Posts by tag: Aprilia Cup

Aprilia September 15, 2015 posted by

Tasteful two-stroke: 1999 Aprilia RS250 with Tyga bodywork

I am willing to bet that a lot of RSBFS readers didn’t get into sportbikes until the two-stroke era was pretty much over.  I am also willing to bet a lot of these same people now have a 250cc racer on their personal motorcycle “bucket list”.  While most of the bikes posted here on RSBFS are OEM examples of exotica, I think this nicely done Aprilia RS250 is a nice potential addition to someone’s collection.

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1999 Aprila RS250 for sale on ebay

Despite its displacement, the Aprilia RS 250 is a proper sports bike. The two stroke Aprilia powerplant is 90 degree v-twin and horsepower officially lists at a max of 72 horsepower.  Like most two strokes, at low speed the engine will just putter along but once the needle swings up past 8000rpm you get a thrilling experience.   This is largely due to the little Aprilia’s dry weight of only 140 kilograms together with a race bred chassis and amazing brakes (floating disks mated with Brembo twin-piston callipers).

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Sound good?  Wait..don’t answer…there’s more.   According to the seller this one is one of the “cup bikes” originally designated for the track.  Current bodywork is by Tyga and looks great and the seller indicates the original bodywork is available as well, although the original bodywork also appears to have been painted.

I have to admit, two strokes that have the dual/twin pipes together on a single side just seem right to me.   These seem to be Tyga or Arrow or perhaps another brand; the identifying brand plate/decal has been removed (note the residue on the lower exhaust canister).   But damn this bike looks good, I especially like the cleanly integrated handlebar turn signals.


Now while this bike certainly looks lovely, there are a few scuffs and fluids and rubber might need to be updated.  Also while mileage looks to be low at about 1780 miles (dash is in kilometers) the RS250 is a two stroke so maintenance is required, including recommended ring changes at 3000, pistons at 6000 and crank at 15000 miles respectively.

There are lots of reviews and posts about what riding a Aprila 250 RS on the street is like.   There are numerous YouTube videos from professional reviews (including Richard Hammond of Top Gear UK fame). There are also lots of posts on numerous websites from owners of these bikes, including Apriliaforum and adventure rider website, a sample of which is posted below.

“First you need to let it warm up properly before you can expect to even ride it reasonably. Usually about 10 minutes on mine. Next, you have to keep the revs over 6k as often as possible to keep the exhaust clear. It will sludge up if you don’t, foul the plugs, and be extra smokey. My gearing is such that I have to pretty much slip the clutch and keep blipping the throttle until I reach 15mph. In downtown traffic I want to shoot myself most times. And if you have a friend with you, let them go ahead of you or they’ll be getting choked out on your exhaust in slow traffic.”


So its a two-stroke track bike that has been setup for use on the street and looks great.   Is it worth the asking price of $9500 USD, even with the extra bodywork?  Well we post a fair amount of these on RSBFS and the asking price seems kind of high to me but the seller does indicate a willingness to listen to offers.   Perhaps this one will go to an already experienced two-stroke owner who understands what it takes to maintain and enjoy one of these beasties.


Tasteful two-stroke:  1999 Aprilia RS250 with Tyga bodywork
Aprilia August 20, 2013 posted by

Cups With A Different Mission: 2000 And 1998 Aprilia RS250’s

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I’m not convinced that RS250’s get that many “ew’s” and “ah’s” from the RSBFS masses any more but there is no doubt they still sell. I’ll admit I’ve been shocked by a couple of the selling prices (as in high) for titled RS250’s. As for the untitled cup bikes, well, they are a nice inexpensive way to get out on the track on a two stroke. Both ends of the spectrum are represented on Ebay right now.

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The 2000 looks to be a converted cup bike with the paper work to get her off the track. It looks well cared for and has some nice upgrades.

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I’ve seen that light set up on a few converted cup bikes. If you ever get caught out at night, I wonder if it actually points light where you need it?

