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   Summary of Contents for APRILIA RS 125 - 1996

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    Reprint: september 1996, january 1997, Official Outlets and Officials Dealers, who can ensure september 1997, march 1998 you reliable and prompt servicing. Thank you for choosing aprilia. We wish you a nice Produced and printed by: ride. Studio Tecno Public Viale del Progresso - 37038 Soave (VR) - Italy Tel.

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    The label is placed under the saddle. United States of America Greece version version Holland version Australia version aprilia CODICE RICAMBI spare parts code number Switzerland version I.M. N˚ GR NL CH DK SGP PL IL ROK...

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    GENERAL CONTENTS SAFE DRIVE, 5 - basic safety rules, 6 - clothing, 12 - accessories, 13 - load, 14. ARRANGEMENT OF THE MAIN ELEMENTS, 16 ARRANGEMENT OF THE INSTRUMENTS, 17 INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS, 18 - instrument and indicator table, 19 MAIN INDEPENDENT CONTROLS, 20 - controls on the left side of the handlebars, 20 - controls on the right side of the handlebars, 21 - ignition switch and steering lock, 22 AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT, 23 - glove compartment, 23 - tool kit, 23 - crash helmet hook, 24 - raising the fuel tank,...

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    safe drive...

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    BASIC SAFETY RULES To drive the vehicle it is necessary to be in possession of all the requirements prescribed by law (driving licence, minimum age, psychophysical ability, insurance, state taxes, vehicle registration, number plate, etc.). Gradually get to know the vehicle by driving it first in areas with low traffic and/or private areas.

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    Most road accidents are caused by the driver's lack of experi- ence. NEVER lend the vehicle to beginners and, in any case, make sure that the driver has all the requirements for driving. Rigorously observe all road signs and national and local road regulations.

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    Avoid obstacles that could damage the vehicle or make you lose control. Avoid riding in the slipstream created by preceding vehicles in order to increase your speed. Always drive with both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the footrests, in the correct driving posture. Absolutely avoid standing up or stretching your limbs while driving.

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    The driver should pay attention and avoid distractions caused by people, things and movements (never smoke, eat, drink, read, etc.) while driving. Use only the vehicle's specific fuels and lubricants indicated in the "Lubricant Chart"; check all oil, fuel and coolant levels reg- ularly.

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    If necessary, have the vehicle inspected by an aprilia Official Dealer, who should carefully check the frame, handlebars, sus- pensions, safety parts and all the devices that you cannot check by yourself.

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    Any modification of the vehicle and/or the removal of original components can compromise vehicle performance levels and ONLY ORIGINALS safety or even make it illegal. We recommend respecting all regulations and national and lo- cal provisions regarding the equipment of the vehicle. In particular, avoid all modifications that increase the vehicle's performance levels or in any case alter its original characteris- tics.

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    CLOTHING Before starting, always wear a correctly fastened crash hel- met. Make sure that it is homologated, in good shape, of the right size and that the visor is clean. Wear protective clothing, preferably in light and/or reflecting colours. In this way you will make yourself more visible to the other drivers, thus notably reducing the risk of being knocked down, and you will be more protected in case of fall.

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    Do not install electrical devices and do not modify those al- ready existing to avoid electrical overloads, because the vehi- cle could suddenly stop or there could be a dangerous current shortage in the horn and in the lights. aprilia recommends the use of genuine accessories (aprilia genuine accessories).

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    LOAD Be careful and moderate when loading your luggage. Keep any luggage loaded as close as possible to the baryc- enter of the vehicle and distribute the load uniformly on both sides, in order to reduce imbalance to the minimum. Furthermore, make sure that the load is firmly secured to the vehicle, especially during long trips.

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    Do not carry animals or children on the glove compartment or on the luggage-rack. Do not exceed the maximum load allowed for each side-bag. When the vehicle is overloaded, its stability and its manoeu- vrability can be compromised.

