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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
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).
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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup L Side Rear

Thy Cup Runneth Over: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup for Sale
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.

20151215 2001 aprilia rs50 right front

2001 Aprilia RS50 for sale on eBay

20151215 2001 aprilia rs50 left

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.

20151215 2001 aprilia rs50 binnacle

20151215 2001 aprilia rs50 right fairing

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!


20151215 2001 aprilia rs50 left front

20151215 2001 aprilia rs50 right seat

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