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Aprilia May 23, 2016 posted by

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

1995 Aprilia RS250 L SIde
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.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Headling

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…

1995 Aprilia RS250 R Rear

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

1995 Aprilia RS250 Fairing Detail

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
Aprilia February 4, 2016 posted by

Edgy Styling: 2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R

2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R R Front

After years of road and track success with their smaller-displacement machines, most notably the sleek, Suzuki-powered RS250, Aprilia decided to move up to the big leagues and take a piece of the big-bike pie away from Ducati with their RSV1000. An intentional move away from Ducati’s sleek but utterly impractical 916, the RSV combined styling that was almost hyper-modern, all angles and textures, along with ergonomics that allowed you to survive a full day’s riding without needing to down half a bottle of ibuprofen the next morning. Powered by a liquid-cooled Rotax-designed 60° v-twin displacing 998cc, the bike had plenty of performance on tap to match the exotic, if not particularly beautiful looks.

2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R Front

After the bulbous first generation model, the updated RSV as seen here was introduced in 2004 and used the same basic platform, with the bodywork updated to a much sleeker “stealth-fighter” design. While the earlier bike was undeniably effective, the scaled-up RS250 style was slightly awkward and bulky and, as I’ve mentioned previously, the headlight really does look like Mickey Mouse.

Go Google it, I’ll wait.

2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R R Side

Anyway, the redesign kept the good stuff intact: classic Italian stability and handling, a charismatic, if slightly agricultural engine that put paid to the notion that Italian bikes are fundamentally unreliable and expensive to maintain. While Ducatis of the period were still holding regular and expensive belt and valve-adjustment schedules over their owners’ heads, the Rotax v-twin is famously durable and easy to maintain, making this the Italian sex-machine for riders who can't be bothered with Italian sex-machine diva histrionics.

From the original eBay listing: 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R for Sale

Condition: Aprilia RSV 1000R is in good condition. Normal wear and tear. Lower fairing cracked which is an easy replacement. Has never been dropped or crashed.
Description: year:2007
make:Aprilia
Model:RSV
Engine:V60 Magnesium four stroke longitudinal 60° V twin. Liquid cooling with three way pressurised circuit. Double overhead camshaft with mixed gear/chain timing drive. Four valves per cylinder. Patented AVDC (Anti Vibration Double Countershaft).
Transmission:6-speed
Horsepower @ RPM:143 HP@10.000 RPM
Torque @ RPM:103 Nm @ 8.000 RPM
Displacement:997.62cc L
History: Second Owner
Features: Arrow aftermarket slip-on exhaust

I realize that the seller is just copying specs in the listing, but the pedant in me always gets annoyed when I see “longitudinal” used to describe this engine and “transverse” to describe a Moto Guzzi v-twin. Engineers should feel free to chime in here and correct me, but that term describes crankshaft orientation, not head orientation: Chevy Corvette? Longitudinal. Honda Civic? Transverse. BMW flat twin? Longitudinal. Honda CBR1000? Transverse.

2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R Front Stand

Anyway, this example is basically stock, apart from the slip-ons and is in good cosmetic shape, apart from the cracked lower fairing. With a $5,500 Buy It Now price, v-twin RSVs represent a pretty great sportbike buy at the moment. Certainly, there are 996s to be found for less than that, but those really aren’t all that rare and buyers certainly need to be prepared for higher maintenance costs.

-tad

2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R L Side

Edgy Styling: 2007 Aprilia RSV 1000R
Aprilia January 27, 2016 posted by

Ok for the street! 2009 Aprilia RS125

This one is a little newer than what we typically post here at RSBFS but it i s a street legal Aprilia RS125 and is the last generation that had the rotax powered two stroke.  While its not the fastest thing, it would certainly make any young squid the envy of his classmates.

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The Aprilia RS125 actually debuted back in 1992 with the RS125R Extrema. The little two stroke Aprilia survived for quite a few years and several generations, with the 4th generation 2006-2012* models being the final two stroke editions.  The 2009 version pictured here is powered by a liquid-cooled 125cc 2-stroke with fuel fed by a 28mm Dell’Orto carburetor via a reed valve intake and finished with a sleek left-hand exhaust that carries the exhaust gas away while allowing that distinctive two stroke roar to be heard by all.

*NOTE: In 2012 Aprilia introduced the RS4 125 which was powered by a single-cylinder four-stroke.

