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Aprilia September 22, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – Historic 1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup with just 664 miles!

Update 9.22.2022: John has updated his listing to note that despite the racing pedigree, this bike has only 664 miles (1,068km). He’s asking $12,500 and can be reached at john.mcleod3092@gmail.com. -dc

Today RSBFS reader John M. brings us a fantastic bit of racing history. The Aprilia RS250 Challenge offered a true one make race series celebrating what was essentially the last of the two strokes. And for the occasion, Aprilia ran off a batch of Cup bikes that were devoid of pesky D.O.T. goodies such as 17 digit VIN numbers, lighting, etc. These were bikes that were only intended for track duty. And this particular one raced… and won. The winning rider for the 1999 US championship series – on this very bike – was John Hopkins. If you are newer to racing, you might recognize John Hopkins’ association with the American Racing entry in the Moto2 world championship (supporting American riders such as Joe Roberts and Cameron Beaubier as a coach). If you have a bit more history with racing, you will know him as a WSBK Superbike competitor, a British Superbike participant, an AMA Superbike rider and a genuine MotoGP racer, having tasted both the 500cc two stroke era, as well as the transition to four strokes on both 990cc and 800cc machines. Today’s Featured Listing is the RS250 that John rode to the 1999 Aprilia Cup championship. This bike was also a winner with Aaron Clark at the help in the 2000 Daytona Race of Champions. And if that is not enough historical significance, the bike was built, fielded and maintained – and ultimately sold – by the legendary Team Hammer crew.

Historic 1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup Racer for sale with just 664 miles!

From the seller:
1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup Champion

Price: $12,500
Contact: john.mcleod3092@gmail.com

This is a 15-digit VIN Aprilia Factory Race Bike. John Hopkins (Hopper) won the U.S. Aprilia Cup Series Championship on this bike while racing for John Ulrich’s Team Hammer/ Roadracing World in 1999. Aaron Clark (of “Clarkie Tuono” fame) rode this machine to win the title at the Daytona ROC in 2000. The bike only shows 1068 KM’s / 664 miles.

I Purchase the bike from Team Hammer in 2002. It has been preserved in its original, glorious race-bike condition from when I received it 20 years ago. Although I start it and move it around a few times each year, It has not had any additional miles put on it since I acquired it (sans a stealthy ride around my old subdivision). It’s been properly stored inside my climate controlled shop. It’s a bit of a time capsule and I love it for that. I hope you will too.

More from the seller:
Being a factory, built-for-racing machine, it is not currently street legal. Original certificate of origin through Aprilia and Pro Italia Motors (Glendale, Ca) plus a bill of sale will be included in the transfer.

The sale includes all the spares and manuals that I received when I purchased it, please see the photos regarding those items. Original rear-stand included as well.

The bike is in very good condition. Essential, non-dispensable components like the frame and suspension parts are in great shape. There are minor scuffs on the right side bodywork and a very small spot on the lower of the two Arrow mufflers. In my opinion, they are just enough to give it some character without feeling the need to further repair. The bike is incredibly good looking.

I Could write a long dissertation about the history and features of the Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup but I feel it’s safe to assume that if you are here, you already know!

More from the seller:
A bit about Hopkins himself:
During and after the ‘99 Aprilia Cup Championship he went on to compete in AMA 600 Supersport, AMA 750 Supersport (Champion), Formula USA Superbike, Formula Xtreme (Champion) and then of course, MotoGP, Including finishing fourth in points in 2007 with only Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi ahead of him. Then World Superbike and British Superbike (where he racked up 5 wins). He was featured in the 2003 documentary film “FASTER” and later “The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid” in 2006.

It’s not every day that these bikes become available and for this one, it’s the first time in 20 years.
Here’s your chance to own a little slice of road racing history.

Go for it.

