Learner-le­gal race-rep gets new Euro4 en­gine

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Just like its big­ger brother, the RC125 also gets mi­nor up­dates for 2017 and doesn’t get the kitchen sink thrown at it like the new 125 Duke. Changes are re­stricted to a tweaked Euro4 en­gine, fea­tur­ing the same new side-mount ex­haust and a bel­ly­pan, but there’s no ride-by­wire throt­tle here.

The 124.7cc sin­gle-cylin­der mo­tor is ac­tu­ally a lot smoother than the 390’s and de­spite its mod­est A1-li­cence-en­forced 15bhp, the 135kg ma­chine is still ex­tremely nippy. It’ll do 73mph on the flat, and with your head down un­der the short screen, feet on the pil­lion pegs, down­hill with a howl­ing tail wind it’ll crack 78mph, bounc­ing off its 11,000rpm rev-lim­iter. Ev­ery mile per hour counts on a 125.

En­gine and front brake disc size aside (the 125’s is 20mm smaller di­am­e­ter) it’s iden­ti­cal to the 390. You get the same level of spec, prac­ti­cal­ity and wide sticky tyres, so there’s far more grip than there is power to trou­ble it. The brakes do the job, but aren’t overly sharp.

And there’s no deny­ing the fun fac­tor. The chal­lenge of keep­ing up mo­men­tum makes it an even big­ger hoot than the 390.

‘The chal­lenge of keep­ing up your mo­men­tum makes it a hoot’

With just 15bhp at your dis­posal you won’t want to throt­tle off

ABS comes as stan­dard on the 125

Shock has preload ad­just­ment only

It’s vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal to the 390

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