Posts by tag: 2004

Aprilia March 20, 2017 posted by

Never Been Kissed: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Challenge with ZERO Miles!

Update 3.20.2017: Back on eBay after first being on RSBFS in August 2014 for $11k. Current bid is just under $7k reserve not met. Links updated. -dc

I’ve always loved the look of the Aprilia RS 250, but I’m only a recent convert to the stink and rattle of two-strokes. Well, technically, I’m a hypothetical convert, since I’ve yet to actually ride one. For many riders, their very first experiences on two wheels involved quasi-legal antics on dirt bikes, but I’m the only gear-head in the family, and bikes were strictly verboten growing up. I'm also biased against them: after spending years in LA working late-night jobs, there’s nothing I hate more than the tinny wail of a leaf blower at 8am so I sure didn’t want my motorcycles to sound related to those hateful things.

2004 Aprilia RS250 L Rear

But while I still don’t think they make a very pretty noise, the light weight and tinny, chainsaw shriek of bikes like the RGV and Gamma have become increasingly intriguing for me. There’s something strange and exotic about them, and I’m pretty sure the RS250 would be a great place to start.

2004 Aprilia RS250 Dash

Aprilia’s little road and track bike used a modified version of Suzuki’s RGV250 motor boosted to 60hp and featured classy, generally subdued race-replica paint schemes that have aged very well. Although those 60 ponies come on in a typical two-stroke rush that keeps you dancing on the shift lever, the bike’s very light weight and amazing handling make that a joy, rather than a chore.

2004 Aprilia RS250 Gearshift

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Challenge for Sale

Brand new, zero miles, mint condition from the factory. I bought the bike for my collection. It has been properly stored and the engine has been fogged once a year with CRC Marine engine fog. It should be noted that this bike is not street legal. It has no turn signals, brake lights, or headlight. THIS IS A RACEBIKE THROUGH AND THROUGH. It would make a great addition for a serious collector, or perfect for your local track day. This bike may be the last of the great two stroke RS250s with zero miles. The bike comes with the very detailed factory manual and the factory spring tuning kit.

2004 Aprilia RS250 L Front

This bike presents a bit of a problem. The RS250 Challenge is a tool for going fast, a full-on track-rat race bike. So what do you do with this one? Seems a shame to abuse it on the track, but what else to do with such a focused motorcycle? Display it? They’re great-looking machines, but they’re meant to be ridden, and with no title, making it street-legal is not an option without some serious DMV shenanigans. And then there’s that whole “zero miles” thing again…

For collectors, it won’t get any better than this: a hermetically-sealed time capsule limited-edition bike that actually runs. For riders? Well, we’ll probably go sniffing around elsewhere for a bike we won't feel guilty about thrashing.

-tad

2004 Aprilia RS250 R Rear

Never Been Kissed: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Challenge with ZERO Miles!
Aprilia November 14, 2016 posted by

Museum Piece: 2004 Aprilia RS250 w/ ZERO Miles for Sale

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What is there to say about the Aprilia RS250 that hasn't already been said? After other manufacturers had ceased building their quarter-liter race-replicas, Aprilia persisted, and this particular bike is one of the very last examples available: the model was discontinued in 2004, the year this bike was built.

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Powered by a revised version of Suzuki's RGV250 engine, the RS250's version of the little water-cooled, two-stroke v-twin produced power on par with the rest of the class, with an added dose of Italian style: the aluminum beam frame looks similar to the Japanese offerings on paper, but is far more sculptural and it's a shame it's partly hidden behind the fairing.

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The "GP-1" on the rainbow-hued tailsection and in the listing actually refers to the second-generation RS250 introduced in 1998: it's not a limited collectors-edition as far as I know. This particular example may not be road-legal here in the USA, but it's basically a time-capsule machine that's ready for display in your collection.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 GP-1 for Sale

Once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a brand new, old stock Aprilia RS250 GP-1 0 miles. You now have the chance to move even closer to the former world of two-stroke MotoGP with this last release of he 2004 Aprilia GP-1, the final version of the famous RS 250 GP replica motorcycle. This bike is sporting official Colin Edwards and Nori Haga team decals, the colors and graphics add to the bike that represents GP racing at its finest.

The unique look of the 2004 RS250 is dominated by its wrap-around fairing, designed and tested in a wind tunnel. The front mudguard blends perfectly with the fairing, and enhances the Aprilia RS 250's streamlined looks, the characteristic aerodynamic tail completes the Aprilia RS 250's racing image.

