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Aprilia June 25, 2016 posted by

Matte Max – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille

Aprilia brought the RSV Mille to the superbike segment in 1998, and while sales numbers weren't high, it was their flagship, the dream bike of 50/125/250cc Aprilia riders the world over.  They pursued WSBK with the SP variant, and updated the fairing and narrowed the tank for 2001.  With 128 ponies on tap, and nice appointments like Öhlins dampers and factory slipper-clutch, it's quite nice in stock form.  Blackout oughties graphics and Mickey ( thanks Tad ! ) are just a bonus.

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2001 Aprilia RSV Mille for sale on eBay

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Based on the Rotax 60-degree V-twin with revised fuel injection mapping for 2001, the Mille accompanies its horsepower claim with 76 ft.-lbs. torque.  Mostly hidden like the engine, the perimeter frame is also seriously beefy, fabricated of stampings and castings with similarly gorgeous swingarm.  Chassis is completed by 43mm Öhlins forks and their monoshock.  Brakes are Brembo Gold, dual 320mm fronts with 4-piston calipers, and 220mm rear.

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Pretty good pictures but not much commentary in the eBay auction:

This bike is in very good condition.  It has one chip on the paint that is shown in the pictures.  Serviced with all new injectors.  Very Low Mileage.

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After all this RSV has barely break-in miles.  The factory 2-into-1 exhaust has been updated to a 2-1-2 system, with the no-great loss of the passenger pegs.  The ding on the seat fairing would be an easy fix for any paint shop.  Probably have to be thinking new rubber if you were really going to ride it somewhere, but the powertrain maintenance has been done.

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Aprilia's brochure for the 2001 has a long list of upgrades - the bodywork had many improvements, the vacuum-actuated slipper clutch operation was made progressive, along with minor changes to the intake internals and frame geometry.  In many cases improvements made to the R-model were brought over to the base RSV.  The black/white/red graphics are sporty but the flat finish tones it down a bit.  A good year for the RSV Mille, an almost unused example, and there's a lot of interest in the auction with 3-1/2 days to go...

-donn

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Matte Max – 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille
Aprilia June 1, 2016 posted by

The Usual Fantastic – Aprilia RS250 2003 Final Edition in Japan

Early 2000's the two-stroke open range was contracting, MotoGP rulemakers made the 500cc two-strokes obsolete, and the EU's transition from Euro2 to Euro3 basically cut allowed emissions in half.  Aprilia's successful line of small bikes, which had brought them 1990's championships in Moto1 and Moto2, were breaking camp.  The company produced a Final Edition of the RS250 in 2003 with special graphics and the bike's usual ( fantastic ) performance.

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Aprilia RS250 2003 Final Edition ( Japan ) for sale on eBay

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The RS250 is based on a carburetted Suzuki single of 249cc, and with Aprilia's own ECU, cylinders, and exhaust makes 55 hp.  The torque graph is a little peaky though, with most power available above 8,000 rpm.  Aprilia's twin spar frame is a work of art, the thin-walled stampings welded to magnesium alloy steering head and connector castings, supporting a similarly fabricated ( and beautiful ) banana swingarm.  Forks are 40mm Showa upside-down, dual-adjustable, and the Sachs monoshock is triple-adjustable.   Brakes are over-spec, twin 298mm discs in front with four-piston calipers, and 220mm rear.  Bodywork and appointments are sporty to the point of uncompromising, and if you're not busy trying to go fast, you'll find time to be uncomfortable.  The RS250 saves weight using only a kick-starter, but does give you a full-featured instrument panel.

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Coming out of what appears to be a Japanese dealer, this RS250 appears to be in nice shape, with only a few rubs on the rainbow stripes.  Coming up on 5,000 miles which is about half-life for the top end and probably ready for a power valve cleaning.  While the pictures aren't hi-res, they don't show evidence of damage or modification.  Interesting that the owner offers free shipping ( to a port ).  From the eBay listing:

Very rare 2 stroke motorcycles from Japan to the world!!
And Shipping cost is FREE!! (from our office to port near your place)

Aprilia RS250 Later model
VIN; ZD4LDA0003S104576
Year: 2003
Mileage: 8,020 km
Condition : Mint condition. It has tiny scratches on the body work.
Engine condition is very very well.

