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Aprilia June 16, 2018 posted by

High-Spec Hooligan: 2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing for Sale

After the introduction of their RSV Mille, Aprilia knew they needed something a little less extreme, at least in terms of riding position. But while Ducati’s original approach to the naked bike was to put a lower-spec engine into a frame from an older sportbike, Aprilia was forced by necessity to go a different route: they didn’t have a less powerful engine, or a different frame. The resulting Aprilia Tuono and especially this Tuono Racing was never gonna be great for cruising or posing or generally blatting around, at which the Monster excels.

Perhaps most significantly, unlike every other naked sportbike, the Tuono wasn’t detuned at all: the 998cc Rotax-developed v-twin still made 126 hp and 74 lb-ft. torque, while balance shafts meant it was surprisingly smooth, considering the 60° configuration. The frame looks similar to the beautiful aluminum beam design seen on the RS250. I can’t imagine it’s the exact same part, considering the different engines, but I’m sure Aprilia tried that before designing a new one… And the Tuono was actually lighter than the RSV, owing to the lack of a fairing and some additional carbon bits. Throw in some high bars and you’re looking at the original “supernaked.”

The Tuono may not be quite as sexy as something like a Ducati 998 or a Monster, but it’s way more comfortable than the 998, faster than a Monster, more reliable than either of them, and likely more fun as well. It’s a bike to ride, not to look at, and that Rotax twin is famous for being virtually trouble-free and has reasonable servicing costs.

The Racing was the top-spec Tuono and Aprilia wasn’t kidding with the name: it was designed to compete in an Italian series against rival Ducati’s S4R. And they weren’t kidding with the components: suspension was by Swedish specialists Öhlins, a fully-adjustable shock out back and a 43mm fork up front, with a matching steering damper. Instead of a slipper clutch, Aprilia used their Pneumatic Power Clutch that used engine vacuum to disengage the clutch during downshifts to prevent the rear wheel from locking. Top-of-the-line radial Brembo calipers meant you could have stoppies to go with your wheelies.

From the original eBay listing: 2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing for Sale

Up for sale is my 2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing #002

This a very rare bike only 200 produced worldwide and 50 examples imported to the United States. This bike is #2 from the production run worldwide. This bike was sold to the public specifically so Aprilia could qualify to race it against and beat Ducati in the Italian Naked Race Series.

I have owned this bike since the summer of 2011 and I know I’m going to miss it, but I have a new kid and we are getting a bigger house so this has to go. I’ll be hanging on to my two other Aprilias.

I have every original extra part that you received with the 2003 Racing, plus I have an extra Front Race Fairing and Track Belly Pan (most people don’t have any of these parts and I have 2 sets, see below for additional price):

  • Carbon Fiber Front Racing Fairing x2
  • Carbon Fiber Track Belly Pan x2
  • Aprilia Racing Exhaust and Race Chip (both currently installed)
  • Original Stock Exhaust and Chip (in factory original box)
  • Passenger Seat
  • Carbon Fiber Solo Seat Cowl 
  • Passenger Pegs (currently installed)
  • Track Counter Shaft Sprocket
  • Aprilia Racing GP Shift Kit (currently installed)
  • Standard OEM Shift Linkage
  • Brake Light Delete Panel
  • Factory Drilled Bolts for Race Wire
  • Factory Manuals (Racing & Operator)

Non-Factory Parts:

  • Integrated Rear Turn Signals (I have the stock turn signals)
  • Rhino Frame Sliders (they are black and look nicer, I’m pretty sure I have the stock white ones)
  • Rear Fender/License plate Kit (I have the stock rear fender) 

The extra Front Race Fairing and Track Belly Pan would bring a pretty high price all by themselves, but I want to keep it all together.

Its in very good condition with about 10000-ish miles (I’ll have to charge the battery and check). I’ve had it for a long time but put very little few miles on it. The bike is 15 years old and has been ridden so there are a few minor imperfections.

The extra set of carbon fiber race fairings I’ll include for an additional $750.  

None of the parts are for sale separately please do not ask. 

I am willing to assist in shipping the bike, but it is 100% at the buyer’s expense

Thanks

Okay, none of the Tuonos are really beautiful, but I think the first-generation is the best-looking of the bunch. It didn’t even bother trying to be subtle, and the styling is just a bonkers mess of in-your-face. I mean that as a compliment. The seller’s $8,000 is high for an early v-twin Aprilia in general, but first-generation Tuonos are pretty hard to find and seem to get snapped up pretty quickly. Given all of the available, often very hard to find extras and the overall condition, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets what he’s asking.

