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Triumph June 25, 2022 posted by Norman

Big Boned – 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

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1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III

In the early 1990s and 2000s, the British were never really able to compete in the race to have the fastest or lightest bikes. The business had hit a bit of rough patch and had them playing catchup to other manufacturers but that didn’t stop them from finding their niche and creating faster and faster bikes. The Daytona 900 Super III is a good point of reference in their ascent as it illustrated their ability to make a good bike a even better and also the early stages of life for the now infamous Daytona.

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After Triumph opened it’s shiny Hinkley factory in 1990, they released released a number of models including the 750 triple and followed that up with the 900 triple. The Daytona 900 was a good bike at the time for Triumph. Its engine differentiated it from Japanese competitors and that certainly made it an interesting option for buyers but it was never on the same level of performance. To make the bike a bit more relevant on the international stage, Triumph iterated on the Daytona with the 900 Super III even if it only had 800 units to show for it.

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The Daytona 900 Super III certainly did not have an exotic redline or top speed but the original engine was reworked for the Super III with the help of Cosworth. Cosworth reworked the heads and used higher compression pistons along with a proper tune to pump out an extra 18 hp out of the 900 triple. With more power, you also need more brakes and Triumph addressed that by adding two more pots to each caliper.

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From the seller:

“1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111. Rare and highly collectable, this 1995 Triumph Daytona Super 111 is one of only 800 produced between 1994 and 1996. Only 170 were imported into the U.S. The bike is completely stock, in mint condition and has only 13,405 miles showing on the clock. This motorcycle is a prime example of Triumph’s Superbike from 1995. Produced from 1994 through 1996 in very limited numbers, with engine tuning by Cosworth, this 885cc triple is rated at 115 horsepower, with an estimated top speed of nearly 150mph. This bike was just taken out of dry storage after 20 years. It is ready to roll, quick, and nimble…”

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The additional power and brakes made the Daytona a much more responsive motorcycle on the street where easy power is king. The biggest gripe with this bike was always the power to weight but that’s a problem most of us face ourselves at one one point or another. Triumph didn’t design this motorcycle exclusively for the track and the weight only added to its street competency on windy British B roads.

Overall, this bike seems to be in very good condition with virtually no cosmetic defects. The seller mentioned the bike has been in dry storage for quite some time so it may need some parts refreshed here and there. As far as price and value, the bikes were rare and the US only saw 170/800 examples. RSBFS had one up in 2021 so they still come up from time to time. $3-$5K seems to be the going range for past examples and the seller’s reserve is at the upper limit and has seen no bids.

-Norm

 

Big Boned – 1995 Triumph Daytona 900 Super III
Honda June 21, 2022 posted by Norman

Habu – 2000 Honda CBR 1100 XX Blackbird

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2000 Honda CBR 1100XX Blackbird

The Blackbird holds a bit of a mythical legend status in the hyperbike category which is ironic because this bike was technically categorized as a sport tourer. Although it had a 9 year production run, there aren’t many clean, low-mile examples left today. Most have seen many miles of pavement or have been modded beyond the point of saving but a few still pop up here and there.

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The Blackbird focused more on the sport than the touring. The bars were set lower and further forward than you would expect which resulted in a much sportier riding position. With a 167hp at the crank, the engine was no slouch either and is liable to munch highway miles or dominate highway drag races. However, the touring wasn’t forgotten either as can be seen by the massive 6.3 gallon fuel tank which was the larger than both the ZX14’s and Hayabusa’s tank.

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Although Honda blends in a bit with the other manufacturers today, they used to separate themselves from the crowd by offering advanced technologies and making them very reliable. The Blackbird came with a linked braking system that is common on many touring motorcycles today. The Blackbird also came with a dual counterbalanced engine that resulted in minimal vibrations. A benefit of this is that you can bolt the engine directly to the frame and have a much stiffer chassis.

