Community Riders Library - Motorcycle Books The Laverda Twins and Triples Bible by Ian Falloon | Rider's Library...

The Laverda Twins and Triples Bible by Ian Falloon | Rider’s Library Review

The Laverda Twins and Triples Bible

Perhaps no European motorcycle evokes the passion of a high-performance thoroughbred like Laverda.

That is a well-deserved, hard-earned response, both because of the brand’s performance pedigree and its relative rarity, particularly on this side of the Atlantic.

Laverda built small commuter-class bikes in its history going back to 1950, but this book by Ian Falloon is devoted primarily to the company’s 650 and 750cc twin cylinder machines and its later 1000 and 1200cc triples.

The Laverda Twins and Triples Bible by Ian Falloon | Rider's LibraryFalloon has been directly involved in the motorcycle industry since 1976, has written more than twenty books on Ducati, BMW, Moto Guzzi, Laverda, Honda, and Kawasaki. He has hands-on knowledge of the Laverda machine, being the owner of a 1974 Laverda 750 SFC.

All that experience and what can only be intensive research results in a book that is both a good read and authoritative to an engineering and design level of detail.

For example, in describing the improvements made to the 1000cc 3C model from 1974 to 1975, Falloon provides this:

“There were a number of small updates for 1975. The crankcases now included three ribs on the left, below the cylinders, the drive chain adjuster nut was increased from 5 mm to 6 mm, and the air intake box included rubber mounting washers, with no metal intake clamps. Other new features included a smaller (180mm) Bosch headlamp, Aprilia turn signals, and a plastic choke lever.”

The Laverda Twins and Triples Bible by Ian Falloon | Rider's Library Review
Laverda’s engine design for its 650cc twin was heavily influenced by the Honda 305 Superhawk—explaining why this prototype’s engine looks like Honda’s 305 on steroids.

Falloon sheds fascinating light on the origins of the big-bore twins and recounts how the Honda 305cc Superhawk engine was the inspiration for the design of the early 650cc twins, which explains why the Laverda 650cc prototypes looked like Honda 305s on steroids.

In seven meticulously researched chapters, Falloon recalls the development of the 650 and 750cc twin-cylinder models, the 750cc SFC, the 1000cc 180-degree crankshaft triples, the 1200cc triples, the 120-degree crankshaft triples, racing history of the brand and the book includes a comprehensive Appendix of Technical Specifications.

Whether you’re a Laverda collector, owner or anybody that appreciates concise, accurate motorcycle history, this book is a great resource.

Book Data

  • Title: The Laverda Twins and Triples Bible
  • Author: Ian Falloon
  • Published: First published in 2007, latest edition published 2016 soft cover. 160 pages. Measures 8.25” x 9.8.” 222 Color and black & white images.
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing, Parkway Farm Business Park, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3AR, England
  • Veloce Publications are distributed in North America by: Quarto Publishing Group, 400 First Ave. North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Books can be ordered by e-mail at: qds@quartous.com or call: 1-612-344-8100. See: www.quartoknows.com
  • ISBN: 978-1-787110-48-9   MSRP: U.S. $60 U.K. £35

2020 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard Review: Stripped-Down

The 2020 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard serves several purposes. Its stripped-down nature makes it an ideal starting point for a custom build, as it...

Cardo Freecom 4+ Review: Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication

This is the story of Neil and the three Bluetooth communication devices. Once upon a time, I spent a ton of money on a...

2021 Yamaha YZ Lineup First Look: The Dirty Dozen Racers

Yamaha brings 12 YZ models for racing in 2021, running from the neophyte-ready YZ65 to the new supercross-platform YZ450F Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition....

2021 Beta 300 RX First Look: Limited-Edition Motocross Motorcycle

Beta, the boutique Italian motorcycle manufacturer known for its enduro, dual-sport, and observed trials motorcycles, is making a move into the American motocross market...

Pirelli Sport Demon Street Tires: Long-Term Review Begins

The Metzeler Lasertec tires that arrived as standard equipment on my 2015 Triumph T214 Bonneville had served me well. But, with 7,012 miles on...

Voxan Wattman Land Speed Record Electric Motorcycle First Look

Almost totally unknown in the United States, Voxan Motors was founded in 1995 in France by Jacques Gardette. Voxan began life building a variety...