Triple Threat: 1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage

There have been more and more Laverdas on the market as of late, and that is a good thing indeed for collectors. Today’s bike is not the more often seen Jota or RGS, but the rather special 1200 Mirage model. It looks to be a rider, and has 30k on the clocks. So what exactly…

Disco Italiano: 1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America

Marketed on US shores at the height of the disco era, it is hard to imagine Italian engineers and assembly personnel listening to anything other than Pavarotti during the construction of this beast. Still, singing some “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees might have helped – Laverda would close their doors by the early 1980s…

One Year Wonder? 1986 Yamaha SRX600

This wonderful survivor – a 1986 Yamaha SRX600 single – was offered for only one short year in the United States. Utilizing a single cylinder, air cooled motor, the SRX was impossibly narrow, and very nimble and flickable. Ultimately it lost out to the multis of the day; light weight and great handling were no…

Old School: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

When this first year, 1000cc Katana showed up on eBay, I knew it was perfect for the RSBFS faithful. Who doesn’t like a classic survivor like this? Built to be the baddest road rocket of the day, the Katana still turns heads with its knife-edge styling and purposeful looks. This particular bike does not appear…