Laverda Jota (1976 - 1982)

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1978 to 1982

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I love it, i'm 47 and first saw one in 1977 at a wee motorcycle shop i worked at as a 14 year old cleaning bikes. It stuck with me and three years ago, with the help of Richard Slater ( Slater Laverda ) who was brilliant and a totally nice guy, found me a Silver 1977 model, exactly as i wanted. It was in lovely condition although the chrome had been polished to death so needed re-doing, along with valve guide seals, new rings and unleaded valve seats. It is a joy to take it out of the garage, give it a wipe over and then go out for a blast, ride it spiritedly as it was designed for and you'll come home with a smile a mile wide. I get almost as much joy from polishing all the alloy on it, it looks stuning when it is all polished up and shiny, but they must be ridden regularly, they are not happy sat still and unused. I recommend one to anyone who loves a machine with character and who likes to talk to people when they stop anywhere because it happens almost everytime, petrol stations, shops,pubs and any bike meet is met with a barrage of questions and comments.

Strengths

Where to start, i guess first is the noise, a wonderful roar from the open pipes on my mk1 Jota. The engine once warm is a joy to use, when it comes on cam it really does pull hard,you have to be controlled with the throttle as the carbs have accelerator pumps so too much throttle at low revs and it'll choke up a bit. The handling is good, you have to ride it old style and not hang off or move around too much, just be smooth with the brakes and it tracks beautifully. It looks fabulous too, wherever i stop on it people seem attracted to it and come over for a chat.

Weaknesses

Mmnn, there aren't too many cons really, it is juicy for sure, somewhere in the low 30's if you are tramping on a bit which you do tend to do as it is happier being used as it was designed for. It is a total pain when cold and in town as it has to run B9ES plugs otherwise you risk a holed piston. You need to fettle them a little, oil every 1,500miles, it is sensitive to tyres, i use Bridgestones and they seem to work well, certainly with the steering which can be slightly heavy, particularly if you are used to modern bikes. Wheels are very soft so be careful with pot holes etc.

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Submitted by Phil955 on Thu, 15/08/2013 - 14:31

Overall Review

Love it. First choice for a pleasure ride and will happlily commute. Risky business realising a dream, but its what life's about... This tyoe of thing is not going down in value (not up much either) and you shouldn't lose money if you buy carefully!

Strengths

Love the look, history, noise, fun. Handles well on good tyres, mine has been reliable, but has been rebuilt to a fairly high standard, so it should be ok. Has a postor of a silver 77 on my wall when I was 16. I now have a gold 77 in my garage - aged 50.

Weaknesses

Only issue I have is that I am just not prepared to thrash it to get at the top end performance. All that expensive old metal flying about faster and faster... means I dont get the full effect, but frankly I have other bikes if I want to go "fast".

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