Aprilia RS250 Restoration

MACHINE: Aprilia RS250 2000
OBJECTIVE: Restore Barn Find RS250

Meticulously restored Aprilia RS250, back to its former glory. One of the last true race replicas, brought back to life.

Aprilia RS250 Harada side view
Aprilia RS250 Harada side view
Aprilia RS250 before and after restoration swingarm and exhausts
Aprilia RS250 before and after restoration swingarm and exhausts
Aprilia RS250 before and after engine restoration
Aprilia RS250 before and after engine restoration

Aprilia RS250 Restoration Specification

Full engine stripdown and inspection

New outer crank seals and bearings

Pistons checked and decoked

Power valves checked, decoked and adjusted

Carburettors, fuel and oil system fully cleaned and reconditioned

Cables adjusted for oil pump, throttle, and power valves

Exhausts decoked and reconditioned

New battery

New sparkplug caps

Gear oil replaced

Coolant replaced

Brake fluid replaced

Brake pads replaced

Drive chain replaced

What It Took To Restore The Aprilia RS250

This machine was a low-mileage (4000) motorcycle, owned for only two years, and in storage for close on two decades. Luckily, the team decided to undertake a full engine strip-down before attempting to start, as a carb float had stuck and flooded the exhausts to the brim with fuel! It rapidly became clear to the team that a total full restoration was in order. After a full inspection, the machine was subjected to a painstaking deep clean, with every component, nut, bolt, and electrical system reconditioned or replaced with new. A deep clean, removal of oxidisation, repaint, and original decal application was necessary. Despite having its full ownership, there were no keys to this vintage sports Aprilia, having been lost to the ravages of time. We decided to streamline the process. Instead of ordering a new lock set, which would mean several individual keys for ignition, seat etc., we used new Aprilia key blanks, working with an expert specialist locksmith, to cut new keys specifically to seamlessly match the original bike lock set.

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