Laverda Twins and Triples Bible
Now part of the Aprilia - Moto Guzzi - Laverda group, Laverda has acquired a following of almost fanatical proportions. The large capacity twins and triples were some of the most charismatic and exciting motorcycles produced in a golden era. With a successful endurance racing program publicizing them, Laverda's twins soon earned a reputation for durability that wasn t usually associated with Italian machinery. Originally built for the British market, the 1000cc Jota was the fastest Superbike available in its day. While the twins faded before the end of the 1970s, the triples continued for almost another decade before dying with a whimper. By this time the company was in serious difficulty and went into receivership. Despite a resurrection in the 1990s, it is the classic twins and triples of the late 1960s through until the mid-1980s that Laverda is now famous for.
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MotorcycleClassics.com, November 2008 US website Although Laverda was never a major player in the market, the famed motorcycle manufacturer from Breganze, Italy, has acquired a following of almost fanatical proportions (including aficionados like our own editor Backus). In typical Italian fashion, the company's fortunes seemed to forever rise and fall, before finally falling forever in the late 1980s, a mid-1990s revival notwithstanding. 'The Laverda Twins & Triples Bible' by Ian Falloon gives readers a fact-packed, year-by-year, change-by-change record of Laverda's twins and triples, along with technical specifications and racing history. Like the bikes themselves, books on Laverda are rare, making this a real treat for fans of this classic Italian marque. inter-bike.co.ukUK website Even Ian Falloon, who has built himself an excellent reputation as a motorcycle historian, cannot really do justice to a firm's history in the space of one reasonably priced book. Therefore, he has started profiling some of the most significant models from some factories, thus enabling him to go into depth and produce a 'bible' for those enthusiasts of that particular make and model. Following on from his Veloce published 'Ducati 750 Bible' he has produced an excellent work for them on the Twins and Triples from the Laverda factory. While it may have been one of the smaller Italian brands, it was still very important in the development of the motorcycle that we know today. As you will see in the 150-plus pages of this excellent work, their racing program enabled them to produce bikes that are now iconic classics like the SFC and the Jota. Black and white period shots sit well with some stunning color plates taken when the bikes were new, as well as modern shots of restored machines. As usual with books from Falloon, it is hard to fault the style and the accuracy of the text and it makes an excellent general read, as well as a must-have for the owner of oneu a fine book. Old Bike Mart