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Aprilia December 6, 2016 posted by

Cali Plate: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

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A mix of sleek styling and proven Japanese power, the Aprilia RS250 was the Italian company’s entry into the hotly-contested quarter-liter sportbike class battles and intended to take the fight to Honda’s NSR250, Yamaha’s TZR250, and Suzuki’s RGV250. The monochromatic style was a far cry from the vivid speedblock and tiger-stripe designs of the Japanese competition and has aged very well, and I bet plenty of folks would think this is a new, or nearly new machine.

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The RS250 borrowed its 249cc liquid-cooled two-stroke v-twin from Suzuki’s high-strung RGV250, retuned for more power. Weight was competitive, at around 300lbs dry so the claimed 60hp made the bike plenty quick, with typical two-stroke power-delivery and serious agility. A sculpted beam frame provided a stiff foundation and the asymmetrical “banana” swingarm kept the bike’s expansion chambers tucked in close to the bike for maximum cornering clearance. If those brakes look familiar, they’re the very same Brembo units that stopped just about every other Italian sportbike of the period and are plenty powerful, considering those bikes were at least 30% heavier than the little Aprilia…

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I happen to prefer the earlier bodywork seen here, but later bikes have plenty of style as well, although their very 80s-looking dash is an acquired taste… Unfortunately, it’s a little hard to see in the low-resolution photos that accompany the listing. The bike does include something that’s a bit of a Holy Grail for RS250 fans though: a California license plate.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Starts and runs may need some minor tuning. Have a sticker kit not perfect a few of the stickers are wrinkled thanks to FedEx. Have a rear seat cover that is purple. Arrows pipes, Toby steering damper.  

CA PLATE !!

Bidding is up to $5,000 with the reserve met and just 24 hours left on the listing. The photos are pretty poor, which is a real shame since miles are low and, aside from a couple of minor scuffs, it appears to be in good cosmetic condition. I wonder how much more interest there would be in the bike if the seller had bothered to include a few decent pics and maybe a short video of the bike, along with a better idea of what “may need some minor tuning” might mean.

-tad

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Cali Plate: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Aprilia October 25, 2016 posted by

NY-Titled Two-Stroke: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica for Sale

1996-aprilia-rs250-l-frontAprilia took an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it mentality” when motivating their RS250 two-stroke race replica, and packed Suzuki’s proven RGV250Γ “Gamma” engine and six-speed gearbox into their machine, albeit with extra tuning for a claimed 70hp. While that number may be theoretically possible, it seems pretty optimistic and might make for a short-lived and exceptionally high-strung machine in practice. Suffice to say, the RS250 was a worthy competitor for machines from Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha.

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While I love trellis frames, it’s hard to argue with the beautifully sculpted aluminum alloy beam frame seen here, paired with a distinctive, asymmetrical “banana” swingarm intended to allow the expansion chambers to tuck up close to the side of the bike for maximum cornering clearance. And while bikes from the Japanese manufacturers used components that were similar on paper, they were far less sensual in execution.

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The RS250 was restyled in 1998 and featured pointier nose and tail sections, reflective silver-on-flat-black graphics, and a new dash that matched their RSV. I definitely prefer this earlier bodywork and the older-style dash seen here that is clearly set up with easy removal of the the speedo and idiot-light dash for racing. Or so you can honestly say things like, “No officer, I have no idea how fast I was going.” And while race-replicas are often garish beasts to quickly identify them on a crowded racetrack, this era RS250 is pretty subtle. Best of all, this example has a New York State Title, which definitely adds to the bike’s desirability and means you can do more with your little race-rep than just display it as the previous owner has apparently done, or thrash the daylights out of it on track.

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From the original eBay listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica for Sale

#265 of 500 made!

I woke up today and decided at the age of 55, it was time to grow up. Walked into my man cave which is full of toys, and rolled out my extremely rare RS-250 to sell. She has only 3176 kilometers (1904 miles).  What could be better than that? A CLEAN & CLEAR NYS STREET LEGAL TITLE!

But probably the BEST THING about this bike is that it runs and rides perfectly. Starts with just a kick and idles smooth as glass! Being a 40 plus year motorcycle enthusiast and owner of a bike shop, my toys are always ready to ride – even though I rarely play with them.

There are a few minor cosmetic flaws that I never got around to addressing. Left rear tail graphic was scratched in transport, windscreen cracked and right side fairing has a drip of white paint on it.  That’s pretty much it. Paint is extremely nice and 100% original.

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Bidding is at $9,500 with the reserve met. It’s a shame about those frankly horrible scratches on the tail section, but the bike is otherwise in beautiful condition, with very low miles, and is claimed to run very well. I’d ditch those aftermarket purple fasteners the first weekend I got it home and then proceed to wrestle with the dilemma: do I sit and admire it, or thrash the wheels off it?

