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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.
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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

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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.

Marty/Dallaslavowner

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...

-donn

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.

-tad

1999 Aprilia RS50 L Front

The Perfect Holiday Stocking-Stuffer: 1999 Aprilia RS50 for Sale
Aprilia October 28, 2015 posted by

Zoombaaahhh – 1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup

Not your mid-morning workout, but a race-prepared two-stroke with a 12,000 rpm redline.  Recently brought out of storage and re-bodied, this bike has spent its entire life at the track, and though well used, still has a lot of fun left in it.

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1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup for sale on eBay

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Meant for racing and likely never titled, the RS250 Cup is missing lighting and reflectors for the road. The 250cc v-twin from a Suzuki RGV-250, after preparation by Aprilia, is good for 73 hp at 11,900 rpm.  The small machine appears to have a bigger bike's twin-spar aluminum frame, with asymmetrical aluminum swingarm.  The front fork is inverted 40mm, fully adjustable, as is the monoshock rear.  Plenty of stopping power provided by the 298 mm front disks, and 220 mm rear.

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Presented by MotoGPWerks a California preparer, not much history is shown in the auction, though the odometer shows just over 7,000 miles.  There is no cruising at the track, but this bike shows just a few scrapes on the swingarm.  Re-bodied with fiberglass from Airtech, this RS250 looks fresh, and the engine has only a few hours on it.  Nice spares kit.  From the eBay auction:

Fairings have been replaced with airtech GP style
Pistons and rings were done 10-12 hours ago (old pistons in the spares)
Overall the bike goes very well,
Been in storage for 2 years so the carbs were rebuilt,new battery and brake fluid as well as quick look over .
-always ran 800t motul
- old school quick shifter
-EGT in both exhausts
spares include, pipes, gaskets, sprockets, jets, airbox, fender and so on as per photos
setup notes and manual also

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There are a lot of good reasons to have your go-fast fun on the track rather than the street ( it's safer to go all-out at the track than 7/10th's on the street ), and your road bike will appreciate it as well.  The RS250 has a long history on tracks all over the world, and counts many MotoGP riders as alumni.  While it would be nice to have a creampuff in race replica decals, you can add more as you go.  This RS250 Cup might be a better way to get into racing or track days...

-donn

Zoombaaahhh – 1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup
Aprilia October 18, 2015 posted by

Now Available on the West Coast: 2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille Haga #138 with 459 Miles!

Update 10.18.2015: For sale by a new seller after being listed for $10.5k buy-it-now and eBay reported a sale at $8,600 in June 2014. Now showing a $9,500 buy-it-now. New pictures at eBay listing. Thanks for the spot Marty! -dc

2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille Haga for sale

While not everyone agrees on the value that the Haga replicas represent, they keep finding new homes because there is no argument that the RSV1000R Mille is a great superbike with top quality components. This particular example sold last November and made it's way from Connecticut to Washington. Having covered very few if any miles since, it's back on eBay with a buy-it-now of $10.5k.

dc

2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

This is a very low mileage 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Noriyuki Haga Replica with only 459 miles! This is a very cool looking bike and extremely rare only 300 ever made and only 60 of those made it to the states this is #138. The bike has always been kept in a heated garage. It is in almost perfect condition except for some scratches on the Right hand fairing. When the bike was bought new it had Carbon Fiber wheels and Michelin Pilot Power tires put on it. The Factory OZ wheels are back on it and they are brand new as you can see from the nubs on the tires in the pictures.

The Haga Replicas with several unique features:

Built on the class-leading RSV 1000 Mille R platform.

Fairing graphics faithfully duplicated from WSB- Spec RSV 1000 Mille SP Superbike - complete with Haga racing numbers.

Blue anodized Ergal top triple tree with "Noriyuki Haga" inscribed signature + production identification serial number + inscription "SBK REPLICA RSV 1000 R"

Aprilia Engine Department developed dual-sided Akrapovic TITANIUM exhaust and stainless steel collectors+ EPROM specifically designed for this exhaust system.

10 hp increase at 6.500 rpm, and a flatter power curve, over 9.000 rpm 6.6lb weight loss with Akrapovic race system.

Akrapovic titanium exhaust ,

Carbon Fiber body panel inserts and fenders

Brembo 4 pad calipers

Full Ohlin’s suspension and Ohlin steering damper.

OZ Wheels

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Now Available on the West Coast:  2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille Haga #138 with 459 Miles!
Aprilia October 7, 2015 posted by

Release Your Inner Lion – 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory

Aprilia's winning entry into the super-naked / streetfighter sweepstakes was the 2003 RSV Tuono, and many updates and editions later, the 2008 Tuono ( thunder to some ) 1000R Factory was more than an unfaired sportbike with raised handlebars.  With its own frame design and bodywork, the Tuono makes excellent use of the Rotax 60-degree V-twin and provides a flexible platform for around town, cafe circuits, and track days.

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2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory

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Capitalizing on larger intakes, exhaust valves and exhaust tubes developed for the RSV Mille, the 997 cc engine boasts 139 hp, and has a countershaft vibration damping system.  The big twin is equipped with Aprilia's Pneumatic Power Clutch, a system to relieve clutch plate pressure on overrun, with resulting stability similar to a slipper clutch.  Two-into-two exhaust has upswept mufflers and stays away from the rider.  The gorgeous gold-anodized aluminum frame matches well with the forks, 43mm fully adjustable Ohlins.  Aprilia's Progressive System rear suspension also uses a 3-way adjustable Ohlins monoshock.  Brakes are Brembo Gold Line, 320mm front and 220mm rear, with braided stainless lines.

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The Tuono bikini, tank and seat complement each other well, though they stay busy.  Super-naked design can be a bit of a head scratcher for sportbike fans.  Little fairings and guards help the air into the radiator and protect the rider from hot stuff, and the bikini fairing has sculpted ram-air inlets, but things like hoses and fillers are out in the breeze.  There's quite a bit of carbon in the belly pan, fenders, and side panels, each with graphics in the clearcoat.  The contrasting blue on the forged alloy wheels is anodizing instead of paint, careful when cleaning.

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Offered by an Austin, Texas dealer, this Tuono has a little over 13,000 miles and looks very good.  Showing just a Leo Vince exhaust and Puig windshield as modifications, it's also pretty stock.  From the eBay auction:

YOU ARE LOOKING AT A 2008 APRILIA TUONO 1000 R FACTORY WITH 13,348 MILES ON IT. IT IS LION RED IN COLOR AND POWERED BY A 997cc FUEL INJECTED ENGINE AND 6 SPEED TRANSMISSION.

THIS BIKE COMES WITH 2 KEYS AND LEO VINCE EXHAUST SYSTEM ($949.95).

THERE ARE NO DENTS OR DINGS THAT I CAN FIND, HOWEVER THERE ARE MINOR BLEMISHES ON THE FUEL TANK AND REAR FENDER. THE CHROME AND ALUMINUM ARE IN GOOD CONDITION. THE TIRES HAVE GOOD TREAD LEFT ON THEM.

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Maybe the second big twin in your garage, a change up bike when your shoulders get tired, this Tuono looks like a handful of fun.  Early models reviewed as wheelie monsters, geared a little bit higher since then.  It has a plastic tank so you'll need a strap-on or filler-mount tankbag, maybe a small tailbag, a backpack if you're out overnight.  Don't forget a can of chain lube, maybe every third tank, and hey, let's be careful out there...

-donn

Release Your Inner Lion – 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory