Posts by tag: RS250

Aprilia July 20, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2002 Aprilia RS250 Diablo Nero MK2

RSBFS friend Gary from Utah is back, and take a look at what he pulled out of his toy box this time: a titled and registered Aprilia RS250 Diablo Nero with low miles and lots of shine. In typical Gary fashion there are a lot of high-quality photographs to drool over, and although this bike looks great in his space, imaging what it might look like in your garage. Or man cave. Or living room. Dare to dream.

Featured Listing: 2002 Aprilia RS250 Diablo Nero MK2

The Diablo Nero in the name simply refers to the paint scheme – Black Devil in English. Although initially released in 1995, the RS250 went through a significant revision in 1998. These later bikes are referred to as Mark II machines, and sport updated bodywork (aerodynamic improvements), new adjustable Showa front forks, ride height adjustment at the rear, and wider wheels/tires. The basic chassis configuration and Suzuki-derived engine had previously proven their merit, and carry over unchanged. One of the biggest changes was the adoption of digital capabilities/instrumentation in the cockpit; the on-board computer no longer relied upon a speedometer cable, and an on-board lap timer was included. According to sources, Aprilia offered multiple different paint schemes on the Mark II series bikes, averaging about 2 per model year (including many race replica editions: Reggiani, Biaggi, Rossi, Melandri, Harada). By 2003 the party was officially over, although some European countries sold off ’03 bikes as ’04 models due to the date of registration.

From the seller:
This RS250 has 5,480 miles on it. Minty condition. No crack, no scratches no dents. Looks like a million bucks! Completely stock except for the upgraded adjustable rear sets. Two original keys, 17 digit vin number. Runs like new and will come with new fluids and carb service. Utah titled as a street bike for road use.

Price: $12,500 or best offer
Contact: rmurangemasters@aol.com (Gary)

Aprilia laid claim to producing the closest replica of a race bike for the street. And this was no joke; road going RS250s differed surprisingly little from the original racers, excepting concessions required for convenience and safety. These are very capable and very coveted motorcycles, good for 72+ HP in stock trim, and tipping the scales at a scandalous 300 and change pounds. These are potent rocket ships for those who A) can fit on board, and B) can keep the revs above 9 grand. Meet those minimum requirements and life will buzz by in a blur of madness.

This bike is made available by a collector who is well-known to RSBFS readers. We have lusted after his amazing collection of small and large bore homologation machines, and his penchant for storing them indoors, on the carpet, inside his house. We are told he is responsive to inquiries, and those who have purchased reported the bikes were in as-promised condition. Check out all of the photos here, and then try to convince yourself you don’t want a titled two stroke at the pinnacle of what the quarter-liter smokers had to offer. Once you’re done arguing with yourself, give Gary a holler and strike up a deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2002 Aprilia RS250 Diablo Nero MK2
Aprilia May 10, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1998 Aprilia RS250 MK2

Update 5.14.2019: SOLD in just 4 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Gary in Utah has several bikes Featured on RSBFS right now. Check them out too:

Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

One of our favorite collectors is back, and the plush offices of RSBFS are abuzz with gossip concerning what new gems will surface next from Gary’s vast rare bike archives. Today’s bike is a great example of what I’m talking about: A super clean Aprilia RS250, unmolested and with a street title. And while we have seen a lot of hot-rodded, modified or converted Cup bikes, this Mk2 version of the venerable v-twin two stroke is stock and original. Let’s check it out.

The RS250 – as is well known, is based on Suzuki’s successful RGV250 architecture (also known as the VJ22). And while Suzuki supplied the parts, the preparation and tuning is all Aprilia: from the intake and airbox through to the expansion chambers and silencers and the ECU in between. The chassis is an in-house unit design, a twin spar aluminum frame with gorgeous welds and substantial bracing. The swingarm follows the haute couture trend of an asymetrical, curved section on the right hand side in order to allow the pipes to tuck more neatly and provide additional ground clearance. Call it a gull arm, call it a banana arm – the goal is the same. In the case of the Aprilia, the arm is polished and more gorgeous welds are prevalent. Forks are courtesy of Showa, with the rear shock unit provided by Sachs. Both are adjustable.

