Laverda 668 Ghost Strike

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Laverda 668

So many attempted Laverda have ended in failure the years that caution is required, but this time the old Italian firm really seem to be back on the right Latest owner Francesco has kept his promise to invest the factory at Zan in north-eastern Italy is and growing; and Laverda’s team of is working flat-out on a batch of new to take the firm into the century.

The revival that textile industrialist Tognon when he took over years ago is gathering momentum Later this year will begin production of its new 750 sports bike, powered by an redesigned and watercooled version of the eight-valve parallel-twin motor. And the new-generation superbike, a powerful triple intended to recapture the of the legendary Jota 1000 of the is due to be revealed in prototype form at the Show in November.

Both the 750 and the triple are intended to Californian noise regulations, a view to Laverda attacking the US in the near future. In the meantime the is already set to produce no fewer three new models for other all based on the 668cc Ghost There’s the limited-edition Ghost with its orange-and-black paintwork and parts; the Diamante, a half-faired and the Ghost Strike, featuring yellow paintwork, a neat half-fairing and an aluminium twin-spar in place of the standard Ghost’s steel ladder.

The Strike is an and neat-looking bike, but even so the question has to be: Why? What was the of building another parallel roadster, this time an aluminium frame, when the firm already had the perfectly standard Ghost model its steel trellis?

Laverda’s answer is simply some riders prefer the of a twin-beam frame. And as they had an ideal aluminium alternative by the faired 668 sportster the Strike was to produce. If you think of the Strike as an way for Laverda to expand its range diverting too many resources longer-term projects, the new bike plenty of sense.

Laverda there’s no difference in either or geometry between the Strike’s beam frame and the steel Suspension is shared, too: upside-down Paioli forks and a from the same Italian The Strike’s engine is also a 668cc DOHC, eight-valve twin cooled by a mixture of air and and fed by a Weber-Marelli fuel-injection system.

The wide, slightly raised give a riding position between sporty and upright. At the bike is pretty light, and at a it felt short and low. The is well-padded, although its shape the rider can’t move

At very low revs the engine was but it smoothed out by the time 3000rpm up on the white-faced tacho.

The fuel-injection (complete with a revised that is also fitted to the Ghost) was excellent, giving a midrange response that I generally short-shifted instead of the Strike towards its 9100rpm At 90mph in top the Strike felt and reasonably smooth, with in hand to a top speed of about For a parallel twin the Laverda ran when revved higher,

There’s enough vibration to let you the motor’s working hard, but in road use it’s not a problem.

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I was less impressed by the test Termignoni carbon-fibre cans, a optional extra, which out the engine’s mechanical rustling a thunderous boom. The free-breathing add a few horsepower to the standard peak of 70bhp at 8000rpm. But apart being illegal in most they’re simply too loud for the and besides, the Ghost’s standard make a very pleasant throb.

The fairing did a good job of the wind off my chest and didn’t the bike weave at speed. But I’m tall, the fairing’s tip my view of the warning lights. niggles were the heavy and a notchy six-speed gearbox made finding neutral a

The parallel-twin engine unit has extensively modified over the few years, with recent including new piston rings, valve seats and guides, an uprated oil pump, but it can’t feeling a little crude at

There’s certainly nothing about the Strike’s handling. suspension is excellent: firm but not giving a superbly taut and ride. The Strike’s steering super-quick but the short, light neutral feel encourages you to it around in the corners.

Despite the slippery roads the Laverda’s Dragons gave plenty of too. And even repeated into downhill hairpins faze the Brembo braking of 320mm discs and four-pot Plenty of bikes would the Strike far behind on a straight but there are few that would the edge over it on the steep, pass that leads the mountains near the Zan factory.

Laverda admits that basically no difference in engine or handling between the original model and the Strike, whose fairing makes it slightly expensive. Most riders probably opt for the cheaper and more standard model, but the Strike is enough to justify its existence. a quick and enjoyable roadster will help keep recovery on course while of that new-generation three-cylinder continues.

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