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.
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
Model: Laverda Jota 1000
Category: Sport touring
Engine and transmission
Engine type: In-line 3
Power: 85HP @7600RPM
Bore x stroke: 75x74mm (3.0x2.9inches)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel control: DOHC
Cooling system: Air
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