Posts by Category: Laverda

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale November 18, 2010 posted by

Rolling Laverda History: 1970 American Eagle 750S

Rolling Laverda History:  1970 American Eagle 750S

Every time I start thinking I really know motorcycles something like this roles around.  Once again I'm reminded sport bikes didn't first appear in the 80's and there is much more to Italian motorcycles than Ducati, Bimota and MV Agusta.  I had to do some research on this one since Schwinn wasn't even in my vocabulary in 1970, let alone Laverda.  From what I can gather this is the bike that got put Laverda on the map.   It combined a strong motor with a good handling chassis for the day. 

Why does it say "American Eagle" on the back you ask?  That is partially what makes this bike so unique.  Laverda's were intially sold as Amerian Eagles when they entered into the US market.  The US importer (Jack McCormack) didn't last long and was out of business by 1971. 

If I haven't put you to sleep with the history lesson I think you'll notice a pristine motorcycle.  How does 2,800 miles sound?  Yep and I think the pictures back the claim up.  The seller claims all documentation is correct and the bike has matching engine and frame numbers.  How about some spare parts to round out the package?  Yes, it has those too.

Oh, I bet it makes a nice howl with the open carbs like that.

Doesn't look like it was built in  1970 to me.

What we all like, pictures:

Auction details:

ULRA RARE LAVERDA 1970  750S AMERICAN EAGLE ,2800 ORIGINAL MILES ,MINT CONDITION ,RUNS BEAUTIFUL NEEDS NOTHING ,HAS MANUALS ,EXTRA KEYS ,TONS OF DOCUMENTS FROM MCCORMACK INTERNATIONAL , SUPER CLEAN UNMOLESTED ORIGINAL BIKE ,THIS BIKE IS ONE OF THE LAST AMERICAN EAGLE BADGED BIKES IMPORTED ,THERE IS LESS THAN 5 KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THIS MODEL , NO ISSUES ,CLEAN TITLE ,WE AT BUYERS EXPENSE CAN SHIP WORLDWIDE ,THIS MODEL WAS RACED AND WAS THE CATLYST FOR THE RACING SFC , LARGE BOXE OF SPARE WITH SOME NOS PARTS INCLUDED IN SALE .BIKE IS IN AMAZING CONDITION ,BID TO WIN , CHEAPER THAN A DUCATI 750 GT AND MUCH MORE UNIQUE AND RARE .. EVEL KNIEVEL USED A 750 AMERICAN EAGLE TO JUMP 17 CARS AT ASCOT  AND SET A NEW WORLD RECORD  ENGINE NUMBER 750* 2609*

Did you catch that last line?  Apparently Evel Knievel used an American Eagle Laverda for his jumps for almost a year.  I never knew he used anything other than a Harley. 

This thing just screams cafe racer, doesn't it?  I found an interesting bit of info from the internets that claims American Eagle badged Laverdas generally price lower than ones with a Laverda badge.  Logic would make me think it would be the other was around since the American Eagle bikes seem to be more rare (they are mechanically identical by the way).  I don't think any of that is hurting the auction, bidding is quite active but the reserve has not been met.  As of this writing the bike had hit $8,600.  If you'd like to help find the reserve .

IK

Laverda May 16, 2010 posted by

Tri Color 1998 Laverda 750S On Ebay

Tri Color 1998 Laverda 750S On Ebay

What a pretty bike!  Is it an original tri color produced by the factory?  Well probably not but someone sure had the right idea.  I rarely see bikes that have been repainted that look spot on.  This one does.  Maybe it is just easy to make anything look good in green, red and white.  Quality wise, it is hard to judge the paint by photos.   Moving on from the paint, you have a standard 750s with roughly 9,800 miles on it.  It is also graced with Arrow carbon fiber mufflers.  I don't know if it is a full Arrow exhaust or just the mufflers.  There is just something about the lines of the Laverda that just scream sport bike:  it just looks right.  The twin headlights, twin exhaust, stout looking frame, air scoops at the front:  ok, enough of me trying to convince my self to bid.

From the auction:

I am selling my 1998 Laverda 750S.  You won't pull up next to another of these rare Italian beauties! Tri-color paint scheme is in good condition.  It runs strong, just had the throttle position sensor replaced as well as a new crank sensor.  Odometer reads in KM so it works out to 9750 Miles This is a fast, flick able sport bike with all top shelf components...Brembo Brakes, Paioli forks and shocks, Arrow carbon fiber exhaust. Loves to be rev'd...This thing comes alive at 7000rpm.  Runs great, looks awesome.  There are some dings here and there in the paint but over all it is very clean!  I have to many bikes and sport bikes are not my style any more (46 years old now...a little slower and prefer to stretch out a bit) so this one has to go.

Maybe the seller is on to something when he wrote, "Why ride a Ducati....be different."  You won't pass many of these on the street and you will sure stick out with that paint scheme.  It looks like the other benefit may be that you can own an Italian sport bike with quality components and not part with a lot of your savings, say compared to a Ducati or MV Agusta.  Bidding is active on the bike and is hovering around $3,500 as of this writing.  .  Do we have any readers that own a 750s?  I'd love to read some comments about them.

I was hoping to find a clip with some sound of the Laverda engine. No luck on that but I did find this video review of the bike.  It is in Italian but gives some good close ups of the bike:

IK

Laverda April 17, 2010 posted by

1999 Laverda 750S With 4,086 Original Miles In Connecticut

This looks to be a very nice Laverda, fully-faired, 750S with low miles!  Located in Greenwich, Connecticut is a 1999 Laverda 750S with 4,086 original miles.  The seller makes no mention of maintenance history or condition other than that the bike is in "Very good condition."  The asking price is $7,500.  This appears to be a bit high but, with the mileage and the fact that we've seen very few 750S that actually sell to gauge a price on, it's worth it to ask!

This was the first new bike to be released from the new Laverda ownership which started in 1993.  These 750s's feature adjustable Paioli 41mm USD forks, Termignoni factory exhaust, Brembo Goldline calipers with 320mm rotors and Marchesini cast wheels.   These bikes were introduced in 1997 and lasted through to the take over by Aprilia in 2000.  I haven't had a chance to ride one of these but I don't doubt they just as intriguing as the Ducati SuperSports and just as good looking.  If you'd like something that is just as special as a SuperSport but also just a bit more so, see this 750S on Craigslist here.

AG

Laverda March 29, 2010 posted by

1999 Laverda Formula 750S No Reserve on Ebay

I know we've had a few of these on RSFS lately but I sure don't get tired of looking at them.  Maybe I'm stuck in the 90's but these Laverdas  just look like a sport bike should.  Maybe it's just that cool paint scheme.  I wont go into much of the tech specs since several have been posted lately but what you have is a parallel twin with quite a few top shelf components.   I'm not a big enough Laverda buff to know what led them down the path of demise but Piaggio (think Aprilia) bought the brand in 2004.  They then proceeded to stop all production and development associated with Laverda.  That is a shame because can you really have too many motorcycles coming out of Italy?  This particular Formula has a little history to it, read on:

The Last LAVERDA!  ALLOY FRAME,  MAG WHEELS, Weber , Brembo,  92 hp 400 lbs. All the best of the day. 1999 FORMULA 750 S The LAST and BEST LAVERDA. Got this one from the NICOLAS CAGE COLLECTION,,, he had 2 and decided to sell one so I got it. ONLY around 2500 miles. VERY CLEAN . LOOKS ALMOST NEW. Not many of these around, most are in collections. Manual, tool kit.

I could stare at the front of that thing all day!  I have to admit I'm having a hard time  putting a value on this bike. On one hand $8500 (the starting bid price) for an Italian sport bike with top shelf components doesn't seem out of reason.  On the other hand, I checked the blue book value and it is barely half that price.  Can a Laverda buff help me out?  Is this a decent deal or someone inflating the value because someone famous owned the bike?  Check out the bidding on.

IK

Laverda January 14, 2010 posted by

1999 Laverda 750S Formula

1999 Laverda 750s Formula parallel twin for sale with Termi's

Ah yes, another sexy Italian motorcycle for sale. You have to give it to the Italians for having the ability to consistently build great looking motorcycles year after year. And the cool thing is that it doesn't matter what manufacturer it is, they all seem to have a keen eye for styling and Laverda was right there with the best of them (read: MV). If my memory serves me correctly Laverda was purchased by Aprilia which in turn is now owned by Piaggio. None of which amounts to much other than Laverda was eventually phased out sometime in 2004/2005 and is now for sale, again.

If you take a peek at the photos you may notice Laverda's different way of thinking when building motorcycles. Laverda's chain drive is on the right side of the bike and the brake rotor on the left side. Another point of interest is that while practically every other Italian motorcycle company was building some type of opposing twin cylinder engine, Laverda opted for the parallel twin. I'm not aware of any other company that built parallel twins that matched Laverda's cc's. Kawasaki makes the Ninja 500 in a parallel twin and that's as big as I'm aware of in recent sport bike history.

I liked these when they were introduced and I still like the Laverda design. I'm especially fond of the orange Marchesini wheels. Asking price is $6,900.00 and is located on the Charlotte Craigslist should you be interested.

From the listing:

Rare Italian sportbike. One of two in NC. Low mileage, never dropped, garage kept. Black with orange magnesium wheels and orange accents. Upside down forks, carbon fiber, Paioli suspension, Termi exhaust, chip. 100 Hp, 396 lbs. Parallel Twin.

I've added a video of a Laverda parallel twin so you can hear how they sound if you aren't familiar with them.

I like the sound of parallel twins when they are of a larger variety as I think they have a deep throaty sound, but when they get too small they sound like a scooter.

Cheers!

dd

Laverda May 26, 2009 posted by

1969 Laverda American Eagle GT750 For Sale in Spokane

I think I'll keep the vintage sportbike theme going this week with this restored 1969 Laverda American Eagle GT750 on Spokane Craigslist:

1969 Laverda American Eagle GT7501969 Laverda American Eagle GT750

quote from Criagslist ad:

I restored this 1969 Laverda American Eagle 750 GT in 2005. It has a McCormack Motors tag on it with a VIN of 1322. This was a frame up restoration. The frame has been powder coated and the paint is fresh. The motor has been rebuilt with the assistance of the North American Laverda expert, Wolfgang Haerter. The tank, seat, silencers, front fender, and instruments are not original. The instruments are there primarily for cosmetics - the tach works and the speedo registers but is not to be trusted. The bike runs well and presents itself nicely. It has a clear Washington title. I'm asking $4,200

I am far from a market expert on any bikes, but I find I'm really behind with these vintage bikes. But this doesn't seem like a lot of money for what looks like a really fun vintage motorcycle! Help me out in the comments if you have perspective!

dc