The market used to be packed with learner-legal enduro or supermoto 125s (Suzuki DR125SM, Yamaha XT125R and Yamaha XT125X), but nowadays none of the ‘recognised’ brands build one and instead have focused their attention on race reps and naked bikes. A move that has left the door open for Aprilia…
New this year, the supermoto Aprilia SX 125 and enduro RX 125 share a similar platform. Both bikes use the RS 125’s (or RS4 as it used to be called) fuel-injected, four-stroke, single cylinder engine that is housed in a steel double cradle frame. Boasting inverted forks, ABS, and smatterings of real-fake carbon fibre, not to mention typically-Aprilia aggressive styling, they look far more premium products than their impressively budget £3399 price tags suggest. Are Aprilia onto a winner by spotting this hole in the 125cc market?
The SX 125 has a ‘big bike’ feel about it and while the seat height is quoted at 880mm, it’s such a narrow machine with soft suspension that in reality it’s far lower. The riding position is relaxed with tall bars, which is good, but the seat is pretty firm. While the engine’s weedy exhaust note is a disappointment, it’s as fast as any four-stroke 125 with solid road holding meaning you can happily top 60mph, which is all you need. My only real criticism was the cheap dash, which lacks a fuel gauge and looks like it came out of a cracker.
You always expect an Aprilia model to cost a premium, but at £3399 the SX is impressive value for money and backed up by some tempting finance deals, which you don’t always get with far eastern brands. The aggressive look and relaxed riding position that a supermoto style of bike delivers is good and the fact the SX comes with ABS is a bonus.
Ok, it’s made in China and not Italy, but it’s the name on the tank that counts and the Aprilia brand still carries some weight behind it.
The SX looks fantastic in the flesh and fits all shapes and sizes of rider, even those who have been through a recent growth spurt/McDonalds binge. The little single engine is reliable and sips fuel with 80mpg easily achievable, making the SX cheap to run on a shoestring. It sounds a bit puny, but that’s nothing a loud exhaust can’t rectify.