-tad

High-Spec Hooligan: 2003 Aprilia Tuono Racing for Sale
Aprilia June 8, 2018 posted by

The Anti-Duc: Low-Mile 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale

For a while, World Superbike rules favored v-twins, thanks to the… um, influence of Ducati. Soon everybody wanted to get in on the act: Honda switched from a V4 to a twin for their RC51 and Aprilia’s first big bike fit a Rotax v-twin into a revised version of their gorgeous aluminum twin-spar beam frame. Unfortunately, their efforts to distance themselves from Ducati also extended to the new bike’s styling and, while the hyper-modern techno looks of the RSV Mille were certainly different, it’s definitely not a classic design.

Instead of a 90° v-twin that is generally pretty hard to fit into a modern sportbike chassis, since it’s very long front-to-back, Rotax used a much more compact 60° configuration for their 998cc twin and kept the increased vibrations in check with a pair of balance shafts. The result was a bit more “agricultural” than Ducati’s engine, but it had plenty of character to go with its competitive power output, along with famous reliability.

Ergonomics of the RSV were a nice change from Ducati’s race-track serious riding position, and the new Aprilia was an all-around more user-friendly machine. It’s got character to spare though and, combined with the bike’s reliability and currently very affordable prices, has made the Mille something of an oxymoron: an affordable, reliable Italian superbike. Which means today’s example is particularly odd, since it has just 2,000 miles on it.

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

Selling my 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille. I acquired this through any estate sale with only 300 miles on it. The engine was properly broken in, raising the rev limiter according to mileage, and it currently only has 2k miles on it. This is essentially a brand new bike wearing the original tires that still have the nubs on them.

I changed out the starting circuit with a more robust starter, starter relay, and wiring, replacing weak OEM setup. It comes with factory racing exhaust and race chip installed, and OEM street pipe and chip as well. Perfect, showroom condition.

I purchased this bike because of the bullet proof Rotax 60° V-twin engine in that beautiful Italian GP frame, intended to convert this into a track bike, but its just too pristine. I’ve seen these engines raced hard with 70k miles on them with no rebuilds!

There are NO prefect condition RSV Mille bikes left out there.
This is a cash only sale and I do not need any assistance in selling it.

“There are NO perfect condition RSV Mille bikes left out there”? That’s a pretty bold statement, and one I’m sure we can trust, since he’s trying to sell a bike… It is pretty unlikely that there are all that many with miles this low, but I’m sure there are at least a few out there, particularly the R version, bought by people with an eye towards future values. And that’s the real issue here: this RSV in basically perfect condition, with a couple of nice, factory extras, but it’s not a collectible version of the bike. It’s a supremely competent bike, even in stock form, but not especially valuable yet: these regularly trade hands for far less than the $5,750 the seller is asking. If you’re a collector willing to pay premium dollars for an RSV, I’d think you’d hold out for an R. If you’re a fan of funky, budget exotica… You’ll probably just pick one with more miles up for less money.

-tad

The Anti-Duc: Low-Mile 2002 Aprilia RSV Mille for Sale
Aprilia May 30, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale

“A man’s got to know his limitations,” Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry famously deadpans in Magnum Force, a film which happens to feature several Italian motorcycles, none of which are an Aprilia RS250 like this Cup Challenge bike. The decision-makers at Aprilia must have been fans of Clint Eastwood though, as they took that advice to heart: when they were planning the RS250, they stuck with what they knew and kept the frame design and styling in-house, while leaving the engine and transmission to an established manufacturer with vastly greater resources and expertise.

Instead, they used the 249cc v-twin from Suzuki’s RGV250. Power for the RGV was listed at just 45hp, so the RS250’s claimed 70 horses made it seem like the Aprilia version must have been outrageously modified, tuned to the absolute hilt. The reality was that Japanese restrictions meant all the home-market two-strokes were officially limited to 45hp, and were all capable of similar outputs when properly tuned and de-restricted. In fact, those in-the-know claim that Aprilia’s modifications  pretty much amounted to a set of engine cases with “Aprilia” cast into them, and that 55hp at the rear wheel is a much more realistic expectation.

