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Laverda October 5, 2015 posted by

Keep the lav going: 1999 Laverda Formula on ebay uk

Hot on the heels of the RGS posted by Tad D on Sunday, here is a very lovely 1999 Laverda Formula 750s Formula edition for sale on ebay UK.

I will admit to being biased about the bike posted below; its one of my personal favorites.  The Formula editions were the top of the lineup bike of the Zane era, with upgraded camshafts and race-spec ECU chips.  These upgrades were in addition to the 750 series standard kit of a Nico Baker designed frame, marchesini wheels, letterbox gas tank, brembo brakes and carbon fiber goodies.  Plus the black and orange bodywork (which was the original livery/paint scheme offered by the factory) is attractive but not outlandish; not as monocromatic as a Ducati 748 but not as graphically eye bending as a Vance and Hines edition Yamaha FZR.

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1999 Laverda Formula for sale on ebay uk

While reviews declared the parallel twin powered Laverda to be an equal to or better than its competion (such as the Ducati 748), the Formula edition only lasted for two years.  The effort was hampered by a nearly non-existent marketing budget, squabbling ownership and typical small manufacturer production concerns.   On top of this, the the Zane-era laverda's developed a reputation for crank problems due to oiling issues at high mileage.   The entire concern fell apart in late 2000 and entered bankruptcy and while an attempted rescue by Aprilia raised hopes for a bit, Aprilia itself was soon acquired by Piaggio and the marque was shelved in 2003.  The result is that the 1999 and 2000 series Formula are considered to be the last true race spec Laverda's produced.

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Condition of this particular formula looks excellent, with only some small aftermarket parts such as a double bubble screen, footpeg ends and handgrips appearing to be non-standard/OEM.  The only issues I see in the pics (other than the aftermarket pieces) is a bit of paint being off the wheels and the very edge of the lower fairing, both typical items for an italian bike of this era.  Also the speedo is cracked but the seller indicates a replacement is available.

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Regarding maintenance, the seller states that a recommended upgrade to a stainless oil filter and oil upgrade to prevent the aforementioned crank issues has already been done. The seller is also an active poster on the yahoo zanelist forum and appears to have a nice 2000 series formula still tucked away in the garage, so the knowledge of what it takes to maintain the bike would seem to be genuine.

Here is some other things the the seller mentions in their ebay post

  • Battery is fine and charges, lights work and indicators flash, never failed to start.
  • Have previous MOT's, a stamped service book and the original owners manuals, both for the bike and Paioli suspension. I'll put a new MOT on it too.
  • One of the pictures shows a crack on the speedo face. I have another set of clocks that I can throw in with the sale should the price be right.
  • There is also a small amount of flaking to the wheels, an unfortunate side effect of aluminium wheels. These can be re-powder coated for around £80-£100 per set.

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Is this bike worth the 4000 GBP asking price?  Actually I think its worth more, given its condition and rareity.  Prices are definitely starting to creep up on the Formula editions, with the 2000 series really jumping up lately.  1999 versions of the Formula like this one are are essentially the same bike with different bodywork  and this one looks to be in very good condition.

Overall I think this is a great opportunity for a collector or laverda fan in the UK to obtain one of the final "true" laverda bikes.   and perhaps enjoy it a bit or tuck it away in a collection and let prices keep appreciating.  Long term I think this one will definitely be more treat than trick.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Keep the lav going:  1999 Laverda Formula on ebay uk
Laverda October 4, 2015 posted by

Throw Back Sunday: 1984 Laverda RGS 1000 for Sale

1984 Laverda RGS1000 L Side

A bit of a hulking dinosaur, even when new, this Laverda RGS 1000 lives at the transition point between the old and the new, as the European manufacturers were being eclipsed by the Japanese when it came to sports motorcycles. For a long time, they'd hung on by being able to out-handle the upstarts from Japan, but bikes like the GSX-R750 brought power, handling, and contemporary racing style to the table at a bargain price.

1984 Laverda RGS1000 Dash

Look at the RGS compared to something like Honda's NSR400R, a bike that was more sophisticated in just about every single way, but with the same cylinder count: two-stroke, six-speed gearbox, fancy anti-dive forks, and significantly lighter weight and some of the best handling of the period. How could Laverda hope to compete with that? Well they did, for a time, recasting their big, bruiser of a triple as a classic GT, a "gentleman's express" with hand-built quality, character, and a timeless design.

1984 Laverda RGS1000 Dash

Powered by a revised version of their 981cc three-cylinder with a revised, 120° crankshaft to smooth out the famously raucous engine, the RGS featured a full fairing, comprehensive, if sometimes fickle instrumentation, and reasonably comfortable passenger accommodations. Fitted luggage was even available.

But the original three cylinder bikes were big, butch sportbikes and saw plenty of time on racetracks, so the RGS is no old-man touring bike. While it's no lightweight at 550lbs full of fluids and ready to run, it's pretty par for the course when compared to other big sportbikes of the period and offers up big speed and stable handling for mile-crushing sport-touring.

1984 Laverda RGS1000 Front Wheel Detail

I almost passed on posting this bike, as the photography is less-than-stellar. But Laverda RGS is very rare here in the US, with just 250 imported, and this looks like a very nice example. Those upgraded ISR six-piston calipers should provide serious stopping power, although the stock parts work very well.

From the original eBay listing: 1984 Laverda RGS 1000 for Sale

This is an opportunity to own a very rare piece of motorcycling history.  This is a 1984 Laverda RGS 1000.  It is in excellent cosmetic condition and is complete.  The plastics are not broken or cracked.  It is currently on display so I can only take pictures of the one side, but the other side is in the same condition as the pictured side.  I have owned the Laverda for 30 years, but it has been in storage for the last 25 years.  It will need to have the carbs gone through, new tires, new brake and fork fluids, and battery at the minimum to have it in running condition.  

The Laverda has the following modifications:

  • Corsa high compression pistons
  • Port and polished head
  • Carbs bored to 34mm
  • Moto Witt ignition
  • Astro Lite wheels
  • Slater 3 into 1 exhaust
  • 38mm M1R Marzocchi front forks
  • Werks rear shocks
  • ISR 6 piston front calipers
  • 320 full floating front discs

I have the following stock parts that will go with the Laverda:

  • exhaust
  • front rim
  • forks

Mileage isn't listed, but shouldn't be of much concern, assuming it's been properly cared for: these are seriously overbuilt bikes, with top-shelf electrical components. But, like everything else Italian, it's the maintenance that can get you: there's no oil filter, so regular changes are a must, and shim-under-bucket valve adjustment means a major headache when the time comes for that.

Cherished by owners, these rarely come up for sale and at the $11,500 Buy It Now price seems very fair, although I'd recommend the photographer spend some time making sure his or her pictures are in-focus if the bike doesn't sell this time around...

-tad

1984 Laverda RGS1000 Engine

Throw Back Sunday: 1984 Laverda RGS 1000 for Sale
Laverda August 4, 2015 posted by

The Unknown Italian – 1999 Laverda 750S

1999 Laverda 750S on eBay

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The Laverda 750S was just like everything else the other manufacturers were making in the 90s... yet completely different at the same time.  When you look at it, there are hints of Kawasaki's ZX-7, Honda's CBR900RR, Ducati's 851/888 and even Suzuki's RF series.  It's a mashup of styles that somehow manages to work when it's all together.  Like the other Italian manufacturers at the time the suspension, brakes and wheels were supplied by top notch companies like Paoli, Brembo and Marzocchi and/or Marchesini.  Unfortunately, they also suffered from the same reliability problems as the other Italian manufacturers back then.  The electronics were particularly troublesome and they developed a reputation for leaving their owners stranded.  Most Laverda owners learned very quickly that a hint of rain often meant it was best to leave the old girl in the garage for the day.  The reliability problems ultimately led to Laverda closing their doors in 2000.

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Also fairly unique about the Lav 750S was the powerplant.  While the Japanese were running strong with the inline four cylinders and Ducati was cornering the v-twin market, Laverda went in another direction with a parallel twin.  It was a bit of a thrasher that shined best the more you revved it.  It produced almost 100hp which was pretty good for a 750cc twin and, naturally, it sounded fantastic.  In addition to a pretty good engine, the beautiful aluminum beam frame and the high quality suspension parts meant that it handled even better than it went.

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While the cynics will surely have a jab about the low mileage being due to the lack of reliability

1999 LAVERDA 750S CARANETO SPORT BIKE - ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.

LOW LOW MILES. COLLECTIBLE.

PHOTOS SHOW CONDITION, BUT THIS IS A PRE-OWNED BIKE SO PLEASE EXPECT SOME WEAR AND TEAR.  DUE TO THE NATURE OF PRE-OWNED USED MOTORCYCLES, THIS IS SOLD AS IS WITH NO WARRANTY.  INSPECTIONS WELCOME BY APPOINTMENT.

SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY PLEASE.

NATIONWIDE AND WORLDWIDE TRANSPORT & DELIVERY AVAILABLE AT ADDITIONAL COST.

The Unknown Italian – 1999 Laverda 750S
Laverda July 1, 2015 posted by

1st time on RSBFS: Laverda Black Strike 668 in the UK

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Here is one we haven't had on RSBFS previously, a Zane-era Laverda 668 Black Strike.   The Black Strike model incorporated all the top shelf goodness of the Laverda marque at the time; a Nico Baker designed frame, 3 sets of brembro brake calipers, Marchesini wheels and a letterbox gas tank that reduces the center of gravity (which is still pretty advanced after 14 years). And the fact that you can still get a Zane-era Laverda for reasonable money whereas a lot of Breganze-era bikes have begun to appreciate beyond the reach of us mere mortals is another plus.

Note:  For anyone not familiar with the Zane-era vs Breganze-era Laverda models, click here for a brief overview.

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Laverda 668 Black Strike in the uk

The black strike edition was a kind of a one-off within the Zane-era lineup; the air-cooled 668 engine and Nicco Baker designed frame were from the 668 sport model, while the seating and gauge clusters where from the the 668 ghost. The 668 black strike was also the first model with the lighter plastic gas tank, straight exhausts without the restricted collector box and also offered a few bits of optional carbon fiber such as exhausts and optional front fender/mudguard.

This particular Zane-era Laverda 668 black strike looks to be in excellent but not pristine condition.  I can see some minor bits of weathering included some fading in the small side cover panel above the id plate, what looks like some dried polish or flaked off paint on the riders right engine cover and some evidence of brake fluid removing paint on the Marchesini rear wheel.

On the plus side, the pillion cover is in place and looks to be in good condition and the seller indicates both the standard and carbon fiber versions are included for both the front fender/mudguard and exhaust. This is important since all 3 items are pretty much unobtainable nowadays. Also while the "rabbit-ear" standard mirrors are missing from the pics, the seller indicates these are included and the often missing rear plastic hugger/mudguard is in place.  Lastly the seat condition, lack of bubbling in the dash light decals and lack of rust on the dash nuts/bolts all seem to indicate proper storage away from both the hot sun and damp during non-riding time.

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Here is what the seller has to say:

  • Has done 17,235km,
  • Currently has the front carbon mudguard on but I have the original in great nick that comes with it,
  • Also have the original exhaust pipes but currently have the carbon exhausts on.
  • There is a carbon windshield that is with it that I thinks off a ghost legend.
  • Side mirrors are with it but I preferred it without.
  • Battery currently not with bike but will be added before sale.
  • Had a new speedo cable 100km ago, new oil just put in.
  • Rear tire has done 200km (maybe just less, looks like new), front had good tread also.

Note:  The seller lists this as a 2001 but the black strike model was produced from 1997-1998.   Email messages with the seller indicates that the 1st registration was 2001 hence the date.  I would guess this bike is actually stamped a 97 or 98 on the manufacturers id plate which is mounted on the riders right side but was probably in a showroom for a few years (Three Cross or Slater Bros dealerships perhaps?) and was only sold after Laverda was absorbed by Aprilia/Piaggio.

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Is this Zane-era Laverda 668 black strike worth the 3,400GBP asking price?  Well only 50 668 Laverda Black Strikes were produced and since Laverda is now a mothballed marque within Aprilia/Piaggio this is definitely a rare bike.  But the 668cc air cooled engine produced about 70 bhp so its not going to blow the doors off any other bike and some zane-era bikes have had reliability issues with electrics and cranks so the status of these items which would need to be factored in to the price.

