Posts by tag: RS250

Honda November 11, 2017 posted by

Ready to Race: 1998 Honda RS250R for Sale

Unlike Honda’s NSR250R, the RS250R was Honda’s over-the-counter race bike intended for privateer teams. Of course, if you were a factory outfit, you could get your hands on something like the NSR250 or RS250RW, which honestly gets a bit confusing. Especially the fact that the NSR250 and NSR250R are completely different bikes, and the one with the extra R is the street version...

I think I got that all correct. Experts can feel free to excoriate me in the comments.

Regardless, the RS250R is most definitely a track-only machine, a singularly-focused Grand Prix device with zero-percent body fat. It was powered by a liquid-cooled, two-stroke v-twin with a bore of 54mm and a slightly longer stroke of 54.5mm. Up until 1993 Honda used a 90° v-angle, although this was changed in 1993 to a more compact 75° configuration.

I’d expect that, given the displacement and rev range involved, improved packaging trumped any increase in vibrations that might have resulted from the narrower angle between the cylinders. The later engine should be shorter front to back, which would allow it to be pushed further forward in the frame for better weight distribution and a longer swingarm. These were capable of over 90hp, depending on tuning, and weigh a stunning 223lbs dry.

Honestly, I think I’d much prefer the bike with some sort of race-replica paint job, maybe Rothmans or Repsol. But this solid red color is as “accurate” as any, since the RS250R came from the factory with unpainted bodywork, ready for whichever race team bought them to festoon with sponsor stickers, garish graphics, and team logos.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Honda RS250R for Sale

1998 RS250R NX5 Completely Restored With 100's of Parts

This bike was a bucket list item (thanks to an old racing buddy) to be crossed off after turning some laps around the U.S., but now has to be cancelled because of injury and new career. It breaks my heart to sell it, but it has been sitting for a year (everything drained and stored indoors). This bike was Jeff Leggits (owner of Mach1 Motorsports) 98 RS250R and was COMPLETELY RESTORED!!! by maybe the best GP 2 stroke tuner/mechanic  in the U.S. Roland Cushway. Engine cylinders and carbs all done by Roland. Every bolt/part was taken off, cleaned, inspected, and either put back or replaced new. The engine is completely rebuilt... new clutch, pistons, seals, bearings, etc. The bike was then fired up and drained for storage. Small scuff on the swing arm (pictured) and small ding in the tank (easily repaired)

IF I HAD MY WISH, THE BIKE WOULD GO TO A COLLECTOR... that's what kind of condition it's in.

The list of new and used parts in so extensive I'm not going to list them all....I will document all the big items. I will ship any where in the world, but you will have to arrange it all. I won't crate the bike, so keep that in mind when searching for shipping.

THERE IS WAY TOO MANY PARTS TO ITEMIZE (hundreds of new and used parts) SO I HAVE TO DO IT BY PICTURES...THERE ARE NO DUPLICATE ITEMS SHOT.

3 sets of pipes 2 of unknown origin 1 new stock set which is on bike (1 set is German and the other English)
2 new cylinders
2 new piston and 2 new pistons installed
Used crank in great condition
Crank in bike has two races on it (Roland said check after entire season)
Full A kit transmission gear set
4 new VHM head inserts
VHM head tool
VHM Power valve tool
Swedetech leak down
Broken in clutches (3)
New chains
New coils
New wiring harness
New battle rear sets
Tons of brake pads and levers
Stock and Penske rear shock (Penske on bike)
Used cylinder and 2 heads
Manual and setup notes (I will make a copy of the setup book because it has to go back to original owner)
2 sets of repairable body work
Spare tank with repairable dent

Bidding is very active on this little two-stroke race machine, but only up to around $8,000 right now. If you plan to do more than just display this bit of high-speed industrial art, that spares list is pretty key, and is actually one of the most appealing thing about this listing. Two-stroke race bikes require constant attention, and spares aren't always easy to come by for a ten-year-old, limited production Honda racebike. The original listing includes plenty of additional photos of what bits are included, and it looks like there's enough to keep this running for a long time to come.

-tad

Ready to Race: 1998 Honda RS250R for Sale
Aprilia September 15, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Aprilia RS250 from Speedwerks

Update 10.27.2017: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

This Aprilia RS250 is being sold by Speedwerks, good friends of RSBFS and a meticulous bunch whose offerings are always top notch. This quarter-liter ripper is no exception, having recently undergone a thorough mechanical and cosmetic freshening. The long list of new stuff includes Brembo brake master cylinder, pads and lines and a set of sticky Bridgestone 090s.

