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Aprilia February 9, 2019 posted by

Do you Tuono? 2007 Aprilia Tuono R Factory

Often considered the newer, younger upstart to the Superbike scene, Aprilia dates back to the end of World War II as a manufacturer. Originally a builder of bicycles and mopeds in war-torn Italy, Aprilia leveraged a partnership with Austrian company Rotax and began to build bigger scooters - including a string of very successful 250cc road racers. Many well-known knee draggers - folks like Max Biaggi, Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi, Roberto Locatelli, Marco Melandri, Álvaro Bautista, and Jorge Lorenzo to name a few - achieved championship status on an Aprilia 250cc race bike. The connection with Rotax remained over the years, and in 1998 Aprilia launched the first of the big bore models - the RSV - based on a 1000cc Rotax 60 degree V-twin. As the years passed and Aprilia was acquired by Piaggio, the larger models continued, as did forays into racing in both WSBK as well as MotoGP. So clearly Aprilia knows something about building sporting motorcycles.

2007 Aprilia Tuono R Factory for sale on eBay

The Tuono is fundamentally a RSV sport bike sans clothes. Much like the Monster lineup from Ducati, the Tuono features a more upright seating position, wider bars and what is generally considered more adept at navigating in the city. Also in parallel with Ducati, the "R" spec of an Aprilia model offers tastier suspension bits, more carbon fiber, lighter weight and a higher level of performance. In the case of the Tuono, you are looking at approximately 9 lbs of weight carved off of the standard model, Ohlins suspension and top-notch Brembo binders. You also get a gold anodized frame - which doesn't add any performance but definitely gives you that bling factor. And while the Italians are known for their two-wheeled artistry, every once in a while they paint from a palate of colors not ordinarily found in nature; this seems to be one of those times.

From the seller:
Original owner - over 12 years. Rare bike. Factory edition with Ohlins front and rear, carbon fiber and forged OZ wheels in blue. I upgraded the stock steering damper to Ohlins as well. Akrapovic cans with PC 3 custom dyno tune - runs fantastic. CRG levers, Puig screen, tank grips and fender eliminator. Stock parts included. Recently installed new stator and regulator. Forks rebuilt within last 2500 miles. All major work done professionally at Eurosports in Pa. Newer Pirelli Diablos.

No doubt this is a striking, if not interesting looking bike. If you are concerned with becoming another "me too" Monster rider, this could be your escape vehicle. Rare by the numbers but not necessarily high on the collector list, this particular example has just over 17,000 miles on the clock. Not a lot of picture, but definitely a lot of bike. Located in New Jersey, you can check it out here. Do you Tuono? Let us know! Good Luck!!

MI

Do you Tuono?  2007 Aprilia Tuono R Factory
Aprilia December 17, 2018 posted by

Stocking Stuffer – 2009 Aprilia RS125

Even RSBFS is not immune to a little mission-creep, as our last two "stocking stuffer" posts were Aprilia RS50's !  Anyway this late and low-mile if lightly documented RS125 looks like just the suggestion for your future ex- this holiday season.

2009 Aprilia RS125 for sale on eBay

Aprilia's RS125 was introduced in 1992, and the 2009 came midway through the fourth generation.  By this time the RS125 was an RSV1000R lookalike, with twin headlights, four-piston front caliper, and Piaggio ECU to help meet Euro-3 emissions.  Power was great for a 125 at 28 hp, and alloy wheels were both 17's.  The No.1 livery commemorated Jorge Lorenzo's 125cc championship.

Not too many photos or words accompany this auction, but the second oil change miles and original condition speak volumes.  From the eBay auction:

2009 Aprilia RS125, two stroke, SC title, runs great, excellent condition, fun to ride.  Not too many of these in the US.  I have the bike listed locally and will remove ad if sold locally.

A number of current MotoGP starters have history with an Aprilia RS125, and while the sub-300 lb. weight might favor a youngster, anyone who wears mediums and wants to work on keeping the revs up through a corner will find joy in the RS125.  Aprilia brought a lot of the sophistication of their race bikes across to the showroom, with pricing to match their mid-size performance.  For a bike whose only purpose is fun, the asking price and condition are downright sensible...

