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Aprilia February 21, 2018 posted by

Fly(er) Weight – 2006 Aprilia RS125

Regularly seen in racing livery and worn around the edges from track use, here is a mint example in factory paint with just 637 miles.  Built to accompany the RSV1000R to the showroom, the RS125 is a lightweight but surprisingly accommodating to an adult rider.

2006 Aprilia RS125 for sale on eBay

The RS125 was heavily revised in 2006 and styled in admiration of its big brother.  The twin-spar alloy frame is lightly polished and coated to stay nice, as is the banana swingarm.  The 28 hp Rotax-based single is very advanced, liquid cooled with a counter-balance shaft and Nikasil coated aluminum cylinder.  Seventeen-inch wheels and upside-down forks aspire to a larger machine.  Brakes are big 4-piston Brembo but singular of course.  Wind-cheating bodywork is occupied by the angular corporate lion.

A SoCal native, this RS hasn't much history, apparently quite stock and without damage.  From the eBay auction:

2006 Aprilia RS125 two stroke bike has a clear California title. Registration is valid till October of 2018. This bike is factory stock except for Arrow full exhaust system that make it sound unique. Bike is in great condition with very low mileage.

A bit of Dr. Jekyll as a starter bike in progressive licensing countries, and Mr. Hyde when a gateway racing motorcycle, the RS125 can take you there.  Pricing by cc was outlandish when new, and a decade later the ask is more than a lot of new singles.  But then this is undeniably sporty, one of the last road going two-strokes ever, built using Aprilia's long knowledge of the lightweight classes.

-donn

 

 

Fly(er) Weight – 2006 Aprilia RS125
Aprilia February 4, 2018 posted by

400 Miler: 2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory

I never really understood "new in the box" type of people. As I kid I did not hang out with the action figure collectors who liked to look at their as-new packaged Star Wars figures. I prefered to use my toys, breaking them occasionally. As I grew up, little changed (except maybe the frequency of breakage). Fast forward many years and I do not regret the immediate satisfaction over using that which I wanted; be it what is now a collectable toy or - much more importantly - a collectable motorcycle. Ownership to me implies ultimate control, and the ultimate luxury of doing what you want; and I've always prefered to ride rather than to ogle, to risk damage rather than participate in stagnation, and to get things dirty rather than spending all of my time cleaning. That's why this advert jumped out at me. Here you have a 2009 Ape RSV 1000R Factory that was new in the box - and this seller decided to open the box and take it for a spin or two. I say Bravo to him!

2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory with only 400 miles!

The Aprilia RSV 1000R is well known as a v-twin torque monster. The 60 degree, liquid cooled cylinders are fueled by computerized fuel injection and a proprietary ram air system. Four valves are operated by DOHC, and engine cases are a combination of aluminum and magnesium to save weight. Expect approximately 145 HP from one of these beasts; more than enough to keep your riding buddies in sight during spirited canyon carving. And it is during canyon carving (or on the race track) that the Factory bits really come into play. The Factory is essentially an upper spec RSV, containing fully adjustable Ohlins forks, rear shock, and steering damper. Specialty forged aluminim wheels (designed through finite analysis to produce the strongest wheel with the least amount of weight) reduce unsprung and rotational weight. The alumimun frame and swingarm are standard RSV bits, although the Factory augments the visuals via anodizing and polishing various pieces. Topped off with carbon fiber bodywork pieces to further reduce mass, the Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory is as well put together as any bike you are likely to find in the class. They were not cheap to start with, but the attention to detail makes the difference.

From the seller:
09 Aprilia rsv 1000 R factory with 400 miles. I purchased the bike new in the box and about 2 years ago i took it out the box and registered it and ever since it's been in my climate controlled garage, The condition is what you would expect from a motorcycle with 400 miles.

I must admit that I would really love to know more about how the seller came across a crated Factory and the circumstances aound the purchase. Did he agonize at all about cracking the seal and devaluing a zero mile example by 35% or more just by uncrating it? My guess is that any anxiety felt was instantly replaced by sheer joy at the booming twin exhaust and the sound of the bike on full song. But at only 400 miles, this particular model is not even broken in. I can only guess that the 400 miles travelled have not been excessively hard on the bike. And the condition seems to agree. The pictures show a clean example of a great motorcycle - as you would hope. No telling if the crate is still available, but given that this one has been ridden at this point, the collector value for a zero mile bike with all the fixin's is gone. So how much for a truly awesome model Aprilia that appears to be in excellent shape? The seller is looking for $9,800 - which is a bit dear for a used motorcycle. Thankfully the seller is open to offers, so there may be some opportunity for this Factory model yet. If you are in the market for a used Ape and looking for the best you can find, this very low mileage, nearly-new example might just fit the bill. Check it out here, and then share your thoughts in the Comments section whether you would have unboxed this monster or left it wrapped up like an action figure. Good Luck!!