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    ARRANGEMENT OF THE MAIN ELEMENTS KEY Fig. 1 1) Fuel tank plug 2) Saddle lock 3) Mixer oil tank plug 4) Transmission control lever 5) Side stand 6) Passenger's handle Fig. 1 KEY Fig. 2 1) Pillion 2) Rear brake fluid tank 3) Coolant expansion tank plug 4) Front brake fluid tank 5) Rear brake control lever...

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    ARRANGEMENT OF THE INSTRUMENTS KEY Fig. 3 1) Left rear-view mirror 2) High beam signaller push button ( 3) Clutch lever 4) Cold start lever ( 5) Dimmer switch ( 6) Multifunction computer push button (LAP) 7) Horn push button ( 8) Direction indicator switch ( 9) Start push button ( Fig.

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    INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS KEY Fig. 4 1) Multifunction computer 2) Revolution counter 3) Speedometer 4) Total kilometres odometer 5) Trip odometer 6) Trip odometer control knob 7) Low fuel warning light ( 8) High beam warning light ( 9) Neutral indicator warning light ( Fig.

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    INSTRUMENTS AND INDICATORS TABLE Description Function Multifunction computer It indicates the water temperature, the battery voltage, the hour and minutes and it makes it possible to clock and record the track lap times. Revolution counter It indicates the number of engine revolutions per minute. Speedometer It indicates the driving speed.

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    1) DIMMER SWITCH ( MAIN INDEPENDENT CONTROLS When it is in position “ ” the parking lights, the dashboard light and the low beam are always on. CONTROLS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE When it is in position “ ”, the high beam comes HANDLEBAR (Fig.

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    CONTROLS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HANDLEBAR (Fig. 6) The electrical parts work only when the ignition switch is in position " ". o o o o p p p p • HEADLIGHT SWITCH ( (not provided in the version) •...

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    IGNITION SWITCH (Fig. 7) STEERING LOCK The ignition switch is positioned on the upper plate of Never turn the key to position " " in run- the steering tube (Fig. 7). ning conditions, in order to avoid losing control of the vehicle. The ignition key (1) operates the ignition switch/steering lock and opens the glove To lock the steering, turn the handlebars completely...

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    AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT GLOVE COMPARTMENT (Fig. 8-9) The glove compartment is under the saddle. – To unlock the saddle, introduce the ignition key in the lock (2-Fig. 8) and turn it clockwise, after which you can raise the saddle (1-Fig. 8). To lock the saddle it isn't necessary to use the igni- tion key;...

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    TOOL KIT (Fig. 9) To reach the tool kit (1), just unlock and raise the saddle. In the tool kit the following spanners are provided: no. 1 3 mm hexagon spanner no. 1 5 mm hexagon spanner no. 1 6 mm hexagon spanner no.

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    Now lower the saddle and lock it. To release the crash helmet from the hook, raise the saddle, release the wire from the hook and lower the saddle; before leaving, take care that the wire doesn't get crushed and that the saddle is well locked.

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    If the writing "LLL" is displayed, check If the temperature is lower than 30°C, the writing the sensor and/or the electrical connec- "COLD" appears on the display. tion circuit (possible failure). Reading range: 0 130°C. If necessary contact your aprilia Official Dealer.

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    V BATT (Battery voltage) To increase the value, press the By pressing the "M" "S" push button. push button for the second time, the VBA T TEXT battery voltage, ex- TH2O TIME To set the minutes, press the "M" pressed in volt, is push button.

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    How to use the LAP function. How to recall the time per lap (LAP MEMORY) (Only for races in places that are closed to traf- fic). To recall the time per lap, press the "L" push button. To initialize the computer for the The writing "Ld"...

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    Use only premium grade petrol (4 Stars ), in con- MAIN COMPONENTS formity with the DIN 51600 standard, min. O.N. 98 (N.O.R.M.) and 88 (N.O.M.M.). FUEL Use only unleaded petrol, in conformity with the The fuel used for internal combustion en- DIN 51607 standard, min.