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The Blackbird could use almost of all of its speedometer. With a 178 mph top speed, this bike held the record for the fastest production motorcycle for a couple of years until it was dethroned by the Hayabusa.

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From the seller:

2000 Honda CBR 1100XX “Blackbird”. EXCELLENT condition with only 4,222 miles. Great price!! It is extremely hard to find one of these with original parts and very low miles. This bike has never spent the night outside. It has never been dropped. The few minor abrasions sadly come mostly from being in the garage. Photo of minor abrasion on lower left fairing included. All original parts. New Tires and battery!Two keys, Original paperwork, Cover, Tank Bra, Extra foot pegs. This bike lives in Terre Haute, Indiana and buyer is responsible for retrieving it.

It’s a shame Honda decided they didn’t want to participate in the top speed battles that occur at 1 AM on empty Mexican freeways. An attempt to bring the VFR1200 in as a replacement wasn’t super successful as it didn’t address the same market that the Hayabusa and ZX14 do.

Blackbirds are already becoming quite collectible and this example with very low miles would be a great addition to any collection. The homage to the SR-71 combined with top speed record make this bike historically significant and the limited availability should drive up prices of well-kept bikes over time. At $10K, this isn’t a bad deal considering the condition and upside.

-Norm

Habu – 2000 Honda CBR 1100 XX Blackbird
KTM June 18, 2022 posted by Norman

A Face Only a Mother Could Love – 2001 KTM 640 Duke II

No Reserve: 2001 KTM 640 Duke II

2001 KTM 640 Duke II

To be fair, most of us looked extremely weird in the late 90s and early 00s. Just google early 2000’s style trends and I guarantee that you will be repulsed. After you see that, not only should you be happy that that the 640 Duke doesn’t look weirder than it already does but also that women talked to you when you looked liked that in 2000s. KTM has always had some interesting headlight designs so we can’t hold that against them but if you can look past the Preying Mantis front end, there is great hooligan motorcycle to be had.

No Reserve: 2001 KTM 640 Duke II

The black and tan colorway is a departure from KTM’s signature orange but for those who like something a little more subtle yet unique, this should tickle your pickle.

No Reserve: 2001 KTM 640 Duke II

For the avid street rider, having a balance of power and weight is very important. You want to be able to zip through round-a-bouts and side streets and have fun without kissing the red line of your GSXR and it’s $50 Ebay shorty muffler. This is where the Duke 640 and it’s LC4 come in handy. With 55 hp and 44 lb ft of torque, you can confidently chuck this 350 lb bike around the city or through a tight canyon and be entertained anywhere in the rev range. The seller is including Staintune slip ons and bigger carb in the sale to juice up your ride as well.

No Reserve: 2001 KTM 640 Duke II

One of the biggest complaints about this motorcycle is that the seat may as well be a rectangle with 90 degree edges. I like to remedy this by bringing my own seat cushion via my own rear end so I don’t really consider this an issue. Regardless of how much natural seat cushion you bring, the relatively low fuel range will have you dismounting often for gas.

If you want some rear end support, you may want to check this seat cover out.

My favorite thing about motorcycles from this era are the analog gauges. So much more satisfying!

This is likely one of the cleanest 640 Dukes out there. Super low miles and not a bit of corrosion or dirt in any of the places you would expect on a bike of this age. Aside from being one of the early gems of the Duke lineup, I think what makes this motorcycle so great is that this formula still isn’t really produced today (aside from KTM’s own 690 SMC). Sure you can buy a DRZ but you’ll also be outclassed by a Ford Fusion after 60 mph.

Auction is no reserve and is currently at $2K with 10 bids. Certainly under appreciated as a rider’s bike so this may be an opportunity for a good deal.

