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Aprilia November 30, 2015 posted by

CA Titled Reggiani Replica: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani R Side

The last Aprilia I saw in these colors for sale was listed as a “Rossi Replica,” but this particular paintjob in fact marked the Loris Reggiani replica RS250. Reggiani raced for Aprilia from 1985 through 1995 in the 250 and 500cc classes, the latter on a bored-out 380cc v-twin intended to compete based on its exceptionally light weight. It wasn’t completely successful, but Loris was still able to place 10th the year he retired, not a bad result against 500cc machines.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani L Side

The roadgoing RS250 was, of course, powered by a 249cc liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin that was originally found in Suzuki’s RGV250. With just 300lbs dry for it’s 60hp to push around, the bike was very quick for its displacement, with plenty of racing-inspired touches: a beautiful beam frame and assymetrical swingarm that allowed for serious lean, the same gold-line Brembo brakes used on Ducatis of the period, bikes that weighed 100lbs more, meaning these bikes have some serious stopping power to go with their superlative handling.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Triple

As Lotus founder Colin Chapman knew, to go faster, “Simplify, then add lightness. Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.” Light weight means you can go faster, turn harder, stop quicker using less power when your machine has less mass to lug around.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1995 Loris Reggiani Replica #499 out of only 500 made in the world, bike is in excellent condition starts first kick, all fluids changed and topped off, bike is in original unmolested condition, everything on the bike works the way it should, bike is oil injected and it currently runs Motul 710. Clear California title in my name with current registration, comes with extra rear passenger pegs, grab handle, and British Pipercross air filter. If you live nearby you are more than welcome to come check it out in person. I can assist with out of state shipping , I accept PayPal but will not release motorcycle until funds clear my bank account. Prefer cash upon pickup.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani Dash

With a valid CA title just making the deal sweeter, I expect that those of you looking for a budget RS250 to thrash on track are going to be out of luck on this one: bidding is up over $3,500 with five days to go. This is actually my favorite version of this bike: earlier bodywork and dash with the classic race-rep paintwork that is very 90s, but still manages to look classy.


1995 Aprilia RS250 Reggiani R Side Rear

CA Titled Reggiani Replica: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Aprilia November 4, 2015 posted by

The Perfect Holiday Stocking-Stuffer: 1999 Aprilia RS50 for Sale

1999 Aprilia RS50 R Front

In spite of its tiny displacement, by US standards at least, the Aprilia RS250 is not a toy. The RS50 on the other hand? Possibly a toy. But a very serious toy: this may have the displacement of a scooter and may not even require a motorcycle license endorsement in some states, but it’s a real motorcycle, in miniature.

1999 Aprilia RS50 Dash

From twenty feet away, you could easily be forgiven for mistaking this for it’s larger, 250cc sibling, or even a sports 600 if you’re not into Aprilias. With disc brakes front and rear, a set of 40mm upside-down forks in the front, complete instrumentation, and a six-speed gearbox, it’s got all the features of a genuine sportbike.

1999 Aprilia RS50 R Rear

Powered by a 49.7cc two-stroke single, the RS50 does offer pretty limited straight-line performance. Originally, these were generally restricted to just 30mph, but de-restricted, they’re good for an honest 50 or 60mph, which is plenty fast for something powered by an engine the size of your average leaf-blower…

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Aprilia RS50 for Sale

Condition is like new, purchased and titled in Idaho, shipped by original dealer to California.

After delivery, started once and rode it for 2 miles to make sure everything worked. Then put in office behind plate glass as display/decoration with several other Ducati, Triumph and Moto Guzzi motorcycles.

Never sat on or started since. Sold as is with no warranty what so ever.

Registration has expired. Clean title of course

Before display, battery were removed, fuel stabilizer poured in tank, carburetor was “drained” by turning the pet cock to off position and run the fuel dry.

Indoor all its life, behind plate glass and never disturbed.

Local buyer preferred, Shipping is to be arranged by non local buyer to pick up and crate the motorcycle.

Photos were taken this afternoon (10-31-2015), after removal from office and transported to owner’s garage. Check the photos carefully, tires still have unworn nubs, all control show NO wears. This is about as new as a 2 stroke fly weight pocket rocket you can still buy today.

1999 Aprilia RS50 Grip

Weighing in at a svelte 197lbs dry, this should be very easy to load into a pick up or onto a trailer to take to the track. And track this you should: with a top speed of 65mph with the help of a tailwind, road use is going to be limited, to say the least. But people race these in MiniGP classes often held on kart tracks against similar bikes from Honda, Derbi, Yamaha, and Suzuki. And if road use is what you want, you can certainly drop in a 70 or 80cc kit to make yourself and extra… couple horsepower. But given the 8hp or so the bike has to begin with, and extra two or three ponies is nothing to sneeze at.

