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Aprilia October 20, 2016 posted by

You Haul – 2006 Aprilia RS 125

Aprilia buried their competition with the 2006 update of the RS125.  With specifications and looking like a much larger supersport, it was the beginner's dream machine.

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2006 Aprilia RS125 for sale on eBay

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With the visual template of their 1000cc machine, the 125cc two-stroke single doesn't disappoint with 28 hp.  A factory power kit was available for the racetrack.  The powertrain is brought into the modern age with water cooling, oil metering, and a 28mm Dell'Orto carburettor.  The chassis has been Aprilia's perennial claim to fame, the 2006 alloy twin-spar weighs just 21.5 lbs., and has matching banana swingarm.  Though a single front brake is all that's required,  it's a 320mm disk with 4-piston radially-mounted caliper, along with a 220mm rear.  The full fairing carries dual halogen headlights and Aprilia's digital-plus-tach dash.

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Boasting California title and just 520 miles, this RS125 looks showroom ( maybe a showroom in Europe or Asia ) in the just enough to make you want more pictures.  I'm not a tail-tidy fan, but this bike calls for it - nice to have the stock parts, though.  The owner has completed the best part of the power kit with an Arrow exhaust and has these comments in the eBay auction:

2006 aprilia rs 125 in excellent condition has upgraded arrow exhaust and bike has been properly jetted runs and brakes like a champ running on motul 710 injector oil Clear california title with current registration.

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With rave reviews, the RS125 did well even priced 1/3 higher than the market at the time.  The buy-it-now is up there as well, though a great value for the rarity and condition.  The accommodations and performance will likely surprise all riders happily, S-M-L if not XL...

-donn

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You Haul – 2006 Aprilia RS 125
Aprilia August 17, 2016 posted by

Technology Showcase – 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille Haga Commemorative

Incorporating design features that had been years in development, Aprilia's 2003 offering to the Superbike segment was available in a commemorative livery of Noriyuki Haga's '02 WSBK season.  On offer is a barely used example from the last year of production before the change to the RSV-R, complete with soft bags and stands.

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2003 Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille Haga Commemorative for sale on eBay

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Aprilia's archetypal 60-degree twin has great great power and torque numbers (128 hp / 76 ft.-lbs.), as well as a balance shaft helping reliability and comfort.  A new transmission was commissioned for 2003, with taller first gear and closer ratios elsewhere.  A great deal of artistry went into the frame, aluminum twin spars welded to cast alloy hubs.  It's a big roomy machine, with lots of protection behind the full endurance fairing.  Fully adjustable 43mm Showa forks are matched to a Sachs monoshock, which has progressive linkage to the aluminum swingarm.  Brakes are radially mounted Brembo Gold Line, 320mm rotors in front with 220mm rear.

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Looking excellent save one scuff on the Akropovic muffler, this Mille has just over 4,000 miles.  From the eBay auction:

Only 4250 miles…practically brand new! Haga replica.

One owner, never dropped or down, meticulously cared for, spotless except for a small blemish on exhaust otherwise looks factory new and always turns heads.

EXTRAS - Front and rear stands, battery tender, $600 Arai Vector Haga Replica helmet size L with mirrored visor, solo seat cover (installed) and passenger seat - (30 seconds to switch out).  Two Teknic saddlebags for carrying more gear.

This bike has a 998 cc V-twin with plenty of power. Sachs adjustable rear shock, Brembo brakes, slipper clutch, and reduced weight.

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'03 updates from Aprilia included a more aerodynamic front fender, trimmed seat fairing, and 2-into-1 exhaust.  Aprilia's Pneumatic Power ( slipper ) Clutch is also welcome standard equipment on the big twin.  Nice to have pit stands included, and while the soft bags would be great for a longer trip, the helmet will have to be checked for a relatively recent build unless it's going on the shelf.

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Reviewed as a remarkably able sportbike, the Mille in Haga livery is a fitting tribute to a great rider, and the RSV's long term developments helped Aprilia eventually add WSBK Championships to their many MotoGP wins.

-donn

Technology Showcase – 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille Haga Commemorative
Aprilia June 28, 2016 posted by

Under the Skin: 2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R for Sale

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Although the American motorcycling community seems divided along impractical bikes at either end of the spectrum, journalists and riding enthusiasts long bemoaned the lack of real performance nakeds like this second-generation Aprilia Tuono: bikes that had the performance of a sportbike with all-day ergonomics. A bike you could ride to the twisties and then in the twisties.

