Posts by tag: Aprilia

Aprilia February 12, 2015 posted by

Road or Track: 1995 Aprilia RS250 with Clear Cali Title

1995 Aprilia RS250 L Side Front

Fans of Rare Sport Bikes for Sale are obviously familiar with Aprilia’s raucous two-stroke masterpiece, the RS250. Powered by a modified RGV250 engine and shaped to look like their winning GP250, the bike was introduced in 1995 and produced in road-going form until 2002.

1995 Aprilia RS250 L Side Rear

Here in the US, where GSX-R600’s are often referred to as “learner bikes, the RS250 was a bit unusual. With razor-sharp handling, light weight, and high-specification suspension components, it was an incredibly focused motorcycle designed to put handling and race track performance above all else. Beautiful details are found all over the bike, like the distinctive and racy “banana” swingarm that allowed the shotgun style exhaust pipes to stay as close as possible to the bike’s centerline, increasing cornering clearance.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Rear Suspension

This is an earlier example, which I prefer, with a simplified, more traditional dash compared to the later designs. And although the later bikes do look great in silver and black, I happen to like this garish, black/orange/purple scheme.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Cockpit

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale with Clear California Title

2-stroke.
Clear California title, registration and pink slip. Impossible to find. This is reflected in the reserve price.
Runs well. Starts on first kick. Very powerful and screams when it hits the power band (9000-12000 RPMs).
No owner’s manual or literature.
Good rubber, new rear sprocket and mirrors, carbs recently cleaned and tuned and new power valve.
Selling because I have a NSR250SP and since I have a baby on the way, one of them has to go and it’s this one.
This is an excellent, extremely difficult to locate (titled, that is…) 2-stroke. It is, as listed, not perfect. However, if you want it to be perfect, parts are readily available and with a little wrenching you can have a mint bike. Or, enjoy riding it as is. Or, take it to track days.
Comes with a new (in box) Barnett Kevlar Clutch and 4 new spark plugs.

Flaws that I see: dent on left swing arm, looks like it was re-painted in areas, Some fairing bolts missing, slight (2 drip per week) leak from left shock, headlight cover missing, scratches on windscreen and fairings, left headlight doesn’t work, aftermarket blinkers (one of which is broken), seat faded, end of clutch lever broken off, choke cable pulled from mount, speedometer cable missing (I just took it off because frayed, planned on getting new one), crack in temperature display plastic, couple dents/scratches on exhaust, I only have one key. Check the photos, which show everything.

1995 Aprilia RS250 L Fairing Front

This is obviously pretty far from the nicest example we’ve featured on the site, but is honestly represented by the seller and does come with a pretty important accessory: a clear California title, which is something of a rarity in the Golden State, especially among smog-spewing two-strokes. Some scuffs and scrapes are clearly visible in the photos, but it doesn’t look like the bike’s had more than a minor low-side. The headlight lens is missing, and the funky projector-beam lamps poking out through the gap don’t look stock, but those minor flaws just mean you can use this bike hard, without worrying about destroying a pristine example.

And while it may not be perfect, that clear title makes this an excellent choice for racing fans who don’t ride on the track, or backroad heroes looking for a scalpel instead of a hatchet.

-tad

1995 Aprilia RS250 L Side

Road or Track: 1995 Aprilia RS250 with Clear Cali Title
Aprilia February 4, 2015 posted by

Mad Ape: 2003 Aprilia RSV1000R Colin Edwards Edition

RSV1000R_18

Up for grabs today is a RSV1000R produced as a tribute to the venerable Colin Edwards. Aside from being one of the most like-able personalities in recent racing history, Colin was also explosively fast and competitive. It is a shame that the last few seasons in MotoGP did not showcase his true talent, yet his absence from the grid is missed all the same. This replica was inspired by the Aprilia RS Cube machine that was raced in MotoGP, and was produced in pretty limited numbers. Somewhere between 450 – 461 were created (numbers vary), and only 50 were imported into the US. This is bike number 45 of 50. Performance wise, the CE machine sported the same track package as the Haga replica, with intake, airbox and injector mods, Akropovic exhaust and computer updates. These are rare and pretty collectible machines – check out the Edwards archives to learn more about previous editions posted on RSBFS.

