Laverda TSS 800 Prototype


The really new twin for 1999 is the TTS 800. Exhibited at the Munich International Show in September 1998 (in prototype form), it is seen as a sports/tourer by the company, and is intended for such diverse uses as busy urban streets, and long-

distance journeys, to fast riding on twisting country lanes. Alberto Coppella, chief of Laverda style and design, has worked long and hard to arrive at, as he sees it, an ideal compromise between riding enjoyment and the needs of the touring rider. The TTS 800's combination of a comfortable riding position, a protective windscreen and a torquey 800cc displacement is, Laverda hopes, unique.

The engine has been upped in capacity by means of increasing the stroke. At the same time, the traditional modern Laverda short wheelbase, reduced weight, and the high-quality suspension and brakes, along with the sporty character of the engine, all offer a perfect balance between sport and touring features.

For example, the design of the cowling provides good protection from the elements for both rider and passenger, even with the standard windscreen; a taller screen is available as an accessory if needed. Another 'optional extra' is a purpose-built luggage rack (which replaces the rear passenger grab rail, which comes as standard).

Other details of interest include a pukka dual seat, full instrumentation, including not only the usual speedo and tacho, but also a water-temperature gauge and a digital clock. The touring-oriented handlebars are rubber-mounted, whilst the air-filter cover incorporates a convenient glove and map compartment complete with locking system.

Unlike the frame on the sports models, the TTS 800's frame is of tubular steel, while the stainless steel exhaust has both its silencers exiting under the seat, in the style of the Ducati 748/916/996.