It's 2018 and the new NZSBK national championship is on our doorstep! A year ago, Emily rose from the ashes for her annual mechanical rebuild and tidy up. I thought that was the best this bike would ever look but maybe I was wrong, what do you think?
This year Emily has a new set of Marchesini forged alloy Moto3 rims, a buttery last model Aprilia RSA125 fairing, a quick shifter (cue collective sigh of relief), new Talon sprocket and a fresh engine. Despite now looking more factory than ever, I've made sure to retain much of the highly flexible and stock engine. She's fast enough for the competition levels in our class (ex Moto3 maybe) and should mean I continue to focus on my riding over straight line speed.
I've kept the big single number and plain livery on the bike to channel the inner classic 2 stroke WGP125 feel. Despite these fairings looking their best with a tonne of early 2000s stickering, I like the mix of classic plain and modern 125GP. I wasn't quite sure if I was going to like this fairing over the 2004 Honda one and they're quite pricey so I've only got the one. Unfortunately the weather forecast isn't great for the first round of the championship so I'll be running the Honda fairing in the poor weather to spare the Aprilia one.