1996 Aprilia RS250

SOLD FOR: $10,273

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on August 9, 2023

Winner: sr20vet

Winning Bid: $9,601
Buyer Fee: $672
Total: $10,273

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Riding Aprilia’s quarter-liter GP mount, Max Biaggi secured back-to-back-to-back world titles in ’94, ’95, and ’96.. Like Paul Smart’s Desmo racer had done for Ducati roughly two decades prior, Max’s success achieved on the RSV250 put Aprilia on the map and helped to establish the small Italian firm as a true contender on the world stage.

Taking advantage of the factory race effort’s triumphs, in 1994 Aprilia released a road-legal replica version of the RSV250 known as the RS250. Powering the RS was a modified version of the liquid-cooled, 249cc, two-stroke, 90-degree V-Twin from Suzuki’s RGV250. The RS’s engine utilized the Suzuki’s 34mm Mikuni flat slide carbs, though it featured its own Aprilia-designed expansion chambers, barrels, air-box, and exhaust system, a revised ignition and ECU, and a higher compression ratio. Building on the already well-designed single-crank V-Twin developed by Suzuki, the changes made in Noale afforded the RS more mid-range power. Married to a six-speed transmission, the RS250’s engine was similar to the motor found in Aprilia’s GP mount, albeit with a bore and stroke of 56mm X 50mm versus the race bike’s square 54mm X 54mm setup. The RS generated 29.5ft-lbs of torque at 10,750rpm and around 70hp at 11,900rpm — just shy of its 12,000rpm redline.

What really made the RS250 special, however, was its chassis design. Derived from the bikes built by Aprilia’s factory race program, the RS250 used a polished alloy twin-spar frame paired with an adjustable magnesium alloy banana swingarm. The trick alloy frame was fitted with 41mm inverted Marzocchi fork and a mono-shock in back — both adjustable for preload and rebound damping.

Rolling on 17-inch, five-arm, cast aluminum rims, the RS250 and its race-bred chassis afforded its rider incredibly sharp handling. Slowing the V-Twin was a set of dual 298mm discs pinched by four-piston Brembo Serie Oro calipers out front and a single 220mm unit bit by a dual-pot caliper in the rear. Its GP-inspired bodywork not only looked the business but gave the RS one very slippery drag coefficient. Tipping the scales at just 310 lbs dry, the RS boasted a top speed of over 130 mph, and a standing quarter-mile time of 12.5-seconds flat.

Though over two decades have passed since this machine left the factory, the track-oriented V-Twins are regarded incredibly highly today. MCN went as far as to call the RS250, “Simply one of the very best, least-compromised sports motorcycles money can buy”, and Visor Down more recently stated, “The real problem with the RS250 is that if you want one, a good one, you’re too late.

This example is VIN: ZD4LD0000VN053594. The seller acquired this motorcycle from us here at Iconic in December of 2021.

The odometer shows 24,839 kilometers (15,434 miles), though true mileage is unknown as the speedometer cable had failed slightly before it was previously listed on Iconic. The seller has put 156 miles on this example.

The seller states they took this example to Mike Warren of 2-Stroke Tuning in Orlando for a complete engine rebuild which included “vapor blasting, new rings, seals, pistons, etc.” with a cost of $4,000.

Tyga exhaust.

Tinted windscreen.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Michelin Pilot Street tires with date codes of 0819 and 2019.

The sale includes one key.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located in Beech Island, South Carolina, this Aprilia is offered on a clean South Carolina title. Have any RS250 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information


Beech Island, South Carolina








True Mileage Unknown





Title State/Country

South Carolina

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges


Total Bids Placed: 23

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: sr20vet

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
sr20vet August 9, 2023 10:44 am PDT $9,601 Auto
atxgti August 9, 2023 10:44 am PDT $9,501
sr20vet August 9, 2023 10:43 am PDT $9,401 Auto
atxgti August 9, 2023 10:43 am PDT $9,301
sr20vet August 9, 2023 10:43 am PDT $9,201 Auto
atxgti August 9, 2023 10:43 am PDT $9,101
sr20vet August 9, 2023 8:47 am PDT $9,001 Reserve
sr20vet August 9, 2023 8:47 am PDT $9,000 Auto
sr20vet August 8, 2023 7:55 am PDT $8,100 Auto
chris023 August 8, 2023 7:55 am PDT $8,000
sr20vet August 4, 2023 2:56 pm PDT $7,600 Auto
chris023 August 4, 2023 2:56 pm PDT $7,500
sr20vet August 4, 2023 2:55 pm PDT $7,100 Auto
chris023 August 4, 2023 2:55 pm PDT $7,000
sr20vet August 2, 2023 4:28 pm PDT $6,100 Auto
jinbui August 2, 2023 4:28 pm PDT $6,000
sr20vet August 2, 2023 4:28 pm PDT $5,600 Auto
jinbui August 2, 2023 4:28 pm PDT $5,500
sr20vet August 2, 2023 2:52 pm PDT $5,100
chris023 August 2, 2023 2:52 pm PDT $5,000 Auto
chris023 August 2, 2023 2:25 pm PDT $2,600
jinbui August 2, 2023 2:25 pm PDT $2,500 Auto
jinbui August 2, 2023 7:43 am PDT $1
Auction started August 2, 2023 7:30 am PDT
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