RSV1000R_9

2003 Aprilia RSV100R Colin Edwards for sale on eBay

RSV1000R_6

From the seller:
This is a very nice Aprilia in great running order!! Brand new Michelin tires)New Chain and sprockets less than 1k ago. All fluids changed synthetic Oil new brake fluid-Air cleaner etc. Runs out very strong. Has Colin Edwards 154hp engine and tons of carbon fiber parts factory Akrapovic titanium exhaust sounds awesome. Very fun bike to ride or race. Only 50 were released to the US and only 450 were produced so grab it up for a steal of a price on this Great Italian Beast!!!

RSV1000R_2

The seller notes some damage to the bike, but no real detail as to the why. It doesn’t look terrible in the pictures provided, but all the same let the buyer beware. We don’t see these models every day, and given the spec level these are quite the gem in the Aprilia lineup. Besides, this one has only 6,000 miles. Check it out here and revel in the greatness that is Colin Edwards!

MI

Aprilia January 4, 2015 posted by

Practical Exotic: 2004 Aprilia Tuono 1000R

2004 Aprilia Tuono R Side Front

The Aprilia Tuono is bike with a style only an engineer or a racer could love, someone who truly appreciates what something does, rather than how it looks. I’d like to call it “form-following-function,” but Aprilia always manages to include plenty of random styling bits that seem to do neither, so I won’t. But it looks wicked, in the same way a medieval warrior on a heavy metal album cover done up in impractical spiked armor looks wicked: we know it ain’t practical, but the design is a sort of short-hand for “bad ass”.

2004 Aprilia Tuono L Side Front

The Tuono is exactly the type of naked bike journalists and riders keep asking for, but Japanese manufacturers never seem to be able to deliver: a headbanging sportbike stripped of its fairing, with more humane ergonomics for street riding. The Tuono followed Triumph’s recipe for success, matching an uncompromisingly sporty frame and quality suspension to a just slightly retuned and regeared powertrain to create a comfortable streetbike that can get a wiggle on when twisty roads beckon.

In Aprilia’s case, the beating heart of the frisky beast was their liquid-cooled 998cc Rotax engine that featured a pair of balance shafts to cancel out the vibration the 60° v-twin might generate. It’s generally considered to be extremely reliable and very strong, if slightly less refined than comparable machines from Ducati.

2004 Aprilia Tuono Radiator

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

I bought this Italian bike at this same time of year in 2010 to add to my stable of bikes (9 at the time).  I wanted to round out my riding skills and learn to road race so a couple times a year I would put a set of clip-on bars on this bike and head to the track.  Over the past four years I have done about a dozen track days – six of those days while being a student in Jason Pridmore’s STAR School.  Most everybody at the track knows what it is and yet is surprised just how much drive it has coming out of a corner, provided that you’re not spinning the rear tire.  Having said that, I learned that if I am to get more serious, continue to do track days and hone my road racing skills I best do it on a bike that won’t make me cry if I lay it down.  This bike is just too beautiful to go through that and have to rebuild it after an incident.  

This is an incredibly flexible motorcycle.  It can a beast, a bike perfectly suited for hooligan behavior.  It can also sport tour quite comfortably, I took it on a three day Baja trip last year and it ran beautifully.  The engine is very smooth and reliable.  The brakes stop with a vengeance.  These Italian Aprilia’s have been dubbed “…the best Japanese bike to come out of Europe…” because of their Honda-like reliability and usability.

I changed out the original plastics for carbon fiber because (A) I love how it looks and (B) the carbon components are more readily available and less expensive than OEM Aprilia parts.  I included a photo of how the bike looks with the original plastics.  ALL of the original plastics are included in the auction – faring, front fender, coil covers, rear faring, fender, passenger seat pillion and factory belly pan.

I swapped out the original plastic gas tank for a metal black one (goes with the carbon fiber).  Stock tank is included.

