The two-stroke Aprilia RS125 was without doubt the top motorcycle for most right-thinking teenagers when it first rolled out of the factory in 1995. Aprilia has just launched a new 15bhp four-stroke - the RS4 125 - but the rev-hungry RS125 is still on sale and will be until at least 2012.
But for those wanting a bit more excitement from their first bike the RS125 is still the top pick.
It oozes big motorcycle style and handles like a dream. It’s expensive to buy and run thanks to pricey two-stroke motorcycle oil, but, if you can afford it, the Aprilia RS125 is worth every penny.
The Aprilia RS125 is probably one of the best handling bikes on the planet. Its able chassis can easily cope with double the power.
The Aprilia RS125's brakes are astonishing, particularly so on the 2006-onwards motorcycles, which boast a sexy radial caliper up front, and the forks are beefy 40mm items for greater control.
The Aprilia RS125's build quality is better than average motorcycles, but the Rotax-built motors can be somewhat fragile. Use top-quality oil, service the Aprilia RS125 regualrly and you’ll be, broadly-speaking, OK.
It’s best to avoid any motorcycle that doesn’t have a service history, but even so, seizures can and will happen, but they’re usually a cheap fix.
Our pick of the RS125's on offer at mcnbikesforsale.com is a 2010 model with only 1,450 miles on the clock. The Max Biaggi rep comes with a factory fitted alarm/immobiliser and is a full power model with 33bhp. View the advert here.