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Posts by tag: Triple

Laverda October 17, 2012 posted by

Rare Survivor: 1984 Laverda RGA 1000

For Sale: 1984 Laverda RGA 1000

Just check out this wonderful survivor from a slightly less hyperactive era. Sure, it is no cutting edge, no excuses sportbike. Rather, this was designed when cubic inches were important, and when build quality and solid construction trumped the "disposable" era of mass produced plastic. This is a bike that was built for the ages, and you could hang on to this one for the next 20 years and it will still show very well.

This is not the more-often seen RGS model, but rather the very rare RGA variant. The seller has included a lot of information, and thus I will let him tell the story.

From the seller:

For those (many) of you unfamiliar with the marque, here's a simple analogy: if you think of Ducati as the Ferrari of the motorcycle world, then think of Laverda as Lamborghini. Also like Lamborghini, Laverda's roots are in the manufacturing of farm equipment. Laverda is best known for their robust, powerful twin- and triple-cylinder motorcycles of the late 60's and 70's, where they competed directly against other Italian manufacturers like Ducati and Moto Guzzi.

What we have here is a very original and unmolested motorcycle; with exception of the tires, nearly everything you see here is exactly as it rolled off the showroom floor. The RGA is a rare variant of the much more common (well, in Laverda terms anyway) RGS model line: the best educated estimate I have found is that there were only around 30-40 of these ever produced. Sold new by Southern California Laverda dealer Europoean Cycle Specialties in Garden Grove, CA, the bike has spent it's entire life in the Orange County area under the care of two fanatical owners, with the first having the bike from new until 2004. All paint and trim is completely original and untouched everywhere, and the bike retains all it's original engine and frame parts, airbox, body panels, tool tray, and seat.

From the seller:
Only two modifications from stock were performed by the original owner: the mufflers are free-flowing stainless replicas, and the original, US government-mandated 85-mph speedometer was replaced by a 150-mph unit (the odometers are separate items in these instrument clusters, so original mileage is unaffected.) The original mufflers and speedometer are included as part of this sale. Also included with the bike are the original owner's manual and tool kit.

Having spent the last several years in my living room, the bike has just undergone a thorough servicing to make it completely ready for the road, including the cleaning and refreshing the entire fuel system, carburetor tuning using a 4-gas analyzer, valve clearance and all chain adjustments, rebuilt brake and clutch systems, rebuilt forks, new rear shocks, (originals also come with the bike) tires, tubes, and battery. Everything on this bike works as intended, and you could ride it anywhere tomorrow. A good friend who is a long-time Laverda owner took this bike for a test ride and pronounced it "the best running triple I have ever ridden." Production date on the frame tag is 10/83. In the Laverda world, bikes are typically referenced by their engine number, which in the era of 17-digit VIN's has nothing to do with the frame number. This one's engine number is 2486. Engine and frame are original and matching just as they left the Breganze factory.

A beautiful bike, an knowledgeable seller, and some fantastic hi-res photos really tell the whole story around this bike. Bidding has also told an interesting story; interest has been very high, and the current bid is up to $7,500 with reserve still in place. The BIN on this one is set at a pretty reasonable $10k - there is a lot of rare motorcycle here for that number. I suspect we will see this auction go the distance.

For more info and to check out the action, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!!


Aprilia July 28, 2012 posted by

Weekend Mailbag and Laguna Seca MotoGP 2012 (RC30, RS125, Jota 1000, 888 SP4,

Hey guys,

Here's a quick post from California with all the best of picks, suggestions, and personal bikes for sale. Mike, Jared, Rem and Dan are all here and in addition to checking out all the action at Laguna we may troll the parking lot for interesting bikes for sale too! They'll be posted first to our Facebook page out of convenience but we'll try to pull them all together for the site later in the week as well. Look for us in with the RSBFS logo on our backs and say hey!


Lets get things started right: Honda RC30 for sale in Costa Mesa on eBay. Currently at about $20k reserve not met with over a week to go. Maybe your MotoGP souvenir for the way home?

Dan spotted this sharp looking RS125 on eBay, with a title and just under 14k miles.

Or how about this AMAZING 1978 Laverda 1000 on ADVRider (you need to make an account to view) with less than 1500 original miles. $13k. Thanks for the forward Joe!

