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Capacity : 650
Model : Twin
Production : 1992 - 1992
Category : (R) Street Bike


650 -1992

Rebirth of a legend

Launched at the Milan Show at the end of 1991, this sporty and aggressive 650 twin marks the rebirth of one of the great names of the Italian motorcycle industry.

Set for Success

After its great success in the 1970s with its 750 and 1000cc models, Laverda went through a particularly difficult period, marked by several attempts at a relaunch followed by costly failures. With fresh financial backing and a new factory in Bassano del Grappa - home of a fiery Italian alcoholic beverage - Laverda seems to be set for success with its new 650.

100 Percent Italian

Like the Ducati - but less expensive – the 650 Laverda is presented as an exclusive super sports machine incorporating all the best modern technology. The engine is already familiar because it is the ultimate evolution ve rsion of the eight-valve 500cc twin first seen in 1977. Enlarged to 668cc by increasing both bore and stroke to 78.5x69mm, this engine has been brought right up-to-date with the adoption of electronic fuel injection and air/ oil cooling using a capable radiator. In this latest form, the 650 Laverda is good for 71 hp and 137 mph. There have been major developments in frame technology, too: the new Laverda has two black-anodized tubular box-girder backbones, a upside-down telescopic front forks, single-damper rear suspension adjustable in tension and compression and oversized radial tires.


Engine: 668cc (78.5x69mm) air-cooled 180- degree parallel-twin four-stroke

Power Rating: 71 hp @ 8900 rpm

Valves: twin overhead-camshafts, 8 valves

Fuel System: Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection

Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: reversed telescopic forks (front); bswing arm with single damper (rear)

Brakes: twin discs (front); disc (rear)

Wheels: 17 inch (front & rear)

Weight: 397 lb

Maximum Speed: 137 mph


Symbolic of the revival of the Italian industry, Laverda 650 is painted Italian racing red. Its exotic look has attracted a following in japan.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

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