From the seller:
What can I say about this RS250? It has 3,883 miles ((6,248 kilometers). It is in mint mint mint condition without a scratch, ding or dent. No flaws! Never been crashed, or tipped over. All original and all fairings and components are 100% genuine Aprilia OEM factory. This bike is as new as they come. One owner bike. I’d like to see $12,500 for this beauty. . Will come with all new fluids. Runs like the day it was new. 17 digit vin number.

The RS250 is pattered after the 250cc road racers that made Aprilia famous. One look at that draft-busting streamlined tail gives you the impression that this apple doesn’t fall far from the same tree that sired Valentino Rossi or Loris Capirossi’s rise to fame. But this example is a street bike, can be licensed in all states that allow this ridiculous level of fun (hint: not California unfortunately), and provides you with both the means of transportation as well as transporting you to a higher plane of riding where you can let your inner Max Biaggi loose. Keep the canyons tight and the revs up, and your riding buddies will all but disappear.

This bike is being offered at $12,500. Check out all of the high res pictures, as they tell a terrific story. Gary has sold numerous bikes through RSBFS over the years, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. So you have a fantastic model that is rare in the US, sitting in all original condition (with fewer than 4,000 miles!), and a known seller. If you are in the market, this one should tick all of the boxes on your wish list. So drop Gary a line, and then brag to all of your friends about your new bike – as soon as they catch up to you, that is. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1998 Aprilia RS250 MK2
Aprilia March 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup

Update 4.8.2019: Sold for full asking price! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

We showcase a lot of two strokes, and we wax poetic about their knife-edge handling and peaky, unforgiving powerbands. Most of the time, we’re showing off nice but rider-quality machines that will make the new owners very happy on the track or in the canyons. Not today. Today we have a time capsule 2004 Aprilia RS250 that the seller couldn’t bring himself to tear up on the track. It’s so nice that he went to the length of sourcing another RS250 rather than ride this one in anger.

Instead, it sat, unmolested and unblemished in his basement on display. As such, it is as close as you’re going to get to perfect, and is original down to the scrub in on its first set of tires. It comes with all the factory documents and stickers and shows less than 400 miles on the odometer. Having been sold in or around New Hampshire originally, there’s little chance it’s ever going to see an American road. That’s all well and good, as it’s almost too cherry to tear up now.

The RS250s were powered by a version of the Suzuki RGV250 v-twin that Aprilia tweaked heavily for their purposes. With a lighter and more focused chassis and suspension than the RGV, the Italian became the mount of choice for up-and-coming racers including Loris Capirossi, Max Biaggi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista, all of whom went on to MotoGP fame. For a hammer-simple 70 horsepower two-stroke, that ain’t a bad CV.

From the seller:

If you are looking for a perfect, as new RS 250 for your collection, look no further this is your bike. Here’s the back story, I was looking for an RS 250 as a track bike ten years ago. I found this one and was amazed how nice it was. I purchased it then once it was home, concluded it was too nice to track as it needed to be preserved. So I bought another RS 250 for this purpose which I still have. As such this one has been in my climate controlled finished basement on a lighted display table ever since to be looked at and admired. This one is a time capsule that has less than 400 miles original miles on it, 100% stock including tires, no modifications and all of the idiot stickers that came on it. I’m a collector so selling this to fund a new addition to the herd. I know that peoples definition of condition varies greatly much to my chagrin in looking at other bikes, because of this I tend to understate the condition of things. I would rate this close to a 10 out of ten, no blemishes, never dropped, like new, perfect paint, just a pleasure to look at. As it was in my basement the paint is in great condition with no oxidation or sun damage. I just pulled it out to get it ready for sale, added a new battery and it’s on its way this week to Seacoast Aprilia – Ducati, which was the original dealer that sold it to change out the fluids and go through it to make sure there are no issues. It will be in perfect running condition for the lucky buyer with the original MSO. If you are serious I am sure I can arrange for you to speak with someone as Seacoast to get an unbiased second opinion. Like all two strokes RS 250’s are getting harder to come by, finding one in this condition is very rare as most have been flogged on the track and modified. Thanks for looking, $10,500 located in New Hampshire.

As either a display bike or a track day toy, you can’t say fairer than this little RS250.

