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.Falloon 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.”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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 1-612-344-8100. See: www.quartoknows.com
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
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