Posts by Category: Laverda

Laverda November 17, 2014 posted by

Tangerine Dream: 1975 Laverda SFC for Sale

1975 Laverda SFC R Side

This Laverda SFC is bit of a throwback to another era, when you really could buy a motorcycle, ride it to the track, rip off the lights, and actually compete at the professional level. Sure, there are classes today that require bikes to be largely stock, but this Laverda is really more like the equivalent of a World SuperBike machine. With a headlight.

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It’s just too bad that Laverda name-owners Piaggio don’t have room in their lineup for a revived Laverda. Their modern sporting range is taken up by Aprilia and their retro-sport line is all Guzzi, but I could see Laverda as a sort of Italian alternative to Triumph: practical, real-world sportbikes and standards with only a dash of nostalgia. It almost worked when they revived Laverda in the 1990’s. Unlike many of the other recent stabs at brand-revivification, the Zane-era bikes were actually affordable, and they still make for a pretty cool Ducati alternative. Down a bit on outright power, but with superlative handling.

1975 Laverda SFC Dash

Of course, you’ll get a lot of, “Laverda, who makes that?” at your local bike-night. But that’s okay. My personal experience is that only the very best kind of people know Laverda. I have a battered old Laverda t-shirt and it attracts attention everywhere I go. Random strangers approach me in restaurants, in the checkout line at the grocery store, even at IKEA to ask me about it.

So Laverda is gone, but not forgotten, and this 1975 SFC really helps to explain the love people have for the orange bikes from Breganze, Italy.

1975 Laverda SFC R Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Laverda SFC 750 “Elettronico” for Sale

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This is "the real thing", numbers on the register and it is the rariest and most desiderable model of the serie, the "Elettronico" of 1975. On top of this it has a works race history being raced by Giuseppe Uberti Foppa (works Laverda rider listed also in the SFC register book) at the 500kms of Monza in 1975, with certification signed by him.

The bike was restored in the Factory in the early 80's and kept as a jewel since, totally original genuine parts, even the fiberglass body, throttle, all small bits, no repro's or nos.

Bike is "on the button" with even new tyres, showroom conditions. The best i have seen in the last 20 years! Bulletproof investment. Bike is currently located in Italy, 33080 Roveredo in Piano (Pordenone) but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem. We can supply US contact as reference.

Built between 1971 and 1976, the SFC or “Super Freni Competizione” was an homologation-special with an engine full of race-spec parts that pushed power to 80hp and road-legal lights and signals tacked on as a nod to streetability. Many SFC’s show up for sale with those parts packed away safely in a cardboard box…

1975 Laverda SFC R Grip

Not especially light, but very stable, the Laverda parallel twins were renowned for their durability. The 750cc engine featured five main bearings and parts not built by Laverda were sourced, regardless of origin, for their quality: Ceriani suspension, Bosch ignition, and Nippon-Denso electrics.

Only 549 were ever produced, making this one rare and very desirable machine, and the signature on the tail section and pristine condition only make it more so.

-tad

1975 Laverda SFC L Side

Tangerine Dream: 1975 Laverda SFC for Sale
Laverda October 12, 2014 posted by

Air or Water? 2 Zane-era Laverdas in the UK, same seller

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The zane-era laverda bikes tick a lot of the Rare Sport Bike boxes; limited production numbers, discontinued marque, italian heritage, smexy looks in an age where eye-bleeding graphics packages were the norm, etc.  The final generation Zane bikes were even recently ranked as one of  the top 5 "future classics" by Bonhams.

Personally I am a huge fan of these bikes; I love their handling due to the Nico Baker frame and top shelf components.  Also the letterbox gas tank  that reduces the center of gravity is still pretty advanced after 14 years.  The only real knocks against the zane-era bikes is 1) owners of the bikes made when the factory was located in breganze don't consider them "real" laverdas (which is just stupid imho), 2) a lot of people haven't heard of the brand/marque, and 3) some claim that the air cooled 668 was underpowered and the 750 series was unreliable.  NOTE:  I have found that people who claim this seem to turn out to be the aforementioned breganze-era owners.

As a collector I have had a good opportunity to experience these bikes directly and let set the record straight; the 668 series more than holds it own compared to comparable bikes of the time and looks a hell of a lot better.  As for the 750 series, it is true the 1st run of the 750s had some charging issues and a reputation for blown cranks at high rpms after 25k miles but both of these issues were resolved by the time the final generation was issued in 1999 as the 2000 models.   Sadly, at this point the company fell apart as the relationship between Francisco Tognon and other major investors deteriorated.  The brand was bought by Aprilia which then went bankrupt itself a few years later and both were then bought by Italian scooter maker Piaggio and so far there has been no indication of a revival of Laverda anytime in the near future.

This particular post is for two auctions of zane-era bikes.  While normally these would be two separate posts, they are being combined because both are being offered by the same seller!

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Air Cooled 1998 Laverda 668 in UK on ebay

The first is for a 668/air cooled sport that looks very pristine.  Just look at the area near the footpegs/exhausts/chain...looks brand new!   The seller doesn't include enough pics in my opinion but from what I am seeing the bike looks to be in simply stunning condition, perfectly clean and has approx 10,000 k on it so its barely broken it.

The 668 sport was probably the most advanced model in the 668/air-cooled range and owners report almost no issues with them other than the occasionally flat battery (which can be resolved by upgrading the battery cables).  I know some people who are fans of the early generation air cooled GSX-R models that tried a 668 sport and was just blown away by how they handled, sounded and looked. This bike has essentially the same styling as the 750 sport/formula so if you like the 750 series but are still concerned about reliability, this would be an excellent choice.

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2000 Laverda 750 formula in UK on ebay

The second is the real gem in my opinion, a 2000 series 750 formula with the ultra-rare silver and orange paint scheme.  The 2000 series had all the upgrades including a new crank design and this bike is a Formula edition. The Formula was the hot/race version of the 750 series with special cams, advanced FI chip and carbon exhausts standard.   This particular one looks like a 1999/2000 series that has the 1998-1999 3 spoke wheels instead of the 1999-2000 lighter  5 spoke wheels but is otherwise correct.   The bikes are already appreciating and regularly win awards, including a recent first place in class at the Goodwin Festival of Speed.

Personally I don't think the pics in the auction clearly show how stunningly beautiful the 2000 series bike really are so I have also included a link to some additional pics on the web.

This looks like an amazing opportunity that some lucky collector in the UK is going to get.  I think a collector could pick up one of these if so inclined but the smart collector could pick up both of these as a package deal for about 4000-5000 GBP.  As stated previously, the 750 formula has already started to appreciate so perhaps the buyer could tuck it away and let it continue to appreciate while enjoying the hell out of the air cooled 668 sport.  All I know is that even though personally I already own both a 668 sport and 2000 series formula, if I was in the UK I would be bidding.

-marty

 

Post Script:  For any us interested buyers, neither the 668 Sport nor the Silver/Orange 2000 750 Formula were ever offered for sale in the states so if you bought it and imported it you would have an uber rare bike.

Air or Water? 2 Zane-era Laverdas in the UK, same seller
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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Now that’s Italian: 1984 Laverda RGA 1000 Sprint