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Honda June 13, 2019 posted by

Rothmans Replica: 1991 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale

Many Japanese bikes aren’t intentionally sexy, in the way that a Bimota or MV Agusta often is, and they often fall flat stylistically when they do try to put style ahead of function. Italian machines are almost gratuitously beautiful, full of details that don’t enhance the bike’s performance, they just make the parts more interesting to look at. But Honda’s two-stroke NSR250R SP isn’t that kind of bike. Introduced in 1988, the MC18 version of the bike was motivated by a liquid-cooled, two-stroke 90° v-twin with a cassette-style six-speed gearbox, with the SP or “Sport Production” version adding a dry clutch and Magtek magnesium wheels, along with fully-adjustable suspension.

At its heart, a motorcycle is lean and elegant, and should include nothing that doesn’t absolutely need to be there. That’s especially true for a lightweight machine like Honda’s NSR250R, where every extra ounce is an enemy of speed. Instead of swoopy fairings with exposed carbon fiber details like you’d see on something else, it just has simple, elegant bodywork to enclose the hard parts, channel air to the radiator, and improve the aerodynamics.

Instead of an Aprilia’s organic, sculptural frame, it’s just a pair of extruded aluminum beams with cast sections, light and strong. A cool “gull-arm” swingarm allowed clearance on the right-hand side for the exhaust and expansion chamber to tuck in close to the bike for improved cornering clearance. And all that elegant simplicity adds up to one of the best-looking bikes of the era. It just looks right.

Of course, the “elegant simplicity” goes right out the window with the Rothmans Replica. Subtle, it isn’t, but it works, and this is one of my favorite sportbikes of any period. Obviously, I’m not alone, and the NSR250R and Rothmans Replicas in particular are highly sought after, especially clean, low-mileage examples like this one.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Honda NSR250R SP Rothmans Replica for Sale

You are bidding on a 1991 NSR250 MC21 with the Rothmans Blue/White livery paint scheme. I purchased this motorcycle from Moto2 Imports in February of 2017 with 8,050 kilometers (5,002 miles) on the odometer. Moto2 Imports brought the NSR250 in from Japan and completely refurbished it. In the 27 months I have owned it I have only put 335 kilometers on the bike and all those miles were mainly for dialing in the correct jetting for my high-altitude riding in Colorado. The NSR250 is in perfect condition and has been stored in my heated garage along with all my other motorcycles. In addition, I installed a 3M clear bra on the upper and lower fairings. All the fluids are fresh and the battery is in great condition as it is hooked up to a trickle charger/conditioner that also desulphanates the battery. I have reluctantly come to the decision to sell my NSR250 for two main reasons, 1) My knees just can’t take the relatively cramped riding position, and 2) I have 4 other motorcycles competing for my limited riding time in the summer months and the NSR250 just won’t get ridden much and it is just doesn’t make sense to me to own a great motorcycle like the NSR250 if it is not going to be ridden as I am not one to just have a motorcycle to look pretty on stand in my garage.

Please note the NSR250 is titled in the state of Colorado and it is also currently registered in the city of Denver. It is the winning bidder’s responsibility to check with their local state, county and city of residence to ensure the NSR250 can be registered there. I will be glad to answer any questions or provide any additional photos if desired

The winning bidder is responsible for all shipping charges, but I will be glad to assist with the pick up on my end. I can recommend a couple of motorcycle transport companies I have had good service from in the past if desired.

This example is in very good condition, and has covered only 5,210 miles from new. As the seller mentions, you should check with local laws if you plan to register this for road use, as they vary pretty wildly from state-to-state. It’s good that the seller is selling because he isn’t interested in a display bike, as these machines were built to be ridden. But I think we can all agree that, if you did want a bike to adorn your garage or living room with some two-wheeled art, the Rothmans Replica would make a great candidate!

-tad

Rothmans Replica: 1991 Honda NSR250R SP for Sale
Ducati June 12, 2019 posted by

Rider Quality: 1990 Ducati 851

If Hunter S. Thompson, whose vocation was more or less using heavy drugs and shooting things, was so scared of the Ducati 900SS/SP that he wrote more of a cautionary tale than a review, it is truly hard to imagine the bone-deep terror a Ducati 851 must inspire on the street. With 15 or so more horsepower, a decidedly livelier engine and the distinct aim of winning superbike races, the 1990 Ducati 851 is a much more potent weapon than its stabelmate, even if it is slightly heavier.

