Posts by tag: RGV250

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 December 6, 2016 posted by

Cali Plate: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

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A mix of sleek styling and proven Japanese power, the Aprilia RS250 was the Italian company's entry into the hotly-contested quarter-liter sportbike class battles and intended to take the fight to Honda's NSR250, Yamaha's TZR250, and Suzuki's RGV250. The monochromatic style was a far cry from the vivid speedblock and tiger-stripe designs of the Japanese competition and has aged very well, and I bet plenty of folks would think this is a new, or nearly new machine.

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The RS250 borrowed its 249cc liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin from Suzuki's high-strung RGV250, retuned for more power. Weight was competitive, at around 300lbs dry so the claimed 60hp made the bike plenty quick, with typical two-stroke power-delivery and serious agility. A sculpted beam frame provided a stiff foundation and the asymmetrical "banana" swingarm kept the bike's expansion chambers tucked in close to the bike for maximum cornering clearance. If those brakes look familiar, they're the very same Brembo units that stopped just about every other Italian sportbike of the period and are plenty powerful, considering those bikes were at least 30% heavier than the little Aprilia...

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I happen to prefer the earlier bodywork seen here, but later bikes have plenty of style as well, although their very 80s-looking dash is an acquired taste... Unfortunately, it's a little hard to see in the low-resolution photos that accompany the listing. The bike does include something that's a bit of a Holy Grail for RS250 fans though: a California license plate.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Starts and runs may need some minor tuning. Have a sticker kit not perfect a few of the stickers are wrinkled thanks to FedEx. Have a rear seat cover that is purple. Arrows pipes, Toby steering damper.  

CA PLATE !!

Bidding is up to $5,000 with the reserve met and just 24 hours left on the listing. The photos are pretty poor, which is a real shame since miles are low and, aside from a couple of minor scuffs, it appears to be in good cosmetic condition. I wonder how much more interest there would be in the bike if the seller had bothered to include a few decent pics and maybe a short video of the bike, along with a better idea of what "may need some minor tuning" might mean.

-tad

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Cali Plate: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
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
Aprilia October 25, 2016 posted by

NY-Titled Two-Stroke: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica for Sale

1996-aprilia-rs250-l-frontAprilia took an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it mentality" when motivating their RS250 two-stroke race replica, and packed Suzuki's proven RGV250Γ "Gamma" engine and six-speed gearbox into their machine, albeit with extra tuning for a claimed 70hp. While that number may be theoretically possible, it seems pretty optimistic and might make for a short-lived and exceptionally high-strung machine in practice. Suffice to say, the RS250 was a worthy competitor for machines from Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha.

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While I love trellis frames, it's hard to argue with the beautifully sculpted aluminum alloy beam frame seen here, paired with a distinctive, asymmetrical "banana" swingarm intended to allow the expansion chambers to tuck up close to the side of the bike for maximum cornering clearance. And while bikes from the Japanese manufacturers used components that were similar on paper, they were far less sensual in execution.

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The RS250 was restyled in 1998 and featured pointier nose and tail sections, reflective silver-on-flat-black graphics, and a new dash that matched their RSV. I definitely prefer this earlier bodywork and the older-style dash seen here that is clearly set up with easy removal of the the speedo and idiot-light dash for racing. Or so you can honestly say things like, "No officer, I have no idea how fast I was going." And while race-replicas are often garish beasts to quickly identify them on a crowded racetrack, this era RS250 is pretty subtle. Best of all, this example has a New York State Title, which definitely adds to the bike's desirability and means you can do more with your little race-rep than just display it as the previous owner has apparently done, or thrash the daylights out of it on track.

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From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica for Sale

#265 of 500 made!

I woke up today and decided at the age of 55, it was time to grow up. Walked into my man cave which is full of toys, and rolled out my extremely rare RS-250 to sell. She has only 3176 kilometers (1904 miles).  What could be better than that? A CLEAN & CLEAR NYS STREET LEGAL TITLE!

But probably the BEST THING about this bike is that it runs and rides perfectly. Starts with just a kick and idles smooth as glass! Being a 40 plus year motorcycle enthusiast and owner of a bike shop, my toys are always ready to ride - even though I rarely play with them.

There are a few minor cosmetic flaws that I never got around to addressing. Left rear tail graphic was scratched in transport, windscreen cracked and right side fairing has a drip of white paint on it.  That's pretty much it. Paint is extremely nice and 100% original.

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Bidding is at $9,500 with the reserve met. It's a shame about those frankly horrible scratches on the tail section, but the bike is otherwise in beautiful condition, with very low miles, and is claimed to run very well. I'd ditch those aftermarket purple fasteners the first weekend I got it home and then proceed to wrestle with the dilemma: do I sit and admire it, or thrash the wheels off it?