From the seller:

00′ Aprilia RS250 Super rare, ultra trick, street legal, twin cylinder, two-stroke street/race bike. Carbon fiber exhaust, steering stabilizer, Brembo brakes, steel braded lines and much more. The Aprilia RS250’s single crank V-twin stroker makes you work for your reward. It hits perfect pitch at 10,500rpm, delivering 55bhp with a sweet punch! The RS250 is simply one of the very best, least-compromised GP style sports motorcycles money can buy! Super light weight and one of the most fun bikes to ride!!!

rs mufflersI know they are Lomas pipes and I’m pretty sure those are the stainless versions. If you’ve ever tried to keep mild steel chambers clean then you might like this upgrade.

Click here for the auction or BIN of $9,000.

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This RS is still ready to do some time at the track. No worries here about damaging a low mile, pristine example. Get it out there and let it do what it was made for.


From the seller:

Aprilia RS250 RS 250 CUP bike.
It has approx. 6700 kms on the clock/engine
As you can see from the pictures it does run and was run last year
at the Gimli race track.
Shop manual.
It has Arrow after market expansion chamber exhaust.
heads are O-ringed on piston side.
Fork springs are .85
Forks are 3-way adjustable.
rear shock 3 way adjustable.
Front steering dampener
It does come with rear stand

cur rear

This one is located in the land of hockey and maple leafs.

Click here for the auction or BIN of $3,500.


Cups With A Different Mission:  2000 And 1998 Aprilia RS250’s
Aprilia June 20, 2013 posted by

Couple Of Cuppers: 1999 And 2000 Aprilia RS250

We’ve all seen them before but rarely can you walk into a dealer and choose between two.  A dealer in Salt Lake City has a couple of Aprilia Cup RS250’s ready for a new home.

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The first bike is  a clean looking 2000 model. It has had an Arrow exhaust system added and the oil system subtracted.  They are asking $5,500 OBO for the pleasure.

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The second one is a 1999 model that might be a little rough around the edges but also has a few aftermarket items.

From the auction:
This bike has been serviced by our shop for the last couple of years and no expense has been spared.  
Penske Shock
Race Tech forks with Anodized fork legs
Nearly perfect Sharkskinz bodywork with great paint job
Attack Rearsets
Renthal clutch perch and lever
New chain and sprockets
Powdercoated wheels
Bike was crashed and there are scuffs on the frame in one spot.  All crashed items have been replaced but frame damage is still visible. 
Motor is professionally built in our shop has been fully rebuilt or refreshed within 2 trackdays.  We used Pro X pistons and had the crank balanced.  Motor has been ported and runs very well without losing reliability. 
Oil Injection has been removed.  Customer only used Sonoco race fuel (260 GTX) with Redline premix.  
Arrow Exhaust

They are going with a straight auction on this one starting at $3,995.


Aprilia April 22, 2013 posted by

Ring A Ding For The Track: 1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup

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I feel at this point, we’ve probably listed 90% of the RS250 Cup bikes that Aprilia brought to these shores.  They still tend to be quick sellers though. 

The story on this example:

Very rare as very few were imported to the US. If you are looking at this you know what it is.
I bought this bike several years ago from a collector. The bike is in near mint condition. There are 1900 kilometers on the bike – about 1000 miles. I thought I may take it to the track one day – but I never got around to it. The bike has all new fluids and brand new Michelin Pilot Power tires. I had the compression tested and itcame back at 140 per cylinder – what AF1 racing said was like a brand new motor. The bike has been sitting and will need the carbs cleaned in order to run properly. The bike is sold as is with a bill of sale-no title. The bike is a collector’s dream. I also have the complete workshop manual and a box of spare parts (including pistons, rings, spockets etc.) to go with sale.

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There are still plenty of go fast parts out there for these bikes if you can’t leave well enough alone.  Has anyone converted (hypothetically of course) one for the street?  What does it run for the parts?

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Stealthy black fairing hiding the Suzu…..I mean Aprilia 250cc engine.  They are generally hassle free if you keep up with basic maintenance.