The 2009 was also the last year the little 125 wasb't shaped to look like the bigger Aprilia RSV1000.  I understand that a lot of manufacturers follow the "lineup family" model but IMHO the 2009 looks so much better than the RSV-derived versions that started the next year.   Perhaps its the cleaner nose lamps or the sponsor emblazoned bodywork  with the race-replica magnesium painted triple clamp, maybe its the polished frame and swingarm with the multi-spoke wheels, I don't know but it all comes together to make the bike look soo good, like it came straight off the track.

A link to a review of the 2009 RS125 can be found here.

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2009 Aprilia RS125 on ebay

Speaking of coming straight off the track, that is part of what makes this little 125RS such a little jewel.  Most 125RS were not street legal and to be honest, this is the first time I have heard that they could be made so.   But the current seller states that this particular one has had some work done to make it so, so someone is going to have a little rocket that is legal on the street.

From the seller's ebay listing:

  • Only 318 miles
  • Street titled in TX which can now be transferred to any other state.
  • All original OEM Aprilia street parts including the almost impossible to find "street" relays, wire harness.
  • OEM rearview mirrors, turn signals, horn, rear license plate assembly

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Is this little gem worth the $6,500 USD asking price?  As much as I love it, I think that price is a bit high.  According to the review link posted above, brand new these went for $5,499 USD and that happens to be the same price we last saw one of these go for here on RSBFS (+1 dollar).  Even though this one has been made street legal and is basically new, the asking price seems a bit high...I would think a fair price for this one would be between $5,800-$6,100 USD, depending on the age of the tires.

One final note:  I think this little Aprilia may actually be a bit of a sleeper for collectors;  it probably won't undergo any dramatic price appreciation, but it is a 4th gen bike which was the last two stroke edition of the RS125 and is street legal, so it should at least hold its value.   I would be looking to add this one to my personal collection if I had the funds available.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Ok for the street!   2009 Aprilia RS125
Aprilia January 21, 2016 posted by

Thy Cup Runneth Over: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup R Side

The Aprilia RS250 was the first two-stroke I actively lusted after. Keep in mind that I grew up in an era when two-strokes, at least here in the US, were basically found in off-road bikes and really annoying yard-care equipment. Not really the sexiest of associations. I still think that the sound of a two-stroke is more a pragmatic noise than a beautiful one, but you can't argue with how effective they are, and the narrow powerband combined with the light weight performance of a two-stroke sportbike makes for a highly involving, giant-killing ride.

2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup L Side Front

Aprilia is a relatively small company and, instead of starting from scratch and building their own engine, they spent time developing a highly-effective chassis and powered their creation with a tuned version of Suzuki's RGV250 engine. With a claimed 60hp and backed by a six-speed gearbox, the 249cc v-twin gave the 300lb machine serious performance although, in typical two-stroke style, you had to work pretty hard for it. But for motorcycling fans, that just sweetens the deal.

2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Stingers

The RS250 Cup was intended to compete in the Cup Challenge, a one-make racing series designed to raise brand awareness and offer competitors a level playing field, since modifications were not allowed. It's obviously not road -legal, so café racers need not apply.

2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Dash

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup for Sale
The bike comes as pictured plus spares which include stock rear sets, multiple sprockets, front spring sets, oils and more. This is the Cup Edition, which does not have lights or electric start (kick only). It was sold as a race bike and never titled.
 
A true time capsule...This bike was removed from the crate and prepped in the winter of 2008. Ridden a few times between 2009-2011. It was stored away indoors and covered from the end of the 2011 season until early 2015. The resurrection in 2015 included a thorough cleaning, fluid changes and fresh battery and rubber.
 
The bike has always been ridden at open track days and never raced. Last tracked in late August 2015 at Buttonwillow, this bike held its own around bigger bikes and was able to embarrass a few of them....
 
This bike has never been down and looks practically brand new (aside from a scuff here and a nick there). With only a little over 540 miles this little 250cc Moto GP Replica is hardly broken in.
 
.... You won't find another this clean or this original anywhere!!!!
 
Buy it and ride it, race it or put it on display.
 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Front Wheel
I like the zip tie on the fork leg: a cheap-and-cheerful suspension-tuning trick that allows you to gauge suspension travel under braking. The seller mentions that the Cup Edition does not have electric start, but actually none of the RS250 models had an electric start: they were all kick-only. Considering the bike has seen some genuine track use, it's in very nice condition. It would certainly look good on display, but this bike is just crying out to be used in anger. Hopefully, the new owner will do the right thing... and let me ride it.

-tad

2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup L Side Rear

Thy Cup Runneth Over: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup for Sale