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Re-posted announcement:

Massimo Laverda, son of the Laverda founder Francesco Laverda, passed
on Oct 26th due to a heart attack.

Massimo's role in Laverda was crucial as he turned Laverda in the
production direction towards high capacity bikes near the end of the
1960's. The market followed very shortly.

There is a picture of Massimo at
http://www.laverdamania.com/massimo.htm
and buried within the site one of the better brief summaries of the
history of Laverda.

BORN TO LURK, FORCED TO WORK.
 

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Laverdas were always ahead of their time. The Jota was always my favorite. Clubmans with optional Clip ons and an optional solo seat from the factory in a time when the big four and britan were churning out banana seat, tubular handlebar bikes by the truckload. Laverda and moto morini were the first to really "get" the cafe racer mentality of street motorcycles (norton did also to some extent with it's limited edition John Player Special, one of the first replica racers with a fairing) and capture the spirit in an oer the counter package.

RIP. We don;t even begin to know what we have lost.


The Jota, as if butter wouldn't melt....

http://www.dropbears.com/m/models/laverda/jota1980.htm

http://www.classicbikes.co.uk/machine2.html

http://www.thecreeper.net/myjota.htm

http://www.richtea.demon.co.uk/laverda/gallery/1000jota.htm

http://www.richtea.demon.co.uk/laverda/index.html#photos

and the morini and JPS just in case you forgot what they looked like:

http://www.chpltd.com/italianbike/morini.html

http://www.motorbikes.be/en/Norton/1974/John Player Norton/
 
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