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Offline SemperVee

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83 Laverda RGS
« on: February 27, 2023, 10:29:10 AM »
  Not MG oriented but brought back memories for me and well as I'm sure a few other's here...  Loved riding the Laverda from the hands on Laverda Dealer - Lance Weil, EU racer from the 1960's in Costa Mesa CA back in the day..  This one is for sale - https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/mcd/d/seattle-fs1983-laverda-rgs-miles/7593100085.html

« Last Edit: February 27, 2023, 11:13:46 AM by SemperVee »
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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2023, 10:50:35 AM »
Ooooooooo!   :drool:
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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2023, 10:54:12 AM »
A bit spendy, but OH, MY - what a beauty!!! :cool:

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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2023, 11:10:29 AM »
Nice bike! Best suited to the tall guys, at 5-9 its a bit tall for me.
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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2023, 11:42:36 AM »
QUOTE:  Loved riding the Laverda from the hands on Laverda Dealer - Lance Weil, EU racer from the 1960's in Costa Mesa CA back in the day..

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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2023, 04:38:47 PM »
   My slight knowledge of Laverda says that's not a bad price.  I've seen lesser machines go for more...much more!
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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2023, 04:57:48 PM »
WOW!!!
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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2023, 05:21:43 PM »
stunning.
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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2023, 05:38:54 PM »
Anyone seriously considering buying this Laverda might want to give Wolfgang a phone call at Columbia Car and Cycle in Nakusp to discuss the bikes condition. Wolfgang is a top notch, super honest guy and I doubt anyone knows more about Laverda in North America.

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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2023, 08:59:32 PM »
Im fond of the Executive model.
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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2023, 09:18:24 PM »
Cmon Steve.  Please show us yours... nicer than this one by far.
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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2023, 09:30:36 PM »
OK Ben....Here's mine. Beg to differ with Canuck. At 5'8'' I don't find this too tall. The RGS and RGA have a new lower frame than prior triples like the Jota, 3C's and the 1200's. A bit top heavy maybe and extremely limited steering range.


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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2023, 09:39:49 PM »
Interesting throttle gizmo on the bike in the ad. Anyone recognize it and know of it's function?

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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2023, 09:42:52 PM »
Id really like one, its on my short list. but I dont want to own and maintain another bike.  Drat. And its cheaper than a new roof on the house.

The story of the fairing mounted gas cap is as follows: Laverda wanted to sell the bike in US and in California which was introducing evaporative emissions regs for bikes.  They called Alfa Romeo, Can you help? Alfa sent their US based engineering staff, the director and another engineer to Breganze.  Were a long way from home and need to get this done. How can we come up with a fuel tank evap system quickly? The answer was to use existing car parts, a Fiat filler tube and cap had the fittings for the canister hose, and put a car style door on the fairing.  Easy and cool, just what Laverda needed. Alfa got the rights to some Laverda patents in return.

As a show of appreciation Laverda later gave an RGS to the head US Alfa guy (Don Black) and it was he who told me the story.  He was not a tall man so if I recall correctly he gave it to his deputy, who had come up with the idea.
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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2023, 05:55:01 AM »
That's a beauty too, Steve!  :grin:

Now we just need some better weather so
you can take it out and wring it's neck......

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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2023, 07:57:23 AM »
Great bit of firsthand history there, Tusayan! I had just assumed that it was a product of RG Studios who designed the Bayflex bodywork.


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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2023, 12:23:10 PM »
It's a stunner, and seems to be priced right.

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Re: 83 Laverda RGS
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2023, 01:30:01 PM »
Im fond of the Executive model.

I know where there's  nice silver Executive... Has electronic ignition and is pretty well sorted.
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