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Aprilia September 22, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – Historic 1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup with just 664 miles!

Update 9.22.2022: John has updated his listing to note that despite the racing pedigree, this bike has only 664 miles (1,068km). He’s asking $12,500 and can be reached at john.mcleod3092@gmail.com. -dc

Today RSBFS reader John M. brings us a fantastic bit of racing history. The Aprilia RS250 Challenge offered a true one make race series celebrating what was essentially the last of the two strokes. And for the occasion, Aprilia ran off a batch of Cup bikes that were devoid of pesky D.O.T. goodies such as 17 digit VIN numbers, lighting, etc. These were bikes that were only intended for track duty. And this particular one raced… and won. The winning rider for the 1999 US championship series – on this very bike – was John Hopkins. If you are newer to racing, you might recognize John Hopkins’ association with the American Racing entry in the Moto2 world championship (supporting American riders such as Joe Roberts and Cameron Beaubier as a coach). If you have a bit more history with racing, you will know him as a WSBK Superbike competitor, a British Superbike participant, an AMA Superbike rider and a genuine MotoGP racer, having tasted both the 500cc two stroke era, as well as the transition to four strokes on both 990cc and 800cc machines. Today’s Featured Listing is the RS250 that John rode to the 1999 Aprilia Cup championship. This bike was also a winner with Aaron Clark at the help in the 2000 Daytona Race of Champions. And if that is not enough historical significance, the bike was built, fielded and maintained – and ultimately sold – by the legendary Team Hammer crew.

Historic 1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup Racer for sale with just 664 miles!

From the seller:
1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup Champion

Price: $12,500
Contact: john.mcleod3092@gmail.com

This is a 15-digit VIN Aprilia Factory Race Bike. John Hopkins (Hopper) won the U.S. Aprilia Cup Series Championship on this bike while racing for John Ulrich’s Team Hammer/ Roadracing World in 1999. Aaron Clark (of “Clarkie Tuono” fame) rode this machine to win the title at the Daytona ROC in 2000. The bike only shows 1068 KM’s / 664 miles.

I Purchase the bike from Team Hammer in 2002. It has been preserved in its original, glorious race-bike condition from when I received it 20 years ago. Although I start it and move it around a few times each year, It has not had any additional miles put on it since I acquired it (sans a stealthy ride around my old subdivision). It’s been properly stored inside my climate controlled shop. It’s a bit of a time capsule and I love it for that. I hope you will too.

More from the seller:
Being a factory, built-for-racing machine, it is not currently street legal. Original certificate of origin through Aprilia and Pro Italia Motors (Glendale, Ca) plus a bill of sale will be included in the transfer.

The sale includes all the spares and manuals that I received when I purchased it, please see the photos regarding those items. Original rear-stand included as well.

The bike is in very good condition. Essential, non-dispensable components like the frame and suspension parts are in great shape. There are minor scuffs on the right side bodywork and a very small spot on the lower of the two Arrow mufflers. In my opinion, they are just enough to give it some character without feeling the need to further repair. The bike is incredibly good looking.

I Could write a long dissertation about the history and features of the Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup but I feel it’s safe to assume that if you are here, you already know!

More from the seller:
A bit about Hopkins himself:
During and after the ‘99 Aprilia Cup Championship he went on to compete in AMA 600 Supersport, AMA 750 Supersport (Champion), Formula USA Superbike, Formula Xtreme (Champion) and then of course, MotoGP, Including finishing fourth in points in 2007 with only Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi ahead of him. Then World Superbike and British Superbike (where he racked up 5 wins). He was featured in the 2003 documentary film “FASTER” and later “The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid” in 2006.

It’s not every day that these bikes become available and for this one, it’s the first time in 20 years.
Here’s your chance to own a little slice of road racing history.

Go for it.

Price: $12,500
Contact: john.mcleod3092@gmail.com


This amazing piece of racing history and heritage is currently for sale. While we do see Challenge Cup bikes come up for sale occasionally (many being converted and masquerading as street machines), none have had the star power or provenance of this one. And who would imagine you could purchase a Team Hammer race bike through a Roadracing World magazine advert back in the day?! The best part is this isn’t some trashed or used up bike – when John M. peeled away some of the black vinyl covering up distracting elements of the dash (such as the speedo), the odometer only shows 664 total miles! This is truly an amazing find, presented in “as it was raced” condition. Interested buyers can contact John M. directly. Good luck, and thank you John for supporting RSBFS with such an interesting chapter of motorcycling history!

