Posts by tag: 249cc

Aprilia July 24, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1997 Aprilia RS 250 Mk.1

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

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

1997 Aprilia RS 250 Mk. 1 for sale on eBay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featured Listing – 1997 Aprilia RS 250 Mk.1
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
Kawasaki January 30, 2018 posted by

Say it Ain’t So – 1988 Kawasaki KR-1 / KR250B

Dan would have to weigh in on how many bikes Gary has listed and sold on RSBFS, but suffice it to say the past year has been a great success.  Saving the best for last would be a debatable and bittersweet claim, maybe there’s another container of gray-market wonders back there ?  Better to relish the KR-1 presented here.

1988 Kawasaki KR-1 KR250 for sale on eBay

Not actually derived from or intended to be a race bike, the KR-1 had a meteoric rise and quick retirement just a few years later.  The parallel twin pushed 55 hp, but peaky like no one’s business, making power just between 6,000 and 11,000 RPM.  Never offered stateside, it thrilled young riders in the U.K. and the Pacific rim, and has only occasionally found its way here.  The super-light under 300 lbs. machine was over-equipped with dual disks, adjustable suspension, and 17-inch front / 18-inch rear wheels.

Gary has made presentation of gray market specials look easy, but this one is different.  Rather than doll up someone else’s issues, this KR-1 was brought over restored, low miles, just about perfect.  As always, it’s ready to run with legal title and registration.  His comments from the eBay auction:

Up for sale is a 1988 Kawasaki KR-1 with only 20,640 kilometers (12,825 miles). Bike is in mint condition. The collector whom I purchased it from in Japan did a full frame up restoration. Complete engine, front forks, front and rear brakes, drive train, rear suspension, custom paint restoration. I don’t normally buy bikes like this but when I saw that no expense was spared to make this bike look and run new, I just had to have it. Bike looks gorgeous and is in mint condition. There are only a few very light scratches and handling marks. All fairings and components are 100% Genuine OEM Kawasaki factory. All replacement parts used in the restoration were genuine OEM parts. Bike is completely stock. Bike runs like new. Comes with new battery and new engine fluids.

I’ve saved the best for last. The last is here.

Kawasaki saw the writing on the wall early and focused on four-strokes for 1993.  But the power delivery, quick steering, and riding position of the KR-1 are legend.  Hopefully an adult rider can keep it out of the tank slappers it destined novice riders to experience.  In a era where a successful design could be considered 100 machines ( Buell or Bimota ), or a thousand ( Ducati or Moto Guzzi ), Kawasaki saw the future on the other side of 10,000 KR-1’s.  But for a fan of the green and white, there was never such a lightweight.

-donn

Say it Ain’t So – 1988 Kawasaki KR-1 / KR250B
Honda December 8, 2017 posted by

Veteran of Foreign Wars – 1988 Honda CBR250R

Our fans have recently been treated to a fairly steady stream of small-sports, most often nice and sometimes in mint shape.  But what if you could pick up a high-mileage rider and restore it on your terms ?  This former daily driver didn’t garner any bids last time out and is up again with a sensible reserve.

1988 Honda CBR250R for sale on eBay

 

Honda introduced the in-line four 250 in 1986, and the peppy mill revs to 18,000 rpm on its way to 40 hp.  Gear-driven cams provide a vintage whine, as well as low maintenance.  Updates for 1988 included dual headlights, single-disk front brake, and a revised fuel pump.  Despite its 350 lb. ready-to-ride weight, the CBR250R has relaxed middleweight ergonomics.

 

Almost certainly the victim of too many owners, this MC19 has no major damage, but wear, corrosion and rash in every quadrant.  Not extreme but fairly high miles, some new parts but needing much more.  From the eBay auction-

JDM 1988 Honda CBR250R with 33k kilometers (20,400 miles). New rear tire, windscreen, levers, rear brake pads, intake manifolds. Scratches, paint chips, small dents consistent with being 29 years old. See photos for details.

Yes! It has a clear California title in my name, ready to transfer to a lucky Honda fanatic. You aren’t going to get many chances to own and experience one of Honda’s most amazing little street bikes, so grab it while you can.

There are forums for these bikes, with a lot of available parts in Australia and Japan. Aftermarket bodywork kits are available from Hong Kong for less than $500 delivered in the US.  I bought new intake manifolds for less than $20 and a new windscreen for less than $25 delivered! The bike runs cool all the time and has no leaks anywhere.

