Onboard the Laverda Jota

A short clip of one of the most iconic motorcycles in the world, the Laverda Jota.

 

Laverda Jota
Laverda Jota

 

Laverda Jota
Laverda Jota

 

 

Laverda Jota
Laverda Jota
Laverda Jota
Rear view of the iconic Laverda

 

The Jota's instrument panel
Rider's view of the Jota
The Jota's instrument panel
The Jota's instrument panel

 

 

About the Laverda Jota:

The Jota is a Laverda 1000cc italian motorcycle suggested by the importers Slater Bros. of Collington, near Bromyard, Herefordshire, England. Based on the existing Laverda 3C model, the new Jota made a big impression in 1976. Producing 90 hp and reaching speeds of more than 140 mph, thanks to the factory racing parts fitted into the road engine directly at the factory, it was the fastest production motorcycle to date.

The Laverda Jota model ran from 1976 through to 1982. Originally fitted with a crankshaft with 180° crankpin phasing and ignition timing on the right hand side of the engine till 1980. Then in 1981 the ignition timing which was by then electronic, was moved to the left side and in 1982 the Jota 120° was released which had the crankpin phasing to 120°.

Early Jotas had a 123 then 140 Watt Bosch alternator, which was barely enough to keep pace with discharge with the lights on. The series 2 180° and 120° Jota onwards had 260 watt Nippon Denso alternator.

In Australasia, the UK and South Africa the Jota had high lift camshafts, high compression pistons and less restrictive exhausts. In some European countries (France and Switzerland) Jotas had considerably milder tuning (mild cams -called A12-, flat top low compression pistons, smaller valves and strangled exhausts). It is named after jota a Spanish dance in triple time.

 

Laverda Jota
Laverda Jota

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