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup
Aprilia December 14, 2018 posted by

Affordable, Practical Italian: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale

Update: it looks like the listing for this bike was pulled early. Not sure why the seller took it down or if the bike sold, but this post was already scheduled so I let it stand. Interestingly, this month’s Fast Bikes has a feature on the Aprilia RSV Mille, and they describe the bike as a sort of middle-ground between the Ducati 996 and one of the four-cylinder Japanese sportbikes of the period, with v-twin character and Japanese handling that was far more agile, compared to the very stable Ducati. Likely this was due to the unusual 60° layout of the Rotax-developed eight-valve v-twin that allowed a shorter wheelbase and longer swingarm that mirrors an inline-four.

Before the era of  balance shafts, the best way to get your v-twin to rev was with a 90° layout for perfect primary balance and relative smoothness. No mater what, you feel those big power pulses, but the effect is more soothing than numbing. The unfortunate side effect is packaging issues, since a longitudinal v-twin like Moto Guzzi’s isn’t very aerodynamic and has ergonomic conflicts between the rider’s knees and the cylinder heads, while a transversely-mounted unit results in a long wheelbase like the Ducati, or leaves little space for rear suspension, as seen on the Suzuki TL1000R.

So the narrow-angle Aprilia unit is shorter front-to-back than the Ducati “L-twin”, while a pair of balance shafts let it rev smoothly. The result is an engine with the distinctive character of an Italian v-twin, but with very uncharacteristic reliability, and handling qualities familiar to anyone used to Japanese sportbikes. A bike designed to appeal to a much broader group of riders than might normally consider an Italian superbike.

Unfortunately, the styling was less universally appealing and it’s hard to describe the Mille as “pretty,” although there is a method to the madness and the bulbous plastic is very functional, and the intentionally anti-Ducati lines offer surprisingly comfortable ergonomics for a v-twin superbike. I’ve never been a huge fan of the styling of the RSV, or of any Aprilia really, other than the RS250. The frame on the Mille was supposedly based on the RS250, so I wonder if that bike’s sleeker bodywork can be persuaded to fit…

The seller does mention what was apparently a common issue for the RSV Mille and later RSV1000R: minor crashes can ding the swingarm if the exhaust or rearsets is bent in a crash, and that appears to have happened here. That’s obviously going to result in a salvage title if you report it to insurance, but it wouldn’t bother me much if I was looking for a solid bike to ride or track.

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

Here is your chance to own one of the famous Italian Sport-Bikes in a great condition and with low miles.

The RSV-Mille R is a lighter, higher spec version of the standard Mille which was introduced in 1999. It features Öhlins suspension, an Öhlins steering damper, forged aluminum wheels, carbon fiber front fender and a shorter subframe for single seating only.

The motor was produced by Rotax for Aprilia.

998cc, 60-degree V-Twin, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC 8-valve 6-speed

Bore x Stroke 97×67.5mm  Compression 11.4:1 110HP 92Nm at the rear wheel, 

This Mille RSV-R starts right up and runs great. It is not 100% stock and has a few aftermarket items.

It will need to have the fluids changed and looked over before you take it on the road, because it was parked as part of a collection for a while.

It was used on the track once and had a minor mishap where it low-sided. The exhaust was pushed against the swingarm and scratched it up. The brake pedal was pushed against the engine cover and marred it a little. The exhaust was replaced.

Look at all pictures

This is not a rare or collectible bike but will make a great street performer or really nice bike for track days.

Swingarm damage aside, the bike does have a clear title, very low miles, and the R-spec components like the Öhlins fork and shock, making this is a very useable example of Aprilia’s first foray into the superbike market. These are great bikes to ride, but will anyone wax poetic about them in the future? I expect some will, but to me, these are bikes to ride the hell out of, not admire in your living room.

-tad

Affordable, Practical Italian: 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R for Sale
Aprilia July 4, 2018 posted by

Museum Piece: 2004 Aprilia RS250 w/ ZERO Miles for Sale

Update 7.3.2018: Last seen in November of 2016, this 0 mile 2004 Aprilia RS250 is available for sale again on eBay with a buy-it-now of $14k. The previous auction ended and as commentors on this post noted it was for sale elsewhere for $15k at that time. Good luck to buyers and seller in 2018! Links are updated.

Have a great 4th of July everyone!

