Laverda  1000 Jarama


Make Model

Laverda 1000 Jarama




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

Blessed with one of the most evocative names in motorcycling history, the Jota was the bike that really put Laverda on the global map. Its direct progenitor was the tuned version of the Italian firm's 3C triple - the 3C(E) - developed for production racing by the UK importer, Slater Brothers. The production "180" Jota was both more highly tuned and quicker, its 140mph top speed making it the world's fastest road-going production motorcycle at the time of its launch for 1976. It was also pretty handy on the racetrack, winning the UK's Avon championship in 1976 and 1978 in the hands of Pete Davies. Few major changes were made to the Jota prior to 1982 when a heavily revised version was introduced, complete with a 120-degree crankshaft.

The Jarama first saw the light of day in model year 1978 as the North American version of the 3CL, the successor of the original 3C, and it stayed through 1980. Each came equipped with a left-foot gearshift, right brake, indicators, side reflectors, and slightly lower gearing. The Jarama name was taken from Spain – as was Jota – this time instead of a dance, a racetrack outside Madrid. Perhaps it was chosen by Roger Slater as a twin to his chosen Jota. The bright red or green (only) black pinstriped 3CL/Jarama was a strong, glorious motorcycle pressing all the right buttons, making all the right noises, but with slightly less top end than the Jota. More to the point, though, it wasn't called Jota and it didn't sell well enough in its intended market. And thus most were shipped back to the UK and into other markets. Some were converted to Jota specification, sometimes to be nicknamed "Jarotas."