Laverda Week Continues: 1988 Laverda SFC 1000 for Sale

1988 Laverda SFC 1000 L Front

Wow, it’s positively raining Laverdas this week! This particular example is pretty rare on these shores: I’ve never actually seen one for sale here, and the 1988 year is interesting, since I was under the impression that Laverda stopped making bikes after 1985… Maybe it was first titled in 1988, after sitting in a dealer showroom for a couple years?

The SFC 1000 was really a last-gasp grasp for past glories from a brand that had been eclipsed by cheap speed from the Land of the Rising Sun. A retro-styled motorcycle that predated Ducati’s SportClassic range and even Moto Guzzi’s 1000S, it was introduced in 1985 and based on the sport-touring RGS, itself an evolution of the 3C triple and Mirage.

1988 Laverda SFC 1000 Dash

The SFC name was meant to evoke the “Super Freni Competizione” of the 1970’s, Laverda’s off-the-shelf racer that terrorized endurance racing in the day, and terrorizes the bank accounts of fans who want one today. Although that bike was a barely streetable animal powered by a race-tuned parallel twin, this one features the “civilized” 120° version of Laverda’s triple and should be a far more refined beast, in spite of the name and racy looks.

The big triple was a hulking machine for hustling around a racetrack, but could achieve some serious lean: I’ve got a vintage biker mag with a picture of one that’s been leaned over far enough to ground a hole clear through the generator cover…

1988 Laverda SFC 1000 Right Close

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Laverda SFC 1000 for Sale

Very clean, with upgrades–all easily reversible to full factory-original, if desired.

Imported by me from New Zealand in 2010.

Never dropped, raced, or mistreated.

I am the second owner since new.

New coils, wires, plugs, timing chain, electronic ignition, custom slanted intake manifolds, Mikuni carbs, lubricants, bar-end mirrors, battery, throttle cables, grips, windshield, air filters, tune-up, rear brake caliper rebuild, sprockets, X-ring D.I.D. chain.

Valves meticulously adjusted.

Custom Mikunis by Mike Nixon.

Custom manifolds by Red Cawte.

1988 Laverda SFC 1000 Engine Detail

The interesting thing about bikes like the SFC 1000 and the later Mike Hailwood Ducatis, they were basically outdated bikes tarted up with racy looks to move units. But now, as classics, they look and feel the part of vintage motorcycles, but benefit from the constant development that kept these machines relevant throughout their long lives.

Mileage is pretty low for a bike like this, and it looks to be in nearly flawless condition. The seller indicates that bike was imported from New Zealand, so beware of any titling issues in your state before you bid.

Oh look: a big white tach. I’m sold!

-tad

1988 Laverda SFC 1000 R Side

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