-dc

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What is there to say about the Aprilia RS250 that hasn’t already been said? After other manufacturers had ceased building their quarter-liter race-replicas, Aprilia persisted, and this particular bike is one of the very last examples available: the model was discontinued in 2004, the year this bike was built.

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Powered by a revised version of Suzuki’s RGV250 engine, the RS250’s version of the little water-cooled, two-stroke v-twin produced power on par with the rest of the class, with an added dose of Italian style: the aluminum beam frame looks similar to the Japanese offerings on paper, but is far more sculptural and it’s a shame it’s partly hidden behind the fairing.

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The “GP-1” on the rainbow-hued tailsection and in the listing actually refers to the second-generation RS250 introduced in 1998: it’s not a limited collectors-edition as far as I know. This particular example may not be road-legal here in the USA, but it’s basically a time-capsule machine that’s ready for display in your collection.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 GP-1 for Sale

Once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a brand new, old stock Aprilia RS250 GP-1 0 miles. You now have the chance to move even closer to the former world of two-stroke MotoGP with this last release of he 2004 Aprilia GP-1, the final version of the famous RS 250 GP replica motorcycle. This bike is sporting official Colin Edwards and Nori Haga team decals, the colors and graphics add to the bike that represents GP racing at its finest.

The unique look of the 2004 RS250 is dominated by its wrap-around fairing, designed and tested in a wind tunnel. The front mudguard blends perfectly with the fairing, and enhances the Aprilia RS 250’s streamlined looks, the characteristic aerodynamic tail completes the Aprilia RS 250’s racing image.

The bike was only sold in Europe and Australia.   I am the original owner and it has been on display within my home for several years.   The bike has completed it’s new vehicle dealer delivery and prep so the bike has been started prior to my purchase and has 0 miles.  The tires are original as is every part on this bike.   It is untitled for the street as it was intended solely for my collection. The CLEAR title stated above applies to Australia only along with Australian Import Approval plate. I do not know about your state’s requirements.  I have huge amounts of dealer promotional material for the bike.

In addition, this bike was judged the best European Two-Stroke bike at Motocarrera’s famous Two Stroke Extravaganza held in 2005 in Los Angeles, California. This event was the largest gathering of two-stroke vehicles in America when it was held.  The bike was also displayed at the famous Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering Carmel, California in May 2016.

This bike is clearly a museum piece: with zero miles, you’d destroy some of the collector value riding it. It’d be highly unlikely you could register this for the street in most places anyway, and if you’re looking for a track or race RS250, you’d be better off finding one with some miles and cosmetic wear on it. Bidding is active, and up to $7,100 with four days left on the auction and the reserve unsurprisingly not met.

-tad

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Museum Piece: 2004 Aprilia RS250 w/ ZERO Miles for Sale
Aprilia June 28, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Barely broken in 1997 Aprilia RS250

Update 7.3.2018: I’ve been informed that this bike has sold! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Today’s featured listing comes to us from a seller whose bikes we have written about a number of times, but is a first-time featured seller. The guy has moved some pretty impressive metal in the past, but for his first feature he chose something truly special, a 1997 Aprilia RS250 with fewer than 700 kilometers on the clock. As a bonus, it carries a California street title, so it should be a fairly slick process to get it out of the garage and on the road as riding season hots up.

1997 Aprilia RS250 for sale on eBay

The little ripper came to this county more than 20 years ago, but was cooped up in a dealership’s display for the first six years of its life. After that, the first owner rode it extremely sparingly until it came to our seller, who picked it up earlier this year. He set about adding a list of choice modifications and repairs and now presents it as a very ready, very sorted example of one of the finest handling bikes ever minted. We’ll let him tell you what’s what:

1997 Aprillia RS250, 2 owner bike, super low miles and California titled and registered. I purchased this bike a few months ago from the original owner. From what I was told he bought the bike in 2003 from Aprilia of Oceanside. They had used it as a display in the dealership since ‘97. From 2003 to April of this year the bike only accumulated 387 km. As soon as I purchased the bike it was time to make it road worthy. The brake master cylinders both needed service to unplug the bleed back holes. The carbs were taken apart and all the jets were either replaced or cleaned. All fluids were also replaced and I went about tuning the bike. Having owned two RGV250’s in the past I decided to change to ignition and SAPC boxes for a Zeeltronic unit. I used an old SAPC box for the connectors so didn’t need to cut or splice the harness. This upgrade makes tuning much easier and the bike really responded and runs clean from idle to redline now. My two RGV’s both had the common power valve failures of loose pins so it was an easy decision to replace the power valves with the Cougar Red Valves that don’t have this problem. Bike runs flawlessly and rides like a proper GP 250 replica should. The tires were also changed because who wants to take a chance with rubber that old. As far the condition of the rest of the bike there are some scratches on the tailpiece and a few nicks on the tank. Nothing that would be hard to repair, just finding original decals can take some time. I have owned more 2-stroke bikes than I can count, the fun factor with this one is off the charts. Only selling because I’m turning 60 and have no more desire for riding on the street. I work for Ferrari here in So Cal and wrench on old 2-strokes for a hobby. Getting ready to make the transition and try my hand at working on bikes for a living.

Check out Ron’s website here: https://www.ronsvintagemotorcycles.com/

If the description isn’t enough, check the following three videos for further proof:

If you’re on the hunt for one of these little beasts, this one ought to jump to the top of your list. There are few enough miles to almost say you got it new, it sits ready to roll and it has had every potential problem area addressed. The seller is asking $12,000 for a machine that is not likely to lose value any time soon. He can be reached at ron42rogers@netscape.net

Featured Listing: Barely broken in 1997 Aprilia RS250
Aprilia May 30, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale

“A man’s got to know his limitations,” Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry famously deadpans in Magnum Force, a film which happens to feature several Italian motorcycles, none of which are an Aprilia RS250 like this Cup Challenge bike. The decision-makers at Aprilia must have been fans of Clint Eastwood though, as they took that advice to heart: when they were planning the RS250, they stuck with what they knew and kept the frame design and styling in-house, while leaving the engine and transmission to an established manufacturer with vastly greater resources and expertise.

Instead, they used the 249cc v-twin from Suzuki’s RGV250. Power for the RGV was listed at just 45hp, so the RS250’s claimed 70 horses made it seem like the Aprilia version must have been outrageously modified, tuned to the absolute hilt. The reality was that Japanese restrictions meant all the home-market two-strokes were officially limited to 45hp, and were all capable of similar outputs when properly tuned and de-restricted. In fact, those in-the-know claim that Aprilia’s modifications  pretty much amounted to a set of engine cases with “Aprilia” cast into them, and that 55hp at the rear wheel is a much more realistic expectation.

No problem: the Suzuki twin was plenty powerful and tuneable, with good parts availability and a high-strung character that complimented Aprilia’s masterpiece of a frame, an aluminum beam unit that looked great and worked even better: reviewers then and now often refer to the RS250 as being one of the best-handling motorcycles of all time. Weight was pared to the bone and the bike was kick-start only. With about 300 pounds to stop, the triple Goldline Brembos were almost overkill, considering the same setup was used to effectively halt the much heavier Ducati 916 and the massive Moto Guzzi Sport 1100…

So the bike fit the standard quarter-liter mold: aluminum frame, asymmetrical “banana” swingarm to clear the expansion chambers, kick-start, and agility instead of brute strength. But where the Japanese bikes were often decorated with wild graphics and bold colors, the Aprilia kept things classy in elegant, basic black. Some of the earlier models featured race-replica graphics and colors, but even those were pretty understated, compared to other bikes in the class.

The Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge version was created to compete in a one-make race series late in the model’s life. It was never really intended to be a roadbike, but did come with an actual VIN so some have been converted, as you can see here: this example does the bare minimum to make it road-legal and looks that much cooler for it.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge Edition. Original owner. Titled and registered here in AZ since new. Street legal and plated. 2 stroke twin. 6 Speed. Never damaged or raced. Some track days over the last 18 years. 5400 miles since new. RS50 taillight and rear turn signals. Small Piaa headlight with switch and brake light switch to keep the DMV happy. New battery, oil service and fork service. Fresh coolant and brake fluid as well. Carburetors and power valves were also cleaned and synched. Factory service manual and some gearing go with. If you want to show up at bike night and be a bit different here’s your ride. The smell of castor smells like victory. Mechanically and aesthetically in excellent condition.