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Though 250cc two-strokes would remain legal in Moto2 until 2009 and brought Aprilia championships in 2006  and 2007, the bell had tolled for the road bike.  The ask seems high but these were very expensive when new, exquisitely built and lightning quick.  Though road registration would likely be a trial, this would make an outstanding track day machine...

-donn

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The Usual Fantastic – Aprilia RS250 2003 Final Edition in Japan
Aprilia May 27, 2016 posted by

Super Lite – 2006 Aprilia RS125 in Norway

Restyled to be a dead ringer for Aprilia's liter sportbike, the RS125 is designed and equipped like a larger track weapon.  From the lands of progressive licensing, it brought box-section frame and swingarm, upside-down forks, and four-piston calipers to aspiring riders.

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2006 Aprilia RS125 ( Norway ) for sale on eBay

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Aprilia's two-stroke single is a known quantity, winning Moto 3's since 1992, this time with Dell'orto carburetor and electronic ignition.  The resulting 28 hp is mostly available north of 7,000 rpm, though a computer-controlled exhaust valve aims to maximize lower rpm output.  40mm inverted forks and rising-rate rear monoshock are fully adjustable. Radially mounted front caliper is over a big 320mm rotor, but just one, with 220mm rear.  Expansion chamber exhaust is a must, and this bike has been treated to the Arrow titanium.  Wheels are y-web light alloy if not forged.

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Hard to complain about our locally short riding season when you read about a bike from Oslo, Norway, and with a little over 10,000 miles, this owner has spent some time riding and caring for this bike, as he relates in the eBay auction:

New restored and everything is working properly 100%. Trim setup is mounted is arrow power plant plus rave 2 valve, additionally dyset the carburetor so it gets more gas under higher engine speed of approximately 6000 rpm and upwards. Things that have been made and purchased new. polished frame, new flashing light that is led light in Carbon brake pads front and rear, rear gear, new chain and in addition, it has been the main service and changing engine oil, coolant, brake fluid and spark plugs. It has been laid right in the room temperature, and appears to be rare and exemplary.

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Out of production since 2012, when Moto GP changed their formula to a 250cc four stroke, the Aprilia was half-again as costly as its competitors, and this bike's ask is just about MSRP.  But if you had a track endeavor, this would be a dynamite starter or pit bike.  Plain vanilla compared to the many factory replicas, this RS125 appears undamaged, lightly updated and maintained.  Leaving it to you to coordinate with your summer fjord cruise line to carry this baby from Oslo back to Southampton, where it'll be as easy ship home...

-donn

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Super Lite – 2006 Aprilia RS125 in Norway
Aprilia May 23, 2016 posted by

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale

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Although for many, the second-generation Aprilia RS250 captures the essence of lightweight, two-stroke performance, I prefer the earlier versions, like this Chesterfield replica: the later bikes are just a little bit bulbous in the tail, and that techno-futuristic dash just look a little bit too “1980s Dodge Daytona” for me. Not that I’d pass up the opportunity to own one of course! But for me, the earlier bikes are just a bit more graceful, and while the dash looks a bit odd, that’s just because you’re supposed to yank that speedo and the associated idiot lights off for trackday shenanigans!

1995 Aprilia RS250 Dash

The 249cc, liquid-cooled two-stroke and six-speed gearbox combo was basically a heavily-modified Suzuki RGV unit, with the same Brembo Goldline brakes used to stop bikes weighing over 100lbs more, but the rest of the package was all Aprilia. The bodywork is very sleek and distinct from the Japanese competition, with a gorgeous aluminum frame and that classic “banana” swingarm designed to allow the expansion chambers to tuck in close to the bike for maximum lean angle.

