Small Package Big Punch: Laverda Formula 500

Laverda had lots of firsts, including the first double overhead cam 4-valve twin with a 6-speed. That engine spawned a high-performance production racer, the Laverda Formula 500.

Compact Laverda 500
The Formula 500 is actually smaller than it looks. A compact powertrain and 56-inch wheelbase make the Laverda a quick-handling machine.
Photo by Gary Phelps