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Laverda August 10, 2018 posted by

Blue-Chip Classic Friday: 1974 Laverda 750 SFC for Sale

Back in the 1960s and 1970s you could buy race cars and race bikes that were basically road-legal, vehicles you could actually drive or ride to the track and reasonably expect to be competitive with pretty minimal changes. Of course, those days are long gone: race machines often share very few components with their road-going counterparts and frequently bear little resemblance to any sort production vehicles whatsoever. But today's Laverda 750 SFC was a machine from the tail end of that earlier era and was very much a race bike with some lights and signals slapped on to make it vaguely road-worthy.

I mean, just take a look at that taillight: was it thoughtfully integrated into a specially-designed cut-out? Nope, it was literally bolted to the sloped rear face of a solo tail section that was obviously designed with a number-plate in mind. The instruments are basically just a tach, ignition barrel, and indicator light bolted to the inside of the fairing: this thing is the epitome of crude, at least in terms of creature-comforts and finish. Speedo? Who cares? Just figure out what revs approximate which highway speeds in top gear and assume you could just outrun cops of the period anyway.

But forget refinement: the mechanicals are where it's at, and the bike has those in spades. Early models used a huge alloy drum brake, and later machines like this one a pair of discs, giving the bike it's name: "Super Freni Competizione" or basically "Super Braking Racebike." Laverda used the very best components available everywhere they could, and the basic parallel-twin was overbuilt and very durable, making it ideal for endurance racing.

Ceriani forks, Bosch ignition, and Nippon-Denso electrical components, and that 744cc parallel twin with five main bearings, backed up by a five speed gearbox that put the bike's claimed 75hp to the rear wheel. This example isn't some museum-piece and the seller mentions it's done quite a bit of track time. How much? Who knows: like many SFCs, this one lacks a speedometer, and therefore an odometer. The tach looks non-standard, although I've seen several different types fitted to the original bikes. It's hard to tell from the pic, but maybe it's a Scitsu unit?

From the original eBay listing: 1974 Laverda 750 SFC for Sale

Am 76 and it's time to let go of my collection. Started collecting about 50 years ago and the main objective was to buy one owner high end cars and motorcycles for pleasure and investment. I won't bore you repeating the history of the 750 SFC Laverdas - If you are reading this you already know of the Laverda 750 SFC's iconic competition accomplishments, background and rarity. Hand built by a small number of employees, there were only 100 of these limited production Laverda 750 SFC competition motorcycles manufactured in 1974. Recently brought out of storage, it is an authentic two owner (I am the 2nd owner) matching numbers factory original survivor. I purchased it from the gentleman who bought it new at a dealership in Florida. He raced it on every motorcycle race track East of the Mississippi up until around 1984, when he found out he had terminal cancer and put the bike in storage. He did not want to sell it but had to liquidate his holdings. It is a beautiful piece of art. The engine had a complete overhaul from a company called Megacycle in California after it's last race and is in fresh like new original condition. Runs perfectly. What a sound. An exhilerating deep throbbing sound that can only come from a Laverda 750 SFC. It has been cleaned and the brakes rebuilt. It is in it's original racing condition complete with period stickers, as it came off the last track. The engine mount tab is indeed stamped "SFC" from the factory. My collection included many motorcycles but I kept this one for the last and had no intention of ever selling it - but to be realistic it needs to move along to another caretaker. I have framed photos of it being raced at different tracks and the original 1974 owners manual. Please read the complete description so you will understand all conditions and any issues. THERE IS NO TITLE - Sold on a Georgia bill of sale and Georgia Sheriffs Department inspection certificate. I will answer all email questions and consider offers.

Just 549 total were built between 1971 and 1975. So the Buy It Now for this race-bred classic? A mere... $195,000?! Well, maybe that's a mistake. I mean, it is eBay after all. So the starting bid is... $150,000?! Wow, I guess he is serious. Well I'll be curious to see if anyone bites. Seems like a major auction might be a better bet for something like this, but who knows? Certainly the SFC is one of the most valuable and collectible bikes of the era, and prices are certainly headed in that direction.

