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Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
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: ZD4LDA500YS0341. The seller purchased this example six months ago from the original owner in Florida, the bike was in pieces at the time.
The seller rebuilt the bike from pieces and had the “engine fully refurbished”. He has included photos of the engine work:
The seller states this example is stock.
It is riding on brand new Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires.
This sale includes the original service and repair manuals, and a spare OEM rear sprocket.
The sale includes “the original factory stand.”
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
Please note: Per the seller: “the bike has been crashed at some point during its racing life, a ding on the frame and swingarm can be see in the pics. But I have no info on how, where or when the crash happened.”
Currently located in Issaquah, Washington, this Aprilia is offered on a clean Washington title. Have any RS250 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!