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    MIXER OIL TANK (Fig. 14) Top up the mixer oil tank every 500 km. The vehicle is provided with a separate mixer to blend the petrol with oil for the lubrication of the en- gine (see “LUBRICANT CHART “ - page 84). The mixer oil reserve is indicated by the coming on of the mixer oil reserve warning light LED “...

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    (see "CHECKING THE TRANSMISSION OIL LEVEL able to carry out the usual checking operations, AND TOPPING UP" - page 53, "CHANGING THE contact your aprilia Official Dealer. TRANSMISSION OIL" - page 54 and "LUBRICANT Make sure that the brake disc and the friction sur- CHART"...

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    The brakes are the parts that most ensure your safety and for this reason they must always be perfectly working. The brake fluid must be changed once a year by an aprilia Official Dealer. This vehicle is provided with front hydraulic disc brake.

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    In case of excessive stroke of the brake lever, of ex- cessive elasticity or in case there is air in the circuit, contact your aprilia Official Dealer, since it may be necessary to bleed the system. In any case, the bleeding must be carried out after the first 1000 km.

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    Make sure that the fluid level is included between the always be perfectly working. The brake "MIN" and "MAX" marks. If the fluid level does not fluid must be changed once a year by an aprilia reach the "MIN" mark, provide for topping up. Official Dealer.

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    – tighten the lock nut (1). After the adjustment, make sure that Fig. 17 when the brake is released the wheel turns freely. Minimum lever clearance: 3 - 4 mm. Check the braking efficiency. If necessary, do not hesitate to contact your aprilia Official Dealer.

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    ADJUSTING THE CLUTCH If the engine stops or tends to advance when the gears are engaged, or if the clutch slips causing a delay in the acceleration in comparison with the en- gine speed, adjust the clutch. Minor adjustments can be carried out by means of the adjuster (1-Fig.

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    – reassemble the clutch inspection cover. If it is not possible to obtain a correct ad- justment or if the clutch does not function properly, contact your aprilia Official Dealer. Periodically lubricate the clutch cable with a suitable lubricant, in order to avoid premature wear and corro- sion.

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    COOLANT (Fig. 21) Remember: 1 mile = 1.6 km 1 km = 0.625 miles. Check the coolant level every 1500 km and after long rides; change it every 2 years. The vehicle is sold with a mixture made up of 70% water and 30% antifreeze.

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    To change the fluid, or in case of leaks in their grip and the controllability of the vehicle. the circuit, contact your aprilia Official Change the tyre when it is worn out or in case of Dealer.

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    After repairing a tyre, have the wheels balanced. AUTOMATIC LIGHT SWITCHING VERSION Use only tyres in the size suggested by aprilia (see "TECHNICAL DATA" - page 82). The vehicles provided with the Automatic Switch-on Do not install tyres with air tube on rims for tube- Device can be immediately recognized, since the less tyres and vice versa.

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    CATALYTIC SILENCER To have the catalytic converter function correctly and for long and to reduce possible problems regarding Avoid parking the vehicle catalytic ver- the soiling of the thermal unit and of the exhaust, it is sion near dry brush wood or in places necessary to avoid covering long distances with the easily accessible to children, as the cata- engine running at constantly low rpm.

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    Do not hesitate to consult your aprilia INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE Official Dealer in case there is something you do not understand about the func- Before departure, always carry out a pre- tioning of some controls or in case you suspect liminary checking of the vehicle to make or discover some irregularities.

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    PRELIMINARY CHECKING OPERATIONS Component Check Page Front and rear disc brake Check the functioning, the idle stroke of the control lever, the brake fluid oil level and make sure there are no leaks. Check the wear of the pads. 32 ÷ 37 If necessary, top up the fluid tank.

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    STARTING Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which is extremely noxious if inhaled. Avoid starting the vehicle in closed or badly-ventilated rooms. The non-observance of these warnings could cause loss of consciousness or even lead to death by asphyxia. The stand is provided with an automatic recovery device.