Well, this might have a couple nods to streetability that will “keep the DMV happy” but your mileage, as they say, may vary, depending on where you live. Honestly, all RS250s here in the US are “grey market” bikes and only quasi-legal at best here in California. That’s part of what makes CA titles so valuable for bikes like these: if your RS250 doesn’t already have one, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get one. Then you’re forced to register your bike in your Arizona-living buddy’s name, and end up riding around hoping the CHP doesn’t give you a hard time when they pull you over… This one has clearly been enthusiast-owned and miles are very low. Although it’s really a converted race bike, the “road legal” equipment installation is pretty slick and unobtrusive. And reversible! Bidding is pretty active over on eBay and there’s plenty of time left to get a bid in, so head on over and take a look!

-tad
Featured Listing: 2000 Aprilia RS250 Cup Challenge for Sale
Aprilia March 14, 2018 posted by

Last Wild Stallion: 0-mile 2003 Aprilia RS250GP-1

The 2003 Aprilia RS250GP-1 represents the absolute pinnacle of two-stroke technology and the final gasp of the format’s street-legal heyday. Quite simply, these are the most advanced mass-produced street two strokes that ever roamed the Earth. Since they were never sold in this country officially, finding a decent one is a feat.

2003 Aprilia RS250GP-1 for sale on eBay

But this 2003 Aprilia RS250GP-1 doubles down on its rarity by having never covered a single kilometer. Down to the whiskers on the tires, it is perfect and all original. It was imported from Australia with all the dealer and compliance paperwork, but is being sold in California, where ever getting it plated is a distant fantasy.

From the eBay listing:

Once in a lifetime opportunity to buy an Aprilia RS250 GP-1 with 0 miles! You now have the chance to own the final and most advanced release of the Aprilia RS250, the final version of the RS 250 GP-1 replica motorcycle. This bike is sporting official Colin Edwards and Nori Haga team decals, the colors and graphics add to the bike that represents GP 250cc class racing. This is a collector’s motorcycle.

The look of the 2003 RS250 is dominated by its wrap-around fairing, designed and tested in a wind tunnel. The front mudguard blends perfectly with the fairing, and enhances the Aprilia RS 250’s streamlined looks, the characteristic aerodynamic tail completes the Aprilia RS 250’s racing image.

The bike was only sold in Europe and Australia. The bike has completed its new vehicle delivery and prep and has 0 miles. The tires are original (complete with tire whiskers) as is every part on this bike. The bike comes with a clear Australian registration and license plate for your collection only. It has never been registered in the USA as it was intended solely for my collection. The bike cannot be registered in California due to smog laws. I have a huge amount of Aprilia dealer promotional material for the bike that would be available to the buyer. It has an Australian compliance plate fitted as well.

Another super rare 2003 Aprilia RS250 sold offline from an eBay listing last month for $11,500 with 10,968 miles. I don’t know how many 0 miles Aprilia RS250’s are left in the world, but it couldn’t be more then a just a few.

In addition, this bike was judged the best European Two-Stroke bike at Motocarrera’s famous Two Stroke Extravaganza held in 2005 in Los Angeles, California. This event was the largest gathering of two-stroke vehicles in America when it was held. The bike was also displayed at the famous Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering Carmel, California in May 2016.

Contact me with serious inquiries only. I don’t need to sell, so I won’t accept any low ball offers.

APRILIA RS 250 TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Engine type

two-stroke 90° V twin, liquid cooled, lamellar intake in crankcase, separate lubrication. Two sequential stage valve on exhaust electronically regulated by digital control unit, controlled by a step motor

Pistons

in special high silicon content alloy

Bore and stroke

56 x 50.6 mm

Total displacement

249 cc

Compression ratio

13.2:1

Carburetors

two Mikuni TM 34 SS flat valve carburetors, electronically controlled by solenoid valves partially shutting maximum throttle and tick-over circuits

Ignition

digital CDI, with mapping of programmed spark advance according to three parameters (carburetor valve opening, opening speed, engine revs)

Starter

pedal

Generator

12V – 180 W

Lubrication

separate, with automatic variable mixer (0.9-2%)

Clutch

multiple disk in oil bath

Gear box

completely removable, six ratio, forced lubrication with positive displacement pump

Primary transmission

gear

Secondary

chain

Frame

aluminum magnesium alloy double sloping beam with thin wall shell structure. Stem and plates in cast aluminum magnesium alloy