To be honest, I think the the current asking price is a bit high but not outragously so.  While the Zane-era laverdas seem to be starting to appreciate, I think the value for this right now is probably closer to 2400-2850GBP.   I do think these will appreciate in value going forward so the bike may be of interest for a UK-based collector looking to add a bit of Zane-era exotica to their collection.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Addendum:  I feel it only fair to let readers know that I have a restored 668 Black Strike in my personal collection.

1st time on RSBFS:  Laverda Black Strike 668 in the UK
Laverda February 3, 2015 posted by

Pair of Zané Laverdas for Sale: 1999 750S and 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike

 

1999 Laverda 750S L Side

Laverda was one of the unfortunate casualties of the Japanese onslaught of the 1970's. Confronted by reliable, affordable multis from Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Honda, many Italian and British companies found themselves in dire straights, unable to compete in showrooms or on the street. And while many marques have seen short-term resurrections courtesy of well-heeled enthusiasts, most have quickly disappeared back beneath the waves after initial hype gave way to the reality of competing against the manufacturing might of the Japanese Big Four. Mondial, Norton, Excelsior-Henderson, Moto Morini have all seen revivals that met with various levels of success. But Italian firm Laverda, famous for their bright orange endurance racing twins and triples, actually met with some success during their 1990's reincarnation, creating funky alternatives to Ducati's established exotica.

1999 Laverda 750S Fairing

The early "Zané-era" Laverdas made in Zané, Italy used an evolution of the earlier air-cooled parallel twin displacing 668cc's. Later bikes added water-cooling and increased displacement to 750 in an attempt to maintain some semblance of parity with Ducati's 748. They were always down on power compared to Japanese 750's and even the Ducati, but handled with the best of the era: a beam frame by noted designer Nico Bakker was matched with Paoli suspension and the same quality Brembo brake package that graced the Ducati 748. Fuel goes into the tail, under the passenger pad, and into a central fuel cell, which should provide some amusement when filling up...

1999 Laverda 750S R Rear

Interestingly, there are two different Laverdas available this week. First up is this very nice, brilliantly yellow 1999 Laverda 750S. The original listing is extremely spare, but worth keeping an eye on for the bidding:

This is a very nice Laverda 750 S.  Motorcycle has new tires, runs well and has been tuned-up.  Too many motorcycles. 

With a Buy It Now price of just $5,500 a nice 750S should provide a lot of bang for the buck. The styling is vaguely Suzuki RF, with those Ferrari-looking side strakes, but I bet this will generate loads of attention at any gathering of bikers. While I definitely prefer the orange-and-black Formula, this looks to be in extremely nice condition.

1999 Laverda 750S Dash

The second machine is a 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike, a competitor for Ducati's Monster. Powered by the smaller, air-cooled 668cc engine, the styling hasn't aged as well as either the Monster or the fully-faired Laverda 750S, but should provide the same quality handling and extremely distinctive styling should make it a hit at local bike nights, since many people won't have seen one in the flesh. They're the very definition of "budget exotic."

1998 Laverda Ghost Strike L Side

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike for Sale

Less Than 20K Miles!!!
This is a 98 Laverda GhostStrike. The displacement is 668cc.
This is your chance to own a bike a little more rare and less common than the mass produced hyper-bikes!
Recently rebuilt topend on engine.
New rear brake pads.
Tires are in good condition, front is Michelin Pilot, rear is Dunlop Qualifier.
The bike runs and rides well, if you can push-start.
The electronic starter is worn out. And will need to be replaced.
There are some scratches on the left side of the bike from when it was dropped, but no mechanical issues other than the starter.
Actual mileage is 19071. 

1998 Laverda Ghost Strike Rear Wheel

The Ghost Strike isn't really in perfect condition, with some scuffs, scrapes, and the non-functional starter mentioned in the listing. But they're pretty much impossible to find in the States, and getting this one on the road shouldn't be all that difficult.

1998 Laverda Ghost Strike Front Wheel

So take your pick. Parts aren't too difficult to source for these, although they won't be sitting on the shelf at your local dealership. And Laverdas have always been famed for being durable and, while the Zane-era bikes aren't quite so overbuilt, they have a good reputation for reliability, and are straightforward to work on for shade-tree mechanics.

-tad

 

 

Pair of Zané Laverdas for Sale: 1999 750S and 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike
Aprilia January 1, 2015 posted by

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