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Brand New 1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield on Craigslist

We’ve been fortunate to see a number of MK1 Aprilia RS250‘s listed for sale in the U.S., but I don’t think we’ve ever seen a 0 km example for sale, with plates, in California!! This won’t last long so here is the link: http://ventura.craigslist.org/mcy/2362982756.html

quote from the seller’s listing:

1996 Aprilia RS250 Max Biaggi Race replica with zero km . Yes, it’s brand new . Needs to be broken in before riding hard. A reliable two-stroke race bike from the Pro Italia Ducati dealer and it’s currently registered with CA title which makes this a plus. 80 plus hp on superlight body. The price is firm on this bike because it will be hard to find another.

While the price is one of the highest we’ve seen at $9500, good luck finding another brand new one. Maybe if they sell the one at the Barber museum!

This is correctly stated as a 96, which you can tell from the lime green pin-striping instead of the yellow on the 95’s. The early MK1 RS250’s can be distinguished by their slightly more angular bodywork, analog gauges, 3″ wide front wheel, and oil and water reservoirs in the rear. It does appear to have Arrow pipes, which are fine but I hope the stockers are included as well.

From what I’ve read, 80hp stock is very optimistic — maybe if measured at the crank. The AF1 forum has a great RS250 section and one of the pinned topics is how to get 70hp at the wheel.

Of course what makes this one extra special to RS250 enthusiasts is that it bears the Chesterfield livery, which imitates the bike that Max Biaggi rode in his early days of 250GP racing. I recently acquired a 95 myself and it will serve as the RSBFS project bike. You can read a bit about it on my personal blog.

Considering my purchase price and what it will cost to bring my bike back to the condition that this example shows, I might be better off financially just to buy this new-old stock bike!



  • Are those stock exhausts?

  • They look like Arrows best I can tell.


  • Strange to put aftermarket pipes on a zero mile bike.

  • Removed from craigslist.


  • Hope it found a new home.

    So what would you do? If you bought it, would you have ridden it or preserved it? I have to admit that I’ve kind of been struggling with that thought myself today and can’t quite make up my mind!


  • Yes, It’s sold – i just checked on it…

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