The Laverda Jota 1000

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The Laverda Jota 1000.
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The Laverda Jota 1000.
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The Laverda Jota 1000
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A combination of factory high performance “4C” cams, endurance racing 10:1 high-compression pistons and tuned exhaust gave the Euro-spec Jota an estimated 90hp. In 1976 it was the first production bike to be clocked at over 140mph.
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The Laverda Jota 1000.
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The Laverda Jota 1000.
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Green color scheme identifies U.S.-spec 80hp Laverda Jarama.
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The Laverda Jota 1000.
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The Laverda Jota 1000.

Laverda Jota 1000
Years produced:
 1976-1981
Number produced: NA (Approx. 7,100 triples total)
Claimed power: 90hp @ 7,500rpm
Top speed: 146mph (period test)
Engine type: 981cc DOHC air-cooled inline triple
Weight: (dry) 234kg (515lb)
Price then: $5,950 (1981)
Price now: $4,500-$10,000
MPG: 35-45

I’m standing outside the Fox and Fiddle pub on the Langley By-Pass in Surrey, British Columbia,  Canada, with Steve Gurry and his 1981 Laverda Jota 1000, its orange paint a fireball in the evening sunshine. It’s the loudest bike in the parking lot — and he hasn’t even started the engine.

Then he thumbs the 1,000cc triple’s starter. The tarmac shudders as the beast comes alive with a bellow, its raucous beat echoes off the pub wall and stray gusts of exhaust beat at my face. It has the seething, restrained menace of an offensive lineman just before the snap.

Steve climbs aboard, slips it in gear and idles the Jota toward the highway entrance, the engine thrumming its rhythmic beat. He pulls out on the street, checks traffic and cranks the throttle wide, ramming open the pumper jets in the three big Dell’Orto carbs. With a snarl like a top fuel dragster, the Jota rips away, firing two rooster tails of raw gas high into the air. It’s pure theater.

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