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1982 Laverda Jota 120 for Sale

Posted on February 19, 2014 by tad

Laverda’s Jota began as a semi-authorized hot rod upgrade to the standard Laverda three-cylinder 3C. Envisioned and created by Slater Laverda in the UK, it was a ragged, unruly beast, and the 180° motor made plenty of power, but ran like an inline four with one cylinder hacked off the end… So basically, it was all kinds of awesome. Eventually, the Jota became more of a GT in 1982, with a new 120° crankshaft that smoothed out the power and made the bike a bit more civilized, but something of the bike’s soul was lost and enthusiasts seem to prefer the earlier, less-refined version.

In the same way that the V7 Sport and LeMans Guzzis are often not what they seem, it’s important to make sure your prospective Jota isn’t just a tarted up 3C. Not that a tarted or hotted-up 3C is a bad thing, mind you. I’d be happy to have one, but it shouldn’t cost Jota money. Although these days, values of all Laverdas seem to be on the rise…

From the original eBay listing: 1982 Laverda Jota 120 for Sale

This is a very nice Jota 120.  Not sold in the US but I have a valid title.  The motorcycle just had over $2000 worth of work – new tires, battery and tune-up.  Runs very well and ready to ride.  Odometer is in kilometers.

  Located in Richmond, VA.

While not as fire-breathing as the classic Jota with the 180° engine, this should still be a bit of a beast by modern standards. The switch to a new crankshaft may have tamed Laverda’s triple slightly, but that’s sort of like saying you had your Bengal tiger declawed…

I’m personally not a fan of the two-tone grey and black paint on this example, but it’s also less likely to draw unwelcome attention from the gendarmes [po-po, five-oh, one-time] or bystanders. Probably right up to the point you hit the starter. I prefer the earlier bikes, but this looks like a very nice, original example and would make a great GT machine, with that big fairing and famously overbuilt, torquey motor.

1984 Laverda RGS for Sale

Posted on January 14, 2014 by tad

Well this is pretty cool: just earlier this week, I found a Laverda RGA. Today, it’s the higher-spec RGS. The RGS was pretty much the end of the line for Laverda’s fire-breathing triple, and really the end of Laverda, until their rebirth in the 90’s with a brand new line of parallel-twin engines.

Unable to compete with the might of the Japanese in terms of pure performance and refinement, Laverda traded on their Italian “Lamborghini of motorcycles” cachet to re-imagine their hairy-chested triple as a GT for well-heeled, discriminating buyers bored with the “characterless” fours from Japan. And this transformation makes a certain kind of sense: Laverda made their name in endurance racing, and their bikes are famously durable.

Laverda 1000 Jota

The 981cc RGS featured available hard bags and a full fairing, with an interesting filler door set into the side of that fairing, instead of in the top of the tank, as well as complete instrumentation.

From the original eBay listing: 1984 Laverda RGS for Sale

For Sale is a single owner Laverda RGS. The condition is very good – always kept in heated storage, ridden regularly and I would not  hesitate to ride it to Wolfgang’s this summer…as I have many summers before. This bike has never been apart for anything except normal maintenance; valve adjust, clutch. brakes etc.

It is not as fresh as the day it rolled out of TT Motors – it needs  to get  ”freshened” up but does not need any major components The bike has always been well maintained and sprockets,all  chains, and associated rubber bits are “recent” 3-5 years with less than 5000 miles.

Mileage is currently under 33,000, odyssey battery, usable tires, paint is good for 30 years old, a few spares including original exhaust, original tools, DMC ignition, Koni shocks (Ikon maybe…). Missing front indicator will be reinstalled.


While I’m not as big a fan of the 80’s styling [although it is growing on me], there is generally something to be gained by buying the final incarnations of a car or bike. Namely: most of the bugs have been worked out of the design. And if there’s been some performance loss over the years, often earlier cams and other parts can be installed to restore whatever’s gone missing.

This particular example doesn’t include too much in the way of details, but it sounds like a sympathetically maintained, one-owner machine. Certainly a big plus with a machine like this. The reserve hasn’t been met yet, but with bidding below $6,000 that’s no surprise.

Depending on the seller’s expectations, this very usable classic could be a great opportunity to get into Laverda ownership.

Laverda 1000 Jota
Laverda 1000 Jota
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