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Aprilia March 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup

Update 4.8.2019: Sold for full asking price! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

We showcase a lot of two strokes, and we wax poetic about their knife-edge handling and peaky, unforgiving powerbands. Most of the time, we're showing off nice but rider-quality machines that will make the new owners very happy on the track or in the canyons. Not today. Today we have a time capsule 2004 Aprilia RS250 that the seller couldn't bring himself to tear up on the track. It's so nice that he went to the length of sourcing another RS250 rather than ride this one in anger.

Instead, it sat, unmolested and unblemished in his basement on display. As such, it is as close as you're going to get to perfect, and is original down to the scrub in on its first set of tires. It comes with all the factory documents and stickers and shows less than 400 miles on the odometer. Having been sold in or around New Hampshire originally, there's little chance it's ever going to see an American road. That's all well and good, as it's almost too cherry to tear up now.

The RS250s were powered by a version of the Suzuki RGV250 v-twin that Aprilia tweaked heavily for their purposes. With a lighter and more focused chassis and suspension than the RGV, the Italian became the mount of choice for up-and-coming racers including Loris Capirossi, Max Biaggi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista, all of whom went on to MotoGP fame. For a hammer-simple 70 horsepower two-stroke, that ain't a bad CV.

From the seller:

If you are looking for a perfect, as new RS 250 for your collection, look no further this is your bike. Here’s the back story, I was looking for an RS 250 as a track bike ten years ago. I found this one and was amazed how nice it was. I purchased it then once it was home, concluded it was too nice to track as it needed to be preserved. So I bought another RS 250 for this purpose which I still have. As such this one has been in my climate controlled finished basement on a lighted display table ever since to be looked at and admired. This one is a time capsule that has less than 400 miles original miles on it, 100% stock including tires, no modifications and all of the idiot stickers that came on it. I’m a collector so selling this to fund a new addition to the herd. I know that peoples definition of condition varies greatly much to my chagrin in looking at other bikes, because of this I tend to understate the condition of things. I would rate this close to a 10 out of ten, no blemishes, never dropped, like new, perfect paint, just a pleasure to look at. As it was in my basement the paint is in great condition with no oxidation or sun damage. I just pulled it out to get it ready for sale, added a new battery and it’s on its way this week to Seacoast Aprilia – Ducati, which was the original dealer that sold it to change out the fluids and go through it to make sure there are no issues. It will be in perfect running condition for the lucky buyer with the original MSO. If you are serious I am sure I can arrange for you to speak with someone as Seacoast to get an unbiased second opinion. Like all two strokes RS 250’s are getting harder to come by, finding one in this condition is very rare as most have been flogged on the track and modified. Thanks for looking, $10,500 located in New Hampshire.

As either a display bike or a track day toy, you can't say fairer than this little RS250.

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup
Aprilia March 20, 2019 posted by

Shipping Not Included: 1998 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

The Aprilia RS250 was my introduction to the quarter-liter two-stroke sportbike class. I didn't even get into motorcycles until the late 1990s, by which time two strokes were completely gone from the sportbike scene here in the US. But, as an avid reader of the British biking magazines, I saw them mentioned time and again in such glowing terms. Sure, there were performance differences between the Honda NSR250, Yamaha TZR250, Kawasaki KR-1, and Suzuki RGV250 that loaned its engine to the Aprilia, but as a group they pretty much set the standard for light weight and handling. Bikes today still aspire to be so simple, purposeful, lightweight, and engaging.

As I mentioned, Aprilia didn't design the RS250's engine, they borrowed a perfectly good one from Suzuki. Aprilia claimed a host of changes the RGV250's engine, but mostly they didn't mess things up, since the two-stroke v-twin was already a solid choice: tuning parts were readily available and it was capable of making competitive power. Instead, Aprilia focused on the bike's frame and swingarm, in the process creating a hybrid machine with sublime handling, Italianate looks, and good parts availability for maintenance and tuning.

I prefer the looks of the first-generation RS250, but the updated styling seen here is still a winner and the partially-digital dash, while looking decidedly retro today, was pretty cutting-edge at the time, with an analog tach and digital speedometer, as well as a lap-timer function.

This one also includes passenger pegs and that hideous pillion pad that grows like a tumor from the top of the sloped tail section. The only bike with an uglier solution might be the biposto Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000. These little two-strokes make generally terrible two-up mounts, but at least the earlier version of the bike looks like they put a bit of thought into making the bike capable of carrying two in a pinch, without murdering the sleek lines...