1990 Ducati 851 for sale on eBay

This 1990 Ducati 851 looks like a really good chance to get your hands on the bike Ducati built to re-establish itself as a force on the racetrack. It’s an honest, rider-quality machine with blemishes to show it was used and service records to show it was loved. It is clean enough to be proud of, but not so spotless that riding it comes at the expense of its value. It’s the perfect candidate to ride for a few years before setting in on a decent restoration.

From the eBay listing:

Nice example of an original Ducati 851 Superbike. Starts, runs and rides good. Valves serviced, New Cam Belts, Oil, oil filter and coolant . Does not appear to have been raced or wrecked. Does have minor paint chips, nicks and scratches.No major body work damage or repairs (see pictures of body work off bike inside and outside).
We are a small Ohio used motorcycle dealer and will provide you a title in your name. As a Ohio motorcycle dealer we are required to collect sales tax from Ohio residents and residents of AZ,CA,FL,IN,MA,MI and SC. There is a $15 title fee collected from all buyers. We can not quote or provide shipping, but will assist loading.
The bike is being sold as is, so send questions or call Al 740-928-1000

This 851 isn’t the cleanest or the lowest mileage one out there, and it’s just the standard Strada model, but it’s still a 100-horsepower weapon packed with all the tech that Ducati could muster at the time.

Rider Quality: 1990 Ducati 851
KTM June 8, 2019 posted by

Different Perspectives: 2014 KTM RC8R 1190

In the world of different strokes, there are Japanese sport bikes and Italian sport bikes. And for a short while, there was a rational choice out of left field – Austria – with the KTM RC8R. With a unique blend of high-quality components and features not often found on bikes in the range, the RC8R was powerful, potent, very competent and largely ignored. Not even the impressive results of factory racer Chris Filmore in AMA Superbike competition could make the RC8R a commercial success. Ultimately KTM pulled the plug on the RC8 line – in part thanks to the CEO suggesting they should not build machines that could not be used sensibly on the street.

2014 KTM RC8R 1190 for sale on eBay

Powered by a 1190cc v-twin set at 75 degrees, the RC8R offered up a very healthy 175+ HP. With Keihin fuel injection via 52 mm throttle bodies feeding directly into the twin spark, four valve heads, power was instantaneous – if not a bit abrupt. Coupled with a 6-speed tranny and nestled in a unique trestle frame, the RC8R takes convention to a new level. Adjustments abound: the RC8R provided for a vast array of adjustments similar to what you would expect on a race bike. From levers to pegs, suspension and sub-frame height, the RC8R was an open book for a rider who knew what they wanted. Even the swing arm pivot angle is adjustable. And with WP suspension front an rear, the rider is availed to a dizzying array of potential changes that can be made in order to maximize the handling of the bike. When it comes time to stop, radial mount Brembos are up to the task. The seller is the original purchaser of this one-owner bike, and has quite a bit to share. Read on:

From the seller:
I am the original owner of this 2014 KTM RC8R 1190. I purchased the bike in March of 2014 from Thousand Oaks. The bike runs perfect and looks beautiful. I have taken excellent care of the bike keeping up on regular maintenance and always in my garage. Its always clean and waxed and has never seen rain. Never downed, raced, or abused, in like new condition and babied.

The fluids were changed last year including the oil, coolant, and brake fluids and have about a 1000 miles on them. I have only used Motorex Power Synt 4T oil in this bike per KTM’s recommendations. It has never been raced and most of the miles are highway from road trips with my buddies.

