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aprilia rs50, any experience with them??

I've been thinking about selling the car/bikes on ebay, and picking up the rs50 as I have no need to travel very far, and was looking to pick up an rs50 for the gas and insurance savings for this summer.

Are they hard for maintenance/finding parts?? I wouldn't need to drive on the highway really, but would it be able to hit 50? If not, can you buy a big bore kit of some sort for it, and would it end up losing a lot of mpg?

Any help is appreciated, going to aprilia's website right now to check out specs on it.

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well, from apriliaforum dot com, looks like stock is 58 top speed, around 70 with a 73.5cc kit...now to find gas mileage, and price for a decent used one.....

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RS50 the sport bike? It looks like a great bike, but they are pretty hard to find. Even if you find an RS50, the are quite expensive. My brother wanted one last year, but they were like $2000-$3000 used and for that kind of money you can get a Ninja 250. Also, it might be hard to find replacement parts. Looks like a great bike though. I found one on Ebay, bid is up to $1500.

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RS50 the sport bike? It looks like a great bike, but they are pretty hard to find. Even if you find an RS50, the are quite expensive. My brother wanted one last year, but they were like $2000-$3000 used and for that kind of money you can get a Ninja 250. Also, it might be hard to find replacement parts. Looks like a great bike though. I found one on Ebay, bid is up to $1500.

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did you have a 250 earlier? how are they on gas mileage?

I might just end up keeping my bike, depending on how much my insurance is going to get jacked up

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did you have a 250 earlier? how are they on gas mileage?

I might just end up keeping my bike, depending on how much my insurance is going to get jacked up
I still have that Ninja 250. I'm getting about 35 MPG. However, I have a 1994 and I'm positive its been abused. The carbs need a cleaning. I think a Ninja 250 in good condition gets 60+ MPG. If you are considering an RS50, look into a Ninja 250 as well. The RS50 has a two stroke engine I believe. Not sure what the fuel economy is, but it is probably better than the Ninja 250 since it has an engine that is 1/5 the displacement.

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wink, that 250 still for sale?.. want to trade bikes lol

kidding...i need to fix some schtuff first

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I rode Jim's once. Not appropriate for keeping up with traffic for anything but in-town. Slightly better than a zuma. Cooler than a zuma, but more $, harder to service, etc.

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Get a 250, costs around that same, and you'll be more satisfied. RS50 if for getting around a race track as a spectator or going to the post office.

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The 250 is the way to go cheap maintence and good gas milelage the aprillia is hard to find parts for my fiance has an aprilia scooterSLOW and man is it hard to find parts...

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this makes me sad...never thought i'd consider downgrading

figured aprilia would be hard on parts to find, too bad the 250 isn't as nice on the eyes (at least not for the same price)

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The 2008 250 looks very nice but are hard to find too. Lithium has a big bore kit in their Luma and they get 64 mph out of it now.

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i own an aprilia rs50 with a 67cc kit. the mileage is pretty pathetic actually because you are revving the balls off of it all the time (at least in the city). not that it's not fun...it's fun!

i think i get about 35mpg, but i think the jetting is way rich right now. it's possible it would get better mileage with a less aggressive throttle hand and different main jet, but i haven't had time to look at it recently (there is some ignition problem i'm having anyway).

i have had it up to about 75mph on the expressway which was verified via GPS in a car that was behind me.

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