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Mark’s Laverda Mirage “FBB”

“It’s ten years in the making,” says Mark O’Kelly of his 1978 Laverda Mirage Special. O’Kelly has loved Laverdas since he was a teenager, and after graduating college he ¬†got a bank loan and bought his first Laverda Jota. As badly as he wanted to modify that bike, he couldn’t afford to, so the Mirage 1200 you see here is the dream Jota that O’Kelly never had a chance to build. “The tank on the Jota I bought was almost identical to the tank on this bike,” O’Kelly says, explaining how he used old photos to have a one-off tank and matching seat cowl made for this beautiful passion project.

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The further I got into the video the more I loved this bike! had a pillion trip on a Jota in the 80’s, began my love for Italian machines. Love how this fella just loves his bike! I’d probably put a jacket and some gloves on though!