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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!
Honda December 11, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda VF1000R

Update 12.19.2017: eBay shows this bike has sold for $5k. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Built to celebrate Honda’s AMA F1 and Daytona 200 successes in the early to mid-’80s, the Honda VF1000R was bedecked with everything Honda’s skunk works had bolted together for its racebikes, and made the kind of power that the F model could only dream about. The V4 had the same displacement and basic layout as the VF1000F, but that is where the similarities ended, the key difference being the R’s gear-driven cams.

1986 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

The changes made it good for more than 10 horsepower over the F, but the special parts list meant the bike the better part of 100 pounds heavier than its stablemate. Still, it was among the more special bikes available in its day, especially from Japan, and all of Honda’s wizardry meant the VF1000R held fastest production honors briefly.

This 1986 Honda VF1000R is in excellent condition for its age and sports a scant 4,122 miles. The low miles can be attributed to the bike having been stored for the last 26 years, and while many cosmetic pieces have been lightly repaired and repainted to account for that, the bike still is not perfect.

It has its share of blemishes from sitting and age, but none are serious. The carburetors have been cleaned, as have the fuel tank and fuel pump, and it has a new petcock, fuel lines, fuel filter, spark plugs and side cover gaskets. The bike runs, but its suspension has not been rebuilt and it wears original or very old tires, which would need to be changed if you’re going to ride it.

From the seller:

All fluids have been changed with new filters installed.
New NGK plugs
Bike is running. Clutch, brakes and gearbox are in good condition and operate.
Starter clutch sticks a little when cold starting, once warmed up bike idles at 1000 rpm , heat cycles and fans operate. Revs fully to red line, no noises other than a beautiful cam gear drive whine these bikes are noted for.
Cold blooded starter.
Not a perfect bike, but a really nice example.
Clean title
4122 original miles.

Light cosmetic restoration.
A few issues with the bodywork were repaired, repainted and clear coated with PPG products, the body work was NOT stripped and redone. Great care was taken to preserve the original decals to keep the bike as authentic as possible.
95% of the bodywork fasteners have been replaced due to corrosion of the originals.
The fuel tank was cleaned inside, new Honda petcock, Motion Pro fuel lines, new needle valves in conjunction with a carb cleaning. New fuel filter and a cleaned fuel pump (original).
Original air filter.
Rebuilt starter.
Rebuilt clutch master, all new fluid.
Stainless steel lines (F/R brakes and Clutch line) that were on the bike since 1991 and show a little patina.
New chain on original chain wheels, old chain was unable to be salvaged, chain wheels looked new.
New gaskets for the stator and clutch covers.
New battery.
All electrical accessories work (horn, lights, blinkers).
Original Honda Exhaust.
All original reflectors and directionals.
Original seat and pad covers. Small tear in seat near solo cowl.

The motor has not been removed from the chassis.
Some fasteners have some patina.
Original Honda TRAC front fork and rear air suspension.
Rear shock has functioning cable adjuster, the shock HAS NOT been rebuilt.
Forks are original and have not been rebuilt. No leaks, dust seals look very good.
Tires are thought to be original and would need to be replaced before putting the bike on the road.

Low mile bike that is a great candidate for a full restoration.
I have limited the restoration to keep it as original as possible.
This bike can be taken to a higher level restoration for the right buyer, or, it would make a great addition to a collection as is.
If you intend to ride it, seriously consider upgrades to the rear suspension as the only parts available for a rebuild are the air seals.
Tires will need to be replaced, if riding it is in your plans.
If you are unable to effect these modifications, inquire.
$7500 or reasonable offer.
Located in Clermont, FL 34715.

The $7,500 asking price is upper echelon for these bikes, but the seller has made a strong effort here to keep the bike as original as possible while making sure it is mechanically sound. With just a little more work, the bike would make an excellent collectible that could still be ridden.

Featured Listing: 1986 Honda VF1000R