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Aprilia December 16, 2015 posted by

Under the Tree – 2001 Aprilia RS50

Stylin' as a pit bike or unlicensed starter, the RS50 looks for all the world like the turn-of-the-century RS125, or if you squint, an RS250.  Not really built for serious fun, though it does have an aluminum frame and 17 inch wheels.

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2001 Aprilia RS50 for sale on eBay

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Running an engine 0.3 cc less than the limit, the RS50 stays in the moped category.  Though generally restricted to 30 mph, unrestricted versions are capable of a little over 60 mph, better fun.  The Dell-Orto carburetor and disk brakes are hopeful for a larger machine in the future, but this one is perfect for the neighb or the pits.

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Likely owned by a racer or an Aprilia fan, this RS50 is in nice shape with just a hint of hangar rash here and there.  Showing a low 1,700 miles, it's just hard to rack up the miles hugging the shoulder.  From the eBay auction:

2001 Aprilia RS-50 with only 1767 miles.

Completely stock and in mint condition. Oil injection.

New Pirelli's, tuned, and serviced.

No work needed: This is a turn-key bike with clean, clear, street-legal title.

Collector quality!


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Still warm enough for a test ride, only a couple of hours northwest of NYC.  Just the thing for the ( future ) sportbike nut on your Christmas list...


Under the Tree – 2001 Aprilia RS50
Aprilia November 30, 2015 posted by

CA Titled Reggiani Replica: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani R Side

The last Aprilia I saw in these colors for sale was listed as a "Rossi Replica," but this particular paintjob in fact marked the Loris Reggiani replica RS250. Reggiani raced for Aprilia from 1985 through 1995 in the 250 and 500cc classes, the latter on a bored-out 380cc v-twin intended to compete based on its exceptionally light weight. It wasn't completely successful, but Loris was still able to place 10th the year he retired, not a bad result against 500cc machines.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani L Side

The roadgoing RS250 was, of course, powered by a 249cc liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin that was originally found in Suzuki's RGV250. With just 300lbs dry for it's 60hp to push around, the bike was very quick for its displacement, with plenty of racing-inspired touches: a beautiful beam frame and assymetrical swingarm that allowed for serious lean, the same gold-line Brembo brakes used on Ducatis of the period, bikes that weighed 100lbs more, meaning these bikes have some serious stopping power to go with their superlative handling.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Triple

As Lotus founder Colin Chapman knew, to go faster, "Simplify, then add lightness. Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere." Light weight means you can go faster, turn harder, stop quicker using less power when your machine has less mass to lug around.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1995 Loris Reggiani Replica #499 out of only 500 made in the world, bike is in excellent condition starts first kick, all fluids changed and topped off, bike is in original unmolested condition, everything on the bike works the way it should, bike is oil injected and it currently runs Motul 710. Clear California title in my name with current registration, comes with extra rear passenger pegs, grab handle, and British Pipercross air filter. If you live nearby you are more than welcome to come check it out in person. I can assist with out of state shipping , I accept PayPal but will not release motorcycle until funds clear my bank account. Prefer cash upon pickup.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Dash

With a valid CA title just making the deal sweeter, I expect that those of you looking for a budget RS250 to thrash on track are going to be out of luck on this one: bidding is up over $3,500 with five days to go. This is actually my favorite version of this bike: earlier bodywork and dash with the classic race-rep paintwork that is very 90s, but still manages to look classy.


1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani R Side Rear

CA Titled Reggiani Replica: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Aprilia November 21, 2015 posted by

Can you guess from the first pic?:
HINT: Carbon + Banana

Here on RSBFS we normally start our posts with a full profile pic of the bike but I just had to break with tradition and start this post with a pic of the sweet carbon arrow dual pipes and the banana swing arm. Can you guess what they are attached to?

If you guessed/knew that the shown bits of motorcycle pron are attached to an Aprilia 250cc Cup racer (which is always a top bike here on RSBFS), then have a piece of leftover Halloween candy and read on. If not, then read on anyways...


For anyone whose personal collection still lacks a 250cc member, the Aprilia RS 250 is probably a top 3 candidate. The 250cc product by the Noale company was offerred between 1995 and 2002 and uses a late generation Suzuki RGV250 engine with Aprilia's own intake, ECU, and exhaust.  The engine makes most of its power near its peak/when the engine is sounding its best, the whole thing is very light and everything is wrapped up in a top notch aluminum frame.

Reviewers loved the standard 250 edition, calling it "one of the finest handling machines machines of all time" and this is the cup edition, the one turned up to 11.   Basically the Aprila 250cc Cup racer is a bit of track-day oriented goodness/madness that looks still looks and sounds like pron...and its still about as close as you can get to a 250 cc MotoGP bike of the era for a fraction of the cost.


2000 Aprila 250cc Cup edition on ebay

This particular Aprilia is one of the Cup racers, a model dedicated to use on the track.  This orientation was supported with larger than standard front disks, a fully adjustable suspension, and multi-function digital dash with a built-in lap timer.


