If you are looking at this auction, you probably know what this is. This is a Zane Laverda Black Strike Café Racer 650/668. This is an extremely rare motorcycle. Only 50 total were built and only a few made it to the United States. Of these, this one has only 1 true mile on the odometer. The black strike edition was a kind of a one-off within the Zanè-era lineup and incorporated all the top shelf goodness of the Laverda marque at the time; a Nico Bakker designed frame, 3 sets of Brembo brake calipers, Marchesini wheels and a letterbox gas tank that reduces the center of gravity (which is still pretty advanced after 14 years). And the fact that you can still get a Zanè-era Laverda for reasonable money whereas a lot of Breganze-era bikes have begun to appreciate beyond the reach of us mere mortals is another plus. The air-cooled 668 engine and Nicco Baker designed frame were from the 668 Sport model, while the seating and gauge clusters where from the the 668 Ghost. The 668 Black Strike was also the first model with the lighter plastic gas tank, straight exhausts without the restricted collector box and also offered a few bits of optional carbon fiber such as exhausts and optional front fender/mudguard. The Black Strike model was produced in 1997/98 at the number of 50 units and since Laverda is now a mothballed marque within Aprilia Piaggio this is definitely a rare bike. The story behind this bike supposedly is, that Laverda brought a handful of bikes to Laguna Seca in 1997 to have them tested and rideen by the press. After a couple bikes were crashed by journalists, Laverda pulled the remaining bikes, but instead of sending them back to Italy, they passed them on to selected dealers. This is one of these bikes. Original owner. Bike purchased from Space Coast Cycle in Coco Beach. It was started by the dealership when bought and never started again.
Some specs: Air/Oil cooled parallel twin, four stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, Electronic Fuel Injection 6-speed 668cc Bore x Stroke 78.5x 68.8mm Compression 9.0:1
70HP @8,000 rpm – [email protected] 7250 rpm Buyer to make arrangements for shipping/pick-up Bike is located south of Cleveland, Ohio.
$500.- down payment is due no later than 48 hours after end of auction via Paypal. Full payment due within 7 days of end of auction. Balance via wire transfer in cash or certified check upon pick-up/before shipping
Please Note: This bike is NOT READY TO RIDE. It has been part of a private collection and has been sitting in storage for 20 years. It is basically in the condition that it was in when delivered by Laverda to the dealership.It will most likely need new tires and a thorough check over BEFORE being put on the road.