 

Not being the best year or condition, it does appear complete and its Cali title might be its best feature.  Though it would be easy to blow the budget, it might be a feasible restoration if the new owner did most of the work and wasn’t a stickler for factory parts.  If you look back at my archives you know I’d rather review a mint oddball than a tired legend, but this CBR250R has great possibilities…

-donn

 

Veteran of Foreign Wars – 1988 Honda CBR250R
Honda November 23, 2017 posted by

Chickenhawk – 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor with 1,147 miles !

This auction ended as the post was being edited, but the pictures of this super example are still available.  Happy Thanksgiving !

In a rare maneuver, Honda sent the dainty VTR250 Interceptor to the U.S. – only and first – in part to keep Kawasaki’s 250cc plans in check.  From 1988-1990 it was only here, a lightweight and fun way to embarrass bigger bikes around town or in tight quarters.  The 249cc V-twin cranked 25 hp via 14,000 rpm, with an Interceptor fairing and kooky inboard disk brake.

1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor for sale on eBay

 

Specs for the early years can be hard to verify since the 2nd generation model was much improved, but the VTR250 did cage the V-twin in a light twin-beam frame, with conventional forks and Pro-Link rear.  The inboard front disk was a bit of a solution in search of a problem, but arguably better than the drum brake rear.  Integrated fairing looked the Interceptor part, though the usual white/teal/magenta livery with blue seat is a moment in time.

 

Still on its original tires, this VTR is a nice barn find.  From the eBay auction:

  • It is a one-owner, never abused, barely used example of these great little 250s which were introduced to compete with the Kawasaki Ninja 250s in production racing. It comes with the original tool kit and also the owner’s manual still in its vinyl “document bag”. The mileage is 1147 miles – all of them careful adult miles. It has never been to a track day or been raced and has never spent a night outside my attached, smoke free garage nor been ridden in the rain. The bike is very clean. The battery is only about a year old and is always on one of my battery minders.
  • Although all the lights, horn, etc. work fine, the turn signals are slow to begin working. I suspect the inside of the switch could use a cleaning although once they begin to work they work fine. I’m sure this would sort itself out if the bike was used regularly.
  • The bike is all original (except for the added fuel filter) which means the tires are as well. They look great – surprising for their age – and could be used to gently putter around now and then. But, if you intend to really RIDE the bike, you need to fit new rubber before then.

 

The second generation VTR250 was not sold in the U.S. and transformed into a naked Monster-esque lightweight, with trellis frame.  But the Interceptor bodywork has its appeal, and the largely maintenance-free drivetrain is easy on the budget.  With only 330 lbs. to push around, the smallish sport can be a joy everywhere but the wide-open road.  Not likely another example with this little wear will come up again soon…

-donn

Chickenhawk – 1989 Honda VTR250 Interceptor with 1,147 miles !
Suzuki August 26, 2017 posted by

OMGamma – 1997 Suzuki RGV250

Suzuki gave the RGV250 a masterful re-design before the second-to-last year of production, with a new 70-degree two-stroke twin, and a lot of Grand Prix thoughts.  Never imported to our shores, the RGV250 was a domestic and progressive-license machine, and in its Sports Production variant, a race replica.  This owner has legalized and re-furbished his Gamma with modern forks and Lucky Strike graphics.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

The final development in the ten year series, the ’96-97 RGV250 looked like it could’ve taken a much larger engine, with its massive box aluminum frame, banana swingarm, and 300mm brakes.  The ram-air scoop on the left fairing ducts right through the frame and into the airbox.  Unlike many juniors, it came from the factory with upside-down forks, and Suzuki’s Full Floater rear monoshock.  Wheel sizes are 17 front and 18 rear, in an effort to provide the lightweight a bit more stability.  Limited to 40hp in the home market, most have been de-restricted to 60-70 hp.

Having enlisted an experienced race-prep shop to do the heavy lifting, the New England owner spec’ed a full rebuild, most everything refinished plus the fork update and the Jolly Moto exhaust with the most welds ever.  Wish the owner had shared the dyno sheet !  Comments from the eBay auction:

Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 very rare and de-restricted.  Totally stripped down and redone nothing over looked.  Frame and swingarm powder coat along with wheels all bearings replaced.  K-Tech rear shock, 2015 GSXR 1000 forks with Matt Madlin triple clamps K-Tech steering stabilizer Jolly Moto exhaust custom paint and decals.  All fluids changed along with air filter, tires, chain, and misc.  Bike was jetted and dyno tuned – nothing overlooked.  All work was performed by Speedwerks in Delware.  Bike is currently registered.

