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Featured Listing March 31, 2021 posted by Dan

Featured Listing: 1974 Laverda 750 SFC

In case you thought race replicas were a recent innovation, Laverda set the world on it’s ear some 50 years ago, with its 750 Super Freni Competizione, first in endurance racing, and then on the road.  Presented by a Seattle area restorer, this 750 SFC has been restored to museum quality and is ready for its next display.

1974 Laverda 750 SFC for sale

A development of Laverda’s 650cc parallel twin ( itself a template of Honda’s 305 ), the 750 SFC immediately did well in competition, and was made in rather small lots from 1971-75.  For 1974, the factory blue-printed engine with two 36mm Dell’Orto carbs and 9.9-to-1 compression made a reliable 75 hp with Bosch electronic ignition.  The classic nickel plated chassis held the engine from above as a stressed member, stabilizing the 38mm forks with their Super Freni ( Super Brakes ) 280mm disks.  Orange was adopted as Laverda’s competition color at some point in the early 1970’s, and the small seat and long range tank on the SFC appear to have been the inspiration more than one generation of café racers.

Evidently a previous owner started the restoration using all factory Laverda parts, and Duncan has these notes about the SFC and this example in particular :

A Production Racer For Sale

Laverda 750 SFs achieved notable endurance racing success in 1970, including a win of the 500km of Monza, a 1-2-3 podium sweep at the 24 Hours of Oss in Holland, and a third and sixth in the Bol d’Or in France. These bikes improved incrementally, but so did the competition. By the end of the year, Massimo asked Luciano Zen to think about a production racer version of the Laverda 750 SF.

In May 1971, the Laverda 750 SFC, for (Super Freni Competizion) was launched. Compared to the 750 SF, the engine was extensively modified. The reworked cylinder head had bigger valves and a new cam profile (designated 2/C), rockers were polished and 36mm Amal concentric carbs replaced the 30mm Dell’Ortos. A close-ratio five-speed was fitted, and the crankshaft and rods were carefully balanced and polished. Power output was rated at 70hp, and each engine was dyno tested to ensure output. The frame was strengthened with gussets and the front brake was either standard Laverda item or an optional Ceriani four-leading-shoe unit. The bikes ran on Dunlop K81 TT100 tires.

Bodywork was also new, with a 23-liter (6.1 gallon) handmade aluminum gas tank, a single seat with fiberglass tail section and a half fairing, all painted in the now-famous bright orange, a color selected to make the bikes easy to spot on the track, especially at night. It was also chosen to please the Dutch importer, Jan Raymakers, orange being the national color of the Netherlands.

Laverda 750 SFC models were produced in small batches between 1971 and 1975. The first batch, built in May 1971, numbered about 20 bikes, all intended for factory competition. SFCs were hand built by a small team and with little regard to cost. They were built to meet exceptional standards of performance, and in particular were intended to excel in endurance races, where bulk and a relative lack of nimbleness would not be so much of a handicap and where their great strength and robustness would give them a competitive advantage.

In their first official race in 1971, the Six Hours of Zeltweg, SFCs finished first and second. That year, SFCs also placed first, third and fourth in the 24 Hours of Montjuic in Barcelona, first and third in the 24 Hours of Oss, and first in Vallelunga (Italy). They also placed second at the Bol d’Or in Le Mans, first and second at Imola, and finished first and second in the 500km of Modena. Not bad for the first year.

In November 1971, 80 more SFCs were produced, and some were sold to the public. The aluminum gas tank was now fiberglass (the alloy ones had a tendency to crack), and the bikes had revised gearbox ratios and exhaust systems. They also had a new Laverda drum brake, with the more effective Ceriani a popular option. Another batch of SFCs were produced in early 1972, with slight changes to the shape of the fairing and seat and a new exhaust with a crossover pipe.

By this time, the Japanese had made significant progress in the development of their machines, and while there were SFC victories in 1972, they did not match the stellar performance of 1971. Only three 750 SFCs were made in 1973, and these served as test beds for radical changes like magnesium crankcases, new cylinder head designs and even lighter crankshafts. The results were not impressive, the bikes becoming more fragile and difficult to ride.

1974 would see the largest single-year run of SFCs. For the first time, the Laverda 750 SFC was considered part of the normal product range offered to the public and was no longer reserved solely for racing. The SFC was promoted as a “Production Racer,” similar to Ducati’s 750SS or Norton’s Commando-based production racers, and the changes were numerous. The bodywork was improved, and the zinc-plated frame was lowered and modified with revised steering geometry, larger front forks, and triple 280mm Brembo disc brakes. A new, strengthened close-ratio gearbox was fitted and the engine was enhanced by a lightened crankshaft, slim, polished connecting rods, a new camshaft (5/C), a higher capacity oil pump, new 36mm Dell’Orto carbs (without accelerator pumps), modified valves and valve springs, a new exhaust system and higher, 9.9:1 compression ratio. Power was now rated at 75hp at 7,500rpm.

