According to an MCN report, the legendary Laverda V6 Bol d'Or racer from the 1970s was recently seen at a vintage bikes festival in the UK. Piero Laverda (son of Pietro Laverda, founder of Moto Laverda) and his ex-factory riders Augusto Brettoni and Roberto Gallina visited the UK to showcase the bike and put in a few demo laps around the Mallory Park circuit.
Produced in 1977-78, the Laverda V6 is powered by a DOHC, water-cooled, 1000cc, six-cylinder engine that makes 140 horsepower at 11,800rpm. Top speed is said to be 285km/h! Piero Laverda himself owns the bike shown in the UK and it's the only running example left. The bike is said to be insured by the Vintage Motorcycle Club for about US$500,000. There is one more Laverda V6, which lives in a Laverda museum in the Netherlands, but that bike is not in running condition.
Watch the Laverda V6 in action. And just listen to that engine... :-)
Il signore Alfieri, who had earlier worked for Lamborghini and Maserati, was the man responsible for developing the Laverda V6. The bike was raced in the 1978 Bol d’Or 24 hour race, but failed to finish due to a broken transmission shaft. The V6 racing project was not developed further and Laverda never made a road-going version, so that was the end for another great Italian motorcycle...
Here are some links to various Laverda clubs and fan sites.Blasts from the past:
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Down memory lane: John Surtees