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Laverda 200 Bicilindrici 1965

In 1961 Laverda produced their first twin-cylinder 200cc machine. This model has some interesting characteristics, using a frame of both pressed-metal and steel tubing. In order to reduce vibration the engine is mounted with a silent-bloc.

The engine is four-speed unit-construction push-rod twin which appeared in the late 'fifties in various stylings, and produced a smooth 11 bhp. It was produced until 1976 in several versions, one of which were for the Italian police. In total Laverda manufactured some 4,500 of the 'Bicilindrici' 200cc motorcycles.


Engine: Single cylinder four-stroke OHV

Bore & stroke: 52 x 47 mm

Compression ratio: 7.7:1

Engine Capacity: 199.5cc. Aluminium cylinders with special cast-iron chamber

Maximum power: 11 h.p. @ 6,500 rpm

Valves per cylinder: 2

Ignition: Magneto flywheel Dansi 6V-40W

Spark plug: Marelli CW 260L

Carburettor: Dell'Orto ME 118BS; max jet 86; min jet 32; tapered pin at 2nd mark; polverizzatore 258 A

Lubrication: Wet sump forced circulation with mechanical gear pump

Transmission: Gear primary, chain final

Clutch: Cable operated with single wet disc in oil bath

Gearbox: 4-Speed foot-change

Starter: Kick-starter

Throttle: Cable operated

Frame type: Tubular with pressed steel sheet body

Suspension: Front telescopic fork and shock absorbers rear swinging fork with hydraulic shock absorbers

Front Brake: Drum Ø 169 x 30 mm

Rear Brake: Drum Ø 169 x 30 mm

Wheelbase: 1,280 mm

Front Tyre: 2.50 x 18 in.

Rear Tyre: 3.00 x 17 in.

Seat: Dual seat

Fuel tank capacity: 13 litres

Fuel consumption: 1 litre per 45 km

Engine oil qty: 2 litres

Top speed: 110 km/h (68.3 mph)

Weight: 120 kg

Source: Hessink's NL

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