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APRILIA TUONO 125 (2017-on) Review

Published: 08 November 2017

Updated: 28 August 2019

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

The Aprilia RS125, now to Euro 4 standards, with fuel injection, Bosch ABS and a sprinkling of other upgrades, has been joined by a street fighter, mechanically identical to the RS but inspired by the 1100cc Tuono V4.

Aprilia have tried hard to make the baby Tuono look just like its big brother, and they've succeeded – from the frame-mounted half fairing to the bold graphics, it talks the talk of a much bigger bike. Underneath it all, shared with the RS125, is the DOHC four-valve 125cc motor producing 15bhp at 10,750rpm, making this one of the top-level 125s which can be ridden on an A1 licence.

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).

The aluminium beam frame (the only naked 125 so equipped) underlines the family resemblance to bigger Aprilias. The Bosch anti-lock system is single-channel, working on the front wheel only, while quick-shift is available on the six speed box – the Tuono and RS are the only 125s with this option.

Aprilia likes to stress the 'sport DNA' of its 125s (with the #bearacer sticker on the steering head) and underlined the point by launching the Tuono and RS125s at a circuit instead of on the road – fortunately, with 15bhp in mind, this majored on corners rather than outright speed.

Climb on board the Tuono and the differences from the RS are immediately obvious. It's got wider, higher bars, a slightly lower seat with more space for riding two-up, and the rider footrests with rubber inserts are mounted lower and further forwards. Apart from that, it's all identical to its sports bike cousin.

It certainly looks the part too, though the 125cc motor (actually made in China, though the complete bike is assembled in Italy) gives the game away with a polite put-put idle that won't impress many 18-year-olds. Underway it's a different story.

The higher bars and more upright position give the Tuono less sharp steering than the RS, and the Mitas tyres felt at the edge of their grip a couple of times, but it still handles well. The USD forks and rear shock are non-adjustable (quite an omission on such an overtly sporty 125) but supple enough, if a bit soft.

The Bosch front disc is very powerful, especially for a bike this light, and the lack of rear ABS shouldn't be a problem – what might upset some is that the system intervenes if it detects any signs of a stoppie!

Engine 4 out of 5

This being a high-revving 125, there is very little torque below 5000rpm, but keep it at 7-8000rpm and above and the lightweight Tuono goes well, revving happily around the analogue rev counter to an ignition cut-out at 11,000rpm. On the track's short straight, it zipped up to an indicated 110km/h (68mph) with the rider crouching and a bit more to come.

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.

At £4599, it costs a few hundred quid more than a Yamaha MT-125 or KTM Duke 125, but that association with the full-size Tuono could tip the scales for some.

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £4,599
Used price £2,600 to £3,800
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost £50
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


Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their APRILIA TUONO 125 (2017-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your APRILIA TUONO 125 (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

12 December 2017 by Alexander Griffiths

I would and already have recommended this bike to people I know. The best overall feature is its looks as at first glance you don’t think it’s a 125, I think this is the best 125 on the market, definitely worth the hefty cost.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The upright seating position of the rider and the pillion is very comfortable and is well balanced at high speeds on your A and B roads as well as the motorway it can easily keep up with the flow of traffic, you could last for hours, i’d Say 4 hours at most depending on what the road conditions are like. The front ABS brake is that good you never notice it and both brakes are strong for a 125
5 out of 5
The power from engine is a lot more than you would expect from a 125, you get speedy response from the throttle which is brilliant especially for young riders looking for a kick with a CBT and A1 eligible bike.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
It is a very well built bike for what you pay for it is very high standard.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
It’s not expensive depending on the dealer or garage you go to have the bike serviced
4 out of 5
Out of all the different features the Tuono has to offer, my favourite has to be the quickshifter that doesn’t come as factory Standard but it is definitely worth the the extra £100. It also the only 125 on the market with a quickshifter which makes it that much better than its rivals.
Buying experience

I had bought mine from a dealership in Manchester, of which I part exchanged my aprilia rs 50, i received a great deal from them as they advertised theirs for £4,599 and I only paid half that for the part exchange deal.

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