1977 Aspes 125cc RGC
1977 Aspes 125 RGC Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 429
Engine no. 8937
Originally a bicycle manufacturer, Moto Aspes was founded in 1955 on the outskirts of Gallarate (also home to MV Agusta) just outside Milan. The company built its first motorcycles around 1968 using proprietary Minarelli engines and was soon active in the fast-growing off-road market sector. Aspes concentrated on the production of two-stroke lightweights, its 125cc Sachs-engined sports roadsters and enduro bikes being among the most powerful in their class with a maximum output of around 20bhp. The final Aspes motorcycles were produced in 1984 but the name lives on, attached to a range of electric/hybrid mopeds and scooters.
This 125cc Aspes was purchased by the current vendor in 1993 and has been raced and paraded since then. This particular bike originally belonged to Moto Aspes (UK) Ltd, the Bournemouth-based importers and was tested for Motor Cycle Mechanics magazine by Brian Crichton at that time. In 1997 Steve Bedford rode it to win a national race at Scarborough and in 1998 Mark Turner won another national race with it at Aberdare Park. The Aspes has also raced at Jéhonville in Belgium and has been paraded at the Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and over the three-day Bikers' Classics meeting at Spa-Francorchamps in 2005. In 2001 the owner rode it to 2nd place at the Southport Thundersprint (Lightweight Class) and the machine was last raced at Cadwell Park in 2008 by Steve Bedford in the Post Classic event. Photographic evidence of the foregoing is contained within the accompanying folder and the bike also comes with CRMC Post Classic Machine Registration Certificate (Group 2, Period 3).
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