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The Laverda 1000 V6 is an Italian made competition motorcycle built in 1978. It has four stroke, dry-sump 90 Degree V6, 996 cc engine; with a top speed of 177 mph (284.9 km/h).
‟Laverda was a leading player in the revival of the Italian motorbike in the Seventies, bringing 750cc, 1000cc, and 1200cc superbikes to the market. But that kind of success wasn't enough for the enthusiastic and ambitious Laverda brothers, Piero and Massimo.
The Only V6 Motorcycle
Undeterred by growing financial problems, the brothers commissioned Guilio Alfieri - designer of the famous V8 Maserati power unit - to create one of the most dramatic racing motorcycle engines ever. Alfieri's experience with two- wheelers, however, was woefully limited.
A Flawed Prototype
Despite Alfieri's inexperience, it wasn't long before his magnificent V6 power unit was installed in a bike frame. The prototype was unveiled at the 1977 Milan Show. Initial tests displayed an alarming lack of rigidity. A year later, the frame design had changed drastically, but the Laverda V6 entered in the 1978 Bol dOr race looked as though it had been thrown together at the last minute. Ridden by Cereghini and Perugini, it was fast and powerful but heavy and tricky to handle. Despite the shortcomings, it qualified well and survived almost ten hours before it was put out of the running by transmission failure. It was the first and last race for the v6 Laverda. The company went into a slow decline in the Eighties.
- Engine: 996cc (65x50mm) four-stroke dry-sump 90 degree v6
- Power output: 140 hp @ 11,000 rpm
- Fuel system: six 32mm carburetors
- Valves: two overhead camshafts per block. 4 valves per cylinder
- Transmission: 5-speed gearbox and shaft final drive
- Suspension: (front) telescopic forks; (rear) swinging frame
- Brakes: (front) twin disc; (rear) single disc
- Wheels: cast magnesium
- Weight: 485 lb
- Maximum speed: 177 mph
Too long and all wrong for its frame, the Laverda V6 engine was superbly unrestrained -just look at its sextuple carburetor trumpets!”