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Aprilia April 19, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield

The Aprilia RS250 is an iconic motorcycle – the last of the modern street-going two strokes. For this, riders everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to… Suzuki. You see, Aprilia is a bit like that BASF commercial decades ago: we don’t build the two stroke, we just make it better. Because that is exactly what happened with the RS250 in the form of the Suzuki RGV250 engine. Sure, the engine cases are complete with “Aprilia Racing” castings, but these were built by Suzuki in their factory, and shipped to Aprilia for final motorcycle assembly. And somehow Suzuki was ok with this competitor arrangement, thereby allowing Aprilia not only to clean up at the racetrack, they also opened up the market for the last real streetable two strokes; a world market Suzuki eventually ceded.

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield Max Biaggi Replica for sale

The history does not necessarily mean that the Aprilia RS250 is a Suzuki RGV250 by another name – far from it in fact. While the powerplant comes from the Hamamatsu factory, the rest of the winning package is of Italian descent. The beefy frame is a mixture of aluminum and magnesium – both light and strong. The arrangement maximizes the location and benefits of the narrow V-twin Suzuki unit, just as the asymmetrical swing arm maximizes cornering clearance on the right side due to the exhaust location. In a show of Italian solidarity, the frame is actually manufactured by Benelli for Aprilia. Suspension consists of Showa inverted front forks and a Sachs unit in the rear. And as for the engine, Aprilia provided the airbox, modified the ECU and built model-specific expansion chambers. Figure 70-ish HP for a healthy stocker.

From the seller:
Very rare 1995 Aprilia RS 250 Max Biaggi replica Chesterfield Edition. One of the best-handling bikes ever made, the RS250 was the result of Aprilia working some chassis magic around a tweaked engine from a Suzuki RGV250. I am sure not there are not many left in this condition.

This beautiful example has 6481 kilometers on it. The bike has been part of a very large private collection. Stored properly in a climate-controlled environment. The bike has only been ridden by a long-time motorcycle enthusiast, properly ridden, and maintained. Never down, never seen rain, never tracked. The bike has gone through a recent extensive chassis, nut/ bolt, and tune to insure perfect run ability and safety. Fresh fluids, brakes inspected, all fluids fresh and changed. Fully prepped and detailed.

It has been stored properly so we have ZERO fuel or intake issues. The bike starts first kick!!! While the tires are not cracked, they are older, and we would recommend new tires if you were going to ride it for your safety. Decals are all original and in perfect condition. Everything works as new.

The 250cc two-stroke powerplant produces 69 horsepower and redlines at 12,000rpm. The Chesterfield replica as cosmetic only, but the performance of the base bike does not leave much to be desired. All you need to find some replicas of Biaggi’s Dainese leathers and his AGV helmet. The bike looks like it is going 150MPH sitting here.

This special piece is being offered for the first time at $14,500 serious only please.
Contact Duncan sennaducati79@gmail.com

While the Aprilia RS250 did not go through substantial mechanical changes throughout its run (1994/5 – 2002), there was a change in running gear (suspension, bodywork design and wheels) post 1998. The rest of the differences across all of the street models was livery. And that is exactly what makes this Max Biaggi Chesterfield-branded example so great: it is an homage to one of the greats. Max is a four-time champion in the 250 class, and won 3 straight for Aprilia in 1994, 1995 and 1996. This replica is fitting for the world class rider he is, and the street bike definitely inherited some of that racing DNA.

Today’s example is a 1995 Aprilia RS250 in the Max Biaggi / Chesterfield sponsored livery. The bike looks to be in fantastic shape – and has just over 4,000 miles showing on the all-kilometer clock. That is not a lot of miles, and the bike shows it. The frame and bodywork look clean and scar-free, and even the brake fluid in the remote reservoir appears as it should. Folks, we are talking about a 25 year old classic motorcycle that can still carve up the canyons with the best of them. With a low power to weight ratio (provided you keep the tach pointed north of 8k), this should be the biggest hoot on two wheels. Interested parties should give Duncan (sennaducati79@gmail.com) a shout and make the man a deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing:  1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield
MV Agusta April 7, 2021 posted by

National: 2012 MV Agusta 1090RR Brutale America

Let’s just pretend that you’ve got your Super Dave Osborne stunt costume hanging in the closet with no place to go. Or, if you’re from another generation entirely, how about some Evel Knievel stars and stripes on leather? If so, we’ve go the perfect bike for you. Boisterous and bad in a user-friendly sort of way, the Italian-born MV Agusta 1090RR Brutale in rare “America” livery is the ideal accompaniment for those fourth of July rides in full regalia.

