Spotted: 1998 Laverda Ghost Strike Miss Motorcycle

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Laverda 750 Ghost Strike

Spotted: 1998 Laverda Strike

I’ve spent the few weeks thinking hard my next bike. I might seen it a few times already: the MT-03′s distinctively brutal the divisively dashing Triumph Triple, and the roaring Ducati are slowly luring me into the for an interesting … middleweight to next summer with.

The I face is an editorial for another it has been pushed back by rather fascinating I spotted a few ago. At the time, I thought my options were all attractively and I was right: even the 45BHP is a long way over on the excitometer to my sensible little GPZ 500. I it would be very exotic to something more modern, nice handling and interesting and some extra torque for measure.

And then I saw the Laverda Strike, and realized that by anything I’d looked at previously quite frankly, common.

Moto Laverda was an Italian founded in 1947, though the name was born in the late Century, and until its dissolution in it had lived a roller coaster of a striving to carve out a niche in the performance market. In the end, last prototypical effort at a show in 2003 had generated interest, and spelled the final of a slow demise; after its by Aprilia in 2000, the Laverda was relegated primarily to selling imported scooters from with the rest of the company by its new owner.

Aprilia had bought chief competitor, Motto at the same time, and clearly that if a choice had to be made, was the more promising name. were right, and when picked up Aprilia in 2004, closed up shop on Laverda only holding on to the brand in case an enterprising investor to give it another shot.

A decade before this sad final chapter, Laverda had swept up in an extremely volatile during the ascent of successful manufacturers. It was saved from the of ruin in 1993 by an Italian millionaire, Francesco Tognon, whose resulted in a series of high-quality, twin-cylinder machines.

The new line an initially wary reception, warmed as the years and models and by the time the late 90s came the new Ghost Strike 750cc were garnering positive They were not record-breaking, nor they compete with the manufacturers long-term, but as a result are a few very interesting and quite specimens floating around the market to this day. The model I found for sale is one specimen.

The Ghost Strike produces a 85BHP and a whopping 75Nm of bike sports Paioli suspension; the rear shock and the upside-down forks are manufactured by the company, has a history of supplying pretty every major Italian firm, as well as others as Triumph and Matchless. It is generally that the suspension on the Strike is and at 210kg, the curb weight is not

 The wheels are hollow-spoked and by Marchesini, and augmented by a full set of brakes.

The bike can boast a list of quality suppliers. The is the company’s own, however; an new unit from Laverda’s in the early 90s, which over the years to improve and power. It also sounds

By all accounts – and typically for a twin – is relatively simple on the Ghost The dual-exhaust system can be replaced by a if necessary, and rumor has it that in parts are still quite available, probably due to the prevalence of and service centres that in Italian motorcycles, as well as tendency to source parts Remember, however, that availability is never a given the manufacturer has closed its doors, and any should be aware of the risk.


The Ghost Strike has the unbearably cool name in its It makes the Ducati Monster like the unexpected fourth named after a grandparent nothing else came to Belied by the aggressive name, the styling is fairly simple and – even classy – but it lacks the brutality of many modern bikes, such as the Monster.

It is discreetly eye-catching, unlike the front brake disc hints at the bike’s potential.

But is it the

A late-90s Ghost Strike 750 for is a rare discovery, and part of me like to buy it on the spot for sheer – both financial and historical. The I found was going for £2,250, less than 10,000 on the clock and an aftermarket exhaust.

I’m aware, however, that if I could afford the bike and the finding parts is not always to be easy, and there are … out there that will do as well and that will whatever miles and weather I at them with aplomb. In the vein, there’s an enthusiast out for whom the odd sunny Saturday on stunning Italian classic be more than worth the and potential fuss.

And if I were that enthusiast, the resources to give the Ghost the care it deserved? Instead of a feature, I’d be writing a first-glance and then I’d be off for a blast because the Sun has come out.

Laverda 750 Ghost Strike
Laverda 750 Ghost Strike


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