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Laverda June 21, 2014 posted by

Out With an (Orange) Bang:1988 Laverda SFC1000

Unable to compete with the ruthless, technological march of the Japanese manufacturers, Laverda’s SFC 1000 was an attempt to capitalize on their past endurance racing glories, a last gasp before they went under, prior to their relatively brief resurrection in the 1990’s. To be honest, I didn’t even realize that Laverda was still making bikes in 1988, so I’d imagine this was bike was built 1985 and sat untitled for a couple years.

1988 Laverda SFC 1000 L Side

1988 Laverda SFC1000 for sale on eBay

SFC originally stood for “Super Freni Competizione”, basically “super braking competition” a reference to the huge drum brake on the front of the very first SFC twins, later replaced by a pair of discs. Powered by a 750cc parallel-twin , the original SFC was produced in very limited numbers, the epitome of a “racer for the road” and many were quickly stripped of their street-legal lighting for track duty. This was probably for the best: the SFC was fast and very brutal, and probably didn’t make a good road tool for casual riders.

Not so with the SFC 1000, which was basically a renamed and slightly restyled version of the “executive express” RGS, the SFC1000 was a far more street-oriented bike built around Laverda’s charismatic three-cylinder engine. Earlier triples had a 180° configuration that ran like a four-cylinder with a miss, but later examples like this one used a smoother 120° engine that lost some character but was much more user-friendly.

1988 Laverda SFC 1000 Engine

And while the big triple had evolved into a more conservative machine in terms of its mission, don’t think it couldn’t hustle: on track, you could lean these over enough to grind the generator cover into dust.

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Laverda SFC1000 for Sale

Very clean, with upgrades–all easily reversible to full factory-original, if desired.
Imported by me from New Zealand in 2010.
Never dropped, raced, or mistreated.

I am the second owner since new.

New coils, wires, plugs, timing chain, electronic ignition, custom slanted intake manifolds, Mikuni carbs, lubricants, bar-end mirrors, battery, throttle cables, grips, windshield, air filters, tune-up, rear brake caliper rebuild, sprockets, X-ring D.I.D. chain.

Valves meticulously adjusted.
Custom Mikunis by Mike Nixon.
Custom manifolds by Red Cawte.

1988 Laverda SFC 1000 Dash

They may have been obsolete at the time they were sold new, but these Laverdas actually represent an opportunity to buy what amounts to a classic bike at the pinnacle of its development: in 1988, this may have looked like a dinosaur, but today it just screams “useable classic”!

Which might explain why this particular bike featured over on our sister site not too long ago: Classic Sport Bikes for Sale 1988 Laverda SFC1000.

1988 Laverda SFC 1000 Rear Suspension

Overall, this example looks to be in excellent, very orange condition. One caveat: the bike was originally imported from New Zealand, so make sure that you check with your local DMV to make sure there won’t be any issues with registration before you park this in your garage. Or living room.

-tad

1988 Laverda SFC 1000 Engine2

Out With an (Orange) Bang:1988 Laverda SFC1000
Laverda June 16, 2014 posted by

Red, Rare, and Italian: 1999 Laverda 750S in Alabama

The last generation Laverdas aren't commanding prices anywhere near the 70's/Breganze era bikes but that could begin to change pretty quick. Often referred to as Zane era bikes (due to the the factory moving to the town of Zane), the last generation Laverda bikes had a Nico Bakker designed frame, Marchesini wheels, Brembo brakes, Paoli forks and shocks, and a cool letterbox fuel tank system that caused the center of gravity to improve as the fuel level went down. Overall they were well designed and were strong performance competitors to the Ducati bikes of the same era.

1999 Laverda 750S for sale one eBay

1999 Laverda 750S for sale

For 1999-2000, there were 4 different 750cc based models offered; the the 750 Strike (a standard style) in mother of pearl blue or orange, the 750 formula in black, the 750S with half-fairings in silver or black, and the 750s Carenata (which means fairing in Italian) in yellow or red. This example is a 99 750s Carenata model with the red bodywork and has very low mileage. The seller indicates it was part of a collection, although the bike does appear to have been outside for a time. The seller doesn't include a lot of information, and more pics would certainly be nice (especially of the other side of the bike and the dash), but the asking price is well below retail.

MG

from the seller:

1999 LAVERDA 750 CARENATA in great condition. Never wrecked and clear title! Only two owners and very low mileage! In great condition - only defect is a flat tire (which can easily be replaced for minimal expense). I am an owner selling off my motorcycle collection. I am a motivated seller! Bid now!

Red, Rare, and Italian:  1999 Laverda 750S in Alabama
Laverda June 8, 2014 posted by

1999 Laverda Formula 750S

Many of the machines featured on this site are pristine, beautiful examples, the best available anywhere. This is not one of those bikes. But it is rare, and it is a sportbike. And it’s worth looking at because it’s pretty hard to find Laverdas like this in any condition here in the USA.

1999 Laverda Formula R Rear

If you thought Laverda disappeared after the slab-sided RGS of the 1980’s, you’d be wrong. In the early 1990’s, a legitimate attempt to revitalize the brand was attempted and, following Laverda tradition, these “Zane era” Laverdas [produced in Zanè, Italy] utilized the best available components: the bikes featured a traditional beam frame, although beautifully detailed, with fully-adjustable Paioli suspension and hollow-spoked Marchesini wheels.

Powered by a parallel-twin engine that displaced first 668, then added water-cooling and a boost 750cc’s [747cc's], the bike never really made the power to compete with the bike it was pitched against, Ducati’s 748. Interestingly, the Italian manufacturers were some of the first to adopt fuel injection for their motorcycles, and this Laverda features a surprisingly well-sorted system.

1999 Laverda Formula Front Crop

Period tests often criticized the lack of power, but they all had plenty of superlatives handy to describe the way it went around corners. Those Paolis were more than just window-dressing, and the Brembos up front provided some of the best stopping power available.

Unfortunately, by 2000 the new Laverda was sunk and sold to Aprilia, who seem happy to let the brand languish in obscurity for now.

1999 Laverda Formula Clocks

This particular example is obviously a bit… damaged, which is a real shame as these are very striking in black and orange. D&D pipes are evocatively loud, but Formulas generally came from the factory with a pair of carbon Termignonis, and I’m wondering where those got to…

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Laverda Formula 750S

Laverda 750s 1999 This is a very unique bike, it can be considered the alternative to the Ducati 748. Bike is a head turner not mention the sound. It has a very deep lope as it is a parallel twin and fires 180 from each other. The power comes best on the top end rather then a low end. If I have to say my favorite part of the bike besides its performance is the sound, the D&D pipes literally make the ground shake, and when the throttle is cracked your heart jumps.The bike feels very planted in the corners, front brakes feel awesome and the best ive feel ive felt compared to all the newer Japanese bikes. The power is comes in midrange and pulls hard to redline. This if defiantly a bike to take to the twisys. It has a lot of character, very raw and a sense of pride when riding the bike. Has a new pilot power 2CT and a new rear sprocket, tire has maybe 500 miles and is broken in. its been laid down on the left and the only physical damage you can se

these black plastic was installed by my friend, as this was my friends bike and then I purchased it for my collection,

Has new battery, just started yesterday sounds so cool and run very strong.

1999 Laverda Formula L Rear

Looking for all the world like a Latin-ized ZX7, the styling of the bike was a bit dated even when new, but I think has aged really well. Oh, and notice the smooth surface of the tank? It's actually the airbox: the fuel-filler door is under that little, hinged pillion pad. While these certainly are hard to find, they really don’t command all that much in terms of dollars yet. They’re sort of lost in between eras: a forgotten marque, unless you’re a classic enthusiast, with late 80’s style, mediocre power, and questionable parts availability.

With a clear title and a Buy-It-Now price of $4,500, this could be a great chance for someone to pick up an Italian exotic at a bargain price. Probably not a great choice if it’s your only bike, but cheap enough to make a fun weekend blaster or occasional track day bike.

-tad

1999 Laverda Formula L Side

1999 Laverda Formula 750S
Laverda January 10, 2014 posted by

Now that’s Italian: 1984 Laverda RGA 1000 Sprint

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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

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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.

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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!

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MI

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

Month in Review: June 2013 Sales Report

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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!

dc

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.

dc

1999 Laverda 750S For Sale on eBay

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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.

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