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Laverda Jota 1000

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Laverda Jota 1000 review

Since the end of World War II, the Laverda company of Breganze has been making a name for itself worldwide by building machines which embody the high-spirited principles so beloved of the Italians. Indeed, Laverda's offering in the superbike stakes— the Jota—is the absolute epitome of what a super-bike should be. The Laverda Jota 1000 made a big impression upon its launch in 1976. Producing 90hp and clocking speeds of over 140mph, it was the fastest production motorcycle to date.

Ironically, it needed a little British inspiration to produce the Jota. During the mid-1970s, Roger Slater, Britain's Laverda importer, was campaigning the Italian company's big 1000cc 3C models in production bike events with great success.
Laverda 1000 Jota

Like the 3C, the Jota used a three-cylinder, double overhead-camshaft layout, but it was now fitted with wider racing cams, three 32 mm Dell'Orto carburettors, a close-ratio gearbox and a modified exhaust system. The result was that an already quick machine became even faster. In a straight line the Jota was capable of almost 140mph, while a standing start quarter mile could be disposed of in just over 13 seconds. All-out speed, however, is not really what the Jota is about. It is a riders' bike, the kind of machine that comes into its own on fast and twisty roads.

Laverda Jota 1000 specifications

General information
Model: Laverda Jota 1000
Category: Sport touring

Engine and transmission
Displacement: 981ccm
Engine type: In-line 3
Stroke: 4
Power: 85HP @7600RPM
Compression: 9:1
Bore x stroke: 75x74mm (3.0x2.9inches)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel control: DOHC
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 5-speed

Laverda 1000 Jota


Transmission type
final drive: Chain
Weight incl. oil, gas: 258 kg

Chassis and dimensions
Front tyre dimensions: 100/90-18
Rear tyre dimensions: 120/90-18
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Single disc

Speed and acceleration
Top speed: 210 km/h (130.5 mph)
Fuel capacity: 20.50 L

Laverda 1000 Jota

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