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    Posted: 12 Feb 2017 at 16:26



Aprilia made their name in 125 race replica 2 strokes using the rotax 127 engine



This is mine (with its spares bike).





These bikes are greatly underestimated , the bike can cruise at 85mph , top speed into the naughty side of 100 mph, and comfortable enough to do 300 miles in a day. Aprilia made their name with the race replicas and the racing success in 2 stroke racing. They also had a great off road history.
Key to their sucess was the rotax engine which had electric start, and a exhaust power valve to change power characteristics as you rev the bike to 10,000 plus rpm. The whole unit with starter and carb weighs 34kg or so ! Compare that to a four joke engine and power of 34bhp depending on tune.


Single sided swing arm was the first on a production bike !



The italian market for bikes for young fashionable kids brought all the race developments to the customer, aprilia production grew from 200 a year in 1980 to 20000 a year by 1989.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jond58 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Feb 2017 at 17:05
Super cool!!!! I've been trying, unsuccessfully, to get a gilera gfr125sp for about a year. My old man wouldn't let me have one and made me buy a bloody Honda!!! Love that af1, very tidy
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Keep trying on the gilera   they made some great bikes
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It's finding one!! Bloke in Nottingham is breaking one but to buy all the parts he has for sale it'll be £3.5k!! Went to look at a tz250 that I heard about yesterday. 1987 model, Italian import, no provenance, could have been a gp bike for all we know. Tatty and bits missing. The guy didn't want to sell it though. Think if I'd have slapped 20k on a table he wouldnt even sell it!! Mega cool though and so tiny!!
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nice af1
 
if there was ever a gilera to get its the hub steered one ...weird or what


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Af1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Feb 2017 at 14:24

This italian site (use translate) has great info on all these bikes. Hardly any made it to the uk until the Italians had thrashed them to death !

https://125stradali.com/gilera-125-stradali-gilera/

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Oops linky no workY


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Love it Clap

I had a really tricked out RD125LC when I was 17. Sprayed in the Wrangler colours by Dream Machine. Full race fairing and race seat by MeadSpeed, rearsets, Micron, ledar induction kit, trick boost bottle and ported barrel etc etc. Sadly I only have one dog eared picture of it (pulling a wheelie up my Mum's street LOL ). Then it was onto the LC 250's and a really nice 350 powervalve. Happy days!!

I never really stopped loving those little strokers. I also miss the proper racing 50cc's




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You never forget your first bike....

I have an old af1 from 1992 that had dream machine paintwork.



The kid won it, then crashed it and then it spent 19 years in a garage ! I then bought it , and now it's spent 6 years in a garage !

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Cool paintwork!! Like a kochinski helmet actually!!!
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Well spotted, it is meant to be a Kochi ski replica !



It even has a painted signature on it...
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Loved the replica helmets arai did.
My kind of era really I guess. Looked for those recently too, not to use obviously but put on the shelf !
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