2012 MV Agusta 1090RR Brutale America for sale on eBay

The heart of the Brutale 1090RR is the famed MV Agusta radial-valve inline four similar to what is found on the F4 series – but punched out to a larger (1078cc) size. With a sophisticated Weber-Marelli sequential multi-port fuel injection system, the aforementioned 4 valves arranged in a radial manner (thanks to Ferrari F1 team engineering) and a 13.0:1 compression ratio a rider can expect nearly 160 robust horsepower at the ready. Coupled with a chrome-moly trellis style frame and a huge aluminum rear single-sided swingarm, the Brutale strips down the essence of the F4 1000 much like the Ducati Monster stripped down the respective Supersport and Superbike models. With an upright seating position and not much bodywork to speak of, the Brutale is a standard motorcycle on steriods; a powerhouse of style and substance.

From the seller:
This is for a MV Agusta 1090 RR Brutale America.
Original Owner bike is Mint showroom condition
Extremely Rare only 7 brought into USA

Sale comes with a brand new tank to be used with ethanol. The new gas tank is worth $3500.
A GREAT COLLECTOR BIKE Ready to show , put in a collection , or Ride .
No tech specs given , a true MV fan knows.

Everything on bike works as new . NO issues! ORIGINAL TIRES
Mint Condition NO dings dents scratches rust or corrosion .
ORIGINAL DOC ORGANISER PLUS A MV ENGINE CD AND A MV FRAME CD
THE FIRST SERVICE HAS BEEN DONE

Thank you for purchasing a really cool bike!

Say what you will about the livery, but the Captain America coloring book approach really stands out. The Brutale tends to become invisible in the more common black scheme, and even the plain white lacks any great visual panache. But this star-spangled banner approach ensures that you are seen as opposed to simply being heard. Again, match up your very best Evel or Super Dave outfit for maximum effect. As for rarity, there is no denying that for a factory paint job this ranks up there. Has anyone reading this RSBFS post ever seen one in the wild? Unfortunately rarity of color scheme on what is not exactly a hotbed of collector activity does not automagically turn this beautiful Italian supermodel into an RC30 or NR750.

There is scant time available on this auction, and with a Buy It Now just a hair shy of $12k, it remains to be seen if this very cool bike will find a new home. The market has been strong in the first quarter of this year, so it will be worth watching. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!


MI

National: 2012 MV Agusta 1090RR Brutale America
MV Agusta January 9, 2020 posted by

Down but not out: 2004 MV Agusta F4 750 SPR

When MV Agusta dropped the F4 to an adoring public, they made a significant splash. This was important, as the F4 was the rebirth of the legendary brand. Penned by designer Massimo Tamburini, the F4 was a spiritual successor to the Ducati 916 line. Featuring a timeless silhouette coupled with an all-new inline four cylinder 750cc power plant, the MV Agusta simply oozed quality and exclusivity. Eventually the 750 grew into a 1,000cc variant, and each of the two capacity lines spawned numerous special editions. In total there were nine different 750 variants offered, along with a dozen different 1,000cc limited offerings. Today’s F4 SPR was the pinnacle of the 750 line and intended for racetrack use. Both the SPR and the later SR (intended as a reimagined ORO edition) utilized a power unit derived from the Senna edition, itself a more powerful engine derived from the 750 Evo 2 (which was originally intended as a SPR model), which itself was an upgraded motor based on the standard 750 S unit. All clear?