More from the seller:
I want to sell the bike with the accessories, but if somebody doesn’t want them I would let it go for less money as stock. Here are a list of the mods:

-Akrapovic EVO 4 Full Titanium Exhaust ($4600 and over 20lbs weight savings)
-K&N Air Filter
-KTM Factory EVO 4 Tune
-CJ Designs Block Off Plates
-KTM PowerParts Reservoir Covers
-KTM PowerParts Tinted Wind Screen
-KTM PowerParts Rear Seat Plugs
-KTM PowerParts Supersprox Rear Sproket
-KTM PowerParts Swingarm Protector
-KTM PowerParts Tank Pad
-Bestem Carbon Fiber Tank Guards
-Bestem Carbon Fiber Chain Guard
-Bestem Carbon Fiber Rear Fender
-Evotech Fender Eliminator
-Brand new Dunlop Q3+ Tires
-Clear Wrap on Front and Rear Tail Panels
-Fuel Tank Anti-Scratch Protector
-HID Headlamp
-DB Silencer for Akra Exhaust
-KTM RC8 Indoor Cover

More from the seller:
Factory Wise, the bike is set up very well. It has many adjustments with seat height, foot peg location and height, and handlebar height. WP suspension is stock and very good, Marschesini Wheels, Brembo Brakes, and hydraulic slipper clutch. This bike is a blast to ride, has so much torque and power I can only explain it as violent. This truly is a riders bike as there aren’t any rider aids and its all up to you. I am 6’1″ and 200lbs and this bike was comfortable for me on long road trips because of its adjustability and room to move around.

Only issue with the bike is a small burn mark I put into the lower right fairing when I installed the EVO 4 exhaust. The exhaust was missing a bracket, I was excited to ride the bike and the fairing was touching the header. But its fixed and only cosmetic. I was planning on replacing the fairing with the KTM race pan. The EVO 4 Headers also developed a crack at the intersection which was not uncommon. The crack was welded and is only cosmetic and doesn’t affect performance. I have all of the stock parts to go with the bike too.

Otherwise, bike really is 10/10 and still looks and rides perfect. Any questions please feel free to ask.

By then numbers, RC8 machines are relatively rare. Only a few hundred units were purportedly imported each model year, with the 2015 – and final – example being the rarest. But the RC8 is plagued by the worst of all collector bike syndromes; ambivalence. You see, these are great motorcycles swimming in a sea of lots of great motorcycles. The fact that the RC8 and RC8R failed to make a splash has more to do with economics and dealer reach than anything performance or quality related. No, the RC8R did not win an AMA Superbike race. Nor did one top the championship standings. But Chris Filmore was there and was close, and such speaks to the potential of this platform. As an out of the box offering from the Austrian manufacturer – their first big-bore sport bike – the RC8 was a refreshing alternative to the rest of the known crowd. And while the party ended too soon, there are plenty of good examples around. This particular RC8R looks to be well cared for, has some tasty updates, and fewer than 7,000 miles. The ask on it is a very strong $13k, but the seller indicates he is willing to entertain offers. The last few R bikes we have seen have been up in the $10k range – with exception units topping at $12k – but the dollars sunk into all of the KTM upgrades may bolster that price somewhat. It was a pity that the KTM street bike party ended too soon – it would have been fun to see what could happen at the WSBK level. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Different Perspectives: 2014 KTM RC8R 1190
Aprilia June 7, 2019 posted by

Silver Bullet: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Two-strokes are among the purest expression of the sports motorcycle. They’re incredibly light, packed with innovative technology, and have none of the electronic frippery of today’s cutting edge machines. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate ABS and traction control and rain-modes and a dozen different throttle maps and ride-by-wire, it’s just that those bike need them to harness the excess power they make. There’s not much excess of any kind on a two-stroke sportbike like this Aprilia RS250.

Aprilia didn’t design their own engine, they simply rebadged and slightly modified Suzuki’s excellent RGV250 engine and slotted it into their gorgeous aluminum frame, with an asymmetrical “banana” swingarm to match. As with most other bikes in the class, it was liquid-cooled, two-stroke, 249cc 90° v-twin. At 56×50.6mm, the bore and stroke were much more oversquare than rival Honda’s 54×54.5mm. Unfettered by the government regulations that strangled Japanese-market bikes, Aprilia claimed some possibly unrealistic crankshaft power figures. But a well-tuned bike should make very similar power to an unrestricted and properly set up RGV, NSR, or TZR.