2004 Aprilia Tuono Front

Some minor flaws, cracks and scuffs aside, this bike should offer a TON of bang-for-the-buck, with just a bit of Italian funk thrown into the bargain. It looks clean and well cared-for, with some minor scars and wounds earned in 20,000 road and track miles. That GPR exhaust ain’t the prettiest choice, but neither is the bike, and it does look pretty cool, and is definitely visually slimmer and a whole lot lighter than the original part.

2004 Aprilia Tuono L Side Rear

The Tuono has long been the darling of motorcycle journalists, although they haven’t exactly sold like hotcakes… Maybe something to do with the fact that Aprilias don’t get snapped up by weekend warriors and collectors the way Ducatis do. Or maybe their styling is an acquired taste. Whatever the reason, Aprilias represent an amazing value on the used-bike market, combining Italian charisma with excellent reliability to create the perfect low-cost exotic.

-tad

2004 Aprilia Tuono R Side

Practical Exotic: 2004 Aprilia Tuono 1000R
Aprilia December 18, 2014 posted by

Track Day Monster: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APX

Update 12.18.2014: The seller has added more information on this bike, enough to refresh our post. The listing ends, coincidentally, on Christmas day. Happy Holidays to buyers and seller! -dc

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory SBK R Front

Wow. Well, I’m not even sure where to begin with this one: a full-factory Aprilia RSV4 Superbike. From the specification, to the upgrades, to the asking price, this is all well into jaw-dropping territory.

Introduced in 2008 and powered by a 65° V4 engine that just squeaks in under the 1000cc mark, the bike has won more races than hearts: in spite of very positive reviews from the start, the RSV4’s sales haven’t exactly set the world on fire, in spite of continual improvements. While the Aprilia RSV4 may not be the sexed-up media darling the Panigale is, it’s a hugely competent motorcycle on both road and track, winning Fast Bikes Magazine’s Sport Bike of the Year award the past three years running.

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory SBK R Side

On paper, the RSV4 doesn’t necessarily impress: it doesn’t make the most power, it isn’t the lightest in its class, and doesn’t have the highest top speed. But a complete package that includes compact dimensions and an emotional, flexible engine combines with Aprilia’s cutting-edge APRC electronics suite to make a good machine even better, and put nearly race-spec electronics and traction control in the hands of ordinary riders.

But of course, the price gap between “nearly race-spec” and “race-spec” is huge…

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory SBK Rear Suspension Detail

The list of specifications for this machine is incredible, and reads like the cost-no-object checklist. Probably because it is a cost-no-object checklist. From the original eBay listing: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APX SBK for sale

About Aprilia Racing (Noale, Italy)
On the 22nd February 2008, Aprilia unveiled the RSV4 ‘Race Machine’. With 4 cylinders, a displacement of 1000cc and over 200 bhp. The excellent work done at the Noale based racing department has enabled Aprilia to win seven world championship titles in six years. It’s not by chance that, in just ten years, Aprilia has won 28 of its 54 world titles and the Piaggio Group has taken a total of 32 world titles in just a decade. This makes it one of the most victorious brands on a global level in motorcycle racing. Many recent prominent racers have raced and won with Aprilia such as Biaggi, Capirossi, Rossi, Melandri, Simoncelli, Stoner and Lorenzo. Aprilia’s 54 world titles, hundreds of wins on tracks worldwide are proof of the technical skills and winning attitude at the racing department that deserve the public attention of the premier motorcycle racing World Championship (MotoGP), which Aprilia will enter next year. This premier eighteen-race series visits fourteen countries, four continents and includes pan-global television coverage.

APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY APX SBK
100% RACE READY

Engine Configuration
Aprilia SBK-R EVO 1.1 Race engine designed in compliance with FIM SBK race regulations.
Tuned by Aprilia Racing, including test bench activities for engine validation.
Engine and components designed to be used for race track competition only.
*All documentation, chassis/engine number(s) available to verify authenticity*

Vehicle Management
Possibility of fast parameter modification with Aprilia Racing Palm system and handlebar switches.
Vehicle management strategies via APX2 control unit include:

MAX engine speed limiter which can be configured for each individual gear
Pit lane speed limiter (programmable)
ETC (Electronic Throttle Control)
VTP (Variable inlet Trumpet Position)
TCS (Traction Control System)
Adaptative TCS (Adaptive Traction Control System)
Distance Based (parameters configuration system based on distance)
Engine Braking (gear by gear programmable engine brake)
Power Reduction (gear by gear power reduction system)
Wheelie Ctrl (wheelie control system)
Launch Ctrl (assisted starting system)
Backlash Ctrl (backlash control system)
Quick gearshift (assisted quick shift system)
Lap time detection (with the use of an optional finish line on the bike)

Data Management
Acquisition of engine and vehicle working parameters for optimized vehicle management and strategies.
The FIM 7-channels data acquisition system includes:

Gas (OEM sensor)
RPM (OEM sensor)
Water temperature (OEM sensor)
Front brake pressure (optional sensor)
Front suspension (optional sensor)
Rear suspension (optional sensor)
Lambda (optional sensor)

APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY APX | SBK Specifications
(S) = Standard equipment installed at Aprilia Racing Factory-Noale
(U) = Upgraded equipment installed in the U.S

Aprilia V4 SBK-R EVO 1.1 Race Engine (S)
APX2 ECU with 7 Channel Data Recording & ABM Base Software (S)
Aprilia Racing Engine Setup Palmtop Computer (S)
Aprilia Racing Dashboard (S)
WSBK Aprilia Left Handlebar Push-Buttons (S)
WSBK Aprilia Handlebar Grips (S)
SBK Billet CNC Ergal 7075 Adjustable Clip-Ons (U)
Billet Ergal T6 PTFE Coated Race 1/4 Turn Throttle (U)
SBK Plexiglass Windscreen (S)
WSBK Aprilia Carbon Upper + Lower Fairings (S)
WSBK Aprilia Carbon Rear Hugger (S)
SSTK Aprilia Carbon Rear Fairing (S)
SBK Carbon Air-Intake Ducts (S)
SBK Carbon LH Heel Guard (S)
SBK Crash Pads (S)
WSBK CRT Ohlins 110mm Steering Damper (S)
23L SBK Aluminum Racing Fuel Tank (U)
Aluminum Race Subframe (U)
H2O Performance SBK Racing Radiator + Oil Cooler (U)
Akrapovic Full Titanium 4:2:1 Exhaust System with SBK Carbon-Titanium Silencer (S)
WSBK Swingarm from the Official APRILIA RSV4 World Superbike (S)
WSBK Swingarm Linkage (S)
WSBK Swingarm Chain Tensioner (S)
Ohlins Racing Upside-Down Adjustable Forks equipped with TTX25 Pressurized Ohlins Racing Cartridges (U)
Ohlins Racing TTX36 Rear Shock (U)
Brembo Racing GP Billet Radial Brake Master Cylinder 19×18 (U)
Brembo Racing SBK Front Brake Discs 320x6mm Narrowband (U)
Brembo Racing GP Billet Monobloc Narrowband Front Brake Calipers with Titanium Pistons (U)
Brembo Z04 Racing Compound Brake Pads (U)
SBK SS Front Brake Lines (U)
WSBK Brembo Billet Rear Brake Caliper (S)
SBK Brembo Narrowband Rear Brake Rotor (S)
WSBK Brembo Rear Brake Master Cylinder + SS Brake Line (S)
Aprilia Racing Rear Wheel Speed Encoder (S)
Aprilia Racing Gear Shift Sensor (S)
WSBK Aprilia Footrests/Rearsets + Shift-rod Linkage (S)
Pulse P2 Race Battery (U)
STM Slipper Race Clutch (S)
Regina Racing 520 SBK Drive Chain (S)
AFAM SBK Rear Sprocket (S)
Marchesini Forged Aluminum 7-Spoke Wheels (S)
Dunlop N-TEC Superbike Slicks (U)

Note: **New N-TEC SBK Slicks or other race tire of your choice will ship with the bike**

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory SBK Dash

Honestly, I want to like the RSV4 more than I do: it’s fast, exotic, and has maybe the best-sounding exhaust note available at any price. But the styling bugs me: in typical Aprilia style, the details are overwrought and fussy. The stubby tail is very cool and minimal, but what are those little blades on the top for? And why three headlights? But the simplified fairing of the race bike looks much better, and in Alitalia replica colors, even the roadbike looks good…

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory SBK R Side Rear Wheel

The asking price is $149,000 and that’s a huge amount of money to pay for a motorcycle. But this represents a rare opportunity to buy a full factory Superbike and, for the price of a nice Mercedes, you can live out your late-career Max Biaggi fantasies. Just add race fuel, and skill.