-Norm

A Face Only a Mother Could Love – 2001 KTM 640 Duke II
Kawasaki June 15, 2022 posted by Norman

Master of None – 2000 Kawasaki Ninja ZX600E

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2000 Kawasaki Ninja ZX600E

If you’re a regular RSBFS reader, you know we love to find 90s sport bikes. It was a decade of innovation and constant fill-in-the-blank measuring contests by the manufacturers. If you weren’t skinny, good-looking, or fast you were shit outta luck and the only reason people occasionally remember you is when they randomly see you pop up on Facebook. Weirdly, that sounds a lot like elementary and middle school for me. Anyways, while only the sportiest of offerings from that era are held in high regard today there are still many remnants of the decade that deserve attention.

**lights dim, enter ZX600E**

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With the only 9.1K miles on the clock, this bike is in very good shape. Paint and plastics look great and there is no visible corrosion on any of the metal surfaces.

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The side-profile of the ZX6 shows one of it’s best attributes. With higher bars and plenty of legroom the ZX6 could be used by all body types in commuter or canyon settings. Not really something that the collectors value but a desirable trait for those who ride their motorcycles. If the riding position doesn’t make you feel sporty enough, the aftermarket V&H exhaust should do the trick. Seller does not mention if it’s a slip-on or full system.

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When the ZX6 debuted in 1990, it had a crazy redline for the middleweight class. It also built power until the end and had plenty of torque to keep you busy throughout the rev range. Different sources list different power specs but you can expect ~100hp and ~45 lb/ft of torque. Not the fastest by any means but most of us still won’t be able to outride this bike on a twisty road.

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From the seller:

“Beautiful Candy Persimmon Red 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 600E. Originally purchased in New Jersey when new. Female owned until 2016 when my friend purchased it to learn to ride on. After only riding it twice around my neighborhood he decided he wasn’t really ready so the bike sat until this past year when I brought it back to my house to get it rideable again. Tank was rusted inside so it has been reconditioned and sealed with a clear epoxy liner. New Core Moto brake lines. New tires front and rear. Carburetors have been rebuilt. New battery. New chain. 

Clean Florida title in my name. Mileage will go up as I want to ride it to work a couple days to make sure everything is safe and working properly. But will not go over 10K miles any time soon. Buyer responsible for shipping if desired…”

The ZX6 was a fast bike that stirred the pot when it came out. However, it was quickly surpassed by many of it’s competitors and Kawasaki let it ride out next to the ZX6R until they cut it in 2004. A little heavy, a little slow (by modern standards), and a look that blended in with the rest but that doesn’t tell the whole story. All the specs actually point to this being an excellent street bike that doesn’t excel in any one category but is decent in all of them. While the ZX6 will likely never be a high-value classic, it can still offer a very similar and analog experience to the 90s classics at a fraction of the price.

Auction has 6 bids and is currently at $3,550.

-Norm

Master of None – 2000 Kawasaki Ninja ZX600E
Buell May 31, 2022 posted by Norman

Potato, Potato, Potato – 2001 Buell X1 Lightning

 

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2001 Buell X1 Lightning

In the early 90s, Harley Davidson realized they needed to round out their cruiser/touring-focused lineup  with an offering that allowed the company to cut itself a slice of the rapidly growing sport bike market. By acquiring Buell, a company started by an ex-Harley engineer who was building race bikes on his own, HD wandered where they never had before. The X1 Lightning was one of their first attempts to play in the sport bike space before Erik Buell really went wild with his low center of gravity and multi-function parts designs. As intriguing as some of Buell’s later designs are, the X1 capitalizes on what is great about the simple design of a naked motorcycle while also being totally unique.

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Overall condition seems really good for a 21 year old bike. Paint is fresh and the polished rims are still in great shape.

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The flat white gauges accent the white racing stripe that goes up the windscreen and tank. Very retro look that has aged incredibly well.

9,776 miles is low low low for the engine. The Evolution motor which was the starting point for the X1’s engine is one of the greatest powerplants ever made. Simple and dead reliable. Just keep you fluids fresh and you shouldn’t have any issues as far as the motor goes.