1999 Aprilia RS50 Seat

The starting bid of $3,279.00 has no takers as yet, with 3 days left on the auction. Certainly, considering what Honda CT70s are going for these days, that seems like a pretty good deal and appears to be in perfect condition, with just 9 miles on the odometer. Nostalgia aside, that vintage machine doesn’t offer nearly the sex appeal or opportunity for track-day trouble of this little bike.


1999 Aprilia RS50 L Front

The Perfect Holiday Stocking-Stuffer: 1999 Aprilia RS50 for Sale
Aprilia October 2, 2015 posted by

Squeaky Clean: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R R Side

While they weren’t huge sellers when new, the Aprilia RSV Mille represents one of the best bargains in the sportbike world right now, sort of a “thinking-man’s Italian V-twin.” Which is a much more flattering thing to say about a bike than, “Wow, that thing is pretty odd-looking.” Although, as I’ve said before, these things have really grown on me, and they certainly look the part: there’s no mistaking that this bike means business, all stealth-fighter planes and angles, with interesting details wherever you look, including the Mickey Mouse headlamp. Seriously, once you’ve noticed that little detail, you can never unsee it…

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R Front

When they decided to create a bike to compete against Ducati on track and in showrooms, Aprilia stuck with what they knew: a stiff and very beautifully-designed aluminum beam frame that looks very similar to the one in their proven RS250. Bodywork is an acquired taste, but very aggressive and functional: Aprilia deviated from the Ducati Paradigm by creating a serious sportbike with humane ergonomics.

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R L Side Rear

But they also deviated from accepted sport v-twin convention by using a 998cc Rotax-designed v-twin that wasn’t 90°. Until the RSV, just about every sports v-twin used a 90° configuration for smooth running at higher rpm. But 90° twins are difficult to package when mounted transversely like in a Ducati or Suzuki. Ducati’s L-twin is very long and hard to fit into an appropriately short-wheelbase bike. Rotated backward, as in the Suzuki, and there’s little room for a functional rear suspension.

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R L Side Fairing

So Aprilia’s twin was a 60° unit to allow optimal positioning within the chassis, while twin balance shafts took care of the smoothness. It’s still a bit less refined than the aforementioned engines, but is plenty revvy, makes competitive power, and is extremely reliable as a bonus, with owners reporting very few problems, even as the miles accumulate.

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R Rearset

The R version of the bike seen here included very choice Öhlins suspension at the front and back, along with a steering damper, forged wheels, and the expected smattering of carbon fiber bits.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

Selling the best sport bike I’ve ever owned. This 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R was the first unit that arrived at Pro Italia in 2000, and in my opinion is the finest design of the big displacement Aprilia four strokes ever made. Clean lines, narrow GP style body, very comfortable riding position, elegant round blinkers and bullet ferrari style tail lights, with no nonsense graphics and very tidy engineering of every last part. The rotax motor core and Aprilia heads make the most solid and torque-oriented motor I have ever enjoyed in a sport bike. The handling is perfectly balanced and the bike changes direction with incredible ease.

These R (racing spec) bikes were not profitable for Aprilia even with a $17,000 price tag because of the full Ohlins suspension front and rear, OZ forged wheels and other upgrades that came with the limited edition bike. 

I also had the bike modified to enable two-passenger use, so the rear subframe was changed to the pillion type, and the easy to bolt on passenger peg mounts were procured and come with the bike, as do any parts that I upgraded, which include MOTO TECH fully adjustable rear-sets, matching forged adjustable brake and clutch levers, as well as the racing exhaust slip-on and high ZeroG windscreen. 

There isn’t a more comfortable and better handling sport bike out there, even 15 years later. 

The bike was just fully serviced at Pro Italia where it received new injectors (just tired from non-use). Rubber is also quite fresh Pirelli Corsas with just one ride on them. I have always considered I would keep this bike forever, but I have so many now that I am not using it at all. It has enjoyed the last many years in the garage parked in between a Ducati Paul Smart and a 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.

I like that little humble-brag at the end there. Yeah, very nice: you have exquisite taste and lots of money, although I think I’d be selling the Paul Smart and keeping the Mille as a canyon carver or track bike: the SportClassics are great motorcycles, but maybe not as focused as the RSV and certainly not as fast in a straight line.

