The name and the abstraction of the Lynx

For its new motorcycle model, Moto Laverda has chosen the denomination "Lynx" due to the characteristics of this predator and for the Latin roots of its name.

The Lynx, although being rare and evasive, is present almost everywhere and its name is included in several different languages. The "Lynx- lynx", the European Lynx (the term comes from the Latin "lynx-lyncis") is known as "lynx" in French, "lynx" in English, "lince" in Italian, "lince" in Spanish, "shili" in Chinese, "lodjur" in Swedish, "yi" in Indian and "gaupe" in Norwegian.

Present almost everywhere in the World, other varieties are known as Lynx Ibérico or Lynx Pardinus (gato-cravo or gato-lince in Spanish), Caracal (desert lynx), Lynx ­ lynx Wrangeli (Siberian or Euro-Asiatic Lynx) Lynx-lynx Isabellinus (Turkestan Lynx) and Lynx Canadensis (North American Lynx or Bobcat). The legendary Snow Leopard of Nepal is classified in the family of the lynxes.

A feline predator of medium size and of compact and brawny build, fast and quick off the mark, the lynx is evasive and difficult to study. It feeds on wild rabbits and hares, but its agility allows it to catch also birds and it is not afraid to attack larger size mammals. The look and the gait of the lynx are elegant, its run is fast and powerful, distinguished by fast changes of direction and sudden accelerations that cause its prey to lose its bearings.

The speed, the very acute sight and the astuteness of the lynx are proverbial and, in Italy, produced sayings such as "you are a lynx" or "having the sight of the lynx".

The term "Lynx" has also a very precise connotation within the Italian mechanic of high precision. The light bomber "Breda Ba.88 Lince" represented one of the best achievements of the aircraft Industry of its time. Powered by two 1.000 HP motors, the "Lince" could approach its target at very high speed and release itself by means of quick evasive manoeuvres.


The dynamic features of the lynx: the philosophy behind the Laverda Lynx

The lynx is agile, quick and has lighting movements. Its hunting technique is versatile and always adequate to the prey of the moment

Inspired by the lynx, the target given to the Engineers of Moto Laverda was to develop a particularly powerful, agile and quick naked motorcycle that is also comfortable. The new Laverda had to be capable of offering excellent riding performances on urban and extra-urban courses; it had also to be easy to service and to customise.

The dynamic features of the motorcycle had, however, to be joined to an exclusive technical image, capable to provide an exclusive identity and a well-defined character to the new Laverda.


The build of the lynx: the TPS ® frame of the Laverda Lynx

The lynx has a compact build and a robust and powerful back

Conceiving the Laverda Lynx, the Technicians of Moto Laverda researched the ways to achieve the assigned target, and designed a perimetric frame of new conception, capable to wrap up all the advantages of such a configuration (sturdiness and rigidity) to a very distinctive appearance. The ease of maintenance and customisation were additional targets assigned to the Technicians.

The new TPS ® frame ("Telaio Scomponibile Perimetrale" or "Decomposable Perimetric Frame) designed and patented by Moto Laverda is made of a front trellis chrome-molybdenum tubing frame, firmly connected to the lateral aluminium light alloy cast plates, and produces the following advantages:


* structural rigidity same or better of that of the traditional perimetric aluminium frames;

* the engine is a partially-stressed component of the frame and favours its overall rigidity;

* ease of maintenance of the motorcycle, thanks to the decomposability of the cast elements and the trellis tubing front frame;

* Ease of cosmetic customisation, thanks to the possibility to chance the colour of the tubing or to replace it with ones having different sections of materials.

The TPS frame of the Laverda Lynx has a very short wheelbase, especially for a motorcycle powered by a 90°-vee twin engine: just 1.410 mm.


The rear limbs of the lynx: the swinging arm of the Laverda Lynx

The lynx has limbs with powerful muscle fibres

The swinging arm of the Laverda Lynx is made of a trestle of chrome-molybdenum tubing of large section. It features a wide upper truss that produces further rigidity.

The swinging arm has been designed to be also an important cosmetic component of the new frame and it is perfectly integrated with its front section.


The elegance and the proportion of the shape of the lynx: the design of the Laverda Lynx

The lynx is one of the most elegant and well proportioned felines

To design the Laverda Lynx, the Design and Styling Dept. of Moto Laverda was assigned with the target to highlight the lines of the new TPS frame, integrating it in a motorcycle introducing relevant innovations to the elegance of the Italian design: a new classic. In effect, the duty of the Design and Styling Centre of Moto Laverda was foreseeing the most advanced level of innovation, but avoiding a design that compromised function at the expense of frivolous aesthetics, or that would be too peculiar in taste.