No problem: the Suzuki twin was plenty powerful and tuneable, with good parts availability and a high-strung character that complimented Aprilia’s masterpiece of a frame, an aluminum beam unit that looked great and worked even better: reviewers then and now often refer to the RS250 as being one of the best-handling motorcycles of all time. Weight was pared to the bone and the bike was kick-start only. With about 300 pounds to stop, the triple Goldline Brembos were almost overkill, considering the same setup was used to effectively halt the much heavier Ducati 916 and the massive Moto Guzzi Sport 1100…

So the bike fit the standard quarter-liter mold: aluminum frame, asymmetrical “banana” swingarm to clear the expansion chambers, kick-start, and agility instead of brute strength. But where the Japanese bikes were often decorated with wild graphics and bold colors, the Aprilia kept things classy in elegant, basic black. Some of the earlier models featured race-replica graphics and colors, but even those were pretty understated, compared to other bikes in the class.

The Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge version was created to compete in a one-make race series late in the model’s life. It was never really intended to be a roadbike, but did come with an actual VIN so some have been converted, as you can see here: this example does the bare minimum to make it road-legal and looks that much cooler for it.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge Edition. Original owner. Titled and registered here in AZ since new. Street legal and plated. 2 stroke twin. 6 Speed. Never damaged or raced. Some track days over the last 18 years. 5400 miles since new. RS50 taillight and rear turn signals. Small Piaa headlight with switch and brake light switch to keep the DMV happy. New battery, oil service and fork service. Fresh coolant and brake fluid as well. Carburetors and power valves were also cleaned and synched. Factory service manual and some gearing go with. If you want to show up at bike night and be a bit different here’s your ride. The smell of castor smells like victory. Mechanically and aesthetically in excellent condition.

Well, this might have a couple nods to streetability that will “keep the DMV happy” but your mileage, as they say, may vary, depending on where you live. Honestly, all RS250s here in the US are “grey market” bikes and only quasi-legal at best here in California. That’s part of what makes CA titles so valuable for bikes like these: if your RS250 doesn’t already have one, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get one. Then you’re forced to register your bike in your Arizona-living buddy’s name, and end up riding around hoping the CHP doesn’t give you a hard time when they pull you over… This one has clearly been enthusiast-owned and miles are very low. Although it’s really a converted race bike, the “road legal” equipment installation is pretty slick and unobtrusive. And reversible! Bidding is pretty active over on eBay and there’s plenty of time left to get a bid in, so head on over and take a look!

-tad
Featured Listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale
Aprilia May 12, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2009 Aprilia RS125

Update 7.21.2018: SOLD! -dc

Nothing in American motorcycling circles screams “MEH” like a 125cc single cylinder beginner bike, even if it does have a paint job aping a world champion’s race bike. That’s a shame, really, as most of the motorcyclists on these shores end up missing the joys of light, flickable, surprising rides in favor of feeding the maw of the ever-escalating horsepower wars.

You end up missing things like this 2009 Aprilia RS125, a 275-pound flyweight two stroke that puts out almost as much power as legions of bigger, tamer four-stroke dual sports. True, it won’t win a stoplight to stoplight contest, and its merits don’t shine until you have clear road in front of you and you’re near the top of the revs, but it will always reinforce the slow bike fast principle.

The seller has the bike plated in California, although it is on a non-op registration after it proved too much for his new-to-bikes wife and too little for his frame. Though the title is clear, it is entirely possible Cali will revoke the plates the next time it crosses the DMV’s threshold. It should be good just about everywhere else, though, and is the perfect weapon to chase down clumsily ridden big bikes.

From the seller:

For Sale: 2009 California plated Aprilia RS 125 “Spains No. 1” edition. Price $4800, reasonable offers considered. Ready to ride.

Purchased in 2012 as a bike for my wife, we quickly realized that managing a two stroke 125 repli-racer as a learner bike wasn’t the best idea. That and the fact that this is a beautiful bike (and not wanting to have anything happen to it) I took the bike to ride. As the third owner, I put around 100 miles on it, mostly short trips to the Rock Store – one of our local bike hangouts. For my size, the bike was underpowered and undersprung, so it spent most of the time in our garage. I was told by the previous owner that the street components (harness, lighting, etc.) are factory Aprilia and all were installed by Aprilia technicians.