-tad

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NY-Titled Two-Stroke: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Loris Reggiani Replica for Sale
Suzuki September 2, 2016 posted by

Untitled: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for Sale

1996 Suzkuki RGV250 R Front

Unlike modern, small-displacement machines like the Ninja 300, the Suzuki RGV250Γ “Gamma” is a high-performance machine in miniature, not a sporty-looking commuter based on a very basic platform. Emissions legislation meant we never officially got any of these little rippers here in the US, but the 250cc class really took off in the mid-to-late 1980s and saw absolutely fierce competition between the four major Japanese manufacturers before interest waned and legislation finally killed the class off by the late 1990s. Other than the Aprilia RS250 that used the very same engine, the 1996 Suzuki RGV250 was basically the end of the line for two-stroke performance motorcycles, as the VJ23 that followed lasted just two years.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 L Fairing

This 1996 VJ22 bike was the last year of the 90° v-twin engine, as the short-lived VJ23 that came along in 1997 featured a 70° v-twin that likely improved packaging, although Suzuki claimed improved power as well: 90° is ideal for smoothness, but on a four-stroke it ends up being hard to effectively fit into a compact wheelbase. That’s obviously less of a problem for two-strokes with their very compact heads, but performance margins in the class during this very competitive period were razor-thin and changes that gave even a small advantage were taken very seriously.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 R Fairing

In any event, Suzuki claimed 60hp from the 249cc twin and the surrounding motorcycle otherwise followed the template set down for the quarter-liter class: aluminum beam frame, six speed gearbox, proprietary power valve technology, expansion chamber-clearing curved swingarm, and sub-300 lb weight. In spite of their power valves the Gammas, like all of the 250cc sportbikes were highly-strung, with narrow powerbands that made heavy use of the slick gearboxes mandatory. The snarling exhaust notes and giant-killing performance left a lasting impression on the motorcycling community, and many of the Japan-only models have become highly venerated by motorcycle enthusiasts who’ve ridden them, raced them, or only know them by reputation and endless combing of the internet for information to flesh out their two-wheeled fantasies…

1996 Suzuki RGV250 Cockpit

This RGV250Γ is the higher-spec SP model that should feature a close-ratio gearbox and a dry clutch to go with the fully-adjustable suspension at both ends of the bike, although buyers should be sure to do their homework to verify that this is, in fact, the real deal. It looks like you can see the dry clutch peeking out from behind the fairing on the right side of the bike, so that’s a good sign.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for Sale

Located in Santa Ana, California. This bike is in very good condition for it’s age. Engine runs good, but could use a light carb clean. There are a few minor scratches on the fairing. Bike has only 6529 KM = 3917 Miles on the clock. The solo seat pad will be included with the bike. Also included is a new set of air filters. Bike is sold with a bill of sale only. I don’t have a title for the bike. Look at the pictures carefully and ask questions before you bid. This is a USA only auction. Again, this bike is sold with a bill of sale only, no title.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 R Side

Obviously, the lack of a title will be a problem for many buyers, but as always: your mileage may vary. If you’re looking to collect or display, this example isn’t perfect, but looks like it could be pretty close with a bit of work and, if you want to build a two-stroke race or track bike, none of that will matter anyway. The later versions of the two-fiddy Gamma, especially ones in SP trim, are pretty rare and desirable here in the US, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if this one finds a home without much trouble in spite of potential problems titling and registering it.

-tad

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Untitled: 1996 Suzuki RGV250SP for Sale
Suzuki June 8, 2016 posted by

Table for One: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP for Sale

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP R Side
Fresh off the boat from Japan, this Suzuki RGV250 Γ “Gamma” is the higher-spec SP model that featured fully-adjustable suspension, along with a close-ratio gearbox and a dry clutch. 1988 was the first year of the RGV that replaced the parallel-twin of the RG250 with a new, 90° 249cc v-twin engine that also found its way into the Aprilia RS250. Designated the “VJ21” this first-generation RGV used Suzuki’s sophisticated aluminum beam frame, but lacked the later bike’s stacked exhaust and sexy banana swingarm that allowed space for that bike’s bulging expansion chambers.

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP L Side Front

The complete package made around 50hp and weighed around 282lbs dry, so performance is deceptively good, considering the relatively small displacement. But more importantly, these machines are notoriously high-strung, requiring real effort to extract the modest power and skill to take advantage of that light weight and nimble handling. The result is performance that can embarrass more powerful machines on track and on the road when used properly. For Real Riders™ this kind of involvement is critical to the motorcycle experience and makes for epic David vs. Goliath stories shared over lunch.

