APRILIA TUONO 125 (2017-on) Review

Published: 08 November 2017

Big bike street cred with a great ride

APRILIA TUONO 125  (2017-on)

Big bike street cred with a great ride

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Drawing on Aprilia's impressive racing heritage, the Tuono is an aspirational 125 with good performance, brakes and comfort. A similar spec is available for less money (Yamaha MT-125, KTM Duke) but otherwise its got big-bike cred.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The Tuono is comfortable for a 125, with plenty of room for larger riders, and the upright position is a relaxed alternative to the more committed RS125, though the steering isn't as sharp. The brakes, with single-channel Bosch ABS, are superb – anti-lock on the front wheel only with an anti-stoppie feature (which you may or may not think is a good thing).

Engine 4 out of 5

The DOHC 4-valve single doesn't sound inspiring but goes very well, producing the maximum 15bhp for an A1 bike. It's tractable enough below 5000rpm, but delivers real acceleration from 7-8000rpm up to the 11,000rpm red line. Great fun to ride.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

You'd expect decent quality at this price and the Aprilia is very well finished – perfect welds on the aluminium frame and steel swing arm, with quality paint and plastics. The RS125 has proved more reliable than its two-stroke predecessor.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

As a 125, the Tuono won't cost an arm and a leg to run, but it loses a star due to the high price.

Equipment 4 out of 5

A mixed bag – the Bosch ABS (with radial front caliper), braided hoses and optional quick-shift are all impressive on a 125, plus you get a 14.5-litre tank, some underseat space and a USB charger. But the USD forks and rear shock are non-adjustable and the Mitas tyres aren't the grippiest.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £4,599
Used price £3,800 to £4,600
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £18
Annual service cost -
Max power 15 bhp
Max torque 8.9 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Engine size 124cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled DOHC, 4-valve
Frame type Aluminium beam, two-piece
Fuel capacity 14.5 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight -
Front suspension 40mm USD forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Monoshock, non-adjustable
Front brake -
Rear brake -
Front tyre size 100/80-17
Rear tyre size 130/70-17

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

Other versions


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