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Damaged Goods: 1985 Laverda SFC1000 for Sale

1985 Laverda SFC1000 L Side

Like Ducati, Laverda struggled against the might of the Japanese Big Four once they hit their stride and figured out how to make stuff handle. Strapped for cash, they tended to keep models in production for far longer than was competitive, and had a habit of slapping some fresh bodywork and a new name onto old frames and engines to make bikes like this SFC1000. But when that engine is Laverda’s storming 981cc three-cylinder, at least you know you’re growing obsolete in style!

1985 Laverda SFC1000 R Side Engine

The SFC1000 was a bit like Ducati’s MHR bikes, a reach back to past glories to help stimulate sales. The original SFC was named for it’s massive front drum brake and stood for “Super Freni Competizione.” Literally: “Super Brakes Racing.” And while the SFC1000 undoubtedly stopped pretty well, it was a far-cry from the barely streetable, twin-cylinder, homologation SFC. Early triples used a firing order that made great power but vibrated severely. By the time the SFC1000 rolled around, Laverda had switched to a much smoother design that made for a more civilized bike, but one that had fans grumbling about “character.”

1985 Laverda SFC1000 L Side Fairing

So the SFC1000 really was a big, burly GT machine, capable of covering miles in serious style. And there’s nothing at all wrong with that. For the record, this is the kind of white-faced tach I love: Veglia in particular makes such a classy-looking gauge, and it looks especially slick in that bare-aluminum dash.

1985 Laverda SFC1000 Clocks

This bike is rare and beautiful, but there’s a “but” here. I’ll let the seller tell you about it. From the original eBay listing: 1985 Laverda SFC1000 for Sale

I’ve owned the bike for about 8 years. Originally purchased at Slater’s by a former Laverda shop in Calif and brought in to the U.S. under the radar around 1987. Bike sat in the shop for close to 20 years. I jumped through a lot of hoops to purchase it, having owned two much lesser condition SFC1000’s that I bought in England, prior, but never shipped back the US. I put a ton of time and dough into recommissioning this bike to ride and run perfectly. It hauls ass like a pack of scalded cats. This bike won second place at the Laverda National Meet at Mid-Ohio in 2008, as judged by Piero Laverda. She only has original 2398 original kilometers (1490 miles) on the clock – not even broken in.  Does not leak even a drop of oil – ever.

So, sounds great so far, right? Beautiful bike. But then the seller dumped it in his wet driveway, causing some cosmetic damage:

I was sick over this for months. Here I am exactly a year later, and I have come to terms with reality, that I have neither the time nor energy to tend to making this bike right again. That’s where you come in.

What does she need? New mirrors, a right turn signal, repair fairing (easy for someone with fiberglass skills). Fix dings in fuel tank from the clip-on bar hitting the tank. New right muffler. The ‘SFC1000’ right side foot peg mount is tweaked and may be able to be straightened, else replaced. Right side engine cover. Front Brake lever and perhaps master cyl assembly. Right side foot peg and brake pedal rubber – all detailed in the photos. The bike will need to be painted, I guess. Anyhow, the issues are all cosmetic. Mechanically, this bike is as new, perhaps better.

Parts are all readily available from Wolfgang at Columbia Car and Cycle in British Columbia, Canada and at Laverda Paradies in Germany, including the fairing, alternator cover, muffler, and SFC1000 footpeg mount.

To get ‘er runnin’ you’ll need to drain the carb bowls and clean the pilot jets most likely, as the fuel has been in there for a year. Top off the AGM sealed battery charge. The tires are good, but about 9 years old, so replacing is a good idea. Bleed the brake and clutch systems.

At this point, I want this girl go to a great Laverda home, where she’ll get the attention and care she deserves. You must agree to send me photos as you put the bike back in order, and when it’s all done.