-tad

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory SBK L Side

Track Day Monster: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APX
Aprilia November 23, 2014 posted by

Not Quite Stock: 2000 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 R Side

Aprilia’s RS250 is well known to regular readers, and this particular bike, while not completely original, looks like it’s in great shape and has relatively low miles on it. The RS250 was a lightweight machine with an aluminum frame, distinctive banana-shaped aluminum swingarm that allowed the bulging expansion chambers to tuck in for good ground-clearance, and basically the same brake set up as the much-heavier Ducati 916… Powered by a heavily-modified two-stroke v-twin from Suzuki’s RGV250 that generated 60hp and required commitment to use effectively, the bike rewarded riding skill with sublime handling that is, for most riders, as close as they’ll ever get to a true Moto GP experience, especially in a road-legal package…

2000 Aprilia RS250 R Side Front

Coming in at the very-tail end of the two-stroke sportbike era, road-legality of these does vary a bit by year and state. This particular example looks like it was originally a track-only bike, or had the standard fairing replaced with one intended for a trackbike. In the above picture, you can see the headlight tucked into the fairing. Very low-profile, but perhaps a bit too non-stock for the readers of this site…

2000 Aprilia RS250 R Side Rearset Detail

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 street legal bike, recently serviced, runs beautiful and has the look to match with very low miles, this bike is LIKE NEW. This very rare Italian bike has new JNL racing pipes, new marchesini magnesium rims, a big beautiful tank without any scraps or dents, gorgeous seat… lots of beautiful aluminum and carbon fiber fairings. Never been laid down, this bike looks even better than the pictures! Bike has been garaged it’s life, and is still of course being garaged as you see in the photos.

As many motorcycle enthusiasts know, Aprilia is famous for winning 14 out of the 16 world championship races in 2003. No longer in production, this bike is admirable to look at with shiny, smooth fairings, the twin spar combo of aluminum, magnesium alloy frame and a swinging arm of the same material keep the bike solid but lighter than comparable bikes (can this bike even be compared?), and as anyone who’s ever been lucky enough to ride one will tell you, its a dream drive! Sophisticated digital instrument panel and a chronometer that can remember up to 40 lap times will make this bike the envy of your friends!

2004 was the last production date for the Aprilia. This 2000 Aprilia model has a clear title and we can even arrange delivery within the west coast for $1.00 per mile. This is one of the most beautiful and rarest racing bikes we’ve be able to offer in our over 10 years of selling rare and vintage motorcycles and motorcycle parts on ebay.

There’s plenty of time left on this auction and, at $2,100 the reserve is unsurprisingly not yet met. The seller mentions that this is street-legal, but the bodywork suggests that it may not have started out that way, so do a bit of homework if you live in draconian California and plan to register it for road use. While I do like the deceptively track-only look, I’m not sure that offset, blue-lensed headlight tucked into the fairing on the right side will be to everyone’s taste. Luckily, that can be changed, although it would obviously be easier to go track-0nly, since sourcing an original headlight/fairing combo could be expensive… Those additional decals should probably go as well, but that is fairly easy to do.

2000 Aprilia RS250 Rear

While the Marchesini wheels do look to be wider than stock, that may just be the pics. Probably a question for the seller, since wider wheels and tires could make the RS250’s famously nimble handling less so, and the extra rubber probably isn’t necessary, considering the power on tap. They look pretty good and might be lighter than stock, but this bike is really about form following function.

