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Yamaha September 20, 2022 posted by

Thump Supporter – 1986 Yamaha SRX 600

From the cheaper seats – but no less fun – comes a bit of a unicorn in the UJM world, the Yamaha SRX 600. Emulating a British single by heritage, offering Japanese performance and technology by design, and providing impossible fun in a narrow and lightweight package, the SRX was gone before we knew it. It turns out the buying public wanted Ninjas and Interceptors during the sport bike arms race of the mid 1980s, not English throwback bikes. But the ensuing years have been kind to the design and philosophy behind the joy of riding a slower bike fast, and the ultra-narrow and nimble single cylinder 600cc thumper ensures a bucket full of torque with which to play. Today these are relatively rare machines, but do not command the premium we come to expect with collector bikes.

1986 Yamaha SRX 600 for sale on eBay

The inception of the SRX 600 dates back to the XT600 – the dual purpose do everything bike in Yamaha’s lineup. With 4 valves per cylinder to aid in breathing and air cooling to keep things simple and light, the thumper in the SRX was good for approximately 45 horsepower with a redline of 7,000 RPM. That is not a whole lotta get up and go, but the dry weight of the SRX was down in the 350 pound range, making the bike very agile and easy to ride. The SRX makes due with a lighter flywheel to make it more responsive, as well as something that most modern riders have never used, let alone seen on the street: a kick starter (as in the starting device, not the new product investment website). That’s right kiddies, this one lunger is so throwback that it only offers kick starting. Now, foot bumping a big single four stroke can be daunting, but Yamaha did include an automatic decompression device to make things a little easier. Still, when the seller notes that this bike can be difficult to start the lack of an electric starter only complicates matters a bit.

From the seller:
Nice low mile original bike except for supertrapp and air filter pods. Physically very nice for its age.

Needs tuning. A bitch to start but when it does fire up sounds incredible. Could be an altitude issue (I’m at 7000 feet) or simply timing or it doesn’t like the pod filters(I heard the best set up is stock). I recently acquired the bike and it sat for years. I bought a stock airbox since the original was cut and it’s included.

Fresh oil and filter, the tank is pristine inside, new petcock and fuel lines and rebuilt carb.
Brakes all work and have fresh fluid. Fork seals do not leak (yet!).

A nice example that just a needs a bit more tweaking and I just need the space for another bike that’s on its way plus I’m a bit of a big guy for this machine. Tires have plenty of tread but are old. Comes with original brochure and model kit. Clear title in my name located in Santa Fe NM USA

I can hold bike for upwards of 6 weeks while you arrange to ship or pick up. Great time of year to visit our beautiful destination city!

More from the seller:
To answer a few questions: battery is new. Not sure why starting is difficult but from my experience on past bikes it could be a carb setting, timing issue or valve adjust. When it runs it’s on the rich side occasionally backfired so could be that the pilot air is still dirty but I’m very thorough when I clean. The bike has the original owners manual. Physically you’d be hard pressed to find another in such good physical shape. I’m 57 and done kicking bikes, my knees are already messed up so I can’t keep trouble shooting. It may run better at your altitude. I’d put the original airbox back on as most seem to support that it runs best stock.

The 600cc version of the SRX was a one year only bike in the United States (it lasted until the end of the decade in Europe). The buying public wanted sport bikes, and this would be soundly beaten by any of the 500cc or 550cc offerings from that category in the day. These bikes are getting harder to find in decent condition, which makes it RSBFS worthy. The Supertrapp muffler is a decent performance mod, and likely helps the big single from sounding like yet another suburban lawnmower, however the cut airbox and question about jetting definitely exacerbates the kick start issue. The bidding is in the basement at the moment, with the high bid under the $1,500 mark. Depending upon where this ends, this could be a ton of fun (and actually do the ton – barely) for not much cash. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Thump Supporter – 1986 Yamaha SRX 600
Norton September 6, 2022 posted by

The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get: 1974 Norton John Player Special

One has to wonder if Joe Walsh wasn’t contemplating the Norton John Player Special when the Barnstormers released their seminal album. A blatant tobacco advert in the form of racing sponsorship, the John Player Special was essentially a stone stock Norton Commando with novel bodywork. This was a pure marketing play that intended to drive boatloads of customers to Norton’s door, but instead created a true icon; a limited production, very rare edition that would escalate in value in the passing decades.