Ultimately, to make room in the garage, in 2016 fluids (coolant, fuel, engine oil and transmission oil) and were drained and bike was put in climate controlled storage. Recently, it was brought back, fluids refreshed, restarted and taken for a checkout ride.

Title: Bike has clean title with California plates, but is registered as PNO (planned non-operation) in 2014 since the bike was not being ridden.

Known issues: There is a slight blemish on the passenger seat and on the right hand side panel it there’s a ¼” mark in the sticker (see photos). What I would do if I were keeping the bike: Tires are serviceable for street riding, but for more lively canyon use, I’d replace them. Also, fork oil should be refreshed and the oil injector lines seem to be a little stiff so replacement will be in order at some point.

Rear view mirrors are removed but will be included with sale. No other accessories are included.

Bike is located in West Hills, CA

Price: $4,800 now $3999 USD
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At $4,800 it’s most of the way to KTM RC390 territory, but is altogether more interesting, and for the right rider could be more fun. It’s also worth noting that this bike truly is the top of the tech heap when it comes to two strokes, and is still cheaper than the older grey-market Japanese equivalents.

Featured Listing: 2009 Aprilia RS125
Aprilia April 10, 2018 posted by

Bargain Stallion: 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R

Well-used Aprilia RSV Milles and RSV 1000Rs can be had for silly money these days, nearly as low as some of their Japanese rivals, but with more power and sweeter suspension. They tend to be a damn sight cheaper than contemporary Ducatis. This 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R does not meet the definition of well-used by any standards, but is still offered at a relative discount for its mileage and condition.

2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R for sale on eBay

The Mille was Aprilia’s first crack at a large-displacement superbike, and it went all-in, bringing its vast experience with 250cc grand prix two strokes to the big-bore four stroke market. The result was powered by a 60-degree Rotax v-twin, which was good for the better part of 140 horsepower. The Rotax mill was a wise move, giving what could have been a temperamental and fragile platform a welcome dose of strength and reliability.

This example was apparently in the collection of the family responsible for Meguiar’s car wax. It was ridden sparingly, and wears fairings in near-perfect shape.

From the eBay listing:

Wow for sale is a one of a kind Aprilia RSV 1000R Customed ordered from the factory by the Meguiar’s car polish families private auto collection in 2001. Although it has been in their collection since new and has been ridden and maintained so it has some mileage on it. At only 3000 miles and not a scratch on her. All the paint color is bright and vibrant All of the fluids and manufacturer recommended sceduled maintance is followed by the book. This bike is as new as you can get in the way it looks and runs just like the day it rolled off the manufacturer’s floor. This bike has all oem parts just the way it was ordered from the Aprilia factory with upgraded Ohlins front and rear suspention and all carbon fiber fairings and fuel tank. The bike has brand new factory tires with aftermarket rim tape for cosmetic appeal. I was honored that they sold me this bike and have had a real blast owning it and showing it off. I own a number of exotic bikes and am a avid sport bike enthusiast. letting go of a couple of my bikes to make room for a brand new bike. please contact me if you need anything else to help you make the decision to own this flawless bike.

THE BIKE IS FOR SALE LOCALLY AND I RESEARVE THE RIGHT TO CANCEL BIDS AT MY DISCRETION

NO PAYPAL…………NO PAYPAL

As the ad notes, the bike carries a bunch of special carbon touches. It’s ready to ride or add to a collection, or both. Whatever becomes of it, someone will get a truly special and mental streetbike.

Bargain Stallion: 2001 Aprilia RSV Mille R
Aprilia March 17, 2018 posted by

Skin Deep: 2004 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory for Sale

Look, I need to get this out of the way  up front: this Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory is a very ugly bike. The proportions are strange, the details are overwrought, there are creases and angles everywhere… Honestly, the only really positive thing you can say about the bodywork on the Aprilia Tuono 1000R is that there is less of it than on the RSV, but that’s definitely damning with faint praise. But before you legions of Aprilia fans whip out your pitchforks and head to Southern California, there are two things you should know. One, it’s been raining here a lot and not only are the canyon roads a mess, the drivers here really don’t know what to do with this kind of weather, so you should wait a month. And two: I genuinely like the Tuono.

