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Orange Bruiser: 1972 Laverda SFC for Sale

1972 Laverda SFC R Side

Laverda’s fierce homologation SFC was powered by a tuned version of their nearly bulletproof parallel-twin and was available in any color you wanted, as long as it was orange. You know, as good-looking as Ducatis are in red, and as classic as old British bikes are in black or silver, there’s something undeniably cool about a company choosing a “factory” color so incredibly in-your-face, so polarizing. Kawasaki’s green isn’t the prettiest color, and it isn’t always flattering, but you damn well know which manufacturer made that lime-green plastic rocket, sitting across the street.

1972 Laverda SFC R Side Fairing

The SFC’s engine was based on the rugged SF1, which was introduced in 1968 as a 650cc model, although displacement was soon bumped to 750. The bikes were a bit heavy, but this was the result of their being overbuilt, and reliability benefited: the parallel-twin had five main bearings. Parts not made in house by Laverda were chosen, regardless of their country of origin, for quality and the component list reads like a “best of” of 1970’s motorcycling performance: Ceriani, Bosch, Nippon-Denso…

1972 Laverda SFC R Side Tank

Relatively unstressed in roadgoing form, the twin was capable of much more power, and the SFC was tuned to make almost 80hp. Given its rugged nature it’s no surprise that the bike performed well in endurance racing: many SFC’s come with their headlights lights and turn signals boxed up and unused.

1972 Laverda SFC R Side Engine

I love that the dash on this bike contains exactly one instrument: a tachometer. No oil temp gauge, certainly no speedo. No idiot lights, not even a dash panel. Just that one Smiths gauge hanging there behind the headlight bucket.

1972 Laverda SFC Cockpit

From the original eBay listing: 1972 Laverda SFC for Sale

Laverda SFC 750 mk1

model year 1972 VIN/Engine 10784

Bike in top conditions, mechanically rebuilt by main specialist Riccardo Oro (documented), present on the Laverda SFC register with extra certification by Massimo Borghesi, last owner since 1997. Italian documents.

Ride and collect! Bulletproof investment.

1972 Laverda SFC Badge

The listing doesn’t mention it, but the bike also appears to include a crudely-welded, but probably period-correct 2-into-1 exhaust: because that’s just how racebikes roll. The seller Gianluca has listed a number of very tasty motorcycles for sale in the past and mentions that the bike is currently in the UK, but he’s happy to ship anywhere in the world.

Bidding is up to almost $20,000 with plenty of time left on the auction and I’ve no doubt it will go much higher: with under 600 ever made, these are some of the most desirable motorcycles of the era with rarity, pedigree, and that exotic, sadly defunct “Laverda” nameplate.

-tad

1972 Laverda SFC R Side Tail

Road-Legal Racer: 1972 Laverda SFC 750 for Sale

1972 Laverda SFC R Side

Laverda’s SFC is quite literally a race-bike for the road, from the end of the era when this was realistically possible. “Super Freni Competizione” translates basically to “Super Braking Competition” and refers to the enormous front drum brake and the SFC’s race-oriented construction.

1972 Laverda SFC L Side Engine

It was based on Laverda’s famously rugged 750cc twin and featured the highest-quality parts: everything not designed and manufactured in-house was chosen for its performance, with Ceriani providing suspension, Bosch the ignition components, and Nippon-Denso the electrics. With fewer than 600 made, these are homologation specials, stuffed full of race-ready parts that saw as much as 80hp from the 750cc parallel-twin. Although the SFC was technically a roadbike, the race-tuned motor and uncompromising ergonomics made street use largely hypothetical.

1972 Laverda SFC Dash

Road-oriented parts are clearly an afterthought: take a look at that taillight that looks like it’s attached to the tail section with double-sided tape, pointed skyward and the instrumentation devoid of anything but a single Smiths tachometer. Often, when these come up for sale, the few road-legal parts that were originally fitted have already been removed from the bike and boxed up.

1972 Laverda SFC R Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1972 Laverda SFC 750 Mk1 for Sale

Model year 1972

VIN/Engine 10784

Bike in top condition, mechanically rebuilt by main specialist Riccardo Oro, present on the Laverda SFC register with extra certification by Massimo Borghesi. Italian documents.

Ride and collect! Bulletproof investment.

