Laverda Montjuic

This is the second incarnation of the same basic 500cc-twin platform Laverda introduced 3 years prior. That upright model, the Alpino, suffered from dowdy styling and a high pricetag.  Enter the Montjuic, named after a road race circuit in Barcelona where Laverda had racked up a number of victories, the bike was recast as a spunky race replica and it quickly outsold its pokey predecessor 3:1.

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And rightly so: the new edition marked a vast improvement over the easily forgettable original, and it was quickly coveted for its hooligan handling. A low 30-inch seat height and dry weight of just 350 pounds made it one of the most maneuverable Laverdas ever—generally otherwise known to be long and heavy. But while it would certainly be nimble around town, the megaphone exhaust would not make many friends with the neighbors.

Compared to the more staid Alpino the Monty got a hotter cam, high compression pistons, a Sito sports exhaust and factory rearsets. It was, short of a close-ration gearbox, a Formula 500 race bike just barely made legal for street use.

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Illustrations: Martin Squires
Studio photography: David Genat
Bike owner: Robert Pettinicchi

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