-donn

Stocking Stuffer – 2009 Aprilia RS125
Aprilia December 14, 2018 posted by

Affordable, Practical Italian: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

Update: it looks like the listing for this bike was pulled early. Not sure why the seller took it down or if the bike sold, but this post was already scheduled so I let it stand. Interestingly, this month's Fast Bikes has a feature on the Aprilia RSV Mille, and they describe the bike as a sort of middle-ground between the Ducati 996 and one of the four-cylinder Japanese sportbikes of the period, with v-twin character and Japanese handling that was far more agile, compared to the very stable Ducati. Likely this was due to the unusual 60° layout of the Rotax-developed eight-valve v-twin that allowed a shorter wheelbase and longer swingarm that mirrors an inline-four.

Before the era of  balance shafts, the best way to get your v-twin to rev was with a 90° layout for perfect primary balance and relative smoothness. No mater what, you feel those big power pulses, but the effect is more soothing than numbing. The unfortunate side effect is packaging issues, since a longitudinal v-twin like Moto Guzzi's isn't very aerodynamic and has ergonomic conflicts between the rider's knees and the cylinder heads, while a transversely-mounted unit results in a long wheelbase like the Ducati, or leaves little space for rear suspension, as seen on the Suzuki TL1000R.

So the narrow-angle Aprilia unit is shorter front-to-back than the Ducati "L-twin", while a pair of balance shafts let it rev smoothly. The result is an engine with the distinctive character of an Italian v-twin, but with very uncharacteristic reliability, and handling qualities familiar to anyone used to Japanese sportbikes. A bike designed to appeal to a much broader group of riders than might normally consider an Italian superbike.

Unfortunately, the styling was less universally appealing and it's hard to describe the Mille as "pretty," although there is a method to the madness and the bulbous plastic is very functional, and the intentionally anti-Ducati lines offer surprisingly comfortable ergonomics for a v-twin superbike. I've never been a huge fan of the styling of the RSV, or of any Aprilia really, other than the RS250. The frame on the Mille was supposedly based on the RS250, so I wonder if that bike's sleeker bodywork can be persuaded to fit...

The seller does mention what was apparently a common issue for the RSV Mille and later RSV1000R: minor crashes can ding the swingarm if the exhaust or rearsets is bent in a crash, and that appears to have happened here. That's obviously going to result in a salvage title if you report it to insurance, but it wouldn't bother me much if I was looking for a solid bike to ride or track.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia Mille RSV for Sale

Here is your chance to own one of the famous Italian Sport-Bikes in a great condition and with low miles.

The RSV-Mille R is a lighter, higher spec version of the standard Mille which was introduced in 1999. It features Öhlins suspension, an Öhlins steering damper, forged aluminum wheels, carbon fiber front fender and a shorter subframe for single seating only.

The motor was produced by Rotax for Aprilia.

998cc, 60-degree V-Twin, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC 8-valve 6-speed

Bore x Stroke 97x67.5mm  Compression 11.4:1 110HP 92Nm at the rear wheel, 

This Mille RSV-R starts right up and runs great. It is not 100% stock and has a few aftermarket items.

It will need to have the fluids changed and looked over before you take it on the road, because it was parked as part of a collection for a while.

It was used on the track once and had a minor mishap where it low-sided. The exhaust was pushed against the swingarm and scratched it up. The brake pedal was pushed against the engine cover and marred it a little. The exhaust was replaced.

Look at all pictures

This is not a rare or collectible bike but will make a great street performer or really nice bike for track days.

Swingarm damage aside, the bike does have a clear title, very low miles, and the R-spec components like the Öhlins fork and shock, making this is a very useable example of Aprilia's first foray into the superbike market. These are great bikes to ride, but will anyone wax poetic about them in the future? I expect some will, but to me, these are bikes to ride the hell out of, not admire in your living room.

-tad

Affordable, Practical Italian: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale
Aprilia November 23, 2018 posted by

When Black Friday Comes – 2002 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup

Almost always in black, Aprilia's pint-size race machine had its own series in the early 2000's.  With only 550 miles, this one has been spared too much track abuse and looks like a great way to start preparations for the 2019 club racing season.

2002 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup for sale on eBay

 

Aprilia developed the RS250 for 1995 model year and the 249cc race replica was immediately successful.  With Aprilia's own intake and exhaust, the Suzuki-built engine returns 62 hp.  Built like a much larger machine, its pressed and welded twin-spar frame is all alloy, as is the banana swingarm.  40mm upside-down forks and 298mm front disks could cope with more than the reported 130 mph.  Sheared of all its lights, mirrors and accompanying electrics, weight is just 309 lbs. dry.

