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As some of you know my husband bought an RS250 Challenge back in October. Since we live in Arizona making a two stroke street legal is possible. It's taken us this long, but it finally happened. Here it is:

Bodywork is by Multi Tech, paint design and tape by me, painted by a friend.









 

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I saw one at Sears during the AMA superbike that had indicators, lights and a Calif. plate. My girl dug it and wants one now. She does have good taste, though she is with me ;) :eek:
 

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Looks great. Do you need indicators. The head lights look better than the standard ones as do the pipes... bet they breath better and sound better

Its road legal but you race it too dont you?

Is that a 1998 model?
 

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Looks great!

Do you have one of those gravel yards?? We had a gravel yard in Key West, and it drove me nuts.
 

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1) yes, it's a 1998. It had 450 miles on it when we bought it, now has 750.

2) Indicators aren't actually required on motorcycles in Arizona, but if you don't have them then you HAVE to use arm signals. To dot our "I's" and cross our "T's" we put indicators on the back but not the front.

3) Aside from the headlights we needed brake lights, license plate illumination, horn, at least one mirror, indicators, and since they smog check bikes in this state we took it in to the dealer to get the carbs synched.

4) We saved all the original bodywork (didn't want to put holes in that beautiful stuff) so it now has race bodywork as well as street bodywork. Track bike? Hell YES! Laguna Seca on July 14th baby!!! :drool:

5) RobG, are you sure it was a 250 two stroke? California absolutely does not allow street legal two strokes. Maybe it was licensed somewhere else? :confused:

6) Billy, yeah the bike screams. The techs at the Aprilia shop said that out of all the RS250's they work on there, ours "goes like a raped ape." (direct quote). The headlights are actually from a KTM Duke and the mounts are PVC pipe. Buying the original headlight assembly was way too expensive so this was a cool, cheaper alternative.

7) JL, we have rock in our yard because it's a huge pain in the ass to keep grass alive in 115 degrees. I love it also because it's so low maintenance. Every month go out with weed killer for 20 minutes and it's done! We do have a bit of grass in the back yard but if it were up to me we'd get rid of that too.

Thanks for the compliments everyone. Brian also says thanks and see ya on the road! ;)
 

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RobG, are you sure it was a 250 two stroke? California absolutely does not allow street legal two strokes. Maybe it was licensed somewhere else?
Definately was. Could have come from another state or maybe the plate from another bike... I hung out around the area hoping to see the owner to no avail. I have seen some older RZ's and a couple old Kawis as well.
 

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If you don't mind can we know what kinda $ it took to buy it & then get it to the point you have it @ now. Really a beautiful bike. Lately I've been thinking about a 2nd bike & a 2-stroke killer machine like that would be too much fun. Although California has very strict limitations on new 2-stroke bikes you can pick up older models & work them over without any state oversight.
 

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Not a Problem

We found the bike on CycleTrader.com and paid $6500 for it after driving to Long Beach to check it out. (this is an extremely low price for an Aprilia RS250) My recommendation would be to check them daily and if you see a bike in your price range, DON'T WAIT! We put money down on the RS, the seller told us that he had about 10 calls after we put the money down, offering up to $9,000 for it. We missed out on more than a few bikes like this just from waiting too long. Luckily, the bike wasn't too far away so we could go and check it out. It will cost around $600 to ship a bike across the country otherwise.

The bodywork was around $600, (I'll check back with you later on that because I don't remember exactly.) A friend painted the bodywork for $250.

The headlights were around $50, plus the cost of epoxy and a small length of PVC pipe. The indicators weren't much (Lockhart Philips).

Rearview mirrors were cheap too, probably $30.

He used two strips of LED lights from a Harley store for the tail lights, cost unknown to me. A friend fabricated the license plate mount, so that was about $35.

Our neighbor is a bigger gearhead than my husband, so he helped with a lot of the fabrication and wiring. We saved A LOT on that front.

Since AZ does smog check bikes, we spent $119 at the Aprilia shop having the carbs synched etc. to make sure it would pass emissions.

*note* We didn't have to buy new bodywork, but Brian didn't want to cut holes in the OEM plastics. Also, the headlight assembly direct from the manufacturer is somewhere in the neighborhood of $350. No idea on the tail light assembly, but it's probably similarly priced. I've found that aftermarket or used parts for the RS250 are rather difficult to find.
 
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