Jamie send us this gorgeous 1992 Ducati 888 SP4 for sale in Australia for $45k AUD.

Jeremy keeps a sharp eye on the San Francisco area ads and this one caught our eye: 1986 Honda NS400R with a reported new from Honda motor! Asking $6200 with the lowers and spares.

Benelli January 6, 2012 posted by

Yep, Another One: 0 Mile 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition

Yep, Another One: 0 Mile 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition

It was barely a month ago when a zero mile Tre appeared for sale in Colorado. Well, zero mile Tre part due is here. This seller has been selling a steady stream of nice Bimota's from his dad's collection and the thinning continues with this Tre. Who wouldn't want a dad with a collection of Italian exotics?

Here are the detail on this beauty:


Up for auction is a 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited edition. This is a very clean brand new zero miles motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. This bike has never had gas in the tank or acid in the battery. It was stored properly in a heated indoors facility and the cylinders and exhaust were oiled.The condition of the bike is fantastic and is like new and is dripping with carbon fiber. This bike has the factory upgraded exhaust, carbon fiber rear turn lights and license plate bracket and carbon fiber gas tank. It also comes with the original gas tank, exhaust and rear turn signal lights. It also comes with the factory tools, manuals, extra keys and cover. This bike does have a free and clear title in the sellers name.


I thought I'd change things up a little and spare your from my mumblings and include some real comments from RSBFS readers and Tre owners.

From Joel:

I’ve ridden the Tre all models, many times. It is very nimble for a big bike and the power delivery is excellent. IIRC, the LE also has a dry clutch which is very cool and sounded great.

Errol touches on reliability.

I’ve owned my 900 Tre since 2005, and have covered 75,000 km on it. I’d buy another in a heartbeat.



If I were to get another sport bike, I would not hesitate to buy a Benelli. The triple is an amazing engine, the bike handles great and attracts a ton of attention. It kept up with metric bikes of it’s time just fine.


Nathan talks of the Benelli I would consider selling an organ for:

...there is also a very few of the LE’s in Germany as the Goddard replica, complete with race paint scheme and radial mounted brakes. According to Peter Goddard about 10 goddard replica’s were made, all went to Germany.


And maybe Nathan sums it up best in just a few words:

I''d give my left nut for a LE.

Mmmmmm, extras!

The auction has quite a few days remaining but bidding looks brisk. Click here to enter the frey.


Sport Bikes For Sale November 21, 2011 posted by

Yamaha’s Legendary TZ: 1975 Yamaha TZ750

Yamaha's Legendary TZ:  1975 Yamaha TZ750

I think you can argue the TZ750 is one of Yamaha's most iconic race bikes.  It takes you back in time to when bikes could truly be nasty beasts.  I think it is also a time when tire and chassis technology hadn't quite caught up with engine performance.   I've posted this info before but it is worth a second look if you haven't seen it before.  It is from a little comparison on

the 1974 TZ700 and the 2000 R7 Superbike

TZ700 R7
Wheelbase 56.28" 56" 
Weight 345 lbs 356 lbs 
Front Tire  3.25 x 18 3.5 x 17
Rear Tire 3.5 x 18 6 x 17
Horsepower 145 173

How about the rear tire size!

Here is the auction info:

Here we have for sale a very rare 1975 Yamaha TZ 750 GP road race bike. This bike is in fantastic running condition. Yes, this TZ runs like you would not believe!! The 4 cylinder 750cc two stroke engine is all rebuilt and had virtually no time on it after a proper break in. The transmission and the chassis were rebuilt too but never raced after the rebuild. The bike runs perfectly down the street. The fairings are 1976 TZ 750 and same with the exhaust pipes. The bike also has the rare magnesium racing wheels on it. I have the new never mounted spoke wheels too. The bike is painted pearl white with red. The gauges are all in perfect working order. The rear shocks were cantilevered to improve the rear shock feel and performance. The bike has all original parts on it. This bike won mutiple races at Daytona back in its hay day. I have all of the documentation with this bike with all of its racing provenance. I have boxes of original TZ 750 parts. Two gas tanks, wheels, wind screens, etc. This is the definition of a vintage collectors race bike!  Its the best sounding 4 cylinder two stroke race bike you will ever hear.  Its a beautiful race bike with a ton of history and do not let this one get away! You wont find a more unique, rideable race bike.

