Posts by Category: Laverda

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!!

MI

Laverda May 3, 2012 posted by

Italian Classic: 1985 Laverda RGS 1000

For Sale: 1985 Laverda RGS 1000

Update 5.3.2012: Originally listed in February, a winning bid of $8500 was accepted but apparently fell through. Links updated. -dc

Laverda has never quite gained the popularity of those other Italian brands. Sure, everyone has heard about Ducati, most know of Moto Guzzi and collectors and enthusiasts know of Bimota. But Laverda? Doesn’t ring a bell.

Perhaps that is because Laverda no longer exists from a brand perspective – although a long and storied marquee, Laverda foundered in the 1980s, changed hands several times, and attempted a minor comeback in the late 1990s. By then it was too late, and Laverda was absorbed by Aprilia in 2000. Aprilia was absorbed by Piaggio in 2004, and the Laverda name sits on the shelf. Aprilia is entertaining offers for the Laverda brand, howevever, so hope may yet exist for another rebirth of this classic name.

To start at the beginning, we must go back to 1873 – which is when Pietro Laverda first started dabbling in engines for agricultural purposes. It was not until two World Wars and a few generations had passed, however, until Pietro’s grandson – one Francesco Laverda – started up a small motorcycling concern in post war Italy in 1949. Like most Italian brands of the era, Laverda motorcycles were small capacity vehicles designed to provide cheap transportation. But how quickly the Laverda reputation grew from there!

By the 1960s, the twin cylinder machines – such as the 750 SF and flagship SFC – were already on the drawing boards. And by 1969 Laverda stunned the world with the introduction of the 3 cylinder concept bike – created by adding a third cylinder to the already successful 750cc parallel twin. By early 1970 this was a production model, and the fight with the Japanese bikes of the time was on.

From the seller:
For sale is this Red 1985 Laverda RGS 1000 cc Triple

One original owner, with 19,851 miles

Reciently maintained with new parts, and some custom work, beautiful aluminum sidecovers, new battery, stainless exhaust etc.

It has always been covered and garaged, never dumped.

The RGS has some pretty nifty features not often seen on other bikes. Did you notice the smooth, unobstructed tank up above? So how do you fill it? Laverda provided this cool fuel door in the fairing – just like on a car!

The auction for this 19,000 mile bike is going on right now. The seller has listed this beautiful bike for the princely sum of $14,000 OBO – pretty high for a straight RGS given that the Executive model (with fairing extensions, higher bars and color matched bags) rarely brings this level of cash. Fortunately, this seller will accept something less, so jump on over to the auction and make the man an offer! Good Luck!

MI

Bimota April 18, 2012 posted by

UK Goodies: Bimota Vdue Trofeo Edition, Laverda 1200 Anniversary, Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

UK Goodies:  Bimota Vdue Trofeo Edition, Laverda 1200 Anniversary, Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer

 

It was a little slow around the plush and dimly lit RSBFS offices this week and I found myself wandering onto Ebay UK (you can only read the paper in the bathroom stall so many times).  Read on to see if what I found interests you as well.

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1998 Bimota Vdue Bimota Trofeo Edition

I’m a huge two stroke fan but have to admit I’ve never been that fascinated with the Bimota Vdue.  Maybe it was the styling, maybe it was the problems associated with it but my lust factor was low.  This particular model intrigues the heck out of me though.  There were 26 track models produced for a Vdue race series with a host of updates that fixed the nagging problems.

The specifics from Vdueusa.com:

After a managerial change, Bimota decided it was time to solve the troubles of the injection unit. Thanks to Ing. Naldi, the engine of the Vdue got new cranks, bearings (on the inside of the crank seals), more accurate ports in the cilinders and and 39,5mm Dell’Orto carburators.
With these modifications the engine was reliable that Bimota sponsored a challenger series called “Trophy“. The motorcycles where “leased” directly by the factory with different exhaust system, carburetors, electrical harness reduced to the minimum and new digital instrument panel with integrated ECU.

All of those bikes were pure race machines. During the challenge, they never experienced the peaky power delivery of the injection unit and also the engine did not suffer major troubles.

 

Can you smell that two stroke smell filling the gargage?

 

The exhaust is specific to the Trofeo Edition.  Click here for some Vdue exhaust porn courtesy of Brian Turfrey.

 

As stated above, the dash is unique to these models as well.

The asking price is roughly $26,500.  Click quickly the listing is close to ending.

 

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Laverda 1200 Anniversay

 

Next up is this brute, a Laverda 1200 Anniversary.  This thing has a certain Mad Max factor to it.  It looks like you are out to kick some ass if you are riding this beast.  There is very little info on this bike on the web but I did find a little.  It seems some serious Laverda fans dismiss the Anniversary as strictly a marketing ploy.  The fact is very few were made and exact number produced is up for discussion.  Possibly no more than 200 were produced.

From the auction:

  • collectors, 100-200 only built! ;
  • first production bike with hydraulic clutch;
  • cosmetic black – gold combination;
  • handlebar fairing a la BMW style.. with leather look plastic trim on the inside;
  • Matching numbers: *2208*
  • Dutch papers and all needed export documents.
The bike will be standard deliverd, with the original mufflers and complete fairing.

