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An entire Laverda museum is up for sale!

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Here’s your chance to own an entire museum’s worth of classic (and some not so classic) Italian motorcycles.

The Cor Dees Laverda Motorcycle Collection consists of half-a-century’s worth of 81 motorcycles, scooters and mopeds ranging from 1950 through to the year 2000.

It’s a treasure-trove for lovers of the North-Italian marque, comprising as it does a range of motorcycles stretching from a 1950 75 Turismo (one of the first production Laverdas ever built) through to historic racing bikes like the 1975 Laverda 750 SFC that won the Belgium championship and even a 1987 prototype 125cc that was ridden by Allesandro Gramigni.

But now it’s all up for sale and available to purchase.

Before you go sharpening your auction paddles and checking the savings account for funds though, there’s a catch…

Anyone wishing to get their hands on a particular machine will have to buy everything else as well.

Yes, that’s right. The whole museum is up for sale as a SINGLE. JOB. LOT.

And there is a lot.

The full list of machines is below, but that’s only part of the sale of course, because along with all of the bikes comes their paraphernalia; manuals, brochures, books and even the original, 400kg, 4m wide marble entrance sign to the Breganze factory is included.

What’s it going to cost a prospective buyer? As is usual with this kind of thing, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

But if you’re interested in making an offer, head on over to viathema.com where they have all of the details and the email address you need to send your proposal to.

And for more pictures of the entire collection, photographer Phil Aynsley has a fantastic set of images.

Oh, and if you’re reading this, and you do win an entire museums’ worth of Laverda bikes, let us know… We’d love to come and see your new garage!

 

The Laverda Motorcycle Collection

Laverda Racing
1952 Laverda 75 Mi-Ta works racer – sandcast engine
1954 Laverda 75 Moto-Giro Marcello Danna – 1954 Motogiro d’Italia
1955 Laverda 100 ISDT Six-Days – to be restored
1956 Laverda 100 Mi-Ta Milano Taranto replica
1972 Laverda 750 SFC 8000 batch – Ceriani 4LS – to be restored
1973 Laverda 750 Side sidecar racer – factory SFC engine
1975 Laverda 750 SFC 1976 Belgium Champion
1975 Laverda 1000 spaceframe works endurance racer
1975 Laverda 1200 Franz Laimböck Monocoque racer
1978 Laverda 500 Formula Mk2 – one of 75 – Laverda Cup
1982 Laverda 125 Cup one of 80 – Laverda Cup
1987 Laverda 125 GP only existing machine
Laverda Prototypes
1971 Laverda 1000 Milano EICMA motorshow – prototype
1980 Laverda OR 500 Atlas prototype
1986 Laverda OR 600 Atlas prototype
1986 Laverda 668 Cruiser prototype
1989 Laverda 668 Hidalgo prototype
1989 Laverda 700 El Cid prototype
Laverda 75
1950 Laverda 75 Turismo one of the very first Laverdas
1951 Laverda 75 Turismo ex Massimo Laverda
1952 Laverda 75 Tarantina
1953 Laverda 75 Normale
Laverda 100
1955 Laverda 100 GT
1955 Laverda 100 Sport
1956 Laverda 100 Sport
1958 Laverda 100 GT
1958 Laverda 100 Sport Lusso
Laverda 49, Laverdino & Scooter
1958 Laverda 49 4T Sport
1958 Laverda 49 4T Turismo
1959 Laverda 49 Scooter production number 17
1961 Laverda 49 Scooter
1962 Laverda 59 Scooter new – 188 miles only
1963 Laverda 49 Scooter
1963 Laverda 49 Scooter
1966 Laverda 49 2T Moped
1966 Laverda 49 2T Moped
Laverda 200
1963 Laverda 200 first production year
1971 Laverda 200 last production Laverda 200
Laverda 125
1966 Laverda 125 America
1966 Laverda 125 Sport
1966 Laverda 125 Trial new – 12 km only
Laverda 650 & 750
1968 Laverda 650 production number 17 – May 1968
1970 Laverda 750 S to be restored
1971 Laverda 750 SF
1972 Laverda 750 SF
1973 Laverda 750 GTF
1973 Laverda 750 SF1
1974 Laverda 750 Polizia Allessandria police
1974 Laverda 750 SF2
1977 Laverda 750 SF3 to be restored
Laverda 1000 & 1200
1974 Laverda 1000 3C
1977 Laverda 1000 3CL
1977 Laverda 1200 to be restored
1980 Laverda 1000 Jota 180
1981 Laverda 1000 RGS Executive panniers & fairing
1982 Laverda 1000 Jota 120
1982 Laverda 1200 TS
1983 Laverda 1000 RGA
1989 Laverda 1000 SFC wire wheels – 2000 km
Laverda Enduro & Cross
1974 Laverda 250 2T Chott
1974 Laverda 250 2TR
1978 Laverda 250 LH4
1982 Laverda 125 LH3
Laverda 350 & 500
1978 Laverda 500
1980 Laverda 500 Montjuic Mk2
1980 Laverda 350
Laverda 125
1978 Laverda 125 LZ
1983 Laverda 125 Sabbia NOS
1983 Laverda 125 LB Sport
1984 Laverda 125 LB1
1985 Laverda 125 Navarro one of approx 20 – NOS
1988 Laverda 125 Custom
1989 Laverda 125 Toledo 300 km only
1991 Laverda 125 Lesmo 140 km only
Laverda Mopeds
1983 Laverda 50 Pippo
1985 Laverda OR 50 Atlas
1989 Laverda 50 Gaucho NOS
Laverda Offroad
1987 Laverda OR 600 Atlas
Laverda Zanè production
1995 Laverda 650 I.E.
1997 Laverda 668 Diamante
1999 Laverda 750 Formula