2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R L Side

The RSV is a great package, but part of what makes them so appealing right now is their low price. This one’s opening bid is $6,000 with no takers as yet. It’s in very nice, well-maintained shape, and the R version is suitably collectible, but I think at this point in time the seller’s being just a bit ambitious: bottom-feeder sportbikers looking for a bargain know that you can find nice examples for less, and aren’t too bothered about higher miles found on less expensive bikes, since the Rotax motor is about as close as you can get to Japanese reliability in an Italian twin.


2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R Dash

Squeaky Clean: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale
Aprilia August 5, 2015 posted by

Track Only Two-Stroke: 2002 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

2002 Aprilia RS250 Track L Side

Bike’s like Aprilia’s high-strung RS250 two-stroke is really this website’s raison d’être: specifications that speak to an almost single-minded pursuit of speed, race-bred bodywork, rarity, and an exotic nameplate. The icing on the cake is that the RS250 is relatively attainable, if you are willing to accept the compromises inherent in such a focused design.

2002 Aprilia RS250 Track Swingarm

Powered by a modified RGV250 two-stroke v-twin tuned to about 60hp, with a dry weight of about 300lbs, the bike featured powerful brakes, a beautifully-sculpted “banana” swingarm, and virtually unlimited cornering-clearance. Power was typical two-stroke all-or-nothing and guaranteed intimate rider involvement if any sort of progress was required.

2002 Aprilia RS250 Track Front Wheel

This example is even more single-minded in that it makes no pretense of being road-legal. That may frustrate some, but the RS250 makes a pretty poor roadbike and the purity-of-purpose is appealing: the bike looks especially sharp with those fairings uncluttered by signals or a headlight, and with the waspish tail unmarred by tail lamp or plate.

2002 Aprilia RS250 Track Rear

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

This bike is in very good condition has been sitting in the living room for most of its life. Track ready and prepped by Steve Biganski. If your looking for a dependable 2-stroke this is the one for you!

Hm… Well if it’s been sitting in a living room most of its life, I’m not sure how dependable we can expect it to be…

The Buy It Now for this RS250 is set at $6,500 which seems on the high side for an untitled bike, but this does appear to be in spotless condition from what I can see, although I’d request a few more detailed before anteing up that kind of cash. The question is: will the next owner want to risk this unmolested machine on track?

Here’s hoping the answer is “yes.”


2002 Aprilia RS250 Track Tank

Track Only Two-Stroke: 2002 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Aprilia July 27, 2015 posted by

What the Doctor Ordered: 1998 Aprilia RS250 Rossi Replica for Sale

1998 Aprilia RS250 R Front

This is one of the nicest Aprilia RS250’s we’ve featured recently, although the seller’s claim that this is a “Rossi Replica” might be a bit of a stretch: Rossi was riding a 250 for Aprilia in 1998, but didn’t win the title until 1999. In 1998 he was second, and prior to that, he was on a 125, but it made for a good title so I went with it.

An actual RS250 Rossi Replica would, of course, burn your retinas to look at…

1998 Aprilia RS250 L Side

The Aprilia RS250 used a 249cc, water-cooled two-stroke v-twin pulled from a Suzuki RGV250, although Aprilia used their own ECU, expansion chambers, and barrels. The revised motor was good for 60hp and the bike looked the business, with bodywork that suggested their 250GP machines. It was redesigned in 1998 to reflect the style seen here, with a pronounced humped-seat and a new funky-but-functional dash.

1998 Aprilia RS250 Dash

The beautiful asymmetrical swingarm gave extra clearance on the right-hand side for the shotgun-style exhausts and expansion-chambers. Brakes were the standard Gold Line Brembos found on every other freaking Italian sportbike of the period. Meaning they were designed to effectively stop bikes that weighed as much as 100lbs more than the bantam-weight Aprilia.

1998 Aprilia RS250 L Side

Designed for use by corner-carving heroes, or by people who wanted to pretend to be corner-carving heroes, the bike has very little in the way of creature comforts: like most two-stroke sportbikes, it doesn’t even have an electric start. But if Sunday morning finds you sniffing two-stroke oil instead of coffee, nothing else will do.

1998 Aprilia RS250 R Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Aprilia RS250 Rossi Replica for Sale

Up for auction is this 1-owner, low mileage RS250 Replica.  This beautiful and rare example was purchased new in Germany by the current and original owner.  This machine was brought into the US legally under a racing exemption through the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.  All original paperwork and documentation from time of purchase, including service receipts.  Additionally, it has enjoyed some modest track use including several AHRMA events and track days.  NO expense was spared when the engine was fully rebuilt by Eurosports (PA), including but not limited to: re-plated cylinders, replaced pistons/hardware, welding of crank, new clutch assembly, etc.  

