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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Simply put the Aprilia Tuono 125 is an Aprilia RS125 with nose fairing and flat bars. Which is why it’ll suit taller 17-year-olds much better than its racier sibling. It loses nothing in handling terms, with excellent brakes and packs stunning looks into what’s already a very tempting package. And once de-restricted it’s a flyer.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

As stock the Aprilia Tuono 125 is perfectly acceptable; the 14bhp, two-stroke, reed-valve motor pulls along with reasonable torque until you hit 7500rpm where the restrictor emasculates what’s left of the go. Once de-restricted (it involves cutting into the CDI box and it’s illegal on the road if you don’t have the right licence) power doubles to 28bhp, torque jumps to 17ft lb and top speed nudges the ton. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Aprilia’s chassis wizards have waved their wands over the tiny Tuono 125, but instead of pulling a rabbit from their hats they’ve produced a greased weasel that stops, goes and turns like a greased weasel. Thanks to the wide bars you can really chuck it about and with the big bike rims sticky tyres are easy to come by.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

Spares are a perennial problem with Aprilias. Things like brake levers can take weeks to arrive, which is a pain. The Aprilia Tuono 125 is well-specced as stock, though, with comprehensive clocks, Brembo brakes and nylon crash bungs. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Tuono 125 in the MCN Shop.

Aprilia Tuono 125 (2003-2005)

Detail Value
Engine size 125 cc
Power 14 bhp
Top speed 81 mph
Insurance group 7 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3
Value rating is 2 rating is 2

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

You’ll get the best from the Aprilia Tuono 125's engine if you use high quality fully-synthetic two-stroke oil, which can be expensive. This added running cost often means owners don’t bother and stick in any old rubbish, which may also point to other cut corners like missed service and piston schedules. Reliability is generally good, especially on unrestricted bikes.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 2

Prices for the Aprilia Tuono 125 are a little lower than for comparable RS125s – around £100 lower bought through a dealer. However, it’s a lot of cash to drop on a motorcycle that, likely as not, you’ll only have for a year or two before getting something bigger. Find an Aprilia Tuono 125 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 7 of 17

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Model History

2003: Aprilia Tuono 125 introduced.

Other Versions

Aprilia Tuono 50: 50cc version of the Tuono, with 101kg and 1.5bhp in restricted form.

Specifications

Top speed 81 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 16.1 secs
Max power 14 bhp
Max torque 12 ft-lb
Weight 122 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 7 of 17
Engine size 125 cc
Engine specification Two-stroke single, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(1 review)

  • A cracking little bike

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    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I have owned my Tuono for just over a year now, as I have previously owned only scooters and a yamie ybr 125. I was not ready for the sheer speed that this 125 can manage well over 70 mph is no problem. The handling is excellent thanks to the wide bars and tyres really allow you to throw it around with confidence. Its not the cheapest bike to run or maintain having poorer fuel economy that my car! However this is a small price to pay for the thrill it provides. Just looking forward to being able to derestrict it and see what it can realy do.

    10 March 2010

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