Laverda 1000C | Laverda’s 1000cc Triple

Laverda Triple Cylinder Prototype

With Phil Aynsley


The Laverda 1000 triple was first seen at the Geneva Show in 1969. At this early stage the motor was basically a 750 twin with an extra cylinder grafted on. It was still a single OHC design with the starter behind the cylinders and the belt-driven generator in front.

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

However by 1971 Massimo Laverda and Luciano Zen had massively reworked the design. It now sported a DOHC cylinder head with narrow angled valves, together with very substantial crankcases.

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

The original 120º crank was replaced by a 180º unit (the outside pistons moving together, with the centre piston 180º out of phase).

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

The new design was first displayed at the 1971 Milan Show, named the 1000C, and the bike I photographed is in fact this prototype, with engine number 1000 001.

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

By comparison to the production bikes that followed in 1972, it is quite unique with sand-cast cases of a different pattern, 750 instruments and handlebar, ignition key placement and even sand-cast Dell’Orto carbs.

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

The 180º motor was replaced by a rubber-mounted 120º in 1982 and after evolving through a total of 16 different models production of the triple ceased in 1986.

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

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Laverda’s 3C Prototype

Source: MCNews.com.au

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