although the hard parts are all there to turn this into whatever you want: run it as-is, knowing it should be a snap to find parts. If you prefer, you could track down and fit an original engine, or slot in something bigger and more modern, like maybe one from an Aprilia SXV…

-tad

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Tiny Trackday Terror: 1998 Honda RS125 for Sale