-tad

2000 Aprilia RS250 L Side Front

Not Quite Stock: 2000 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Aprilia September 26, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: 2011 Aprila RSV4 APRC SE – Max Biaggi Special Edition

9.27.14: This Featured Listing sold in just 1 hour, a new RSBFS record! Congratulations to both buyer and seller! If you have a very good to excellent condition sportbike, that is priced to sell, contact me about purchasing your own Featured Listing. -dc

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi R Side

Aprilia has a history of producing bikes that feature shall we say functional aesthetics. From the bulbous but incredibly effective original RSV through the dangerously angular restyle and the pterodactyl-ous Dorsaduro and brutally-ugly Tuono, their bikes may not be pretty, but they sure do the job, and they do it with tons of charisma. And the current Aprilia RSV4 certainly follows this trend of looking functionally over-styled, with a strange, finned tailpiece and triclopean face.

This particular example features the very trick Austin Racing exhaust (from the UK, not Texas) and race-replica colors to celebrate Max Biaggi’s Rossi-free success in World Superbike. It’s a very clean, tastefully upgraded bike with less than 2,000 miles on the clock.

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi Rear Brake

The RSV4 features one of the most comprehensive and cutting-edge electronics suites available on a motorcycle at any price, coupled to one of the best-sounding motorcycle engines ever built. Everyone loves the sound of the Yamaha R1 with its flat-plane crank, but it basically sounds like it wants to be a V4. Just like the one in the Aprilia. It’s powerful, flexible, exciting, and sounds amazing, even with a stock exhaust. But who has one of those, anyway?

I’m torn as these are simply awesome machines, with performance and pedigree. But I do wish the style was just a bit more subtle… But if it isn’t beautiful, you can’t argue with the tiny dimensions. It’s an amazingly compact motorcycle, and hugely effective, winning comparison tests all over the world while the race bike tears up World Superbike. You can find bikes with more straight-line speed, or ones that are more user-friendly, or cheaper. But it’s simply the best overall package available anywhere.

From the seller: 2011 Aprila RSV4 APRC SE – Max Biaggi Special Edition

Bike has less than 2,000 miles on it, and to be honest, I’ve been having so much fun on my Honda Grom, my Aprilia just sits around.
Full service recently completed by MotoCorsa here in Portland, OR.
Updated with Titanium Austin Racing Exhaust
Special ECU mapping by AF1 (well known in the Aprilia world)
Austin Racing fold-up levers and mirror block-off plates
Bike is immaculate and was well-loved.
Additional photos available upon request.
Bike comes with all original equipment, including a special edition Max Biaggi motorcycle cover!

Priced to sell at $14,000.00!!! SOLD!

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi Cockpit

I love this bike and at $14,000 this is a screaming deal. Just pull off the Max Biaggi bodywork and hang it on your office wall, fit this with some black race bodywork, and ride the wheels off it. Or just park it in the driveway and rev the hell out if it to impress your neighbors.

-tad

2011 Aprilia RSV4 APRC Max Biaggi Rearset

Featured Listing: 2011 Aprila RSV4 APRC SE – Max Biaggi Special Edition
Aprilia September 20, 2014 posted by

Pint-Sized Sportbike: Aprilia RS125 for Sale

2009 Aprilia RS125 L Side

We’re on a roll here this week, with quasi-, barely, or not-even-remotely road-legal machinery. This Aprilia RS125 might, depending on your finesse with DMV chicanery, be made roadable: it does feature all the requisite equipment, including lights, and mounts for mirrors and signals, since it was originally intended to be a street-legal motorcycle.

The RS125 was built from 1992 until 2012, when production of the two-stroke, single-cylinder 125 was halted to make way for the new four-stroke RS4 125. This version of the bike features updated styling to match the RSV1000 that was all sharp angles, edges, and stealth-fighter shapes.

It’s a very muscular-looking bike for a 125, although they’re very small in person.

2009 Aprilia RS125 Screen

Overseas, bikes like this have long been the dream of 16-year-olds looking to impress their buddies: unlike here in the USA, where a 1300cc sportbike is just a credit application away from reality for anyone with a license, most European countries have a tiered licensing structure that prevents riders from buying larger-displacement bikes for the first couple years after obtaining their license, or before a certain age.

