3-27-2018 Update: A year later, this bike is still up for sale. Now it’s got a discount down to $3,999 – is that enough to get you to overlook the cosmetic issues?
Normally, a company releases a limited edition to celebrate a specific achievement like a certain amount of victories or an anniversary. For some reason, Aprilia decided to release just 300 bikes patterned after Noriyuki Haga’s WSBK Aprilia, though he was never able to finish better than runner-up over a season. To be fair, he placed 2nd three times, and it’s also a little silly for me to poke fun of this considering he’s faster than I will ever be. I’m just saying, it’s an odd motivation for a limited production bike considering Haga placed 4th the year leading into this production run. This example has some cosmetic issues but that’s why you can snap it up for a relative bargain – the last one I featured did not meet reserve at $8,200, while the seller of this bike is willing to take less than 5 grand.
300 examples were produced, 60 of which were sold in the US. Despite my teasing, I think this bike is beautiful thanks to a blue Ergal top triple tree with Haga’s signature, dual titanium Akrapovic pipes, Brembo brakes and full Ohlins suspension (plus damper). This bike has 11,800 miles and a serious amount of upgrades, though whether that increases the value depends on your desire for originality on a limited production motorcycle. Highlights of the upgrades include a Gabro EPROM chip, STM slipper clutch, carbon fiber airbox from the RSV Colin Edwards replica, aftermarket Ohlins rear shock, Sato rear sets, and more.
Find this Haga replica for sale in the South Bay Area for $4,900 or best offer here on Bay Area Riders Forum.