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Aprilia claimed 60hp and, with just 300lbs to push around, the bike is a rocket. Straight line and top speed will suffer, even compared to a 600cc supersport machine, but the Aprilia’s light weight pays dividends in corners, so what you lose on the straights you’ll gain back in the corners and under braking.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Max Biaggi two-stroke race replica in Chesterfield Livery
California plated, insured and registered: clean title in hand.

I'm the fourth owner of this original Max Biaggi Chesterfield (not a sticker kit replica). I bought her from a good friend that needed a car for his growing family. This was THE bike I originally wanted when I first got into motorcycles. 18 years or so and a lot of bikes later, I was lucky enough to get my hands on this wonderful machine.

She has 13,060 on her currently, and runs flawlessly.
Top end rebuilt at 10,000 with Wiseco pistons and Boysen reeds. I just had her serviced and run through by Nichols Sportbikes in Milpitas. They went through the whole machine and have her running tip top! including; coolant and brake fluids flushed, new battery, gear oil change and had the forks re-sealed. The tires were replaced around 12,000 miles or so along with fresh brake pads. Plenty of life on all.

This bike is a beautiful Italian specimen that loves to flaunt her stuff. The decals are not in perfect shape, but are in great condition for the age. The bike decals came original on top of the clear coat, so after 21 years they have some sun fade, minor wrinkling and an occasional worn edge. The bike has never been put down, and the original fairings are in perfect shape. She is a street machine and I take it out regularly for the Italian tune-ups to keep her purring like the hot cougar she is.

She is original with the following exceptions;
Arrow full exhaust. You're welcome, future owner!
Toby steering damper. Again... you're welcome.
Aftermarket turn signals. They were on the bike when I got it, never changed them but I have 2 of 4 of the original signals which can still be found on AF1.

I have the owners manual, service record receipts, workshop manual and other parts: gaskets, screws, brackets, passenger pegs and passenger seat. I also have an OEM tank decal replacement kit if you're not a fan of the awesome, road pounding patina of the current tank decals.

Buyer is responsible for local pick up. Bike located in Bay Area, California.

As you can see from the images, the bike is in good condition overall, and the aftermarket signals and slightly faded stickers can be easily fixed with parts the seller is including with the sale. The headlight lens looks slightly cloudy in the pics, or maybe it’s just dirty, and the recent mechanical overhaul means miles of smiles for the next owner! This bike looks like the perfect machine for someone concerned more with riding than displaying, although the price will likely be out of reach for many enthusiasts…

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Bidding is up to $7,100 with the Reserve Not Met and several days left on the auction. That’s likely due to the fact that this bike has a clear California title, a bit of a Holy Grail for two-stroke enthusiasts. I’m not generally a huge fan of race-replica graphics, but this is my favorite version of the little thrilla from Aprilia, and that CA title means you can thrash the little quarter-liter machine on some of the amazing canyon roads we have here.

-tad

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Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale
Aprilia May 1, 2016 posted by

Exotic Vanilla – 2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R

Like most sportbike manufacturers, Aprilia's line includes uprated editions and commemoratives of each machine, to the point where a base model is rarely seen or tested.  The second-generation 998cc Aprilia offered here is a stocker with an Akropovich exhaust and aftermarket levers.  But the low production ensures rarity, and with low miles and no damage history, it's special in its own right.

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2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R for sale on eBay

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Aprilia introduced their big Mille R in 1998, and after many design changes for 2004 re-named it the 1000R.  A 60-degree V-twin based on a Rotax dry-sump crankcase provides a torquey 143 hp.  The clutch is a hydraulic wet variety, and includes Aprilia's slipper Pneumatic Power Clutch.  Aluminum pressings and castings are welded into a lightweight and rigid frame, and the same techniques are used for the banana swingarm.  Öhlins is represented up front with their 43mm fork and steering damper, and Sachs handles the adjustable monoshock.  Brakes are a focus item with radially-mounted Brembo 4-piston calipers on 320mm front rotors, and single 220mm rear disk.  The Mille's Mickey is gone from the headlight bucket, replaced by dual headlights and Aprilia's Air Runner, which delivers cold air to the engine and integrates support for the fairing.  Turn signals are nicely streamlined, fronts in the mirrors and rears smoothed into the tail in a way we don't see often.