The RS250 is essentially the lights-and-mirrors version of Aprilia's RSV grand prix bike, and employs a 90-degree Suzuki VJ22 two-stroke v-twin. The RS line was one of the last serious street-legal two-stroke featherweights, and should feel more like a modern motorcycle than some of Japan's older options.

Though the VJ22 is limited to 45 horses in Japanese trim, Aprilia did what they could with the CDI box to change that, and Speedwerks have added custom exhausts, re-jetted the carbs and fitted a CDI that gives the twin its full complement of ponies. As it sits, the bike should be good for somewhere around 60 horsepower.

The benefit of a thorough going-over with new paint, graphics and bodywork shows; this thing is ludicrously pretty for an aged, all-or-nothing canyon carver.

From Speedwerks:

Very nice example of Aprilia's 250cc Two Stroke Sportbike. This particular machine has undergone a full service and 'rider restoration' in our shop. Engine was inspected, serviced and all fluids replaced. Carbs were rebuilt with new lines and filter installed. tested on our Dynojet chassis dyno.
Power valve drains fitted, NGK plugs and new air filter. New OEM Brembo master cylinder fitted and new brake pads, steel braided front brake lines. New Bridgestone 090 tires, along with a new DID x-ring chain and battery.
Full Power S.A.P.C. (ECU).
The fairings are original and were professionally resprayed in the factory gloss black, the tail section and decals are 3M 1080 series carbon fiber. All components of this machine operate and function as they should. Titled and ready to ride.
Post sale transportation, parts and service are available. Ck our Facebook page for more cool gray market bikes for sale. /speedwerks. Any questions please email or call. 302-672-RACE
In business over 25 years, Speedwerks specializes in rare sportbikes and road racing motorcycles. From a frame up custom/restorations to general service, we are your full service shop.

Speedwerks Sportbike Service
101 Weston Dr. suite-8
Dover,De 19904
(302)672-RACE

With a fresh chain and tires and a clear title, this thing should be ready for a nice long run in a lucky enthusiast's garage.  Contact Steve at Speedwerks directly for more: steve@speedwerks.com $7,900 firm, nationwide delivery available.

Featured Listing: Aprilia RS250 from Speedwerks
Aprilia August 20, 2017 posted by

Thrilla From Aprilia: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Aprilia was late to the quarter-liter two-stroke party when they introduced their RS250 in 1995, but the bike stayed in production long after the NSR, TZR, and the RGV that donated its powerplant had gone the way of the dodo, with road bikes available until 2002 and "for off road use only examples" several years after that. There were two generations of the bike, with a restyle partway through the bike's production run in 1998. This particular example features the earlier bodywork and dash, which I personally very much prefer to the later, more "modern" style.

The bike used a very lightly modified version of Suzuki's RGV250 engine, so specifications are basically identical, although buyers don't have to worry about Japanese market horsepower restrictions, and should have somewhere in the neighborhood of 55hp, although more is possible at the cost of longevity... The bike also used Suzuki's six-speed transmission, although Aprilia used their own aluminum beam frame and banana swingarm that are much more sculptural than Suzuki's more industrial-looking components. Triple Brembo discs are almost overkill: they're the same kit found on bikes like Ducati's 916 and Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 that weighed significantly more than the little Aprilia's 300lbs...

Period reviews praise the bike's light weight and handling, although it was, like all the other 250s, pretty bare-bones and high-strung. Later bikes had a very trick-looking dash, but these earlier machines have the gauges clearly divided into the required tachometer and a speedo/idiot light cluster that could easily be removed when prepping the bike for race duty...

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Absolutely stunning RS250 in superb condition.  Frame is immaculate, bodywork in excellent condition with minor scratches and scuff marks.  Comes with two un-installed Michelin pilot tires. All consumables in super good condition (brakes, chain, sprockets).  12400 original kms, starts on the first kick hot or cold.  New plugs, clean air filter, oil changed, power valves degreased.  Ready to go!  For this week and this week ONLY, free crating, free shipping to continental North America, no paypal fees, export fees on me!  Serious inquiries only please, no low balls, no time wasters.

The Buy It Now price for this very nice RS250 is listed as $8,300 although I'm not sure if that's US or Canadian dollars, making this either a good deal or a great deal, considering the apparent condition. Obviously you'll have to handle importation issues, and registration could be tricky depending on where you live. Maybe just park it in your living room until it's 25 years old?

-tad

Thrilla From Aprilia: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Aprilia July 30, 2017 posted by

Where There’s Smoke… 2000 Aprilia RS250

It's always a wonderful morning when a quick perusal of "stuff for sale" nets a smoker looking for a good home. Makes me feel like I'm doing the world a real service, like finding foster homes for stray animals. In this case, the animal in question runs on premix and has the potential to scream like a banshee. Nice! Today's stray is an imported Aprilia RS250, brought to this country by a US military member (yet another reason to thank a vet for their service). It has very low miles and appears to be quite clean. It's also looking for a good home.

