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Pick a decade – we’ve got a bike from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. Two Bimotas and one Laverda are up for grabs from a seller in Central California. Which one would you take home?

All bikes are in Camarillo, California. From oldest to newest:

1984 Laverda Jota RGS
One of Laverda’s most iconic motorcycles, the RGS is an iconic sport tourer that Massimo Laverda once called a “Real Grand Sport”. This bike is slightly confusing as the seller calls it a RGA (and the dual-headlight fairing looks like a RGA unit) but the frame says RGS. Either way, it’s a lovely Laverda, and this is #10 off the line (VIN: ZLVMVDGA5E0000010). It has 13,776 miles and is said to run like a jewel with no issues thanks to a recent service.

Bidding is up to $6,200 with the reserve not yet met

1997 Bimota YB11
One of 600 units, the YB11 features the 145 horsepower inline 4 motor from a Yamaha YZF1000R (known in some markets as the Thunderace). Bimota worked its usual magic with a better frame and some minor drivetrain upgrades. Original MSRP was $30,000 and according to Mecum, 87 examples made it to the US. This bike (VIN: ZES4B1100TR000047) is said to be near mint and everything works with a California title.

Bidding is up to $3,383 with the reserve not yet met

2000 Bimota SB8R
Powered by the wonderful V-Twin from a Suzuki TL (but then pumped up to 133 horsepower by the Italians), the SB8R was capable of hitting 170mph. This example is said to run great and sound fantastic thanks to the Arrow exhaust, but there’s some cosmetic damage that indicates a tip over on the left side.

If you weren’t jealous of the seller already, he slips in a photo of a HB1 in this listing, to boot. Bidding is up to $4,351 and the reserve not yet met or a BIN of $8,500

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