To build an SPR required new engine internals to improve power and engine characteristics befitting a race bike. More power (146 HP @ 13,000 RPM) improved straight line performance when fitted with the race exhaust and eprom. The transmission was altered to a close ratio gearbox with a new clutch assembly. The chassis remained standard across the full 750 family, but suspension was upgraded for racetrack use. The SPR utilizes a larger fork with nitride treatment to reduce stiction. A race-spec rear shock sourced from Sachs was a step up from previous models. Weight was reduced through the use of carbon fiber body panels. As with all special F4s, a limited edition numbering scheme was created and a plate was attached to the headstock. The seller has included some great information about the F4 SPR, so I will let him pick up the story:

From the seller:
This is a very limited production MV Agusta F4 750 SPR #268 out of total 300 SPR production. At 146 hp the F4 SPR is the most powerful F4 750 produced. It was built only for 6 short months (June-December of 2003) to culminate the end of the F4 750 series production. There was only one color availabe, the flat black.

This is not a gussied up F4 but a distinct model within the series, produced by MV primarily for track use. SPR engine was equiped with a new cylinder head with re-designed combustion chambers, improved intake and exhaust manifolds, hotter cams, Mahle pistons with oil jet cooling, lightweight crankshaft. This resulted in 146 hp at 13,000 rpm. To improve performance on the track, SPR is equipped with a close ration gearbox. Depending on the final drive used, SPR’s top speed ranged from 170 mph to 183 mph – not bad for a 750cc motorcycle!

Suspension upfront are massive 49 mm Marzocchi forks with titanium nitride treatment. Sachs Racing damper is in the rear and has a dual compression adjustment for high and low speed. Front brakes are dual 6 piston calipers with a single 4 piston caliper in the rear.

More from the seller:
#268 is a strong runner. It does not overheat, leak or smoke. It comes with a full service history with most work done at Pro Italia. It just had a $650 service performed which included new battery, fuel pump, starter solenoid and chain lube. The stand switch was intermittent and was disconnected which results in the N green light to remain on constant. Tires are ok but would recommend replacing if you will be riding this SPR in anger.

It comes with an Ohlins steering damper, factory tool kit, owner manual, service records and one key. It has a clean California title and registration that is good until 12.18.2020

This SPR is not a garage queen. It was down earlier in its life and with the exception of the the slight damage to the rear brake pedal and a cosmetic (no punctures or leaks) dent in the radiator (see pics for both). The rest is cosmetic, primarily the right side fairings are scratched and the front fairing has two small cracks – one just above the headlight and the other below the mirror which I found only after cleaning the bike. The windscreen has a small crack on the top. I have included pictures with the fairings off for better inspection as well as the pictures of the damages. Please feel free to ask any questions.

MV Agusta F4 SPR models are rare. 300 unit count rare. They are some of the most capable 750s on the planet, exclusive as all get out, and expensive on the used market. Expect to part with $15K+ for an impeccable example of the breed. Which brings us to the downside of this particular example: it has been down. Purists will tell you to run – not walk – away from this one. But purists may have the cash a spic-n-span example will bring (even a lovingly used SPR is over $10k these days) And purists are more likely to collect than ride. If you are seeking an awesome bike that you want to use – possibly even on track days – do you really want a museum piece? The pictures show some bodywork damage, but some deeper inspection might be warranted to ensure the rest of the components are straight and serviceable. If they are, this could be a cheaper way to ease yourself into a rare and coveted SPR.

Today’s bike has a Buy It Now asking price of $6,600, with the seller open to offers. While that is not a bad deal for a rare SPR model, potential buyers will have to trade off between cost and value. Part of the bargain here is the in the unknown – damage which is beyond cosmetic. The seller has done a good job of describing and showing the effects of the impact, so that should help. If there are no hidden issues lurking, then all the better. But don’t discount the cosmetic either; those carbon skins do not come cheaply, if they can still be had at all (I don’t know about SPR parts availability – knowledgeable readers feel free to chime in). At the end of the day, you could have a rare rocket for fun, but not likely to be on the same level as a collector bike. Check it out here and then make your choice: are you willing to trade sweat equity for status, or do you buy only the best? Good Luck!!

MI

Down but not out: 2004 MV Agusta F4 750 SPR
MV Agusta November 21, 2019 posted by

Femme Fatale: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312 for Sale

A very sexy bike with a very un-sexy name, “MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312” is at least descriptive. It tells you that it’s a premier Italian superbike displacing 1078cc and capable of 312kph, or nearly 194mph. “RR” generally stands for “race replica” in the motorcycling world and frequently adorns homologation machines, but the nearly 1100cc would make the 1078RR ineligible for most production racing series, so it’s probably here just to signify the bike’s uncompromising nature. High quality components litter the bike: Sachs shock and steering damper, Brembo Monoblock brakes, a Marzocchi fork, and MV’s EBS engine-brake system that works with the slipper clutch to improve rear grip during rapid downshifts.