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP Clocks

This bike also features a solo tail section, which at first seems a shame. I mean, what rider doesn’t dream about taking some hot, young thing on the back for a midnight ride, the capstone of the typical motorcycle fantasy? But sexy as they may be, sportbikes are generally impractical for taking passengers and, considering the RGV250’s tiny, tiny size, maybe it’s best that this is a rider-only machine…

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From the original eBay listing: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ Gamma SP for Sale
Up for auction is 1988 Suzuki RGV250 Gamma SP Model. SP Model has adjustable suspension, close ratio transmission, and this one has custom racing single seat. It just arrived from Japan. All electric works, engine, brake, suspension work too. Only needs tire: getting old so needs new one. Have a short movie on YouTube.
Got paper work you need to register but don’t know how much do you need. Please check your local DMV. Odometer shows 3124km (about 1952.5 miles) but seems like too low, I assume it has been replaced? Don’t know but it goes 1000 to 1100rpm. Right side plastic has crack but it has been fixed. 
The seller also helpfully includes a clip of the bike starting and running. The bike is in generally decent condition, although that solo tail is obviously not the original part, and the stock piece appears to be long-gone. Aesthetic choice or crash-repair? Many of these sat outside in their home market: garage space is at a premium in Japan. And build-quality was never all that high for these quarter-liter sportbikes, so most of these making their way here will need some cosmetic attention.

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP R Side Rear

There’s still plenty of time left on the auction, with a $4,300.00 starting bid and no takers as yet.  Those two little letters “S” and “P” mean it should prove popular among collectors and folks who live in places where registration entails nothing more than a duly-appointed state representative looking at your ride and saying, “Yup. That’s a motorcycle.” It’s not a dead-stock museum-piece, but I expect that’ll be reflected in the final selling price, so someone may get a good deal on machine that’s very rare here in the US.

-tad

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP L Side

Table for One: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP for Sale
Aprilia May 23, 2016 posted by

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

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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.

-tad

1995 Aprilia RS250 Fairing Detail

Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em: CA-Titled 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Replica for Sale
Suzuki October 31, 2015 posted by

Quarter-Liter Gamma: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP VJ21 for Sale

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP R Side

Unfortunately, today’s tasty little two-stroke Suzuki RGV250Γ SP is short on photographs. It’s another of the raft of recent imports from Japan, and details are scarce, but the price may have you reaching for your mouse anyway.

The RGV250Γ replaced the RG250 in 1988, swapping out that bike’s parallel-twin for a more modern v-twin that eventually found its way into the Aprilia RS250, although Aprilia made a number of changes to their version. On paper, the new baby Gamma looked very much like its rivals from Honda and Yamaha, like they were all peeking at each others’ essays during final exams…

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP Dash

Nestled in between the spars of a lightweight, aluminum beam frame, the little 249cc, 90° v-twin made about 55hp and was mated to a six-speed gearbox. Front wheel was 17″ although the rear was a slightly inconvenient 18″ in size. This bike is claimed to be an SP or “Sport Production” model and should also feature adjustable suspension front and rear.

The headlight on the RGV is mounted flush in the fairing and looks less like an afterthought compared to something like the Honda RS250R and I particularly like the text on the tail section: considering the GSX-R “Slingshot” bikes were named for their carburetors, I’m guessing this is simply a marketing link to those models as opposed to a reference to any mechanical specification. It’s also good to know this is a Real Sprinter bike, not just some fake knock-off…

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP VJ21 for Sale

In 1988 Suzuki released two stroke V twin racer replica.

At that era, Japanese economy was too good, so they released

new model more often than every year.

This is SP model, so it has adjustable front and rear suspension, 

close ratio 6 speed transmission and solo seat cover.

Ran when I transport from Tokyo to Yokohama.

I just received it and not check yet.

I’ll take pics and inspect it and add info.

13977 Km = 8714 miles

Was very clean when it left Japan but I found a scratch on right side cowl.

Other than that, this is very clean. Still shining.

Had no leak but found fuel under petcock.

Please see pics.

Real SP model are very rare, I should start with $5000… too late..

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP Clean

It’s worth noting that the shot of the left side does show fluids spilled down the frame which have been helpfully cleaned off in the close up. The question is why you’d photograph a bike you plan to sell before cleaning it. Really this listing could use a few more shots, but I think we’ve got enough to tell that this is a decent, well-used example of a rare, collectible model: the paint is shiny and the plastics are scuffed in places, but not cracked, and all the important bits that make the bike stop and go appear to be in good shape.

Bidding is currently up just north of $4,000 with a little more than 24 hours left on the auction. If you’re a collector, this probably needs a good bit of work to get it into shape, but everything’s there and a fresh set of fasteners and a touch up of some brackets will do wonders for the appearance. If you’re a rider, well the cosmetic wear and tear shouldn’t bother you too much. Assuming the bike runs as advertised, this could be a good buy.

-tad

1988 Suzuki RGV250 SP L Side

Quarter-Liter Gamma: 1988 Suzuki RGV250Γ SP VJ21 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.”

-tad

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…

-tad

1998 Aprilia RS250 R Side

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