Forgoing the wild graphics of Japanese competitors, the RS250 was pretty simple, and even their race-replica designs were surprisingly classy and subdued. It doesn’t have any distinguishing stylistic flourishes, other than that sensual frame, it just looks right, the epitome of 90s sportbike-ness, stretched over smaller, leaner mechanical components.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

Nearly flawless 1996 Aprilia RS250 with only 3,197 kilometers (1,986 miles). Purchased from the original owner, who meticulously cared for it and it shows. Bike is ultra clean. Bike runs as good as it looks and comes with fresh tires front and rear. Bike will come with new fluids and fresh carb cleaning. Bike is completely stock except for the HID headlight system. All fairings are 100% genuine Aprilia factory OEM. This RS250 will come with a Utah state title and is titled as a street bike for road use. 17 digit VIN.  Please text 801-358-6537 for more pictures and questions.

As the seller says, the bike really does look “ultra clean.” And it should, with just under 2,000 miles on it! I’m a huge fan of the silver color. Silver can be kind of bland, but the RS250 is such a good-looking bike, it seems a shame to cover it up with garish graphics. The HIDs may not be to everyone’s taste, but do improve the bike’s visibility to other, often highly distracted drivers. First generation bikes seem pretty hard to find, and the price on this one is just $9,500! But move fast, since there are just a few hours left on the auction…

-tad

Silver Bullet: 1996 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Featured Listing June 6, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1994 Honda NSR250R MC28 for Sale

If you’re a fan of four-stroke motorcycles, two-strokes like this Featured Listing Honda NSR250R MC28 can be a little… underwhelming, the first time you see, and especially hear one. I mean, even with aftermarket pipes, they make an oddly weedy sort of zing as they rev, and generally sound like you’ve strapped a couple of leaf-blowers with fueling issues to your bike. But fans know that’s the sound of a pure, simple, and utterly focused bike that emphasizes handling over brute power. And the MC28 was probably the most sophisticated of the breed and, until recently, very hard to get a hold of here in the USA.

The mechanics of a two-stroke are inherently primitive, and not very eco-friendly, since lubricant is mixed with the air and fuel in a constant-loss system that will spew heavy, oil-rich smoke from the tiny exhaust cans. But that simplicity means a two-stroke engine is incredibly light weight, and makes pretty spectacular power for a given displacement. If you come from a four-stroke mentality, a 250cc sportbike sounds very unimpressive, but bikes in the class weighed in at around 300lbs and could make as much as 55hp at the wheel when properly tuned, or even a bit more if you didn’t mind the occasional engine seizure…

The original NSR250R MC16 was introduced in 1987 and laid down the pattern the others would follow, with a 249cc 90° v-twin that featured an RC powervalve, and PGM electronic ignition, and a six-speed gearbox, wrapped by an aluminum beam frame. The final MC28 version of the bike seen here debuted in 1993 and added a slick ELF-designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm and trick PGM-IV electronic ignition system to the mix, making it one of the most advanced sportbikes of any displacement available at the time.

Today’s example has incredibly low miles and has had the wheels painted white to match the bodywork for an extra dash of 90s style. It’s currently located in British Columbia, but shouldn’t be too hard to register here in the US, depending on where you live. California residents, as always, should visit their local DMV with a sack of unmarked, non-sequential bills and a bottle of good scotch…

From the Seller: 1994 Honda NSR250R MC28 for Sale

Up for sale is a beautiful 1994 Honda NSR250R MC28 with only 1,000km  (622 miles). Bike is almost in mint condition. It had a stress crack on the right upper cowling around the blinker that has been professionally repaired. You can see the repair from the inside of the fairing but the outside looks perfect. All fairings are genuine Honda 100%. Bike is completely stock, like it was on the Japanese dealership floor in 1994. No dents on the tank (the tank itself was professionally cleaned and rust-proofed in 2018), one tiny chip in the paint. Wheels were professionally refurbished in 2018 and converted from red to white, which as a personal preference, was a game changer for how the bike looks. A brand new OEM rubber chain guide is included in the sale. Only a few handling marks not worth mentioning. Bike looks awesome. Just serviced with new fork seals (2017), new battery (2018), new engine fluids (2019), and Dunlop Sportmax Q-14’s installed front and rear in 2017. Runs like the day it was new.

This NSR was purchased from a dealer in USA in 2017 and can easily be returned to the USA market. I’m happy to deliver this bike to Blaine, WA 98230 to provide an easy loading point for any USA-based buyer. Bike is currently titled as a streetbike for road use in BC, and had similar title in USA. Thank You For Looking. Call 250-588-8775 for more photos or questions.