Price: $12,500
Contact: john.mcleod3092@gmail.com


This amazing piece of racing history and heritage is currently for sale. While we do see Challenge Cup bikes come up for sale occasionally (many being converted and masquerading as street machines), none have had the star power or provenance of this one. And who would imagine you could purchase a Team Hammer race bike through a Roadracing World magazine advert back in the day?! The best part is this isn’t some trashed or used up bike – when John M. peeled away some of the black vinyl covering up distracting elements of the dash (such as the speedo), the odometer only shows 664 total miles! This is truly an amazing find, presented in “as it was raced” condition. Interested buyers can contact John M. directly. Good luck, and thank you John for supporting RSBFS with such an interesting chapter of motorcycling history!

MI

Featured Listing – Historic 1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup with just 664 miles!
Aprilia September 11, 2022 posted by

Mighty Max – 2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE

Max Biaggi brought Aprilia to the top of the world superbike show in 2010, and the factory commemorated the achievement with a limited edition for 2011.  Today’s RSV4 has all the bells and whistles, low miles, and plenty of farkles.

2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE for sale on eBay

Priced at $25K back in 2011, the SE had everything an Aprilia fan could dream of – the latest ride-by-wire V4 with selectable engine maps, intake horns and exhaust chamber controlled by the ECU – not to mention 180 hp.  The twin spar chassis and swingarm are intricately fabricated of alloy pressings and castings, and offers adjustments for the steering head, swingarm pivot height and even engine position.  A suite of APRC electronics offers traction, wheelie and launch control, as well as a standard quick shifter.  Fairings are trim and angular with matte carbon details.

Even as a pre-loved bike, the APRC would require a committed rider, which with 7,365 miles it must’ve had at some point.  It presents very well if not clean enough to show, and while collection of sliders is almost scary, they appear un-used, save a scorch or scratch on the right lower.  The seat console looks better without the factory thong / license plate holder, and the Austin muffler isn’t that much smaller than the original equipment.  Hopefully the rear stand and prayer mat are included in the deal.  Notes from the eBay auction –

350 produced worldwide. A one year only model. Commemorating the 2010 World Superbike Championship with Max Biaggi in the saddle. 50-70 are estimated to exist in the USA.  

Collectible. Fun as hell to ride. Better than a new RSV4 in many respects. $24k new + $4k in parts upgrades, in 2011

Transferable warranty good through 7/16/25 or 49,790 miles. $50 deductible. 

Traction control, launch control, wheelie control. The first Aprilia with APRC. Track oriented gearing.  Upgraded oil system. Slipper clutch. Adjustable chassis (not on the regular factory model). Quick shifter. As close to Max Biaggi’s bike as one could get outside of the same year WSBK replica bike.  

$4k in quality upgrades. All receipts. Full owner and bike history. Maintenance history. 

Ohlins setup for 180 lb rider. Tuned with race ECU and exhaust. Great sound. 

MAINTENANCE
Oil changed too many times to count
Motul 300v 20w-50 used by 2nd owner. Fresh synthetic as of last oil change 8/19/22
Fork oil changed twice
Fork seals replaced
Spark plugs replaced
Brakes bleed every other year
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires front and rear are brand new with 11 miles on them

EXTRAS
New extra set of lower fairings (ones on the bike have a scratch and were never swapped out)
New extra front carbon fender (the original yellows over time)
Aprilia special edition bike cover which has been folded away and stored to preserve it—never used
Owners Manual
Stock parts besides exhaust

Fans who missed out on the 2011 SE got another chance in 2013 after Biaggi was the 2012 champion, though only the 2011 SE has the #3 graphic.  Aprilia parlayed their superbike success into a Moto GP team starting in 2015, and Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales have been on the podium often as not this year.  The 2011 model might be more rare and commemorates Aprilia’s first WSBK championship.

– donn

Mighty Max – 2011 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE
Aprilia July 24, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Aprilia RS250 with 3,400 Miles !

Update 7.24.2022: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Aprilia had a championship winner on their hands with the 1991 RSV250 road racer, and took it to the streets in 1995 in the RS250.  RSBFS reader Phil has been caretaker and occasional rider of this original and exquisite Mk. 1.