These bikes are not easy. They aren’t especially light by modern standards. They run hot, and vent scalding air at your inner thighs in traffic. The riding position is cripplingly uncomfortable. The mirrors are useless, unless you’re tucked in with your head behind the screen, and barely adjust at all. The throttle is wickedly crisp, especially with a properly-tuned aftermarket ECU. Have you ridden an Aprilia RSV4? The F4 is basically the complete opposite of that: where an RSV4 is friendly and confidence-inspiring, the F4 is intimidating. One bike flatters you, the other highlights your inadequacies. As a rider, and possibly as a human being. The RSV4 is your partner, an ally that helps you look like a hero. The F4 a femme fatale in a slinky black dress with a stiletto strapped to her thigh that will make you feel like you’re not worthy. Or stab you. Or both. The MV Agusta F4 does not suffer fools gladly.

That’s not to say that the 1078RR isn’t fast, or that it doesn’t handle. It’s just that it takes hard work and commitment to get the best out of an F4. There’s a reason so many of these bikes are barely broken in: everyone lusts after them, but they work much better as garage art than as bikes to actually ride, unless you’re a masochist or are willing to risk one on track. The 190 horsepower may seem to barely qualify it for a place among today’s superbikes, but the increased displacement gives it massive torque [91.5lb-ft!] to go with the high-rpm power, making it a beastly motive force.

Honestly, unless you’re chasing lap times, any F4 is plenty challenging and entertaining on road or track. Even better: nice ones are usually shockingly affordable. A GSX-R1000 is still a better bike by every quantifiable performance metric, but these days you can buy an F4 for the same price. And as a bonus the F4 is one of the best-looking motorcycles ever designed. This particular example is not shockingly affordable, although it is very, very nice and features some very choice updates that should improve both performance and reliability.

From the original, colorful eBay listing: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312 for Sale

1 of 6: red/silver Monoposto 1078 312RR sent to USA

This auction is for the following 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 312RR (pictured)

Only 60 of the 1078 312RR were sent to the USA. They offered them in 3 color combinations. And also offered them in Monoposto and 1+1. This bike is 1 of only 6 RED/SILVER Monoposto bikes out of the total 60.

This bike has the following UPGRADES added:

  • Magnesium oro swingarm that has been finished in a brilliant titanium color
  • Marzocchi front forks
  • Bitubo rear shock
  • Ohlins steering damper
  • Titanium rear sprocket flange with upgraded cush lugs
  • DID chain
  • Titanium rearsets/levers
  • Full titanium BODIS exhaust
  • Microtec ECU (dyno tuned)
  • OZ forged aluminum wheels
  • NEW tires
  • 320mm full floating Brembo T-drive rotors with titanium bolts
  • Titanium caliper bolts
  • Brembo Z04 pads
  • Stainless brake and clutch lines (blue)
  • Titanium Staubli Quick Disconnects on front brake line
  • High temp silicone hose kit
  • High flow water pump conversion
  • Oberon quick fuel cap
  • Various carbon parts
  • Suede seat
  • Titanium Dzus fasteners for body

Bought NEW in 2009 ($25,000)

Adult owned, never tracked, never raced, never crashed

Serviced by MV dealer at all intervals

Over $30,000 in aftermarket parts added

Selling to make room for another project… It’s been a great bike!