1974 Norton John Player Special for sale on eBay

The most expensive of the Nortons parked in front of the dealer shop, the John Player Special (JPS for short if you like your acronyms), was a classic British twin wrapped in the cloak of sporty intentions. The bodywork was novel; clean at the rear, with real race bike intent, and more of an endurance look up front with the bar ends covered. The elephant in the showroom, however, was the full frontal view: massive twin headlights with a massive gap between them. It was a love it or hate it moment, not entirely unlike the Ducati 999 debacle that erupted 30 years later. The look is polarizing, but the remainder of the silhouette remains classic and charming.

From the seller:
1974 John Player Special Norton 850cc Commando Factory Competition Replica

One of the nicest JPS Norton’s in existence. She starts, runs, shifts and stops like new, watch the video below. Her condition is near mint… With the exception of the original racing body work in amazing condition, this JPS Norton has only 2 brake-in miles! since a nut and bold restoration completed this summer by SoloMoto in Greenwich, CT and is a proper collectors bike. Aside for two small blemishes on the original faring, she is utterly mint.

More from the seller:
Back Ground: The Norton Road race team sponsorship by the John Player tobacco company was a new commando model, the John Player Norton – or “JPS” for short. It was announced for the 1974 sale season, equipped with a streamlined, twin headlight half fairing and matching tank/seat unit in the John Player livery. Beneath the endurance-race inspired bodywork was a standard issue MK2A Commando 850. The “gas tank” is actually a fiberglass cover hiding an elongated steel roadster tank buffered by rubber mounting on the isolastic frame to reduce vibration. This was the first introduction of the revolutionary feather bed frame.

JPS this is unique and special model, production totaling for 1974 & 75 is only about 200units, with only 120 shipped to the US. The factory JPN won 14international races including the Transatlantic Trophy, the Formula750cc Isle of Man TT, the British 750cc Championship and the MCN Superbike Championship.

Today’s example has seen some restoration work, and the paintwork appears to be bright in color. The white mag wheels are an interesting add on, with the factory JPS bikes sporting laced-up spoke wheels. Those wheels practically make the bike appear brighter than stock, which makes me wonder if the main fairings were repainted a slightly different color than stock. The tail paint also appears slightly different than the standard JPS, as the red paint does not go up all the way to the top of the tail – but again, that could be my eyes or my lack of knowledge of the intricate variants of the model run. Finally, the stripe under the windscreen with the Union Jack does not appear in any of the catalogs or brochures I researched. But again, I do not claim to be an aficionado of the model, and acknowledge that there may be differences across so few bikes from a small vendor. There are some minor marks in the paint in a couple of places, and the fairing bodywork does appear to be delaminating on both sides where the flat edges meet the sides. Mechanically, this bike is said to have gone through a complete nut and bolt restoration, so that should bode well for the next rider. The pipes are not stock, but should emit quite the bark at full song. You can check out all of the details on this one HERE, and be sure to share your thoughts on the JPS. Do you love it, or does the bug-eye look scare you away? Good Luck!!

MI

The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get: 1974 Norton John Player Special
Benelli September 2, 2022 posted by

Bigger is Better: 1983 Benelli Sei 900

OK – so maybe that Honda CB50R was cool, but you’re bigger than 50cc can motivate. Let’s go back to cubes and revel in a bit more displacement and a whole lotta extra cylinders. Six, in fact. Know as the first production six cylinder street bike, the Benelli Sei is an interesting study in style, design, technology, marketing and showmanship. They are reasonably rare in the United States (and pretty much everywhere else) as Benelli did not have a tremendous production capability. The limited capacity to build them – and the high price – meant fewer buyers and ultimately fewer bikes. It is great to see a rare bike presented in this level of condition.

1983 Benelli Sei 900 for sale on eBay

Benelli was founded way back in 1911 and survived two World Wars before economic conditions forced an ownership change in the late 1960s. The company was bought by Alejandro de Tomaso, perhaps best known for his sports car, the Ford powered Pantera. But de Tomaso was not just a one hit wonder. He was a conglomerate unto himself, owning a number of companies including such legends as Maserati, Ghia and Moto Guzzi in addition to his existing De Tomaso Automobiles. As for the Sei (Italian for the number six), this was a technology warning shot fired over the bow of the invading Japanese manufacturers who were eating Benelli’s lunch (as well as breakfast and dinner) in the major motorcycle markets (especially the US). Taking the existing four cylinder Honda CB500 of the time, Benelli engineers simply mated two extra cylinders to the block to create the original 750cc Sei. Later models (such as today’s example) were punched out to 900cc for even greater performance.

