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Aprilia May 23, 2016 posted by

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 L SIde
Although for many, the second-generation Aprilia RS250 captures the essence of lightweight, two-stroke performance, I prefer the earlier versions, like this Chesterfield replica: the later bikes are just a little bit bulbous in the tail, and that techno-futuristic dash just look a little bit too “1980s Dodge Daytona” for me. Not that I’d pass up the opportunity to own one of course! But for me, the earlier bikes are just a bit more graceful, and while the dash looks a bit odd, that’s just because you’re supposed to yank that speedo and the associated idiot lights off for trackday shenanigans!

1995 Aprilia RS250 Dash

The 249cc, liquid-cooled two-stroke and six-speed gearbox combo was basically a heavily-modified Suzuki RGV unit, with the same Brembo Goldline brakes used to stop bikes weighing over 100lbs more, but the rest of the package was all Aprilia. The bodywork is very sleek and distinct from the Japanese competition, with a gorgeous aluminum frame and that classic “banana” swingarm designed to allow the expansion chambers to tuck in close to the bike for maximum lean angle.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Headling

Aprilia claimed 60hp and, with just 300lbs to push around, the bike is a rocket. Straight line and top speed will suffer, even compared to a 600cc supersport machine, but the Aprilia’s light weight pays dividends in corners, so what you lose on the straights you’ll gain back in the corners and under braking.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Max Biaggi two-stroke race replica in Chesterfield Livery
California plated, insured and registered: clean title in hand.

I’m the fourth owner of this original Max Biaggi Chesterfield (not a sticker kit replica). I bought her from a good friend that needed a car for his growing family. This was THE bike I originally wanted when I first got into motorcycles. 18 years or so and a lot of bikes later, I was lucky enough to get my hands on this wonderful machine.

She has 13,060 on her currently, and runs flawlessly.
Top end rebuilt at 10,000 with Wiseco pistons and Boysen reeds. I just had her serviced and run through by Nichols Sportbikes in Milpitas. They went through the whole machine and have her running tip top! including; coolant and brake fluids flushed, new battery, gear oil change and had the forks re-sealed. The tires were replaced around 12,000 miles or so along with fresh brake pads. Plenty of life on all.

This bike is a beautiful Italian specimen that loves to flaunt her stuff. The decals are not in perfect shape, but are in great condition for the age. The bike decals came original on top of the clear coat, so after 21 years they have some sun fade, minor wrinkling and an occasional worn edge. The bike has never been put down, and the original fairings are in perfect shape. She is a street machine and I take it out regularly for the Italian tune-ups to keep her purring like the hot cougar she is.

She is original with the following exceptions;
Arrow full exhaust. You’re welcome, future owner!
Toby steering damper. Again… you’re welcome.
Aftermarket turn signals. They were on the bike when I got it, never changed them but I have 2 of 4 of the original signals which can still be found on AF1.

I have the owners manual, service record receipts, workshop manual and other parts: gaskets, screws, brackets, passenger pegs and passenger seat. I also have an OEM tank decal replacement kit if you’re not a fan of the awesome, road pounding patina of the current tank decals.

Buyer is responsible for local pick up. Bike located in Bay Area, California.

As you can see from the images, the bike is in good condition overall, and the aftermarket signals and slightly faded stickers can be easily fixed with parts the seller is including with the sale. The headlight lens looks slightly cloudy in the pics, or maybe it’s just dirty, and the recent mechanical overhaul means miles of smiles for the next owner! This bike looks like the perfect machine for someone concerned more with riding than displaying, although the price will likely be out of reach for many enthusiasts…

1995 Aprilia RS250 R Rear

Bidding is up to $7,100 with the Reserve Not Met and several days left on the auction. That’s likely due to the fact that this bike has a clear California title, a bit of a Holy Grail for two-stroke enthusiasts. I’m not generally a huge fan of race-replica graphics, but this is my favorite version of the little thrilla from Aprilia, and that CA title means you can thrash the little quarter-liter machine on some of the amazing canyon roads we have here.


