Posts by tag: Two Stroke

Aprilia April 27, 2015 posted by

Orange Dream: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP R Side Front

Okay, I know you guys are going to jump on the non-standard paint, asking just what damage the shiny, orange-scented paint is hiding… This particular Aprilia RS250 definitely isn’t for purists, but might make a great bike for the right buyer.

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP R Side

The RS250 is a famously agile, although this bike features the front end from a GSX-R600 that supposedly improves things significantly, and it looks like the installation was professionally handled. Many riders might not notice the difference, but the set of radial brakes that came along with the forks are a welcome addition.

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP Dash

And while Aprilia’s famous two-stroke v-twin is one of the best-looking bikes of the period and featured surprisingly subtle, muted paint schemes for the most part, it does look pretty good in bright orange. I certainly don’t mind it when someone decides to do things a bit differently, although it can make things more difficult when the time comes to sell…

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP L Rear Suspension

The bike obviously isn’t stock, but the seller goes into some detail about the changes he’s made over at the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

I am relisting due to the winning bidder not paying. This is a 1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani replica street bike. It is NOT a converted cup race bike. I have owned this bike since 2000. It was purchased from Motomorphic in Petaluma, CA and I was told it was an import from Thailand. The bike has a 17 digit VIN number and a clear Arizona title. Although the stock bike was amazing I did make some changes.

The bike runs and fuels perfectly. With the suspension components and chassis setup it handles better than any other street bike I've ever ridden. I have other bikes and I spend much more time admiring the Aprilia than I do riding it. There's nothing like the sound, feel and even smell of a two-stroke bike. Please feel free to ask any questions or for specific photos The bike is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Bike is available for pick up or I'll be happy to drop it off at any shipping location or motorcycle shop in the Phoenix area. I reserve the right to cancel listing early for local sale. Thanks for looking.

Looking at the photos, the bike isn’t perfect, but I didn’t notice any evidence that the bike has been crashed hard. Just the slight cosmetic damage mentioned by the seller.Any of you eagle-eyed readers see anything amiss?

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP R Frame Detail

Personally, I’m okay with the changes that have been made, as long as the seller isn’t looking for top-dollar. I particularly like the Translogic dash, as the stock item is very dated-looking and this should give some additional function as well. If the price is right, this might make a very cool track day machine, with no fears of scuffing up a pristine, all-original bike.

-tad

1995 Aprilia RS250 SP L Side

Orange Dream: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Bimota April 25, 2015 posted by

What Could Have Been – 1997 Bimota V-Due

1997 Bimota V-Due on eBay

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On paper, it was everything that we all asked and begged for... a roadgoing version of the 500cc two stroke monsters that we watched Mick Doohan and crew wrestle around the track in Grand Prix racing.  Unfortunately two strokes, for all of their performance legend and lore were burdened with characteristics that some (The Fun Police) found distasteful.  They were loud and dirty and smoky and anybody who rode one became the scourge of the neighborhood.  The Japanese manufacturers had left two strokes in the past and they weren't coming back.  Until Bimota decided to take what would ultimately prove to be a suicidal risk.  The numbers were there.  110hp and a claimed 300lb dry weight was the closest thing that any of us would ever get to our GP fantasies.... and it was beautiful.

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Unfortunately and catastrophically for Bimota... the V-Due just wasn't sorted out.  The initial excitement was quickly tempered by some scathing reviews by the European press and when customers eventually rode their machines they all stunk.  Customers reported seized engines, oil leaks and a power delivery that was so erratic that the V-Due was practically unrideable.  Many simply returned their bikes to the dealships.   The initial diagnosis blamed the fuel injection and Bimota attempted to remedy the situation by retrofitting carbs, but it was too little too late and the damage was done.  Bimota filed for bankruptcy in 1999.  Several years later, with new investors and properly sorted out, a few hundred V-Dues resurfaced as new 2003-2004 models with carburetors.

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This particular model is basically showroom new, with only 47 kilometers on the clock and given it's dubious legacy, you have to wonder if that's because it never worked.  The seller's ad doesn't mention anything about the running condition, but it does state that it's still fuel injected... so proceed with caution!  1997 Bimota V-Due on eBay UK

BIMOTA 500 V DUE 500 1997 Covered only 46 KM from new in immaculate condition complete with both keys. Bike is originally from Germany will be registered to the new owner supplied with a UK V5 and new 12 months MOT. Very rare investment opportunity fuel injection 500 cc Two stroke model.

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What Could Have Been – 1997 Bimota V-Due
Yamaha April 22, 2015 posted by

One Mean RZ: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R with California title

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When it comes to 500cc GP bike replicas, the Yamaha RZ is king of popularity. It may not be the outright favorite two stroke out there (far too many Gamma fans to walk out onto that ledge), but it was built in reasonable numbers and seems to be a readily available model for those seeking smoke. This particular RZ is a "V" model - meaning it has the coveted Japanese market aluminum frame. And while the stock RZV was de-rated in power for the home market, this one seems to have quite a few mods thrown at it (although no mention made of removing the restrictions).

