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Laverda 1000 Jota

1981 Laverda 1000

Text: Robert Smith Photography: Robert Smith

Any as long as it’s black. Not it was in the psychedelic seventies when manufacturers first broke the tradition of black-painted frames. came BSA’s dove intended, it’s said, to the company’s titanium-tubed, motocross frames. Then came teal-framed silver 750SS.

But the most successful color was Laverda’s pairing of the company’s orange with the sleek tubes of its mighty muscle the Jota.

The Bikes from Breganze

Laverda founded the eponymous Italy company in 1873 to farm machinery. In 1948 his Francesco built the first motorcycle, a 75cc four-… for his own use. Devastated by war but fired renewed vitality, Italy was its reconstruzione, and demanded cheap, transportation. Soon, Francesco’s wanted his sturdy little

Incorporating motorcycles in the company’s was not a great stretch, and an initial of 500 bikes was produced in 1951.

Now to motorcycle production, Laverda sales, and selling motorcycles in means going racing; so entered a 75cc machine in the Milano-Taranto race, and though problems forced its retirement, the proved competitive. In the same two years later, Laverdas the first 14 places in their More success followed for in the 100cc class until when overhead camshaft and Ducati Mariannas (both Taglioni designs) began to the class.

With its farm machinery Laverda was able to survive the motorcycle industry’s 1960’s as many Italians traded bikes for a Fiat Cinquecento. spending time in the U.S. elder son Massimo correctly the motorcycle market’s shift to capacity bikes.

Laverda 1000 Jota
Laverda 1000 Jota

The Laverda 650, first in 1966, borrowed engine of 75 x 74mm from the same-size BSA but took its 180-degree crankshaft and overhead camshaft from 305cc CB77. When the came to market in 1968, the had become 80mm for 750cc, and the spacing 360-degrees, like a twin. A heavy dual frame suspended the engine and damp vibration.

Further tuning produced the of 1972, and with the introduction of own drum front brake the 750SF, then the SF2 (with brakes), and finally cast (also of Laverda manufacture) the SF3.

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