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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: ZD4LDA500YS0251. The seller purchased this motorcycle roughly one year ago from a private seller in Texas.
The odometer shows 7,616 kilometers (4,732 miles).
In preparation for this listing, the seller has had us perform the following on the motorcycle: carburetor cleaning, engine oil change, hydraulic system flush, cooling system flush, and a heavy detail. Olly was the technician and he reports the following in his condition report:
Tire Years – Front: 2004; Rear:2007
Tire Life – Front/ Rear: 75%
Tire Press Front/ Rear:22 /25PSI
Brake Life – Front/ Rear: +50%
Hydraulic: Front/Rear: Ok, All new
Transmission Oil: New
Coolant – Level: Ok; Quality: New
Low Beam: N/A
High Beam: N/A
Turn Signals: N/A
Tail Light: N/A
Brake Light: N/A
Plate Light: Ok
It is riding on tires that have aged out.
The sale also includes the original service and repair manual.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Aprilia is offered on a Bill of Sale with the original MSO (which has been closed off).
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