Here is what the seller has to say:

  • Removed from the crate and prepped in the winter of 2008, ridden a few times between 2009-2011.
  • From the end of the 2011 season until early 2015 stored away indoors and covered, resurrected in 2015 with a thorough cleaning, fluid changes and fresh battery and rubber.
  • Only a little over 540 miles- this little 250cc Moto GP Replica is hardly broken in.
  • Never been down, looks practically brand new (a scuff here and a nick there).
  • The bike has always been ridden at open track days and never raced, last tracked in late August 2015 at Buttonwillow
  • Bike comes as pictured plus spares which include
    • stock rear sets
    • multiple sprockets
    • front spring sets

Will be sold as a race bike/never titled.


Is this little italian track machine worth the asking price of $7,750 USD?    Well the last one we saw here on RSBFS looks like it went for about $5,600 USD and also had low mileage so the asking price seems a bit high.  This is one is located in California so some price inflation is to be expected but I still think a fair price is somewhere around $6800 USD.  It probably won't appreciate in value much but it could be "una grande quantità di divertimento".


Can you guess from the first pic?:  </br> HINT: Carbon + Banana
Aprilia November 14, 2015 posted by

1 of 3: 1983 Waddon 250cc race bike/works racer on ebay UK

Here is one that to my knowledge has only been on RSBFS once before, a  Wadon 250cc powered by a tandem twin two stroke.  The pictures aren't very good but the concept behind the bike is certainly interesting and this is supposed to be one of the Waddon company works racers so I thought it was worth a post.

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NOTE:  The pic above is of a different bike than the one in the auction (note the different tank decal) but I posted due to the low number of pics in the actual auction.

Personally I wasn't familiar with the tandem two stroke concept prior to writing this post but what I can find out, back in the mid 1980's Rotax offered a 250cc tandem two stroke engine as a powerplant.  The engine was essential a pair of two stroke cylinder units whose pistons rose and fell together but one cylinder ran forward and the other backward while tandem gears were linked to the cranks and kept everything in sync.  The engine came with power valved exhaust ports, rotary valved intake ports and incorporated a dry clutch, straight cut primary gears and water-cooling.   While it sounds a bit wonky the result was apparently quite something, with a properly tuned tandem two stroke Rotax able to produce around 90hp which was big power for a 250cc in the mid 1980's.
The Rotax engine allowed smaller manufacturers to go racing, with perhaps the most well known of these being Aprilia. In this case it was used by the Waddon Performance Products company in the UK (which was predominantly a frame maker) as the powerplant in a series of racing motorcycles.  The Waddon racing effort was launched in 1981 and featured the rotax engine mounted in the tubular spine frame the company was renowned for.  The bike was competitive but not wildly succesful and Waddon folder up shop shortly after.
Here is what the seller has posted in their ebay uk listing.   Its a bit sparse and more pics would be nice.
  • One of only three Waddon 250cc racing machines (verified in writing by the manager of their Race Team).
  • It needs slight re-commissioning and possibly crack testing of some components (it is, after all, a fast race bike).
  • There are some spares and documents with it.
  • A rare opportunity to own an exotic piece of machinery. A complete change of plans has resulted in this machine being put up for sale. Now fitted with the correct rear wheel


What is this piece of British motorcycle racing history worth?   Well bikes from the early 1980's that fall into the "Classic Grand Prix" class seem to be creeping up in value but most of the trading seems to be occurring between serious collectors or curators.  Prices seem to still be hovering around 15,000 USD as evidenced by Bonhams listings from a few years ago and what we have seen previously on RSBFS.     While it is interesting and is certainly a rare sportbike, I think this one will appeal most to the technically minded collector or someone who remembers the bike from their youth.


1 of 3:  1983 Waddon 250cc race bike/works racer on ebay UK
Aprilia November 10, 2015 posted by

Carbonated – 2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing

Aprilia's "Thunder" bike, the Tuono is based on the RSV Mille Superbike, with a bikini fairing and adapted for tubular handlebars.  Introduced in 2002, the model was made in modest quantities until it was succeeded by the V4 1100 in 2011.  The "Racing" special edition offered here has several mechanical upgrades from the base model and a lot of gorgeous carbon fiber details.

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2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing for sale on eBay

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As many Aprilias have done, the Tuono uses the very successful Rotax 998 cc V-twin, dry-sumped this time, with Aprilia's own intake, fuel injection system and exhaust resulting in 126 hp and 74 ft-lbs. torque.  The aluminum frame has formed twin spars welded to the steering head and frame connectors, and an aluminum seat sub-frame.  The aluminum swingarm is supported by a fully adjustable Boge shock with progressive linkage.  Up front the 43 mm inverted forks are Ohlins fully adjustable.  An Ohlins steering damper helps keep the adjustable bars from over-reacting to acceleration.  Clutch action is aided by Aprilia's Pneumatic Power Clutch, which uses engine vacuum to provide a slipper clutch-like response when downshifting.  Brakes are radially mounted Brembo front calipers on 320 mm disks, with 220 mm rear.

