Laverda RGS 1000 – Vintage Motorcycles Online

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Laverda 1000

Laverda RGS 1000

Named after the Rome-based firm (RG Studios) who styled it, the RGS appeared in 1982. Following the rough-edged, 180-crank Jota the RGS was engineered to appeal to a wider demographic. Although a performance icon of the 70s, Laverda listened to the press and addressed the areas of the Jota that drew the most criticism.

Low and narrow, the RGS featured a revised frame with rubber mounting for its even-firing, 120-degree crank engine. Other nice touches added to entice buyers included adjustable footpegs, an easy pull hydraulic clutch, a single/dual seat cowling and a automotive-type fuel fill on the fairing’s upper right corner. A luxury edition called the RGS Executive was also released, adding built-in panniers and additional fairing coverage. No lightweight at 537-lb wet, the RGS was nonetheless a fast and powerful motorcycle; eclipsing the ¼ mile in 12.7 seconds with a top speed of nearly 140-mph

In 1984 Laverda uprated the RGS with the higher-performance RGS Corsa. Finished in sinister back, the RGS’s 981cc DOHC triple received considerable work to the cylinder head, higher lift camshafts and more compression (10.0:1). These changed netted 97-crankshaft horsepower and propelled the stunning Corsa solidly into the 11-second arena. Two years later a final variation of the theme was introduced in the SFC 1000.

Coining the name used in its golden years as an endurance racing force, the SFC combined Corsa tuning in a no frills package with near 160-mph potential. In 1985 a test written for MCN by journalist Mick Walker proclaimed “If Laverda continues down this path its future is assured. The SFC is 1985’s finest and fastest European sport bike.” Sadly, production of the SFC 1000 ended less than two years later.

Now, both it and the Corsa are highly collectible.

Meeting youngest son Piero at the Laverda International Rally in 2006, I learned more about the company in two days than 15-years previous years of book research. “If you study the front of the motorcycle” he said, tracing the nose of a RGS with the palm of his hand “You’ll notice the shape is very organic. It’s a the same as a rain drop. What’s more aerodynamic than a rain drop?” Asking if the Japanese power wars influenced the family to get out of the motorcycle business, Piero answered; “Competing against the Japanese for power was never a problem, but competing in price always was.” Nolan Woodbury

Coining the name used in its golden years as an endurance racing force, the SFC combined Corsa tuning in a no frills package with near 160-mph potential

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