MI

Featured Listing – Historic 1999 Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup with just 664 miles!
Aprilia May 21, 2022 posted by

Little Italy – 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

Up for sale today we have a 1995 RS250 Reggiani Race Replica. The RS250 was first released in 1994 after Aprilia pocketed both the 125cc and 250cc championships. While RS250s were mostly popular in Europe, some examples, including this one on BAT, have made their way into collections stateside.

The RS250 is what you would get if you plucked a commoner out of Japan and took them on a shopping spree in the Milan Fashion District. Swap the Asics for some Ferragamos. Aprilia realized there was no need to reinvent the wheel to make their way to the top step of a highly contested 250cc class. They started with Suzuki’s RGV250 engine and wrapped it in go-fast bits. The seller does a good job detailing the specs in the listing so I’ll stay out of the way there.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

To keep up appearances, Aprilia had to boost the power spec so their owners could scoff at regular 250s wherever they went. With some tweaks, Aprilia claimed they got 72.5 hp but that number was a bit lower in reality. I don’t think the hp number is all that important for these bikes anyway. The experience of riding a two-stroke race bike on the street is really what you are buying. If you do fancy a bit more power check out this exhaust system from Tyga Performance.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

Looking at the frame of the RS250 compared to its Japanese counterparts, you see the distinct design philosophies that have goverened everything that has come out of Japan and Italy. Keep in mind, this isn’t just a pretty face. The swingarm is asymmetrical to allow for more cornering clearance with the exhaust, the frame is made out of magnesium and aluminum to keep the weight down, and the Brembo binders that pinch two 298mm discs up front are more than adequate for race use.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

The seller completed a pretty thorough overhaul of the engine. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and there about 7 pictures of the engine overhaul in the listing and 3 videos of the bike running so have at it.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Racing Replica

From the seller:

This 1995 Aprilia RS250 was produced as a tribute to Aprilia factory rider Loris Reggiani and is powered by a 249cc two-stroke V-twin paired with a six-speed transmission. The bike is finished in red, purple, and gray and is equipped with a solo saddle, a tinted windscreen, adjustable suspension, a Zeeltronics programable ECU, a two-into-two exhaust system, twin Mikuni carburetors, triple Brembo disc brakes, and 17″ wheels. The bike was reportedly first registered in the Netherlands, and was acquired by the seller in 2019 in Florida and subsequently relocated to Texas. Work under current ownership included overhauls of the engine and suspension, and replacing the ECU, tires, and more. This RS250 is now offered with receipts and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name that lists it as a 1996 model.

With 5,700 miles and a fresh rebuild, this bike seems like it’s in pretty good mechanical and cosmetic condition. A clean 1995 RS250 Chesterfield with just over 4,000 was listed for $14K and sold in 6/21 on RSBFS!

I’ll be honest. By the time I started following road racing, in my mind, two smokers were pretty much equivalent to Nokia bar phones. That being said, the only thing the two have in common are the era in which they were mainstream. The comparison stops there.

 

-Norm

Little Italy – 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica
Aprilia May 6, 2022 posted by

2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF Offered At No Reserve

Top tier motorcycles are normally reserved for those with deep pockets.  The performance hardware comes at a cost and many are left not being able to afford the ticket to entry.  That might detour people, or even worse make people think they will never have access to these 200+ horsepower superbikes for many years.  But there are bargains out there if you know where to look.  For a while now the Aprilia RSV has been the golden ticket when it comes to weapons grade components combined with a palatable buy in price.  Well now the next generation, the RSV4 is starting to take some of the limelight.

As the name imply, it is powered by a V4 engine.  This change was made to combine the peak power of an inline four with the low down torque of a V-Twin, and it was done years before Ducati adopted the same design concept.  Over two hundred horsepower to move under four hundred pounds is a magical specification.  The unique and well loved sound is an added bonus.  OZ wheels, Brembo calipers and Ohlins suspension round out the spec sheet.  Almost all road test praise the RSV4 for being a savage track option, and yet a vehicle that works in the real world when ridden by people will real world skills.  Some have claimed that on the new market the RSV4 is slightly long in the tooth as most years models are evolutions of the pervious year instead of a complete blank slate update.  On the used market this should actually be viewed as a strength.  It means that more bikes have been produced, more issues have been sorted and there are more resources to rely on should an issue pop up.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Selling my beautiful 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF. Only 14K miles. Race ECU from AF1 Racing. Both keys. Passenger seat. Graves slip on exhaust. Woodcraft rearsets. Vortex clip ONS. R&G Frame sliders. Have all stock parts as well, stock exhaust, rearsets and clip ONS. Factory Ohlins suspension and light weight forged aluminum wheels. ABS, traction control, wheelie control and launch control.