-tad

 

Blue-Chip Classic Friday: 1974 Laverda 750 SFC for Sale
Laverda May 24, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1974 Laverda SF2

In 1974, the Laverda SF2 was roughly equivalent to an R1M, though at the time, twin disc brakes sufficed for high technology. Over-engineered and powerful, the bike in its day was as fast as it was premium. They aren't easy to find in any condition, let alone fully restored.

1974 Laverda SF2 for sale on eBay

This one, which is located in a dusty corner of New Mexico, has been treated to a full engine and transmission rebuild recently  and wears an older cosmetic restoration. The seller says it isn't perfect, or entirely correct or original, but it will make a great riding addition to a Euro bike collection.

The seller went over the bike's attributes in great detail, so we'll let him take it from here. From the eBay listing:

1974 Laverda 750 SF2

First introduced at the 1966 Earls Court Show the big Laverda twin was a 650. Barely 100 were made before becoming a 750 in 1968. As production was about to begin, in 1968, four prototype twins were entered in the Giro d'Italia and all four finished in the top ten. The factory officially began racing in 1969 enjoying considerable success in long distance events like the Barcelona 24 hours and the Bol d'Or. These successes lead to the production development of the road bikes. In 1971 two intrepid Italians, one just 20 years old, took a pair of production 750s on a 34,000km ride from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska. They actually started in Buenos Aires, then to Tierra del Fuego, then to Anchorage, Alaska (if you'd like to read more about this adventure pick up a copy of Jean-Louis Olive's book Raid Tierra del Fuego - Alaska ISBN 9782956254812

A bike that was built to stay built. Laverda's own foundry sandcast the alloy engine components. The crankshaft is a pressed up full roller affair with a duplex chain drive to a camshaft running in ball bearings. Ancillaries were all top shelf components; much of the electrics including the starter and generator by Bosch, suspension by Ceriani, rims by Borrani, switchgear and instruments by Nippondenso (starting 1974), etc.

By 1973 the 750 shared carburettor and valve sizes with the illustrious SFC. The SF2 of 1974 introduced disc brakes. The first production bike with twin front discs. Further reading can be found online at RealClassic uk , simply search for Laverda SF750.

This example of the SF2 is an older restoration which has recently benefited from a full mechanical rebuild of the engine and gearbox, carbs, front suspension, brakes. It has also been fitted with fresh tires, drive chain and battery. This numbers matching bike sports the optional solo seat with locking glove box. It is finished in a dark metallic grey close to one of the 17 factory shades offered on these machines. This is not a concours machine by any means yet it is an attractive and reasonably correct (seat should be satin black, pattern silencers and stainless brake hose) rider in sound mechanical condition. If I were to do anything toward modernization it would be to upgrade the rear dampers to Koni or Ikon units. Included is the original exhaust crossover box, indicator stalks and owners manual. Please ask if you wish for specific images.

Something you'll appreciate, as a rider, is the ease of service by the owner and the absolute reliability of its operation. Simple to maintain it begs a "How to keep your Laverda 750 alive for the complete idiot" (with apologies to John Muir). However, the esteemed Mssrs. Tim Parker and Phil Todd have conspired to produce the Twin and Triple Repair & Tune Up Guide; ISBN: 9780979689109 aka "the Green Book". Get one. There are also international forums and facebook pages for the marque.

With a total production run, of all models 650/750, being something less than 19,000 units you'll be fortunate to see one on the road (compare this to something like 150,000+ Norton Commandos) or at a bike show. This is a good time to saddle up on a relatively unknown and undervalued, sporting machine known for its stable handling and inspiring reliability. For mountain residents I can jet for your altitude.

As it is for sale locally (Santa Fe -Taos CL) and may be removed from auction do consider the buy it now option.

The bike is on Craigslist in New Mexico for $12,000, though the bidding is at just over $8,000 with three days left.

Featured Listing: 1974 Laverda SF2
Laverda July 27, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1974 Laverda 750 SF2 for Sale

Today's Featured Listing Laverda 750 SF2 is definitely more of a classic sportbike, but it's definitely rare and such an icon we couldn't help but publish! For fans of the site who aren't really familiar with low-production Italian bikes of the 1970s, you could probably think of Laverda as "the Lamborghini of motorcycles," since they also got their start building farming machinery. Bikes were added to their repertoire to help supply the post World War II need for cheap transportation with early examples clocking in under 200cc. But Laverda knew that, in order to compete with rivals like Triumph and sell bikes in the USA, they would need to expand their range to include bigger, faster machines.