The bike was only sold in Europe and Australia.   I am the original owner and it has been on display within my home for several years.   The bike has completed it's new vehicle dealer delivery and prep so the bike has been started prior to my purchase and has 0 miles.  The tires are original as is every part on this bike.   It is untitled for the street as it was intended solely for my collection. The CLEAR title stated above applies to Australia only along with Australian Import Approval plate. I do not know about your state's requirements.  I have huge amounts of dealer promotional material for the bike.

In addition, this bike was judged the best European Two-Stroke bike at Motocarrera's famous Two Stroke Extravaganza held in 2005 in Los Angeles, California. This event was the largest gathering of two-stroke vehicles in America when it was held.  The bike was also displayed at the famous Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering Carmel, California in May 2016.

This bike is clearly a museum piece: with zero miles, you'd destroy some of the collector value riding it. It'd be highly unlikely you could register this for the street in most places anyway, and if you're looking for a track or race RS250, you'd be better off finding one with some miles and cosmetic wear on it. Bidding is active, and up to $7,100 with four days left on the auction and the reserve unsurprisingly not met.

-tad

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Museum Piece: 2004 Aprilia RS250 w/ ZERO Miles for Sale
Moto Guzzi August 1, 2016 posted by

Italian Unicorn: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale

Relisted from last November, with a 20% price reduction - Martin

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 R Side Front

In the early 1990s, Moto Guzzi was trying to revitalize their staid image and appeal to a younger, more sporting audience. Famous Guzzi tuners Ghezzi and Brian were brought in to style the new top-shelf sportbike, and the result was a machine uncharacteristically elegant and modern, considering Guzzi's products of the period. The MGS01 managed to look forwards and backwards at the same time: it was true sportbike that managed to be relatively lightweight while using a highly-developed version of their classic longitudinally-mounted v-twin and shaft drive.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 L Side

The bike used a bored-out version of the "high cam" eight-valve engine with Cosworth pistons and a 1225cc displacement, backed by the V11 Sport's compact six-speed gearbox and shaft-drive. It put out a very healthy 121hp and a stump-pulling 83lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, although it was far lighter than other Guzzis being built at the time, the 420lb dry weight was still pretty portly when compared to its rivals.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Dash

Intended as a track day toy and gentleman's racer, it wasn't light enough or powerful enough to really compete against the Ducatis and Japanese inline-fours on track, and sourcing bodywork and parts should you crash could be a serious headache. It's just a shame that the promised roadbike production never materialized: Guzzis typically take a serious dive in the used market, but I could imagine that this one might have held its value...

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale (LINK UPDATE FOR RELIST)

One of the most beautiful bikes ever made. Italian art at its best...

Extremely rare 1 of 50 produced only 7 ever imported into the US by Moto Guzzi.

This bike was bought new in 2004 in California by a collector for display only.

Bike is still on the original MSO. I have all the original sales documents, original red Moto Guzzi bike cover. Everything that came with the bike new. I still have the original side of the Moto Guzzi crate.

A very rare opportunity to purchase an extremely rare exotic, will only appreciate. You can purchase to ride or display in your office or wherever. Hard assets like this are much better and safer than the market.

Can be viewed anytime in Las Vegas, Nevada by appointment.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 R Side Rear

Not sure I'd take financial advice from someone trying to sell me a motorcycle, and I'm really not sure that using a rare motorcycle as a part of your retirement planning is exactly good advice anyway, but regardless: this is a very special motorcycle, and I certainly wouldn't argue with his claim that it's one of the most beautiful bikes ever made.

The question is: "Is the MGS01 $60,000 80,000 beautiful?" Because that's what the seller is asking for this well-preserved, virtually unused example. Opinions on production numbers vary a bit, but whether it was 50 or 100 or 150, you're very unlikely to see another for sale anytime soon.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 R Side

Italian Unicorn: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale
Triumph July 14, 2016 posted by

Getting Closer: Low-Mileage 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 for Sale

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 R Front

Earlier versions of the reborn Triumph’s Daytona didn’t bother trying to compete head-to-head with the Japanese sportbikes, which was probably a wise move: the early, spine-framed 900cc bike was well-built and made plenty of useable power, and the later T595 [actually a 955cc] added superlative handling to the mix, but both were far too heavy to compete directly against their counterparts from the Land of the Rising Sun. But by the time this Daytona 600 came around, Triumph felt they were ready to take on the Japanese directly, without having to fall back on Euro-snobbery or “character.”

