Laverda 500 Endurance Barcelona racer

With Phil Aynsley


Following on from the previous column (Link), here we look at the ultimate version of Laverda’s 500 twin.

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Laverda 500 endurance racer

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Four 500cc Endurance Barcelona bikes were built, two each in 1978 and 1979. This is a ’79 bike and is original condition.

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Laverda 500 endurance racer

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Laverda 500 endurance racer

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These bikes were raced in the Spanish Endurance Championship for both years and won the 500cc class at Barcelona’s Montjuic 24 hour event twice. In fact the UK only road-going Montjuic was named after these victories.

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Laverda 500 endurance racer

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Laverda 500 endurance racer

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Laverda 500 endurance racer

Differences over the Formula models included a smaller fairing, 24L tank, Marzocchi magnesium suspension, magnesium wheels, the seat, bars and footpeg position. Power was increased to 58hp at 10,500rpm.

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Laverda 500 endurance racer

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Laverda 500 endurance racer

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Laverda 500 endurance racer

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