Posts by tag: challenge

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 March 26, 2015 posted by

Track Ready: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Challenge

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The RS250 Challenge was the only version Aprilia ever offered U.S. customers, and as you can see it was a track ready version without headlights, signals, and other road amenities. The Challenge was made for a one make race series that followed the AMA calendar. I remember being at Sears Point and seeing one brand new at the dealer area and hoping a street version would soon follow. Of course it never did.

2004 Aprilia RS250 Challenge for sale on eBay

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The Challenge is based on the later MKII version of the RS250, which are easy to spot from the digital dash cluster and revised fairings. This example has been used as intended though not in the Challenge race series. It has also had a thorough engine rebuild according to the seller, so you should be all set to hit your local track where it truly is in it's element.

dc

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from the seller:

Perfect condition, showroom or museum quality condition and originality - unmolested and never raced in Challenge series. LAST year for the challenge bike- the bike has been raced on approx six occasions in AHRMA and the occasional track day thru its life.
2014- New engine rebuild- complete including re-nickisil cylinders, welded crank, complete clutch, new bottom end, new top end, and all hardware. NO Expense spared on engine.
Engine rebuild was done by Eurosports in Coopersberg PA- Massimo is the contact. all records to be provided to buyer.

Original Body work, tank, steering damper, etc....
Original Rear works Stand
Some Spares ( tires, brake pads, and some gearing)

Bike is adult owned - never beat on and never molested

reason for selling- time to sell some of my inventory- I truly hate to sell because this is possibly the nicest cleanest RS250 in the US
almost impossible to replace

Track Ready:  2004 Aprilia RS250 Challenge
Aprilia June 21, 2009 posted by

Aprilia RS250 Challenge Bike For Sale with Title

It's been rumored that the Challenge bikes were a bit easier to title than the gray market imports. Here's one in Cali for $8k on Craigslist:

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quote from seller's listing:

999/2000 Aprilia RS250 California Reg. Street legal two Stroke
Its true a street legal version of the RS250! VERY CLEAN BIKE only 4300 miles. Come and get one of the best handling street bikes on the road and scream down the streets turning everybody’s head like a top.
WILL CONSIDER REASONABLE OFFERS. CASH TALKS

1999 and up "Challenge" models, which means they share the common 1998+ specification, which includes the following (which would differ from pre 1998 bikes):
• Showa 41mm usd forks with compression and rebound damping adjustment as well as spring preload adjustment.
• Suzuki RGV250 Gamma engine
• Suspension designed for the longer shock
• easily accessed oil injection tank and coolant overflow tank
• 3.5" x 17 front wheel, can fit 120/60 ~ 120/70 section tire
• 4.5" x 17" rear wheel, can fit 150~165 rear tire
• 60~65 hp
• Approximate 300 pound weight

We've listed lots of Aprilia's on this blog and this one seem a touch on the high side. But it does only have 4300 miles and it boasts a street registration. Could be good for the right buyer.

dc