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MV Agusta August 10, 2015 posted by

Sterling Silver – 2002 MV Agusta F4 750

Rarely seen outside of the factory red with silver lowers, the MV Agusta F4 750 is a true exotic, a technological wonder in a beautiful package.  From its introduction in 1997 until it was succeeded by the 1000 cc model in 2004, the F4 750 enjoyed a few special models and updates but kept the winning design penned by Massimo Tamburini.

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2002 MV Agusta F4 750

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With design assistance from Ferrari, the F4 was given hemispheric combustion chambers and radially arrayed valves ( 4 per cylinder ), complicated but achieving 126 hp.  Complementing the power output are 49mm diameter Showa forks and 310mm front disks squeezed by 6-piston calipers.  More-is-more extends to the 4-into-4 exhaust system and Ohlins steering damper.

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Not super-light at just over 400 lbs, the reviews show the F4 750 to be a fast, stable platform.  Controls at the handlebars and footpegs are adjustable, as are the suspension and ride height.  Nice carbon fiber touches at the front fender, airbox, and side covers.

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Offered by a dealer on the back east, this F4 750 looks excellent, substantially stock with a nice tail tidy.  Though there’s no bidding or offering, the buy-it-now looks reasonable.  From the eBay auction:

Rare All Silver OEM Color!
6000 miles
Excellent condition
Well maintained
Carbon Fiber air box, side covers, air tube covers,
tank protector and key guard
Beautiful Merlotti plate re-locator
Integrated turn signals / tail light

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MV Agusta’s history includes many championships and countless wins, mostly long past, though they returned to some racing since 2000.  After several years of a few hundred bikes per year, the F4’s distinctive design and top-shelf components helped the company turn a corner to the new machines.

-donn

Sterling Silver – 2002 MV Agusta F4 750
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
MV Agusta May 9, 2015 posted by

Blue Chip Investment Italian: 1978 MV Agusta 750S America

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Like Ferrari, MV Agusta was a company that lived for racing. Road Ferraris, traditionally, were sold simply to subsidize their on-track efforts. But MV Agusta took things a step further: when they finally deigned to produce a roadgoing model, it was hobbled by hideous looks and power-sapping shaft drive. The later 750 looked good, but still featured that driveshaft that made it more suited to touring than track duty. This was supposedly to discourage privateers from buying a street MV and competing against the factory bikes. Italian bike specialist Magni makes a chain-drive conversion, so if you happen to own one of these, have access to a time machine, and possess the skills to go racing against Giacomo Agostini and Mike Hailwood, it’s something to keep in mind.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America L Fairing Detail

Until the Japanese Big Four flooded the market with cheap, reliable machines, inline four motorcycles were very exotic and considered the height of sophistication. And MV’s four was no Honda knock-off, with gear-driven cams and an overall width less than that of a CB400. A closer look reveals beautiful, sand-cast parts and quality construction not found on most machines of the period. Even the clumsy shaft drive features a beautiful, finned housing.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America Dash

The America upped the game with 787cc and 75hp, moving the gearshift to the left side of the bike to cater to a wider audience. While it was a competent handler, it was heavy and expensive, a bike better suited to showing off your peerless good taste than actually carving canyons.

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From the original eBay listing: 1977 MV Agusta 750S America for Sale

ONLY 1,112 Miles, original paint, excellent condition and VERY RARE. 

Last owner had this since early 1980s-I have a picture of this title.

Included with this sale:

– 2 fairings      

– 3 sets of exhaust pipes

– Original tool kit

– New battery

– Spare New Marzocchi Shocks

– Riders manual, shop manual, MV Agusta Super profile book & various related literature

– Street & Race Air Cleaners

– Brembo & OE front calipers

– Bike runs EXCELLENT. However, it is currently on display in my home, therefore, there are no fluids in the bike.