From the seller:
Up for sale a very rare Binelli Sei 900 with only a little more than 11k miles ..runs and sounds amazing with the rare 6 into 6 exhaust.I do not have the stock Silentium exhaust.previous owner upgraded the front brake master cylinder and lever also the clutch lever and cable,braided brake lines were also added.have all take off parts.Also all of the body panels were professionally painted a darker grey looks beautiful.New pirelli tires were also added.come with the stock duplex chains owners manuals and factory brochure.new battery just installed and a recent oil change just done.all electricks work as they should .enside of gas tank is like new seat is like new all origional,see picture.these bikes do not come up often

The 900 Sei is a beast with amazing lines. The view is dominated by motor at the front, but sprinkled with some sublime details throughout; just check out that double chain and those six exhaust pipes! And to be fair, this is a nicely restored example rather than a completely stock and standard bike, but it really does look amazing. Does it look $30,000 worth of amazing? That number is not too far off considering a similar model sold just this year on BaT for even more. You can take that with a grain of salt depending upon number of bidders, relative condition, etc., but there is no doubt that the value for these rare Italian machines is growing – and there is no real end in sight. The Benelli Sei is a historic model and a high-water mark for the pre-resurgence Benelli company. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Bigger is Better: 1983 Benelli Sei 900
Yamaha August 24, 2022 posted by

Super Rare & Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX600

In the world of Yamaha, this is not really a sport bike. It is not mega powerful. It does nothing extraordinary. Yet somehow the SRX – this retro British single – is a lost gem in the models offered by the Yamaha Motor Co. Lightweight, impossibly narrow, and ultimately flickable, the SRX represents all the elements that make motorcycling FUN, without the unnecessary baggage of plastic bodywork, extreme riding position or uncontrollable horsepower.

1986 Yamaha SRX600 for sale on eBay

In the US, the SRX came in two sizes: small (250cc) and large (600cc). We seem to be able to the find the 250 models much more readily than the bigger bike, which does make some sense; the 250 was viewed as an entry level machine, whereas more experienced riders were looking for bigger bore multis and the like. Thus the 250 was relatively popular, while the 600 gained a quiet, but ardent following.

From the seller:
Open to offers, Im negotiable. . 1986 Yamaha SRX600S (not SC), bored out to 635cc, new valve seats, guides, seals machine work performed by Boyko Racing in October 2021 (https://boykoracing.com/). So it is practically a new engine with 0 miles on it. Clean and clear title. US production model purchased February 2003. VIN JYA2EF003GA000247. 10,503 miles and does not have the “5th gear” characteristics. Never raced. If you are familiar with these bikes, you know how hard these are to find, and find a good example. These were only available in the U.S. in 1986 only and are Kick-start only. In the picture, fuel tank is from a 1991 European Spec model. Original tank is included in this auction. Both are POR15 lined and solid. For what it is worth, I am a certified motorcycle technician who also repairs, rebuilds and modifies vintage motorcycles for a hobby, though not so much anymore. Previously on display at the 2015 Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago (pictured) and 2014 Motorcycle Dealer Expo (Chicago).Continental ContiGo! Tires (Maybe 1,000 miles on them, 100/90-18, 120/90-18. Both tires are 8 years old based on the manufactured dates on the sidewall) rubber not cracked, look great. Let me know if you want specific pictures taken. Honda Automotive Green Tea Metallic, LED brake light, Accel 8.8 spark plug wire, All Balls tapered steering bearings, Progressive springs with RaceTech cartridge emulators installed, Rear Ohlin’s piggy-pack shocks, K&N air filter installed (air box lid listed in Spares list), Supertrapp exhaust (I have the OE exhaust in great shape!), Tank from a 91 SRX mono-shock model (I have the original tank), Stainless steel brake lines, DynoJet Stage 2 kit installed (original jets and needle included)New oil pump (improvement over the stock oil pump) $307 recent upgrade, Steering damper. 2 copies of shop manuals.

More from the seller:
Long list of other ORIGINAL PARTS come with it. (Some of these are obsolete and very hard to find. Sorry, will not sell individually) Original brake lines, Inner rear fender, Ricambi-Weiss Rear solo seat, Raask rear sets, Ignition Coil, Adjustable brake and clutch levers. Additional Supertrapp baffle discs, Petcock assembly (frame mounted), Extra petcock vacuum diaphragms, Extra pair of mirrors (black), Pair of bar end mirrors, Original piggyback shocks, Spare springs for the rear Ohlin’s, Original fork springs, 3 aluminum side covers, Air box side cover, Original steering bearings and races, Misc. turn signals and lenses, Oil cooler (foreign market, never installed), Flasher cancel unit, Rectifier/regulator, Extra rear brake caliper (piston seized)Kick stand switch (removed from bike), Rubber engine grommets (anti vibration), Service manual signed by the LaRocco family, dealer (Mike LaRocco, famous motocross and supercross racer), Owner’s manual, Spare frame JYA2EF005GA000525 (bill of sale only for spare frame) If interested, please reach out and I would be happy to provide this list and substantiate my asking price. I also have a video of the bike running, if you would like to hear it!