Front suspension

upside-down fork in high tensile steel, 41 mm dia. adjustable in rebound, compression and preload, wheel travel 120 mm

Rear suspension

cast aluminum magnesium alloy swing arm with differentiated design arms, single hydraulic shock absorber with separate tank, adjustable in rebound, compression, preload and length, wheel travel 130 mm

Brakes

front: floating disk, 298 mm dia., calipers with four differentiated diameter pistons;

rear: disk, 220 mm dia., two piston caliper

Rims

five tangential spoke aluminum alloy,

front 3.50 x 17”, rear 4.50 x 17”

Tires

tubeless radials

front 120/60 ZR 17”, rear. 150/60 ZR 17”

Dimensions

max length 1,980 mm max. width 710 mm

wheelbase 1,365 mm

Dry weight

140 kg

Tank capacity

19.5 liters (3.6 liter reserve)

Colors

GP-1 Replica

Instrumentation

digital analogue with instantaneous, maximum and mean speed measurement, scale in kilometers and miles, programmable “red zone”, water temperature in degrees C and F, battery voltage, clock and chronometer with 40 memories

Generally speaking, I am a proponent of riding sport bikes like they have been stolen, more or less regardless of provenance. They were, after all, built to go fast. This little Aprilia strikes a different chord, though. With such untouched splendor, it should be left as is for posterity.

Last Wild Stallion: 0-mile 2003 Aprilia RS250GP-1
Aprilia March 1, 2018 posted by

Sharp-Dressed Hooligan: 1997 Aprilia RS250 With Just 240 Miles for Sale

Update 3.1.2018: We first saw this California unicorn in mid-December last year and the auction was pulled before the conclusion. This time it’s back with a buy-it-now of $12,900. Links updated. -dc

Built between 1995 and 2002, although the last couple years were “for off-road use only,” the Aprilia RS250 was one of the last holdouts from the two-stroke brigade, following the RGV250 into history. It’s also one of the best-looking: some folks can’t say no to the garish neon graphics of their youth, but I’m a sucker for the basic black of the RS250. It helps to highlight the beautiful frame and swingarm that manage to look both strong and elegant. Every bike in the class used an aluminum beam frame, but units found on the RGV and NSR were far more straightforward and industrial-looking than the almost sculptural parts used by Aprilia.

I’d be happy with any RS250, but I’m a particular fan of this earlier version’s styling, and I think it’s one of the best-looking sportbikes of all time. The gauges in particular look less horribly dated than on the later machines. The engine was the same across both versions, and was taken from Suzuki’s fierce little RGV250Γ. Aprilia claims that it was “modified” but that appears to have been marketing claptrap: readers more intimately familiar with both machines and with no skin in the game swear they’re identical, barring some minor “Aprilia” branding.

Of course, the the fact that the RS250 shared its engine with the RGV250 might lessen its pedigree somewhat, but makes the spares situation much more palatable. In this case, it might not be a problem, since it seems like this particular machine is destined to be lovingly admired instead of happily thrashed…

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

1997 Aprilia RS250, 240 miles, and a California plate registered to its original 17 digit VIN. That should pretty much sum it up. Bike is in 100% stock original condition and still has the original tires on it. These bikes have the VJ22A RGV250 motor in them which is fantastic when mated to the RS250 chassis ands factory Brembo brakes. Starts right up and purrs away as expected. This is a highly collectible two stroke as not many of these exist and only a handful are registered for the street [see pics]. Current registration, California title in hand, sold as is. Enjoy the ride… The bike is for sale locally so the auction can end at any time, FYI.

Bidding is very active, and up to $7,800 with a couple days left on the auction. It’s always disappointing when the seller doesn’t include more details about a bike, but what else is there to say? The thing has just 240 miles on it, so pretty much a couple weekends worth of canyon riding over the bike’s entire 20 year life. The current tags add significantly to the value, since it’s hard to get that paperwork for a grey-market bike in California without “knowing a guy.” It’s great to hear that it runs, but I can’t imagine any new owner would put many more miles on it, and that is especially sad: I know a bunch of guys with very nice grey market two-strokes that would love a chance to thrash this little Aprilia out in the canyons.

-tad

Sharp-Dressed Hooligan: 1997 Aprilia RS250 With Just 240 Miles for Sale