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Polish the subframe to match the wheels. Mirror finished X1 subframes are the way to go. The owner has installed the Buell accessories seat. Good seats are critical for comfort on any Harley-powered motorcycle so you won’t be disappointed there. All the other mods are tasteful and can be undone with the factory parts that are included.

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One of the most entertaining aspects of any Harley engine is the torque you can use to shoot yourself from one stoplight to the next. One of the most entertaining aspects of any Harley engine that Buell got his hands on is experiencing the stoplight to stoplight torque and then staying in it and feeling the extra hp that he squeezed out of it. Reworked heads and cams give the classic Evo motor 82 hp and 78 lb ft of torque compared to stock Evo’s 61 hp and 65 lb ft of torque. It’s weird to rev these motors out because you think they’ll shake themselves apart but the power is up top and you need to force yourself to stay in it to get there. The rubber-mounted engine provides a much smoother ride than the Sportsters of the era but it can’t change where it came from.

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Buell just didn’t make a trellis frame and slap a hotrod motor in it. He was bred on road courses where  handling is paramount. Fully adjustable Showa forks are used in the front and the Showa shock on the bottom actually gets pulled instead of compressed in response to a bump. The position of the rear shock is odd but it was done to keep the weight down low and also because there isn’t much space to put it anywhere else. Buell did his best to keep the wheelbase short on his bikes so everything is packaged up tight. The singular 6 piston Nissin caliper will provide a surprising amount of stopping power up front as well.

From the seller:

“2001 Buell X1  Limited  Edition paint, New Michilen power pilot tires, Rizoma led turn signals, New Brake Pads, Bronze oil pump drive gear, SuperTrapp Exhaust, Power coated seat rail, accessory seat, Hammer Performance intake. Low miles in Excellent Condition. All Original parts included.”

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The X1 is a solid addition to any collection. The styling has aged nicely and the motor/chassis combo give you an experience that is totally unique to the Buell lineup. Parts are easy to come by and there is an active Buell community that can help you sort out any issues you might have. The seller has allowed people to make an offer but I don’t think $5K is a crime for a such a clean example. As a Buell owner, I am biased but if you can get past the vibration and onto a twisty road you will undoubtedly leave with a smile on your face.

-Norm

 

 

 

Potato, Potato, Potato – 2001 Buell X1 Lightning
Honda May 28, 2022 posted by Norman

A Sip a Cylinder – 1988 CBR250R

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1988 Honda CBR250R

In the modern era of sport bikes, it’s easy to visualize how much displacement is needed to propel you into the ditch of one of the two mildly curvy sections of blacktop in your sprawling suburb. Just think of all the times you got a 36oz Big Gulp. Our Harley brethren have the pleasure of visualizing the displacement of their engines right before they ride into a ditch via 60 oz of Miller Lite from the local watering hole. To visualize what the CBR250R needs, just think of when you’re cleaning up after a get together and you find that 2/3 full beer that someone told themselves they’d revisit at a later point. Divide that by 4 and now we’re talking a sip a cylinder.

In America, the reason we don’t like the 1/3 beer drinker is the same reason we didn’t like the CBR250R. You can’t get in trouble with them. Small displacement bikes are considered “beginner” bikes and have never scratched the itch for the US markets. Consequently, these bikes only end up in the states after collectors import them. Such is the case for this low-mile example today.

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The most intriguing things about a CBR250R are the looks and redline. Similar weight, suspension, and power are all easy to find today. The double headlights and classic Honda racing colors have aged so well. The seller hasn’t posted many pictures but the cosmetic condition is pretty good from what can be seen outside of some marks on the rims.

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The engine is other spectacle here. The picture of the cockpit teases the  18k redline which places the engine characteristics of this bike solidly in line with the engines found in premier class racing. High revs, gear-driven cams, light pistons, and an oversquare setup delivers minimal torque but 45 hp up top.