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It looks a little naked in there with all the street equipment stripped away.  So far no action on the auction and that may be due to the starting bid of $5,000.  Even in great shape the track only Cup RS’s just don’t command the same price of a street RS in the same shape. 

See the auction here.


Aprilia September 4, 2012 posted by

Set Your Budget and Sale Prices: August 2012 Review

Hey guys,

I’ve been meaning to be better about catching everyone up on close values and winning bids, so here is everything we have a factual close or high bid pricing on from eBay. Adjust your sale price or target price accordingly!

Enjoy the short week,


This Ducati 888 SPO with only 430 miles failed to sell the first time at $12,600 and a second time at $12,500. Closed Auction | Our Post

888 SPO for sale

This lovely Honda RC30 failed to sell at $26,600. Closed Auction | Our Post

Honda RC30 For Sale

This Vance & Hines FZR600 has been listed several times since our original post and it has failed to get a single bid at $3400. It currently listed for $3200 in the latest relist. Current Auction | Our Post

Vance & Hines FZR600 For Sale

The RC45 in Florida that was originally for sale in the same auction with an RC30, has been relisted a few times and is currently available for a buy-it-now of $35k. Current Auction | Our Post

Honda RC45 For Sale

As a few of you noticed, there was a rare sighting of an actual close to a Lance Gamma RG500 auction! This lovely sold for $17,920. Congratulations to buyer and seller! Closed Auction | Our Post

Lance Gamma RG500 For Sale

This gorgeous Ducati 750 F1a failed to sell at just shy of $10k. Closed Auction | Our Post

1985 Ducati 750 F1a for sale

Here we have a 2005 MV Agusta F4 AGO that was listed with a buy-it-now of $14,500 and failed to sell the first time at $12,300. But it was relisted and was sold for $14,500. Closed Auction | Our Post

MV Agusta F4 AGO for sale

A fan favorite, this 1990 Kawasaki ZX-7 H2 sold for $3650. Unfortunately the sale fell through and the bike was available again briefly before being pulled as ‘no longer for sale’. Closed Auction | Our Post

1990 Kawasaki ZX-7 H2 for sale

This 95 Honda NSR250SE MC28 sold for $10,400. Congratulations to buyer and seller! Closed Auction | Our Post

Honda NSR250SE MC28 For Sale

This 2009 BMW HP2 Sport with ABS was originally listed with a $18k buy-it-now and failed to meet reserve at $15,100. It was relisted and sold for $17k. Closed Auction | Our Post

2009 BMW HP2 Sport with ABS For Sale

This Ducati 916SPS failed to sell twice at $11,500 (classified) and a third time only reaching $7800. Closed Auction | Our Post

Ducati 916SPS For Sale

This RG500 Gamma failed to sell with zero bids starting at $10,600. Closed Auction | Our Post

1986 RG500 Gamma For Sale

This plated 2000 Aprilia RS125 sold for just $3850. Congratulations to buyer and seller! Closed Auction | Our Post

2000 Aprilia RS125 For Sale

The 1980 Vetter Mystery Ship Turbo received 19 bids to $11,200 but failed to meet reserve. Closed Auction | Our Post

1980 Kawasaki KZ 1000 Turbo Mystery Ship

This sharp 93 Honda VFR400 NC30 sold the first time for just $5000. Closed Auction | Our Post

1993 Honda VFR400 NC30 For Sale

Mike posted this 2009 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition that he titled “medium rare”. Failed to sell the first time for $10k, but the relist sold for $9500. Closed Auction | Our Post

2009 Honda CBR1000RR Repsol For Sale

The Ducati Sport Classics are hot right now and this 2006 Ducati Paul Smart follows the same path selling for $14,500 the first time. Closed Auction | Our Post

2006 Ducati Paul Smart For Sale

This sexy little Cagiva Mito failed to sell with 12 bids up to $5400. Closed Auction | Our Post

Cagiva Mito For Sale

This very clean 91 GSX-R 1100 received 38 bids and sold for $6500. Congratulations to buyer and seller! Closed Auction | Our Post