Okay, so the $37,500 asking price is pretty eye-watering, and the seller seems to make the whole “the aftermarket parts and labor add to the value” mistake that afflicts so many people. The 1078RR is a very rare MV, but honestly all MVs are pretty rare, even the the ones that aren’t part of some limited edition. The aftermarket bits seen here appear to be of the highest quality, and the dyno-tuned Microtec ECU is a very nice bonus: it should make this F4 the bike it always should have been, at least in terms of the power and response. Combined with the Bodis exhaust, this MV really should be the quite an event to ride. Unfortunately, that same money would buy you a clean Tamburini, a bike that will probably be even more collectible. Or you could pick up a clean 1078RR for around a quarter of the price and get it properly tuned…

-tad

Femme Fatale: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312 for Sale
MV Agusta November 16, 2019 posted by

A Touch Too Much? 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR for Sale

Modern supercars and superbikes have too much power. There, I said it. The only thing keeping 95% of owners from launching themselves into the scenery are the sophisticated traction control systems that do their best to interpret your inputs and give you what you think you want, instead of what you’ve actually just asked for. Purely analog superbikes with more than 160hp or so are a pretty serious handful for anyone without a racing license. That doesn’t mean they aren’t plenty of fun though, and sometimes “too much” is just enough: insane bikes like the MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR are the kind of excessively-endowed exotica that make motorcycling so enjoyable.

What do I mean by “excessively-endowed”? The Brutale’s upright position hangs the rider’s upper torso out in the wind with nothing to hide behind unless your chin is flat on the tank, making even 80mph freeway blasts a bit exhausting, unless you’ve got steel cables for neck muscles. And the 165mph top speed is frankly ridiculous, unless you plan to use high-speed runs as some sort of core isometric workout…

Powered by an evolution of the F4’s radial-valved inline four and cassette-style gearbox, the 1090’s designation helps differentiate it from the F4, although it shares the 1078cc displacement. The 1090RR’s 158 claimed horsepower is down a bit on the previous version, although the Brutale is “tuned for more midrange” so it’s probably the torque we should be looking at, and the bike’s 83lb-ft is pretty significant for an inline four. That is at least a nod towards practicality and should make this a monster on the road, although it’s actually very suited to the track as well.

Brembo Monoblock calipers are mounted to the bottom of MV’s typically beefy 50mm Marzocchi forks and matched to a Sachs rear shock provide a good foundation, while 8-level traction control and RLM “rear-lift mitigation” and a hydraulic slipper-clutch function let you exploit those powerful brakes. If you’re lacking serious threshold-braking skills, available ABS will help you make good use of the available stoppers, and offer peace-of-mind if you live in places where it rains things other than fire and ash…

Other improvements compared to the earlier Brutale include a longer swingarm and wheelbase to help tame the bike’s brutal character, along with a larger fuel tank looks pretty much identical, but has additional capacity and offers better ergonomics for track and canyon cornering histronics. The original Brutales did suffer from somewhat primitive ECUs, but this updated version had better fueling from the start, combined with the aforementioned electronic trickery.

Personally, I prefer the earlier gauge cluster, but time marches on and the additional electronic aids available on this model more than make up for a small area of the bike you likely won’t spend much time looking at anyway when you’re desperately trying to keep this thing from flipping over backwards and laughing your head off. Yes, the F4 is prettier, but it’s hard to argue that the original Brutale isn’t one of the best-looking unfaired bikes of all time. The asking price for this one is $8,850, which is a lot of exotic motorcycle and raw performance for the money. I’m constantly surprised that they don’t command higher values, but that just means that riders of ordinary means can actually afford to buy them, although I wouldn’t recommend owning one as your daily ride if you’re not prepared.

From the original eBay listing: 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR for Sale

Here is my pristine MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR up for sale.

This bike is almost like new and had all the factory services and an oil service every 3000 miles.

This beauty gets attention everywhere and it’s a blast to ride it. The handling, power and sound are outstanding.

Upgrades are:

  1. Header from Arrow (Sound makes you addicted)
  2. Beautiful Mufflers from a 2012 Model. (I have the pristine stock ones)
  3. MV-Agusta Corse Seats. (I have the new stock seats)
  4. Heated Grips
  5. Rizoma Mirrors (I have the stock Mirrors)
  6. Rizoma Bar End Turn Signals.
  7. New Brembo Mono Block Calipers in Black. ( I have the stock calipers)
  8. R&G Fender Eliminator with beautiful LED Turn Signals. (I have all the stock parts)
  9. Garmin Zumo GPS
  10. LSL Superbike Handle Bar with Rox Risers. ( A lot more comfortable and better handling. I have the stock parts.)
  11. LED Head Light. (Very Bright)

This bike is ready to go everywhere without any issues.

I didn’t washed this beauty for the pictures, so you can see some mosquitos but there are no scratches.