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    W hen the start push button " " is pressed, the mixer oil reserve warning light LED " " comes on. With the engine in running condition, when the start push button " " is released, the mixer oil reserve warning light LED " "...

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    DEPARTURE AND DRIVE For the departure, proceed as follows: – make sure that the engine is warm; Before leaving, carefully read the "SAFE – with released throttle grip and idling engine, pull DRIVE" chapter page 5 ÷ 15. the clutch lever and engage the first gear by press- Adjust the inclination of the rear-view ing the gearshift foot lever downwards (Fig.

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    If the brakes only are continuously oper- RUNNING-IN ated on downhill stretches, the friction Remember: 1 mile = 1.6 km surfaces can become overheated, thus 1 km = 0.625 miles. reducing the braking efficiency. Exploit the engine compression and shift down After the first 1000 km, carry out the using both brakes intermittently.

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    STOPPING AND PARKING To park: – shift the gears to the neutral; To stop the vehicle: – turn the ignition switch to position " " (Fig. 26); – release the throttle grip, stop the vehicle by putting – turn the fuel cock to position "OFF"; on both brakes and shifting down according to the –...

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    SUGGESTIONS TO PREVENT THEFT SURNAME: ..............NAME: ............... NEVER leave the ignition key inserted and always use the steering lock. ADDRESS: ..............Park the vehicle in a safe place, possibly in a garage ................... or a protected place. TELEPHONE NO.: ............ When possible, use an additional anti-theft device.

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    If you need assistance or technical advice consult, stop the engine, extract the key from the when possible, your aprilia Official Dealer, who can ignition block, if possible lift the vehicle by ensure you quick and careful servicing.

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    REGULAR SERVICE INTERVALS CHART After running-in Every 4000 km Every 8000 km Checking operations (1000 km or 4 months) or 8 months or 16 months Battery - fluid level Spark plug Carburettor Wheel centering Steering bearings and steering Wheel bearings Air cleaner Clutch clearance Braking systems...

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    IDENTIFICATION DATA It is a good idea to write down the frame and engine numbers in the space provided in this manual. The frame number can be used for the purchase of spare parts. Do not alter the identification numbers if you do not want to incur severe penal and administrative sanctions.

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    CHECKING THE TRANSMISSION OIL LEVEL AND TOPPING UP (Fig. 29) Remember: 1 mile = 1.6 km 1 km = 0.625 miles. Read pages 31 and 50 carefully. Check the transmission oil level every 4000 km, ex- cepted the cases in which the oil change is recom- mended (see "CHANGING THE TRANSMISSION OIL"...

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    CHANGING THE TRANSMISSION OIL To carry out the changing: – warm up the engine for a few minutes, to facilitate (Fig. 30) the oil outflow during the following draining phase; When warmed up, the engine contains – keep the vehicle in vertical position, with the two hot oil;...

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    (page 56). this means that there are crushed or seized links. To To change the chain, contact your aprilia Offi- eliminate the risk of seizures, lubricate the chain fre- cial Dealer, who will ensure you careful and quently (see page 57).

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    Adjustment If after the checking it is necessary to adjust the chain tension, proceed as follows: – loosen the fastening nut of the rear wheel pin (1- Fig. 32); – loosen the two lock nuts of the right (2-Fig. 32) and left (1-Fig.

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    Crushed or vents. seized links must be lubricated and re- paired. If this is not possible, consult your aprilia Official Dealer, who will provide for changing the chain.

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    In this case consult your aprilia Official Dealer, who will carry out the proper maintenance operation. Read page 50 carefully.

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    To reassemble the wheel: Have the driving torque, centering and balancing – position the wheel between the fork rods; of the wheel checked by your aprilia Official – insert the pin (3-Fig. 35); Dealer, in order to avoid accidents that may be –...

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    In this case consult your aprilia Official Dealer, who will carry out the proper maintenance operation. Read page 50 carefully.

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    To reassemble the wheel, carry out the following op- Have the driving torque, centering and balancing erations: of the wheel checked by your aprilia Official – position the wheel between the rear fork arms; Dealer, in order to avoid accidents that may be –...