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

MADE IN ITALY !!! Collector's Bike-Antique. This model has won a lot of world championships! Aprilia Racing spirit super fast supersport bike antique. The Ferrari of motorbikes! Aprilia sells replacement parts for this bike till now. 250cc racing two-stroke with 0-60miles or 0-100km at 4.3 seconds, the bike it is, like it was bought, no modification was made because it is already powerfull. These engines produce 300 atmospheric horse power (without turbo or supercharger) at 1000cc when they have racing carburetors and exhausts. The bike has the manufacturer's upside-down racing forks and the manufacturer's GOLD Brembo brakes!!! It only needs new battery.

WARNING: SHIPPING NOTICE :    I CAN HELP AT THE SHIPPING PROCESS. I CAN PACKAGE THE BIKE IN THE SAME BOX AS THE MANUFACTURE SHIPS IT. ALSO I CAN FIND FOR YOU A SHIPPING COMPANY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE TIME FOR IT AND GET READY ALL THE LEGAL PAPERWORK. THE BIKE IS SOLD WITH THE LICENSE PLATES READY FOR ROAD USE IF YOU LIKE OR WITHOUT THEM IF YOU WISH TO RIDE IT IN THE TRACK-COURSE. THE SELLING PRICE OF THE BIKE IS THE SAME FOR BOTH CASES. SHIPPING COST IS THE BUYERS EXPENSE. IF THE BUYER WANTS TO COME TO ATHENS FOR THE PACKAGING AND SHIPPING THIS CAN BE DONE (i will escort him/her from the time that will arrive to the airport) IF THE BUYER WANTS TO RIDE THE BIKE TO THE DESTINATION COUNTRY, IF THE COUNTRY IS NEAR BY, THIS CAN BE DONE ALSO, ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

The bike has 13,600 miles  or 22000 kilometers. The indication of distance made from the bike on the display is in kilometers.

Used by riders such as Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Marco Melandri, Jorge Lorenzoand, Loris Capirossi in MotoGP races.

The Aprilia RS250 is powered by a modified Suzuki RGV250 (VJ22) engine which is prepared by Aprilia, changes include a revised ECU, Aprilia-designed expansion chambers, barrels and airbox. The twin 34 mm flat slide Mikuni carburettors inside.

The frame is a cast twin spar aluminium/magnesium alloy with thin-walled monocoque reinforcements, with the engine as a fully stressed member manufactured by Benelli for Aprilia. The banana swingarm is made out of the same polished aluminium alloy as the rest of the frame. The reason for the swingarm's banana shape is to allow the expansion chambers to run unobstructed under the engine to improve ground clearance in turns.

The forks are 41 mm Showa inverted units and are adjustable compression and rebound, the rear suspension is a Sachs mono-shock which is adjustable for preload,compression and rebound. The front brakes of the RS 250 are Brembo dual 298 mm discs with Brembo Oro four-piston calipers. The rear brake is a single 220 mm disc with a Brembo twin-piston caliper.

The front & rear rims are lightweight, 5 spokes, cast aluminum rims are 3.50x17 up front (3.0x17 on the older models) and 4.50x17 out back that require tires of 120/60x17 and 150/60x17, respectively.

The RS gauges feature a digital instrument panel that gives the rider a variety of information. It will display maximum and average speed readings in kilometers or miles per hour, an adjustable rev limiter warning zone indicator,water temperature in choice of scale, battery charge indicator, a clock,and a chronometer that can remember up to 40 lap times.

Note that this bike is currently in Greece, so I'm sorry for the let down if you're... Somewhere other than Greece. When we first spotted the listing, the price was a jaw-dropping $50,000 which raised a bunch of questions... Fortunately, the seller realized that might be a bit out-of-line, considering current RS250 values, and the listing currently shows a Buy It Now price of $12,000 which is much more reasonable. Mileage isn't exactly collector-bike low, but it looks well maintained, aside from the broken left-front turn signal. It otherwise appears to be in good condition, a nice example of an appreciating two-stroke sportbike.

-tad

Shipping Not Included: 1998 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Aprilia March 16, 2019 posted by

Always Bet on Black: 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera for Sale

Somehow, in spite of their achievements, performance, and reliability, Aprilias generally qualify as “bargain exotica” instead of blue-chip collectibles. But if you were looking to bet on a particular Aprilia that might qualify as collectible, other than the RS250, the RSV1000R Nera might be worth a look. The upstart Italians were dipping their toe into Ducati's waters, and the Nera was intended to be the first bike in Aprilia's "Dream Series" of ultra-premium motorcycles and a kind of "lifestyle experience," but the whole thing flopped. The world wasn't quite ready for a $39,500 Aprilia, even if only 200 were made, and each one was every bit as good as a Ducati of the period.