Well, the completely stock condition might mean you’re stuck with Japan’s government-mandated 45hp, but the MC28 version is much harder to de-restrict than earlier versions and originally required a hard-to-obtain HRC ignition card to unleash the full power. For collectors, it means that the stock electronics and wiring harness haven’t been monkeyed with, and 45hp is still plenty of fun in a 300lb package, if the new owner plans to ride it. Aside from the minor fairing damage the seller describes and the non-original paint on the wheels, this thing should be immaculate, given the mileage.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1994 Honda NSR250R MC28 for Sale
Ducati June 5, 2019 posted by

Maryland Missle: 1995 Ducati 916

If you are looking for a collector category bike and figured the first generation Ducati 916 might have hit rock bottom, you are (unfortunately) already too late. Early year 916s have stepped onto the valuation escalator, and are already going places. They are still relatively affordable, but you will be parting with a fair number of ducets if you want an early model in clean condition. The Varese models will still top the dollar range, but any nice 916 will set you back some coin. It is with that in mind that we present you with this 5,000 mile, beautiful first-generation 1995 Ducati 916 located in Maryland.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

As oral tradition dictates, the story has been told often around the warm, flickering glow of computer monitor screens – a story about a man named Massimo Tamburini and his desire to conquer the world with a motorcycle design the likes having never before been seen. Jump to the chase and one might believe he did just that. The Ducati 916 was a stunning design of sharp angles and flowing streamlines, of extreme compactness, yet dense with power. Of single sided swing arms and raucous pipes poking out beneath the seat. The four valve desmoquattro engine featured liquid cooling and fuel injection, and rev’ed higher than any twin in recent memory. Handling was redefined, and the bar was raised. Trophies stacked up; both those won racing in WSBK as well as those awards won at design competitions and motorcycle shows.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a beautiul 1995 Ducati 916 sport bike with 5196 original miles. Bike has been well maintained and not only looks great but still runs great as well. All maintenance records have been kept for this bike and can be emailed if needed. Only modifications to the bike are Termignoni carbon exhaust pipes and integrated turn signals. If you have any questions or would like more pictures or information, please send me a message. Thanks for looking!

Now celebrating its 25th birthday (originally released in 1994), the 916 has reached that classic collector status. It is old enough to be able to re-emerge into the spotlight as a yesteryear machine, yet new enough to give relatively modern machinery a good run for that collector money. The iconic good looks remain fresh and vibrant, even as they have been re-interpreted, copied and evolved in models such as the Ducati 1098/1198, the Panigale, and the MV Agusta F4. This bike still looks modern, and if you can live without the electronic nannies such as traction control, wheelie control, ABS and bang-shift electronic gearboxes you will find that this bike still IS modern. The V-twin lights with a roar, and remains usable and tractable around town. But it is in the canyons where the 916 really shines, allowing a rider to make the most of the strong (at the time) Brembos and sublime Ohlins suspension, and really delve into the 114 HP as the tach swings past 9,000 RPM. The soundtrack is glorious.

Stepping back onto the sidewalk of reality, the stewardship of a Ducati 916 is a little bit different than owning your average UJM. Desmo valve adjustments, for example, require specific shims and are more frequent and more involved than what you might be used to. Cam belts need to be replaced at regular intervals. Skip either of these steps, and ownership becomes an exponentially more expensive prospect. Aside from more frequent maintenance, these hyperactive twins are surprisingly robust. Mileage is rarely a factor in 916 ownership provided services are completed on schedule. The rest is riding, smiling, rinsing and repeating. This particular example looks very clean, and has obviously been well loved. It sports a few extra bits – such as the Termi exhaust cans, the carbon fiber mud guard, chain guard and front sprocket cover, uprated brake lines, and the rear turn signals have been re-positioned. There also appears to be a pigtail for either a battery tender or electric vest. With low miles, a clean presentation and a complete set of service records, this 916 looks to be a fantastic find – and the asking price reflects the condition. Check it out here, and then fire up your inner Carl Fogarty. Good Luck!!

MI

Maryland Missle: 1995 Ducati 916
Honda May 30, 2019 posted by

Time capsule superbike: 2003 Honda RC-51

The Honda RC-51 was Big Red’s answer to Ducati’s twin-powered attack on turn-of-the-century World Superbike, with a big v-twin stuffed between the generous alloy framerails. The big-bore twin immediately paid off for Honda, with Colin Edwards cracking off to the 2000 World Superbike Championship on the bike’s first try. It won the WSBK crown again in 2002 with Edwards and took the AMA Superbike Championship the same year with Nicky Hayden.