MI

400 Miler: 2009 Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory
Aprilia January 1, 2018 posted by

Downsizing – 2009 Aprilia RS125 Spain’s No. 1 Replica

Happy New Year !

Developed as a mid-size for countries with progressive licensing, 125cc race replicas are finding their way to collections here, and they're somewhat easier on the funding stream than the superbikes they are styled like. This fairly up-to-date Aprilia has low mileage and Penn. title.

 

2009 Aprilia RS125 Spain's No. 1 Replica for sale on eBay

 

Aprilia had a long post-war history in bicycles, but ventured into motorcycles in the late 60's and introduced the RS125 in 1992.  Aprilia won 9 titles in the 125cc class, which was succeeded by the 250cc four stroke formula in 2012.  The fourth generation RS125 was made from 2006-12 and is styled like the RSV 1000R.  The two-stroke Rotax single is carburetted and zings 28 hp to you at 10,500 rpm.  The formed and welded alloy frame is robust for the segment and  has a matching alloy boomerang swingarm.  The RS125 is fitted with nicer alloy wheels, inverted forks and radially-mount front disk brake.

 

 

Always imported as racers or track day machines, this RS125 has found its way to legality with some additional wiring, signals, mirrors, and horn.  The videos show it to be in nice shape except for a low side scrape on the right.  Even if the new owner keeps it on the track, tags might be a nice feature when it comes time to sell.  Some variants have underseat exhaust, maybe a knowledgeable reader can comment on which, and whether "Spain's No. 1" refers to Jorge Lorenzo's 2007 Moto GP 250cc championship or is part of some other ad campaign.  From the eBay auction:

I purchased in California in 2013 new from the dealer.  I did one track day at Laguna Seca.  It has 412 kilometers (about 260miles).

The bike is completely stock except the parts needed to make it street legal in the states:  European wiring harness, blinkers, lights, brake lights, horn, license plate mount, light above the plate to illuminate the plate, and a rear view mirror.  It is now plated and registered in PA and can be titled and plated in any state.  Also, because these are made and sold as street bikes in Europe, it has a passenger seat and is built for two-up riding.

It is an exceptionally fun track bike, very light and nimble, fun and quick.  Not to mention the beautiful sound it makes.  Since it's plated you have the option of using it as a fun little street bike too.  Good for a novice or anyone who likes light, small bore bikes that can out brake and out corner any other bike on the track.

 

 

The ask is a skwosh more than the new price 9 years ago, though a fair amount of work has been done legalizing the bike.  If you have a little room in your size large clothes, the accomodations on the RS125 might come as a surprise.  No reason a regular sized adult can't have a ball on the RS125, and if the track's call is heeded, the new owner will learn oceans about precision and body position.  As they say about smaller displacement "momentum" sports cars, you can't gain speed, you can only try not to lose it...

-donn

 

 

Downsizing – 2009 Aprilia RS125 Spain’s No. 1 Replica
Aprilia December 15, 2017 posted by

Special Order – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R

As good as Aprilia's first superbike was, the R-spec variant was worth stretching the budget for.  This RSV Mille R is in an eye-catching color not often seen in 2001, and impeccable condition.

2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R for sale on eBay

Aprilia was showing off their design and manufacturing chops on the RSV Mille, the box tube perimeter frame elements aren't box-like but sculpted triangular, welded to cast frame connectors and steering head.  Similar construction for the banana swingarm which allows the out-sized exhaust to climb out from underneath.  Carbon mudguards, fairing vents, and hand deflectors are the real deal.  Big changes for the -R are full Öhlins suspension including steering damper, and forged Marchesini seventeens.

Apparently in private ownership after a stint in Meguiar's Car Care collection, this RSV has just under 3,100 miles and is awfully nice for its age.  The owner says this in the eBay auction:

one of a kind Aprilia RSV 1000R, custom ordered from the factory by the Meguiar's car polish family's private auto collection in 2001.  Although it has been in their collection since new it has been ridden and maintained so it has some mileage on it.  At only 3000 miles and not a scratch.

All the paint color is bright and vibrant, all of the fluids and manufacturer recommended scheduled maintenance is followed by the book.  This bike is as new as you can get in the way it looks and runs just like the day it rolled off the manufacturer's floor.  This bike has all oem parts just the way it was ordered from Aprilia factory with upgraded Öhlins front and rear suspension and all carbon fiber fairings and fuel tank. 

The bike has brand new factory brand tires with aftermarket rim tape for cosmetic appeal.  I was honored that they sold me this bike and have had a real blast owning it and showing it off.  I own a number of exotic bikes and am an avid sport bike enthusiast.  Letting go of a couple of my bikes to make room for a brand new bike.