Close, but no wasabi.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 L Side

The CBR-looking TT600 came first, but it was cursed with unrefined fuel-injection and was definitely not a looker. The Daytona 600 seen here that was introduced in 2003 has an angular, stealth-fighter style that is well-balanced, but looks like it’s trying just a bit too hard. It certainly hasn’t aged as well as the T595, although maybe it just needs a few more years to grow on me…

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Dash

Revised Keihin electronic fuel injection smoothed out the earlier TT600’s powerband, although extremely oversquare bore and stroke dimensions of 68mm x 41.3mm mean that the bike is pretty gutless below 7,000 rpm. That’s pretty standard for the 600cc class, but testers noted the Daytona’s gutlessness was particularly pronounced. It was also down a few horses on the competition at the top and, in the ultra-competitive 600cc class, just a couple ponies can make the difference between success and failure. Handling was first-rate though, with a nice balance of agility and stability, all without being overly harsh.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 L Rear

Looking at the Daytona 600 as a used bike buy, when cutting-edge performance is no longer quite so important, those minor flaws seem far less important, and the bike does offer up very striking, almost kit-bike looks and enough performance and handling to keep even experienced riders entertained. The only question is parts availability: these are pretty uncommon bikes here in the US and don’t seem to be all that well supported by the aftermarket either.

Today’s example has just 824 miles on it and appears to be in excellent condition, with a price that might just have you wondering whether you might have room in your garage for something just a bit odd for the sake of being odd.

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Fairing Detail

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 with 824 Miles for Sale

You are looking at a 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 with 824 miles on it. It is Tornado Red in color and powered by a 599cc fuel injected engine and 6 speed transmission. This bike comes with 2 keys. There are no dents or dings on the bike that I can find, however there are scratches on the rear fender, mirrors, and exhaust. The chrome and aluminum are in good condition and the tires have good tread left on them.

 

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Clocks

It's always funny to me when sellers list how much tire life is left: they’re wear items, and tires on sportbikes last just a few thousand miles anyway.  More of a question for collectors: are the original turn signals included, since they appear to be missing... These Daytonas were certainly competent sportbikes, but there’s really nothing to recommend them over a GSX-R600 or R6 except for styling, which is subjective, and their rarity. If you’re a collector of quirky rare bikes in general, or Triumphs in particular, this low-mileage example is certainly worth a look, especially at that $3,450 Buy It Now price. If you’re looking for a bike to ride, you’re probably better off with the earlier Daytona T595 triple or the later 675, both of which provide less gimmicky styling and character that’s noticeably different when compared to the Japanese sportbikes of their respective eras.

-tad

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 R Side

Getting Closer: Low-Mileage 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 for Sale
Bimota December 19, 2015 posted by

Two-Stroke Apotheosis: 2004 Bimota VDue for Sale

2004 Bimota VDue L SideThe Bimota VDue was an ambitious project from the start. Of course it incorporated Bimota's usual jaw-dropping bodwork draped over a stiff, lightweight frame and top-spec suspension components. A 300lb, carbon-fiber dream-machine in patriotic red, white, and green paint. But the real centerpiece was a direct-injected, 500cc two-stroke v-twin of Bimota's own design, a clean-burning engine that was supposed to save the two-stroke sportbike from extinction.

Instead, it sank the company.

On paper it was the perfect sportbike: featherweight construction, cassette six-speed gearbox, and GP handling. The sophisticated engine management was supposed to allow the normally very smoky two-stroke engine to meet emissions requirements while punching out 110hp and a racebike soundtrack. But that engine is where the trouble began. The bike delivered in the handling department, as you'd expect, but the first batch of bikes was nearly impossible to ride at anything less than full throttle. They were jerky, they hunted, they wouldn't run smoothly. They seized. Some even ran just fine.

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And for a long time, Bimota couldn't even figure out what was going on: at first, it was thought that there were problems with the new ignition. So bikes went back to the factory to be remapped. Which worked great on individual bikes, but maps wouldn't work when used on different bikes. Then it was thought that manufacturing differences were causing issues with the port-heights. So the barrels were then replaced, but that didn't really sort the problem either. And by then, it was all over for Bimota...