Personally just adjusted the valves. Only 3 were barely out of spec. Valve adjustment cam holder tool comes with purchase.

Bidding starts at $12,000. NO RESERVE

Offered at no reserve and a starting bid of $12,ooo this could be a great chance for someone to pick up a relatively modern sports bike for a bargain price.  Clearly the sum of the parts is greater then the price of the whole with these machines.

2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF Offered At No Reserve
Aprilia April 14, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RS 50

Update 4.14.2022: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Don reports that he received 40 inquiries in the first 3 hours of his bike going live on the site! If you have an outstanding, rare, sportbike for sale, contact us about your own Featured Listing! -dc

Many in the motorcycle community love to wax poetic about the joys of riding a “Slow bike fast” and for good reason.  Few bikes embody this ethos like the Aprilia RS 50.  The 50cc two stroke is full of character and offers a great platform to hone corner speed skills and retaining momentum.  Not to be confused with a pocket bike or some other toy, the RS is fully street legal and in some areas can be ridden without a motorcycle license.

2001 Aprilia RS 50 racing replica sport motorcycle for sale: $2,950.

Diablo black/silver/red Grand Prix color scheme. Original owner, clear title. 968 miles. Mint condition, never mechanically modified. Always garaged. World Championship Aprilia race bike inspired technology, design and construction. Wind-tunnel defined aerodynamic body panels. Ultralight weight rigid space-frame. Exceptional handling and safety.

In addition to having several features that are historic firsts in this motorcycle class, the Aprilia RS 50 is one of the best motorcycles ever made for learning to ride. All controls are identical to those of full-size motorcycles, but its low weight and superb handling assure positive experiences that quickly build rider skills and confidence. In contrast to learning to ride a typical, more formidable motorcycle “cold”, transitioning to heavier, more powerful bikes from the RS 50 is smoother, safer and far less intimidating. High resolution photos available on request.

2001 Aprilia RS 50 specifications:

Dry weight: 89 kg (196 lbs). Fuel tank capacity: 13 L (3.5 US gal), reserve 2.6 L (0.7 US gal).

Engine: Single-cylinder, two-stroke, liquid-cooled. Light alloy cylinder with Gilnisil superficial hardening, reed valve induction, counter-balancing shaft. Compression ratio: 12:1. Electronic CDI ignition. Dell’Orto SHA 14/12 carburetor with heating system on the collector. Electric start. 12V, 105W generator. Variable rate 2-stroke oil injection.

Transmission: Wet, light alloy multi-disk clutch. Six-speed gearbox with helicoid tooth gear primary and chain secondary.

Frame: Twin spar beam frame in cast aluminum with thin-walled cross-rib reinforcements, completely polished. Seat height 810 mm (32”).

Suspension: Telehydraulic front fork with central pin (35 mm), travel 110 mm (4.3”). High-resistance steel rear swing arm with mono-shock, travel 120 mm (4.75”). Wheel base 1280 mm (50.4”).

Brakes: Front: steel single disk 280 mm, caliper with two 25 mm pistons. Rear: steel single disk 220 mm, caliper with single piston 28 mm.

Wheels: Tubeless radial tires, front 90/80 ZR 17, rear 110/80 ZR 17. Light alloy rims, 5 spoke, profiled for tubeless tires, front 2.50 x 17, rear 3.00 x 17.

These coveted bikes do not come to market regularly.  The few that do come up for sale often have lived a hard life, with the bumps, bruises and rash to prove it.  This example has under 1,000 miles and the single owner has obviously lovingly cared for it.  While well suited to a collection, one could also imagine this being an amazing alternative to a Grom as the local run around bike.  The Aprilia community is strong and parts are readily available, making the ownership experience just as appealing as the bike.

Featured Listing – 2001 Aprilia RS 50
Aprilia December 30, 2021 posted by

1999 Aprilia RS 250 Challenge Cup For Sale!

99′ Aprilia RS250 Challenge Cup with only 450 miles!

How about this hot AF Italian smoker for your Thirsty Thursday viewing pleasure?

