Avanti Laverda Breganze!

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by Robert Smith
Triples: Jota 1000; RGA 1000; RGS 1000; SFC 1000.

OK, the answers may seem obvious, but … why is the Vespa Museum in Pontedera near Pisa? And the Ducati Museum in Borgo Panigale, Bologna? The Moto Guzzi museum in Mandello del Lario? And for that matter, the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee? Of course, it’s where those motorcycles were and still are made!

But until 2017, the repository for all things Laverda was in the town of Lisse, about halfway between Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands — close to 1,000 miles from the Company’s birthplace, home and manufacturing base in Breganze in the province of Vicenza, Italy. Curator and passionate guardian of his collection from 2006 to 2017 was Dutchman Cor Dees.

Sadly, Cor fell ill that year, causing concern as to what might happen to the collection. To the rescue came Breganze entrepreneur Werner Ricciolini, who bought 81 Laverda motorcycles from Cor, and has now converted an old industrial building into the Museo Laverda Breganze. The collection is bolstered by significant motorcycles and artifacts from the personal collection of Piero Laverda. The Museo opened in July 2022 and is a fitting tribute to Cor Dees, who passed away in 2019.

Rare and rarer

  • Updated on Feb 8, 2024
  • Originally Published on Jan 30, 2024
Tagged with: Classic Laverda Motorcycles, flat track racers, Laverda, motorcycle museum, Robert Smith
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