2003 Honda RC-51 for sale on eBay

This 2003 Honda RC-51 is an SP2 model, meaning it is stiffer, lighter and slightly more powerful than the 2000-2001 models, and easily the more desirable version. It’s not too hard to find an RC-51 in decent shape these days, as they didn’t sell in astounding numbers and tended to go to Honda and superbike fanbois who took excellent care of them. This one takes that to a new level, though, with fewer than 1,000 miles on the clock courtesy of two previous owners.

According to the seller, the first owner was an elderly man who bought the bike to hold on to. The current owner bought it three years ago, and has since brought it back to running condition, though he stopped short of replacing the original tires or brake fluid. The bike certainly deserves to be ridden, though that choice will not be made easier by the prospect of disturbing an all-original machine.

From the seller:

This is a true unicorn, I’m curious how many are out there with less than 1,000 miles! The bike is completely free from corrosion, it was stored in a climate controlled garage. She has never seen the track and the finish is in amazing condition. The original factory torque markings are still found throughout the bike as well as the factory grease on the brake and clutch levers!

I purchased this RC51 out of an elderly gentleman’s collection earlier this year. He was the original owner and used the bike very sparingly and gently as indicated by the odometer and it’s condition. The RC was prepped for storage and sat for about 3 years before I brought it back to life. The gas was swapped and a new fuel pressure regulator was needed to get her running again. The bike has just received a fresh oil change as well. She is now running beautifully and everything works flawlessly as it should.

This bike is currently collector status with the original date-coded Metzler tires. The brake fluid and coolant is original as well. I think it would be taboo to ride this bike considering it’s condition and mileage. However, if you intend to use the bike, the buyer should replace the brake fluid and tires (17 year old tires and fluids, even if they look good are unsafe)

Please take a close look at all the pictures. There is little evidence that this bike has been used. There is a tiny flaw on the left side exhaust that is barely noticeable, see photos for a close up. Auction includes original rear seat, solo cowl cover and also the original tool kit with all the tools and owners manual.

I highly recommend we use “Haul Bikes” if you are an interstate buyer. I’ve used them twice before and they are super professional.

I will ship worldwide but if you are an international buyer, please contact me before purchasing and research your shipping logistics. The bike is in San Diego CA 92101. Cash in person, Wire transfer or Cashiers check from a national bank is preferred.

Though RC-51s don’t carry the same ooh-ahh aura as the RC-30 and RC-45, they were aimed at the same target and were, without question, successful. The bikes might carry the same panache as their Italian rivals, but they are gorgeous, fast and ridiculously capable.

 

Time capsule superbike: 2003 Honda RC-51
Aprilia May 15, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

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

Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

It’s no secret that motorcycles are more powerful, and packed with more technology than ever. But weight is inevitably the enemy of performance, and the enemy of fun. And while modern machines pile on the horses with glorious abandon, they aren’t the lightest sportbikes that have ever existed. There is another way. Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s philosophy for going faster was “simplify, then add lightness,” and the 250cc two-stroke class took this approach to motorcycle performance, as embodied by today’s Featured Listing Aprilia RS250.

With just 250cc to play with, there really was no other choice, even given the relatively high relative output of a two-stroke. If you wanted to go fast, you needed to be light, and bikes in the class generally weighed in at around 300lbs. Quoted power is often just 45hp which, given the low weight, means these bikes aren’t exactly slow, but that’s hardly an inspiring power-to-weight ratio. However, many of the famous two-stroke sportbikes in the class were limited by Japanese regulations to, you guessed it: 45hp. Obviously, bikes originally sold in other markets could be shipped in a higher state of tune, or “de-restricted” by new owners in other countries. The RS250 wasn’t a Japanese market bike, so the claimed 72hp might make it sound wildly more high performance than something like a Suzuki RGV250.