1997 Aprilia RS250 asking $12,500

Engineers put their sweat and tears into the RS250’s artful chassis, formed and welded alloy parts to make it rigid and light if not easy to understand.  Knowing that bringing their racing 249cc engine to the road would take some doing, Aprilia tapped Suzuki to supply their V-twin from the RGV250, and made their own intake, exhaust and ECU – resulting in 72 hp.  Suspension is leading edge with USD forks and asymmetrical magnesium swingarm, and the brake sizes would have been seen on a superbike just a few years before.  Ergonomics take no prisoners but make the rider ready for the next squiggly line on the map, and the peaky powerband coaches the left foot to keep 8,500 revs at a minimum.

Phil’s RS is a grey market import, and the metric odometer indicates 3,400 miles.  A friend owned it before him, and let it sit for an extended period, which Phil has reversed by a generous application of maintenance.  We’ll let him pick up the story –

My 1997 RS250 has a gray origin history, but the last 2 decades are clear. It is an Italian market bike, imported into the USA sometime in the early 2000s. It is a 17 digit VIN. It was purchased in 2004 by an acquaintance as a track day toy. He intended to ride it on occasion at the Autobahn country club. He had it prepped for use including tires, fluids, adjustments, etc. Not wired. It was stored in a garage awaiting that first ride. Time passed and it never turned a wheel – either on the street or track! I acquired the bike in April 2021 and had it shipped to me in UT. It showed 4,998 km on the clock. I went through a thorough reconditioning replacing the tires, fluids, hoses and fuel lines, complete carb rebuild, caliper rebuild, rear master replace, chain, air filter, and new battery. All with correct parts where available, sourced from APR and European suppliers. The engine was not disassembled. Oil pump, power valves, carb sync and choke cables were all adjusted to specification. New oil pump lines were installed. High altitude jetting was installed to complete evaluation rides in my locale and all was good!

The bike was trailered to Road America to participate in a 2 day trackday in July on stock jetting. The bike was awesome! The odo now shows 5,482 km which is where it will stay for the time being. Jetting remains at stock settings with the tank and carbs drained. Bike starts first kick every time.

The bike is cosmetically a 9/10+. No corrosion anywhere. The V-shaped portion of the belly fairing shows some stone damage. Two other minimal marks exist on the painted surfaces. A couple of rock chips on the nose fairing. No peeling or blistering anywhere. The frame is polished and shiny like it should be with no marks. The OEM key fob left a rub mark on the triple clamp so it has been removed from the key and placed with the original tool kit. The bike is stock save Jolly Moto expansion chambers with carbon silencers. Pillion seat and footrests are missing as are the stock exhausts. All lights and indicators are present and working. I have a clear UT title in my name. The bike can be registered in UT without restriction.

The unfaired pictures show this gem has been detailed even underneath it all.  The only bit showing any wear could be easily replaced and the next owner could show or go.  Phil is asking $12,500 for his RS250.

And here’s a short video-

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The next owner of this RS250 could go either way, hit the back roads and embarrass four-strokes with double the displacement, or get the safety wire pliers out and join the like-minded at the nearest track day.  Or in this case do either occasionally ( and carefully ), and show it off in between dates.  The original design still looks great 25 years on, and the basic black shows off the chassis beautifully.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1997 Aprilia RS250 with 3,400 Miles !
Aprilia May 25, 2022 posted by

RSBFS Featured Listing Summary

Here’s all the available Featured Listings from our readers in the last week of May 2022! -dc


Yamaha GTS1000 for sale

Mike has dropped the price of his GTS1000 listing to $6,750 CAD which is roughly $5,279 today.


Ducati 748 for sale

Michael’s 2002 Ducati 748 listing went live last week. He’s looking for an enthusiast to take over stewardship of this excellent and low mileage example.


BMW HP2 Sport for sale

Fred’s HP2 Sport is looking for a new home at a very reasonable $14,500. These are difficult to find and quickly becoming collectible.


Bimota SB6R

William is an RSBFS team member and his Bimota SB6R listing went live last week.


RSV4 Factory For sale

Dave lowered the price on his Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC to $11,000 last month!


Ducati Monster race bike for sale

Jonathon’s Monster 1100 Evo racebike is available for summer fun!


Ducati 848 for sale

Northwest European has this low mileage Ducati 848 available for just $8,950.

