About the Aprilia RS250
It is time for an era in this household to pass. Zina and I have been racing for three years and have greatly enjoyed our RS250s. They have sublime handling and their modest power doesn't punish hamfisted input to the throttle. Both of our remaining RS250s are 1998 or 1999 "Challenge" models, which means they share the common 1998+ specification, which includes the following (which would differ from pre 1998 bikes):
CA registered RS250
The "street" Aprilia RS250 is a "Challenge" model that has been converted. I added one "hot" wire from the voltage regulator and routed it to an auxiliary fuse block. The entire "street" wiring can be easily removed from the bike. The tailsection is a carbon one piece unit with the tail light cutout in it. The front fairings are Aprilia OEM imported from the UK. They are used, but in great condition. The pictures show Bridgestone racing slicks; I have new Michelin Pilot Road tires for it, ready to be mounted. This bike was originally purchased because Zina's original RS250 seemed slow and this bike had the Biganski work done to it. Well, as we got the bike into the garage, we found the issues with Zina's RS250 and then this bike started being used for parts.
This bike's engine has case porting by Steve Biganski but will be tuned to OEM specs to maximize reliability and will have OEM pistons and OEM "challenge" exhausts. We used the Biganski crank originally from this bike to put in Zina's racebike (which is now sold). The engine is currently disassembled. When built, the engine will have been completely gone through. The crank was used for only one outing but is rebuilt and trued to near zero tolerance by Kevin Murray of MCE Racing. The bike is complete but as mentioned, currently disassembled.
$5000 is the going rate for good condition race bikes but not for street registered RS250s. I'll take $7000 for it as is and will consider offers over $9000 for it once running. Even before California's ban on all new registrations of non-EPA bikes, street plated RS250s were worth $10,000+.
667 Race bike:
(the above is the pic of my bike right after we got it)
This bike has gotten me several race wins and almost countless podium finishes. I have gotten 2nd in the solo lites championships twice (racing against SV650s). This bike (and the occasional guest ride on Zina's bike) got me 2nd in the WSMC Aprilia Challenge class in 2002 and I clenched the 2003 championship with 2 rounds remaining.
With the new crank and fresh top end, I am wanting $5400 for this bike. Note that the work listed above represents thousands of dollars of racing R&D that does not come with a "new" bike.