New Aprilia RS125 and Tuono 125 unveiled
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Both models get a new single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with a new head, redesigned combustion chamber, new intake and exhaust ducts and a new iridium spark plug. The cams, air intake and filter are all new, as is the repositioned throttle body. The exhaust has also been entirely redesigned with a new and more efficient catalyst.
The result of all these changes, and the new ECU Aprilia say, is a ‘more robust’ torque curve and an engine that hits maximum power (15bhp) at lower revs.
Away from performance, both bikes have had a styling update to match the rest of their model family – the 660 and V4 versions have already been unveiled. The Tuono 125 gets the taller screen and more pronounced half-fairing style of the standard Tuono V4 and is now available in red, white or grey.
Meanwhile, the RS125 could now easily be mistaken for its 660cc big brother and comes in red or a gorgeous new white, purple and red livery. There’s also a GP-replica version that mimics the current RS-GP MotoGP bike and gets a quickshifter as standard (usually an optional extra) and a cover for the pillion seat.
The 2021 RS125 costs £4600 (the GP-replica is an extra 100 quid) and the Tuono 125 costs £4500. Keep an eye on MCN for full reviews as we get hold of the bikes in the UK.