But of course it wasn’t. In fact, the RS250 used the Suzuki RGV250’s engine and transmission to motivate the little two-stroke ripper. Supposedly, it was modified for the application by Aprilia but, aside from slightly different tuning, those modifications mostly seem to extend to the Aprilia logos cast into the engine cases. That really is a bonus though, since maintenance and tuning parts for the RGV250 are pretty easy to track down, compared to other low-volume, high-performance Italian motorcycles.

The rest of the bike was where Aprilia really made their mark, and the aluminum/magnesium alloy beam frame used in the RS250 remains one of the most beautiful examples of industrial art I can think of. The swingarm is sculpted to match, and the bodywork, while not having any specific stylistic gimmick or theme to speak of, manages to somehow incorporate the very best shapes of the era’s sportbikes, while still looking distinctive. I prefer the first generation bikes, but there’s no arguing that the second generation restyle seen here is a stunner as well.

The last completely legal two-stroke sportbike available in the US was the Yamaha RZ350 from the 1980s, although these Aprilias have trickled in via various routes long after that, and ridden on the road where legal. Plenty have found their way through the DMV, as they did have titles and complete VINs.

From the Seller: 2003 Aprilia RS250 for Sale

2003 Aprilia RS250 with only 14,961 kilometers (9,296 miles). Bike is in mint condition with just a few minor flaws. Bike is gorgeous and appears to have never been down. There is a light/shallow one inch long scratch on the gas tank. There are rub marks on the lower left cowling in the rainbow decal and there is a very tiny rub mark that has been touched up with touch up paint on the upper right side. Looks like the garage was a very scary place for this little RS, lol. All the fairing are 100% genuine OEM Aprilia. The bike is completely stock except for the HD headlight system. Bike runs excellent and will come with new fluids. Comes with a Utah title and is titled as a street bike for road use. 17 digit vin. $11,500 will take this Aprilia home.

Feel free to contact me at 801-358-6537 or by email: rmurangemasters@aol.com

Some might find the HID headlights abominable, but they can be useful, not to improve visibility for the rider, but to improve the bike’s visibility. Yes, aftermarket HID setups that use the original reflector and lens can be annoying to other drivers, but that attention-grabbing brightness can be a plus when you’re on a bike. Miles aren’t museum-piece low, but still pretty low. Great news if you’d like to add a few of your own and don’t want to harm the bike’s collectible value too much. Keep in mind that parts to rebuild the Suzuki powerplant shouldn’t be too hard to track down

-tad

Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RS250 for Sale
Ducati May 15, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Ducati 750 Sport

Update 5.15.2019: Price lowered to $4,950. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

In the period between the wizardry of the 851 and the imagination-capturing Supersport models of the 1990s, the Ducati 750 Sport slotted in to keep people buying. It was really an evolution of the mid-80s’ 750 F1, and took cues from that bike and the larger, more controversial Paso.

This 1990 Ducati 750 Sport has been lightly modified under the current owner’s stewardship. The list of new parts, repairs and tasteful mods is long and inspiring, and shows that the bike was meant to be enjoyed as if it was 1990 all over again.

Though it was something of a stripped-down entry level bike when new, the 750 Sport got 75 horses out of a 750cc air-cooled Desmodue, and with very little weight to push around it made short work of whatever road you aimed it at.

From the seller:

1990 Ducati 750 Sport ZDM1KA3J1LB752442 Mileage 12000
current owner since 2005
New Brembo front brake master cylinder
New Brembo clutch master cylinder
New HEL brake & clutch lines
New EBC front brake rotors
SSSP style rear caliper mount & stay
NOS Michelin tires installed
extra set NOS Michelin tires included
good set of Used Michelins included
New battery
Mikuni conversion from 900SS
New Uni foam filters installed
New K&N breather filter installed
stock Weber carburetor set-up included
2 into 1 Verlicchi exhaust installed
stock exhaust included
F1 rear turn signals installed
original turn signals included
New Sprag bearing installed (Starter Clutch)
Pro Bolt Stainless bolts throughout motorcycle
Pro Bolt Aluminum body hardware
original hardware included
Rear shock serviced
Front fork seals replaced
Swing arm welded
most other original parts included
Shop Manual & Parts Micro Fiche included

Price: $4,950
Contact: stathome@bellsouth.net

The asking price gets you a seriously well looked-after piece of Ducati history, which should ride as well as it shows, albeit with a somewhat dated riding experience.

Featured Listing:  1990 Ducati 750 Sport