1985 Yamaha RZV500 for sale on eBay

From the seller
1985 Original RZV 500cc, V-4, 2-stroke, Stock RZV Aluminum Frame, Stainless-steel Lomas pipes , Marchesini Rear Wheel, 5.5 x 17, Marvic Front Wheel, 3.5 x 17,1992 FZR1000 Front End, Sunstar rotors, Galfer brake lines,Honda Hawk 650 Swingarm, Works Performance Rear Shock, Under seat oil tank, Air filter is a Unifilter in stock air box, Stainless allen bolts throughout the chassis, California Titled and Registered, 4311 km

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These two pictures are all we have of this rare, California legal beast. The bike looks sharp and obviously has had a lot of parts thrown at it in an artful sort of way. The tail section is clean and purposeful, and really shows off that single-sided swingarm. Don't get me started on those chambers, as I could stare at the welds all day long. I like the beefy forks and triple clamps as well. Nice stuff. Check it out here if a whiff of castor oil starts your day on the right foot. Bidding has been spirited and this one is already over $13k with a few days to go. How high will this one run? Check it out and let us know what you think!

MI

One Mean RZ: 1985 Yamaha RZV500R with California title
Honda April 14, 2015 posted by

Two Stroke Temptation – 1990 Honda NSR250SP

1990 Honda NSR250SP on eBay

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If you're looking for something eye-catching to add to your collection, this might be the one for you.  Coming all the way from a private collection in Japan by way of Canada is this stunning 1990 Honda NSR250SP.  The near flawless condition of the little Honda is surely due to the fact that it has a mere 1166km (724 miles) showing on the odometer.  Our regular readers may notice that this motorcycle did show up on our pages and on eBay about a year ago when it was originally listed for sale in Canada.  It has made it's way across the border here to California, meaning that you won't have to deal with any potential customs nightmares.  The seller does mention that it comes with a Bill of Sale only, so getting a title might prove challenging.

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The eBay auction already has quite a bit of interest, with the watchers and the bids coming in fast.  You can check it out here: 1990 Honda NSR250SP on eBay.  There is a lot of information in the description, including details about the bikes and the seller adds a little bit of personal perspective about it here:

If you do not know much about two-strokes then this is probably not the bike for you. This is a street version of Honda's racing bike. It is extremely light (under 300lbs), agile, starts and runs very well and it is VERY fast. This motorcycle redlines at 12000rpm. When it hits the power band at about 9000rpm you had better be holding on tight. Also, you may not be able to title it depending on the state you live in. That's why I am expressly stating the bike is sold as-is, where-is, with a bill of sale only with no representations as to ability to register or title. If you have any questions about this or the bike, please email me. And, yes it is available for viewing by legitimately interested bidders. It is located in Orange County, California. If you are a novice, or are not confident in your riding abilities, please do not buy this bike (unless you plan on displaying it only). 

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Two Stroke Temptation – 1990 Honda NSR250SP
Honda April 13, 2015 posted by

Seasoned Veteran: Ex-Randy Renfrow 1989 Honda RS250 for Sale

1989 Honda RS250 Renfrow R Front

This Honda RS250 is not a road bike. It was never a road bike. It's not a streetbike stripped of lights or a "race replica": it was never meant to be used anywhere but the track. An over-the-counter GP250 machine from Honda, it is powered by a slightly undersquare 249cc two stroke v-twin and weights about as much as the average professional football player.

You probably already knew that already.

1989 Honda RS250 Renfrow R Rear

But this particular RS250 was ridden by Randy Renfrow, and maybe you're not as familiar with him. Randy is an inductee of the AMA's Hall of Fame and was a real grassroots racer, someone who could be fast on just about anything, a tough guy whose career was cut short by a crash in 2002 while riding a Honda RS250 at Daytona. Previously, he'd made a name racing against Ferracci 851's on a cobbled-together Honda that used a v-twin from flat-track bike, VFR750 forks, and a replica RS500 frame. Basically it was a shoestring effort, but the team's grit and Randy's sheer determination saw them through.

1989 Honda RS250 Renfrow Cockpit

From the original eBay listing: 1989 Honda RS250 for Sale

Ex-Randy Renfrow GP bike. Have some documentation from previous owner. Comes with spares: gearing, cylinder, gaskets, pistons, jets, needles... etc. Has programmable power valves to set RPM activation. Windscreen has a crack that was stitched up. Rear tire only has one race on it. Reason for selling is I am getting too old to be racing. I will deliver this in US or Canada.

Obviously, this is not some pristine example of the breed, but the scars are earned, not the result of being poorly treated. So is this bike worth more because of its provenance? Maybe to the right person: Randy was the kind of rider remembered and admired by racers. But hopefully the right buyer will emerge to buy this little smoker and thrash the living hell out of it on track. I'd imagine that's what Randy would want.

-tad

1989 Honda RS250 Renfrow L Side

Seasoned Veteran: Ex-Randy Renfrow 1989 Honda RS250 for Sale
Suzuki April 2, 2015 posted by

Corner Speed – 1992 Suzuki RG125 on eBay

1992 Suzuki RG125 on eBay

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 Two stroke sportbikes are automatically rare over here in the US.  While the rest of the world got to play out their GP dreams on road going versions of their favorite racer's factory machine, we were stymied by the fun police (aka the EPA) who said that two strokes were too dirty to pass emissions testing.  Somehow this little Suzuki RG125 managed to make it's way across the ocean and 24 years later it is only showing 5 miles on the clocks!  There are some light scrapes that makes you wonder what happened?  Did somebody tip it over in the parking lot leaving the dealership and get scared?  Stashed it away and forgot about it?

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It is "only a 125" but it still manages to squeeze out about 33hp.  Granted that's not going to win any roll races on the highway or blow you away with it's acceleration, however, that's not what it was made for.  If you are lucky enough to live in an area with some serious twisties, I suspect that there aren't many guys who are going to be able to hang with you.  Better yet, take it to the track and thrash it.  We all know that there are few things more glorious than the sound of a two stroke ripping through the gears down the straights.

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Corner Speed – 1992 Suzuki RG125 on eBay
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