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Laverda January 10, 2014 posted by

Now that’s Italian: 1984 Laverda RGA 1000 Sprint


Laverdas are often referred to as the Italian BMW, and this RGA 1000 is a good indication why. Instead of cutthroat sport bikes, Laverda built the gentleman's express - Italian style. Using curves and flair not typically found in Germany (and often colors not found in nature), these big triples are comfortable, reasonably fast and powerful, and ever so unique. If "quirky" tickles your fancy, read on!

1984 Laverda RGA 1000 Sprint for sale on eBay


From the seller:
Here we have a 1984 Laverda RGA w/Sprint fairing. Bike has 12k plus miles and runs strong with no weird noises or any smoke. Has new Michelin tires front and back and a new battery. The fairing is very rare and worth around $1000. The bike fell over on the right side while I was taking pictures and the only damage was to the right front turn signal housing plus my ego.


Due to the rarity of some of these models - and the fact that Laverda is no longer in existence - spare parts and bodywork can be an issue. But such is part of the fun and challenge when dealing with the rare, unique and (often) obsolete. Check out all of the pictures and details here - and then ride off into the sunset!



Now that’s Italian: 1984 Laverda RGA 1000 Sprint
Aprilia July 19, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: June 2013 Sales Report


Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 60 bikes in June and readers purchased 14 bikes in total.

Lowest sale price: $2900
Highest sale price: $19800

Congratulations to June’s buyers and sellers!


Let's get it started with this 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 that had a buy-it-now of $3600 and sold after one relist for $2950.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

This Yamaha YZR500 replica build in the UK was first listed for about $22,600 but ended up selling for $20,500 after two relists.

Yamaha YZR500 replica

In Arizona this 2002 Aprilia RS250 MKII sold for a shade over $9k.

2002 Aprilia RS250

This red-headed Moto Guzzi V11 Rosso Corsa sold for a very reasonable $5500.

2003 Moto Guzzi Rosso Corsa

Here was a sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF750R that sold for a mere $3700.

1997 Yamaha YZF750R

Next is this 1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane that sold for $3950.

1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane

A cult favorite, this 1985 Yamaha RZ350 sold for just $5000.

1985 Yamaha RZ350

This 1982 Ducati 900 Supersport pulled in $17,100!

1982 Ducati 900SS

After being relisted once, this 1996 Bimota BB1 is going to sell for $5444.

1996 Bimota BB1

With one relist, this Yamaha FZR400 sold for $3450.

Yamaha FZR400

Combining items in a single auction almost never works, but in the case of this lot with a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 and 1987 GSX-R50 sold for $13,100.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Here's an ugly duckling that sold for just $2900.

1996 Yamaha FZR600

In the Pacific Northwest, this 1990 Honda NSR250R (MC21) sold for a mere $4825.

1990 Honda NSR250R

While not a Formula, this 1999 Laverda 750S sold for just $4550.

1999 Laverda 750S

And this nearly new 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss sold for an astonishing $19,800!

2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss

At the other end of the spectrum, this 2001 Ducati 996 with just 1100 miles sold for $7500, which I think might be the best Ducati of the month.

2001 Ducati 996

Another 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100, and this one sold for $5400.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Month in Review:  June 2013 Sales Report
Laverda June 26, 2013 posted by

1999 Laverda 750S with 2700 Miles in Pennsylvania

1999 Laverda 750S For Sale

If the refurb'd Laverda 750S Formula we posted a couple days ago had you drooling but was too far to pursue, maybe this stateside 750S could help with that itch. While not a Formula, all the Laverda's of this era are pretty rare bikes. And they still carry lots of premium parts to compliment the parallel twin. This particular example wears the half fairing option and has been on display for many years. Having only covered 2675 miles before being put on display, the seller notes that this bike will need a battery and fluids before running. This one is opening at $2500 and has no bids yet.


1999 Laverda 750S For Sale on eBay


from the seller:

1999 Laverda 750S in excellent condition with only 2,675 original miles. This bike has been on static display at a local Quaker Steak and Lube. Be the only one with a Laverda at bike nights! It will need a battery installed and all fluids checked prior to running. It was stored properly with the cylinders fogged with lubricant to preserve it during its display. This bike pulls like a freight train and shifted and handled like the true Italian bike it is on it last ride prior to display and storage. It has not had the starter conversion done to it. The only things not as factory are the carbon fiber D&D exhaust cans which sound incredible and the upgrade oil filter assembly.




Laverda June 24, 2013 posted by

1999 Laverda 750S Formula: Completely Refurbished

1999 Laverda 750S Formula For Sale

It's always refreshing when we get to post a rare Italian sportbike for sale that isn't a Ducati or Bimota, and this 750S Formula definitely fits the bill. Top notch components include Brembo’s, Marchasini’s and Termignoni’s, not to mention a Nico Baker designed frame. This particular example is in the UK and advertised as a nut and bolt restoration and it certainly looks it in the pictures! The seller states he'll ship worldwide and it's priced at £7,995.00, or roughly $12,300 as of this writing. Thanks for the email Garth,


1999 Laverda 750S Formula For Sale on eBay






Aprilia June 20, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: May 2013 Sales Report


Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 85 bikes in May and witnessed an all-time high of 29 of our picks getting sold. In fact our readers bought 23 bikes in May! Here is a review of 29 of the 85 posted, most having sold.

Lowest sale price: $1380
Highest sale price: $25099

Congratulations to May’s buyers and sellers!


In no particular order, we start with this 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 2000 miles that sold for $3650:

Ducati 900 SS/SP

A highlight last month is this 1986 GSX-R 750 Limited Edition with less than 900 miles that sold for $22,400!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited

This 2001 Ducati 996SPS failed to sell after being bid to nearly $12k.

Ducati 996SPS

This very tidy but tiny Aprilia RS50 sold for a pint sized $2700 to one of our readers.

Aprilia RS50

This stock 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma sold for $12,400.

1985 Suzuki RG500

This heavily modified 1986 Suzuki RG500 in Lucky Strike livery failed to sell the first time at $10,500 but sold after one relist for $16,000!

1986 Suzuki RG500 Lucky Strike

This 1990 BMW K1 with just 4200 miles sold for $13450, McDonalds colors be damned!


This very clean 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 sold for $7000, even with 30k miles!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750

This 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750 might have been the bargain of the month selling at just $2550.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750

This amazing low mileage and stunning 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $13100.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Someone scored on this 1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R Ninja that saw just 7400 miles. Sold for only $3750!

1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R

This 1991 Yamaha TZ 250 B racebike sold for $17500 but was relisted and sold again for $15500. Hopefully for good!

This well looked after 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 sold for $8200.

Moto Guzzi Daytona

This later 1997 Daytona 1100 with less than 7k miles failed to sell with bids reaching $9100.

Moto Guzzi Daytona 1100

Another great buy was this 1982 Honda CB 900F with 205 miles for only $6655. This won't be depreciating any time soon.

1982 Honda CB900F

Here's a nearly new 999R with less than 1k miles that failed to sell at $16100.

Ducati 999R

This restored 1988 Suzuki GSX-R sold for a mere $6100 to one of our readers.

This 1996 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike was no reserve and sold for $7500.

Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike

Here's a Yamaha RZ500 that sold for a scant $6500.

Yamaha RZ500 RD500LC

This 1998 Yamaha R1 failed to sell at $8500 and has been relisted for $7500.

Yamaha YZF-R1 For Sale

This cool 1985 Yamaha FZ750 survivor sold for $3850.

1985 Yamaha FZ750

Here's a 1987 Suzuki GSX-R50 that sold to one of the RSBFS superfans for $1380.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R50

This 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo is one of several we posted recently and it sold for $5451.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

This 1994 Yamaha YZF-750R was also well bought at just $2200.

1994 Yamaha YZF-750R

This 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited sold for $12721.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited

A very striking 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE sold for $17000.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

This spotless 1998 Aprilia RS250 set a new record selling for $9950.

1998 Aprilia RS250

This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR failed to sell the first time at $8500 buy-it-now, but was relisted twice and sold for $6500.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

The top seller this month was this 1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo for $25099.

1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo

This 1994 Bimota DB2 appears to have sold for good this time at $7400.

1994 Bimota DB2

The great pumpkin 1982 Laverda Jota sold for $20255!

1982 Laverda Jota

This 1993 Ducati Superlight failed to sell at $9499.

Ducati Superlight

This XN85 Turbo sold for just $4000.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

While we were having a little fun with this CBR1000RR trike, it did find a new home for $9900.

CBR1000RR Trike

This 1985 RZ500 failed to sell when bid to $9100 while wearing a $11800 buy-it-now.

Yamaha RZ500

Laverda May 22, 2013 posted by

Before it turns into a pumpkin: 1982 Laverda Jota


This is not a motorcycle for sale. This is more like a love story. In the motorcycle-themed version of Cinderella, this would be the pumpkin turned chariot. No mice needed to pull this one around, as the big Laverda is well-known for the quality and quantity of its power. Swap some boots and leather pants for the glass slipper, and your story would be complete. Ah, but this 4,000 km tale is better told by the seller.


From the seller:
THIS is the one you've been waiting for, a Jota in Immaculate condition.
"BIG ORANGE EYE CANDY" is how some people have described this beautiful machine.

This actual bike was on display in the 2011 exhibit of "Classic Motorcycles at the Simeone" automobile museum in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photos 1+2) It shared the stage with some of the most rare and beautiful Italian motorcycles ever made.

A 1982 Laverda Jota with only 4172 Kilometers, that's ONLY 2587 Miles!
That mileage figure is absolutely correct because I am the one and only official owner of this bike.
I purchased this bike in 2001 from a gentleman who was the North American importer of all Italian Motorcycles.
This bike had only 25 KM on the Odometer at the time I purchased it. It was stored in his heated warehouse, along with about 100 other rare and classic Italian motorcycles that had never been titled. I was the first person to officially register, title and ride this bike in the summer of 2001.


More from the seller:
Included in this auction will be every book and manual I have acquired through the years. Every Part that I have removed, replaced, or upgraded will also be included in this auction. There are hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of dollars worth of extra parts included here. Check the photo of all the parts laid out, there's a bunch.

This includes the original fairing which I removed early in my ownership, simply because I prefer the look of a naked bike. It is in near perfect condition since I kept it indoors for the past ten plus years. The windshield was replaced on the fairing early on before I decided to remove it altogether. The original windshield was cracked, hence the replacement, but it too, is included. All the original hardware to mount the fairing is also included.

The original mufflers were replaced with Jota cans, which basically are empty without baffles. This gives the bike a very nice sound without being obnoxious. Original mufflers are included and also are in near mint condition.

In early 2011 the clutch seized up on me and had to be replaced . If you know these bikes, you are probably aware that this is a common problem when the bike is not run for an extended period. You also probably know that in 1982, Laverda was the first manufacturer to offer a hydraulic clutch. Well being the first is not always a good thing. Those hydraulic clutches were notorious for leaking, as was the case here. I decided that as long as had to replace the clutch, I would replace it with the traditional cable actuated version. I also opted for the easier pulling, longer lever version, which makes a huge difference in the amount of force needed to pull in the clutch. All the original hydraulic clutch parts will be included in the sale as well as an extra manual clutch cover.

There are two seats included in this auction. The original "Bum Stop" saddle which currently is not installed on the bike and the replacement 2 up saddle I installed so I could take on a passenger. Both saddles are in fantastic shape.

Still more from the seller:
The original Bosch ignition was replaced by a more reliable DMC ignition.

The original tires were replaced with Michelin Macadams soon after I bought the bike in 2001. So there are only about 4200 kms on them. I do NOT have the original tires.

I replaced the original turn signals with a vintage set of chrome Lucas signals. They are much better looking in my opinion than the originals. The originals are also included in the auction.

All lights and signals work properly.

There was a side kickstand that I installed at one point, but I decided to remove it as I heard they were unreliable. The sidestand will be included and could be installed again very easily by the new owner but I would not recommend it. The center stand works very well and is more than adequate for most situations.

The carburetors were rebuilt back in 2002 or 2003. They have been running fine since then.


It is difficult to find a Laverda in this condition. In general, original condition Laverdas do not come up for auction very often, much less museum condition bikes. This particular Jota looks the part, and the very organized owner clearly loved the bike. This is the kind of opportunity you look for. Bidders seem to agree, with the current price at auction up to just under $12k at the time of writing. There is still a reserve in place, but I suspect this one will run up quite a bit higher before it is over. Click the link to jump over to the auction, and let us know what you think!