Bike has not been ridden for the past two years and the following service has just been completed: coolant flush, trans oil, brake fluid, new Michelin tires and more.  Bike comes with the original street hardware and owners manual. This bike has never been registered/titled/plated in the United States. It is considered an off road racing vehicle in the US. Other than original German documentation, there is no title. See photos regarding condition.  NO plastic (including windshield) has ever been replaced.

 1998 Aprilia RS250 L Rearset

While it does still have a headlight and the road equipment is included in the sale, obtaining a title for this could be tricky and the bike is already perfect for track use or racing, and has even been safety-wired.

1998 Aprilia RS250 L Side Front Bare

Being that it is also in perfect, all-original condition, one might also be tempted to squirrel this away into your collection, or just display it in your living room where you can look at it and make “braaaaam, braaaaaaaaam” noises while watching Faster for the five-hundredth time…


1998 Aprilia RS250 R Side

What the Doctor Ordered: 1998 Aprilia RS250 Rossi Replica for Sale
Aprilia July 21, 2015 posted by

Sensible Sibling: 2001 Aprilia Falco SL1000 for Sale

2001 Aprilia Falco L Front

Mostly overlooked, even when new, Aprilia’s Falco is an ideal “mature” sportbike for someone who wants to stand out… subtly. Fast and comfortable, the bike featured a slightly detuned version of Aprilia’s 996cc v-twin that produced 118hp along with the usual “improved midrange and low-end power” that seems to feature on naked and sport-touring versions of these bikes. Still, the bike is good for a 160mph top speed, which really is plenty fast.

2001 Aprilia Falco R Front

The unusual 60° v-twin configuration was chosen as a balance between smoothness and packaging. Ducati’s 90° twin is smooth, but notoriously difficult to package effectively: with that horizontal front cylinder, it’s a very long engine. Suzuki tried to make it work by fitting a rotary damper in place of a normal shock to save space, and that didn’t work out so well. Today, even Ducati has been forced to come up with interesting solutions at the rear to allow for an ideal swingarm length that works with their L-twin.

2001 Aprilia Falco Dash

It’s maybe not the sexiest machine ever designed, the Falco still looks sleek, with interesting details like that frame, funky three-lobed headlight, and angular bodywork. It’s a bit like an MZ 1000S, but with better parts availability: the Falco and RSV share all their important spin-y and reciprocate-y bits, so it should be easy to keep one running, and the RSV is known to be durable and reliable, so problems shouldn’t crop up very often.

2001 Aprilia Falco L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Aprilia Falco SL1000 for Sale

Great bike for the value.  I hate to part with it but I could use the cash for my business.  The suggested retail value ( is $3210.00. Could use some new back rubber but other than that the bike is in excellent condition as you can see by the pictures.  No damage never laid down.

2001 Aprilia Falco R Fairing

Sales were disappointing during the bike’s run between 1999 and 2003, making used Falcos correspondingly rare, although the ones I’ve seen do appear to have been well taken care of. At under 14,000, mileage isn’t collector-bike-low, but seems very reasonable, considering the bike’s original sport-touring mission.

2001 Aprilia Falco R Rear Exhaust

The only thing that concerns me is the complete lack of badging. The seller maintains that the bike was never crashed, but was it repainted? Did he simply have any decals removed? Regardless, the paint does look nice in the photos, and you can certainly add the original decals if you like. In contrast to the sometimes garish RSV graphics, the Falco had pretty discreet badges and logos.

With a starting bid of $2,800 and no takers as yet, riders on a limited budget looking for something classy, reliable, and fun should take note.


2001 Aprilia Falco R Side

Sensible Sibling: 2001 Aprilia Falco SL1000 for Sale
Aprilia July 9, 2015 posted by

Win it or Bin it – 2003 Aprilia RSV1000 Haga Replica

2003 Aprilia RSV1000 Mille R – Haga Replica on eBay


Japan’s Noriyuki Haga was undoubtedly one of World Superbike’s most exciting racers throughout the 90s and 2000s.  With a nickname like “Win it or Bin it”…  you had to expect fireworks (particularly on the first lap or the last lap!).  Unfortunately for Haga, he was also the perennial bridesmaid, having finished 2nd or 3rd in the Championship standings seven times, but never on top.  After a brief stint riding for the factory Aprilia team, they released a replica RSV1000 Mille R.  Aprilia made just 300 of these replicas and only 60 of them landed on US soil.  The Haga Edition featured the expected cosmetic touches like the race paint scheme, Haga’s signature on the tank and a blue triple clamp that included each one’s individual production number.  Performance upgrades were noteworthy and expensive including a full Akropovic exhaust (including new mapping), lightweight blue OZ wheels, Ohlin’s suspension and a few dabs of carbon fiber.  The Haga rep weighed about 15lbs less than the standard Mille R and also pumped out an additional 10hp.


