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In 1994, Aprilia released the RS250, a road-legal replica version of their RSV250. 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. 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 swing-arm. The trick alloy frame was fitted with 41mm inverted Marzocchi forks and a Sachs monoshock in the back — both adjustable for preload and rebound damping.
The RS250 remained in production, receiving various updates and tweaks – including a significant revamp in ’98 — before Aprilia pulled the plug on the 250 in 2004. Despite a decade-and-a-half having passed since the last RS left the factory, the track-oriented V-Twins are regarded incredibly highly today. MCN has gone as far as to call the RS250, “Simply one of the very best, least-compromised sports motorcycles money can buy”, and VisorDown more recently stated, “The real problem with the RS250 is that if you want one, a good one, you’re too late.”
Manufactured in December of 1999, this example is VIN: ZD4LDA500YS0326. The seller acquired it four years ago from a private party.
During his ownership, the seller has covered roughly 15 track days with it. The odometer shows 5,916 kilometers (3,676 miles).
This was previously a WERA race bike – the seller notes recent maintenance of a carb rebuild/sync, cooling system rebuild, fluid flush, and fresh seals in the front brakes.
Brake lever guard, braided brake lines.
Velcro on the right side of the frame (to prevent potential loss of the kickstart lever).
The seller states that are several scuffs to the race bodywork and scratches on metal parts like the swingarm.
The seller sums up his bike by saying, “it’s the most fun I’ve ever had on a motorcycle.” Currently located in Santa Clara, California, this Aprilia is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any RS250 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!