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Laverda August 22, 2011 posted by

Rare, Italian and not a Ducati: 1999 Laverda 750S Formula

Location: Carlsbad, California

Mileage: 10,000

Price: $7,500 or offer

These have been posted on RSBFS before but they are certainly not a bike you see rolling through the neighborhood that often (at least not my neighborhood). As mentioned before, the Formula was a hopped up limited edition version of the regular 750S. The upgrades included top notch Brembo four piston calipers and dual floating discs, along with lightweight Marchesini rims and a fully adjustable rear shock. All of this was powered by a 750cc parallel twin that cranked out 92 bhp.

Some more pics-

From the seller-

Up for reluctant sale is my 1999 Laverda Formula. This is a very special bike - it is a TRUE 1999 model and one of only a handful imported into the country, in all these years I have never seen another like it for sale. I am the founder of the Zanelist, the largest online support group for Laverda owners, and have owned the bike practically since new (2000), and put all relevant miles and service into the bike. This is a bike best sampled by the Italophile, these Laverdas were some of the last hand built motorcycles to come from an Italian motorcycle company still owned and operated by Italians. The character really shows and the fact that these bikes were built at the base of the Dolemites comes out in the way they perform in switchback mountain roads. These were the last bikes to be imported into the country before Laverda shut their doors, which happened just months after I bought the bike. 

Now, some history on this machine in particular: 

The bike has always received THE BEST oil (Motul 300V Double Ester), and has never been left sitting for too long.

Bike was in a low side accident several years ago and the lower fairings were repainted factory "Mediterranean" blue with factory decals. There are some small imperfections (dust) in the repainted fairings but they can only be seen upon close examination.

Factory race cans installed (Termignoni) and accompanying chip. Throttle response is perfect and the sound is incredible.

2000 Laverda Factory cams - these cams are the pinnacle of Laverda engineering and eliminate the notorious flatspot in the RPM range earlier Formula models exhibited. The bike responds smoothly throughout the rev range.

New Regina (OEM) chain installed (less than 1000 miles)

New Dunlop Q2 tires installed (less than 1000 miles)

Forks (Fully adjustable Paioli) rebuilt with new seals and oil (less than 1000 miles)

ALL fluids replaced (less than 1000 miles)

Shock replaced with new OEM (Less than 1000 miles)

Laverda Formula 668 Subframe (reduces weight/improves balance of machine - stock steel subframe is included with purchase)

New LiFeP04 Pulse battery (~10 lbs. lighter than stock battery).

New Fuel Pump (Upgraded ND Unit less than 1000 miles)

New Speedometer (Original was damaged in my accident and will be provided in sale for proof of mileage as stated.)

Factory Shop and Parts manuals included

As for why I am selling the bike, this Laverda is now at a point in its life where it would be best served by an owner who wishes to add something quite rare (and beautiful) to their collection. I have 2 other bikes, a sport tourer and an older air cooled Laverda, and I'm at a point where I can't really justify an Italian exotic as I am now saving up for a house. It's a captivating machine that exudes the essence of Italian motorcycling, like a 2 wheeled Ferrari F-40. Someone who wishes to own something really unique and characterful will have no regrets. 

PLEASE - serious inquires only. "Test Rides" only for those who provide cash in hand. That said, if you have any technical or vehicle history questions, feel free to ask away. 

Bike has approx. 10,000 total miles. Valves were adjusted less than 1000 miles ago. This bike runs perfectly. 

The seller is clearly a fan of the brand and seems to have covered the maintenance end of things very well on this bike. The seller does mention an older low side accident and the subsequent repairs. Also, there have been some modifications to the bike, although they seem to be smart upgrades. However, depending how into originality you are, you may want to take that into consideration. Otherwise it seems the bike is well cared for and the mileage doesn't seem too high. The BIN price is $7,500, which seems about right, but the seller also allows offers.

There's a lot of bikes out there, and something different is always welcome in my book. The Formula model has the kind of upgrades that makes the bike even more interesting. If you want to start or finish a collection of interesting Italian bikes, make the jump!

-RN

Laverda June 18, 2011 posted by

1999 Laverda 750S – Yes another one!

Only recently there was a Laverda 750S on Craigslist and now we find another on eBay. These Laverda's are a parallel twin and the bikes were finished with many high quality components: Paioli suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels, all the right pieces. These bikes have a very good reputation for their handing and the strength of the engine but I guess parallel twins hark back the good old Brit bike days and so they were never that popular. However these bikes had a much stronger engine.

The owner has some nice things to share from the listing:

This Italian thoroughbred is a little too fast for this old man! I am a big fan of classic Laverdas- I have several, so I could not resist buying this last year. I chose this particular one because of the very low mileage. I have put few miles on it- it stands at 5609 Km now which translates to 3478 miles. The bike runs well; it is actually very quick. You had better be paying attention when it crosses 4000RPM. The clutch works well with no slip and it shifts up and down through the gears nicely. The sound is amazing. I have never heard any thing quite like it- raucous and exciting but not too loud. The handling is exceptional with very quick steering and great stability. Until you get used to it you will be oversteering and correcting. An ideal bike for Deal's Gap. It is a tribute to the great frame designer Nico Bakker. It comes standard with top-shelf components: Brembo brakes, lightweight Marchesini wheels, Paioli fork and shock, and fuel injection/ECU lifted from Ducati.
There are a few scratches on the fairing from a garage tip over. The left side cover is not really fastened down in the photo because the new over-size Odyssey battery has pushed a few wires and connectors out enough to interfere. An easy fix. The tires are barely worn but should be replaced due to age and cracking. The left fork seal is leaking and should be replaced. The oil was just changed (Mobil 1 20/50) and the oil filter replaced with Alto Performance's free-flow oil filter and cover. Alto has raced these bikes extensively in the UK and they have found that this mod is a real crankshaft saver. The cooling system was just flushed and filled with new Honda coolant. Parts availability is good- Wolfgang in Canada has a good stock of parts.

In short, this is a strong-running, excellent handling bike that needs a younger owner/pilot than me. I am feeling a tinge of regret at selling this lively steed, but I need the room for an old, slow project bike- perfect for me!

So hop on over and see the ebay auction.

I always think these little beauties go for less than they are worth very often for less than $6k. For such a quality bike with high quality components they are certainly worth it and don't forget the great handling. Hmmm, perhaps I should pop up to Knoxville!!

AS

Laverda June 8, 2011 posted by

1999 Laverda 750S For Sale in the Bay Area

Always nice to see something from Italy a little different and this Laverda twin is something different.  This bike has a strong following for those who have been exposed but for many others it remains an unknown.  The bike has a very strong engine which is a parallel twin and was put together with high quality components.  For a little bit of background reading try here. They were always highly regarded in the handling department.

The seller shares a bit of background:

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 see is a little scrape on the pipe, and clutch perch. The Plastics are from the rare formula S, which I understand only 500 were imported. The plastic has a little damage on the right side but has been touched up and wont notice if you look close. Over all the bike is clean, and has some very nice Factory parts such as Little bit of carbon fiber, and remote reservoir rear shock, brembo hydraulic clutch, rear sets. This is your chance to own a very rare bike. You wont see this everyday.
Thanks

has about 10,000 miles

Rare Italian made beauty;1999 Laverda 750S with 750SF Formula body work
750cc Parallel twin , DOHC, 408 lbs dry weight, Upgraded Eprom chip, D & D pipes
Factory installed high quality items;
*Marchesini hollow rims
*Steel braided brake lines
*Brembo 4 piston calipers with opposed pistons
*320mm rotors
*Paioli inverted front forks
*Weber Marelli fuel injection with twin throttle bodies.
*Weber-Marelli digital electronic ignition.
*Fuel tank mounted underneath the seat to lower weight
*Battery mounted underneath fuel tank to lower weight

The listing on Craigslist is here

This has been a long favourite bike for me and over the years have bid on a few.  The asking price is fair I think at $4200 as the bike is not fully original with the change in bodywork.  If it is in good condition save for the scratches mentioned, then this could be a nice buy for a lucky person.

-AS

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