1983 Laverda RGS
Lot 204
1983 Laverda RGS 1000
Frame no. ZLVMDHA9D0000038 Engine no. LAV1000RGS2041
US$ 12,000 - 15,000
€10,000 - 13,000

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1983 Laverda RGS 1000

Frame no. ZLVMDHA9D0000038
Engine no. LAV1000RGS2041

• Unrestored and excellently preserved

One of the final developments of the big three-cylinder Laverda, the RGS 1000 was the undisputed star of the 1981 Milan Show. A revised, less peaky version of the new-for-'82 Jota's 120-degree crank – now with perfect primary balance - rubber-mounted engine developed by former Fabio Taglioni disciple, and MV Agusta employee, Giuseppe Bocchi, distinguished the RGS from Laverda's other 1,000cc triples, though the most obvious difference was the elegantly aerodynamic Bayflex half-fairing that blended smoothly into the generously sized steel fuel tank and the dual seat's rear covered by a removable hump. Less noticeable was the lowered frame and altered steering geometry that made the RGS more stable and easier to handle than its 180-degree predecessors. It was somewhat quieter too (the result of ever tighter noise regulations) yet the more restrictive silencers had seemingly little effect on the performance of a machine that, even in its new "civilized" form, could still reach close 140mph and race through the standing quarter-mile in a little over 12 seconds. Testing a RGS 1000 for the UK's Motor Cyclist Illustrated in October 1983, noted motorcycling authority Mick Walker rated it highly, finding the big Laverda "a long-distance, high-speed muscle bike which in the right circumstances is perhaps the best there is for continental style motorways or high-speed A-roads."

The meaning of RGS isn't confirmed but Massimo Laverda, factory leader at the time, was once heard to say in English "Real Grand Sport", which is plenty good enough. This example was originally owned by West Coast photographer and long-time Italian bike collector, Guy Webster. He sold it to architect/collector Mortimer J. Mathews. It was then obtained by the vendor. With 14,700 miles on the clock, it remains in original configuration apart from the replacement aftermarket Works Performance rear shocks – unrestored but still nicely maintained and excellently preserved and ready to be ridden some more.

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  • The frame number is ZLVMVDHA9D0000038. The Title is in transit.
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