2004 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory for sale on eBay

When introduced, the RSV had the monumental task of being the other Italian v-twin superbike. Ducati had the heritage and sexy looks, so Aprilia desperately needed to differentiate themselves, and went with hypermodern styling that wasn’t a big hit then, and hasn’t aged all that well. But there was surely nothing at all wrong with the mechanical parts, and both the RSV and the Tuono have long been, along with the “touring” Falco, the affordable, reliable choice for fans of Italian handling and sound.

The aluminum alloy beam frame is gorgeous, with clear links to the RS250 and the compact, 60° Rotax v-twin is a bit more coarse than Ducati’s famous L-twin, but also a little happier to rev, with a distinctive character. Packing 998cc and 127hp, up from 123 in the regular Tuono, the Factory makes plenty of power and the right kind of noises, but the biggest advantage is the twin’s reliability. Low prices and low maintenance make it the budget Italophile’s dream, and the odd looks just mean owners can pretend that they’re much more interested in performance than in something as shallow as appearance

Handling is impressive as well, with lightweight forged wheels, Öhlins forks and shock, an Öhlins steering damper, radial Brembos, and the usual bits of carbon that will inevitably fade after a few years of occasional exposure to sunlight, be expensive as hell to replace, and probably saves half a pound compared to the stock machine. Interestingly, the RSV didn’t feature a steering damper, but the Tuono had less weight over the front, owing to the lack of a fairing and the raised bars so the result was a more wayward front end.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory for Sale

Number 63 of 200 
Bike comes with track kit. 2 factory Aprilia pipes. One in box. Full carbon body work for track use.
Never tracked bike, 19,500 miles. Never down, never dropped. New tires. Just serviced. 
Do not ride this anymore. Have title. Tags just paid. No issues with bike. All Carbon perfect, no scratches, no dents, no nothing. Owned with pride. All stickers removed from street carbon body work. Carbon track kit is hard to find. Some people sell separate. I’m selling as package.

  • Ohlins Suspension
  • Extensive Carbon Fiber Body Parts
  • Carbon Fiber Belly Pan Track – Never Installed
  • Carbon Fiber Headlight Track Shroud – Never Installed
  • Ti Mufflers 2
  • OZ Wheels
  • Brembo Monobloc Brakes
  • Ohlins Steering Damper
  • Sargent Seat
  • CRG Levers
  • 139hp
  • 472lbs wet
  • 408lbs dry
  • Holds 4.7 gallons of fuel

So the Tuono offered up superbike power, great, but slightly hairy handling, in-your-face styling, and reasonable comfort. Top speed was lower than the RSV, but for 95% of riders 95% of the time, the Tuono was a better choice. Tuonos may not be pretty, but they are pretty impressive machines in every other regard, and those low prices make them a great bang for the buck. Of course, “affordable” is relative and the first generation Tuonos have been more valuable than the RSV for a while. I’m guessing that’s because, at least here in the US, they are much less common and it’s been a while since I saw a really nice one up for sale. Miles aren’t collector-bike-low but the bike is in very nice condition, with some desirable extras.

-tad

Skin Deep: 2004 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory for Sale
Aprilia March 14, 2018 posted by

Last Wild Stallion: 0-mile 2003 Aprilia RS250GP-1

The 2003 Aprilia RS250GP-1 represents the absolute pinnacle of two-stroke technology and the final gasp of the format’s street-legal heyday. Quite simply, these are the most advanced mass-produced street two strokes that ever roamed the Earth. Since they were never sold in this country officially, finding a decent one is a feat.

2003 Aprilia RS250GP-1 for sale on eBay

But this 2003 Aprilia RS250GP-1 doubles down on its rarity by having never covered a single kilometer. Down to the whiskers on the tires, it is perfect and all original. It was imported from Australia with all the dealer and compliance paperwork, but is being sold in California, where ever getting it plated is a distant fantasy.

From the eBay listing:

Once in a lifetime opportunity to buy an Aprilia RS250 GP-1 with 0 miles! You now have the chance to own the final and most advanced release of the Aprilia RS250, the final version of the RS 250 GP-1 replica motorcycle. This bike is sporting official Colin Edwards and Nori Haga team decals, the colors and graphics add to the bike that represents GP 250cc class racing. This is a collector’s motorcycle.

The look of the 2003 RS250 is dominated by its wrap-around fairing, designed and tested in a wind tunnel. The front mudguard blends perfectly with the fairing, and enhances the Aprilia RS 250’s streamlined looks, the characteristic aerodynamic tail completes the Aprilia RS 250’s racing image.