1991 GSX-R 1100 for sale

This fantastic 1982 Honda CB1100 R has now sold with 24 bids totaling $16,900. Closed Auction | Our Post

1982 Honda CB1000 R For Sale

This 96 Suzuki RGV250SP VJ23 was originally listed last November and has now sold for $10,150. Closed Auction | Our Post

1996 Suzuki RGV250 SP (VJ23) for sale

This Aprilia RS250 Cup we recently listed sold for $7500 but must have fallen through as it’s relisted for $7200. Current Listing | Our Post

Aprilia RS250 Cup For Sale

Aprilia September 2, 2012 posted by

1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup For Sale in New York

I still recall hovering around the Aprilia vendor tent at Sears Point the year these were unveiled. Everyone was very excited to finally see the RS250 make it North America, even if it was just for the one make race series and not for the street. I know I was secretly hoping it’s success would eventually lead to the sales of a street legal version here.

Sadly the street legal version never came, but that hasn’t stopped the Cup bikes from living on here. An excellent track day package that is still enjoyed today. This particular example has been used sparingly with just a couple thousand miles on the clock.

1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup for sale on eBay

from the seller:

This was the last year Cup Racer RS-250 made. The only 2 stroke pure race bike ever sold in the USA. She is NOT street legal and can NOT be made so. If you don’t know what this is than you have no business owning it! This bike was NEVER raced in the series, just run at track days and is in near SHOWROOM condition. This bike has been sitting on a shelf in my shop for quite sometime collecting dust so last winter I took her down and gave her a complete once over, replaced the pistons and rings ( they come in the race kit), New Dunlop Q2’s and New brake pads. Figured I would take her out this season ( been at least 8 years) but never got around to it. I Have a few other track bikes to play with so the little apple never left the shop. There are only 2k miles on her and is just a blast to ride. You must be good at tuning because temp and elevation affect the performance. I have a good selection of jets and sprockets that are included.

The seller has even included a couple videos to help make up your mind:


Aprilia August 30, 2012 posted by

RS On Roids: 1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup Bike

RS On Roids:  1999 Aprilia RS250 Cup Bike


While RS250 Cup Bikes aren’t all that hard to find, finding one that is a wolf in sheeps clothing is a bit unique.  Among some other nice touches, this RS has had a 300cc kit installed.  From what I’m seeing on the internets it looks like people are quite fond of the conversion kits.  Owners claim to see an 8-10 HP gain over the 250cc version.  Most came with some head inserts for more tuning fun.  More than one company made the kits but most seem to be from Stand Stephens out of the UK.  I can’t confirm that is what is on this bike.


Here are some of the other extras on her:

Dymag Magnesium Rims
Brake Tech Rotors
Race Tech Springs
Woodcraft Rear Sets
Penske Shock
Brembo 19×20 front brake master cylinder
Quick shifter (Two, actually.  One for standard and one for GP shift.)
Jim Lomas Stainless pipes


Everybody likes some spares for a track bike.



The Penske shock hiding in there.  I’m noticing a catch bottle wedged in there as well. 


There is no way of suger coating it; the owner is asking an extremely steep $8,000 BIN.  Now the good news; he is open to offers.  Lately I’ve seen average non-titled Cup Bikes selling for less than $4,000.  This bike is not in that category with the 300cc kit, wheels, pipes and shock.  The problem is  that in the $8,000 price range he  faces competition from older Honda RS250’s and TZ250’s for track toys.  Toss an offer out there and hopefully both parties can come away happy.


The listing.

Aprilia July 1, 2011 posted by

Cupper With Mega Spares: 1998 Aprilia RS250 Cup Bike

Cupper With Mega Spares: 1998 Aprilia RS250 Cup Bike

Fellow Americans, I wish you all a happy Fourth of July weekend. A holiday where no mailbox is safe from explosives and where we all give thanks for not having to endure royal weddings. Hey, what says America like an Italian bike with a heart from Hammatsu. Plenty of Aprilia Cup bikes have graced the glossy pages of but not many come with enough spares to satisfy even the most crash happy. Take a peek below.