I’m gonna come clean on this one . . . When I first saw it I was 110% stoked and thought it might be the Holy Grail survivor of RS250’s, but then I watched this at :28 seconds in.

I’m guessing that’s not going to buff out! Looks like someone had a rough day at the track and threw it down the road. I hope the rider was okay.

But, the show must go on and like we always say “Smoke’em if ya Got’em!”

Location: Auburn, Washington
Make: Ape
Model: RS250 Cup Challenge
Mileage: 450
Price: $15,995.00

◽ VERY RARE BIKE WITH ONLY 449 MILES VIN ZD4LDA500XS0117

◽ KFG CERTIFIED PRE-OWN AND DYNO HEALTH CHECK

◽ ONE OWNER BIKE CLEAN WASHINGTON TITLE WITH COPY OF ORIGINAL MSO

◽ ALL ORIGINAL PARTS AND BODY – STORED LOVINGLY INSIDE A MAN CAVE

◽ FRESH SERVICE AND FLUIDS

◽ COMES WITH A HUGE BOX OF SPARE OEM PARTS, MANUALS AND RACE BODYWORK

I’m a RS250 fan boy and I’m digging all of the spares and low miles, but wait-

◽ This one sold for $16,800 in September: Iconic RS250

Actually, it sold for $17,976.00, but I’m not squabbling over a few Benjamin’s. I like them both, but would have liked this one more without the raspberry on the tank, but the mileage is super low, but the raspberry on the tank, but it’s really clean, but the raspberry on the tank, but it’s all original, but the raspberry on the tank, but it has (what promises to be) an extensive spares kit, but the raspberry on the tank. . . Ooops! Did I really just type what’s in the grey matter? Sorry!

What do you all think? Worth all the money or a pubie too high?

Make the jump here!

And check out our past rS250 posts here!

Ciao!

dd

1999 Aprilia RS 250 Challenge Cup For Sale!
Aprilia December 7, 2021 posted by

2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Haga Edition

Update 12.15.2021: SOLD! Congratulations to both parties! -dc

As a long time reader I was honored when I had a chance to join the team here at RSBFS.  Having always been passionate about sports bike I was excited to share my personal experience in the hopes that others would join this wonderful world of rare motorcycle stewardship.  In my short time here I have posted about a few Aprilia.  I have stated that they offers an amazing ownership experience because of their unique mix of exotic components and a reliable power plant.   Well I was not blindly suggesting them to people as I have had a 2003 Haga edition in my garage for a bit, but sadly it is time to say goodbye to this bike.  Limited space and other bikes incoming mean something has to go.

I am the second owner, and have put about 2,000 of the 11,000 miles on the bike.  The loving original owner was a huge Aprilia and Haga fan.  He kept all of the little pieces that get lost over time with these bikes.  The Original tool kit is still in place, owners manual, the standard exhaust and EPROM are wrapped neatly as are the factory air intake restrictors that everyone took out day one.  He even kept the styrofoam tubes that the included Akrapovic exhaust was shipped with.  All these little details add up to an attractive package for a collector.  The only departure from standard is the Aprilia Racing branded carbon fiber surround for the tail lights.  The correct black plastic piece is included with the bike.

While I have looked after the bike I have kept the receipts for any parts I have used while maintaining the bike.  OEM parts were used when ever possible.

Details about the bike:

11k miles

For the 2021 season. 

-New Michelin Power RS/GP tries

-EBC Pads

-Battery

-Fork/Front end rebuild.  New seals, bushings, head bearings, O rings.  All OEM parts

-Valves checked

-Full Tune Up and service.  Oil change, Air Filter, Plugs, ect.  All OEM parts

 

The Ohlins front and rear provides a nice ride, while giving ample control over the bike while pushing it.  The Brembo brakes are more then up for the job and the exhaust offers an distinct and enjoyable sound.  Dripping with carbon fiber just adds icing to the cake.  About 60 of these Haga Editions came to the USA in 2003.  This is a great opportunity for someone to own a numbered Italian sports bike.

Always well cared for and enjoyed this bike shows little signs of use.  The most notable imperfections are on both sides of the swing arm, caused by a poorly adjusted paddock stand.  All lights and electronics work as they should, no signs of leaks or smoke.  Bike is ready for the next owner to enjoy.

Asking $10,500 and opened to offers.  Bike will be sold with a clear title and the mentioned extra parts. 