2009 Aprilia RS125 Cockpit

It also helps that motorcycle road racing is very popular across the pond, making 125 and 250 race-styled motorcycles somewhat aspirational machines for young riders looking to emulate their riding heroes. Here in the US, they occupy a sort of hazy area, since emissions laws basically killed off the breed years ago. They’re still beloved of petrol-heads and two-stroke junkies, largely forgotten by everyone else. But those fans are a rabid bunch, and two-strokes from the trackmaestros at Aprilia always generate interest when they come up for sale.

2009 Aprilia RS125 R Side Fairing

The bike appears to be for sale at a dealership in Portland, Oregon. The original eBay listing contains basically NO information about the bike, but does include a bunch of additional pictures that are well worth a look: 2009 Aprilia RS125 for Sale

2009 Aprilia RS125 Rear Wheel

Unfortunately, unlike the RS250 that came with top-shelf components all-around, the 125 really is more of a budget tool. Although you shouldn’t confuse it with something like a Ninja 300: de-restricted, these can make as much as 30hp, and with a weight under 300lbs, these are serious motorcycles.

2009 Aprilia RS125 Tail

The asking price is $5,000 which seems to be a very good deal, considering that it has 5 miles on the clock. It looks to be in great shape, although a history of modifications would be much appreciated: the tuning parts that have been fitted could conceivably have a significant effect on value.

-tad

2009 Aprilia RS125 R Side

Pint-Sized Sportbike: Aprilia RS125 for Sale
Aprilia September 17, 2014 posted by

Thank You for Smoking: 1995 Aprilia RS250

1995 Aprilia RS250 R Side Front

The goal in filling my fantasy garage is to have as wide a range of engine configurations as possible: a thumpy Ducati v-twin, a shrieking four in a big-bore MV, an older KTM Duke single, a howling triple Laverda. But I’ll also need a two-stroke. Maybe an old Kawasaki H1 triple, or something like this very nice Aprilia RS250

The elemental RS250 used a heavily updated version of Suzuki’s RGV250 two-stroke v-twin engine, tuned to make 60hp, with sleek bodywork that has aged extremely well, unlike some of Aprilia’s more recent offerings.

The whole package is designed with handling in mind, and features plenty of very trick details, including the distinctive swingarm and triple disc brakes that would work just as well on a bike that weighs 100lbs more. It has a reputation for being a manic machine with light weight and two-stroke power delivery, it’s really most at home on the race track.

1995 Aprilia RS250 L Side

Tragically killed off by strict emissions standards that don’t look very favorably on bikes that leave clouds of blue smoke hanging in their wake, these bikes have a very enthusiastic following and always sell well.

This one also features almost enough spares to make a whole second bike!

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

This is a low mileage, exotic motorcycle with lots of spare parts. I have a brand new spare engine for this bike, a spare windshield, spare front body work, and much more. There are two stands – one front and one back. It runs on Amsoil 2 stroke synthetic oil and there is new oil in the crank case. I have only ridden this bike for short jaunts, but I do start it up from time to time. I inherited it from a friend and he was the original owner. It has a clean tile and is a street legal bike which is ready to ride – and this price includes all the spare parts

This particular paint-scheme is much more striking than the later grey/black/silver design. For style, I like these earlier dashes with the easily-detached speedo/idiot lights. The later dash may have been perfectly useful and includes a handy lap-timer, but the super-modern design took all of about five minutes to look dated. All it really needs is a bit of script that reads “Turbo” and it would fit perfectly in a 1980’s sports coupe.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Speedo

I’m still not completely sold on the buzzy, nasal sound of two-srokes, but all the rabid stroker fans out there can’t be wrong. And I love the idea of a lightweight motorcycle that punches above its weight: nothing like passing a liter bike on a 250 to make you feel like a riding god! Hopefully, one of these days I’ll get the chance to try one of these out.

There are several days left on this auction, and bidding is up over $8,000. This seems a bit on the high-side [pun!] for RS250’s, but all those extra parts may be contributing to the interest in this bike, along with that desirable title. Although this isn’t exactly an ideal bike for the road, unless that road ends at a racetrack!

-tad

1995 Aprilia RS250 R Side

Thank You for Smoking: 1995 Aprilia RS250