Bike is currently located in Stowmarket, England but I can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.

1972 Laverda SFC Display

Bidding is up north of $36,000 as I write this, with active bidding and plenty of time left on the auction. As is the case with many cars and motorcycles, these were refined throughout the production, adding disc brakes and electronic ignition, so later models were probably better in practice. However, from a collector’s standpoint, early models tend to command higher prices, and although we’ve featured a number of SFC’s over the past few years, I can’t remember seeing one this early.

-tad

1972 Laverda SFC L Side

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

Truth in Advertising: 1975 Laverda SFC for Sale in Italy

1975 Laverda SFC L Side

Manufacturers love to throw around terms like “race bike for the road” and “Moto GP technology for the street”. But it’s really just hyperbole: the only thing most road bikes have in common with GP bikes is a brand name and the simple fact that they’re possessed of two wheels…

But that wasn’t always so, and this Laverda SFC is a genuine race bike, a raw, track-ready beast with road equipment fitted as an afterthought. Take a look at that taillight: does it look like it’s supposed to be there, stuck on and pointing up in the air? In fact, many of these come up for sale with lights, signals, and mirrors safely stored in a cardboard box…

1975 Laverda SFC R Side Engine

The SFC was based on Laverda’s SF1, a parallel twin introduced in 1968 and originally sold as an Amercian Eagle in the US. After a short run of 650cc machines displacement was bumped to 750. Laverda’s twin was famously durable and the bikes, while not especially light, were very stable and reliable. Engine internals were built to last, and the twin featured five main bearings. Laverda chose components from different manufacturers in an attempt to maximize both performance and reliability: parts not made in-house came from Ceriani, Bosch, and Nippon-Denso.

1975 Laverda SFC Dash

This famed reliability made Laverda’s twin the ideal foundation for an endurance-racing machine, and the SFC was built to homologate the bike for competition. The SFC was barely streetable, with high-performance internals that helped the bike produce almost 80hp.

1975 Laverda SFC R Grip

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Laverda SFC 750 “Elettronico” for Sale

VIN 18300 Engine 18300

This is “the real thing”, numbers on the register and it is the rariest and most desiderable model of the serie, the “Elettronico” of 1975. On top of this it has a works race history being raced by Giuseppe Uberti Foppa (works Laverda rider listed also in the SFC register book) at the 500kms of Monza in 1975, with certification signed by him.

The bike was restored in the Factory in the early 80’s and kept as a jewel since, totally original genuine parts, even the fiberglass body, throttle, all small bits, no repro’s or nos.

Bike is “on the button” with even new tyres, showroom conditions. The best i have seen in the last 20 years! Bulletproof investment. Bike is currently located in Italy, 33080 Roveredo in Piano (Pordenone) but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem. We can supply US contact as reference.

1975 Laverda SFC L Side Tailsection2

The bikes evolved throughout their 549 bike run. Early bikes had the huge Laverda or magnesium Ceriani drum brake that gave them their name: “SFC” stood for “Super Freni Competizione” which basically translates to “super braking competition.” Later bikes featured triple disc brakes, a real rarity at the time. 1974 also saw significant improvements to frame and engine internals, and the last batch of “Electronica” bikes were fitted with Bosch electronic ignition and feature a distinctive primary chain cover.

1975 Laverda SFC R Side Gearbox

There are 8 days left on the auction and bidding is up to $40,000 with the reserve not yet met. That’s a ton of money for a motorcycle, but this is also a ton of motorcycle for your money, with great looks, great sound, rarity, performance, and heritage.

-tad

1975 Laverda SFC R Side

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

Homologation Special: 1974 Laverda 750 SFC

1974 Laverda SFC L Side

So I generally hate branding on t-shirts: I’m not a big fan of paying for the privilege of advertising someone’s company. But I make an exception for vintage car and bike logo shirts, especially when they’re defunct manufacturers. My Laverda shirt starts conversations seemingly every time I wear it: random folks just walk up and ask me about it. Once, I was having lunch with my mother at a nice outdoor restaurant. The owner was making the rounds, stopping by to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves. When he got to our table, his face lit up, “Ah! My brother and I imported Laverdas back in the 70’s!”