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Offered by a veteran rider, this 1000R has just under 5,000 miles and looks great in the red lion graphic.  Likely still riding the factory rubber, tires will want replacement due to age, but that should be all.  The owner states in the eBay auction:

I am selling my 2007 Aprilia RSV 1000 the bike is like new with 4900 miles. I am 65 and my wrists can not do it any more last year put 313 miles on it. The Bike has never been down and has Akrapovic exhaust on it. Low reserve no scratches or chips.

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Aprilia is the last surviving superbike manufacturer in the Piaggio dynasty and has the resources to keep the developments coming.  Significant enhancements to the chassis and engine were made for this generation, with quality components throughout.  The 1000R has been a very successful endurance racer and tested as a great handling liter, tuned for a wider torque band and a little less top end power.  Carefully ridden by its single owner, this 1000R would be a great choice and individual statement.

-donn

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Exotic Vanilla – 2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R
Aprilia February 8, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RSW 250

Update 7.19.2016: No longer being offered. -dc

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Built from 1991-2007 the Aprilia RS 250 is a rare sight, except on RSBFS - but an RSV or RSW - the factory race machines are exponentially more exotic.  Over its long run the model has been ridden to championships by Moto GP stars such as Max Biaggi, Valentino Rossi, Marco Melandri, and Jorge Lorenzo.  A factory test mule, the 2001 RSW 250 offered here has been treated to a lot of factory upgrades, and would make a great start to a race effort.

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Though power isn't claimed for the 249 cc 90-degree two-stroke twin, it should be around 90 hp  at 12,000 rpm.  Aluminum-framed but with carbon fiber bodywork ( including seat console ), swingarm and wheels, with fuel this bike should weigh less than 300 lbs.  Ohlins and Brembo equipped front and rear.  Expansion chambers are titanium.

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Brought over from an Italian shop that had done a pristine restoration, this RSW 250 has turned only 200 miles since.  A nice collection of spares is included, including a rare set of carbon-carbon brakes.  The owner attempts list everything in the eBay auction:

  • Complete ATR carbon fibre bodywork including tank, self supporting seat unit
  • Carbon fiber swingarm that an A Kit part typically only available to factory teams
  • Carbon fiber wheels that were designed by Aprilia (and ATR) but manufactured by Ferrari (these wheels are effectively irreplaceable so the bike also has a set of magnesium Marchesinis if you actually want to ride it)
  • Brembo monobloc calipers
  • Ohlins front and rear suspension (and steering damper)
  • Full data acquisition with all sensors active (e.g., suspension travel, EGT, etc)
  • Titanium expansion chambers with DLR end cans
  • Motor has various magnesium A Kit parts (water covers, etc)
  • Motor was built about 200 miles ago with fresh pistons less than 20 miles ago and transmission is completely fresh
  • It is set up to run on VP Q16
  • 520 chain and sprocket conversion to avoid snapping chains (which was a frequent issue with the lightweight racing chain) but lightweight factory chain and sprockets includes along with a small selection of 520 sprockets
  • Carbon fiber battery (but like the wheels effectively irreplaceable so aluminum version also included)
  • Battery charger included
  • Spare titanium expansion chambers (not really spare but if you know anything about these bikes you already know that there were a litany of expansion chamber types that could be used to vary the power delivery)
  • Spare pistons and gaskets

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Whether you were an up-and-coming rider or a skilled club racer, finding a bike like this could make a career.  Appearing ready to load in the trailer and head south, this RSW 250 looks prepared for competition and has adequate spares to at least get rolling.  Details and contact information can be found on the eBay auction or at the Racing Bikes For Sale facebook page.

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The owner also has a 2002 RS 250 Cup available with significant spares available, which could also be a less exotic but exciting alternative.  See the eBay auction or Racing Bikes For Sale page.

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Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RSW 250