Originally Posted by a64pilot
First time I broke 100 mph by myself was on a Kawasaki H2.
The 750 triple, I was 13 or 14 at the time I guess.
WERA used to have a whole racing
series based on the RD 350.
Aprillia made the last street legal
two stoke sold
in the US that I know of, the RS 250, a little smaller than I liked but it made a great track bike
If the 250 is too small, wait until you try these...
Aprilia sold RS50's in the USA for a few years past the RS250. The RS50 was bascially a RS125 with a 49.9cc engine
swap. (Aluminum frame, 6 speed, water
injection). I've owned a couple of them. One stock, one with a 80cc kit.
I made my older boys street ride them before moving to anything larger. They look back with fondness
Aprilia also sold the 2009 RS125 street bike for 'off road use only' but it came with a 17 digit VIN. 140 were imported. It also came with the most HP (about 25 at the wheel) and a 'power valve'. Parts
were dirt cheap
due to small CC despite being Italian. I bought all the bits from Europe
, new wiring
harness, turn signals, passenger pegs, etc.
I also took it to track days to supplement my larger bike at the time (Panigale). My woman ended it's life by high-siding herself on the last session of a 3 day track day weekend down in N. Fl (Jennings). She knocked herself out, broke her wrist and destroyed the bike. To replace it, I bought a Euro import
, sans 'powervalve' and it was terrible. Less than zero power down low, a little in the midrange, and seemed up top not that great either. I sold it and didn't miss it.
Here is a couple videos I did back in 2008 when I sold the RS50/80. Forgive the one handed riding, I was holding the camera
with the other.
Here's a pic of my bone headed kid after he crashed my 2009 RS125. The left side doesn't look nearly this nice.