 

We've seen several RS250's that were put on display from new, and this one is close with just a few tanks of gas in its past.  The owner comments on a few rubs and scratches, but the photos show very nice condition.  Some return-to-duty maintenance has been done, as listed in the eBay auction:

Very limited numbers of Cup Challenge Bikes were produced, and this is one of the lowest mileage examples offered for sale at this time
Cup Challenge Bikes come from Aprilia with 15 digit VIN's, to prevent them from being licensed as a street legal vehicle (which have 17 digit VIN's)
884 Original Kilometers on the Odometer (550 miles)
Beautiful Condition
Perfect bike to sit in your living room or man cave so you and your friends can stare at it like a piece of artwork
Bike has slight rubbings, scratches, and road debris indicative of being ridden for 550 miles.
Recently pulled out of long term storage
Carbs were recently gone through by a local 2 Stroke Mechanic to clean them out and to make them ready for some fresh race gas
I installed a new battery, added some race gas, checked the fluids, and the bike fired up on the 1st kick

 

Aprilia brought their single-make series stateside for a few years to gin up interest, and went on to provide sponsorship and contingency prizes as the series matured.  The two-stroke formula was waning however, and in a final comment on the strength of the 250's, FIM changed Moto2 to a 600cc four-stroke class for 2010.  Maybe you're thinking of a robust track season next year, and are way ahead on your holiday shopping ?  If so this RS250 looks ready and could make your holidays a lot brighter...

-donn

 

When Black Friday Comes – 2002 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup
Aprilia October 22, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2010 Aprilia RSV4 WSBK Racer!

Update 10.22.2018: Price reduced to $70,000 AUD, or roughly $49,600 USD as of today. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

In the motorcycling world there is the collectible category, the unobtanium performance category, and the pure bike porn category. Today's Featured Listing ticks all of those boxes - and so much more. Originally a 2010 Aprilia RSV4 WSBK offering, this particular example has been upgraded to a more current spec including a 2012 Aprilia Racing EV02 SBK engine with ZERO hours. The provenance comes direct from the source: Aprilia Racing. What you are looking at a supermodel with Olympian capabilities and a royal bloodline, ever sexy, ever willing and ever special.

Featured Listing: 2010 Aprilia RSV4 EV02 WSBK Racer!

Writing words about this special machine feels sacrilegious; it's like talking over an opera by Mozart, Puccini or Tchaikovsky. It's akin to diagramming artwork like the Mona Lisa in finger paint. So I'll stop and just let the pictures speak for themselves. Try not to get lost in the exquisite carbon fiber, rare alloys in the chassis, engine and exhaust, and the pristine packaging. Prepare to drool:

From the seller:
I bought this bike direct from Aprilia Racing in 2013 and motor has been rebuilt with zero hours.
Bike has not been ridden since 2014.

How about a spec sheet for this amazing bike? Read on!

From the seller:
Aprilia Racing WSBK Full world SBK, from Aprilia Racing
Aprilia Racing EV02 SBK engine, cylinder heads, Billet Camshaft Retainers/holders. Oval Exhaust ports!
The motor is one of the last full spec WSBK before the engine reactions came in to place
WSBK engine, airbox etc retail cost over $65,000
Cam Shafts DLC coated (adjuatable inlet and exhaust,WSBK)
Carbon Fibre airbox
Billet Fuel rails, Top Injectors direct mount to theottle bodies
STM WSBK clutch
WSBK Akrapovic exhaust — Oval Header pipes
Aluminium Fuel Tank,
Billet WSBK FUEL Pump and internal rails
WSBK subframe and carbon under tray
Aprilia Racing Carbon Fibre WSBK fairings
Carbon Fibre seat tray
WSBK alloy front dash bracket
Aprilia Racing Billet Triple clamps
Ohlins SBK front forks (Oval outer tube, stiffer under brakes, more flex in corners)
Ohlins RSP rear shock (world SBK supplied only)
Brembo WSBK front and rear calipers
Brembo Billet WSBK master cylinder
Brembo 6mm WSBK front disc
Brembo full floating rear disc
Marchesini M7 Magnesium wheels
Aprilia Racing WSBK swingarm with billet WSBK linkage
APX-2 Aprilia Racing ECU, wire harness and dash
Aprilia Racing rear sets

This caliber of equipment, power and exclusivity does not come our way every day. And nobody ever accused WSBK machines of being cheap. But if you want the best of what is available, you might want to take a closer look. Thankfully, this seller has provided a significant number of high-quality photos.