A total of 222 SFCs were built in 1974, with slightly less than half of them going to the U.S. To comply with federal regulations, U.S. models had turn signals, bigger taillights, side reflectors, adjustable handlebars and Nippon-Denso speedometers and tachometers. Even though the bike was being sold to privateers in 1974, factory-prepared racers were performing well in the national production class races.

During the 5 year production run, a total of 549 were made. The SFC being offered is one of only 100 SFCs made for the North American market in 1974. According to well-known SFC expert Marnix van der Schalk (in correspondence with the previous owner), the factory records state it was shipped to the USA on July 8, 1974.

The last version of the SFC was the 1975 Laverda SFC Elettronica, its name reflecting its Bosch electronic ignition. It had a new cylinder head, revised valve angles, re-shaped combustion chambers and a new, optional high-lift cam with 10.5:1 compression ratio. A contemporary magazine test produced a 12.5 second quarter mile at 180kph (top speed over 220kph). A final batch of 33 SFC Elettronicas featuring five-spoke cast-alloy wheels were built in 1976.

The following is a list of much of the work commissioned by the previous owner and performed by Ron Small in 2002-2003, with the invoices totaling nearly $6,000.  Previous owner noted that all replacement parts used on the bike were authentic Laverda SFC parts purchased from Wolfgang Haerter at Columbia Car and Cycle in British Columbia, Canada (receipts totaling $1,000).

Motor:

Re-sleeved cylinders

bore and size cylinders

valve job

new valve springs

new valve guides

new cam chain

new cam tensioner

new guide wheel

new rings

blast and clean heads

Cam and timing set correct.

 

Other items:

new gas tank

sealed new tank 

paint new tank

new fork seals

new swing arm bushings

paint swing arm

rebuild brake master cylinders

new clutch cable

new throttle cables

new tires

new brakes

Subsequent to the work being completed at Maximum Effort, the previous owner only rode the bike 900 miles. The current owner has ridden it less than 100 miles. It has spent the past 13 years on display in a climate-controlled garage. 

There is no knowing if the 6753 miles showing on the odometer is the actual mileage, but the condition of the bike, combined with the minimal miles ridden by the current and previous owner in the past 20 years would lend credibility to that number. 

There is a small amount of surface rust on center stand.

Recently recommissioned for the road, it has a new battery, new fluids, top end adjust and inspection. Carburation adjustments and tune. Bike has had complete nut and bolt, safety inspection and test ridden. 

Tires are 15-20 years old.  They are not dry rotted, but if the bike is going to be ridden, changing them would be a good idea. 

For at least the past 20 years, this SFC has been adult owned, never down, always maintained by marquee knowledgeable technicians. Makes big noise and runs flawlessly.

Being offered at $49,950 in US Funds. Will assist on Worldwide Shipping.

 Email sennaducati79@gmail.com your contact numbers for an immediate return call. 

Duncan asks $49,950 and reminds readers – This bike is absolutely correct, adult owned, never down, never abused, maintained by the best techs, riders in the business. Makes big noise and runs flawlessly.  He can be reached via email – here –.

Early in the 1970’s the orange bikes sometimes captured multiple podium spots at championship events like Bol d’Or and Suzuka 8 Hours, but increasing competition from the east made it more of an occasion as the decade wore on.  Mostly made a handful at a time, production peaked at 222 in 1974, and total production is said to be 549.  As happens to race bikes, few survive to be restored, and just 100 of the federalized SFC’s were said to be imported in 1974.  But the SFC put Laverda in the exclusive company of a leading motorcycle manufacturer.  Duncan requests offers via email – here –.

-donn

Featured Listing:  1974 Laverda 750 SFC
Sport Bikes For Sale November 7, 2020 posted by Dan

Recent Featured Listing Sales!

I’ve been updating Featured Listings this week and here are some notable sales from the past few months. If you’re interested in a Featured Listing, check out the details!

Thank you to all the buyers, sellers, and readers, for supporting the site.

-Dan Crouch

Featured Listing: 1987 Suzuki GSXR-750 Skoal Bandit

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Featured Listing: 2000 Honda RC51

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Featured Listing: 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Haga Replica

Featured Listing – 1982 Honda CB450T with 1,682 Miles !

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda Hawk NT650

Featured Listing – 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans with Under 2,000 Miles !

