As modern classic and neo-retro motorcycles continue to grow in popularity, more and more manufacturers are venturing beyond cafe racer-style naked motorcycles. Triumph recently slapped a handsome bubble fairing and svelte tail section on its Speed Triple 1200 RR and Yamaha drew inspiration from its decorated 1980s Grand Prix days for the heavily updated XSR900.
As retros get slicker, we may see other brands jumping on the trend as well. Aprilia appears to be readying a commemorative 30th anniversary livery for a potential RSV4 Trenta, but that nostalgic paint scheme doesn’t go far enough for some fans. One of those die-hard Aprilia fans is a French blogger Race Weekend and its RSV4 body and paintwork inspired by the RS250 show just how far the brand’s enthusiasts are willing to go to capture the charm of a bygone era.
Aprilia produced the RS250 for the road between 1995 and 2002. Created as an ode to the success of the company’s intermediate class in Grand Prix racing, it proved to be one of the last two-strokes homologated for the road. While the RS250 and RSV4 have sported similar graphic treatments and colorways over the years, the two models couldn’t be more different.
The RS250 reused a Suzuki RGV250 V-twin engine with a modified ECU, expansion chambers and airbox. The liquid-cooled, 249cc, 90-degree V-twin made 65 horsepower but only tipped the scales at 310 pounds. By comparison, the 445-pound RSV4 makes 217 horsepower from its 1,099cc 65-degree V4 engine.
The French blogger, however, wanted to combine the modern power, technology and performance of the Superbike with the old-school aesthetics of the RS250. To achieve such a lofty goal, he contracted Carbone Junkie Suisse to create the carbon fiber fairing while Corbex SA supplied the paintwork and the headlight mounting system.
Of course, wiring the old RS250 headlights to the RSV4 electrical system proved to be a daunting task, but the team pulled it off in the end. A Biman saddle and newly polished frame complete the retro makeover. More brands may be venturing into the modern-classic segment, but Race Weekend proves that enthusiasts can be the change they want to see in the marketplace.