1995 Aprilia RS250 Fairing Detail

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale
Aprilia June 22, 2014 posted by

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Available in Oregon


Update 6.28.2014: Bike is now sold. Thanks to everyone for your interest and congratulations to Jim! -dc

Today’s post is for my own 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield. This is a great rider quality bike with easy restoration potential. I’ve put less than 600 miles on it since buying it in early 2011, which is precisely why I’m selling it. I tell my friends it’s like owning a jet ski: you only take it out on perfect sunshine days and ride it hard all afternoon as intended. Sadly that didn’t happen as often as I would’ve liked and I’m ready to put something else in it’s place.


When I purchased this RS250 I was told it had a recent top end done but no paperwork since it was an in-house job and they never intended to sell the bike anyway. I verified the work best I could with my mechanic using the correct procedure to test compression, and we measured 125psi on both cylinders.


In terms of condition, I’ll start by noting the swing arm has some minor etching. From 5-10 feet you wouldn’t even notice, but I want to clearly represent what condition the bike is in. While the swingarm could be polished to correct this, it would lose the factory micro finish. You could also cover it with the tasteful carbon fiber swingarm cover from Tyga.


Overall the cosmetics are best described as an honest 7/10. The plastics are free from damage and cracks. The decals were applied over the clear coat from the factory, so after 19 years there are some dog ears, slightly faded colors, and clear coat deterioration. Modifications are mostly cosmetic and include the colored-in number plates, painted front fender, smoked windscreen, and aftermarket exhaust. To be honest the number plates feel right at home with the period GP replica. Better yet, I have a brand new, 1995 OEM factory decal kit, correct to this year, which will be included with the sale if you’d like to restore it to original in the future. It is highly unlikely you will find another OEM set, so a future restoration can be as correct as possible with the addition of a perfect swingarm.


All said, the bike is in really good condition as is, especially if you plan to enjoy it as intended. All the minor issues I just described disappear in a moment as soon as you get on the pipe. Speaking of which, it’s a period Arrow exhaust that was nickel plated after a repair to a pin hole leak in the expansion chamber. The result complements the satin finish frame and swing arm very well.


Mechanically speaking the carb floats stick and it could use new tires as it’s currently wearing track day rubber that is several years old. There is some remaining safety wiring as well. The rear license plate holder and turn signal assembly was missing when purchased so a fabricated replacement has been installed with new factory indicators. Horn is missing. Otherwise the overall condition suggests it has always been enjoyed and cared for by enthusiasts.


What I’d really like to convey is how special it was to me to have owned a Chesterfield. My hope is to find a buyer that has always wanted one too and intends to ride it and/or improve it. While a museum collector may need to pass, if you’ve always been 2 stroke curious, send me an email! I will also consider trades of various amounts including the following in very good to excellent condition: Ducati 851/888/748/916/996/998, MV Agusta, 400cc gray bikes, Laverda Formula, Bimota, Aprilia Mille R, CBR900RR/954RR, or something else that would wind up on the pages of RSBFS! I’m also in the market for a sport tourer of similar vintage: BMW R1100S, Ducati ST4, ?

Thank you for looking. My price is $7000 firm. Please contact me with your interest by email:


1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Available in Oregon
Aprilia March 31, 2014 posted by

Double Take: 1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield

1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield For Sale

We’ve seen this bike before, in January in fact when we first spotted it. What’s new is that the blacked out frame treatment has been reversed and underneath is what appears to be the factory satin finish with minor imperfections. While I speculated the previously noted black frame was likely covering up an unsightly blemish, the pictures show a very good condition frame and swing arm. The other major notable is the revised buy-it-now of $8500.


1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield for sale on eBay


from the seller:

For Sale: A CA street titled Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Edition 2 Stroke (1996). The bike is in EXCELLENT condition mechanically and cosmetically. The top end was just rebuilt and has under 150 miles on the road; new pistons and new rings- runs beautiful!
This RS250 is not a converted cup bike. It is imported from Italy with 17 digit VIN number. It has never been raced or tracked – a true collector’s dream! The bike has the original street fairing with Jolly Moto pipes. All original parts are available including rear passenger seat and foot-pegs. My asking price is $8500.00 firm. The reason for selling the bike is that I no longer ride the bike so I want someone to enjoy it! Currently covered and garaged.