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Honestly, it’s pretty amazing that all those extra parts are included: bought separately, they’d probably add up to the cost of a second bike! The 750S is, quite literally, one of the most collectible bikes of the modern era, the bike that all the folks snapping up limited-edition F4’s are hoping their purchases will turn out to be. But this is the real deal, a proven blue-chip collectible bike whose value turns on heritage and rarity, not outright performance.

-tad

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Blue Chip Investment Italian: 1978 MV Agusta 750S America
Laverda February 3, 2015 posted by

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

 

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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.

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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.”

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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
Laverda June 8, 2014 posted by

1999 Laverda Formula 750S

Many of the machines featured on this site are pristine, beautiful examples, the best available anywhere. This is not one of those bikes. But it is rare, and it is a sportbike. And it’s worth looking at because it’s pretty hard to find Laverdas like this in any condition here in the USA.

1999 Laverda Formula R Rear

If you thought Laverda disappeared after the slab-sided RGS of the 1980’s, you’d be wrong. In the early 1990’s, a legitimate attempt to revitalize the brand was attempted and, following Laverda tradition, these “Zane era” Laverdas [produced in Zanè, Italy] utilized the best available components: the bikes featured a traditional beam frame, although beautifully detailed, with fully-adjustable Paioli suspension and hollow-spoked Marchesini wheels.

Powered by a parallel-twin engine that displaced first 668, then added water-cooling and a boost 750cc’s [747cc’s], the bike never really made the power to compete with the bike it was pitched against, Ducati’s 748. Interestingly, the Italian manufacturers were some of the first to adopt fuel injection for their motorcycles, and this Laverda features a surprisingly well-sorted system.

1999 Laverda Formula Front Crop

Period tests often criticized the lack of power, but they all had plenty of superlatives handy to describe the way it went around corners. Those Paolis were more than just window-dressing, and the Brembos up front provided some of the best stopping power available.

Unfortunately, by 2000 the new Laverda was sunk and sold to Aprilia, who seem happy to let the brand languish in obscurity for now.

1999 Laverda Formula Clocks

This particular example is obviously a bit… damaged, which is a real shame as these are very striking in black and orange. D&D pipes are evocatively loud, but Formulas generally came from the factory with a pair of carbon Termignonis, and I’m wondering where those got to…

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Laverda Formula 750S

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 se

these black plastic was installed by my friend, as this was my friends bike and then I purchased it for my collection,

Has new battery, just started yesterday sounds so cool and run very strong.

1999 Laverda Formula L Rear

Looking for all the world like a Latin-ized ZX7, the styling of the bike was a bit dated even when new, but I think has aged really well. Oh, and notice the smooth surface of the tank? It’s actually the airbox: the fuel-filler door is under that little, hinged pillion pad. While these certainly are hard to find, they really don’t command all that much in terms of dollars yet. They’re sort of lost in between eras: a forgotten marque, unless you’re a classic enthusiast, with late 80’s style, mediocre power, and questionable parts availability.

With a clear title and a Buy-It-Now price of $4,500, this could be a great chance for someone to pick up an Italian exotic at a bargain price. Probably not a great choice if it’s your only bike, but cheap enough to make a fun weekend blaster or occasional track day bike.

-tad

1999 Laverda Formula L Side

1999 Laverda Formula 750S
Aprilia July 19, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: June 2013 Sales Report

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Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 60 bikes in June and readers purchased 14 bikes in total.

Lowest sale price: $2900
Highest sale price: $19800

Congratulations to June’s buyers and sellers!

dc

Let’s get it started with this 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 that had a buy-it-now of $3600 and sold after one relist for $2950.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 1100


This Yamaha YZR500 replica build in the UK was first listed for about $22,600 but ended up selling for $20,500 after two relists.

Yamaha YZR500 replica


In Arizona this 2002 Aprilia RS250 MKII sold for a shade over $9k.

2002 Aprilia RS250


This red-headed Moto Guzzi V11 Rosso Corsa sold for a very reasonable $5500.