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    REMOVING THE FUEL TANK When you perform the following opera- tions, be extremely careful: the petrol may flow out of the tank and catch fire if it gets in contact with the red-hot surfaces of the engine! Read pages 29 and 50 carefully. To remove the fuel tank, proceed as follows: –...

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    AIR CLEANER – apply a filter oil or a thick oil (SAE 80W-90) on the whole surface, then squeeze it to eliminate the oil in excess. It must be well impregnated, though not Do not use petrol or inflammable solvents dripping.

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    1 km = 0.625 miles. To change the fork oil, contact your Read page 50 carefully. aprilia Official Dealer, who will ensure Change the front suspension oil every 12000 km. you prompt and accurate servicing. Furthermore, carry out the following checking opera- tions: –...

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    CHECKING THE STEERING Read page 50 carefully. To check the steering it is necessary to: – raise the front wheel, by means of a support or a special stand; – shake the fork in the driving direction (Fig. 42); – if the slack must be adjusted, loosen the lock nut (1 - Fig.

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    ADJUSTING THE EXHAUST PORT VALVE "ELECTRONIC RAVE" (Fig. 44) (only for the standard version) Read page 50 carefully. The opening and closing of the exhaust port valve "RAVE" are controlled by a solenoid which, when ex- cited, attracts a magnetic core connected with a ca- ble that acts on the valve.

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    To carry out a rapid checking of the wear of the rear pads, proceed as follows: – open the cover; – if the thickness (even of one pad only) has reduced to about 1 mm, replace both pads. Have the pads changed by your aprilia Official Dealer.

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    BLEEDING THE MIXER OIL TANK (Fig. 46-47) Read page 50 carefully. If you run out of oil in the mixer tank, or if the mixer oil pipe is removed, it is neces- sary to bleed the system. This operation is indispensable, since the running of the engine with air in the mixer oil system may cause seri- ous damages to the engine itself.

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    – The minimum speed of the engine (idling) must be about 1300±150 rpm. – By acting on the throttle grip, accelerate and decel- erate a few times to verify the correct functioning and to check if the idling speed is constant. If necessary, contact your aprilia Official Dealer...

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    SPARK PLUG (Fig. 50) Remember: 1 mile = 1.6 km 1 km = 0.625 miles. Read page 50 carefully. Change the spark plug every 6000 km. Remove the spark plug and clean it carefully, remov- ing carbon deposits; change it if necessary. To remove and clean the spark plug: –...

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    If the spark plug has crackings on the insulating ma- terial, corroded electrodes or excessive deposits, it must be changed. – Check the spark plug gap (Fig. 50) with a thickness gauge. The gap must be about 0,5 mm; if neces- sary adjust it, carefully bending the earth electrode.

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    BATTERY (Fig. 51) If the electrolyte is accidentally swallowed, drink a lot of water or milk, then continue with milk of Remember: 1 mile = 1.6 km magnesia or vegetable oil and consult a doctor 1 km = 0.625 miles. without delay.

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    To recharge, disconnect the cables, extract the bat- LONG PERIOD OF INACTIVITY tery from the container and remove the element If the vehicle remains unused for a long period, re- plugs. move the battery and recharge it completely, by us- Use an amperage equal to 1/10th of the battery ca- ing a trickle charge.

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    In this case it is advisable to con- – before replacing the fuse, try to find out what sult an aprilia Official Dealer. caused the trouble, if possible; – then replace the fuse with a new one having the Read page 50 carefully.

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    ADJUSTING THE HEADLIGHT BEAM (Fig. 53-54) The headlight beam can be adjusted by turning the proper screw with a screwdriver (1-Fig. 53). By turning it clockwise the headlight beam sets up- wards, while by turning it anticlockwise the beam sets downwards. Fig.