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From the seller:

For sale 1988 Honda CBR 4 cylinder  rare bike imported from Japan runs and rides amazing only 6447 original kilometers Clean title. If you have any question, please call or text me 843 9255097 thanks

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The seller seems to be a man of few words and pictures so there should be some more legwork done. However, we can assume he has good taste considering the MT-01 in the background.

Here’s an example that sold on BAT during COVID for $6,500 and can be used as a reference point if you choose to make an offer. Good luck and finish your beer.

-Norm

A Sip a Cylinder – 1988 CBR250R
Suzuki May 26, 2022 posted by Norman

Save the Bees – 2008 Suzuki B-King GSX1300BK

 

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2008 Suzuki B-KING GSX1300BK

A cool aspect about the motorcycle industry is that it’s driven largely by enthusiasts. When you have a bunch of enthusiasts who are ready to hand over cash or take out loans to buy things they really don’t need, well that’s when you get things like the B-King. Something that very few people asked for or needed but still exists because…motorcycles. But hey, I’m not complaining. Go big or go home. Why reuse a K5 GSXR motor for your naked bike when you can reuse a Hayabusa motor?

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The B-King is a bike bike. No two ways about it. It weighs in at 582 pounds wet and has a 60 inch wheelbase. A bit heavier and longer than a Hayabusa. However, Suzuki has never been one to make a bike with bad handling characteristics. A B-King-specific frame and suspension package are paired with twin 310mm floating discs to make the bike tamable for the right rider. It takes up a lot of visual space too. The absurdly wide tank/motor section and sharp angles give the eye a lot to look at.

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A couple scuffs are visible on the right side fuel tank cover from a drop which is mentioned by the seller in the listing. Body panels aren’t super easy to find but an NOS part out of Japan should do the trick.

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The scrape on the starter cover is more of a turn off to me than the scuffs on the plastic. Scuffs on the right side are mentioned in the listing but this would be worth inquiring about. That being said, the bike still shows decent and these are pretty easy fixes. You should be able to recoup your money and then some since these are becoming quite hard to find.

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The Yosh pipe is just one of many tasteful accessories the owner has installed. Overall, the bike looks stock which is the most important thing.

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From the seller:

“…I am the second owner of this beauty and I have had her for a few years. Original owner was another enthusiast in Texas, he took perfect care of it and so did I. The bike has been regularly serviced by me, and is in overall excellent condition. Only ~9,300 miles sitting on the odometer; she has so much life left to live. This was my dream bike and I am lucky enough to have had her for years, but it is time to say goodbye sadly. Bike is accident free. One driveway drop (before me) left her with a few scuffs/scratches on the right side perfectly visible in pictures. Local pickup is in Northern, NJ or you arrange shipping.”

“The modifications are valuable and professionally done. Nothing has been done to the motor, so you don’t need to worry about that. Below are two lists, one of installed modifications and accessories, the other uninstalled ones. I am including EVERYTHING below, even the uninstalled modifications and accessories. Take a gander at these long lists:
Installed Modifications/accessories
-Yoshimura Brake/Clutch Fluid reservoir covers, titanium purple
-Yoshimura Full Carbon true dual undertail exhaust system
-Yoshimura Exhaust Heat Shield with rear blinkers, titanium purple
-Yoshimura License plate mount tail kit w/led taillight, titanium purple
-Tekarbon Full Carbon Fiber vented side panels
-RG3 Rear Shock
-SportBikeLites High Intensity Headlight
-Progrip Carbon Tank Pad
-Contour Protaper Mini High Handlebars
-Contour Protaper Handlebar Risers
-*NEW* Avon Storm 3D X-M tires, 200mm rear, 120mm front. These tires were put on last year and have about 150mi on them. Just about broken in, grippy but great overall performance.
-Custom aluminum “B-King” milled aluminum Crank Case Cover
-Hayabusa Kanji custom aluminum powder coated Engine Clutch Cover
-Puig Pro Frame sliders
-OES Frame Sliders
-CRG Bar end mounted mirrors
-Suzuki OEM Single Rider Rear Nacelle

