Italian bike maker, Aprilia, is best known for its big bikes, and in some parts of the world, its scooters. Those looking for something in between, like a small displacement sporty street bike, have been forced to look to other brands. That could soon change with Aprilia’s new Tuono 125.
Like the bigger Tuono it takes its name after, the Tuono 125 is a semi-naked sport bike. It’s powered by a liquid-cooled single-cylinder 124.2cc DOHC engine that produces 14.5 bhp and 11 Nm of peak torque. Some sites report that its transmission can even be upgraded with a quickshifter.
The engine is housed within an aluminum perimeter frame, just like its bigger brother. Absorbing the bumps is a set of upside down forks, a pre-load adjustable monoshock, and disc brakes in the front and back with ABS. It tips the scales at just 136 kg wet weight. And has a seat height of 810 mm.
The bike has its own page on Aprilia India’s website, indicating it could be offered for sale soon. Unfortunately, new motorcycle models sold in India have to comply with their local BS6 emission standards that are on par with Euro-5 emissions standards. That may indicate why there has been no official announcements yet, nor even a price for the model.
In India, certain tax laws allow motorcycles with 125cc engines to be priced competitively. As such, in their market, this Tuono 125 is being positioned against the KTM Duke 125, a model not available anywhere else but in India and a few select countries.
Nonetheless, the Tuono 125 is not just intended for India, but Europe as well. If not this year, it may be made available in other countries by early 2021. Do you think Aprilia should offer this model in the Philippines? Should they put in the larger 160cc engine from the SXR?