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    BULBS Before changing a bulb, turn the ignition switch to position " ". Change the bulb wearing clean gloves. Do not leave fingerprints on the bulb, since these may cause its overheating and consequent breakage. If you touch the bulb with bare hands, remove any fingerprint with alcohol, in order to prevent it from blowing frequently.

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    The right bulb corresponds to the high beam, the left bulb to the low beam and the central bulb to the parking light. CHANGING THE DASHBOARD BULBS (Fig. 57) Read pages 76 and 50 carefully. Proceed as follows: – take off the ten screws that fasten the front plastic protection;...

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    CHANGING THE DIRECTION INDICATOR BULBS (Fig. 59) Read pages 76 and 50 carefully. Proceed as follows: – extract the screw (1); – remove the protection glass (2); – press the bulb slightly and rotate it anticlockwise; – remove the bulb from its seat; –...

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    TRANSPORT CLEANING Before transporting the vehicle, it is nec- After the vehicle has been washed, its essary to empty the fuel tank and the car- braking functions could be temporarily burettor completely, making sure that both are impaired because of the presence of wa- completely dry.

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    Do not wash the vehicle under the sun, – Extract the spark plug and pour a teaspoon (5- especially during the summer, when the 10 cmC) of two-stroke engine oil into the cylinder. Press the start push button “ ” for a few seconds, body is still warm, since if the shampoo to distribute the oil evenly on the cylinder surfaces.

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    TECHNICAL DATA DIMENSIONS Max. length.............. 1960 mm Max. width............... 780 mm Max. height incl. front plastic protection ....1090 mm Seat height .............. 810 mm Wheelbase............... 1345 mm Min. ground clearance..........135 mm Steering diameter ............ 4090 mm Weight without fuel and oil........115 kg ENGINE Type.................

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    GEARS Type................. no. 6 gears with foot control on the left Ratios: 1st ............... Z=10/30=1:3.00 2nd ................Z=14/29=1:2.071 3rd................Z=17/27=1:1.588 4th ................Z=19/25=1:1.316 5th ................Z=21/24=1:1.143 6th ................Z=22/23=1:1.045 TRANSMISSION Primary..............Z = 19/63 = 1:3.316 Secondary (chain type)..........Z = 17/40 = 1:2.352 Secondary (chain type) (for version 11 kW)....

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    WHEELS RIMS ............... made of light alloy Front................ 17" Rear................. 17" TYRES Front................ 110 / 70 ZR 17" Inflation pressure ............ 180 kPa (1.8 bar) Rear................. 150 / 60 ZR 17" Inflation pressure ............ 200 kPa (2 bar) Inflation pressure (with passenger)......230 kPa (2.3 bar) IGNITION Type.................

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    LUBRICANT TABLE Transmission oil (recommended): F.C., SAE 75W-90. As an alternative to the recommended oil, it is possible to use high-quality oils with characteristics in compliance with or superior to the A.P.I. GL-4 specifications. Mixer oil (recommended): MAX 2T COMPETITION As an alternative to the recommended oil, it is possible to use high-quality oils with characteristics in compliance with or superior to the ISO-L-ETC++, A.P.I.

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    WIRING DIAGRAM - RS 125...

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    WIRING DIAGRAM KEY - RS 125 1) Generator 31) Front right direction indicator 2) Ignition coil 32) Low beam bulb 3) Starter 33) Front parking light 4) Voltage regulator 34) Front left direction indicator 5) Fuses 35) Electronic RAVE unit 6) Battery 36) Multiple connectors 7) Start relay...

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    WIRING DIAGRAM - RS 125 11 kW version...

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    WIRING DIAGRAM KEY - RS125 11 kW version 1) Generator 31) Front right direction indicator 2) Ignition coil 32) Low beam bulb 3) Starter 33) Front parking light 4) Voltage regulator 34) Front left direction indicator 5) Fuses 36) Multiple connectors 6) Battery 37) Spark plug 7) Start relay...

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    – Do not dispose of oil, fuel, polluting substances and components in the environment. – Do not keep the engine running if it isn't necessary. – Avoid disturbing noises.

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