1983 Laverda 1200TS
Registration no. A770 AMK
Frame no. 3581
Engine no. 3581
The first of Laverda's much admired family of classic three-cylinder 'superbikes' was the 3CL of 1972. Its successors - the Jota in particular - would establish Laverda's reputation as one of Italy's foremost purveyors of high-performance motorcycles. Displacing 981cc, the new engine had a character all of 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.
A bigger, less stressed engine capable of delivering comparable performance was what differentiated the '1200' model from its 1-litre predecessors. In its initial guise the '1200' came in two versions: standard and Mirage, the latter being another Slater Brothers-instigated high-performance variant. Maximum power claimed for the standard 1200 was 85bhp, five horsepower down on the Jota, which nevertheless was good enough for a top speed of over 125mph. There were various other limited edition variations, some devised by Slater's, including the '1200TS' of 1980, which featured a cockpit fairing, new instruments, a hydraulic clutch and unusual shroud panels at either side of the engine.
Previously registered or used overseas, this imported Laverda 1200TS was first registered in the UK in December 1995. The machine appears to have been acquired by the current vendor soon afterwards and comes with a Slater Laverda invoice for various works carried out in March 1996. Also on file is a Swansea V5 document and an old MoT (expired November 1996). The current odometer reading is 5,329 kilometres (approximately 3,300 miles).
- The Frame no. is LAV12003581. The Engine no. is 12003581