Now that is a spares kit!

Here is what you want to know:

You are bidding on a 1998 Aprilia RS250 in excellent condition. It comes with a lot of spares as you can see in the description and from the pictures.
About the bike: It has re nickasilled cylinders by Millennium Technologies. It has new pistons, rings, and wrist pins by Wiseco. New little end bearings also. Tyga exhaust, and the kit ignition. If you are reading this, you probably know what that is already and how much it is worth. The panels that are on the bike are not, NOT included in the sale. They were painted by a friend of mine and I will be using them on a second bike I have. What it will come with is a very nice black and silver combination. If you make me an absurd offer for the panels, I’ll sell them. Hell, my friend can always paint more panels and I’m not that attached to them. The suspension has bee set up for a 160 pound rider. I don’t know what the actual milage is on the bike. I do know the crank has less than 800 miles on it since it was replaced.
It comes with a lot of spares, here is the list:
One pair of spare rims. The front rim has full floating rotors. Yes, they are orange, but they go nicely with the blue and orange panels. Otherwise you’ll want to paint them.
One pair of Metzler Sport tech tires: 120/70 front and 160/60 rear. New, never mounted
One pair of Dunlop slicks: 125/80 front and 165/55 rear. I have more in this size as well. Used, not abused, there are still a few races or track days in them.
One pair of brake pads
Carburetor parts
Cylinder parts
Power Valves
Little end bearings and wrist pins
One rear shock
One top yoke, or triple clamp
One rear caliper mount
One Gas Cap
3 used pistons with rings, and wrist pins
2 new pistons, one Suzuki and one Wiseco with new rings and wrist pins
Assorted rear sprockets
Assorted front sprockets
One pitted cylinder head
One injector pump
Various reeds
Used big end bearings
Wires, cables
One ignition
One instrument cluster
4 spark plugs: 2 BR10EG, 2 B9EGV
One Air box
On pair of stock expansion chambers and silencers
One mark 2 frame, 15 digit VIN
One spare Engine. The engine has a fresh crank by the Crankworks, new nickasilled cylinders by Millennium. Nothing else was touched. It will need pistons. I had some spare money over the winter and thought it would be a good idea to have a spare engine. Clutch is good, engine was running fine when I did the crank and cylinders.
Now, answers to questions:
Answer: Yes, I will sell the parts separately but only after the end of the auction if the bike and all the parts don’t sell
Answer: Yes, I will ship anywhere in the galaxy. I’ll box everything, get you a shipping quote and put it in the mail or load it on the truck. You are responsible for the shipping costs. I will also deliver the bike and all the parts for a fee.
Answer: No, neither the bike nor the frame has a title. They are (were) race bikes so there were no titles. I will give you a bill of sale, a sworn statement I don’t owe money on them or what ever else you need to feel comfortable.
Answer: Yes, I will take more pictures or detailed pictures if you need them.
Answer: No, I will not disclose the reserve. That takes all the suspense out of it. But I will give you a hint. Figure the average price of a well maintained cup bike. Add in a few dollars for the Tyga pipes and kit ignition. Add a couple of thousand for all the spares and you will be pretty close.
Answer: Yes, I will end the auction early if and only if there are no bids on it. Once there is a bid, I will not end the auction even if you offer me an obscene amount of money. It is not fair to those who have bid in good faith and enjoy the auction format.
Answer: It would have to be a pretty good offer to end it early.

It is a little bit of a bummer the body work on the bike isn’t included but you are just a good paint guy away from being back in business.

It reads like a decently sorted track bike. Just a little set up time and you’d be buzzing around 750’s in no time.

Did you catch the RSV250 on the paint work? Don’t we all wish! Other cup bikes have been selling for very reasonable prices lately since most are not titled for street use. As of this writing, this one is sitting at $4,000 and it hasn’t met reserve. I think you will just have to decide how valuable the spares kit is and bid accordingly. Everything there can be sourced half way easily but do you want to go through the hassle? Decide and bid away.