Posts by tag: Mirage

Laverda February 13, 2018 posted by

Seeing Things: 1982 Laverda Mirage 1200

Update 2.13.2018: We first posted this Mirage last April and it was bid to $11,500 and then relisted and removed. It is back on eBay with a different seller and current bid is $7,700 reserve met. Links are updated. Thanks Donn! -dc

On the block today is one of Laverda’s best kept secrets: The Mirage 1200. Created as a bit of a parts-bin special, the Mirage fills a distinct niche in the Laverda triple lineup, providing a naked cruiser, a half-faired sport-cruiser, and the full-blown TS sport touring edition (which we see here) all from the same basic bike. The Mirage is powered by the familiar 180-degree triple, but punched to 1200cc and fitted with a different cam profile from the other models. Jota bits are utilized throughout – such as the Jota-spec exhaust – but some items like the handlebars and seating position are unique to the Mirage.

1982 Laverda Mirage 1200 TS for sale on eBay

The engine modifications move the Mirage away from the raucous, sporting intent of the Jota, and the overall effect is a more civilized “Executive Express” type of feel. The large fairing provides decent wind protection, and gives the Mirage TS a polished look – much more so than the brutish, bare-bones fighters Laverda built their name on. This was to be a Laverda that you could go out and ride – often and far. Unfortunately, triples are inherently imbalanced (even the 180 degree motors), and vibration at speed was a persistent fly in the Mirage’s high-speed transport ointment. The new additions came at another cost: weight. There are over 30 lbs added to a similar spec Jota in order to create a Mirage, which tips the scales at a burly 542 lbs. With only 73 HP available, performance is more inferred than experienced.

From the seller:
Here we have a 1982 Laverda Mirage 1200 TS with only 24k miles. This is a late 1200 series 2 and one of the last with the wonderful 180 degree crankshaft, giving this bike a lopey idle and great sound. If you’re not familiar with this crankshaft configuration, the outer pistons rise and fall together while the center piston is offset at 180 degrees. This example is a South African market bike and was originally sold by Roma Guzzi LTD, in Johannesburg South Africa and it was imported to the US in 1993. While in the US it’s lived all of it’s life in hibernation while stored in a detached garage in Ohio until just last month.

More from the seller:
Upon possession of this exotic motorcycle I immediately began the resurrection process. The carbs were completely rebuilt and new O-rings, float valves and seals were installed. The Brembo brake calipers and master cylinders were completely overhauled and new seals, O-rings and pistons were installed. This bike got a thorough inspection and what was not roadworthy was replaced with new or NOS parts. The ignition pick-up wires were so bad that they turned to dust with the most gentle touch (something common on these bikes). These wires along with the outer silicone sleeve were replaced. The front forks also received new seals and fluids. This bike did not receive a frame-off restoration and it is not a trailer queen, it is meant to be ridden. Front and rear tires look good and they don’t show any cracking, however, they are the original Metzelers it wore when it left South Africa and are over 24 years old. Bike shifts through all the gears and it brakes work as they should. Throttle response is very good and crispy. The clock currently shows 40,067 Km which is a little over 24k miles. The serial numbers are matching frame and motor #3444.

The seller has done a decent job describing this machine. True, it is not exactly the loving, original owner putting his baby up on the market. Still, there has been some work done to make this bike as presentable as it is, and plenty of decent photos. This is not a new machine, and there are some rough edges to some areas of the bike – certainly expected after 35 years of use. But it is also a reasonably rare machine, especially here in the US (you will note that the gauges are primarily in KMs). There appear to be a few slight modifications over the years as well – the oil pressure gauge does not appear to be OEM, and the Mirage originally came with a 3-into-2 exhaust, not the single pipe currently fitted.

Pricing on a Mirage model is difficult, at best. We have only featured one other such model on the pages of RSBFS, and that was a half-faired, non-TS model. Valuation should be comparable with a similar age Jota, or even RGS. There has been enough interest in this auction to pull the bidding above the $8k mark, with reserve still in place. Given the rarity of the model in the US, this one could go much, much higher. Curious to hear from our RSBFS sharpshooters on their thoughts – I know some of you are Laverda experts and might have more to share. Check it out here, and then jump back to the Comments section to let us know what you think!

MI

Seeing Things: 1982 Laverda Mirage 1200
Laverda March 12, 2013 posted by

Triple Threat: 1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage

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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.

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So what exactly is a Mirage? Designed as a sort of “power cruiser” for the UK market, the specifications came from the British distributor and key importer, Slater Bros. Start by taking the standard 1200cc motor from the parts bin and give it a hotter cam. Stuff it back into a standard Laverda frame, but provide it with a Jota-specification exhaust, and a slightly different riding position with flatter handlebars. The Mirage is born.

