1971 Laverda 750SFC Replica
Frame no. LAV 750F 4489
Engine no. 750 4489
'Thus impetuously and unquestionably, the 750 Laverda took its rightful place among the élite of the world's motor cycles. Designed as a highway express, and proven in the most punishing of long-distance races, it was fast, tireless and very well behaved, a machine of connoisseur quality.' - L J K Setright, On Two Wheels.
Founded in 1873, Laverda started out making farm machinery, only turning to motorcycle manufacture in the immediate aftermath of WW2. Its first product, the 75cc Motoleggera (lightweight motorcycle) helped meet the unprecedented upsurge in demand for basic motorised transport, and modified versions were soon winning their class in the long-distance road races popular at the time. Lightweights, scooters and mopeds continued to form the mainstay of Laverda production up to the late 1960s when the small Italian concern, hitherto little known outside its home country, astonished the motorcycling world by introducing a 650cc parallel twin. Launched in 1968, the latter was a controversial design, appearing to have been closely based on the Honda CB72 and CB77 twins. After fewer than 100 had been made, the engine was taken out to 750cc, and a team of 650 and 750 Laverdas duly walked away with the 1968 Giro d'Italia. That first 750GT touring model spawned the 750SF sports roadster in 1971. 'SF' stood for Syper Freni (super brakes) and marked a switch from Grimeca stoppers to Laverda's own superior drum brakes. Introduced at the same time was the 750SFC, a thinly disguised racer that soon came to dominate the endurance races of the day. Built in limited numbers (only 529 were produced) the 750SFC production racer is today one of the more collectible of Laverda's early twins and thus highly sought after.
Prices have risen steeply in recent years and for many would-be owners a replica, such as that offered here, is the only affordable option. Based on a 750SF, the machine has been constructed using the images and specifications in the book on the marque by Schalkwijk. It features an engine cleaned, checked over and rebuilt to standard specification complete with new camshafts, new timing chain and a high-capacity oil pump. Other noteworthy features include an altered frame, a late SFC-type cockpit fairing, and a replica Grimeca front brake. Completed in 2012, the machine is described as 'like new' and offered with Netherlands registration papers.