Not sure whether this is an SP, though some sources indicate all 1997’s were.  The presence of a dry clutch would confirm.  The peaky 249cc took some skill to ride quickly, with rated power available only from 8,000 – 11,000 rpm.  Although it reviewed well, the model never retrieved a Moto GP Championship for Suzuki, but somehow Aprilia had great success with the engine and their modifications.  Production was winding down and total 1997 SP production is reputed to be only in the low hundreds.  The model was retired with a whimper but roars on as a vintage or show machine, with the “blender full of lug nuts” sound as the revs go up and down…

-donn

 

Honda August 14, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – As New 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP !

Update 8.17.2017: We have been notified that this exceptional bike sold in just 48hrs! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Rarely can I sit for a 90-slide show, slowly fading between pictures. But our featured listing for today caught me doing just that, savoring each close-up of this museum-quality 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP.

 

Too recent to be imported to the U.S., the 249cc twin was intended for the home market, and the Sport Production variant for knowledgable fans of Moto GP and the marque.  The 249cc twin was made from 1984 to 1996, the final three years with PGM-IV electronic control of ignition and exhaust valve timing, and top speed regulation.  All MC28’s had 40 hp,  dual 276mm front brakes, 17-inch wheels and Pro-Arm rear.  The SP had fully adjustable suspension, dry clutch, and magnesium wheels.  And of course the Repsol livery in celebration of Mick Doohan’s championships.

 

The second owner has cared for if not curated this NSR, with just 1,900 miles, it looks better than showroom.  Since 2006 he’s ridden just a few miles, but arranged Califonia road registration, a great value for the next owner.  Click – here – for the Photobucket Gallery, and the seller has this  to say about the bike –

Much of the graphics are decals can become brittle or blemished over time, should they get scratched or scraped they can easily peel or become permanently marked.  The decades I have been an NSR enthusiast I can’t recall a time I even heard of an MC28 in this condition for any price, with California registration on top of that.  With 1000 Repsol MC28’s produced they were for the domestic Japanese market only, the majority spend their time exposed to the elements in Japan.

Seeking a serious collector who is specifically looking to add this model to his or her collection in an exclusive transaction.

 

1996 found Honda in the midst of a five-year romp in the Moto GP 500cc class, and had won the 250’s in 1991-92 with Luca Cadalora aboard.  A lot of the 250cc Grand Prix learning was transferred to the MC28, and while there was plenty of competition, the Honda reviewed as the best balanced and had better build quality.

 

Most often I lament that special bikes are left on the dais for only visual enjoyment, but in this case preservation seems the best course. 

-donn

Featured Listing – As New 1996 Honda NSR 250 SP !
Honda March 8, 2017 posted by

Carts and Horses – 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22

With the sporty styling of its better-endowed siblings, the CBR250RR was a new rider’s showroom dream in 1990’s Japan.  The sweet-handling lightweight was rarely exported from the island by the factory, which makes it a fine entrant to the rarity sweepstakes elsewhere.  Though many have come to us by way of a hard life down under, this gem is undamaged and boasts a Washington state title.

1990 Honda CBR250RR for sale on eBay

The RR had the right numbers of everything, if just a bit smaller.  The 249cc inline four had four tiny Keihin carbs, alloy perimeter frame, twin front disks.  Gear driven cams deliver a quite healthy 45 hp with 350 lb. wet weight equaling almost unequaled responsiveness.  The full fairing had a pretty chiseled nose, great factory graphics, and a handy sandwich compartment under the pillion seat ( for which, ironically, there are no footpegs ).

Listed by a parts re-seller, this CBR shows just over 9,000 miles and looks better than 9/10ths.  A lot of glamour shots and this description in the eBay auction:

All of the body panels are original and in good condition, there are no major cracks or major nicks anywhere just some light scratches here and there. The wheels are also in excellent condition with perfect paint and no major chips anywhere. Even the windscreen is original and in great condition. Basically the motorcycle is a 9 out of 10 cosmetically.

Mechanically the bike runs and rides perfect. All of the electrical components work as they should; lights, blinkers, horn, speedo, tach, temp gauge, all work properly. The bike just had a full service tune up including new tires, mechanically everything was inspected and replaced if necessary, all fluids were flushed.

Though the factory was busy racing the two stroke RS250, the light four cylinder was a winning solution for the road, and re-affirming their faith in light sports, the factory commissioned a new CBR250 twin last fall.  The auction has a surprising number of bids, and while the bidding hasn’t gotten crazy give it time.  This CBR might be hard to catch in the twisties and harder yet at auction…

-donn

Carts and Horses – 1990 Honda CBR250RR MC22