1985 Laverda SFC1000 R Side Engine Ouch

Head on over to the original eBay listing for the seller’s account of exactly what happened and some other updates to the bike. Minor cosmetic damage aside, this is a really nice bike and very rare here in the states. A bit of time spent on eBay and a few weekends of the usual work to get a bike that’s been sitting for a year or so ready for the road. The dings in the tank will take a bit more work, but I’d just snap this one up and ride it with the battle scars until I could afford to have it fixed correctly. If you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, this could make a great bargain, depending on where the reserve is set.


1985 Laverda SFC1000 R Side Fairing Damage

Tasty Two-Stroke: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

1985 Yamaha RZ350 L Side Front

I’ve only recently become an acolyte in the Church of Smokers. Growing up, I mostly heard them in the context of dirt bikes ripping up and down our street, and the angry, mechanical-insect noise isn’t really the sexiest… But I’ve opened my mind to the antisocial little things, and this bike might make a great introduction to two-stroke ownership.

Sold between 1984 and 1985 in the US, the Yamaha RZ350 was powered by a liquid-cooled, two-stroke parallel-twin that displaced 347cc’s. This long-serving powerplant was introduced in 1983, with variants finding home in select Yamahas until 2006.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 R Front

Evolved from the RD350, the RZ added liquid-cooling and Yamaha’s torque-enhancing power-valve technology dubbed, originally enough, “YPVS.” Can you guess what that stands for? This computer-controlled system helped to smooth out the traditionally peaky power delivery of the two-stroke, plumping the mid-range for improved street usability.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Dash

A terror on back roads of the time, the RZ350 was literally one of the best-handling bikes you could buy at any price. Remember, this was before the GSX-R750 was introduced, and while many bikes made more power, they were usually correspondingly heavy and unwieldy: the RZ was light and nimble, with a powerband that needed chasing and a gearbox that rewarded the rider for doing so, a real enthusiast’s motorcycle.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 R Side Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 for Sale

Fresh Paint about 5 years ago
Frame was powder coated
Couple of chips in front fender and a couple of nicks in stickers but otherwise paint is sparkling.  Looks like a new bike!
DG – Pipes
K&N Air filter
Aluminum battery box
Engine Stock
Never Raced
In the family since 1990
New Battery
#’s match

Bidding is active and there are just a couple days left on the auction, with the Reserve Not Met at $3,900. These can really run the gamut in terms of quality and state of tune. This one is largely stock and has been repainted, but ridden, which is as it should be.

1985 Yamaha RZ350 L Front

The RZ is the epitome of a “useable classic:” these are fun to ride, with plenty of power. They’re striking to look at with a strong community of experts and amateurs to help you keep your little bumblebee buzzing. Parts availability is excellent and  includes a wide range of updated parts, owing to the long production run of these two-strokes into the modern era, with many parts easily retrofitted to improve reliability and performance.


1985 Yamaha RZ350 R Rear

1985 Moto Morini 501 Camel for Sale

1985 Moto Morini Camel R Side

Hey, neat: a Moto Morini 501 Camel XE dual-sport!  I’ve never actually seen one of these for sale before.  Wait, what do you mean this isn’t a sportbike?!  It’s right there in the name: dual-sport!  And Moto Morini is certainly a manufacturer of sporting motorcycles.  Anyway, I want one.

1985 Moto Morini Camel L Front

Originally released in 1981, this likely would have competed with the small-bore Moto Guzzi dual sports of the time.  Obviously, these sorts of machines are compromised by weight, compared to a thumper, but twins offer a smoothness that a single can’t match, making them better on-road partners.

The dual-sport Morini used the familiar 72° 500cc twin with a belt-driven single cam operating pushrods in the front and rear “Heron” style heads that are actually interchangeable!  Power was transmitted through a six speed transmission and a dry clutch.

1985 Moto Morini Camel Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Moto Morini 501 Camel for Sale













Video of the bike helpfully included!

The ad is very spare, but this was just too cool not to post.  We’ll return to our regularly scheduled, spoked-wheel and tube-tired programming tomorrow.