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Almost everything that isn't aluminum on the Racing edition must be carbon fiber, including the fenders, belly pan, seat fairing, bikini, ram air scoops, radiator shrouds, and oil tank.  All that carbon helps the "transformer" looks of the Tuono, at least for me.  In this case the accent is the black painted nylon fuel tank, and the colorful graphics on the seat fairing and belly pan.  The gold anodizing on the brake carriers, forks, and handlebars adds a nice highlight.

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Showing 17,500 miles, this Tuono looks great and appears undamaged.  Some customization has been done - a Remus exhaust, Corbin seat, and Rizoma signals and mirrors.  The Illinois dealer says this in the eBay auction:

Brembo Brakes

Remus Revolution Exhaust

Ohlins Rear Mono Shock

Ohlins Adjustable Steering Damper

Anti vibration Double Countershaft

Dynojet Power Commander Tuner

Aluminum Footrests

Rizoma LED Turn Signals

Rizoma Grips

Rizoma Mirrors

Our 2003 Aprilia Tuono is in pristine condition inside and out. It has a clean Carfax and Autocheck and has been very well maintained.

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Free of the bronze anodizing on the base Tuono, this Aprilia street fighter is very high tech and looks it.  Not much about maintenance in the auction, but the Rotax double overhead cams are gear and chain driven, and with any luck the valves have been looked after.  The close relation to the RSV Mille has rewarded the Tuono with great handling, without too much arm and shoulder pain.  A naked bike running an 11-second quarter mile and a 157 mph top speed is a bit of a head scratcher, but as a the saying goes, too much of a good thing - is wonderful...


Carbonated – 2003 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Racing
Aprilia November 4, 2015 posted by

The Perfect Holiday Stocking-Stuffer: 1999 Aprilia RS50 for Sale

1999 Aprilia RS50 R Front

In spite of its tiny displacement, by US standards at least, the Aprilia RS250 is not a toy. The RS50 on the other hand? Possibly a toy. But a very serious toy: this may have the displacement of a scooter and may not even require a motorcycle license endorsement in some states, but it's a real motorcycle, in miniature.

1999 Aprilia RS50 Dash

From twenty feet away, you could easily be forgiven for mistaking this for it's larger, 250cc sibling, or even a sports 600 if you're not into Aprilias. With disc brakes front and rear, a set of 40mm upside-down forks in the front, complete instrumentation, and a six-speed gearbox, it's got all the features of a genuine sportbike.

1999 Aprilia RS50 R Rear

Powered by a 49.7cc two-stroke single, the RS50 does offer pretty limited straight-line performance. Originally, these were generally restricted to just 30mph, but de-restricted, they're good for an honest 50 or 60mph, which is plenty fast for something powered by an engine the size of your average leaf-blower...

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Aprilia RS50 for Sale

Condition is like new, purchased and titled in Idaho, shipped by original dealer to California.

After delivery, started once and rode it for 2 miles to make sure everything worked. Then put in office behind plate glass as display/decoration with several other Ducati, Triumph and Moto Guzzi motorcycles.

Never sat on or started since. Sold as is with no warranty what so ever.

Registration has expired. Clean title of course

Before display, battery were removed, fuel stabilizer poured in tank, carburetor was "drained" by turning the pet cock to off position and run the fuel dry.

Indoor all its life, behind plate glass and never disturbed.

Local buyer preferred, Shipping is to be arranged by non local buyer to pick up and crate the motorcycle.

Photos were taken this afternoon (10-31-2015), after removal from office and transported to owner's garage. Check the photos carefully, tires still have unworn nubs, all control show NO wears. This is about as new as a 2 stroke fly weight pocket rocket you can still buy today.

1999 Aprilia RS50 Grip

Weighing in at a svelte 197lbs dry, this should be very easy to load into a pick up or onto a trailer to take to the track. And track this you should: with a top speed of 65mph with the help of a tailwind, road use is going to be limited, to say the least. But people race these in MiniGP classes often held on kart tracks against similar bikes from Honda, Derbi, Yamaha, and Suzuki. And if road use is what you want, you can certainly drop in a 70 or 80cc kit to make yourself and extra... couple horsepower. But given the 8hp or so the bike has to begin with, and extra two or three ponies is nothing to sneeze at.

1999 Aprilia RS50 Seat

The starting bid of $3,279.00 has no takers as yet, with 3 days left on the auction. Certainly, considering what Honda CT70s are going for these days, that seems like a pretty good deal and appears to be in perfect condition, with just 9 miles on the odometer. Nostalgia aside, that vintage machine doesn't offer nearly the sex appeal or opportunity for track-day trouble of this little bike.


1999 Aprilia RS50 L Front

The Perfect Holiday Stocking-Stuffer: 1999 Aprilia RS50 for Sale