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Capacity : 1000
Model : RGS Jota
Production : 1982 - 1989
Category : (R) Street Bike


RGS1000 Jota – 1982-89

Three-cylinder charisma

Laverda was one of the great names of 1970s motorcycling, producing a series of supremely fast three-cylinder superbikes. By the mid-1980s, the firm from Breganze in Italy was in financial trouble, but in the RGS 1000, they made one last charismatic triple.

Smooth and Refined

Earlier Laverdas, such as the legendary Jota, had been the quickest on the road. in their day, but lack of money for development meant the Breganze bikes lost their performance edge. Later models became more refined - but the RGS was still a big, fast motorbike, with the looks and appeal of a true Italian thoroughbred.

Power with Civility

Its motor was a tuned version of Laverda's long-established air-cooled triple, complete with most of the power that had been lost over the years clue to tightening emission controls. The 981cc unit produced around 90 hp with a smoothness and civility that its

forebears could not match, and sent the RGS storming to 140 mph. Laverda triples had always been tall machines, and the RGS was no exception. Its chassis was old-fashioned, with firm suspension, twin rear shocks and unfashionably large 18 inch wheels. Stability

was good, but low-speed maneuverability less so, making the RGS more of a grand tourer than a sportster. Its generous fairing, long-legged feel and general high quality were well suited to the role. But sadly, Laverda's worsening financial problems meant that few RGS 1000s were built before production at Breganze ground to a halt.


Engine: 981 cc (75x74mm) air-cooled three cylinder

Power Rating: 80ch/8000 rpm

Valves: dohc 12-valve

Fuel System: 3x32mm Dell'Orto carburetors

Transmission: 5-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); twin shocks (rear)

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

Wheels: 18 inch cast alloy (front & rear)

Weight: 538 lb

Maximum Speed: 140 mph


Destined to be the last in the famous line of charismatic Laverda superbikes, the RGS 1000 is styled to leave its trademark three-cylinder engine on display.


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.

Disponible sur demande :
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