For the second straight year, the Aprilia RS 125 was awarded the title of Bike of the Year. Among those who voted for the winner of the “125” category were almost 94,000 readers of twelve different European magazines, among them Italy’s In Moto that preferred the RS 125 to the Cagiva Mito and the Yamaha YZF-R 125, awarding it 27.6% of votes.
For the RS 125, it was the umpteenth acknowledgement of an unparalleled career, in which it has cemented its technical and stylistic leadership in the category that Aprilia has dominated for over twenty years. The RS 125 is now directly linked to the extraordinary performances of the Noale production house in the velocity sector. It isn’t by chance that, after the 2006 and 2007 windfall in the 125 and 250 World Championships (winning the Riders’ and Constructors’ titles in both classes), Aprilia already has 125 and 250 victories in 2008 that were earned at the season’s first Grand Prix in Qatar.
The stream of technological data from the track to the road is key to the success of Aprilia’s street replicas with the young public. Beginning with the AF1 and ending at the current RS, the line evolved from the exceptional Futura and Estrema, leaving intact the DNA that links them to the Aprilia 125s of the Grand Prixs and yesterday and today’s protagonists of the 125 World Championship.
There has been a constant technological progression that, beyond stile and mechanics, also involved the liquid-cooled propulsor from its single-cylinder debut, now capable of unattainable performances. In its latest evolution, the Aprilia RS 125 is even cleaner and meets the strict Euro 3 emission limits normative, thanks to meticulous carburetor control and the adoption of an exhaust catalyst.
The award of 2008 Bike of the Year once again confirms the extraordinary appeal the 125 Aprilia street replicas enjoy among their fans.