RSBFS Featured Listing Summary
Aprilia May 21, 2022 posted by

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
Aprilia May 20, 2022 posted by

Colorfast – 2013 Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC

Twenty-teens naked superbikes are often a bit over the top, and the V4R Tuono shows that Aprilia got a head start.  Vegas-based Eurocycle offers this liter-sized V-4 with all the electronic wizardy, moderate miles, and a fairly relaxed riding position.

2013 Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC for sale on eBay

Aprilia’s game-changing V4 has a 65-degree splay, with the four pack of Dell’Orto throttle bodies which adjust length dynamically.  Four cams and four valves per cylinder are at the top of the 167 hp lump, which has been optimized for torque on the Tuono.  The alloy chassis takes advantage of the V-4’s naturally skinny width, and sports a little more wheelbase, rake and trail than the RSV4 Superbike.  That extra stability is complimented by the 43mm adjustable Sachs forks and piggyback reservoir monoshock.  A full suite of electronics helps keep the shiny side up, with three throttle maps plus selectable traction / wheelie / launch control.  The factory quick-shifter and slipper clutch are a bit more analogue.

Though no history is offered, this Tuono looks excellent for its 15,432 miles.  A few mods are shown, with shorty exhaust and levers, extended windscreen, tail tidy, bar end mirrors, and T-Rex frame sliders.  The listing states that the bike is on display at their Sonoma County location, so might be worth a call before pushing any buttons.  Some warranty time might be desirable with all those electronics and it would be something to ask about.  Some Aprilia marketing info from the eBay auction:

The performance and features of a superbike, the agility of a naked and the legacy of an innovative concept born in 2002 with the Tuono 1000 R – a bike that earned both critical acclaim and sales success – but with an extraordinary ace up its sleeve: the performance of a 65° V4 engine and the most advanced electronics available in a motorcycle today.

Like the original Tuono, the V4 is also immediately recognizable with its triple headlight fixed top fairing, the distinguishing trait of a bike which, like its twin cylinder predecessor, has the body and soul of its WSBK homologated sibling, but now – as well as having two world championships (the 2010 constructors’ and riders’ titles) under its belt – features two more cylinders and 41 horsepower more than before, while weighing over 22 pounds less. These astonishing figures are a testimony to the technological evolution that made this exciting model a reality. The bike is available in two colours: competition black, sunlit yellow.

Though the V4R’s appetite for straightaways might be insatiable, the thin and light package will make short work of the technical stuff, too.  The ask is a little more than half of the MSRP, seeming like a pretty good buy for the top of the line, and it’ll be a while before you see yourself going by.  Depending on how the APRC is set up, 4.5 gallons of dino juice might last all morning.

– donn

Colorfast – 2013 Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC
Aprilia May 6, 2022 posted by

2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF Offered At No Reserve

Top tier motorcycles are normally reserved for those with deep pockets.  The performance hardware comes at a cost and many are left not being able to afford the ticket to entry.  That might detour people, or even worse make people think they will never have access to these 200+ horsepower superbikes for many years.  But there are bargains out there if you know where to look.  For a while now the Aprilia RSV has been the golden ticket when it comes to weapons grade components combined with a palatable buy in price.  Well now the next generation, the RSV4 is starting to take some of the limelight.

As the name imply, it is powered by a V4 engine.  This change was made to combine the peak power of an inline four with the low down torque of a V-Twin, and it was done years before Ducati adopted the same design concept.  Over two hundred horsepower to move under four hundred pounds is a magical specification.  The unique and well loved sound is an added bonus.  OZ wheels, Brembo calipers and Ohlins suspension round out the spec sheet.  Almost all road test praise the RSV4 for being a savage track option, and yet a vehicle that works in the real world when ridden by people will real world skills.  Some have claimed that on the new market the RSV4 is slightly long in the tooth as most years models are evolutions of the pervious year instead of a complete blank slate update.  On the used market this should actually be viewed as a strength.  It means that more bikes have been produced, more issues have been sorted and there are more resources to rely on should an issue pop up.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Selling my beautiful 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF. Only 14K miles. Race ECU from AF1 Racing. Both keys. Passenger seat. Graves slip on exhaust. Woodcraft rearsets. Vortex clip ONS. R&G Frame sliders. Have all stock parts as well, stock exhaust, rearsets and clip ONS. Factory Ohlins suspension and light weight forged aluminum wheels. ABS, traction control, wheelie control and launch control.

Personally just adjusted the valves. Only 3 were barely out of spec. Valve adjustment cam holder tool comes with purchase.

Bidding starts at $12,000. NO RESERVE

Offered at no reserve and a starting bid of $12,ooo this could be a great chance for someone to pick up a relatively modern sports bike for a bargain price.  Clearly the sum of the parts is greater then the price of the whole with these machines.

2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF Offered At No Reserve
Aprilia April 14, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RS 50

Update 4.14.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Don reports that he received 40 inquiries in the first 3 hours of his bike going live on the site! If you have an outstanding, rare, sportbike for sale, contact us about your own Featured Listing! -dc

Many in the motorcycle community love to wax poetic about the joys of riding a “Slow bike fast” and for good reason.  Few bikes embody this ethos like the Aprilia RS 50.  The 50cc two stroke is full of character and offers a great platform to hone corner speed skills and retaining momentum.  Not to be confused with a pocket bike or some other toy, the RS is fully street legal and in some areas can be ridden without a motorcycle license.

2001 Aprilia RS 50 racing replica sport motorcycle for sale: $2,950.

Diablo black/silver/red Grand Prix color scheme. Original owner, clear title. 968 miles. Mint condition, never mechanically modified. Always garaged. World Championship Aprilia race bike inspired technology, design and construction. Wind-tunnel defined aerodynamic body panels. Ultralight weight rigid space-frame. Exceptional handling and safety.

In addition to having several features that are historic firsts in this motorcycle class, the Aprilia RS 50 is one of the best motorcycles ever made for learning to ride. All controls are identical to those of full-size motorcycles, but its low weight and superb handling assure positive experiences that quickly build rider skills and confidence. In contrast to learning to ride a typical, more formidable motorcycle “cold”, transitioning to heavier, more powerful bikes from the RS 50 is smoother, safer and far less intimidating. High resolution photos available on request.

2001 Aprilia RS 50 specifications:

Dry weight: 89 kg (196 lbs). Fuel tank capacity: 13 L (3.5 US gal), reserve 2.6 L (0.7 US gal).

Engine: Single-cylinder, two-stroke, liquid-cooled. Light alloy cylinder with Gilnisil superficial hardening, reed valve induction, counter-balancing shaft. Compression ratio: 12:1. Electronic CDI ignition. Dell’Orto SHA 14/12 carburetor with heating system on the collector. Electric start. 12V, 105W generator. Variable rate 2-stroke oil injection.

Transmission: Wet, light alloy multi-disk clutch. Six-speed gearbox with helicoid tooth gear primary and chain secondary.

Frame: Twin spar beam frame in cast aluminum with thin-walled cross-rib reinforcements, completely polished. Seat height 810 mm (32”).

Suspension: Telehydraulic front fork with central pin (35 mm), travel 110 mm (4.3”). High-resistance steel rear swing arm with mono-shock, travel 120 mm (4.75”). Wheel base 1280 mm (50.4”).

Brakes: Front: steel single disk 280 mm, caliper with two 25 mm pistons. Rear: steel single disk 220 mm, caliper with single piston 28 mm.

Wheels: Tubeless radial tires, front 90/80 ZR 17, rear 110/80 ZR 17. Light alloy rims, 5 spoke, profiled for tubeless tires, front 2.50 x 17, rear 3.00 x 17.

These coveted bikes do not come to market regularly.  The few that do come up for sale often have lived a hard life, with the bumps, bruises and rash to prove it.  This example has under 1,000 miles and the single owner has obviously lovingly cared for it.  While well suited to a collection, one could also imagine this being an amazing alternative to a Grom as the local run around bike.  The Aprilia community is strong and parts are readily available, making the ownership experience just as appealing as the bike.

Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RS 50