Laverda Cafe Racers

Established in 1949 Italian motorcycle manufacturer Laverda quickly earned a reputation for producing technically advanced, reliable machines. Laverda's first 75cc motorcycles made history by winning multiple races ahead of revered brands like Ducati and Moto Guzzi. Their wins at the racetrack translated into sales and earned them a place in the European motorcycle market. From there they went on to produce the iconic Laverda 650 and 750cc twins that came with best parts on the market like Smiths gauges, Ceriani suspension and Japanese electronics for reliability. In 1976 the 3 cylinder, 1000cc Laverda Jota even held the title of world's fastest production motorcycle. Since the 1980s several attempts have been made to keep the Laverda brand alive. Sadly it now lays dormant with the rights belonging to Piaggio.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Laverda V6 racing concept

Laverda V6 racing concept

In 1950 Francesco Laverda developed the first Laverda motorcycle, a four stroke 75cc single. It was with this small capacity design that the Laverda brand gained its popularity in the motorcycle world. At the 1952 Milan-Taranto endurance race which covered 1410km, Laverda entered 20 of their 75cc race bikes. Of the 20 that entered…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Readers Rides: La Haduc Cafe Racer

Readers Rides: La Haduc Cafe Racer

What do you get when you cross a Laverda with a Harley and a Ducati? You get a Ducati 860 GT framed, Harley XL 1200R powered custom Cafe Racer rolling on a set of Laverda 750 SF wheels named “La Haduc”.  – – No motorcycles were harmed in the making of this…

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