This particular Mille R has seen some miles, but still appears to be in great condition.  The listing doesn’t have a lot of details, but you can check it out here:  2003 Aprilia RSV-1000 Haga Rep on eBay

2003 APRILIA RSV 1000 MILLE R Haga Replica #158/300


This price will be good till end of listing only.

The bike is in EXCELLENT condition (see pics)!!!





Win it or Bin it – 2003 Aprilia RSV1000 Haga Replica
Laverda July 1, 2015 posted by

1st time on RSBFS: Laverda Black Strike 668 in the UK


Here is one we haven’t had on RSBFS previously, a Zane-era Laverda 668 Black Strike.   The Black Strike model incorporated all the top shelf goodness of the Laverda marque at the time; a Nico Baker designed frame, 3 sets of brembro brake calipers, Marchesini wheels and a letterbox gas tank that reduces the center of gravity (which is still pretty advanced after 14 years). And the fact that you can still get a Zane-era Laverda for reasonable money whereas a lot of Breganze-era bikes have begun to appreciate beyond the reach of us mere mortals is another plus.

Note:  For anyone not familiar with the Zane-era vs Breganze-era Laverda models, click here for a brief overview.


Laverda 668 Black Strike in the uk

The black strike edition was a kind of a one-off within the Zane-era lineup; the air-cooled 668 engine and Nicco Baker designed frame were from the 668 sport model, while the seating and gauge clusters where from the the 668 ghost. The 668 black strike was also the first model with the lighter plastic gas tank, straight exhausts without the restricted collector box and also offered a few bits of optional carbon fiber such as exhausts and optional front fender/mudguard.

This particular Zane-era Laverda 668 black strike looks to be in excellent but not pristine condition.  I can see some minor bits of weathering included some fading in the small side cover panel above the id plate, what looks like some dried polish or flaked off paint on the riders right engine cover and some evidence of brake fluid removing paint on the Marchesini rear wheel.

On the plus side, the pillion cover is in place and looks to be in good condition and the seller indicates both the standard and carbon fiber versions are included for both the front fender/mudguard and exhaust. This is important since all 3 items are pretty much unobtainable nowadays. Also while the “rabbit-ear” standard mirrors are missing from the pics, the seller indicates these are included and the often missing rear plastic hugger/mudguard is in place.  Lastly the seat condition, lack of bubbling in the dash light decals and lack of rust on the dash nuts/bolts all seem to indicate proper storage away from both the hot sun and damp during non-riding time.


Here is what the seller has to say:

  • Has done 17,235km,
  • Currently has the front carbon mudguard on but I have the original in great nick that comes with it,
  • Also have the original exhaust pipes but currently have the carbon exhausts on.
  • There is a carbon windshield that is with it that I thinks off a ghost legend.
  • Side mirrors are with it but I preferred it without.
  • Battery currently not with bike but will be added before sale.
  • Had a new speedo cable 100km ago, new oil just put in.
  • Rear tire has done 200km (maybe just less, looks like new), front had good tread also.

Note:  The seller lists this as a 2001 but the black strike model was produced from 1997-1998.   Email messages with the seller indicates that the 1st registration was 2001 hence the date.  I would guess this bike is actually stamped a 97 or 98 on the manufacturers id plate which is mounted on the riders right side but was probably in a showroom for a few years (Three Cross or Slater Bros dealerships perhaps?) and was only sold after Laverda was absorbed by Aprilia/Piaggio.


Is this Zane-era Laverda 668 black strike worth the 3,400GBP asking price?  Well only 50 668 Laverda Black Strikes were produced and since Laverda is now a mothballed marque within Aprilia/Piaggio this is definitely a rare bike.  But the 668cc air cooled engine produced about 70 bhp so its not going to blow the doors off any other bike and some zane-era bikes have had reliability issues with electrics and cranks so the status of these items which would need to be factored in to the price.

To be honest, I think the the current asking price is a bit high but not outragously so.  While the Zane-era laverdas seem to be starting to appreciate, I think the value for this right now is probably closer to 2400-2850GBP.   I do think these will appreciate in value going forward so the bike may be of interest for a UK-based collector looking to add a bit of Zane-era exotica to their collection.


Addendum:  I feel it only fair to let readers know that I have a restored 668 Black Strike in my personal collection.

1st time on RSBFS:  Laverda Black Strike 668 in the UK