Fast Classic: 1971Laverda SF Race Bike for Sale

1971 Laverda SF Racebike L Rear

Well two Laverdas in one week is cause for celebration, although these are at opposite ends of the spectrum. The previous SFC was a collector’s item, a racebike in road trim that might be too rare and special to use as nature and Laverda intended: by thrashing it to within an inch of its life on a racetrack. This one is a road bike that’s been heavily modified to match the performance of an original SFC.

1971 Laverda SF Racebike L Fairing Detail

Of the two, I personally find bikes like this one much more interesting. Obviously, the collectability is lower as is the price, which is perhaps part of the appeal. But it’s also really fascinating to see how someone’s perfect ideal motorcycle has been achieved, parts added, things removed.

This is a relatively period-correct replica that captures the spirit and performance of the real thing, but without all that “don’t crash an historic race motorcycle” distraction. Although even SF’s are pretty rare, so it’s basically impossible to avoid some heartache if you break this one too badly…

1971 Laverda SF Racebike L Side Detail

If you’re not familiar with the SFC, it was an homologation special built on Laverda’s SF “Super Freni” parallel twin that originally featured their powerful, proprietary drum front brake and later, a pair of discs. The SF was famous for its durability and the bike made an ideal foundation for the roadracing SFC. With only about 550 SFC’s built in several years of production, they are very rare and, although they came with lights, signals, and complete instrumentation, they make pretty uncomfortable road bikes.

1971 Laverda SF Racebike R Side Detail

From the very comprehensive original eBay listing: 1971 Laverda SF Roadracer for Sale

This bike was based on a 750 SF, assembled around eighteen years ago and casually raced at Loudon, NH twice and tested at a track day. Subsequent to this a family situation stopped my ability to campaign the bike and I just parked it to look at over the years. I am now downsizing and must sell my house and let go of items that I can no longer store, including the bike.

The frame was modified by removing all non-essential fittings and brackets. The whole bike weighs around 365 lbs which is amazing considering what it started off at. The headstock was cut and realigned to be perfect. I have a GMD Computrack frame analysis with the paperwork. It is painted in enamel in order to touch it up as needed as opposed to maintenance-poor powder coating.

The front fairing is based on a Ducati 750 SS. There is a crack on the lower right wing caused by an idiot house painter moving things around in my garage. I will be putting some clear 3M tape on this for now. I have a can of the paint used for the body work that I kept for potential repairs. There is also a small crack under the USCRA sticker.

The Laverda  tank is very similar to the production model but has smoother edges and is more attractive. The seat is a SFC replica.

The top end was all new with SFC cam, valves and guides. The work was done by Import Machine in Framingham, MA, about the best place around here for head and machine work. They have decades of experience with vintage and modern motorcycle and auto race work and has been the go to place for Porsche PCA members forever. A new chain and roller were also installed at the time as well as new pistons. The crank was found to be within original spec and was left unaltered except for cutting off the flywheel end. The carbs are 38mm Mikunis.

There’s much more over at the eBay listing. Often, I’m shocked at how little sellers include. I mean, a reprint of the bike’s history is probably pointless, but some notes about how long you’ve owned it, what’s been done to it, what’s been fixed, etc…

1971 Laverda SF Racebike Parts

That’s definitely not the case here: the seller is obviously very knowledgeable and, while this bike will need a bit of work to get it ready to run, you’re starting with something that’s very well-developed, with a ton of time and money invested in getting it right. Basically an entire vintage race bike set up including a ton of spares. Just add trailer.

-tad

1971 Laverda SF Racebike R Side

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2 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    Tad, I really enjoy reading your Classic Sport Bike posts. You manage to find some real interesting bikes to show everyone and give a great perspective on them. Wish people would comment as they do on Rare Sport Bikes. Keep up the good work!

  2. tad says:

    Thanks for saying so, Jess! I appreciate the support. I really enjoy writing for both sites, and I agree completely: I wish the readers here would get more involved. The Rare Sport Bikes readership is definitely more vocal in terms of their opinions! I’m sure there’s a ton of experience floating around in the Classic Sport Bike readership that could be shared, and my posts are actually carefully crafted to “poke the bear” and get some discussion going…