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Custom of the Week: Ducati Leggero by Walt Siegl

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FOR WALT SIEGL, performance and beauty go hand-in-hand. The bikes in his Ducati Leggero series are drop dead gorgeous, but they’re also light, quick and handle well. And that puts them in high demand.

This newest build was commissioned by Jamie Waters, one of the leading lights behind the REV’IT! and Rizoma brands in the USA. Jamie owns a significant collection of race bikes, European sports cars and American muscle cars, but they’re more than just show pieces: he regularly pilots his rare factory racers at AHRMA events.

That makes him the perfect client for Walt. “I’m thrilled that I could build this bike for Jamie,” says Walt from his New Hampshire workshop, “because I know he will ride it and enjoy it.”

Each Leggero is hand made to order with room for customization, but the building blocks are always the same. It starts with a Walt Siegl Motorcycles 4130 chromoly steel frame, created in-house and weighing just 15 pounds.

Walt slots in a two-valve Ducati motor, rebuilt and blueprinted by Bruce Meyers Performance. It’s then finished with top-shelf components, and custom Kevlar bodywork.

On this build, the donor motor came from a Monster 1100. It’s been blueprinted and bumped to 1125 cc with Mahle pistons, warmer cams, ported and flowed heads, and titanium valves. The carbs have been ditched in favour of the fuel injection system from a Hypermotard, and the bottom end has been lightened too.

Since Jamie’s pretty serious about actually riding the Leggero, he wanted top spec chassis and suspension components too. The lightweight chromoly Leggero frame is matched up to an aluminum subframe, and a Ducati S2R swing arm.

It would take days of careful study to spot all the details on this Ducati, so we’ll just run through the highlights. The custom-built, ceramic-coated stainless steel exhaust is stunning, right down to its carefully placed heat shields.

The cockpit’s pretty slick too, and includes a racy Motogadget tacho bearing the WSM logo. And there’s a sprinkling of carbon fiber and Rizoma bits, to drive the performance ethos home.

When it came to the final livery, Jamie’s hobby provided all the inspiration needed. “Jamie wanted to incorporate elements from the early muscle car era in my Leggero design,” says Walt, “which is decidedly European, if you will.”

So the white ceramic coating on the exhaust system references early Shelby Cobras, and the frame’s been nickel plated, as a nod to the 1960s and 70s.

The primary paint color was sampled from a car in Jamie’s collection. “Jamie has a 1968 Corvette in Laguna Blue,” says Walt. “For that series Corvette, it was a one-year color only—painted by Peach Pit Racing.”

Now we’re really jealous.


This is an edited version of an article that first appeared on Bike Exif. It is republished here with permission.

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Idiot thieves steal electric manufacturers’ bike whilst they were on ‘theft tracking’ test!

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Motorcycle manufacturer Zero had their own bikes, actually stolen – for real – during security testing.

Bike thieves are the worst.

Not literally – we’re pretty certain that there are some certain individuals on the world stage that could put a petty motorcycle thief into perspective – but they’re ‘up there’ on our list alongside people who use their mobile phones on speaker whilst sat on public transport and most of the contestants from TV’s Love Island.

Bike thieves are also pretty stupid. None more so than the ones who tried to make off with a couple of Zero electric motorcycles recently in London.

What made these thieves particularly stupid we here you cry? Well, how about trying to nick a couple of electric bike maker Zero’s actual bikes whilst they were undergoing actual theft-tracking device testing with British bike security firm Datatool?

“I have been testing the product for several months now”, said Zero UK’s manager Dale Robinson, “but the ultimate test came last week, when two of our bikes were stolen from the back of a van in the London area.

Ironically we had just been introducing the partnership with Datatool to our dealers at a conference the day before, but I hadn’t expected that we would have to put it to the test when I got up the next morning.”

Yep, you read that right. Literally the same night that Zero and Datatool had introduced their partnership at a dealer shindig, somebody thought it would be a good idea to take the battery-driven machines.

But did the freshly installed system actually work?

“I reported the theft at 8.00am and the data confirmed that the bike was stolen at 3.37am. Datatool collaborated with the Met Police’s stolen vehicle squad, and the bikes were tracked to within a metre of their actual location, under a tarpaulin in a timber yard.

The police extraction team commented that the information given to them, in the form of a pinpointed Google map and exact coordinates, was the most accurate they had received and I got a call to come and pick the bikes up a few hours later.”

Some people pay thousands for that kind of PR. All Zero and Datatool had to do was get drunk and leave a couple of bikes in a van on a London street overnight.

Amazing.

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