2004 Bimota VDue Rear

The potential was obviously still there, and Piero Caronni, one of the engineers originally involved with the bike, continued to develop the VDue after the company folded, fitting a set of carburetors to replace the injection system and selling the bike as a track-only machine. This was obviously not an ideal fix, but his Evoluzione at least ran, even if it wasn't road-legal.

The problem was traced, years later to something completely unrelated to either the ignition or the barrels: aluminum porosity and casting issues in the engine cases were ultimately determined to be the root of the poor performance, and new castings are available, if you want to turn your display-piece into a runner.

From the original Craigslist post: 2004 Bimota VDue for Sale

It is time for me to let go one of my V-Due Evoluzione II. Still NEW with only 10 manufactured test miles, No gas in the tank, Battery not hooked up but will prep for the buyer. Not a single imperfection. Comes with new US MSO! You will be the first owner!

This bike is not like any other V-Due that bankrupted Bimota for its defect. You can ride this bike reliably. Not more than 22 2004 Evoluzione 04 and only one is still NEW. The new release of new and improved V-Due were not plan to be street legal, this one is.

The Evo 04 is equipped with much improved DFI (Direct Fuel Injection) and not the cheap carburetor version. Exoticness

Cost me big bucks to bring one here especially that US MSO. Looking to get $32K or trade for something mint and rare.

Less than 500 of these little jewels exist and the seller's asking price for what he claims is a rideable motorcycle seems pretty much par for the course. I'd like to say that this 10-mile example is unusual, but many have spent more time on display than on the road. That's a tragedy, but at least they make very nice display pieces: the VDue really is a gorgeous motorcycle, one of the best-looking bikes of the era. Fortunately, with a bit of work, it could also be one of the best-riding bikes of any era...

-tad

2004 Bimota VDue L Front

Two-Stroke Apotheosis: 2004 Bimota VDue for Sale
Suzuki September 2, 2015 posted by

New Old Stock: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 for Sale With Just 294 Miles!

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At some point, I think I'm doomed to buy a K4 GSX-R1000: when I go to track days, it seems like all the older riders are using them, and it won't be all that long before I'm one of those grizzled old track rats. But do they get them as retirement gifts from Social Security? Do their spouses think that a nice, used motorcycle will keep them out of trouble? Do they figure that everyone in the pits will have a spare clip-on or shift lever lying around in the event of a low-side? Or do they just know that, for all the stories about "bland" Japanese motorcycles, 164hp in a 450lb package is plenty exciting and all you'll ever need to go fast...

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 L Side

The K4/K5 Gixxers are considered by many to be the pinnacle of modern sportbike development. Later machines might make more outright power, but lack the fat midrange of these earlier bikes, and their cable-operated throttles offer up an almost perfect connection to the rear wheel. Traction control may save your bacon when you get it wrong, but for purists, there's nothing like the feel and control of working without a net.

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Dash

These are weirdly Jekyll and Hyde motorcycles, among the best in period at both trackday apex-strafing and, paradoxically at sport-touring. The riding position is aggressive, yet humane and the huge midrange from the 1000cc four-cylinder means you can surf the torque and worry more about your line and braking points than on gear selection, instead of chasing revs like you would on a v-twin Panigale.

Wrap your brain around that for a moment.

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 L Side Rear Wheel

That torque works just as well on the road, where midrange power and flexibility are far more important than top-end power, especially on unfamiliar roads. The K4 GSX-R1000 won plenty of "best of" competitions when it was introduced and has developed quite a following since.

So what about this one? Did we mention it has only 294 miles and is in virtually perfect condition?

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 for Sale

This bike is in Near Mint Condition.  294 Original miles. You are probably wondering how this bike only has 294 miles? Long story short it was purchased new and never ridden! The bike has had a major service done in the last couple years.

 Tires are new with 65 miles on them. Everything is stock and still has the warning stickers on it.

This bike is pristine shape and I doubt you'll ever see another one in the same condition with the same or less miles.

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 R Side Front Wheel

Bidding is active but still only up to around $2,500 with plenty of time left to go. It may be too soon for these to command any real prices, even with such low miles. If you lusted after one of these in high school but didn't have the cash or the skill to ride one, this is basically your second chance at the one that got away. It's basically brand-new, although you'd likely want new tires and replace those annoyingly rubber stock brake lines at the very least.

These are bullet-proof motorcycles, so do a basic service to make sure this thing is roadworthy, then go put some miles on!

-tad

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 R Side

New Old Stock: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 for Sale With Just 294 Miles!