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.
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".