This bike is all original, except for the Koni rear shocks, the original Corte e Cosso’s we do have.
Back to basics boys.  Not water cooling here.  All you need is a black leather jacket and boots.
I can’t quite figure out the hand painted “30th”.  It almost looks like a mistake.
Asking price on this bad boy is roughly $20,000.
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2011 Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer
Last up is a modern retro.  These are currently being produced in the UK and can be bought here in the states but I’ve never seen one on the road so I thought it was worth  a post.  Here is a link to Nortons website with all the specs.  I think they’ve done a good job of mixing modern and classic elements together.
They sure as heck aren’t cheap.  They sell for close to $24,000 and there is a year waiting list.
The sellers are asking above MSRP for you impatient bastards.

A dash with some classic styling elements.  I like it.  Have you seen the Norton/Aprilia/Spondon to be raced at the Isle of Man?

Click here to purchase.

 

 

 

Ian

 

 

Laverda April 10, 2012 posted by

1999 Laverda 750S on eBay

Update: Originally listed in February 2010, this bike is back. Thanks for the hat tip Scott! Links updated. -dc

1999 yellow Laverda 750S for sale with low miles on ebay.

Probably not many people know of Laverda (a small italian brand founded in 1873), and those who have heard of it may know only of the legendary 750 SFC and Jota. So probably even fewer know about one of their modern sports bike, the parallel twin engined 750S:

If you are looking at this ad, you know what this is.

1999 Laverda 750 S in nice condition. Recent tires, chain and lower ratio sprockets (15 vs 16 tooth front), VeniVidiVroom SS oil filter. Runs great. Periodically the tach will stop then start again, the bike continues to run fine. The tach and ignition module is the same as was in my Ducati ST2. I think there is a loose wire in the tach. The gas cap is difficult to remove, the location doesn’t help. There are a few cosmetic scuffs from prior owner moving. Too many bikes and relocation force reluctant sale. This is a great back road bike with terrific transitional handling and a power band more like a multi than a Ducati twin. 12154 K Kilometers. Stock exhaust but D&D offers alternative slip-ons which would give it the bark it deserves.

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“These bikes were outfitted with Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection, Brembo Gold Line brakes, fully adjustable Paioli suspension (White Power on some models), state of the art hollow spoke Marchesini wheels and a modern beam or trellis frame. With 65 bhp (48 kW) available at the rear wheel and a very rev-happy engine, these bikes were nothing like traditional parallel twins. Within a year and a half, a larger, water cooled 750 appeared with a new engine in an aluminum beam chassis developed by frame specialist Nico Bakker, which boasted very fine handling and finish quality.”

Click HERE and HERE for some good background reading on the Laverda 750S.

If you want an Italian sports bike for not a lot of money (I’m guessing this one can be had for cheap) and are sick of seeing Ducatis, this yellow Laverda 750S just might be your ticket. The current price is at $2091 with 11 hours to go – I would be very interested to see what it fetches at the end of the auction.

Click here to see the listing on eBay.

phil

Laverda April 6, 2012 posted by

Ghost from the past: 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike

For Sale: 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike

Located in the occasionally sunny state of Washington, this 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike is really the ghost of Christmas past. The historic Laverda name, now owned by Piaggio, is no longer being used on any current machinery. It is a poorly kept secret that Piaggio is looking for a buyer for the name, so hope springs eternal that the Laverda brand will once again rise up from the ashes.

The Ghost Strike aluminum beam chassis was developed under the control of legendary designer Nico Bakker. The components bolted on have similar pedigree: 40mm upside-down Paioli forks, a matching Paioli damper at the rear, requisite 320mm front discs clamped down with 4 piston Brembo calipers and a reported 70 HP from the air/oil cooled, fuel injected parallel twin. This particular example shows approximately 7,600 miles on the clock.

From the seller:
This bike is in excellent original condition, with the exception of custom F-4 SS 2 into 1 tuned exhaust, remapped FI and quality billet barend mirrors. Fun, fast, great handling bike with worlds best components available when manufactured. Easy to maintain, with parts available in North America and world wide. Bike runs like a top and was just serviced by Moto International of Sea. WA.

This bike is a really cool alternative to a Ducati Monster, Triumph Street Triple, or your basic Japanese naked bike. You will certainly not see your self on the road, and you will be secure in the knowledge that you are riding a legendary nameplate. Parts are (apparently) still available for these bikes, although I would plan for obsolescence at some point.

So what does a rare model of a now defunct brand go for on the open market? Well this auction has show only light interest, and the current bid is up to $2,038 with reserve still in place. $3,900 will put it in your garage, so the price of rarity is actually pretty low. To preserve history and add a legendary name plate to your collection, click the link to jump over to the auction. Good luck!!

MI

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale December 10, 2011 posted by

ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and RSBFS Facebook Weekly Update!

It’s been a busy week here at RSBFS! We have seen some awesome 500cc two-stokes as well as some other classics that haven’t shown up in a while. In case you missed what showed up on ClassicSportBikesForSale, here is you chance to get up to speed. Also, check out some of the cool rides showing up on the RSBFS Facebook page. Enjoy!

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T ForSale

1951 Moto Guzzi Albatros also on CSBFS

1974 Laverda SF-2 on ClassicSportBikesForSale

1991 Yamaha TZR250R in the Pacific Northwest

1992 Kawasaki KR-1S in the UK

2002 MV Agusta F4 750 ORO

-JS