Today’s example is not exactly stock. The seller has put a lot of work into modernizing and upgrading the basic package. That includes a bigger bore on the single slug, along with some head work. Intake and exhaust are both updated, as are the cosmetics. But rather go big and gaudy, this SRX still retains a lot of the basic feel that was the SRX. Think of it as an SRX+. Regardless, if you are in the market for the rare, one-year-only bigger capacity SRX, you could be looking a long time to find one in this condition. It may not be an NOS museum piece, but does look to be one fun rider. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Super Rare & Single: 1986 Yamaha SRX600
Ducati August 16, 2022 posted by

Pandemic Puppy – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP Supersport with 3,886 Miles !

Seems like quite a few Supersports changed hands over the past few years, but today’s might have some of the lowest miles and best condition around – plus the number 131 SP badge.

1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP Supersport for sale on eBay

Ducati was able to put some Cagiva development lira into the 900SS, and presented a pretty together 84 hp package.  Targeting the North American market, the SP had the aluminum swingarm and carbon mudguards, plus adjustable Showa suspension.  The trellis frame and cast wheels were dusted in gold, and the lightweight fairing kept the weight from getting too much over 400 lbs. ready to ride.

This SP looks to be part of a larger collection, and is more stock than usual with original exhaust.  What seem to be aftermarket brake lines caught my eye, and hopefully the carbon trim on the triple tree is preventing rather than covering keychain patina.  The owner might have been too busy shampooing carpet to write more notes for the eBay auction:

All Original. Fluids just done. Belts and carbs done in November of 2019. Runs and looks great. 

Ducati took their eyes off the Supersport segment to bring the Monster to life, and yearly sales waned to just a few hundred in the late 90’s.  Pierre Terblanche penned a 1999 update, but the complex bodywork couldn’t claim the race-derived style of the earlier model.  This collector might have missed the peak of the market, but this example should still do well.

-donn

Pandemic Puppy – 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP Supersport with 3,886 Miles !
Ducati August 12, 2022 posted by

Uber Bella: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

Today’s particular Ducati find is a true international affair. Originally born in Bologna, Italy in 1989, this bike found a home elsewhere in Europe – Germany to be exact. For the next several years this 750 rumbled up and down the autobahn, no doubt embarrassing some of the Bayerische Motoren Werke boys in the process. This bike certainly would have turned some heads against the staid R80s and even K75 and K100s of the time, given its, uh, “distinct” livery. Exported out of Germany in 1995 and officially imported into the United States, this is a titled example of a model that really turned things around for Ducati. This was a bread-and-butter Pantah machine, which while not as performant compared to some of the Japanese machines of the time, pushed Ducati and the Desmo twin concept in all corners of the world. Sure, the Limited Edition models get all the glory but the base 750 Sport was the foundation of the whole deal and the face of Ducati worldwide.

1989 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

The 750 Sport is an evolutionary bike. Based on the Pantah motor which was introduced at the beginning of the decade as a 600cc, the configuration and basic design remained save for the bump in capacity. That meant quieter valve operation thanks to toothed rubber timing belts (hence, the Pantah is known as a “rubber band” motor), gained a longer maintenance window thanks to reduced valve lash requirements, yet retained the higher RPM capability enabled by Ducati’s myopic focus on desmodromic valve operation. This arrangement eliminates valve springs, and uses the cam and followers to not only open the valve, but also close it. The result is more precise valve operation at higher RPM, and elimination of the dreaded valve float. The rest of the 750 was pure Ducati – basic trellis frame, solid, narrow, relatively light, and free from most bells and whistles that might get in the way of a spirited ride.

From the seller:
Rare 1989 Ducati 750 Sport

The Ducati 750 Sport was only in production between 1988 and 1991 and only bikes produced in 1990 models were imported to the USA. Since the bike is not as common in the USA, as in Australia and Europe, it created lots of attention and questions when I was riding it. The 750 Sport is a beautiful sports bike that has in my opinion one of the best sounds Ducati has to offer.