2000 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

Aprilia created the RS250 series to celebrate their GP success in the quarter liter class. Streetable versions of the RS250 were built from 1995 - 2002, with minor cosmetic changes coming in 1998. And while Aprilia is a well-respected motorcycle manufacturer in their own right, they turned to Suzuki when it came time to build the RS250. Utilizing a Suzuki-sourced VJ22 V-twin, Aprilia made minor changes in the packaging, bolted on a RS250-specific set of chambers and updated the ECU to their own specs. Otherwise, you can expect similar sounds, feel and performance to the motive power of a RGV250. The rest of the bike is pure Aprilia, with a twin spar aluminum frame, upside down forks, a curved swingarm, and race-tuned aero bodywork.

From the seller:
This is a 2000 Aprilia RS250, street legal motorcycle that was originally imported by a US military person many years ago. I have owned it since 2008. It has a 17-digit VIN number, and is insured, licensed and completely street legal. I have always stored it inside a heated garage at my home. As you can see by the photographs, it is extremely clean and well maintained. It has 4,484 total miles and is in all original condition, including the original tires. The only non-stock part on it is a tinted windscreen. I have ridden it a couple of times a year since I've owned it, and I always drain the tank and fuel system between rides. I have always used Motul 710 full synthetic two cycle oil in the injection system. It has a few scratches on some of the bodywork and decals, and I was told that these scratches occurred during shipping to the US. I never doubted this explanation since the bike shows no signs of having ever been crashed. It is in excellent mechanical condition, and it runs and rides like a new motorcycle. All lights and instruments work as they should, and there are absolutely no problems or issues with anything. Included in the sale are the original toolkit and the rear passenger seat that came with the bike when new. I also have a new replacement windscreen that I will include in the sale. The one on the bike is scratched, and I bought a new one to replace it, but never installed it. This is one of my all-time favorite motorcycles, and I am only selling it to help fund the purchase of another rare motorcycle.

The RS250 is not exactly rare in the sense a RC30 or OW-01 is rare. However they are definitely on the "more buyers than available stock on hand" scale of supply and demand. Even so, they are not terribly expensive. This is true even though these may be some of the most modern (chassis, suspension, brakes, electronics) street-going two strokes available to US buyers. With a 17-digit vin and clear title, you'd be in like Flynn at your local DMV - California residents, as usual, need not apply.

This auction is just getting underway, with a current bid below $1,500. There is a reserve in place, so this bike may not be getting a new home any time soon; time will tell here. Meanwhile, readers are encouraged to search the RSBFS archives on these wonderful machines, given that we have seen quite a few pass through our pages. Doing your homework is the best way to ensure you chase after the right bike, for the right price. Check out this 2000 Aprilia RS250 here, and ping us back in the Comments section if you have one of these or have ridden one. Good luck!!

MI

Where There’s Smoke… 2000 Aprilia RS250
Aprilia May 2, 2017 posted by

Legalities: 2000 Aprilia RS 250

Up for grabs today is a 2000 Aprilia RS250 - the most modern of the smokers we are likely to see on RSBFS these days. Sired by Aprilia during the dying days of 250cc GP racing, the RS250 is a street bike homage of the RSW250 GP racer. Using a Suzuki-derived twin based on the successful RGV250 series, an alloy chassis developed by Benelli and top-shelf suspension components (Showa, Sachs), the RS250 is a fitting end to the dominance of two-strokes in the smaller classes.

2000 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

There are two versions of the RS250 to consider; the first is as we see here - a completely street legal bike with lights, instrumentation and all the other DOT niceties needed in order to obtain a title. The second version is the one-make racing series bike, the RS250 Challenge Cup example. We see many of the Cup bikes converted to street use, with varying degrees of completion. If you are intending the bike for street use, then the recommendation is to go with a model that started life out as a street legal machine. This one fits the bill.

From the seller:
2000 Aprilia RS 250 Amazing Original condition with clear Kentucky Title. 2 owner bike that has been in private collection since 2003. All fluids just changed and carburetors cleaned and services. Bike runs and ride like new. 100% original condition with 912 miles. These RS's and getting harder and harder to find in this kind of condition. The 2000 RS 250 had 72.5 HP @11,900 RPM and dry weight was 306 lbs. This one is ready for the street or the track, be the coolest rider at your track day or smoke those 600's on the back roads! It is in almost flawless condition with only 2 small spider type marks on the side fairing (shown in pictures) typical with the thin fiberglass fairing Aprilia use. Bike has never been dropped or down in any way. Come with full service manual and the original RS 250 Challenge service and repair manual. Here is your chance to own one of the coolest and highest HP 2 stoke 250's made. Or just buy it and stick in in your collection! Any questions let me know, I will do my best to answer them. John 860-810-332 or email. Good luck and happy bidding!