The bike was only sold in Europe and Australia. The bike has completed its new vehicle delivery and prep and has 0 miles. The tires are original (complete with tire whiskers) as is every part on this bike. The bike comes with a clear Australian registration and license plate for your collection only. It has never been registered in the USA as it was intended solely for my collection. The bike cannot be registered in California due to smog laws. I have a huge amount of Aprilia dealer promotional material for the bike that would be available to the buyer. It has an Australian compliance plate fitted as well.

Another super rare 2003 Aprilia RS250 sold offline from an eBay listing last month for $11,500 with 10,968 miles. I don’t know how many 0 miles Aprilia RS250’s are left in the world, but it couldn’t be more then a just a few.

In addition, this bike was judged the best European Two-Stroke bike at Motocarrera’s famous Two Stroke Extravaganza held in 2005 in Los Angeles, California. This event was the largest gathering of two-stroke vehicles in America when it was held. The bike was also displayed at the famous Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering Carmel, California in May 2016.

Contact me with serious inquiries only. I don’t need to sell, so I won’t accept any low ball offers.

APRILIA RS 250 TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Engine type

two-stroke 90° V twin, liquid cooled, lamellar intake in crankcase, separate lubrication. Two sequential stage valve on exhaust electronically regulated by digital control unit, controlled by a step motor

Pistons

in special high silicon content alloy

Bore and stroke

56 x 50.6 mm

Total displacement

249 cc

Compression ratio

13.2:1

Carburetors

two Mikuni TM 34 SS flat valve carburetors, electronically controlled by solenoid valves partially shutting maximum throttle and tick-over circuits

Ignition

digital CDI, with mapping of programmed spark advance according to three parameters (carburetor valve opening, opening speed, engine revs)

Starter

pedal

Generator

12V – 180 W

Lubrication

separate, with automatic variable mixer (0.9-2%)

Clutch

multiple disk in oil bath

Gear box

completely removable, six ratio, forced lubrication with positive displacement pump

Primary transmission

gear

Secondary

chain

Frame

aluminum magnesium alloy double sloping beam with thin wall shell structure. Stem and plates in cast aluminum magnesium alloy

Front suspension

upside-down fork in high tensile steel, 41 mm dia. adjustable in rebound, compression and preload, wheel travel 120 mm

Rear suspension

cast aluminum magnesium alloy swing arm with differentiated design arms, single hydraulic shock absorber with separate tank, adjustable in rebound, compression, preload and length, wheel travel 130 mm

Brakes

front: floating disk, 298 mm dia., calipers with four differentiated diameter pistons;

rear: disk, 220 mm dia., two piston caliper

Rims

five tangential spoke aluminum alloy,

front 3.50 x 17”, rear 4.50 x 17”

Tires

tubeless radials

front 120/60 ZR 17”, rear. 150/60 ZR 17”

Dimensions

max length 1,980 mm max. width 710 mm

wheelbase 1,365 mm

Dry weight

140 kg

Tank capacity

19.5 liters (3.6 liter reserve)

Colors

GP-1 Replica

Instrumentation

digital analogue with instantaneous, maximum and mean speed measurement, scale in kilometers and miles, programmable “red zone”, water temperature in degrees C and F, battery voltage, clock and chronometer with 40 memories

Generally speaking, I am a proponent of riding sport bikes like they have been stolen, more or less regardless of provenance. They were, after all, built to go fast. This little Aprilia strikes a different chord, though. With such untouched splendor, it should be left as is for posterity.

Last Wild Stallion: 0-mile 2003 Aprilia RS250GP-1
Aprilia March 1, 2018 posted by

Sharp-Dressed Hooligan: 1997 Aprilia RS250 With Just 240 Miles for Sale

Update 3.1.2018: We first saw this California unicorn in mid-December last year and the auction was pulled before the conclusion. This time it’s back with a buy-it-now of $12,900. Links updated. -dc

Built between 1995 and 2002, although the last couple years were “for off-road use only,” the Aprilia RS250 was one of the last holdouts from the two-stroke brigade, following the RGV250 into history. It’s also one of the best-looking: some folks can’t say no to the garish neon graphics of their youth, but I’m a sucker for the basic black of the RS250. It helps to highlight the beautiful frame and swingarm that manage to look both strong and elegant. Every bike in the class used an aluminum beam frame, but units found on the RGV and NSR were far more straightforward and industrial-looking than the almost sculptural parts used by Aprilia.