-tad

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NY-Titled Two-Stroke: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica for Sale
Suzuki September 2, 2016 posted by

Untitled: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for Sale

1996 Suzkuki RGV250 R Front

Unlike modern, small-displacement machines like the Ninja 300, the Suzuki RGV250Γ "Gamma" is a high-performance machine in miniature, not a sporty-looking commuter based on a very basic platform. Emissions legislation meant we never officially got any of these little rippers here in the US, but the 250cc class really took off in the mid-to-late 1980s and saw absolutely fierce competition between the four major Japanese manufacturers before interest waned and legislation finally killed the class off by the late 1990s. Other than the Aprilia RS250 that used the very same engine, the 1996 Suzuki RGV250 was basically the end of the line for two-stroke performance motorcycles, as the VJ23 that followed lasted just two years.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 L Fairing

This 1996 VJ22 bike was the last year of the 90° v-twin engine, as the short-lived VJ23 that came along in 1997 featured a 70° v-twin that likely improved packaging, although Suzuki claimed improved power as well: 90° is ideal for smoothness, but on a four-stroke it ends up being hard to effectively fit into a compact wheelbase. That's obviously less of a problem for two-strokes with their very compact heads, but performance margins in the class during this very competitive period were razor-thin and changes that gave even a small advantage were taken very seriously.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 R Fairing

In any event, Suzuki claimed 60hp from the 249cc twin and the surrounding motorcycle otherwise followed the template set down for the quarter-liter class: aluminum beam frame, six speed gearbox, proprietary power valve technology, expansion chamber-clearing curved swingarm, and sub-300 lb weight. In spite of their power valves the Gammas, like all of the 250cc sportbikes were highly-strung, with narrow powerbands that made heavy use of the slick gearboxes mandatory. The snarling exhaust notes and giant-killing performance left a lasting impression on the motorcycling community, and many of the Japan-only models have become highly venerated by motorcycle enthusiasts who've ridden them, raced them, or only know them by reputation and endless combing of the internet for information to flesh out their two-wheeled fantasies...

1996 Suzuki RGV250 Cockpit

This RGV250Γ is the higher-spec SP model that should feature a close-ratio gearbox and a dry clutch to go with the fully-adjustable suspension at both ends of the bike, although buyers should be sure to do their homework to verify that this is, in fact, the real deal. It looks like you can see the dry clutch peeking out from behind the fairing on the right side of the bike, so that's a good sign.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for Sale

Located in Santa Ana, California. This bike is in very good condition for it’s age. Engine runs good, but could use a light carb clean. There are a few minor scratches on the fairing. Bike has only 6529 KM = 3917 Miles on the clock. The solo seat pad will be included with the bike. Also included is a new set of air filters. Bike is sold with a bill of sale only. I don't have a title for the bike. Look at the pictures carefully and ask questions before you bid. This is a USA only auction. Again, this bike is sold with a bill of sale only, no title.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 R Side

Obviously, the lack of a title will be a problem for many buyers, but as always: your mileage may vary. If you're looking to collect or display, this example isn't perfect, but looks like it could be pretty close with a bit of work and, if you want to build a two-stroke race or track bike, none of that will matter anyway. The later versions of the two-fiddy Gamma, especially ones in SP trim, are pretty rare and desirable here in the US, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if this one finds a home without much trouble in spite of potential problems titling and registering it.

-tad

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Untitled: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for Sale
Suzuki June 8, 2016 posted by

Table for One: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP for Sale

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Fresh off the boat from Japan, this Suzuki RGV250 Γ "Gamma" is the higher-spec SP model that featured fully-adjustable suspension, along with a close-ratio gearbox and a dry clutch. 1988 was the first year of the RGV that replaced the parallel-twin of the RG250 with a new, 90° 249cc v-twin engine that also found its way into the Aprilia RS250. Designated the “VJ21” this first-generation RGV used Suzuki’s sophisticated aluminum beam frame, but lacked the later bike’s stacked exhaust and sexy banana swingarm that allowed space for that bike’s bulging expansion chambers.

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP L Side Front

The complete package made around 50hp and weighed around 282lbs dry, so performance is deceptively good, considering the relatively small displacement. But more importantly, these machines are notoriously high-strung, requiring real effort to extract the modest power and skill to take advantage of that light weight and nimble handling. The result is performance that can embarrass more powerful machines on track and on the road when used properly. For Real Riders™ this kind of involvement is critical to the motorcycle experience and makes for epic David vs. Goliath stories shared over lunch.

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP Clocks

This bike also features a solo tail section, which at first seems a shame. I mean, what rider doesn’t dream about taking some hot, young thing on the back for a midnight ride, the capstone of the typical motorcycle fantasy? But sexy as they may be, sportbikes are generally impractical for taking passengers and, considering the RGV250’s tiny, tiny size, maybe it’s best that this is a rider-only machine...

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From the original eBay listing: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ Gamma SP for Sale
Up for auction is 1988 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma SP Model. SP Model has adjustable suspension, close ratio transmission, and this one has custom racing single seat. It just arrived from Japan. All electric works, engine, brake, suspension work too. Only needs tire: getting old so needs new one. Have a short movie on YouTube.
Got paper work you need to register but don't know how much do you need. Please check your local DMV. Odometer shows 3124km (about 1952.5 miles) but seems like too low, I assume it has been replaced? Don't know but it goes 1000 to 1100rpm. Right side plastic has crack but it has been fixed. 
The seller also helpfully includes a clip of the bike starting and running. The bike is in generally decent condition, although that solo tail is obviously not the original part, and the stock piece appears to be long-gone. Aesthetic choice or crash-repair? Many of these sat outside in their home market: garage space is at a premium in Japan. And build-quality was never all that high for these quarter-liter sportbikes, so most of these making their way here will need some cosmetic attention.

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP R Side Rear

There’s still plenty of time left on the auction, with a $4,300.00 starting bid and no takers as yet.  Those two little letters “S” and “P” mean it should prove popular among collectors and folks who live in places where registration entails nothing more than a duly-appointed state representative looking at your ride and saying, “Yup. That’s a motorcycle.” It's not a dead-stock museum-piece, but I expect that'll be reflected in the final selling price, so someone may get a good deal on machine that's very rare here in the US.

-tad

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Table for One: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP for Sale