The most obvious thing that set the Nera apart was a complete set of carbon fiber bodywork, including the tank. The frame was painted gold, and forged magnesium wheels saved a couple pounds over the already light hoops on the Factory. A then-new Brembo radial master cylinder was matched to radial Brembo calipers, and the bike had blingy Öhlins at both ends. Some additional engine tweaks and a set of Akropovic cans helped liberate a few horses and some v-twin boom, but the big performance gains came from the reduced weight, down to a claimed 386lbs dry.

Like many high-dollar Ducatis, the performance increases certainly didn't justify the price tag. The RSV1000R was already an excellent motorcycle, with Ducati sound, power, and handling, but uncharacteristic reliability from the Rotax-built 60° v-twin that included balance shafts and their PPC or “Pneumatic Power Clutch” is basically a slipper clutch that uses engine vacuum to allow a bit of clutch slip during downshifts and lighten the clutch effort in general.

The Nera maybe wasn't worth Aprilia's wild asking price, but it was intended to be a premium product so build quality is excellent, and the clearcoated carbon-fiber perfectly compliments the second-generation RSV's' stealth-fighter styling.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera for Sale

This is a RSV 1000 NERA model, only 20 sold in the United States. Carbon fiber fuel tank, fairing, seat, magnesium wheels, only 984 original miles. EXCELLENT CONDITION

There's not much to report on the history: the bike only has 984 miles on it! The $14,500 Buy it Now is steep for an RSV1000R, but you can always think of it as a $25,000 discount, compared to the 2004 list price. That's a screaming deal, especially adjusted for inflation! The RSV1000R is already a highly competent sportbike, and if you're looking for a functional and collectible Aprilia, this might work for you.

-tad

Always Bet on Black: 2004 Aprilia RSV1000R Nera for Sale
Aprilia March 7, 2019 posted by

Bol d’Or Replica: 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R for Sale

Endurance racing doesn't have much of a following here in the US, but it's popular in Japan and Europe, and the French especially seem to love it. If you're not familiar with the Bol d'Or, it's a long-running 24-hour race held in France, literally the "golden bowl." The second-generation of Aprilia's v-twin superbike managed to update the bulbous styling without aping its most direct competitor over at Ducati. The new bike looked thoroughly modern, with viciously angular shapes and striking graphics, although this RSV1000R Bol d'Or Replica pretty much redefines "bold." The lilac, white, and red design shouldn't work, but I think it compliments the angular bodywork, and it definitely stands out in a crowd.

Under the skin, the bike used an updated version of the durable and powerful Rotax 60° v-twin, with a restyled beam frame that compliments the wedgy fairing. Honestly, I much prefer the smooth curves and industrial artistry of the original frame, but I guess Aprilia thought it would clash with the new bodywork. Power was up to 143hp, although the bike used a single plug per cylinder in place of the Mille's two. It also gained a few other magnesium engine bits and other evolutionary tweaks.

In an interesting twist, the RSV1000R was actually the standard version of the bike, with the Mille R's role being taken over by the Factory. But being "entry-level" is no bad thing, as the standard bike was pretty high-spec to begin with, and should keep even the most experienced rider entertained. Power was identical to the Factory, and the R got an Öhlins TiN fork up front and a fully-adjustable Sachs shock out back, with radial Brembo calipers. The whole thing weighed in at 472lbs wet, pretty much on par for a big v-twin sportbike of the era.

Reliability-wise, there really isn't much to worry about with the RSV-R, and they can cover pretty serious miles with minimal muss, which isn't something you'd expect from an Italian superbike. There are the usual hydraulic clutch issues, the water pump seals can leak, and apparently the charging systems aren't the most robust, but I can't remember a bike I've researched that didn't seem to have that issue. You think sportbike manufacturers would look into that...

From the original eBay listing: 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R Bol d'Or Replica for Sale

Extremely rare, very well kept, one owner (adult owned), limited edition Bol d'Or in excellent condition. All work done by certified Aprilia dealer, including recent 18,000 mile service/valve check, performed at EuroCycle Las Vegas. Always garaged, no accidents and spent entire life in southwest weather. Akrapovic Aprilia Racing slip-on exhaust, Ohlins steering damper, new battery, plenty of tire tread and fresh fluids. Clean title in hand, along with both keys, passenger seat, racing cowl, owners manual and tool kit.

Well, for a change, the seller isn't exaggerating: the Bol d'Or is pretty rare, especially here in the US. With 19,700 miles, it's not a garage queen, but the Rotax motor is famed for being durable and low-maintenance, so that wouldn't put me off in this case. The listing could do with more photos, but the bike looks complete, with a few nice extras, including what appears to be aftermarket rearsets and a pair of Akrapovic cans should liberate some of the v-twin boom without deafening everyone within five blocks like some other systems would. The stealth-fighter style has managed to age pretty well, and these generally attract a lot of attention

-tad

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