I’d be happy with any RS250, but I’m a particular fan of this earlier version’s styling, and I think it’s one of the best-looking sportbikes of all time. The gauges in particular look less horribly dated than on the later machines. The engine was the same across both versions, and was taken from Suzuki’s fierce little RGV250Γ. Aprilia claims that it was “modified” but that appears to have been marketing claptrap: readers more intimately familiar with both machines and with no skin in the game swear they’re identical, barring some minor “Aprilia” branding.

Of course, the the fact that the RS250 shared its engine with the RGV250 might lessen its pedigree somewhat, but makes the spares situation much more palatable. In this case, it might not be a problem, since it seems like this particular machine is destined to be lovingly admired instead of happily thrashed…

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1997 Aprilia RS250, 240 miles, and a California plate registered to its original 17 digit VIN. That should pretty much sum it up. Bike is in 100% stock original condition and still has the original tires on it. These bikes have the VJ22A RGV250 motor in them which is fantastic when mated to the RS250 chassis ands factory Brembo brakes. Starts right up and purrs away as expected. This is a highly collectible two stroke as not many of these exist and only a handful are registered for the street [see pics]. Current registration, California title in hand, sold as is. Enjoy the ride… The bike is for sale locally so the auction can end at any time, FYI.

Bidding is very active, and up to $7,800 with a couple days left on the auction. It’s always disappointing when the seller doesn’t include more details about a bike, but what else is there to say? The thing has just 240 miles on it, so pretty much a couple weekends worth of canyon riding over the bike’s entire 20 year life. The current tags add significantly to the value, since it’s hard to get that paperwork for a grey-market bike in California without “knowing a guy.” It’s great to hear that it runs, but I can’t imagine any new owner would put many more miles on it, and that is especially sad: I know a bunch of guys with very nice grey market two-strokes that would love a chance to thrash this little Aprilia out in the canyons.

-tad

Sharp-Dressed Hooligan: 1997 Aprilia RS250 With Just 240 Miles for Sale
Aprilia February 27, 2018 posted by

Ahem – 2003 Aprilia RS250 GP1

The Aprilia RS250’s picture is next to “peaky” in Webster’s – mumbling around town, just butting in to the conversation at 5,000 rpm, but singing all the way to 60 two-stroke hp at 11,900 rpm.  Just 309 lbs dry, the RS250 can be a riding lesson every time out and demands only regular attention to the gearshift and a quality full-synthetic two-stroke oil.

2003 Aprilia RS250 GP1 for sale on eBay

Aprilia’s racing department successes are shared with the road bike engineers, like the special alloy frame and swingarm,  40mm upside forks and fully adjustable monoshock.  The learning curve of twin 298mm front disks made unplanned stoppies an issue for one reviewer.  Combination digital / analog dash gives the tachometer priority.  17″ front and rear alloy wheels are almost invisible in black.  In case you forget its racing heritage, the kick-only starter, lightly padded seat, and just silly pillion are there to remind.

Regular readers will recognize Gary’s impeccable taste and Utah location, and this Aprilia is no exception.  With just under 11,000 miles, it’s well-presented and photographed, with just a few hints of a paint chip or fastener corrosion here or there.  The GP-1 decal celebrates Marco Melandri’s 250cc championship the year before, stripes accented by the semi-gloss black fairings.  From the eBay auction:

Only 17,652 kilometers (10,968 miles). Bike is in mint condition with only a few very light scratches and handling marks. Bike appears to have never been laid down. All fairings and components are 100% genuine OEM factory Aprilia. Bike is completely stock. Just serviced with new Pirelli Diablo tires, new battery and new engine fluids. Bike runs like the day it was new. Lights, suspension, transmission operating as new from the factory. This is a premium bike that is very rare here in the United States. Bike has a 17 digit VIN and is titled in the State of Utah.

Aprilia’s lightweights had super build quality and were priced accordingly.  The Suzuki-based engine is reliable for the highly-tuned segment, with easier parts availability.  Successful almost from their racing start in the early 1990’s, Aprilia’s championships continued until the two-stroke was wiped from the Moto3 rule book in 2012.  The shrinking market led Suzuki to cease production of the engines in the early 2000’s, making this one of the last road-going smokers available, and a very nice example…

-donn

Ahem – 2003 Aprilia RS250 GP1