1974 Laverda SFC R Front

He sat down and talked bikes for a good twenty minutes, which left my mom completely dumbfounded. “Does this kind of thing happen to you a lot?” Yes, yes it does: unlike Triumph or Ducati branded gear, which can be seen on both riders and non-riders from here to the moon, a Laverda shirt apparently says, “Yes, this person has good taste in motorcycles.”

1974 Laverda SFC R Engine

Now this particular Laverda is especially special, a true race bike for the road from an era when such things actually existed. You could literally take your SFC to a race track, pull off the lights and indicators, and expect to be competitive. It was an homologation special stuffed full of race-spec internals and produced in just enough numbers to make those parts eligible for racing. Developed from Laverda’s famously durable 750 parallel twin, it made between 70-80hp, depending on the year. Only 549 were ever produced, although replicas based on the lower-spec SF are fairly common.

1974 Laverda SFC L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1974 Laverda SFC for Sale

 

Up for auction is a genuine 1974 Laverda SFC. This is not a replica, but rather a well-restored genuine article, made to ride rather than show. It is listed on the Marnix SFC registery. The frame was re-galvanized rather than powder coated. The fiberglass tank has been professionally treated with an aircraft tank coating to deal with ethanol in modern fuels. The point ignition has been replaced with with a Sachse electronic ignition. A extended clutch activator arm has been installed. The engine and frame numbers match (17188). The bike has the original PHB dual carbs, and retains the original Borrani rims and magnesium hubs, re-laced with stainless spokes. The original Ceriani front fork has been rebuilt, as have the rear original Ceriani shocks. The original fairing mirror electronic ignition and bellmouths are included.  See photos of original 2 owner’s titles and SFC stamp on engine block

 

1974 Laverda SFC L Engine

While the SFC might technically be legal for road use, it’s not exactly happy there. It’s barely tamed, raucous and loud, with heavy controls and a stiff suspension, a burly, chest-thumping motorcycle. But snarling around on something this exciting and gloriously orange would be worth the pain you’d feel the next day…

1974 Laverda SFC R Rear Wheel

 

 

Many of these I’ve seen for sale come with the road equipment in a box, but with over 6,000 miles on the clock, this one’s seen some use and appears to have been set up to see more: that “extended clutch activator arm” the seller mentions is a popular way to avoid having your left hand fall off. That makes me smile: as rare and cool as these are, they were meant to be ridden on street or track.

1974 Laverda SFC Dash

 

 

With four days left on the auction and the Reserve Not Met at $40,000 this is well below what I’ve seen these sell for in the past. My only quibble is the somewhat bland original instruments. Put those things carefully in a box, fab up a simple dash to house a white Veglia tach, and go!

 

 

-tad

1974 Laverda SFC R Side

 

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

The Real Deal: 1974 Laverda SFC for Sale

1974 Laverda SFC L Side

Of all the motorcycles being brought back from the dead these days, the only one I really want to see again is Laverda. But I wouldn’t want to see them reincarnated as some boutique retro-clunker with dual shocks, styled to look like an old bike with a sort-of new engine and a price aimed at born-again-bikers with a contrary streak or dewey-eyed nostalgists who “owned one back in the day.”

1974 Laverda SFC Dash

I’d love to see a modern sporting machine that embodies the classic Laverda virtues: stability, durability, and speed. And orange. Yeah, as far as I’m concerned “orange” is a virtue.

And machines like this 1974 SFC are why I want to see them resurrected. [Thanks to our reader George for forwarding this along to us!]

The SFC was a racing special developed from the standard SF1, a 650 and later 750cc parallel-twin machine introduced in the late 60’s to compete in the US against bigger American and British bikes. Laverdas had a reputation for being durable and overbuilt and performed well in endurance race events. What componenets they didn’t manufacture in-house, they sourced from the very best names in the business, and the results have a distinctly international flavor: Ceriani suspension from Italy, Bosch ignition components from Germany, and a Nippon-Denso starter from the Land of the Rising Sun.

1974 Laverda SFC L Detail

The SFC was a true homologation special, filled with serious race parts and then tuned to make them sing: they produced between 71-80hp, depending on the year and only 549 were ever produced. They came with road-legal equipment, but the bike was really best suited for the track.

From the original eBay listing: 1974 Laverda SFC for sale

This is a genuine Laverda 750 SFC. It was on the 750 SFC Registry maintained by Marnix Van der Schalk when I bought it seven years ago from a noted private collector. It is one of the 100 or so made for the US market featuring full instrumentation and Jota style bars. It is a street legal race bike.