2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Haga Edition
Aprilia December 2, 2021 posted by

Dream Series: 2004 Aprilia Nera

Ever since Aprilia entered the Sport Bike market with the RSV Mille, it has to unfairly live in the shadow of an Italian giant, Ducati.  Reviews have always raved about the wonderful handling of the Aprilia.  The specification sheets rival and sometimes even exceed that of the Ducati.  Loyal owners shout from the mountain tops about how reliable they are, and in both the new and used markets the Aprilia represents a relative bargain.  But still there is a sense that Aprilia has to prove something.

In 2004 the marketing team at Aprilia decided that the time had come to release a halo motorcycle.  Something to sit above the R or Factory model, a bike of dreams.  The Dream Series was branded an exclusive and exotic tier in the Aprilia line up.  The aim was to attract high end customers to the brand by offering something unique and special.   Buyers were treated to an array of perks, including MotoGP events, private track days, bespoke leathers and more.

At first glance one could be fooled into thinking the Nera was just an aesthetics package.  This could not be further from the truth.  The bike is 30 pounds lighter then the standard RSV.  Titanium is used for most of the hardware and fasteners.  All of the bodywork is carbon fiber, including the tank, something even Ducati was not able to offer at the time.  Magnesium wheels and engine covers rounds out the use of space age materials.

Just 200 of these $40,000 machines were built.  The Nera is the one and only Aprilia to be released under the Dream Series banner.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2004 Aprilia Nera, one of only 200 made worldwide. This one is serial number 45. I believe less than 40 came to the United States, but I’m not 100 percent sure.

This bike is all original, the front tire is an original date coded tire with plenty of tread. The rear tire was replaced in 2012, I would still replace both tires. The bike has the carbon fiber gas tank that was included in the original purchase, but I do not have the original black rubber tank that came stock on the bike. I do have a black rubber tank from a 2004 factory that I will include with the sale. It does have the stock rear carbon fiber license plate holder but the previous owner cut the bottom part of it off. I will include a complete RSV factory plastic license plate holder with reflectors. The full Akrapovik exhaust that came in a box with the original bike purchase is what is installed on the bike.

The bike has been sitting for a while. The bike is not mint, but is very close to mint. There is not one knick or scratch on the magnesium wheels. All body work is very very nice.

The carbon fiber infills on the fairing have been drilled for the frame sliders with no damage to the fairing. I will include a non-drilled set of carbon fiber infills.

In 2004/2005 Aprilia’s, the odometer resets if the battery dies or is replaced, such as the case with this bike. I would just like to let that be known since the odometer has reset. If I had to guess, this bike has less than 2,500 original miles. The bike runs excellent. This bike would need very little work to be considered a 10.

This bike has never been dropped or crashed. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better one. Clean California title in hand.

This is about as exotic as it gets for this era of Sports Bike.  It is also one of the few bikes that would with in a top trumps game against the 999R of the same period.  The V60 engine and the 140 horsepower it produces is long know to be easy to live with and use on the street.  The Buy It Now price of $16,500 is reasonable in the market, but there is a chance to snap up a bargain as the opening bid is much less.  One can only wonder at this point what the reserve is.  What else could offer this much usability, exotic appeal, and rarity for the price?

Dream Series: 2004 Aprilia Nera
Aprilia November 11, 2021 posted by

1995 Aprilia RS250 w/ Heavy Mods For Sale!

Is it this one for $26,000?

or

Is it this one for $28,000?

PP comes to mind on this one . . . What’s that you ask? No, it’s not the laughable word you learned in 4th grade. PP = Price Point 🙂

I needed to look at it again- that is one bad ass RS! We can see radial Brembos hooked up to some tasty Ohlins out front and another piece of Ohlins hardware out back. The carbon Tyga bodywork is on another level along with Tyga rear-sets and Tyga exhaust. Tyga hardware always raises the WOW factor to 11 on my scale.

We all know the value of the add-ons and that shit ain’t cheap! But . . .

Kudos to Remy306 for knowing their way around a camera!

From one of the eBay listings-

aprilia rs250 full carbon tyga
-Tyga exhaust system
-Ohlins front end
-Brembo gp4 rx rcs19
-Crg clutch perch..

Thoughts? As I previously stated- I like it and like it a lot, but the Sir Ask-A-lot price will def raise some eyebrows. However, if you’re after a decked out antique track bike today is your lucky day!

Make the jump HERE for the cheap price or HERE if you want to pay a little more

Ciao!

dd

1995 Aprilia RS250 w/ Heavy Mods For Sale!