Their first big bike was a 650cc parallel-twin that was introduced in 1966 and then enlarged to 750cc’s in 1968. It was powerful, with 60hp and fast, with a tested speed of over 100mph, no slouch for a stock motorcycle of the era. It was also legendarily overbuilt with five main bearings in the twin-cylinder engine, and every part not designed and built in-house was chosen for quality. The "SF" in the name stands for "Super Freni" or "super braking," a reference to the huge twin leading-shoe drum brakes fitted to the original machines, although by 1974 the system had been updated to a pair of Brembo calipers and discs.

The Laverda SF wasn't light or nimble, but it was very stable and proved successful in endurance racing when kitted out in SFC or "Super Freni Competizione" form. As rare as they are, they're pretty reliable for vintage machines, relatively simple to work on, and parts are apparently available to keep them running.

From the Seller: 1974 Laverda SF2 750 for Sale

As seen on a recent cover of Classic Bike Guide. This Laverda was acquired in 2012 from the second owner (I believe) who did extensive restoration on the bike including a complete engine rebuild from renowned Laverda expert Scott Potter. This bike runs as good as it looks with no issues.The original Nippon Denso gauges were rebuilt and function perfectly. The original polished Borrani Wheels were laced and trued by Buchanan's, the rear shocks have been updated to Hagons, the front forks have been upgraded to Works Performance dual rate springs etc. The bike has been restored using either original NOS parts or correct reproduction parts mostly sourced from Columbia Car & Cycle in BC Canada. Even the two keys for the seat storage box are included.The bike is complete and ready to ride or show.

It is original with a few exceptions that I am aware of as noted: the Euro rear tail light; (the original large US tail light is included with the sale); the front brake rotors have been drilled; the original foot pegs have been replaced with modest rear sets; the horns work great but are not original. The pictures tell the rest of the story.  It has the original exhaust with the crossover pipe and it even has the rare "Conti" stamped exhaust brackets. This Laverda comes with the complete correct tool kit in the correct stamped Laverda tool bag. It also has a new battery. Included with the sale if the reserve is met are the optional  solo seat, a front and rear fender painted to match the bike, an optional left foot shifter kit, (I have not used this) Tommaselli Clip-Ons, and a considerable treasure trove of literature including 2 copies of Tim Parker's Laverda Twin and Triple Repair Guide (one original and one revised). Two period correct (if tattered sales brochures), a copy of Nolan Woodbury's extensively researched article on the Laverda SF/2 twins as it appeared in the November 2016 issue of Classic Bike Guide, a Laverda Spare Parts List for the SF2.  I will also include related vintage articles that I have collected on this Laverda model. They are from the 1974 issue of Cycle Guide with a cover story on the SF/2, the 2013 issue of Classic Bike Guide with a cover story on the SF/2, the January 1992 Bike Journal with a cover story on the SF/1and various other articles on the SF/2. Please note that this bike is a right foot shifter. 1974 was the last year for the right foot shift Laverda SF/2. This bike is being sold as is with no guaranty or warranty. The bike is currently registered and titled in California.  

A $1,000 deposit is due within 48 hours of purchase with the balance due in ten business days. The bike is available for inspection in the Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, CA area. Inspections can be arranged with advance notice. I can assist in helping the shipper of your choice. The bike can be stored indoors for up to 90 days as long as the bike is paid in full and insured by the buyer. I can also deliver the bike in an enclosed trailer (for a fee) if you are in the vicinity. I reserve the right to end the auction at any time as the bike is for sale locally.  

The days of reasonably-priced SFs are long gone and nice Laverda twins are not only hard to find, but command high prices when they do come up for sale. While the competition-oriented SFC sits at the very top of the Laverda twin hierarchy, the SF1 and SF2 are much more practical motorcycles, as the SFC is literally a race bike with lights and mirrors tacked on almost as an afterthought. This example is about as nice as you're ever likely to find, and it's even appropriately Laverda-orange. Bidding on the eBay listing is up to over $10,000 with several days left on the listing.

-tad

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