She is looking good under the hood.  You basically have a restored bike that hasn't been used since.  How rare are the wheels the seller describes?  Here is some good tech talk on the TZ750 I purloined from an interesting blog on Yamaha race bikes:

To start off from the beginning, what Yamaha actually did was graft two 350 cc twin race engines and together they belted out 90 bhp from the crank with bore/stroke ratio was 64mm x 54mm. These twins were the TZ350. The crankcase itself was of ultra-lightweight magnesium construction, with the crankshaft having blanked off ends to keep the engine as narrow as possible. The primary drive was taken from straight cut gear cogs from the middle of the twin crankshafts. A massive dry clutch sat along with three of the exhaust pipes on the right of the engine. A spindly, tubular steel frame held the engine, with narrow telescopic forks at the front and conventional twin shocks at the rear. Later, TZ750 models (also known as OW31s) had vastly improved monoshock rear suspension, with a cantilevered swingarm to improve handling. It was named F750 as a prototype although it was actuallt 700cc. Awesome! 90 bhp from a 2 stroker would shred any kind of race tire way back then. Kel Carruthers, the 1969 250 world champ was the first man who tested the bike. He removed the initial glitches by increasing the swingarm and improving the suspension. Still except for Kenny, the others were quite slow on the tracks as they were not able to handle it as the bike had small fork tube and chassis. After about 3-4 races, Yamaha added some more power! Another 20 bhp. Why? Because according to Kel, "It wasn't as fast as it could have been. They were really conservative in the way they built it.” In a way, Kel was actually serious. You know Yamaha back in the late 60s had V4 250cc GP bikes which were making around 75bhp, so logically the bike should have around 140bhp. Of course there was no chasis or tyre which would have hold it was another thing, but come to think about it, the bike with modifications later did belt was that much power.


I honestly can't imagine the hit this bike would have.  I've always thought a healthy 250cc two stroke gives a nice adrenaline rush.  Maybe it is an optical illusion but I don't know how that upper muffler doesn't cook your leg.

It will make an excellent addition to any collection or instantly turn you into the bad boy at  the track.  If you interest still isn't peaked it looks like it is a "no reserve" auction.  It is going home with someone.  Click to win.


Laverda November 2, 2011 posted by

Classic Italian Stunner: 1981 LAVERDA JOTA

For Sale: 1981 LAVERDA JOTA

When it comes to the pages of RSBFS, Laverdas are relatively scarce. Sure, you might find the occasional RGS Executive, but most of what we have posted are the more modern incarnations of Laverda, such as this 750S or this 750S Formula. But today we have the legendary Laverda - the 1000cc JOTA.

The Jota was the brainchild of U.K. Laverda distributors Slater Brothers. Convincing the factory that they knew what Laverda needed to produce, the brothers created the specification. As the Slater brothers had a history of offering modified Laverdas - especially those based on the new 1000cc three cylinder "3C" platform, what rolled out of the Laverda factory in 1976 was essentially a factory version of a Slater build. Add in a cool name - Jota is a native Spanish dance in triple time - and history was made. The model ran through 1982 before being discontinued and morphed into the RGS line.

From the seller:

This bike appears to be in excellent condition for its age. There is nothing quite like the cadence of an inline triple - either at idle or at full song. This bike, this legendary model, looks pretty deserving of a good home.

The auction for this bike is going on now. Interest has been pretty consistent since auction opening, and the current bid sits at $8,450 with reserve still in place. I have no idea where this one is going to end up, but it sure will be fun to watch. For more information and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!


Laverda October 24, 2011 posted by

Executive Express: 1983 Laverda RGS Executive

For Sale: 1983 Laverda RGS Executive

Quick - name a famous manufacturer of large displacement, 3-cylinder sportbikes. No, not the UK one. Think Italian. Benelli is a close guess, but not really known for bigger bore machinery in the US. Reach a little deeper into the history of Italian motorcycle manufacturing to pull out today's find: Laverda.

Founded in 1949 (although the name was associated with farm equipment engines since 1873), Moto Laverda S.A.S. started out as most motorcycle firms in post-war Europe: building econimical, small displacement bikes for transportation. Bikes grew as years went on, and by the 1960s Laverda was producing smaller singles and larger twins. It was the quest for power and speed - not to mention competition from within Italy as well as Germany and Japan - that led to the development of the famed triple.

