The OTHER Italian Twin: 1974 Laverda 750 SF2

1974 Laverda SF2 R Side

I always have to write up Laverdas when I find them: they’re often forgotten when talking about classic Italian sportbikes, overshadowed by their rivals over in Bologna. The 650cc parallel twin SF Laverdas were introduced in 1966 and quickly grew to 750cc, and featured the very best components available from around the globe: ignition components from Germany, electrical parts and gauges from Japan, with a frame, engine, and huge front brake manufactured in-house. The “SF” in the name referred to the large front brake: “Super Freni” basically translates to “super braking.” The engine was built to last, with five main bearings and the resulting motorcycle, while heavy, handled well and was successful in various endurance-racing events.

1974 Laverda SF2 L Rear

Front brakes on the SF were eventually upgraded to twin discs, although it’s interesting that this one still has the earlier huge front drum brake. The seller maintains that this is original setup, and that does make sense, with the usual Italian blurred-lines model year to model year designations and “whatever we had lying around” component philosophy. Or maybe a particular customer requested it? The bike also appears to feature an original Lance Weil two-into-one exhaust. If you’re not familiar: Lance Weil was a famous SoCal-based US Laverda tuner and racer, proprietor of Rickey Racer. He was tragically killed in a workshop accident in 2006, and many of the North American Laverdas that come up for sale bear his stamp in one way or another.

Although I’d expect he had nothing to do with the orange bits on this one…

1974 Laverda SF2 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1974 Laverda 750 SF2 for sale

Fresh custom restoration
Early 1974 drum brake Laverda SF2 sporty custom cafe with SFC C2 cams and Ross HP Racing pistons
Matching motor and frame #s 15578
35mm forks with drum brakes did carry over this early #74 it is stamp SF2 came with 35mm forks

New Avon Road Runner tires
Recent paint job in good shape
Frame painted base coat clear coat
Rebuilt Dellorto 36mm carbs
Adjustable clip-on OEM Brevertta handle bars
Points ignition
NOS Borrani rear wheel [I will include the new chrome spoke set]
Restored polished front Borrani w/German made chrome spokes
NOS front hub with brakes
Upgraded piggyback Marzocchi shocks
Vintage 2 into 1 megaphone
Fresh top end SFC cams and pistons
New valves and guides
All new cables and rubber parts
Dry cell battery

Needs:
Electronic ignition might be a good thing
Nippon Denso gauges are faded and could be restored

1974 Laverda SF2 L Front Engine

The SFC internals are very desirable on this machine: the parallel twins were built to handle abuse and should certainly be able to deal with the extra power. SF’s have increased in value significantly in the past ten years. With a $10,500 Buy It Now price, this is in the high range for SF’s, but the cool front drum will appeal to some, and the upgraded performance bits definitely add to the appeal, especially the Lance Weil exhaust.

1974 Laverda SF2 R Side Engine

In general, I think this bike has just a few too many accent colors, in terms of hoses, wires, and painted bits. The orange fork lowers and swingarm especially may not be to everyone’s taste, but all that should be pretty easy to fix, and this is an otherwise very nice example. I’ve noticed seller DB Cycles showing up on eBay regularly, and they always seem to have nice, solid examples of some really cool bikes, Laverdas in particular. Anyone have any experience with them?

-tad

1974 Laverda SF2 L Side

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3 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    I’ve bought quite a few parts from Rickey Racer in the ’80s and 90’s. Cool to read about Lance Weil. Sorry for his passing.
    I also have seen a few cycles offered for sale on ebay by DB Cycles through the years. He has had some interesting Italian bikes for sale. He tends to build slightly modded Italian specials, such as this Laverda. I like his modded bikes much better than some of the bastardized rolling death trap “cafe racers” I see these days, Always some neat bikes in the back round of his pictures. I’ve bid on a few bikes but they have always been pricier than what I wanted to pay, but he sells them. Looks like a neat way to make a living, hope it works for him.

  2. Brett says:

    Hi Guys
    I bought an SFC replica from a company in St Louis that bought it from DB cycles. The photos looked fantastic and was described as great condition with some good SFC goodies in the engine. I have bought over 20 bikes through eBay and imported them back to Australia and it is the only one I have ever sold. The bike was very poorly put together and I spent a lot of time and money just on making it rideable. Pictures always make a bike look better but mechanical descriptions should always be honest. I hope this was just a one off but you asked if anyone had any experience with this seller.
    Cheers
    Brett

  3. tad says:

    Brett, I’m sorry to hear your experience was negative, but I do appreciate you chiming in with some feedback on the seller.