1985 Moto Morini Camel Tank Detail

I’d love to get a dirtbike: I keep hearing about how it’s a great way to learn about control while you’re out of control.  Although I’d expect one of these isn’t exactly what they mean, since it’s probably a bit on the heavy side compared to a little 250 single.  But the same principles still apply: it’s easy to get loose at lower speeds, and dirt is softer than asphalt when you crash.

I’ve no idea what one of these is worth, but with a Buy It Now of about $2,400 I’m betting it’ll go for a relative song and make for some good times, wherever you ride it.


1985 Moto Morini Camel R Front

1985 Ducati Harris Mono Mille

There is something about seeing dual headlights on a motorcycle. It makes you think of motorcycles going for hours upon hours at full speed through the night, when dual headlights were a necessity to focusing light on both left and right apexes. I am sad that Endurance racing didn’t become big in the states. If you feel the need for speed, hours and hours of speed, head to Australia eBay to have a chance at winning this Harris framed Ducati.

From the seller

Ducati Harris Mono Milie,
factory race kit No.11 of  85
chassis is 531 chrome-moly tubing with nickle-bronze welding
wheelbase: 57 inches. 
White power rear monoshock.
White Power upside down front end 
Harris twin headlight fairing, seat cowling, Spondon fuel tank.

Harris Performance Produces is a company that started over 30 years ago by brothers Steve and Lester Harris. They offered kits for multiple models to provide improved handling when compared to the factory effort. They were so good at what they did, they Were the Suzuki World Super Bike factor race effort in 1995.

The seller discribes the engine

900 bevel-geared unit is balanced and blue printed.
top end (Brooke Henry) Vee-Two Heads, cams, valve springs
42mm Dellortos carburettors,
gear box and clutch late 80’s
Front brakes, Brembo four spot callipers with 320mm full floating discs
Rear brakes, twin-spot “non Bremo” full floating calipers, braided lines, Brembo Master cylinder
Harris rear sets
Brembo levers

Harris designed a frame to hold the Mille engine that is usually found in either the MHR or the S2. The Mille was the evolution of the Round Case and Square case, using a one piece forged crank and increasing the bore and stroke to 80×88 giving a 973cc engine. I am going to jump to the conclusion that the engine for this bike was donated by an S2 as I would think very few people were tear apart a MHR. BB

1985 BMW K100RS

So what is the demographic targeted by a Sports Touring motorcycle? People that want to go fast but have stuff to carry? People that want to go fast, but comfortably? People that want to go fast in the twisties, but not on their hands? Anyone that doesn’t want a classic American Cruiser? This is who BMW targeted when they designed their sports touring bikes, and this 1985 K100RS (Reisesport) offered on eBay was a major change in the 60 years history of the maker.

The K series of bike left the traditions of BMW behind, and almost left their core fans. An in line 4 cylinders laid on its side compared to the opposed twin Boxer. Liquid cooled compared to air cooled. Fuel injection compared to twin carburetors. Shaft drive compared to shaft drive. Ok that last one not so much.

The seller of this Brick has very little to say

For Sale is a 1985 BMW K-100 RS, under 10K miles.  Dealer Serviced and Heated Storage since New, Second Owner.  Has New Metzler Tires, WestCo Gel Battery, BMW Hard Bags, Top Case, Battery Tender.

Like New, Mint, None Nicer

What you do get in the way of sport is 983cc of 10.2:1 CR giving you 90bhp that will push the 548 lb bike (plus what ever you can stuff in the bags) to a top speed of 136 mph. If you had waited for the 1989 model you would have gotten 2 more valves per cylinder and 10 more HP and 6 more mph. The sport is defined by the size of the fairing, on the RS, a small compact fairing that may remind you of the bikini fairing of the R90S. Stepping up in Touring and away from Sport you would get the RT and then the pinnacle of luxury, the LT.

If you are someone that wants to be comfortable on your classic, and want modern (for the 1980’s) stylings, the K100RS might be the bike for you. But be prepared to possibly get a cold shoulder (air cooled?) from other Real BMW riders.