The seller has done a good job pointing out the highlights of this particular example of the breed. 100% original condition is a nice-to-know, as many of these bikes harbor modifications in search of additional speed (at the expense of originality or reliability). Only 912 miles means that this bike has not seen a lot of use or abuse - also a good thing. The cracks noted in the gel coat are (unfortunately) common; while they do detract slightly from the value, they do not necessarily indicate any issue, nor impede functionality. The only thing missing is commentary on services completed - while two strokes do not require the same care as a four stroke, seals do need to be tested due to age. A savvy buyer might figure on a bleed down test (at minimum) to ensure everything is healthy. Otherwise, well done by the seller.

Question for the Aprilia experts: The silencers on this one look suspiciously like Arrow units. Did these bikes come stock with something other than the brushed aluminum silencers, or have these been added after the fact?

This auction is pretty hot right now, with bidding above $8k and what looks like much more to come. These bikes are indeed becoming more rare as the world moves on to cleaner sources of motivation, and a good, stock RS250 is something that is only going to go up in value. Check it out here, and be sure and drop us a Comment. Have you owned or ridden a RS250? Share your thoughts and experiences. Good luck!!

MI

Aprilia April 8, 2017 posted by

Teutonic Two-Stroke: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Suzuki has a long-standing relationship with the smaller Italian brands, providing their well-engineered powerplants to the likes of Bimota, Cagiva, and Aprilia. It makes sense: big companies may have excess production capacity, and it's practical for smaller companies to purchase powerful, reliable, thoroughly-developed engines and transmissions and instead focus on frames and styling. In the case of the Aprilia RS250, they used Suzuki's two-stroke v-twin from the RGV250 that competed against Honda's NSR250 in the hotly-contested quarter-liter sportbike segment.

Specs for the bikes in the class look virtually identical at a glance, a case of convergent evolution. While some machines like the Yamaha TZR started out motivated by parallel twins, by the time the class was legislated out of existence they all used liquid-cooled 249cc v-twin two-strokes with some form of powervalve, and they all produced a strangely specific 45hp... Distinctive, asymmetrical "banana" swingarms featured prominently as well, and created space to fit the required exhaust expansion chambers for maximum power, while still allowing extreme lean angles. All of those features can be found on the RS250, although it appears at first that Italian tuners went to work modifying it with a much higher claimed output than Japanese rivals. But the reality is that the Japanese bikes were hobbled by home-market legislation that limited their power output well below what was possible, something that didn't apply to Aprilia.

So performance was on par with bikes like the [de-restricted] NSR250, with surprising power, agile handling, and a dry weight in the neighborhood of 300lbs. But while the Japanese bikes are handsome and certainly look great in race-replica graphics, the Aprilia has unmistakable Italian style, and the sculptural, polished frame that makes the simple beam units from Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha look like crude, industrial extrusions. I'm a big fan of this particular bodywork and color combination, and I think it's one of the very best-looking bikes of the 1990s: balanced and aggressive without being cartoon-y, with just a splash of garish color. And I like the earlier dash seen here, with that added-as-an-afterthought speedo and idiot-light section that looks easily removable for track day excursions or racebike conversion.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

This is a used RS250 2 stroke. This bike was purchased by a Marine in Germany and shipped back via plane to the USA. It has 10,280 miles or 17,000 kilometers. Bike has a fresh change of oil and carbs have been taken apart and cleaned. Bike is currently running and has great compression. I have all the keys and manuals. I have every single document to convert to a US title. I also have some spares. (please see photos) There are minor scratches on the bike from normal wear and riding. A very clean and well preserved RS250...

The photos provided by the seller of this example are decent, but it's had to get a real sense of just how nice it is. There are some graphics/logos missing from the tank and bodywork, so maybe a nicely repainted set of plastics? Mileage isn't museum-quality low, but that just means you should get out and ride it! As the seller mentions, the bike was imported from Germany [see: post title] at some point, and it apparently doesn't have a US title as yet. As always, do your research before buying, as titling these kinds of imports will vary significantly from state to state: there's a very good reason you see so many Oregon and Nevada plated cars and bikes running around Southern California...

-tad

Teutonic Two-Stroke: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale