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Sport Bikes For Sale August 28, 2018 posted by

Gallery Maven – 1988 Laverda SFC1000 with 359 Miles !

Back on eBay after BIN-er couldn't complete the purchase...  Donn

The 1980's found Laverda groaning under the weight of tightening emissions regulations, Italian taxes, and imported competition.  They took one more swing with the RGS1000, a deluxe sport-tourer, and segued back to the sport market with the SFC1000.  Despite its lack of racing provenance, it was reputed to be one their best of all time machines.  With just a couple of tanks of gas under its belt ( and exquisite care ), the SFC1000 presented here might be the best we've seen in a long while.

1988 Laverda SFC1000 for sale on eBay

As ever, the core of the SFC1000 was the engine, an upright air-cooled triple based on their earlier 3C and proud of 100 hp.  In hopes of smoother operation, a 120-degree crankshaft was developed, cradled in a classic downtube chassis.  Laverda buyers expected nicer components and got adjustable Marzocchi forks and shocks on the SFC, and dual 300mm diameter Brembo Gold Line brakes.  The upper-only fairing was similar to the RGS but produced in fiberglass for lighter weight strength.  A removable monoposto cover revealed a wholly inadequate pillion seat.

Coming to the owner by way of a Laverda dealer from back in the day, this SFC is very original, and went on display without even a weekend's riding.  Metal finishes are outstanding, and the fairing practically glows.  The mufflers have been replaced, but the state of details like the dash defies explanation.  The owner's comments from the eBay auction:

The dealer kept the bike for himself, in his house in the Santa Barbara area.  He sold the bike to me 3 years ago and I put the bike on display in my living room in the San Francisco Bay area.
He went through the bike at that time, changed all the fluids, oil and brake.  It has new tires on it.  We decided to replace the shocks and the silencers, both were deteriorated, and the shocks could not be rebuilt, the kit is no longer available. The shocks are top quality WORX and look identical to the Koni's they replaced. Otherwise, the bike is completely original.
The silencers are new Jota type, which were an option originally.  So the bike is ready to roll if someone wants.  The battery will need to be replaced, and the calipers should be serviced.
But take a serious look for yourself, what you see is real.  It's a new bike.  
I have a set a NOS  Continental mirrors I got from Richard Slater at Slater Laverda in the UK for it--they were an option.  Those alone are now unobtanium. They will go with the bike.

The Super Freni Competizione name reached back to Lav's 750cc endurance racers, and the revival SFC was intended only as a stopgap until a new model was completed.  Reality put those plans on hold, halting production until Francesco Tognon stepped up and revitalized the brand in the mid-90's.  So the SFC1000 is a snapshot of Laverda in the late 1980's, and the condition of this example makes it a very high-resolution picture indeed.

-donn

Sport Bikes For Sale August 27, 2018 posted by

10 Year Celebration: Tell Your RSBFS Story!

What I’d love to do next in our celebration month is to hear all your stories related to RSBFS.

  • Did you get back the bike you had when you first started riding sportbikes?
  • Did you find the centerpiece of your collection?
  • Did you sell a bike here you regret?
  • Did you meet some of the names behind the comment handles?
  • What are you patiently waiting to spot for sale on our site?
  • Did you meet your hero and how was it to ride finally?

We want to hear your best moment associated with our website! The best stories will be published and score some sweet RSBFS swag in exchange.

Submit your story to dan@motoringblogs.com

I can’t wait to read them and thank you for sharing!

dc


To get us started, I thought I'd share a bit of my own SportBike history:

That's my Yamaha FZR600 on the right -- my first SportBike. I bought it while in college around 1995.


After graduating college, I took a break from riding for about 4 years. When the time came to get back on the horse, I scored a pristine and well sorted 1993 Ducati 750SS right in my own backyard. Not a collectible model then or now, but it's been a wonderful bike that I still own.

After RSBFS was on it's feet for a few years, I got connected and re-connected to many sportbike friends, including a friend I knew from grade school that had a unicorn bike for sale, a bike I had lusted after for many years: The 1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield. Here is my listing on RSBFS when it was time to sell.

My next RSBFS purchase was this RC51 Hayden edition. I was on the hunt for a 916 variant when this presented itself first. I sold it last year to an enthusiast in Texas.

Who knows what will be in the stable next, but thank you for the ride so far RSBFS community!

Dan Crouch

10 Year Celebration:  Tell Your RSBFS Story!
Sport Bikes For Sale August 8, 2018 posted by

10 Year Celebration: Featured Listings are $39 until September!

This week to continue celebrating our 10 Year anniversary at RSBFS, I’d like start straight away by offering Featured Listings for $39 for the rest of the month!  Whether you want to list here exclusively, in conjunction with your favorite broker, or on an eBay listing, we’d love to thank readers with an opportunity to list at a reduced price (33% off) as the season begins to slow down.  We’re definitely seeing some great bikes come to market: last month we had 23 Featured Listings posts between brand new listings, renewals, and updates.  Thank you to all our readers, buyers, sellers and sponsors! Email me today to get started!