Please don’t send me low ball offers because I will ignore them. This is almost a collector Bike and hard to find in this color combination and conditions..

The stock parts are not included in this price.

Questions? Text 864-607-5845

The red/white/blue “America” colors aren’t my favorite, but they look good here, owing to the careful choice of individual colors and the fact that they’re draped across an MV Agusta. Overall, the bike is very clean, with just a shade under 11,000 miles on the odometer. It might seem disappointing that the bike doesn’t include aftermarket mufflers, but the gorgeous titanium Arrow headers and link pipe that deletes the catalytic converter should liberate all the noise you’ll need, and there are very few aftermarket setups that effectively duplicate the slash-cut shotgun-style originals that look so good, excepting the tiny openings themselves. These are sexy, sexy bikes and continue to be available at rock-bottom prices and, although they can be more troublesome than your average Japanese bike, are relatively straightforward to maintain and pretty durable when properly maintained. Just don’t drop that headlight unit…

-tad

A Touch Too Much? 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR for Sale
MV Agusta August 8, 2019 posted by

Brussels Sprout: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition

Located in Belgium, today’s find is the second of the MV Agusta Senna tribute bikes (the first being based on the original 750cc F4). The first thing to know about Senna tribute models is that part of the original proceeds went to Senna’s favorite charity – caring for needy children in his home country of Brazil. The second thing to know is that these are reasonably rare; each of the MV Agusta Senna tribute models are serialized and limited to only 300 units world wide. This particular example currently calls Belgium home.

2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition for sale on eBay

The basis of the Senna edition was the very capable F4 1000 R model. Well known for the radial valve technology (a development from the Ferrari Formula 1 technical team) and variable length intake runners, the 998cc engine was good for 174 HP. Stylistically, the 1000cc edition followed with the same livery as the earlier 750 Senna machine, with subtle differences in accent color. The wheels, for example, were special Marchesini units in silver – rather than the red star pattern offered on the 750. Front brakes were exclusive to the model; calipers were Brembo Racing “Serie Oro” gold four piston radial units. Other minor cosmetic changes included the front forks (black titanium nitride coated), and a special seat was fitted. The Senna could be considered a R+ model with star power.

From the seller:
Very special engine (limited serie 300 pieces)Has traces of use that you can expect from a second-hand.But in very nice condition

(Translated via Google)
Am the first owner
I added a lot of options.
RG3 Exhaust, Titanium Collector and Custom Ignition Board
MV Agusta Veltro footrest and selectors (only 99 pieces manufactured)
Color wheels Champange (Marchesini)
Dark windshield
Xenon headlight (all)
Integrated indicators on the back
A duo seat, but always the mono and seated frame (see photo) in reserve.
Foldable Handles
Metal fans
I still spared it, brake levers, etc., are included
a lot of carbon
The engine is 43,000 km long and has always been done by an authorized dealer.

The bit that should jump out at you here is that this special edition, collectible model MV Agusta has been used. A lot. 43,000 KM equates to nearly 27,000 miles. Bravo to the seller for enjoying such a magnificent motorcycle! This must surely be the highest mileage Senna edition we have seen on these pages. And yet the bike shows well. There does appear to be some hazing or spiderweb cracking in places on the bodywork (i.e. where the kickstand tucks in), but overall you would be hard pressed to guess at the number of miles this bike has traveled based on first look. It is also a testament to MG Agusta and modern engineering & manufacturing practices – while a hyper superbike, these remain resilient and reliable rides.

Price wise, the Senna model has held up pretty well over the years. We have seen some wild swings in asking price depending upon condition and mileage, including a nearly never been run example offered at $29k. More reasonable examples have been trading in the $15-18k range as of late, with exceptional specimens a bit higher. This one is being offered for $15,000, with the seller open to other offers. Look through the pictures, and then check out all of the details here. This might be a great find for RSBFS readers on the continent. Good Luck!!

