Although photography, and beautiful cameras, are the main game for me these days, prior to that it was classic French cars (in particular, Citroëns). And before that—a life time ago, it seems now—it was bikes. Big, fast, Italian bikes. Those days have long since past, but occasionally I still can’t help admiring an especially fine example of the type.
Laverda’s 1000cc Jota tri cilindri is a modern classic and unquestionably a true thoroughbred Italian sportster. Along with their earlier SFC750 twins, it helped establish Laverda’s credentials as a manufacturer of exclusive motorcycles of exquisite beauty, and high performance. In fact, at one point the Jota was generally regarded as the fastest production motorcycle in the world, capable of a genuine 140mph—faster even than than the mighty Z1000 Kawasakis, or Honda’s CBX six.
This example was seen in Hobart for the Italian Motorcycle Club of Tasmania’s monthly ride day. It was parked next to another, similar, Jota. Both were painted bright orange, of course (and I have a shot of them both on Velvia 100 that might be rather tasty when it’s processed).
But this image was captured on ILFORD Pan F Plus ISO 50 black and white roll film, with my 1955 Rolleiflex 2.8C. My particular 2.8C is fitted with a Schneider Xenotar 80 millimetre f/2.8 taking lens which was wide open for this picture. Hand held. Incident light reading with my Minolta light meter. Home developed with Ilford ID-11 developer. Best viewed large—click on the image to see a bigger view.
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