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From the seller:
As you will see from the photos, this is an extraordinary example of a rare high performance motorcycle from the great days of high performance Italian motorcycles. This motorcycle HAS NOT been restored.The owner before me had the paint very nicely professionally redone in the original color about five years ago.I had the pin striping done in traditional Jota fashion just over a year ago when I added the Jota fairing on the bike. Everything was recleared at that time. ( The original fairing and trim panels are are shown and included. I have always been partial to the one installed.) To my knowledge, the motorcycle has never been out of service in its over 30 year life. It has had several vey caring owners who used it and tended to it.I ride it frequently and it it lives covered with its stablemates at all other times. It functions perfectly in all ways without reservation. I would not hesitate to recommend riding it from Texas to where ever you live. Most of my bikes have spent a week in Cody, Wyoming for daily rides over Bear Tooth (13,000+ ft) to Red Lodge and back. This one made the trip last year along with my two other Laverdas (one other listed here). I recommend the ride on anything except a bicycle. You will not pass another of these on the street; Red Lodge or elsewhere. Tires are good. It lives on a battery tender.

Laverda began producing these 1200cc 180 degree crank triples in 1978 following several years (73-77) of the 3Cs and Jotas. They were from a time when an unending war evolved to keep up with ever improving Japanese offerings. The Mirages were tuned “Specials” for the British market. The standard 1200s were Ts or TSs. It is a stunning, impressive and very satisfying ride. I expect that most serious bidders will know exactly what this is. If not, refer to “Laverda Twins and Triples Bible” by Ian Falloon.

All of my motorcycles are inspected, insured, registered and ridden. I strongly recommend that you do the same with yours. I have a couple that the sellers were distressed to discover that I would ride. Collect if you like. If you are going to ride it good for you. I have reached the point where I can no longer ride all of them enough to justify owning them. I have no financial, health or space issues. There are simply others that I desire to own and ride regularly. I hope that there is a knowledgable next owner out there for this Laverda…

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The market for Laverdas – like most things Italian – is looking up. There were times when you could not give a triple away, but those times have changed. While still not as pricy as say a Guzzi V7 Sport, the unique and relatively rare Laverda brand is certainly coming into its own. The current bid on this Mirage is $7,100 with reserve still in place. Click the link for more info and pictures. Good Luck!

MI

Bimota January 5, 2012 posted by

Groundbreaking Work of Art- ’84 Bimota SB4S Mirage

Location: Huron, Ohio

Mileage: 9,665

Price: Auction, $10,000 starting bid

We’ve seen a run of Bimota’s here recently on RSBFS, many artfully written up by Mike. It’s an interesting company. If you happen to read Bike magazine (from England and one of my favorites) the December issue profiles, among other great stuff, the Bimota company. An interesting read that highlights Bimota’s trouble with the V-Due (see Mike’s post on one here) and how the company started and how it is surviving. What you will learn is that the bikes built early, particularly, were Bimota’s most groundbreaking work. Bimota was ahead of the times, working the power/size equation well before anyone.

Here’s the detail from the seller on this machine-

1984 Bimota Sb4S one of 34 built and sold worldwide. Designed and built by Massimo Tamburini. Tamburini went on to design the Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta F4 and is legendary in the motorcycle industry. This particular bike was built late 1983 In Rimini, Italy and delivered to Performance Works Canoga Park, CA. It comes with the original Certificate of Origin, and Original warranty and service manual serial numbered to the bike documenting its authenticity. This particular bike has been featured on a motorcycle magazine cover and it will also be included also with other period magazines featuring the Sb4S. This bike has several special order factory options; the older style Camponola rims, twin pot Brembo redline racing calipers, ferrari style mirrors, pearl paint- all installed at the factory before delivery. The bike runs well, the tires are decades old and are hard and cracked. Everything works as it should, the petcock weeps a little fuel overnight from the float valve drain tube if left at the on position. The bike needs some TLC as there are some nicks in the paint and minor surface corrosion as would be expected for a bike of this age- but I would rate this bike a 8.5 out of 10. These early Bimotas seldom come up for sale, and some say the SB4S is the best of the space frame bikes. This is a very rare bike, most people have never seen one, it can not be ridden anywhere without drawing a crowd. ( as it should) I’m guessing there are several in the USA, but I’m not sure. This bike is sold as is with no implied or written warranty. It is listed locally, delivery is the responsibility of the buyer, and I will not ship this bike out of the USA. U.S. Bank Transfer preferred, or cash in hand at the time pick up.

And some more pics for you-

Bimota made it’s claim to fame by taking the engines of other bikes (Suzuki, Kawasaki, Ducati) and building a better chassis around it. This bike was built around the air cooled Suzuki GS 1100 motor, starting with some good power. Bimota then went and built everything around it better. And better looking. No doubt that Bimota has built some of the most beautiful bikes on this planet.

This bike appears complete and in pretty good shape for its age. It has some miles (in the world of Bimota’s anyway) but the seller says everything works. Probably will need some new tires. Limited production means you’re probably not gonna see a lot of these in your neighborhood.

So, $10k to start and who knows from there. If you collect, or just love Bimota’s, take a look and read up on this machine. Then go place your bid!

-RN