Featured Listing – 1983 Suzuki XN85

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Recent Featured Listing Sales!
Sport Bikes For Sale May 2, 2020 posted by Dan

Time to Sell Your Rare SportBike? Get a Featured Listing!

Keith just sold his KTM RC8R in two days on our site with a Featured Listing. Here’s what he had to say about his experience selling on RSBFS:

Hi Dan, I just sold the KTM. Your site is awesome. I had almost immediate interest from California to NY and in between. Folks w/ ”real” experience and knowledge – people I’d expect to frequent a website like yours and guys I’d like to hang with.

These kinds of testimonials never get old, and I’m flattered to say we get them all the time. Thank you to the RSBFS community!

These are difficult times and if you need to thin your collection, you should consider a Featured Listing. Our visitors are more engaged than ever with site traffic up significantly over the same period last year. We’re witnessing steady, if not increased sales, throughout the enthusiast powersports and collector car markets. In fact our readers purchased at least 6 bikes that we know of in the past 30 days.

We carefully consider every listing for it’s suitability on the site and I personally work with each Featured Listing seller to make the process as easy and successful as possible.

This is the site that enthusiasts have come to daily for the past 11 years and we’re looking forward to helping you list your bikes on RareSportBikesForSale.com!

During the COVID-19 crisis, we’re making all Featured Listings unlimited duration.

Thank you to all our readers, buyers, and sellers. Be well in these challenging times.

Dan Crouch, Owner and Founder of RSBFS
dan@motoringblogs.com

Time to Sell Your Rare SportBike?  Get a Featured Listing!
Sport Bikes For Sale August 27, 2019 posted by Dan

Summer 2019 Featured Listing Report

I’d like to start this post with a HUGE THANK YOU to all the RSBFS faithful — with your following and support I am proud to report that we have published a record number of Featured Listings in 2019! Last year we had 80 Featured Listings, and this year we’re already over 120 with 4 months to go!

Readers and buyers recognize that our 11 years online have built a reputable, loyal, and enthusiastic following that is stronger than ever. With nearly one million individual viewers annually, we have a focused and dedicated viewership that read the website routinely to see the best sport bikes on the market being offered by fellow enthusiasts.

RSBFS was originally a blog that directed readers to interesting classifieds found online. Today we’ve become a marketplace in our own right as readers wanted to ensure their bikes were listed on our site, sometimes exclusively, and sometimes in conjunction with a listing elsewhere like eBay or Craigslist. The response has been overwhelming positive and RSBFS is busier than ever!

When we don’t have a “Featured Listing” to post on the site for a particular day, we still comb the internet for interesting finds. But for readers that want to ensure their enthusiast or collector quality bike is in front of our audience, we ask for a Featured Listing to be considered. The listing fee is 1% of your asking price or reserve, up to $125 each.

Here are a couple of recent testimonials that I’m especially pleased to share since we’ve implemented the new listing fee:

Jim on the recent sale of his Yamaha RZ350:

Found a buyer in California for this – he found out about it from your website. I appreciate your help in selling this. This site put my bike in front of the audience/fellow enthusiasts that I wanted to reach.

And this review just came in from Ryan on the recent sale of his Ducati Monster S4R:

When I decided to sell the Monster, I didn’t want to simply sell through cycle trader or the local classifieds. Your site has been a pleasure to read over the years since I discovered it. I’m a fan of how each bike is showcased and I leave an article knowing more about the bike’s features, specifications, and history.

My buyers were shopping different models and the RSBFS article helped educate about model specifics, and she said that the 3rd party review of the bike from your site made my listing feel much more legitimate. I had no doubts personally about the condition and the maintenance history, but that’s difficult to convey to a buyer solely through an ad. After seeing the bike in person, and a short test ride the sale was a done deal. We definitely found the one right buyer for the bike and the rare sport bikes listing was well worth it.

I can always revisit your site to reminisce, and maybe get lost in some other rare motorcycles.

Thanks for your site, and it’s been a pleasure working with you.
-Ryan

I couldn’t be more proud of our community and the RSBFS contributors! Thank you all for your support and we look forward to helping you sell your collectible and enthusiast offerings this fall.

Sincerely,

Dan Crouch.

Check out all the current Featured Listings available on RSBFS:

Read the rest of this post.

Summer 2019 Featured Listing Report
Sport Bikes For Sale May 17, 2019 posted by Dan

Rest in Peace Rick Lance

We are saddened to learn that Rick Lance, affectionately and respectfully known as “Lance Gamma”, has passed away. He was well known in our sportbike community as the authority on restoring, tuning, and improving the mighty Suzuki RG500, and many of the machines he massaged were featured on these pages. A true loss to our sport. Our thoughts are with his family and friends today.

