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1999 Laverda Formula 750S

Many of the machines featured on this site are pristine, beautiful examples, the best available anywhere. This is not one of those bikes. But it is rare, and it is a sportbike. And it’s worth looking at because it’s pretty hard to find Laverdas like this in any condition here in the USA.

1999 Laverda Formula R Rear

If you thought Laverda disappeared after the slab-sided RGS of the 1980’s, you’d be wrong. In the early 1990’s, a legitimate attempt to revitalize the brand was attempted and, following Laverda tradition, these “Zane era” Laverdas [produced in Zanè, Italy] utilized the best available components: the bikes featured a traditional beam frame, although beautifully detailed, with fully-adjustable Paioli suspension and hollow-spoked Marchesini wheels.

Powered by a parallel-twin engine that displaced first 668, then added water-cooling and a boost 750cc’s [747cc’s], the bike never really made the power to compete with the bike it was pitched against, Ducati’s 748. Interestingly, the Italian manufacturers were some of the first to adopt fuel injection for their motorcycles, and this Laverda features a surprisingly well-sorted system.

1999 Laverda Formula Front Crop

Period tests often criticized the lack of power, but they all had plenty of superlatives handy to describe the way it went around corners. Those Paolis were more than just window-dressing, and the Brembos up front provided some of the best stopping power available.

Unfortunately, by 2000 the new Laverda was sunk and sold to Aprilia, who seem happy to let the brand languish in obscurity for now.

1999 Laverda Formula Clocks

This particular example is obviously a bit… damaged, which is a real shame as these are very striking in black and orange. D&D pipes are evocatively loud, but Formulas generally came from the factory with a pair of carbon Termignonis, and I’m wondering where those got to…

From the original eBay listing: 1999 Laverda Formula 750S

Laverda 750s 1999 This is a very unique bike, it can be considered the alternative to the Ducati 748. Bike is a head turner not mention the sound. It has a very deep lope as it is a parallel twin and fires 180 from each other. The power comes best on the top end rather then a low end. If I have to say my favorite part of the bike besides its performance is the sound, the D&D pipes literally make the ground shake, and when the throttle is cracked your heart jumps.The bike feels very planted in the corners, front brakes feel awesome and the best ive feel ive felt compared to all the newer Japanese bikes. The power is comes in midrange and pulls hard to redline. This if defiantly a bike to take to the twisys. It has a lot of character, very raw and a sense of pride when riding the bike. Has a new pilot power 2CT and a new rear sprocket, tire has maybe 500 miles and is broken in. its been laid down on the left and the only physical damage you can se

these black plastic was installed by my friend, as this was my friends bike and then I purchased it for my collection,

Has new battery, just started yesterday sounds so cool and run very strong.

1999 Laverda Formula L Rear

Looking for all the world like a Latin-ized ZX7, the styling of the bike was a bit dated even when new, but I think has aged really well. Oh, and notice the smooth surface of the tank? It’s actually the airbox: the fuel-filler door is under that little, hinged pillion pad. While these certainly are hard to find, they really don’t command all that much in terms of dollars yet. They’re sort of lost in between eras: a forgotten marque, unless you’re a classic enthusiast, with late 80’s style, mediocre power, and questionable parts availability.

With a clear title and a Buy-It-Now price of $4,500, this could be a great chance for someone to pick up an Italian exotic at a bargain price. Probably not a great choice if it’s your only bike, but cheap enough to make a fun weekend blaster or occasional track day bike.

-tad

1999 Laverda Formula L Side

9 Comments

  • I am a big fan of these bikes but this example has a bunch of issues

    1st of all its a 750s but its wearing the formula bodywork. The real formula had a polished frame and orange wheels plus hotter cams and a special ecu chip.

    Also, there is some sort of weird canister hanging from the rear fairing on the riders left, not sure what that is.

    Plus the crash damage and missing battery cover piece and rear hugger (although they might have those) is an issue. Also you can see the bike still has the original 2 gauge battery cable which will cause hard starting.

    Personally, I wouldnt buy this bike for anything over 2k.

    • I was sort of thinking that canister was a remote reservoir for the rear shock, painted black. But I didn’t look too closely. Thanks for weighing in! This one did look a bit sketchy, but the price was low and these are pretty hard to find.

  • I had a hotted-up Formula and can confirm all of the above. Parts are difficult enough to come by–don’t buy a quasi-basket case base model with scratched fairings and wiring hanging out the side.

    • Adam-

      if you need any parts, let me know at dallaslavowner at gmail dot com. I bought out the backstock of the zane era parts from scuderia west a couple of years ago

      cheers

      martin

  • Good advice boys!

  • Martin, I sold my Formula last year. I think you even commented on it.

  • For sure not a real Formula too many incorrect things:
    Frame painted (the original one is polished)
    brakes must be in cast iron these are steel ones
    rims must be orange
    foot pegs are of standard 750 s
    also the exhausts are not original….
    this is for sure a 750 sport with formula fairings and formula suspensions…many people are starting building fake formulas from standard 750’s . Of course also the original formula engine is quite different from std one…

  • I’d be interested in a real clean formula if any one knows of one out there for sale. 🙂

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