Laverda 650 Lynx

 

 

 

Make Model

Laverda 650 Lynx

Year

2000

Engine

Four stroke, 90° V-twin, DOHC, 8 valve

Capacity

645 cc / 39.3 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 81 x 62.6 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio

Induction

2 x Mikuni BDSR39 carburetors

Ignition 

Digital CDI
Starting Electric

Max Power

69.8 hp / 50.9 kW @ 9000 rpm

Max Torque

61.7 Nm / 45.7 lb-ft @ 7400 rpm

Transmission 

6 Speed 
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

45mm forks non adjustable, cartridge type

Rear Suspension

Monoshock adjustable spring preload, rebound and compression dampening

Front Brakes

2x 320mm discs  4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 245mm disc  2 piston caliper

Front Tyre

120/60-17

Rear Tyre

160/60-17
Wheelbase 1410 mm / 55.5 in
Seat Height 770 mm / 30.3 in
Dry Weight 181.0 kg / 399 lbs

Wet Weight

 207 kg / 456 lbs

Fuel Capacity

16 Litres / 4.2 US gal

Suzuki, more than any other Japanese manufacturer, has freely sold its engines over the years to other manufacturers - most notably Bimota. Now, of course, Cagiva incorporates Suzuki's 1000cc V-twin in its Raptor, and little Laverda has taken Suzuki's other 90 degree V-twin, from the SV650, and placed it in the new Lynx.

Love it or hate it, the Laverda Lynx incorporates some significant design and technology features. Most obvious is the frame, which is a combination of aluminum beam and chromoly trellis. Laverda claims this frame serves more than a design function being both light and stiff, and contributing to ease of maintenance (the frame members can be disassembled to more easily reach engine components). We think its really there for design purposes, and it is interesting (certainly different).

Also very unusual for a new design is the chromoly swingarm. Virtually every modern motorcycle incorporates an aluminum swingarm, and, again, despite Laverda's claims, we think this was done for style reasons.

The instrument cluster tells you everything you want to know, and perhaps more. Tachometer, speedometer, odometer, engine temperature, time, and other readouts. Again, these features are incorporated in an unusual, stylistic way (not your typical Japanese instrument cluster).

The Lynx comes with stout, 45mm forks (non-adjustable, cartridge type), and huge (given the bike's relatively light weight of 374 pounds) 298mm, twin front disc brakes operated by four piston callipers.

Of course, the heart of the Laverda Lynx is Suzuki's 90 degree 645cc V-twin motor with six-speed transmission. Universally praised by the motorcycle press in Suzuki's SV650, this powerplant is known for a broad spread of usable torque and, for a 650, high peak horsepower.