Laverda  1000 3CL


Make Model

Laverda  1000 3CL


1979 - 81


Four stroke, transverse three cylinder, DOHC, 2 valve per cylinder.


980 cc / 59.8 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 75 x 74 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 9.0:1


3x 32mm Dell'Orto PHF carburetors


Bosch electronic
Starting Electric

Max power

78 hp / 56.9 kW @ 7250 rpm

Max Torque

86 Nm / 63.4 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm


5 Speed 
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

Telescopic forks

Rear Suspension

Swinging fork

Front Brakes

2x 280mm discs 2 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 280mm disc 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre

3.25 H19

Rear Tyre

4.00 H18

Dry Weight

214 kg / 471.3 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20.5 Litres / 5.4 US gal

Consumption Average

40 mpg

Top Speed

198 km/h / 123 mph

Introduced in 1972, the '3C' was the first of Laverda's much admired family of classic three-cylinder 'muscle bikes' that would do so much to establish its reputation as one of Italy's foremost purveyors of high-performance motorcycles. Displacing 981cc, the new engine had a character all its own. No longer conceived along Honda lines like its twin-cylinder predecessors, Laverda's triple was a twin-overhead-camshaft design with 180-degree 'flat' crankshaft. Following the introduction of the Slater Brothers-inspired Jota super sports version, the 3C continued as the 3CL sports-tourer, with the 80bhp engine and 125mph capability; and although slightly slower than the Jota, the less highly-stressed 3CL is considered by many Laverda aficionados to be the more enjoyable machine to ride.