The RSV reviewed as a little overweight, but the torquey, trouble-free drivetrain makes up for a lot.  This monoposto is more of a special order than a custom, a low-mileage creampuff with the desirable -R equipment.  Bidding is quite active and it'll be interesting to see where it goes...

-donn

Special Order – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R
Aprilia November 27, 2017 posted by

Biaggi Replica: 1996 Aprilia RS250

Things were coming up Max Biaggi in 1996, as the Roman was in the middle of a string of three 250cc Grand Prix world titles and his storied rivalry with Valentino Rossi was still nearly half a decade in the future. The Italian claimed his trophies aboard Aprilia's fantastic RS250GP, so the factory threw some special paint at a handful of the road-going bikes to celebrate.

1996 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

The bike's Philip Morris paint scheme wouldn't pass muster with today's post-tobacco lawsuit advertising rules, making this 1996 Aprilia RS250 a slightly more interesting piece of racing lore. It's pretty clean and sorted, with just a little decal deterioration on the tank by the right clipon. It has covered fewer than 5,000 kilometers and has undergone a recent basic tuneup.

From the eBay listing:

Up for grabs is this beautiful, all original and mint condition 1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Max Biaggi scheme. This bike is currently titled, insured and registered in New Jersey. I acquired this awesome machine not too long ago from another collector that had too many toys but not enough time to enjoy them. i did went over the bike and performed maintenance such as new plugs, coolant flush, brake system bleed, gear oil flush and carb cleaning. all fluids were replaced with motul products. here is your chance to own a very clean and hard to come by chesterfield rs250. please message me if you have any questions and i will do my best to answer them. Thanks for looking.

The bike is listed at $9,500, which is almost $2,000 over the very sorted RS we featured back in September. The cool paint job is a nice touch, so it will be interesting to see what this bike ultimately moves for.

Biaggi Replica: 1996 Aprilia RS250
Aprilia November 3, 2017 posted by

Working Girl – 2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory Race Bike

Aprilia's RSV1000R was built from 2004-10 though its roots go further back to 1998 and the RSV Mille superbike.  The 998cc magnesium-cased twin has gear-driven cams and has proved a reliable mill, this vintage producing 139 hp and 79 ft.-lbs. torque.  The race-only bike presented here was campaigned in '09 by Chaz Davies in the AMA Daytona Sportbike series, and has some neat "factory" and race-developed details.

2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory Race Bike for sale on eBay

Dollar intensive upgrades like Öhlins dampers for front, rear, and steering, and O-Z forged aluminum wheels set the Factory version apart, along with several carbon fiber details.  An Akrapovic exhaust was an option, but this RSV has a Leo Vince system.  Aprilia literature shows the Factory having gold anodized frame and wheels, but clear anodized frame and white wheels are on this bike.  Brakes are a strong point with Brembo's radially mounted calipers and braided lines.

Never anything but an AMA Pro racebike, this RSV1000R seems like it was spared any high sides, and shows a lot of carbon fiber, safety wire, and billet parts.  At least for this bike, Aprilia's choice of "Factory" as a sub-model has clouded the factory race bike issue.  Very clean overall, though a pro race bike is out there every week and some wear and tear is expected.  The list from the eBay auction:

- Bike weighs a tick over 370 lbs wet
- 2 oem spare tanks
- 1 kevlar race tank
- Spare rear wheel from Goeberts bike
- tons of new sprockets
- 2 sets of spare rear sets
- Moto R rearsets on bike now
- clip ons
- race fairing stay
- carbon ram air tubing (wsbk spec)
- air box mod
- Dynos 142whp/ 79 ftlbs on sunoco gtx
- Leo Vince full titanium exhaust
- New Yoyodyne slipper clutch, new fibers as well
- MT adjustable triples
- Ohlins R&T forks, 25mm superbike inserts
- Ohlins custom TTX shock
- Ohlins steering damper
- quick change rear wheel, captive spacers and ceramic bearings front & rear
- Brembo calipers and rotors
- Brembo 19x20 master with remote adjuster
- Brembo 18x16 clutch master
- Custom KWS radiator
- lightweight battery
- Kit lightweight harness
- start/ kill controls on left bar
- PC3 w/ gp quickshifter
- numerous, numerous other parts and details

In the mid-2000's Chaz Davies was a regular on the AMA circuit, rode for the factory-supported Aprilia team in 2009, which led to a factory Triumph World SuperSport ride and the championship for Yamaha in 2011.  Since 2014 he has ridden a Ducati for the Aruba.it team in WSBK, and has been a regular on the podium.  The 2008 edition is toward the end of the run for the RSV, as development of the V-4 was underway, and has all the best of the big Italian superbike.  A club-racing program is just a pleasant daydream for most of us, but this late Aprilia would be a nice choice for an expert rider...

-donn

Working Girl – 2008 Aprilia RSV1000R Factory Race Bike