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Triumph and Ducati got it right, mainly owing to a lack of budget I think: take an actual sportbike in your lineup, rip off the fairings, and tack on some risers and a set of handlebars. The Japanese manufacturers all built their own performance nakeds, but inevitably overthought things, crafting new, heavier frames, bodywork, and instruments for what should have been minimalist exercises, and reviews [if not sales] suffered as a result. When Aprilia threw their hat into the ring with the original Tuono they created what may have been the best package of the bunch, if not the best-looking machine.

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The v-twin RSV’s relative lack of straight-line performance compared to Japanese rivals mattered very little in a more road-focused package like the Tuono, and all three generations of the bike received positive reviews from the motorcycle press. And that funky mini fairing, while a bit aesthetically-challenged, at least does provide some functional benefit and certainly is very distinctive. The odd, 60° v-twin developed by Rotax is compact, powerful, and sounds like an Italian v-twin should while being reliable in ways Italian twins often aren't. Prices have remained relatively low for these, possibly owing to the unfortunate looks, or maybe just because they're too new to be classics, and made by a company with less name-check cachet than Ducati.

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This Tuono R is one of the nicest, lowest-mile examples I’ve seen. Probably, because Tuono riders ride the hell out of their motorcycles. They carve canyons, tour on them, and everything in between. Wind protection is pretty minimal, but is better than nothing, and the bike is otherwise the "real-world sportbike" Aprilia advertised. These currently offer up a pretty killer bargain for riders who want v-twin character and performance, without the Ducati headaches. This one is priced way outside the realm of most Tuonos, although we’re still talking about just a couple grand over what you might normally expect to pay.

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From the original eBay listing: 2009 Tuono 1000R for Sale

MINT condition – only 1,735 miles!!! Price posted ($6,745) is for the bike WITHOUT the upgrades (see below). With the upgrades, as seen in the pics., the price is $7,745. Buyer MUST specify which way they want the bike. If you pay the $6,745, you will get an OEM bike without any of the upgrades. If you purchase the bike with the upgrades, you will get that + all of the OEM parts (I have all of them in new condition).

You will not find a nicer, documented very low mileage Aprilia Tuono 1000 R, anywhere! ~ a must see! Everything works GREAT (needs nothing). It looks and drives perfect. 2009 was the final, and best year, of the great Aprilia Tuono V-twin. In 2010, they switched to the V-four, which to many (including myself) lost much of the character the V-twins had in abundance.

Up for sale is my 2009 Tuono R. It is in mint condition and only has 1,735 original (and documented) miles. Always garage kept, appropriately maintained, and babied. The only reason for the sale is that I very rarely get a chance to ride it. I do 99% of my riding two up with my girl on the back of my other bike (2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000) and I work about 50 hours a week. So, very unfortunately, my Tuono lives under the cover with a trickle charger attached. Thus, the ultra-low 1,735 miles.

I can’t overstate just how much fun this bike is to ride. It induces more smiles per mile than any bike I’ve ever ridden. Also, this bike gets lots of attention. Almost every time I’ve ridden it, people will walk over and compliment me on what a nice and unique bike it is (often adding “I’ve never seen one before”). I have had some tasteful high quality aftermarket items installed as listed below. No internals have been touched or altered in any way. If you prefer an OEM Tuono R experience, all of these parts are very easily removed for easy conversion back to the original from the factory, state. I have all of the original OEM parts, in new condition, to convert it back if you wish. I have priced the bike two ways – in its current state with the upgrades – and in its original OEM state without the upgrades. If you prefer it without the upgrades, I would be happy to convert it back for you.

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Okay, it goes without saying, but offering up two alternate prices on an eBay listing seems… problematic at best: the platform is set up as an auction site, so I can see a whole lot of back-and-forth emails in the seller's future. And he's making the usual eBay mistake of believing the aftermarket bits in some way retain their value after they've been installed. Really? You’re going to include the cost of consumables like a chain and sprockets? Frankly, that'd be like including the labor costs of valve adjustments and belt changes in the selling price of your Ducati. Other than the fact that it indicates no expense was spared maintaining it, no one's likely to be impressed.

Either way, the price is pretty stiff for a Tuono, but the seller is correct about this being a very nice and very low-mileage bike. If you’re looking for a v-twin Tuono, you probably won’t find one nicer and the initial outlay might pay dividends in the long run.

-tad

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Under the Skin: 2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R for Sale
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