More compact laterally than the Japanese fours or BMW boxers, the Laverda triple featured a 180 degree crank which put one piston at top dead center and two at bottom. This gives these bikes a characteristic lumpy feel at idle, with some vibration spread across the rev range. With 1,000cc power is rarely lacking, and although a bit tall by today's standards, the compact width aided in packaging and handling.

The Executive is the range-topping model of the 1000cc RGS line up. The differences between the Executive and the standard RGS: Fairing extensions that protect the rider's hands on cold mornings, the bars sit higher than on a RGS to provide a more comfortable sport-touring stance, but it is really all about those fabulous, color coded hard bags. Offering usable capacity in a highly stylized format, the bags on the Executive really make this model stand out. The initial run of Executive models came straight from the factory (with a special VIN to match), while the rest were dealer-added kits. Today, due to the fact that the base of an Executive is a stock RGS, many additional "Executives" exist than before - after all, these are all just bolt on bits.

From the seller:
The Laverda factory, back in the day, thirty years ago, sold a handful of RGS models badged Executive into the USA. They were silver in color. A very very small number survive. The following year, the factory decided to enable USA dealers to add the Executive bits to the RGS themselves by providing the various parts.
Not many of those survive either. This bike for sale is one of the latter. It is not one of the tiny few original silver factory built Executives. It is an Executive built by a Laverda dealer, somewhere in the Eastern USA (I bought from a collector in the midwest, a decade ago). Still rare, not silver.

From the seller:
Folks this is for a real nice example of a Laverda RGS Executive. If you are here you know what this bike is. I have had in my collection, finally had it professionally restored last year to mint condition. Recent injuries have curtailed my motorcycle interests, and several bikes such as this will be going up for sale.

The restoration included a complete tear down to frame. Frame refinished. Engine rebuilt completely with new rings, valve job, new horns, badges, whatever it needed. Of course, all new gaskets, etc. These efforts ran over $7K.

Forks rebuilt with RaceTech gold valve emulators. Back shocks are custom made RaceTech with black springs to look vintage. Forks and shocks cost over $1000 in parts alone.

Also, bought a Keihin flat slide carb. kit at the Laverda rally at MidOhio in 2008 and had installed and then dyno-tuned. This cost $2K. Not a small effort--and kept the original air box. Works like a charm. Have original carbs.

New tires, although over 5 years old at this juncture. In pics, striations on the dash plastic are reflections of light, plastic is perfect.

All the bayflex is in mint shape on the bike, a testimony to Massimo Laverda.

Wheels are in nice shape, to make the thing museum would need repaint. My goal was to make this bike my daily rider. Not to be.

The only issue of any moment is the tacho drive is inaccurate. Wolfgang has a resistor fix inline.

All in all, a really nice Executive. Not common in the USA, and the ones out there are pretty thrashed as the Brits say. This one is not, and has been meticulously restored to boot. Needs nothing.

So, do the math. You can buy a base RGS, non-executive for around 9K. Executives are rare so pricing is TBD. I have over 10 grand in costs in this bike.

From the seller:
I had a couple senior moments listing this. One, the carb kit is a Mikuni. I should know better, but I often confuse Keihin and Mikuni. I am not a Japanese bike enthusiast. Also, the back shocks I had custom made by Worx. Cost even more than stated. I think they were over 700 each just for the rear.

More facts:
RH throttle housing is a NOS suzuki part to operate the mikuni RS 36 carbs
brake and clutch hydraulics are all new with the hoses being stainless
it also has jota pistons, a DMC ignition and 530 chain conversion
frame had the headstock strengthened with add'l gussets

This Executive model has 26,820 miles showing on the clock - high from a collectable standard, but not out of line with the age of the bike. This seller has done a lot of work to bring the bike up to this standard, and from the pictures it certainly looks the business. Bidding has been moderate on this one: at the time of this writing the auction was sitting at $9,100 with a few days to go. At that price, somebody is going home with a beautiful bike very soon. Executives are $8-$10k bikes all day long. This one is in better than average condition, and I predict that the final price will reflect that fact.

For more information and to check out this unique Italian express, click on the link and check out the auction. Good Luck!