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Aprilia SX125 (2008-2011)



Detail Value
New price £3,349
Engine size 125 cc
Power 22 bhp
Top speed 82 mph
Insurance group 7 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 3
Engine rating is 2 rating is 3
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 2
Value rating is 2 rating is 3.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Apart from the tinny two-stroke noise coming out the back of the SX125 and RX125 the new learner strokers could pass for a bigger supermoto. But get on board and you’ll find that the power and handling simply doesn’t match up to the looks.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

In days gone by performance two-strokes were about hard-hitting top end power, but emissions law has put paid to that. The once class-leading Aprilia engine has had it’s goolies removed to satisfy Euro3, and the weak bottom end builds in to an unexceptional top-end. Only low-rev fuelling is better than before.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Those wide alloy bars give great steering, but even here at the top end of the 125 supermoto class the suspension doesn’t match up to the racy looks. Huge travel and soft springs mean the bike pitches back and forth and loads up in corners. Sticky tyres keeps them right side up, but you expect more from Aprilia. Good over rough surfaces though.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The area where the SX125 and RX125 scores over rivals is in kit – Brembo brakes, a digital dash and beautiful alloy spoked rims look lovely. But Aprilia still hasn’t equipped the motor with RS125’s electric start – so it’s left-side kickstart only. Compare and buy parts for the Aprila SX125 in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2

The build quality is superb – shiny fasteners, beautiful alloy components and tough looking plastics are up the spec of the rest of the Aprilia range. The 20 year-old engine should be reliable between piston ring changes given the necessary care – but since when do teens lavish care on a bike?

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

£3099 is a lot of money for a 125, especially given that the eco-changes have taken away some of the performance edge. It’s nicely built, but we’re not sure it’s worth the cash for a bike you might only keep for six months. Find an Aprilia SX125 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 7 of 17

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Model History

New model for 2008.

Other Versions

Aprilia RX125: same frame, engine, suspension and bodywork as the SX125, but the enduro-style RX version features larger wheels (21" front & 18" rear), different gearing and knobbly tyres. It's also £200 more expensive.

Specifications

Top speed 82 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 22 bhp
Max torque 11.8 ft-lb
Weight 115 kg
Seat height 870 mm
Fuel capacity 10 litres
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 76 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 7 of 17
Engine size 125 cc
Engine specification Single-cylinder two-stroke, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment None
Front brakes Sliding two-piston Brembo caliper, 260mm disc
Rear brake Sliding single-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tyre size 110/70-17
Rear tyre size 150/60-17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3(3 reviews)

  • Great bike, when its working

    shaneamondos

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Looks great. sounds okay for a 125. but had all kinds of problems from not starting well to the speedo breaking

    13 August 2012

  • Great second hand bargain!

    BlackFlag94

    Average rating rating is 4

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    £1700 11kW 2009 @5800 miles. Bought it with nothing done to it... Only things i've had to do is rebuild it, de restrict it and changing the brake pads this week. Tyres have done 7600 miles and don't need changing.. Great buy

    31 March 2011

  • Great when it starts!

    Brockfish

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    Bought from new. Fantastic looks / kit / handling, but very poor starting; would sometimes refuse to start. Dealer said it was 'technique' but I never had a problem with my old off-road DT250! Sold as a result.

    23 February 2009

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