A testimonial from a seller last month:

"A couple of my collector friends and I had been wondering how successful RSBFS listings were, so I volunteered to be the test case. I recently listed my Honda Hawk GT and RC51 on RSBFS. The RC51 received a deposit in 24 hours and the Hawk sold roughly a week after that. Needless to say I’m pleased that I listed with RSBFS. 2 for 2! -John in Wisconsin."

Thanks for the kind words, John, and congratulations on the sales!

We also quietly reintroduced the classifieds area last month.  This is intended to compliment Featured Listings for items that fall outside the higher standard we request for those posts – but at the same time would be uniquely appreciated by the same readers.  Email me today to get started!  Just like our Featured Listings, we establish a relationship with every promoted seller we work with and will work together through email to get your ad on the site.

Next week I’ll announce the contest requirements for RSBFS swag packages, so stay tuned and thank you for celebrating at RSBFS together!

dc

10 Year Celebration:  Featured Listings are $39 until September!
Sport Bikes For Sale August 1, 2018 posted by

RareSportBikesForSale.com Celebrates 10 Years Online!

Looking back at my first - few - posts - on raresportbikesforsale.com, I'm proud to say this website has evolved far beyond my original expectations.  When I created the site, I felt compelled to share the results of my online searches as a budding internet professional and sportbike enthusiast.  I was not in a position to be a collector, but I had a strong passion to seek out not only the exotics, but also the rare and gray market offerings that only true enthusiasts in North America appreciated.  In the next few years RSBFS readership grew faster than I could have ever imagined.

Now 10 years on, RSBFS has evolved.  While we'll always be an outlet to highlight the most interesting online listings available for sale, RSBFS now serves as a marketplace in it's own right that connects buyers and sellers right here.  This website has become the online destination for enthusiasts that are looking to sell on the same website they choose to buy from.  With nearly 2 million pageviews every year from hundreds of thousands of readers, I sincerely thank you all for your patronage and viewership.  

As such we're going to mark August 2018 as the official 10 year anniversary celebration at RSBFS. Special listing prices will apply, contests for RSBFS swag, and an invitation to share your RSBFS story are all part of the plan.

But before I get ahead of myself, I need to take a moment to thank those who have helped make RSBFS the special place it is.  Please join me in embracing these essential players in the making of RSBFS:

In the Beginning

  • Alex – I'll never forget your help in the early days and the fun we had envisioning the possibilities with your Yamaha TZ125.  Thank you for your encouragement in the beginning.
  • Doug – I could and should dedicate an entire portion of the website to your contributions in making RSBFS what it is.  I'll never be able to fully repay you, but know that the site wouldn't enjoy the success that we witness today without the commitment and enthusiasm you brought.  We miss you buddy!
  • Mike – The coolest cat we have been blessed to cross paths with who also happens to be one of our longest standing contributors.  His passion for our sport is always evident in his posts and you can feel the clock turning back as you read them. Mike has been away to address personal matters but I'm happy to announce that he is coming back to the rotation!

Current Contributors

  • Tad – We are so lucky to have Tad writing for RSBFS.  He initially started with CSBFS and transitioned to RSBFS when demand here increased.  Reading his posts always reinvigorates my passion as a fan and enthusiast. You are witnessing the start of a great career in sportbike journalism and we are lucky to have his work here.
  • Donn - When the call was made, Donn was eager to apply and has demonstrated ever since that he is not only one of us but that he is committed to the sport.  I'm always eager to see your selections and enjoy watching your adventures in aviation as well. Thanks for being a part of the site!
  • Aaron - We barely take advantage of your experience in journalism, but what you provide for us is incredible reliability and a succinct writing ability that serves our audience so well.  I look forward to our continued working together.
  • Marty - Over the years Marty has provided unique insight to a modest collectors perspective and always selects examples that we might otherwise overlook.  Thank you for your wisdom over the years and your continued experience on the staff.

Emeritus

  • Ian - A fountain of information, especially related to two stroke and gray market Suzuki's.  I still refer readers to your informative posts as you always did a marvelous job of detailing what it takes for such an example to be authentic and original.  I'd absolutely love to see you return if the interest ever returns.
  • Jay - An industry veteran that we were very lucky to have join the team in our earliest haydays.  In addition to adding his expertise to the site, he also was able to connect us with a a privateer Aprilia RS250 race team that we had a small sponsorship stake in.  It was an opportunity of a lifetime for us and the memories still make me emotional. Rock on!
  • Claudio - You are a true gentleman and we have appreciated your global perspective in the time you shared with RSBFS.  I look forward to your observations aboard in the future.
  • Philip - You are such an ambassador of the site and I'm flattered to have your support in the early development of the site.  Someday we'll have to meet in person and celebrate the lives that we never thought possible.
  • Jarred & Rem – though we only worked together a short time, your help on the site was very much appreciated.  I continue to enjoy seeing your journeys online.
  • Mike M. - Though we only worked together a short time, I sincerely appreciate your willingness to help out on the site.  Did you ever get the 916 you were after?
  • Andrew - Again, while we only worked together a little while, I still enjoy seeing your moto adventures in Europe and remember your work fondly.

Please join me in the comments to celebrate and thank those who have made it all possible.  Thank you RSBFS crew, past and present!

-Dan Crouch

RareSportBikesForSale.com Celebrates 10 Years Online!




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