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2004 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup Race Bike!

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This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

2004 Aprilia RS250 For Sale on eBay!

There’s no doubt about it- Aprilia was the little Italian company that could from 1994 to 2007. Undersized and well under funded, Aprilia built a near perfect MotoGP racer and landed the best of the best to put the RS250 on top of the box for the majority of a 14 year span.

1994 Max Biaggi Aprilia
1995 Max Biaggi Aprilia
1996 Max Biaggi Aprilia
1997 Max Biaggi Honda
1998 Loris Capirossi Aprilia
1999 Valentino Rossi Aprilia
2000 Olivier Jacque Yamaha
2001 Daijiro Kato Honda
2002 Marco Melandri Aprilia
2003 Manuel Poggiali Aprilia
2004 Dani Pedrosa Honda
2005 Dani Pedrosa Honda
2006 Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia
2007 Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia

It’s not uncommon to hear the RS frame and banana swing arm to be perfect in every way. The RS motor was also said to be near perfect-cranking out around 60hp while producing around 30 pound feet of torque. This combination propelled the the RS to a top speed of about 130mph and was a strong enough package to lure in the hottest of young European talent. As previously mentioned, Aprilia won 9 our of 14 championships starting in 1994 and ending in 2007. Granted, I don’t think us mere mortals can compare to the likes of Biaggi, Capirossi, Rossi, Melandri, Poggiali or Lorenzo, but we can sure dream- right?

The seller of this Challenge Cup machine has some serious advice for any would be buyer. I feel it’s my duty to cover it before moving on to all things pictures, fantasy and drool.

The sellers warning
Don’t consider buying this if:
– The only 2-stroke you have ever started is a weed-whacker. This bike is the real deal.
– You have no idea what a carburetor does
– You want to ride it on the road. (This is only for the track). Has a 15 digit VIN (ZD4LDA5004S0043)
– You need electronic aids (ABS, traction control etc). There aren’t any.

Thanks to my buddy, Jay- former RSBFS.com writer and guru of all things Aprilia, I used to own one of these and I’d always park it next to my trusty Stihl FS85 line trimmer as a reminder that I wasn’t a worthy candidate for RS250 ownership.

Now that I’ve covered the disclaimer lets check it out-


 
Low mileage: Check!



 
Shiny bits and true Racer Boy exhaust: Check!



 
It has a motor: Check!
 


More from the seller
2004 Aprilia RS250 Challenge. (The last year this track-only bike was made)

Legendary frame and handling with huge Brembo brakes and nearly 60 BHP from its Suzuki 250cc engine
This machine is small and agile enough to teach you great track craft without ludicrous speeds. You’ll out-handle and out-brake almost anything on the track and still be able to reach 115mph on the straightaway

Never raced. Only used for track days by mid-level rider. I believe I am the second owner.
Used a few times a year, it now has only 3,765 miles

Run on 100% pure gas (no ethanol) 91 Octane with Motul 2-stroke oil. Has an oil pump so no need to premix.
Gas tank has been treated with epoxy
Original body work including tank and panels
Front and rear stand included

Owned by motorcycle enthusiast with 40 years of 2-stroke experience. I rebuilt the top end of the engine with advice and spares from TheTuningWorks (UK) who are renown experts in these engines. Used Evans coolant to prevent corrosion.
Nearly new Pirelli Diablo SuperCorsa tires with about four track days of wear.

There are pictures of the naked frame and subframe to show you that everything is straight, clean and undamaged.

The Aprilia forums reckon this is worth $9,000!

THIS BIKE IS THE REAL DEAL! TRACK-ONLY! NO REGISTRATION, NO PLATES, NO TITLE. Bill of sale only (as is always the case with track bikes).


 

And there you have it folks! If you fancy being like Rossi and kicking ass at your next track day- I’d highly suggest you skip the clapped out 2015 GSX-R and pick up this extremely nice RS250. I guarantee you’ll have more fun, track side conversation and a much higher resale value when you’ve had enough. Oh!, but let’s not forget, you must be pre-qualified in chainsaw or higher to purchase this machine.

Check out this track weapon here!

Ciao!

dd

10 Comments

  • LOL… At 3k miles he talks like a salesman, I’d say the seller doesn’t know much about this one…

  • I don’t follow you. What are the red flags you see? I did the math and based on our local 2 mile track, 6 sessions per day, 10 laps per session it came out to around 32 track days, which over 17 years was an average of less than 2 per year. Track time is never easy on a machine but that doesn’t seam crushing for what the bike is, if it has been maintained as described? Not trolling, just wondering.

  • What is the story on the lower frame rails? Some sort of rigged up heat shield maybe?! Looks like some sort of steel mesh holding fiberglass insulation. But I am unclear what the purpose is.

    Love these bikes but know very little about them. Certainly never seen one in the metal. I’d certainly consider putting this in my garage if only there were space.

    • def some sort of heat home made heat shield- I noticed some fairing rash on the left side so, make sure you look closely. I still think it’s a nice example and they’re not difficult to operate. Good Luck!

  • Let’s not forget this is was a mild street bike in most other markets. It is not a pure GP machine by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Hey Guys. I’m the seller. JEM502 is exactly right. I believe I am the second owner. And I only managed a couple of track days a year. Usually at Millville, NJ, or NYST, NY. I had a blast, but I’m more into off-road enduros, hare scrambles, BDRs, TAT etc now.
    Being a track bike, all important bolts are drilled and wired. The mat under the engine (and the little bottle on the left) is designed to catch and soak up fluids in the event of a pipe split. It came with the bike when I bought it. Dropping oil / coolant on a track day won’t earn you any friends so I kept it on. It’s fabulous machine. Runs rings around larger bikes in the corners.

    • Hey Jeremy! Thanks for chiming in and helping answer some questions. It’s a great machine- Good luck with the sale!

  • Ahh, brings back memories. This one looks pretty straight and complete, with just some light rash, but nothing serious. When I was racing mine, I’d get 1500 track miles on the top end, and 2 or 3 times that on the bottom end. For track use, you are better off with an aftermarket fairing that has an integrated bellypan rather than the cobbled up mat under the engine. These are indeed great track bikes, and are quite easy to maintain for what they are (compared to other 2-stroke dedicated track bikes). GLWS.

  • track bikes have to have adapter underneath to catch oil if something goes wrong. that mesh is probably to support a diaper, towel.

  • eBay shows sold for $8,100.

    dc

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