Lightning Strikes Twice: 1984 Laverda RGS1000 for Sale
Wow, another RGS for sale, this time in silver!
Laverda’s RGS was basically a set of new clothes and a new mission for their rough-and-ready three cylinder engine. Earlier triples were famed for being brutal, “manly” bikes: some race-prepped examples apparently featured multiple steering dampers to keep them properly under control! Thrown around by the scruff of their neck, the Jotas and 3C’s that ventured onto the race track ground down ancillary covers and generally terrified riders and competitors alike.
But, unable to really keep pace with the merciless progress of the Japanse Big Four, who had begun to put something called “handling” into their street bikes, Laverda headed in a different direction. They capitalized on the perceived style and sophistication and their Italian racing heritage to create a machine that didn’t try to compete directly with the sometimes boring perfection coming from Japan…
I spent the weekend baking in the heat and humidity of South Jersey, watching vintage motorcycle raceing, so I have Laverda on the brain today. I post these up whenever I find them, but they really are actually pretty rare. This one looks very well maintained by a knowledgeable owner: I know there are mechanics out there that can be counted on to do good work on these, but you can’t argue with the Slater name when it comes to Laverda!
From the original eBay listing: 1984 Laverda RGS1000 for Sale
I’ve owned this Laverda for several years, and am unable to give it the riding time it deserves as I have several other motorcycles as well. This motorcycle is currently registered in my name in the state of California. It is really in excellent condition and I cannot find any dents, dings, or scratches. There are no known mechanical issues with the bike.
The following upgrades have been done to this bike that now has 16,181 original miles:
Wolfgang Haerter slip-on mufflers – sounds great! (I have original mufflers)
530 chain and sprocket conversion (have originals)
Stainless steel brake lines
Ikon shocks (have original Koni’s)
Gustafson windscreen (have original)
Odyssey battery always on a tender
Front brake rotors have recently been machined within tolerance and there’s no pulsating.
I have a shop manual for this model, along with the owner’s manual and tool kit.
It’s had, within the last 250 miles, a major service done by a mechanic who used to work with Slater’s in England. This included:
Valve adjustment using new shims
Complete rebuilding of carburetors
New cam blocks
New cavis fuel lines
New intake manifolds
New head gasket
New choke cable
The cam chain was checked and found to be well within spec.
This is as close to a new RGS as can be found after 30 years, and truly runs very well. Please pm me if you’d like any additional detailed photos.
Perhaps a bit too subtle for me in what looks like nearly flawless silver, but it’s very classy, has been very well cared-for, and features sensible upgrades that should enhance reliability and long-distance capability. Except for the mufflers: those are, I’m sure, intended as a safety feature…