From the seller:
Asking $70k Aussie dollars
Happy to organize freight at extra costs to anywhere In the world

Contact: jai@curtisconstruction.com.au

By today's conversion rates, the seller is asking just shy of $60,000 USD. That is well within the range of what we have seen for WSBK spec bikes in the past, if not marginally less. Technology will continue to evolve, speeds will always increase, and time will continue to march on - but this will ALWAYS be an Aprilia Racing WSBK machine, and the cachet that goes along with that is ageless. This beauty is eternal, whether you choose to show it or shag it at your favorite track day / exhibition event. Bikes of this caliber are few and far between, and rarely come up for sale. Serious parties should reach out to Jai Curtis directly before this amazing RSV4 WSBK-spec beast is gone.

MI

Featured Listing: 2010 Aprilia RSV4 WSBK Racer!
Aprilia July 24, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Aprilia RS 250 Mk.1

Update 8.11.2018: This bike has sold to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

First or last of a series, both have their proponents - as originally conceived or the final version.  This Aprilia RS250 is one of the early Mk. 1's, a European example brought home by a U.S. serviceman.  It's not without miles at over 15K, but undamaged, super-clean, and with recent heavy maintenance.

1997 Aprilia RS 250 Mk. 1 for sale on eBay

Not exactly a utilitarian design, the RS250 was a celebration of Aprilia's championships in the 250cc Moto GP, borrowing many of the techniques from the GP bikes.  Aprilia's own 250cc two stroke was too finicky for a road machine, and the company contracted with Suzuki to supply their 90-degree twin, with intake, ECU, and exhaust re-designed by Aprilia and good for 72 hp at 12,000 rpm.  The aluminum chassis is work of manufacturing art, the twin spars matched by the magnesium banana swingarm in similar natural finish and lacquer.  Components are right-sized for the model, upside-down forks but 40mm, dual front disks but 298mm.  Unlike later grays with rainbows, the Mk. 1 is almost in camouflage, silver on aluminum, with just a few graphics.

This second owner machine has been treated to a nice life insurance policy, including some top-end work, new clutch, sprockets and chain, and a smooth MPH odometer swap just one tank of fuel off total mileage.  Registered and titled in Illinois.  From the eBay auction:

It was originally purchased in Germany by a United States Armed Forces personal who brought it back to the United States and had it properly titled in Illinois.

The bike starts easy on one or two kicks, and runs smooth and strong. There are no known issues with the bike. I put in a fresh battery this winter, changed the front brake fluid and bled the brakes, and took it for a shakedown run before I took the pictures for this sale. I have owned the bike since 2012, but I have only put about 300 miles on it. I bought it from a friend who did refresh the engine and suspension, and I will include the receipts for this work.

Major works includes (done at about 12,000 miles):
- Top end job including 2 pistons, wrist pins, and gaskets
- New clutch
- Porting of both heads
- Re-Nickel cylinder
- New chain and sprockets (14/42)
- Fork seal replacement and fork rebuild (by Traxxion Dynamics)

The previous owner swapped the original speedometer that was in kilometers with a used MPH version. At the time of the swap, the original KPH speedometer had 18,080 kilometers on the odometer, the replacement used MPH speedometer had 11,491 miles. Since 18,080 kilometers = 11, 234 miles, the actual miles on the bike is 257 miles less than the current odometer reading. The old speedometer is included in the spares package.

Included with bike is the original passenger seat (see pictures), passenger pegs, the original KPH speedometer, the original clear windshield, and a *new* set of factory style stickers. Also included is two parts and repair manuals, and all receipts and original German government documentation.

The bike has the normal wear for it's age. The paint is nice, but not perfect, and some of the stickers are fading from sun and washing. Please look closely at the pictures for the details of the condition.

Aprilia continued to develop the 250 smoker long after other heavyweights had returned to four-strokes for the road, letting their race bikes improve the showroom models until 2002.  Reminiscent of an old scooter until the rev counter hit 7,000, it made phenomenal power per liter, and had the light weight and oversize brakes to dominate any technical track.  The list of Aprilia's 250cc riders reads like a Moto GP who's who, including Biaggi, Rossi, Melandri, and Lorenzo.   The opening bid has been set at $6,999, please contact Daniel through the eBay auctio.

Featured Listing – 1997 Aprilia RS 250 Mk.1