I purchased the bike in Germany from the Original owner in 1995 and imported and registered the bike to Minnesota in 2001. The bike was extremely reliable, and I never had any repair before I parked the bikes for a couple of years. At the end of the slumber earlier this year, I felt that the bike requires a major tune-up / overhaul, since it was standing for 10+ year. The bike received a new rear shock (original shock will ship with bike, but had a leak), new front and rear tires, new fuel pump, tank cleaned and lined, rear wheel bearing kit, new battery, oil filter, air filter, timing belt, brake pads, and more. A total of over $3,300 was put in the bike to bring it back into really great condition.

More from the seller:
The 750 Sport has run for 33674 km (20924 miles) and is powered by a 748cc V Twin engine that produces 72.0 HP (52.6 kW)) @ 8500 RPM and a top speed of 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph). The bike features it original mufflers, which again sound absolutely phenomenal. Maybe the most important thing about the bike that it is so much fun to ride. The windier the road, the more fun the bike gets.

The bike is located 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, PA. Local pick-up or buyer organized and paid for pick-up and delivery. This is a rare opportunity to own a very reliable classic that will make heads turn. While I am very sad to part with the beautiful bike, it is time to find the bike a good new home.

Today’s bike has a very bright (if not unusual) livery that really stands out – whether you might want to or not. I’m not sure what matching leathers might look like here, but you might possibly be able to find something that really fits the theme around Christmastime. Suitable helmet paint might include a white pom-pom or elf ears. Of course if standing out is your thing, then the line starts right here; shrinking violets need not apply. Still, this is a Ducati model that is not readily available in the US, as Ducati had yet to hit their stride and import new bikes in large numbers. That makes this a standout machine, unique due to the geographic history and livery, yet maintainable and rideable as only these v-twins can be. The all KM clocks show nearly 33,500, which equates to just over 20,000 miles. Check out all the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Uber Bella: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport
Ducati August 11, 2022 posted by

Trackday Tuesday Feature – 2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Race Bike

Update 8.11.2022: Jonathon has renewed his Featured Listing and is now available on eBay with an updated description and pictures. Buy-it-now is $13,500. Please note BST wheels are no longer included. Thank you again for supporting the site! -dc

Ducati packed a host of worthwhile changes into the 4th Generation Monster, and RSBFS reader Jonathan has modified his extensively for the racetrack.  With its Paul Smart style fairing, NCR look belly pan, and custom race-prep for just about everything else, this Monster race bike is ready for this season’s Battle of Twins.

2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Race Bike for sale on eBay

Ducati massaged the air-cooled desmodue and achieved 100 hp for showroom machines, and was able to stretch valve adjustment intervals for the dual-spark motor.  Accompanying the big power was a heavily triangulated trellis from headstock to engine, and a cast aluminum subframe holding the single-sided swingarm.  Its high gear ratios are a natural for the race course, and the 43mm Marzocchi forks can handle the force of the 320mm cross-drilled brakes.  A plastic fuel cell hides under the tank covers, and the stock seat fairing has a remarkably similar shape to the racing seat.

Jonathan works in a Chicago motorcycle shop when he’s not practicing his AHMRA or BoT craft, and has raced and wrenched many different bikes.  The Monster has had the engine done by MotoCorse in Fort Lauderdale, and shows a dyno sheet with 90 rwhp.  There’s a long list of mods for the track, with a custom exhaust and seat subframe.  Here it is single-spaced:

2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO

This is a racing motorcycle for competition use. Built to run in the AHRMA Battle of the Twins 1 class. This machine is in a great condition and has been meticulously maintained. It has some blemishes and wear from normal use which can be seen in the photos provided. This includes seat foam pad has cracking, the rear tail section as a hairline crack roughly 2-3mm long, the front fairing has some light scratching, and the clear coat on the front fairing has been retouched. Overall the bike is in excellent overall condition. Monster 1100 EVO BOT1 Bike with PS1000 style fairing, Custom Aluminum Fairing Stay, Custom Aluminum Subframe Mounts, Custom exhaust, NCR style belly pan, race tail, and blueprinted engine from Motocorse Performance.