MI

Brussels Sprout: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition
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
MV Agusta July 3, 2019 posted by

Respect the GOAT: 2005 MV Agusta F4 AGO #75/300

MV Agusta. Giacomo Agostini. Greatest of all time? Individually, these are storied names with a rich and successful history of racing at the top level. Together, they were an unstoppable force – allowing MV Agusta to exit the racing scene while still on top, and providing Agostini the platform on which to rack up an incredible number of wins and record number of championships. This bike – the 20005 MV Agusta F4 AGO series – was the first of the 1000cc F4 models to be produced, and it was released in very limited numbers. Today there are a lot of fake AGOs with the #1 number plate on the side (i.e. sticker), but these are not true collector models. The real AGOs are serially numbered as proof of authenticity, complete with the signature of the great one himself.

2005 MV Agusta F4 AGO #75 for sale on eBay

The F4 was the reboot of the famed MV Agusta brand in 1999. Initially released as a 750cc model, a punched-out 1 liter was offered by 2005. Utilizing the same hemispherical radial valve head and variable trumpet style intake (as designed by Ferrari F1 racing engineers), the bigger bike was burlier in most dimensions: 40 additional horsepower and 20 lbs of additional weight over the original F4 750 Oro – a known lightweight machine. When compared to the standard 750S model, the F4 AGO actually weighs *less* than the 750! Front forks are Marzocchi units, while the rear shock was originally a Sachs model – however this has been swapped out by the previous owner (see below). The rest of the AGO is pure graphics and the serialized number plate. Only 300 of these models were originally produced and distributed.

From the seller:
I am downsizing my motorcycle collection and this beautiful Italian stallion is up for sale. I’m sad to see it go but bikes like this are meant to be ridden and this one has spent the last few years being admired for its beauty more than appreciated for its performance. This is your chance to own a piece of MV Agusta history and motorcycle racing history as this bike celebrates the racing career of Giacomo Agostini. Google him if you don’t know who he is.

I obtained this motorcycle from Guy Webster of the Guy Webster Italian Motorcycle Museum in Ojai, CA after he started to liquidate the museums inventory. This bike was on display in Guy’s museum for many years. His “motoguy” sticker is still on the tank and can be easily removed, but in honor of the late motorcycle enthusiast I had decided to leave it in place. Guy had fitted an Ohlins rear shock. The original Sachs shock comes with the bike. The original red paddock stand is included. Certificate of authenticity is included. Comes with 2 keys. Bike is registered to me in the state of California, and is current and has a clear title. With 10,936 adult ridden miles the bike has been well cared for. Still has the original RG3 Arrow exhaust which sounds magnificent. Tires are in good shape.

Bike will also come with a Berzig center stand fitted specifically for this bike. Main oil pan gasket likely needs to be changed and one will be included with the bike. I will also include an oil filter and oil for your first oil change.

The rebirth of MV Agusta brought some fantastic Italian hardware to our shores. And while the numbers of units shipped did increase a fair amount, F4 models are still less plentiful than similar Ducati models, for example. That makes the F4 reasonably rare. The AGO model is known as a 300 unit production only – making it a rare model. Perhaps the most rare of all? This bike has over 10k on the clocks, meaning it is not a garage queen museum piece but an actual rider. It is not often we see these bikes with actual miles on the odometer, and it has nothing to do with the reliability or longevity of the bike. These are modern and well-engineered machines with top quality components throughout – and can take the miles and a fair bit of abuse. But given the cost, many see these as a bike to protect and save, rather than collect miles. This one was saved from that fate, but there is some regular wear apparent on the tank and fairing.

Located on the Central Coast of California, this F4 managed to get out on its fair share of sunny days. Devoid of snowfall or significant inclement weather, it looks like this bike lived where it could be used as intended. The problem is that makes a difference in resale value. An AGO model F4 1000 didn’t start out life as a cheap bike. The upside for collectors is that AGOs have not really made the turn in terms of value appreciate as of yet. And while a very low mileage museum dweller might set you back about $23k or more these days (still way below original MSRP, by the way), this slightly more used example is priced at a more reasonable $15k. Now that price is probably more in line with a nearly new base model F4 – but for the dosh you get the cachet of the rarer AGO model. In the long run the AGO is certainly in a better position to rise in value, just based on the numbers and historical fact. Check it out here, and then be sure and share your thoughts on MV Agusta F4s, and the pull of the AGO commemorative model. Good Luck!!

MI

Respect the GOAT: 2005 MV Agusta F4 AGO #75/300