Double Take:  1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield
Aprilia January 13, 2014 posted by

Smoke ’em if you got ’em: 1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield

Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield for sale

I never pass an opportunity to highlight an early RS250, which is what we have here today. This 96 model is the third year of the MK1 which features a modified version of Suzuki’s VJ22 powerplant from the RGV250. It’s difficult to tell from the low quality photos exactly what is original and what’s not. The one thing that definitely stands out is that the frame and swingarm have been painted. I suspect this is to cover up some kind of blemish as these pieces have a kind of satin finish from the factory that is impossible to restore if nicked. It’s not a bad look by any means, but additional investigation is required. Finally, at $12k, even with a spare motor and a California credentials, this would set a new record high if sold at that price.

1996 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

chesterfield for sale

Chesterfield trivia: did you know that these smokes are still made but are exported exclusively to Europe now? I’ve been looking for a pack domestically for years.


from the seller:

Up for grabs a CA street titled Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Edition 2 Stroke (1996), also including a spare motor. The bike is in EXCELLENT condition mechanically and cosmetically. The top end was just rebuilt and has under 150 miles on the road; new pistons and new rings so it runs beautiful!

This RS250 is not a converted cup bike. It is imported from Italy by the previous owner with 17 digit VIN. It has never been raced or tracked – a true collector’s dream! The bike has the original street fairing with Jollymoto pipes. All original parts are available including rear passenger seat and foot-pegs. My asking price is $12000 for everything (bike and motor as a package). The reason for selling everything is that I no longer ride the bike so I want someone to enjoy it! Currently garaged.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em:  1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield
Bimota April 11, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: March 2013, 27 Bikes in Total

Here is the latest round up of bike sales or bikes that saw high bid activity. We’re starting with Feb 25th and moving forward as they hadn’t been reported on in the last Month in Review as they were still open at the time of publishing. Each picture is linked to eBay as they haven’t been archived yet.

We blogged over 60 bikes in March and these are the ones we have sale values on. A great read for savvy buyers and sellers alike!


Katana 1000 for sale

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 Sold for $7000

Suzuki TL1000R For Sale

2002 Suzuki TL1000R Sold for just $4100

1987 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1987 Yamaha FZR750R Sold to one of our readers!

2008 Bimota DB5R For Sale

2008 Bimota DB5R Sold for $21500

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Bike For Sale

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Sold for $8215

1996 Honda VFR750 For Sale

1996 Honda VFR750 Sold for just $3223

1985 Honda VF1000R For Sale

1985 Honda VF1000R Sold for just $4500

1974 Yamaha TZ750 For Sale

1974 Yamaha TZ750 Factory Racer Sold for $42500

Honda CBR600 F2 For Sale

1993 Honda CBR600 F2 Sold for just $2750

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America For Sale

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America sold for $10401

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $4800

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 For Sale

1990 FZR750R OW01 sold via Craigslist, owner reported bike as sold.

1988 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1988 Yamaha FZR750R sold for $5200

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage For Sale

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage sold for $10300

2001 Honda NSR150 SP For Sale

2001 Honda NSR150SP sold for $3550

1986 Honda RS250 For Sale

1986 Honda RS250 sold for $3750

1988 Ducati F1 750 For Sale

1988 Ducati F1 750 sold for $13700 to one of our readers

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 sold for $5500 to one of our readers

1993 Honda CBR900RR For Sale

1993 Honda CBR900RR sold for $5000

1991 Ducati 851 For Sale

1991 Ducati 851 sold for $8700 to one of our readers!

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield For Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield had met reserve at $8500 but was pulled from eBay. The seller’s website indicates it as available for $8950.

Ducati 999R For Sale

2006 Ducati 999R with 6 miles sold for $23000!

Honda NS400R For Sale

1986 Honda NS400R sold to one of our readers for $7500!

2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 sold for $7200

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S sold for just $5000

1983 Laverda RGS1000 For Sale

1983 Laverda RGS1000 sold for $8250

Aprilia March 23, 2013 posted by

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield For Sale with only 1500 Miles

1995 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

Amongst the early versions of the RS250, many consider the Max Biaggi Chesterfield replica the one to have. While the RS250 has little actual crossover to the race machine, the experience and visual is as close as many of us will get. Plus this one has a plate, so it can actually be enjoyed on the road.

1995 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay


This particular example is one of the cleanest and low mileage examples we’ve seen in a while. All the decals look perfect, which is saying something since they were applied on top of the clear coat and tend to dog ear and fade with use. And after scanning the rest of the pictures, there isn’t any apparent wear anywhere on this machine.