Has the following components and modifications:

Yoyodyne Slipper Clutch
Andreani Fork Cartridges Sprung for 180lbs rider
Penske Shock
Ohlins Steering Damper
Rapid Bike with Quickshifter
Zullo ECU Flash
Woodcraft Rearsets
Woodcraft Clip-Ons
Woodcraft Lever Guard
Throttle Tamer Tube
Brembo GP Mk2 Front Brake Master Cylinder
GP routed Brake lines (ABS deleted). The dashboard does not indicate vehicle Speed with this modification. This also means the odometer is not accurate.
Shift Tech Muffler with Custom exhaust
Driven Keyless Fuel Cap
Woodcraft Clutch Cover Guard
Pro bolt Race Spec Caliper Bolts
Motocorse Performance Adjustable Camshaft and Layshaft Pulleys
Pitbull Rear Paddock Stand Included
New Rain Tires (currently mounted)

Built on a Salvage Title. Mileage is not accurate as the dashboard does not record mileage with ABS removal.

Just had major service, fluids, belts, valves checked.

Video Walk Around:
https://youtu.be/q30BHwwhtwQ

Video Fly By NJMP:
https://youtube.com/shorts/NgyT4CIj-aA?feature=share

Video Of Corner Exit:
https://youtu.be/C2RGfpmFbZI

Just had major service, fluids, belts, valves, fork oil, etc
Fresh and Ready to ride!

Jonathan can be reached via email here – Tecnicomoto729@gmail.com

A short corner exit video shows the torque – 20220115 2012 ducati monster race bike on track

This Monster road racer is up-to-date gear for a track day or club racing.  Race bikes always need more maintenance than their road cousins, but the 1100 dual spark is as reliable as they come, and apparently free of any major mishaps.  Spring is on the way and the calendar is already filling in.  Contact Jonathan to discuss this special Monster – Tecnicomoto729@gmail.com

-donn

 

Trackday Tuesday Feature – 2013 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Race Bike
Laverda August 4, 2022 posted by

Be the Speed – 1983 Laverda RGS1000 with 7,671 Miles !

In the moto business since 1949 ( and agricultural engines way before that ), Laverda saw the lights of the oncoming bullet train in the late 1960’s and set to developing a three-cylinder engine.  The RGS featured new developments all around and this example looks just about as delivered.

1983 Laverda RGS1000 for sale on eBay

Laverda’s air-cooled triple had been in the line-up since 1969, and the RGS had the latest double overhead cams and 120-degree crankshaft.  A conservative 83 hp were on rubber isolators, with 32mm Dell’Orto carbs and a 5-speed transmission.  Marzocchi dampers and 280mm Brembo brakes were premium components for the time, along with 18-inch alloys.  Innovative footpeg carriers and fuel filler were distinctive and complemented the bodywork which flowed from headlight to tailcone.

Offered by an eBay consigner, this Lav is reportedly in Illinois and looks pampered.  Might be ridden occasionally but at 39 years young, not very far.  Just the 3-into-1 exhaust, oil cooler, fork brace and what seems to be a Corsa brake upgrade catch the eye, besides the overall unrestored beauty.  Some of the detailed comment in the eBay auction –

The cosmetic condition of this machine is just as good as it looks in the photos. Every finish on the machine is original. No part of the bike has been re-finished. The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting immediately. This bike has been part of the owner’s collection for a while and is ridden on a regular basis. It runs and rides with absolutely no issues.

As you can also see from the photos, the machine has had absolutely no restoration performed to any part of it. The condition is exactly what it looks like in the photos. I have been a fan of Laverda for some time, and have had two of these RGS machines in the past as well as this one.

The paint on the tank, side covers, and cowl is, as far as I can tell, original, and have never had any type of paintwork or touchup. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time.

The machine has 7,671 original miles on it, and is in perfect running condition with a compression test having being recently performed. The cosmetic condition of the engine finishes, apart from some minor age freckling, is very nice, with the aluminum and cast parts being particularly beautiful for their age.

The seat is original and in perfect condition, and the rear cowl is easily removable, allowing for two up riding. The wheels are original to the machine, are the rarer and more desirable gold version, stamped Laverda, and are in very nice original condition. Please note the original specification smoked windscreen is present and in beautiful original condition.

The RGS 1000 runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes, which were recently serviced and adjusted.  The carbs were completely gone through this season and function perfectly, and there is a new battery installed.

Laverda had a long racing history and produced some beautifully equipped road bikes, but without a gazillion smaller bike sales to fund development, even their latest designs were a little quirky and relatively expensive.  But sometimes a fascinating, Euro-centric design with provenance is just the ticket, and if this era and continent strike a chord, it might be a while before a nicer example is available.

-donn

Be the Speed – 1983 Laverda RGS1000 with 7,671 Miles !