Monday 18 October 2021

Italian Job

I've had a thing for Italian motorbikes going way back to the days when my school friend Clive had a Garelli moped, a complete contrast from the Mobylette I owned. While my school friends were buying Hondas, Yamahas and Suzukis, I was lusting after the single cylinder Ducati desmo despite the fact that I could only afford an aging Royal Enfield - well at least it was a 250 single. 

Objects of desire were the Moto Morni 350 V twin, the stunningly beautiful Moto Guzzi 750S3 and the fabulous MV Augusta. Of all the two wheeled Italian objects of desire it was the Laverda was top of my list, just like this spotted up near the green recently.

It was on a black background H plate which suggests it's 1969.


  1. My motorbike mad younger brother had a green Laverda in 1975. I remember it as being quite a heavy bike. He loved it and traveled a lot of miles on it. The last bike he owned decades later was a Honda Blackbird - Japans answer to a speeding bullet - but for a good solid cruising and touring bike the Laverda would probably still cut the mustard.

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