1985 Ducati Hailwood Replica Mille

This bike should be at least a bit familiar to anyone visiting CSBFS.  Take a look at the top of the page.  See that sticker-encrusted bike above “Classic Sport Bikes For Sale”?  The silhouette should look similar to the bike shown here: it’s the Ducati race bike used by Mike “The Bike” Hailwood to win the 1978 Isle of Man TT.

Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood is considered to be one of the greatest motorcycle racers ever to turn a wheel.  With a career in Grand Prix motorcycle racing and in Formula One, he’s also one of very few people to participate at the top level of competition in both disciplines.

Between 1957 and 1968, he rode for both Honda and MV Agusta, winning multiple world titles in various Grand Prix classes. He retired from motorcycle racing in 1968 and raced cars in Formula One until 1974, when he was injured in a racing accident.

In 1978, after 11 years away from competitive motorcycle racing, he returned to the Isle of Man TT where he managed a sensational win on what many considered an uncompetitive machine from a small, quirky manufacturer.

The MHR bikes, designed to celebrate Mike Hailwood’s TT win, were really a cosmetic upgrade to the 900SS that had become a bit dated.

While Mike won on an 864cc race bike assembled on a shoestring budget by NCR, the heart of the bike shown here is the later square-case, desmo V-Twin (or “L-Twin” if you want to get picky) bored out a bit to earn the “Mille” moniker.

From the seller:

Up for auction is a 1985 Ducati Hailwood Replica Mille. This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. He is the second owner of this one and it has 924 Kilometers (574 Miles) on the odometer.

This is the exact bike pictured on page 121 in Ian Falloons book titled “Original Ducati Sport & Super Sport”. The condition is fantastic and does come with a free and clear title.

1985 Ducati Hailwood Replica For Sale on eBay

The ad doesn’t have a ton of detail, but I’d expect most people shopping for these are familiar with the history of this model, and the photos are clear and numerous.  Interestingly, most of the MHR bikes have a dual exhaust, and this one appears to have a single pipe on the left side

Also note the sight-glass on the rear cylinder.  I actually want to own a bevel-drive Ducati just so I can install one of these: it lets you see the spring-less desmodromic valvetrain in all its glory.

The “Buy It Now” price is set at $24k and there are still a few days to snap this bike up.  A classic race replica with the looks of a competition machine and proven mechanicals, these represent a very rideable investment.


Freddie Spencer’s GP bikes for sale!!



Here at Classic Sport Bikes For Sale, we search the world for unique, rare, exotic or just plain cool classic sport bikes (25yrs and older) for your viewing pleasure.

Here we have ALL of the above!

Gran Prix bikes with real racing heritage usually end up in factory museums, large private museums, or gifted to the riders themselves for a job well done.

Championship winning GP bikes are in a league all of their own

Freddie Spencer was a racer from Shreveport, Louisiana who became the youngest ever Gran Prix world champion at the age of 21.

It must be mentioned that all his winning 2 stroke bikes (all the way back to the ’78 AMA 250 GP class) were tuned by Erv Kanemoto a fellow American (California) .  Erv also tuned for Barry Sheene (when Freddie was racing AMA superbike),  then with his own team (with backing from Rothmans and Honda) for Eddie Lawson winning the 500GP championship in ’89.

“The way Erv approached racing so professionally and with such dedication, I think it really built a solid team atmosphere,” Spencer said. “He was tireless in making sure everything was perfect for me when I went on the track.”

Mr Spencer is the only rider, to capture the 500GP and 250GP world championships in the same year (1985).

The bikes for sale are the 1983 Championship NS500 and his championship winning 1985 NSR250.


1985 Ducati F1 750

Information is thin on this Craigslist post for an 85 Ducati F1 for $10k:


SECOND OWNER FOR 23 YEARS low milage,9404 to be exact.good rubber,runs strong.a couple minor scratches.original stickers saying it was for closed track/and off road use
serious calls only

An no, he didn’t list his phone number, but the email for the Craigslist post is: sale-2zhze-1571550853@craigslist.org