Seller describes importation by a prominent collector who passed it to another apparent collector, and now it for sale by a dealer in Oregon. His description doesn’t give alot of detail on the model but you can read more about the RS250 in our archives for greater detail on the model.


quote from the seller:

This is was a new one to me as I had never heard of the 1995 RS250 Max Biaggi/Chesterfield Racing Replica until it’s owner brought it in for us to sell. I had ridden the 250 Club Racers back in 2004 or there about at Sears, but that was a track only bike designed for a spec class that sort of feel through the cracks (what ever happened to it?). The 250’s were never imported for street use that I know of. There are thousands of people who know more about this bike then I do and I hope to hear from them if there is anything incorrect.

It was imported by a well known collector in the Ventura area, one of the larger current Italian Motorcycle Collections in the country, to be part of his rare and exotic herd of bikes. It was hardly ridden while in his custody but he did manage to find a full set of Arrow Expansion Chambered Race Exhaust Systems, hard to find even in Europe and numerous Carbon Fiber replacement parts including the Front Fender and the Seat Cowl. In a moment of weakness, the bike was sold to the present owner who had done tuning and some suspension work on the collection. The bike was ridden a bit and the total distance covered today sits at 2450 kilometers (1,516 miles).

I got a chance to ride the bike, but you have to know that it looked pretty silly, my being of a large frame and not as svelte as I was 40 years ago. It took a bit to warm up, but a ride on the back road to Rogue River answered all of those questions. OMG!!!- is it fun. You think about changing direction and it has already happened. The bike is so light and the gyroscopic effect from the Two Stroke engine so minimal, it feels like an extension of your mind.


Good luck to buyers and seller — it could be some time before you see another on this nice for sale!


Aprilia August 14, 2012 posted by

Mailbag Tuesday and Feature Listing Price Goes Up Sept. 15th. [RS250 Chesterfield, 998 Bostrom, Muth Katana’s, Raymond Roche, CX500T, Haga RSV1000R, Guzzi Sport 1100, FZ600, Superlight]

Hey guys,

Sorry we’ve been behind on these catch-all entries based on your emails. Between sheer email volume and weekends out and about, it’s been on the back burner. Here are the best of what’s still active.

Also I wanted to alert all you guys who are planning to sell your bikes at the end of the season that our Featured Listing is going to get upgraded in the fall. This means that for a limited time you can still take advantage of the low, low price of $25/mo before it goes up. The price will expire on September 15th. Email me now on how to get started. More details on the new and improved Feature Listings coming soon.

Good luck to all the buyers and sellers out there and keep the emails coming!


Marty was spending a hot evening surfing ads in Europe and came upon this 1987 Cagiva GP C587 ridden by Raymond Roche. Yours for only $104k USD.

A few of you emailed us this Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield for sale in the Bay Area for $7800. Ad states 10k miles and like new. Do some investigation though as it’s missing about half of the factory decals. Possible they were removed cleanly as they were on top of clear coat from the factory. And it does have a plate.

Philip sent us this Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 available on eBay for $7500. These have a strong cult following with people emailing them to us all the time!

Jeremy had another stack of bikes for us to consider in the Bay Area as well, and this Ducati 998 Bostrom stood out to me with less than 1k miles. He’s accepting offers and suggests that $12k isn’t an offer, so bid accordingly!

David emailed us this 2003 RSV1000R factory Haga race replica for $8495 in Minneapolis, which is down from $9250 in just 11 days since I got the email.

Shay on our Facebook page alerted us to a guy in Los Angeles with 4 Suzuki Katana’s for sale and all of them look pretty interesting in different ways.

Brian shot us a note that his 1982 Honda CX500T Turbo is available for $5500 in Los Angeles. Good luck with the sale!

J.D. sent us a note that his 86 Yamaha FZ600 has only 345 miles and is just $4k on Colorado Springs Craigslist. Good luck!

Garrett in Boston emails us the budget bike of the day with his Honda Hurricane for $1500! Looks damn good at that price, good luck with the sale!

And finally Greg just spotted this Ducati Superlight with 7200 miles in Florida on Craigslist. $10.5k seems a bit lofty but I know when I list on CL I expect low balls…