The design of the Laverda Lynx had also to favour the good habitability of the motorcycle both for the rider and the passenger. The long seat is made in one piece, and the rear grab handles are integrated in the line of the motorcycle, producing the most comfortable and safe riding position for both the rider and the passenger.

The seat is just 800 millimetres high and is easily accessible by riders of any height.


The sight of the lynx: the lighting systems of the Laverda Lynx

The lynx is mainly a nocturnal predator and has a very acute sight

Designing the Laverda Lynx, Alberto Cappella and the men of the Design and Styling Dept. of Moto Laverda devoted particular care to the shape and function of the lighting systems:

- The headlamp, also if traditionally round, hosts two poly-focal, half-moon shaped, superimposed projectors. The frontal lighting system adds the safety and the power of the poly-focal reflectors to an innovative and exclusive design and the tradition of the round headlamp;

- The taillight, made by two separate reflectors contained by a single shell, is perfectly integrated in the tail section of the motorcycle and contributes to its shape. In this way, the taillight is not an added appendage to locate where it least disturbs the lines of the motorcycle; rather, it is an integral part of it.


The brain of the lynx: the control centre of the Laverda Lynx

The lynx is a particularly smart predator and has a great self control

The instrumentation of the Laverda Lynx is made of a trapezoidal dashboard that contains an analogue tachometer of traditional shape, and a liquid crystals display that includes the speedometer, the partial and total odometer, the clock, the fuel level indicator and coolant temperature. The dashboard also includes several warning lights for low fuel level, excessive coolant temperature, turn indicators activation, headlight high-beam activation, low oil pressure, and the operation of the head and tail lamps.


The hips of the lynx: the exhaust system of the Laverda Lynx

Whilst some felines are loose-limbed and almost unseemly, the Lynx has powerful hips that link up the muscles of its limbs

The Laverda Lynx has been designed for the best lateral slenderness. It has been fitted with a stainless steel two into one exhaust system. The exhaust pipes go under the engine and have nearly identical length, thus enabling the engine to deliver its best torque and power.

The silencer is located in raised position and is integrated in right hand side of the motorcycle, in such a manner to leave the swinging arm fully visible and avoid any interference with the heel of the rider during the most aggressive sport riding.

The wide chromed protections of the silencer and its location under the edge of the tail section contribute to the comfort of the passenger.


The heart of the Lynx: the motor of the Laverda Lynx

The lynx is a brave and tireless hunter, capable to beat much bigger preys

A modern longitudinal 90°-vee twin engine powers the Laverda Lynx. The engine is a particularly compact and outstanding performer. Its piston displacement is of 645 c.c; it has double over head camshafts and four valves per cylinder with 26 degrees inclusive angle.

The engine of the Laverda Lynx is water-cooled and features a wet sump lubrication system. Induction is accomplished by two Mikuni BDSR 39 mm. carburettors, and the ignition is digital electronic with transistors.

It delivers maximum power of 71,5 HP at 9.000 rpm and the torque of 62 Nm at 7.200 rpm.

The clutch is mechanically operated, and is of the wet multi-disk type. The primary transmission has gears and the secondary is of the chain type.


The very precise gearbox has six speeds.


The lynx stops and restarts like a thunder: the braking system of the Laverda Lynx

The run of the lynx has sudden changes of rhythm and it can stop and restart in less than a second

The Laverda Lynx is fitted with an extremely powerful braking system, consists of twin front discs, with stainless steel Ø 298-mm front brake rotors, and four piston callipers. The front brake master cylinder (with adjustable levers) is of large diameter, to produce the highest braking power.

The rear bake disk has the diameter of 245 mm, and uses twin piston callipers.


The front limbs of the lynx are solid and robust: the front suspension of the Laverda Lynx

The lynx catches its prey with its front limbs. They are limbs of superlative musculature and bone structure.

The Laverda Lynx is fitted with a 45-mm diameter front fork, with cartridge hydraulic system. The very large section of the front fork eliminates flexion when the front brakes are applied with maximum force, and maintains the constant smooth operation of the suspension in any riding condition.


The rear limbs of the lynx are a portent of nature: the rear suspension of the Laverda Lynx

The lynx has flexuous and powerful rear limbs that allows it to constantly adjust its running

The robust rear swingarm of the Laverda Lynx, made of chrome-molybdenum tubing, is quite different than other similar solutions, and incorporates the cinematic system for the rear shock absorber. The hydraulic shock absorber features the spring pre-load adjustment and a long stroke producing a comfortable ride also with the rear passenger onboard.


The Laverda Lynx

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