We invite you to share your memories in the comments. RIP Rick.

dc

Rest in Peace Rick Lance
Sport Bikes For Sale May 8, 2019 posted by Dan

Ready to Sell Your Bike? Purchase a Featured Listing Today!

About Featured Listings on RSBFS

Our site started over 12 years ago now and it was originally a blog that directed readers to interesting classifieds found online. Today we’ve become a marketplace in our own right as readers wanted to ensure their bikes were listed on our site, sometimes exclusively, and sometimes in conjunction with a listing elsewhere like eBay or Craigslist. This is keeping us very busy and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

When we don’t have a “Featured Listing” to post on the site for a particular day, we still comb the internet for interesting finds. But for readers that want their bikes on the site we ask for a Featured Listing to be considered. Read all the details! Long story short, we ask for 1% of your asking price or reserve.

If your bike meets the criteria in the link above, you can start the process by sending fees via PayPal to dan@motoringblogs.com and then we can start a draft based on your seller description. You are welcome to send as many photos as you like and videos as well. Drafts usually take 2-3 days to build and we’ll have you approve the draft before anything is published.

Thank you too all our readers, buyers, and sellers, for supporting RareSportBikesForSale.com! Sincerely, Dan Crouch


Featured Listings are the exclusive means of listing your bike on RSBFS. To make the process as simple and easy as possible, we work with each customer personally via email. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Determine if your bike meets our criteria.
  2. Email us to tell us about the bike you are interested in selling on the RSBFS marketplace.
  3. Featured Listings are 1% of your asking price up to $125. Send us the listing fee via PayPal. We can also issue an online invoice payable by credit card.
  4. Once payment is received, you email us as many pictures and videos as you like. Also include a 100-300 word description that includes as much details as possible: Owner history, repairs, upgrades, damage repairs, existing issues, etc.
  5. We then write a draft that you’ll review a couple days after receiving your details. Nothing is published until you agree the post is ready.
  6. We then publish to our website, promote with a graphic on every page of the site, on our Facebook page, and our daily email newsletter.


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  • RSBFS now enjoys nearly 2M pageviews a year!
  • Our Facebook community has a consistent 75k likes


Check out some of the Featured Listings that have already sold in 2020:

Featured Listing: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

Featured Listing: 2013 KTM RC8R

Featured Listing: 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000SE, Now $5,600

Featured Listings: Pair of 1994 Suzuki RGV250R VJ22 Lucky Strikes

Featured Listing – 1999 Ducati 996 SPS with just 2,471 miles !

Featured Listing: Bimota YB11 Superleggera

Featured Listing: 2005 Ducati 999S

Featured Listing: 1990 Honda RC30

Featured Listing: 2007 Ducati ST3S

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

Ready to Sell Your Bike? Purchase a Featured Listing Today!
Suzuki October 30, 2018 posted by Dan

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited with 10 Miles at IconicMotorbikes!

How often does an opportunity like this become available for public sale? This GSX-R 750 Limited has only 10 miles, comprised of delivery and push travel only.

We’re a little short handed this week but I didn’t want this one to go unnoticed so it’s getting quick-posted before the auction ends in the next 19 hours. Check out our previous posts on GSX-R 750 Limiteds to learn more about this homologation special.

dc

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited for sale on eBay

from the IconicMotoribikes:

Just 299 were brought to the US to satisfy AMA Homologation requirements, and we believe only 500 of these bikes were actually produced in total. Intended as the basis for a production-based race bike, many were taken right to the track, and few survive in this kind of pristine condition.

The LTD is the only production GSX-R delivered from the factory with a dry clutch, which makes it that much more exotic, and was mated to a close-ratio transmission. Lightweight bodywork, including a solo tail to help save weight, compared to the standard GSX-R750. The Limited also featured a longer swingarm, along with electronic anti-dive forks, calipers, and discs from the GSX-R1100 to add to the performance and “special factor” of this machine.

This bike comes from a private collection where the owner has finally decided to downsize. He’s kept it inside his home for much of it’s life and once you’ll see it in person, you’ll see it’s a true museum piece. The odometer reads 10 miles from rolling to shows, events, etc as it shows no signs of ever being ridden. It’s 100% stock and essentially classified as a ZERO mile bike.

If you’re looking for a bike for a collection or museum, finding one with next to ZERO miles is going to be a challenge if not impossible. I’ve only heard of two recently, and word has it that the Barber Museum just acquired one from the Midwest that was available for sale earlier this year. We offered $22K for that particular bike and didn’t even get a call back!

This bike is in excellent condition and truly an amazing example of a very collectible GSX-R.

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited with 10 Miles at IconicMotorbikes!