This isn't just a quirky red Italian flashbike. The 1984 Laverda 1000 RGS is the best-integrated and most cleverly executed Italian motorcycle we've seen. It's got today's features and performance. And a face that could launch a thousand space shuttles -- at a shuttle's price.
It's a triple. It's hand-built. It's exotic. It's a hard-edged sport bike you won't see everywhere.
Remember yesteryear's Italian road rockets? How impractical they were to own? How they used parts that no one could find? How they made a hungry tiger seem even-tempered? Today not all Ital-O-Bikes are like that. A few of them even make sense to own. Then there's the Laverda Zeta. It lies somewhere between yesterday and today.
The new triple is on balance a better piece than the stage-two 1000 and more civilized than the original, but has lost its once exquisitely defined sporting character.