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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

1974 Laverda SF2 for Sale

Laverda SF2’s have featured on this site as often as I can find them to post.  I love Laverda’s in general: characterful and rare, beautiful, but somehow brutal.  The 750 parallel twin was a development of the earlier 650, a natural progression in the displacement arms-race of the 60’s and 70’s biking scene.  They never developed quite the same name recognition as Ducati or Moto Guzzi, but are easily in the same league in terms of looks, performance, and handling.

The original eBay listing can be found here: 1974 Laverda SF2 for Sale

This bike is especially noteworthy because it was tuned by Lance Weil, famous Laverda Tuner and former proprietor of Rickey Racer, a California based Laverda tuning shop.  Lance was considered the premier Laverda guru, up until his death in a bizarre shop accident in 2006.

From the original ad:

When I got it, it was already set up with the Ricky Racer (made by Lance Weil, if any of you remember him) 2 into 1 exhaust. Some minor jetting was done (increased the pilot jet size slightly) to accommodate the increased flow. The ignition is stock. I did not get the turn signals with the machine. I installed the 5-way bars, got really used to them on my Laverda triple. I do have the stock foot switch gear, which is included in the sale. I also have the original seat, which was a 2-up, also included. The pan of the 2-up seat is in good shape but the foam is really deteriorated. The cover is not too bad.

The engine overall runs well. It does not leak oil nor does it smoke it. There is some slight weeping around the head but that seems to be normal. The engine has not been apart since new. I did replace the transmission output seal. The biggest problem I have had with the bike over the years has been that the fuel lines eventually perish and crack- easy enough to sort out (right now its fine). It has needed carb rebuild kits (gaskets and washers) in the carbs every now and then, which if you know Dell’Ortos, is quite normal. It got a new chain a few years back. There are stainless brake lines on the front brakes. The rear brake (four shoe drum) works really well. I installed Works gas shocks on the rear. The front fork is stock but there is a fork brace I installed. The lighting works fine and the generator has been fine too.

This bike is well-used, but looks to have a great history and is presented fairly.  I prefer my Laverdas orange, but the custom paint is appropriate and subtle.  The Buy It Now price is $9,800 which is on the high side, but not unreasonable, considering the one-of-a-kind exhaust and history.

-tad