It goes without saying that Filipino motorcycle enthusiasts love their sportbikes. We’ve always had a penchant for fast, sporty machines, which look, sound, and feel incredibly fast. While high-performance big displacement machines like the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and Honda CBR1000RR are beyond the reach of most enthusiasts out there, more affordable, beginner-friendly machines have made owning a sportbike a viable option.
Bikes like the Yamaha YZF-R15 and Suzuki GSX-R150 employ the full sportbike aesthetic, but without the firepower of their liter-class siblings. That being said, these bikes make for fun and practical machines which can be ridden on a daily basis. Another major motorcycle manufacturer, Aprilia, has rolled out its newest beginner friendly sportbike in the global market in the form of the Aprilia RS 125. Let’s take a closer look at this sporty little bike.
At the heart of the new Aprilia RS 125 is a 125cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder engine which pumps out just enough power to make it pass A1 licensing restrictions in Europe. That said, if it were to enter the local market, it would be down a few ponies when compared to its 150cc rivals. It would, however, be significantly more fuel efficient, thanks to its redesigned exhaust system and engine mapping configurations.
The bike’s underpinnings are rather premium, especially considering the fact that it’s just a 125cc sportbike. It gets a 40mm inverted fork, with a stylish asymmetrical swingarm and monoshock combo out back. Putting things to a stop are a meaty 300mm disc with a four piston caliper upfront, as well as a single 218mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS is also standard equipment on the new RS 125. The Aprilia RS 125 carries a €4,670 price tag in the European market. This translates to around P269,198—quite a premium price considering the bike’s specifications. Because of its high price, chances are we won’t be getting this bike in the local market. However, it would definitely be cool if we could have more premium low displacement options in the entry-level sportbike market.