Published on 29 Jul 2009 by Alison
Aprilia is releasing three products as Max Biaggi replicas, including a scooter, and these RS 50 and RS 125 superbike models. The new livery is the same as that of the Aprilia RSV4 superbike, which has had everyone talking in its debut superbike year.
In honour of Max Biaggi’s win at the Brno Superbike on the weekend, Aprilia says:
Dedicated to budding young riders and flaunting the same colours as the RSV4 Superbike ridden by Max Biaggi’s in his first ever win at Brno on Sunday, July 26th, three new replicas inspired by Aprilia’s racing machines have just hit the market.
Aprilia SR 50, the world’s sportiest 50 cc scooter, and the Aprilia RS 50 and RS 125 motorcycles are now available in the same livery as the extraordinary Aprilia RSV4, which, in its debut season, is taking the world by storm with its advanced technology and incredible performance.
In just two decades Aprilia has become a motorcycle racing legend: 33 world championships and 267 GP wins in the 125 and 250 classes - the youngest and most dynamic Moto GP categories - make Aprilia Italy’s most successful brand in existence. And, with this year’s return to the Superbike World Championship (in which the marque notched up 8 wins, 8 pole positions and 26 podium placings from 1999 to 2002), Aprilia is once again a force to be reckoned with in the large capacity, production-derived racing bike class: in addition to the win at Brno on Sunday, July 26th, Max Biaggi has already secured four podium placings in the first part of the Superbike season alone.
Aprilia has always carried this legacy of success and technical expertise over into its production models, and the influence of this legacy is evident in the philosophy inspiring its products and in their styling, which is often taken directly from the brand’s racing machines.
The SR 50 scooter and the RS 50 and RS 125 motorcycles are now available in the same purposeful livery as Max Biaggi’s RSV4.
More on the Aprilia SR 50 scooter tomorrow, but Aprilia is certainly proud of its efforts in the superbike so far. On releasing the RS 50 and 125 it says:
The Aprilia RS 50 is a genuine sports bike for budding young riders. It is an entry level mode that encapsulates the sporting, victorious spirit of Aprilia and the technology of the 2 stroke bikes dominating Moto GP. Aprilia RS 50 offers a fourteen-year old rider access to class beating technological solutions: aluminium frame and swingarm, lightweight wheels with split spokes, radial front brake calliper, 2-stroke engine and analogue/digital instruments worthy of a much larger engined motorcycle. The newly launched styling variant boasts aggressive, purposeful graphics dedicated to Max Biaggi and his motorcycle, which bears the Aprilia banner in the SBK world championship.
Aprilia RS 125 owes much more than its graphics to the race world - it is a genuine race replica for budding young riders, encapsulating all the technical expertise of the Noale based marque in the one-eighth litre class.
Over the years, RS 125 has earned a reputation as a benchmark for 2-stroke sports motorcycles which continues to receive public and critical acclaim in the most important European markets and is still today the bike of choice for riders competing in Sport Production races. Confirming this remarkable success, in 2009, the Aprilia RS 125 was voted Bike of the Year in its category by the magazine “Motociclismo” and nominated Best 125 of 2009 by the specialised magazine “In Moto” following a referendum held among the readers of 12 specialised publications representing 12 European nations.
Aprilia RS 125 boasts class beating componentry and mechanicals, such as the powerful and reliable single cylinder two stroke engine which, over the years, has earned a reputation of being unbeatable in terms of both performance in the race track and reliability on the road.
The compact, ultralight RS 125 is a concentrated package of sophisticated technology: the frame and swingarm are both derived from Moto GP experience and made from ultra-stiff aluminium. An upside down front fork, the front brake with radial calliper with four, horizontally opposed pistons and the wheels with split spokes are testimony to the bike’s overtly racing character. Other unique features for the RS 125 include an analogue/digital instrument panel complete with multifunctional computer, a forged steering yoke and an oval racing silencer with riveted end caps.