1982 Laverda Jota 120 for Sale
Laverda’s Jota began as a semi-authorized hot rod upgrade to the standard Laverda three-cylinder 3C. Envisioned and created by Slater Laverda in the UK, it was a ragged, unruly beast, and the 180° motor made plenty of power, but ran like an inline four with one cylinder hacked off the end… So basically, it was all kinds of awesome. Eventually, the Jota became more of a GT in 1982, with a new 120° crankshaft that smoothed out the power and made the bike a bit more civilized, but something of the bike’s soul was lost and enthusiasts seem to prefer the earlier, less-refined version.
In the same way that the V7 Sport and LeMans Guzzis are often not what they seem, it’s important to make sure your prospective Jota isn’t just a tarted up 3C. Not that a tarted or hotted-up 3C is a bad thing, mind you. I’d be happy to have one, but it shouldn’t cost Jota money. Although these days, values of all Laverdas seem to be on the rise…
From the original eBay listing: 1982 Laverda Jota 120 for Sale
This is a very nice Jota 120. Not sold in the US but I have a valid title. The motorcycle just had over $2000 worth of work – new tires, battery and tune-up. Runs very well and ready to ride. Odometer is in kilometers. Located in Richmond, VA.
While not as fire-breathing as the classic Jota with the 180° engine, this should still be a bit of a beast by modern standards. The switch to a new crankshaft may have tamed Laverda’s triple slightly, but that’s sort of like saying you had your Bengal tiger declawed…
I’m personally not a fan of the two-tone grey and black paint on this example, but it’s also less likely to draw unwelcome attention from the gendarmes [po-po, five-oh, one-time] or bystanders. Probably right up to the point you hit the starter. I prefer the earlier bikes, but this looks like a very nice, original example and would make a great GT machine, with that big fairing and famously overbuilt, torquey motor.