Uninstalled modifications/accessories

-National Cycle V-Stream Windshield (mounting bars are already installed)
-Teka SFI Pro Tuner (new in box)
-MGK Laser Iridium Spark Plugs (new in box)
-HealTech X-TRE Power Box (for defeating the speed limiter and increasing throttle response)
-ABBA Superbike Stand
-Trackside Front Paddock Stand
-Nelson Rigg Touring Saddlebags”

There probably isn’t a single rider out there who isn’t curious about how far back the B-King will push their eyeballs into their skull. If you survive the first few months of ownership and you still want more out of it you can kit it out with a turbo. After all, the B-King concept debuted with a turbo and the “B” in B-King does stand for boost.

-Norm

Save the Bees – 2008 Suzuki B-King GSX1300BK
Aprilia May 21, 2022 posted by Norman

Little Italy – 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

Up for sale today we have a 1995 RS250 Reggiani Race Replica. The RS250 was first released in 1994 after Aprilia pocketed both the 125cc and 250cc championships. While RS250s were mostly popular in Europe, some examples, including this one on BAT, have made their way into collections stateside.

The RS250 is what you would get if you plucked a commoner out of Japan and took them on a shopping spree in the Milan Fashion District. Swap the Asics for some Ferragamos. Aprilia realized there was no need to reinvent the wheel to make their way to the top step of a highly contested 250cc class. They started with Suzuki’s RGV250 engine and wrapped it in go-fast bits. The seller does a good job detailing the specs in the listing so I’ll stay out of the way there.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

To keep up appearances, Aprilia had to boost the power spec so their owners could scoff at regular 250s wherever they went. With some tweaks, Aprilia claimed they got 72.5 hp but that number was a bit lower in reality. I don’t think the hp number is all that important for these bikes anyway. The experience of riding a two-stroke race bike on the street is really what you are buying. If you do fancy a bit more power check out this exhaust system from Tyga Performance.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

Looking at the frame of the RS250 compared to its Japanese counterparts, you see the distinct design philosophies that have goverened everything that has come out of Japan and Italy. Keep in mind, this isn’t just a pretty face. The swingarm is asymmetrical to allow for more cornering clearance with the exhaust, the frame is made out of magnesium and aluminum to keep the weight down, and the Brembo binders that pinch two 298mm discs up front are more than adequate for race use.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

The seller completed a pretty thorough overhaul of the engine. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and there about 7 pictures of the engine overhaul in the listing and 3 videos of the bike running so have at it.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

From the seller:

This 1995 Aprilia RS250 was produced as a tribute to Aprilia factory rider Loris Reggiani and is powered by a 249cc two-stroke V-twin paired with a six-speed transmission. The bike is finished in red, purple, and gray and is equipped with a solo saddle, a tinted windscreen, adjustable suspension, a Zeeltronics programable ECU, a two-into-two exhaust system, twin Mikuni carburetors, triple Brembo disc brakes, and 17″ wheels. The bike was reportedly first registered in the Netherlands, and was acquired by the seller in 2019 in Florida and subsequently relocated to Texas. Work under current ownership included overhauls of the engine and suspension, and replacing the ECU, tires, and more. This RS250 is now offered with receipts and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name that lists it as a 1996 model.

With 5,700 miles and a fresh rebuild, this bike seems like it’s in pretty good mechanical and cosmetic condition. A clean 1995 RS250 Chesterfield with just over 4,000 was listed for $14K and sold in 6/21 on RSBFS!

I’ll be honest. By the time I started following road racing, in my mind, two smokers were pretty much equivalent to Nokia bar phones. That being said, the only thing the two have in common are the era in which they were mainstream. The comparison stops there.

 

-Norm

Little Italy – 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica