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Aprilia June 9, 2021 posted by

Your Inner MM – 2003 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup

Aprilia sought to win hearts and minds with its 250cc race series, and had some success though short-lived.  Today’s example is a barely used Challenge Cup ready for some club racing.

2003 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup for sale on eBay

Based on their RS250 street bike, the Cup came with Suzuki’s RGV engine, 72-odd hp depending on who asked, and their sculptural alloy chassis with even more exotically shaped magnesium alloy swingarm.  No hours converting it for racing were required, since it shipped with none of the usual DOT requirements.  It did come with oversized front forks and brakes, fully adjustable as was the monoshock.  No starter except your right foot, and the oil injection system was retained to avoid lubrication mishaps.  Despite the full-featured dash, lightness was baked in and it tipped the scales just over 300 lbs.

The Indy owner of this barely used Challenge Cup racer doesn’t say whether they or the original owner commissioned the MS Racing livery, but it’s the spitting image of Melandri’s 2002 championship winner.  Arrow exhaust, Woodcraft controls and saving original bodywork are all classy.  Nearly new at least as per the odometer.  Comments from the eBay auction:

About 1,750 km (1,100 miles) on the odometer. Original, clean/clear Texas title in hand. The bike is fast, in beautiful shape and needs nothing. I can find no indication that the bike has ever touched the ground anywhere but the tires. The paint is not perfect but is excellent and very glossy with only minor blemishes from being 18 years old. Overall, the bike is really clean and well sorted. It has been in my living room or garage every night of its life since getting here, on a battery tender much of the time. The bike starts right up and runs/shifts/brakes and rides wonderfully – no issues at all.

Not sure if Aprilia was advertising their name or hoping the RS250 would be imported legally, but their single-marque series ended after a few years ( as MotoGP got closer to a four-stroke Moto2 ) and their sales have done quite well.  As nice as it is to see a cherry racing machine, it does belong in the fray – and there’s still time.

-donn

Your Inner MM – 2003 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup
Aprilia June 3, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield

Update 6.3.2021: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Aprilia RS250 is an iconic motorcycle – the last of the modern street-going two strokes. For this, riders everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to… Suzuki. You see, Aprilia is a bit like that BASF commercial decades ago: we don’t build the two stroke, we just make it better. Because that is exactly what happened with the RS250 in the form of the Suzuki RGV250 engine. Sure, the engine cases are complete with “Aprilia Racing” castings, but these were built by Suzuki in their factory, and shipped to Aprilia for final motorcycle assembly. And somehow Suzuki was ok with this competitor arrangement, thereby allowing Aprilia not only to clean up at the racetrack, they also opened up the market for the last real streetable two strokes; a world market Suzuki eventually ceded.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Max Biaggi Replica for sale

The history does not necessarily mean that the Aprilia RS250 is a Suzuki RGV250 by another name – far from it in fact. While the powerplant comes from the Hamamatsu factory, the rest of the winning package is of Italian descent. The beefy frame is a mixture of aluminum and magnesium – both light and strong. The arrangement maximizes the location and benefits of the narrow V-twin Suzuki unit, just as the asymmetrical swing arm maximizes cornering clearance on the right side due to the exhaust location. In a show of Italian solidarity, the frame is actually manufactured by Benelli for Aprilia. Suspension consists of Showa inverted front forks and a Sachs unit in the rear. And as for the engine, Aprilia provided the airbox, modified the ECU and built model-specific expansion chambers. Figure 70-ish HP for a healthy stocker.

From the seller:
Very rare 1995 Aprilia RS 250 Max Biaggi replica Chesterfield Edition. One of the best-handling bikes ever made, the RS250 was the result of Aprilia working some chassis magic around a tweaked engine from a Suzuki RGV250. I am sure not there are not many left in this condition.

This beautiful example has 6481 kilometers on it. The bike has been part of a very large private collection. Stored properly in a climate-controlled environment. The bike has only been ridden by a long-time motorcycle enthusiast, properly ridden, and maintained. Never down, never seen rain, never tracked. The bike has gone through a recent extensive chassis, nut/ bolt, and tune to insure perfect run ability and safety. Fresh fluids, brakes inspected, all fluids fresh and changed. Fully prepped and detailed.

It has been stored properly so we have ZERO fuel or intake issues. The bike starts first kick!!! While the tires are not cracked, they are older, and we would recommend new tires if you were going to ride it for your safety. Decals are all original and in perfect condition. Everything works as new.

The 250cc two-stroke powerplant produces 69 horsepower and redlines at 12,000rpm. The Chesterfield replica as cosmetic only, but the performance of the base bike does not leave much to be desired. All you need to find some replicas of Biaggi’s Dainese leathers and his AGV helmet. The bike looks like it is going 150MPH sitting here.

This special piece is being offered for the first time at $14,500 serious only please.

While the Aprilia RS250 did not go through substantial mechanical changes throughout its run (1994/5 – 2002), there was a change in running gear (suspension, bodywork design and wheels) post 1998. The rest of the differences across all of the street models was livery. And that is exactly what makes this Max Biaggi Chesterfield-branded example so great: it is an homage to one of the greats. Max is a four-time champion in the 250 class, and won 3 straight for Aprilia in 1994, 1995 and 1996. This replica is fitting for the world class rider he is, and the street bike definitely inherited some of that racing DNA.

Today’s example is a 1995 Aprilia RS250 in the Max Biaggi / Chesterfield sponsored livery. The bike looks to be in fantastic shape – and has just over 4,000 miles showing on the all-kilometer clock. That is not a lot of miles, and the bike shows it. The frame and bodywork look clean and scar-free, and even the brake fluid in the remote reservoir appears as it should. Folks, we are talking about a 25 year old classic motorcycle that can still carve up the canyons with the best of them. With a low power to weight ratio (provided you keep the tach pointed north of 8k), this should be the biggest hoot on two wheels.

MI

Featured Listing:  1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield
Aprilia May 6, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC

Aprilia designed a V-4 liter bike for 2009, and has steadily updated and improved the model.  RSBFS reader Dave has also made many upgrades to his 2012 RSV4 Factory APRC, and kept miles low.

2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC for sale

With R&D and racing departments sharing the workload, Aprilia created a thoroughly new machine, using a compact V-4, narrower than any in-line liter and the four intakes grouped in the 65-degree vee.  Thoroughly oversquare and using ride-by-wire engine management, 180 hp are claimed at 12,500 rpm.  The chassis is fabricated from aluminum stampings and castings, light and rigid with adjustable headstock and swing arm pivot.  Öhlins racing 43mm forks are up front, with their remote reservoir monoshock amidships, and adjustable steering damper up top.  Brembo supplied their monoblock calipers and 320mm rotors, matching the gold anodizing on the forged 17-inch rims.  As tantalizing as the specs are, Aprilia’s Performance Ride Control ( APRC ) is the big story, with selectable control of traction, launch, quick-shift, and wheelies.  With mid-size car horsepower in a 435-lbs package, it improves performance and safety.

Dave is in high dry Albuquerque, and though he started with a superbike that won a lot of magazine shoot-outs, found a lot of nicer components to replace the factory controls, brakes, exhaust and more.  With just 3,700 miles only minor maintenance would be expected.  Dave’s comments:

I am looking for someone who can appreciate my mods instead of blue book value and realize this is a pretty good deal. I enjoy building bikes as much as riding them. I am the second owner and the first was an old guy like me so no abuse. The bike has 3,700 original miles and a clean NM title. It has the race ECU. Bike is in Albuquerque and is worth the drive as this is the last year before all the ABS junk. Do the research and add up the retail prices to justify my asking price.

  • This bike is crying out for a gold chain but the OEM is in great shape with such low mileage.
  • The YZF-R125 mirrors offer a better view than any sport bike I’ve ever ridden. However they look like antennas! You can install the stock ones for a view of your chest even after you move your arm like you have to on most sport bikes.
  • Like new Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires not even scrubbed in yet.
  • The Brembo 19 RCS M/C and Ferodo XRAC pads will have you out braking Marc Marquez! Braided stainless lines are OEM on this bike. The Brembo folding levers have a great shape and don’t feel like grabbing a knife edge like the Rizomas.
  • The race ECU is necessary with a cat delete and open exhaust. A Bazzaz tune would even make it better.
  • The Sato rearsets are top quality, offer great feedback and do not get slippery when wet.
  • Digital volt meter mounted on dash.

The following parts have zero miles and are from my build:

  • Dark windscreen is by Zero Gravity stock contour.
  • Brembo 19RCS master cylinder with folding lever, matching clutch lever also.
  • Rizoma M/C cap.
  • Ferodo XRAC front pads and sintered grip rear.
  • Beautiful Sato gold rearsets with black pegs and silver collars.
  • Light Tech gold chain adjusters and spools.
  • Sato Racing gold bar ends.
  • GiaMoto 12 point titanium engraved axle nuts.
  • CBE top triple clamp and sprocket cover.
  • Competition Werkes integrated clear lens tail light with stainless fender eliminator.
  • 15/44 gearing.
  • Bike has red and black Rizoma gas cap, also stock cap included.
  • YZF-R125 carbon mirrors. Running light to turn signal conversion.
  • SC project CRT exhaust.
  • Sato racing rear master cylinder cap.
  • R&G exhaust hanger plates.
  • Battery Tender lithium battery.
  • Digital volt meter, putting out 14 volts at idle. Updated regulator/rectifier.
  • Extra 10 gauge wire from battery to start relay to cure hot start problem. (tip from the Aprilia forum)

Also included:

  • 2 programmed keys and owner’s manual.
  • Akrapovic carbon can and mid pipe if you care about your neighbors.
    R&G hanger bracket included.
  • Dark double bubble windscreen by Puig their racing windscreen. Taller than stock.
  • OEM front master cylinder with Rizoma lever, matching clutch lever also.
  • Have stock mirrors but wires were cut.
  • Stock rearsets and Rizoma rearsets.
  • Red Rizoma oil cap.
  • Stock bar ends.
  • Tail Tidy and turn signals.
  • Stock gearing.
  • Stock air filter.
  • Mr. Jay Leno, have you got one of these in your garage? The titanium axle nuts are stunning and even engraved! If you don’t want attention then purchase something else. The pics don’t do it justice. Also never leave it out of sight and invest in a good alarm system. This bike is so beautiful I am confident the first person that sees it will buy it. Even people who aren’t motorcyclists comment how pretty the bike is and the powerful exhaust note sounds more like an exotic sports car rather than a motorcycle. Please leave a message when you call and I will get back to you in a day or two. Repeat your number, state your time zone and the best time to call.


    Dave’s price is firm at $12,000.  Telephone him at (505) 463-6462

    The RSV4 put Aprilia into the thick of WSBK racing, with championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14.  The streetbike was expensive but very competitive with other European makers.  Value is built in with solid engineering and APRC features.  Dave’s RSV4 has almost too much to list, and too few miles to call it used.

    Call Dave on (505) 463-6462 to discuss !

    -donn

     

     

    Featured Listing – 2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC
    Aprilia April 15, 2021 posted by

    Featured Listing – 2008 KTM 990R Super Duke with 3,893 Miles !

    Update 5.10.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

    KTM’s Orange Army is no longer a special operations group, but has a wide range of rides and high European sales numbers.  RSBFS reader David has this first year R-model Duke, with under 4,000 miles.

    2008 KTM 990R Super Duke for sale

    KTM was playing a little catch-up ball in the super-naked category, but made a splash in 2005 with the 990 Super Duke, edgily styled by the Austrian Kiska design studio.  For the 2007 update, radial mount brakes were added, fuel injection maps smoothed, and fuel tank size increased to a hair under 5 gallons.  The proven eight-valve Rotax-derived twin is right out of the superbike, and the R-variant boasts more power with 132 hp at 10,000 rpm.  R-upgrades also include Akropovic exhaust, solo seat, steering damper, titanium coating on the WP forks, and contrasting orange finish on the chromoly trellis frame.

    David hails from central Tennessee and has kept the variety of semi-gloss black finishes on his -R up beautifully.  It has new Michelins and up-to-date maintenance, the low 3,893 miles giving the next owner a practically new-Duke experience.  David is asking $6,800 for is Super Duke R.

    The 990 Super Duke R matched specs with Ducati’s Monster S4R almost line by line, but had a more hypermotard vibe, with factory axle sliders and black as a fashion statement.  Reviewers praised the power and light weight, and did their late braking and explored the lean angles on the racetrack – but promotional videos showed plenty of wheelies and stoppies on Main St.  Maybe a little of each awaits the next rider on this immaculate Super Duke R.

    David asks $6,800. Located in Chapel Hill, Tennessee

    Featured Listing – 2008 KTM 990R Super Duke with 3,893 Miles !
    Aprilia March 27, 2021 posted by

    Sadly Underutilized: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

    Just a few hours left on this one, so I’ll keep it short. I’m actually wondering if this is the same bike we featured back in January. I mean, just how many fluorescent yellow 2002 Aprilia RSV Milles are there running around, or not running around, with just three hundred miles on the odometer? The language of the two posts is pretty different and this one looks like it’s been hanging out at a dealership its whole life, instead of in a garage next to a Cadillac, but who knows?

    Either way, this Mille derives its name from the Rotax-developed v-twin powerplant’s approximately 1000cc displacement. The innovative design was compact, yet smooth and powerful, owing to the 60° layout and balance shafts. Power was 113hp at the rear wheel. Instead of a slipper clutch, the RSV used a “pneumatic power clutch” that used a vacuum-actuated system to perform the same function and help with rapid downshifts.

    Styling certainly wasn’t as elegant as what was found on the bikes being offered by Ducati, but the components were at least the equal of the 998 and build quality was better: the Mille has an enviable reputation for reliability, something that generally cannot be said of Ducati’s beautiful superbike confections…

    From the original eBay listing: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

    COLLECTORS!

    2002 Aprilia RSV1000R Mille – 2001 World Championship -Troy Corser – Race Replica Motorcycle with 300 ORIGINAL miles !

    This motorcycle is in BRAND new condition and was stored and displayed properly at a local New Haven dealer for 19 years. Has been cared for and runs perfectly and is in 100% complete original condition with all books and keys.

    Don’t miss your opportunity to own one of the most iconic motorcycles in history.

    The seller might be stretching things a bit, describing the Mille as “one of the most iconic motorcycles in history…” Maybe “distinctive” is more apt? In any event, these are great bikes to ride, although part of the appeal to me has been their relatively low cost, and this one has an asking price of $8,500. I think that’s probably very fair price if you’re putting together a collection of Italian superbikes or are just a fan of the marque, but that same money will buy you a bunch of other very nice machines.

    -tad

    Sadly Underutilized: 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale
    Aprilia March 25, 2021 posted by

    In For a Pound – 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory

    Aprilia superfans looking for a multi-purpose bike found their wish come true in the Tuono 1000R Factory.  Today’s Tuono looks great but could use more background information.

    2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory for sale on eBay

    Some manufacturers might have programmed a little less power and a wider torque curve for their super-naked, but Aprilia used the same 60-degree liter as the Mille superbike, with Factory oversized exhaust valves and collectors.  139 hp are on tap, thanks to ram air from under the headlight.  The dry sump engine sits low in the alloy basket, with Öhlins dampers front and rear.  Brembo Gold four-piston calipers get the attention of 320mm front disks, hauling down the very light looking 17-inch rims.  On the Factory, sidecovers, front mudguard and belly pan are replicated in glossy carbon.

    The seller hasn’t made any history available, but one picture shows the odometer with 4,376 miles, so while the tires look good they might have aged out.  A couple of blisters on the tank are apparent, but with no collateral damage they could be something spilled on the tank or other non-riding mishap.  The auction indicates this is an as-is sale, with a commensurate discount expected.  An in-person look see is recommended though the seller does offer a live video walkaround if you call.

    The Tuono Factory lived up to its thunder and often won the super-naked shootout, thanks to its uncompromising chassis and epic power.  For an advanced rider, the late oughties edition might be the way to go, before electronics started minding the store in 2012.  A handful of bidders are making most of the bids on this Tuono, and hopefully the reserve will be low enough to make it worth some of the past mystery.

    -donn

    In For a Pound – 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory
    Aprilia February 16, 2021 posted by

    Dream Weaver – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera

    Aprilia made a stab at the boutique superbike segment in 2004 with the magnesium engine and carbon fairing Nera.  This wine country example looks excellent and comes at a substantial discount to MSRP.

    2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera for sale on eBay

    It was the first year of the second generation of Aprilia superbikes, and though outwardly similar, the RSV1000R and the Nera had some nice updates.  Evolved from Aprilia’s 60-degree dry sump V-twin, titanium fasteners and CNC matching of the throttle bodies to the intakes allowed the Nera to claim 139 hp.  Magnesium is used for the clutch cover, and hides the Pneumatic Power Clutch slipper unit.  The new chassis and swingarm are fabricated from alloy stampings and finished in a gold tint evoking titanium.  Wheels are forged in magnesium, and the radial-mounted Brembo brakes include an early adoption of the radial master cylinder, providing better feel under hard decceleration.  Full fairings are executed in glossy carbon fiber, and incorporate a fresh air intake and a sharp integrated taillight design.

    Nera’s are rarely offered and the few we’ve seen are barely ridden.  This one is in very nice shape and the owner states it’s run just 1,300 miles, though the odometer isn’t correct.  The Akrapovic cans came with the Nera but are not the titanium units sometimes shown.  Just a bit of storage wear is mentioned but can’t really be seen in the inadequate photos.  Not sure what is meant by the black rubber tank mentioned in the eBay auction-

    2004 Aprilia Nera, one of only 200 made worldwide. This one is serial number 50. I believe less than 40 came to the United States, but I’m not 100 percent sure.

     

    This bike is all original, including the tires. The bike has the carbon fiber gas tank that was included in the original purchase, but I do not have the black rubber tank that came stock on the bike. It is also missing the stock rear carbon fiber license plate holder and the exhaust that came on the bike from the factory. The full Akrapovik exhaust that came in a box with the original bike purchase is what is installed.

     

    The bike has been sitting in my house for a while. The bike is not mint, but is very close to mint. There is not one knick or scratch on the magnesium wheels. All body work is very very nice. There is a very small crack in the lower bottom fairing, but it is hard to see. Otherwise, the bodywork is close to mint.

     

    In 2004/2005 Aprilia’s, the odometer resets if the battery dies or is replaced, such as the case with this bike. I would just like to let that be known since the odometer has reset. If I had to guess, this bike has less than 1,300 original miles. The tires have plenty of tread and they are the original tires. The bike runs well overall. I do think the battery is discharging when parked. However, I just never got around to investigating to determine if that is true. This bike would need very little work to be considered a 10.

    Plunking down thirty-nine large on a Nera put one in touch with a Dream concierge in Italy who coordinated a factory tour, a set of Dainese leathers, Aprilia helmet, and a VIP trip to a MotoGP event.  Even as rarely as they have surfaced, the market hasn’t made a winning investment out of a new Nera.  But whether this auction ends on a bid or buy-it-now, it might be a very rideable collector for the new owner. 

    -donn

    Dream Weaver – 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera
    Aprilia January 17, 2021 posted by

    Turista Sportiva – 2001 Aprilia SL1000 Falco

    Not every rider can see themselves on a race replica, and Aprilia obliged with the SL1000 with slightly relaxed performance, ergonomics, and pricing. Here’s a nice looking hi-vis edition with some nice updates.


    2001 Aprilia SL1000 Falco for sale on eBay


    Aprilia transferred their winning 998 cc V-twin from the RSV, but profiled the torque curve for 12 less peak hp ( but still 118 ! ), with a wider powerband.  The Rotax mill is quite advanced with gear-driven cams, dry sump lubrication, dual plugs, and water cooling.  The six speeds reviewed as smooth shifting, and the USD Showa forks with Sachs monoshock provided a sure if not race-bred ride.  A low seat height was part of the design, along with a pillion under cover, and a surprisingly effective 3/4 fairing.

    Not enough pictures to not want more, but they do show a very clean, undamaged Falco.  The diamond-section mufflers are an interesting solution.  Oil change is so fresh that the old oil is still in the picture.  Notes from the eBay auction:

    Fresh Dunlop GPR300 Tires, New Pads Front and Rear.
    New Chain and Sprockets with 1 tooth drop on front.
    New Adjustable levers in black.  Fresh plugs and Motul oil change, the Air filter is of course a K&N.
    Fuel filter changed as well.  Fresh AGM Battery.
    Bike came with factory Aluminum high mount exhaust and factory performance chip in ECM, I also have a tunable race ECM can download maps to for even more performance.
    2 owner adult ridden bike. Fun bike but I barely ride any more so selling it for someone else to enjoy.

    The Falco was said to generate more miles since it was more comfortable and still plenty quick.  The only fuel advisory was a warning light at the 5 liter point, funny for a bike with a 5-1/2 gallon tank, optional soft bags and longer distance aspirations.  Unfortunately the compromise solution didn’t generate lots of sales, though in the SL1000’s defense the Aprilia dealer network was still a work in progress.  With it’s low starting bid and inseam-saving seat, this ready-to-ride Falco might be a good entrée into the sportbike affliction.

    -donn

    Turista Sportiva – 2001 Aprilia SL1000 Falco