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Lightning Strikes Twice: 1984 Laverda RGS1000 for Sale

1984 Laverda RGS 1000 Silver L Side

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.

1984 Laverda RGS 1000 Silver R Side Engine

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…

1984 Laverda RGS 1000 Silver Dash

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!

1984 Laverda RGS 1000 Silver R Side Rear

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)
DMC ignition
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
Brakes bled
Oil change
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.

1984 Laverda RGS 1000 Silver L Side Engine

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…

-tad

1984 Laverda RGS 1000 Silver R Side

1984 Laverda RGS for Sale

1984 Laverda RGS L Side

Well this is pretty cool: just earlier this week, I found a Laverda RGA. Today, it’s the higher-spec RGS. The RGS was pretty much the end of the line for Laverda’s fire-breathing triple, and really the end of Laverda, until their rebirth in the 90’s with a brand new line of parallel-twin engines.

Unable to compete with the might of the Japanese in terms of pure performance and refinement, Laverda traded on their Italian “Lamborghini of motorcycles” cachet to re-imagine their hairy-chested triple as a GT for well-heeled, discriminating buyers bored with the “characterless” fours from Japan. And this transformation makes a certain kind of sense: Laverda made their name in endurance racing, and their bikes are famously durable.

1984 Laverda RGS Dash

The 981cc RGS featured available hard bags and a full fairing, with an interesting filler door set into the side of that fairing, instead of in the top of the tank, as well as complete instrumentation.

From the original eBay listing: 1984 Laverda RGS for Sale

For Sale is a single owner Laverda RGS. The condition is very good – always kept in heated storage, ridden regularly and I would not  hesitate to ride it to Wolfgang’s this summer…as I have many summers before. This bike has never been apart for anything except normal maintenance; valve adjust, clutch. brakes etc. It is not as fresh as the day it rolled out of TT Motors – it needs  to get  “freshened” up but does not need any major components The bike has always been well maintained and sprockets,all  chains, and associated rubber bits are “recent” <3-5 years with less than 5000 miles.

Mileage is currently under 33,000, odyssey battery, usable tires, paint is good for 30 years old, a few spares including original exhaust, original tools, DMC ignition, Koni shocks (Ikon maybe…). Missing front indicator will be reinstalled.

1984 Laverda RGS R Engine

While I’m not as big a fan of the 80’s styling [although it is growing on me], there is generally something to be gained by buying the final incarnations of a car or bike. Namely: most of the bugs have been worked out of the design. And if there’s been some performance loss over the years, often earlier cams and other parts can be installed to restore whatever’s gone missing.

This particular example doesn’t include too much in the way of details, but it sounds like a sympathetically maintained, one-owner machine. Certainly a big plus with a machine like this. The reserve hasn’t been met yet, but with bidding below $6,000 that’s no surprise. Depending on the seller’s expectations, this very usable classic could be a great opportunity to get into Laverda ownership.

-tad

1984 Laverda RGS R Side