Laverda owner David Davies links up with friend and motorcycle journalist David Minton for a 500-mile run to Scotland, Davies on his Laverda RGS and Minton on his Laverda 3CL. Their mission? To sample some fine 16-year-old single malt Scotch whisky from Bladnoch Distillery.
When I saw my first Laverda RGS some 25 years ago, I thought it was one of the most exotic motorcycles I’d ever laid eyes on. Its arrest-me-red paint screamed “Look at me!” and its unique bodywork fit like a fine Italian suit.
This week we bumped into an American Eagle on eBay and we just couldn't help but share it with our readers. Though it's titled as a 1970 model, it may be a 1969 American Eagle 750, and it looks as though the current owner of the bike has revived it into a nice rider.
It's not every day you come across a Laverda on eBay, as they often seem to trade hands between friends and super-enthusiasts. Though not as loved as the Jotas and some of the earlier Laverdas, the Mirage is an unusual bike, but still one we'd love to have in the garage.
Every successful bike maker has a standout model, the ne plus ultra, the one where everything comes together perfectly, producing a classic bike that exemplifies the brand. For Laverda, it was the Laverda Jota 1000.
Sometimes vehicles wind up with funny names. Consider the Laverda Jarama, an unusually-named motorcycle from the Italian company who also brought us the lovely Jota (along with the continuing pronounciation quesiton; YO-ta? JO-ta?)
I’d wager many of us daydream about building a special custom motorcycle of some kind, combining bits and pieces of favorite bikes into something uniquely our own. Something like Delfour’s combination of a Norton and a Laverda that he calls a "Norton Ala’Verda."
If it’s July, it must be time for the Woodstock of classic bike shows, the American Motorcyclist Association’s (AMA) annual Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 25-27.
While looking for specs for Laverdas in our Motorcycle Classics Motorcycle Database, we ran across this 1970 Laverda 750S American Eagle. The first big Laverda twins were imported into the U.S. by Jack McCormack and his McCormack International Motors in Santa Ana, Calif., starting in 1968.