Aprilia Cup RS250s are ADDICTIVE!!
OK folks, so I have to tell you. I have never understood why anyone would want to buy a 250 for the track. I mean come on, it is SLOW... and going fast is so much more fun! Right?! I mean, it just comes down to the same thing that we get from all these first time bike buyers, "I think I'll get a 750 or 1000 or a Busa for my first bike" type of logic, I mean really, if you can afford a 750 or a 1000, get one right? They are faster on the track after all, and of course, it is all about lap times, isn't it?
Well, I am here to tell you that that same logic that gets people hurt on the street, moves right to the track as well. The bigger the bike, the more HP it has, the heavier it is, etc... all get in the way of learning how to "RIDE" or how to "CORNER". You may be thinking, OK... maybe that makes sense... Of course, all of us have read that new trackheads should be learning on an SV or on a 600. That I wholeheartedly support. It is safer, and there is more to learn about cornering, braking, etc... and I think that it makes these people a better rider than those that start on a 1000 or a 750 (remember guys, I ride 1000s with a heck of a lot of HP, so I am not picking on you).
A friend of mine, 5Axis as you know him, Dave Lockhart, offered me a ride on his RS250 a while ago. Foolishly, I never took him up on it. Lo and behold, he talked to me last week, told me that he would be at Blackhawk, and that he would NOT be riding. He was coming up for the cookout on Saturday. And by the way, did I want him to bring his RS250 for me to ride and check out? Hell yeah!! So anyhow, he brings the bike, starts it up for me, gives me a few tips, and send me out on the track. I figured, hey... it's slow, I'll ride it in B group to get used to it. (I am a CR so that is a nice bonus feature I get to enjoy) So, I went out and CRd on the RS250 in the B group. I had so much fun I just couldn't stop laughing and smiling!! That thing RAILS through corners like you can't believe! I rode the first session getting comfortable on it and carrying tons of corner speed. This is addictive, so of course, I asked if I could ride yet another session on the bike. Dave laughed, mixed me some more pre-mix, and sent me back out onto the track. I went out and rode with Mopar, one of the fastest guys in I group, and since I figured I'd be slower than I-pace, I rode without a CR shirt on, just as a regular member (I didn't want any of the I guys to have to slow down for a wave-by from me). Anyhow, Mopar and I proceeded to go out and just rip through the I guys (outside passes only) and fly everywhere except for the straights. If he was in front of me, he had to hold up on the straights, if I was in front of him, I'd drop him through all the corners and he would catch up on the straights.
All I can tell you folks is that these things (Aprilia Cup RS250s) are EXTREMELY fun, can carry TONS and TONS of corner speed like I have never ridden, and are a total blast. That is the good news.
The bad news - my wife is gonna pissed when another bike shows up in our garage.
5Axis - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU as Gomer Pyle would say.
(oh yeah, one more thing, don't come off the gas on a two-stroke mid corner... the front can wash out)
Great Quote - One would think that the Secret Service was smart enough to get serviced secretly.
Last edited by Wink; 09-04-2006 at 01:46 PM.