Classic Laverda Motorcycles

Jota’s Bigger Brother: 1978-82 Laverda 1200 Jota America/Mirage

Comparing the Laverda 1200 to the 4-cylinder alternatives in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Yamaha XS Eleven and Suzuki GS1100E.

Breganze’s Best: 1988 Laverda SFC1000

Never a volume producer, Laverda survived by being able to command a premium price for street versions of its highly competitive endurance racers.

1949 75cc Laverda Tourismo Prototype

This 1949 75cc Laverda Tourismo Prototype was the very first Laverda of them all.

That Bloody Laverda 500

Alan Cathcart shares the story of That Bloody Laverda 500, which he rode for his first international race victory.

Laverda Montjuic

The Laverda Montjuic was a street legal Formula 500.

Small Package Big Punch: Laverda Formula 500

Laverda had lots of firsts, including the first double overhead cam 4-valve twin with a 6-speed. That engine spawned a high-performance production racer, the Laverda Formula 500.

Laverda Crankshaft: 180 Degree or 120 Degree

Looking at the differences between 180-degree triples and 120-degree triples.

Laverda 3CL: Big Noise From Breganze

Restored three times, this 1977 Laverda 3CL is back on the road thanks to the work of Scott Potter.

The Laverda Whisky Run – Oldies on Tour

Laverda owner David Davies links up with friend and motorcycle journalist David Minton for a 500-mile run to Scotland, Davies on his Laverda RGS and Minton on his Laverda 3CL. Their mission? To sample some fine 16-year-old single malt Scotch whisky from Bladnoch Distillery.

Louis “Rocket” Re: An Evel Knievel Tribute

Parting Shots - Evel Knievel tribute: Stunt rider Louis “Rocket” Re makes his jumps on a 1970 American Eagle Laverda 750

The 1974 Laverda Lineup

The Laverda motorcycle went through various changes, but was always well-built and reliable as one can see from its 1974 lineup.

1974 Laverda 750 SFC

The well-built 1974 Laverda 750 SFC was solely meant for racing until 1968.

1983 Laverda RGS 1000

When I saw my first Laverda RGS some 25 years ago, I thought it was one of the most exotic motorcycles I’d ever laid eyes on. Its arrest-me-red paint screamed “Look at me!” and its unique bodywork fit like a fine Italian suit.

Found on eBay: 1970 American Eagle 750

This week we bumped into an American Eagle on eBay and we just couldn't help but share it with our readers. Though it's titled as a 1970 model, it may be a 1969 American Eagle 750, and it looks as though the current owner of the bike has revived it into a nice rider.

Found on eBay: 1980 Laverda Mirage 1200

It's not every day you come across a Laverda on eBay, as they often seem to trade hands between friends and super-enthusiasts. Though not as loved as the Jotas and some of the earlier Laverdas, the Mirage is an unusual bike, but still one we'd love to have in the garage.

The Laverda Jota 1000

Every successful bike maker has a standout model, the ne plus ultra, the one where everything comes together perfectly, producing a classic bike that exemplifies the brand. For Laverda, it was the Laverda Jota 1000.

The Laverda 750 SF

The inspiration for the Laverda 750 SF dates back to 1964, when Massimo Laverda toured the U.S. for a firsthand impression of the burgeoning market here.

Found on eBay: 1978 Laverda Jarama

Sometimes vehicles wind up with funny names. Consider the Laverda Jarama, an unusually-named motorcycle from the Italian company who also brought us the lovely Jota (along with the continuing pronounciation quesiton; YO-ta? JO-ta?)

The Norton Ala'Verda: Norton and Laverda Hybrid

I’d wager many of us daydream about building a special custom motorcycle of some kind, combining bits and pieces of favorite bikes into something uniquely our own. Something like Delfour’s combination of a Norton and a Laverda that he calls a "Norton Ala’Verda."

Triumph and Laverda converge at Vintage Motorcycle Days

If it’s July, it must be time for the Woodstock of classic bike shows, the American Motorcyclist Association’s (AMA) annual Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 25-27. 

Found on eBay: 1970 Laverda American Eagle 750S

While looking for specs for Laverdas in our Motorcycle Classics Motorcycle Database, we ran across this 1970 Laverda 750S American Eagle. The first big Laverda twins were imported into the U.S. by Jack McCormack and his McCormack International Motors in Santa Ana, Calif., starting in 1968.

1977 Laverda V6

The plan was simple: build a prototype, prove it in endurance racing, and use the lessons learned to produce a new range of bikes. What resulted was the Laverda V6.

The Laverda 1000 3C Triple

Only Italy could produce a motorcycle so brutish (yet beautiful) as the Laverda 1000 3C Triple.

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