2003 Moto Guzzi Rosso Corsa


Here was a sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF750R that sold for a mere $3700.

1997 Yamaha YZF750R


Next is this 1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane that sold for $3950.

1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane


A cult favorite, this 1985 Yamaha RZ350 sold for just $5000.

1985 Yamaha RZ350


This 1982 Ducati 900 Supersport pulled in $17,100!

1982 Ducati 900SS


After being relisted once, this 1996 Bimota BB1 is going to sell for $5444.

1996 Bimota BB1


With one relist, this Yamaha FZR400 sold for $3450.

Yamaha FZR400


Combining items in a single auction almost never works, but in the case of this lot with a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 and 1987 GSX-R50 sold for $13,100.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100


Here’s an ugly duckling that sold for just $2900.

1996 Yamaha FZR600


In the Pacific Northwest, this 1990 Honda NSR250R (MC21) sold for a mere $4825.

1990 Honda NSR250R


While not a Formula, this 1999 Laverda 750S sold for just $4550.

1999 Laverda 750S


And this nearly new 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss sold for an astonishing $19,800!

2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss


At the other end of the spectrum, this 2001 Ducati 996 with just 1100 miles sold for $7500, which I think might be the best Ducati of the month.

2001 Ducati 996


Another 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100, and this one sold for $5400.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Month in Review:  June 2013 Sales Report
Laverda June 26, 2013 posted by

1999 Laverda 750S with 2700 Miles in Pennsylvania

1999 Laverda 750S For Sale

If the refurb’d Laverda 750S Formula we posted a couple days ago had you drooling but was too far to pursue, maybe this stateside 750S could help with that itch. While not a Formula, all the Laverda’s of this era are pretty rare bikes. And they still carry lots of premium parts to compliment the parallel twin. This particular example wears the half fairing option and has been on display for many years. Having only covered 2675 miles before being put on display, the seller notes that this bike will need a battery and fluids before running. This one is opening at $2500 and has no bids yet.

dc

1999 Laverda 750S For Sale on eBay

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from the seller:

1999 Laverda 750S in excellent condition with only 2,675 original miles. This bike has been on static display at a local Quaker Steak and Lube. Be the only one with a Laverda at bike nights! It will need a battery installed and all fluids checked prior to running. It was stored properly with the cylinders fogged with lubricant to preserve it during its display. This bike pulls like a freight train and shifted and handled like the true Italian bike it is on it last ride prior to display and storage. It has not had the starter conversion done to it. The only things not as factory are the carbon fiber D&D exhaust cans which sound incredible and the upgrade oil filter assembly.

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Laverda February 28, 2013 posted by

Stunning 1999 Laverda 750S Formula $6000

1999 Laverda 750S Formula For Sale

While fantasy shopping on nearby Craigslist sites I happened upon this gorgeous 750 Sport Formula. This is the second one we’ve seen in just a couple of months, and also at $6000. But this one has just 1000 miles and from the pictures it sure looks it. It’s listed on both SF Craigslist and Medford Craigslist.

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From the comments on the one we posted in December, “these bikes are awesome, and their so called “lack of power” wasn’t an issue due to the “inzane” handling characteristics. One of the first bikes I ever rode with a gravity gas tank/fake airbox cover. The handling improved as the gas level went down because the center of gravity kept reducing. Top it off with Termignoni exhausts, marchisini wheels and paoli shocks and beautiful paint, they are still just pure lust and awesomely cool. These formula versions were the hotted up versions of the 750s that were a bit flat below 4rpm but easily fixed with a chip upgrade. ”

Well said Martin!

dc

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from the seller:

Rare 1999 Laverda 750S formula. Only 75 imported. Showroom condition. Always kept indoors. Termignoni factory racing exhaust. Only alittle over 1000 miles. Complete shop manual. Great collectors bike. Asking $6000.00