The previous owner bought it in its restored condition and did not know for sure who restored it, but he thought Lance Weil worked on it. Whoever did it spared no expense or effort in this meticulous and correct restoration. I regret to say that I have ridden this gem less than 10 miles- I consider myself a curator of this bike. I have other Laverdas that I actually ride.
After riding it last I changed the oil, drained the tank and carbs, and fogged the engine with marine fogging oil. I leave it in gear and every week or so I turn the engine over manually with the rear wheel. When I did start and ride it I found that it lit up quickly with an alarming snarl from the two-into-one race pipe ( I will include the street exhaust system). It revs very quickly when goosed, making a sound that sends shivers down the spine. The clutch works properly, as do all of the gears. I am a Laverda fan, having owned nine of them, and I can vouch for the fact that the SFC is something special.
Please study the pictures. You will see the new wiring and electrical parts, the magnesium hubs and gear selector cover, the new rotors, switches. You will also note the damaged paint on the rough fiberglass inner side of the fairing. That was from a leaking master cylinder. There is no battery in it now.
1974 Laverda SFC R Engine

The owner sounds very knowledgeable and is clearly a Laverda enthusiast: for those of you who don’t know, Lance Weil was considered to be the Laverda tuner in the US, and any bike he worked on is generally considered to have been touched by the hand of god. I only wish he’d included a video clip of the bike starting and running so we could all share the sound of that exhaust.  With less than 600 made over their entire six-year run, this is a very rare, collectible machine and the $50,000 asking price reflects that. He’s already had one offer so that price, while shocking at first glance, is clearly reasonable for someone.

Unfortunately for me, I can’t afford a $50k motorcycle and my dreams of owning a new one aren’t likely to be realized anytime soon: the Laverda name was bought by Aprilia, who seem to have no intention of developing the brand. It’s not hard to see why: they already have a selection of modern sportbikes and sport-touring machines in their stable and a line of classy, retro-sport bikes with Moto Guzzi. Laverda would just cut into the sales of one or the other… But it’s a shame, because I’d like to think there’s room in the motorcycling world for just one more Italian bike brand, especially if they could produce machines as stunningly orange as this one…

-tad

1974 Laverda SFC R Side

 

1973 Laverda 750 SFC Replica

1973 Laverda SFC Replica R Side Front

I’ve said before that I’m kind of a fan of replicas.  Not the creepy, “is that Ferrari drunk, or is it a Fiero with a body-kit” sort of replicas.  Replicas of machines too valuable or rare to be used as intended.  And if anything, super-rare editions were intended with the racetrack, or at least performance in mind.  To me, there’s nothing wrong with recreating a rare, nearly unobtainable machine by using a less valuable version as a starting point.  Especially if you never try to pass it off as anything but an homage to the real thing.

The bike shown here is a Laverda SFC replica based on an SF1.  The real SFC was basically an homolgation machine, borderline unusable on the street, a bare-knuckle, sports-endurance racebike with lights and signals tacked on as a nod to largely theoretical road use.

1973 Laverda SFC Replica Dash

The standard SF1 was a big-bore parallel twin introduced in the late 1960’s so Laverda could compete head-t0-head with larger American and British machines.  They were famously overbuilt and heavy, with very stable handling and quality components.  Laverda cherry-picked parts from all over the globe to create a premium bike: Italian Ceriani suspension, German Bosch ignition, a Japanese Nippon-Denso starter.  The result was a quality machine that did very well in endurance racing events.

Highly tuned and filled with quality racing parts, the SFC produced more power than the less exotic road bikes: approximately 71 to 80hp, depending on the year.  As you’d expect, they are very rare, with only 549 produced between 1971 and 1976.

From the original eBay listing: 1973 Laverda SFC Replica for Sale

For sale is the result of a two year labor of love!  This Laverda began its life as a SF1 and has been patiently and lovingly converted to a SFC Replica.  Essentially, everything outside of the motor is new or rebuilt and I’ll list all details below.  Bike has a clear California title and was recently ridden 100 miles round trip to the San Jose  Vintage Motorcycle Show with no issues… ran at 70mph in 5th gear with the throttle just beyond idle at 3,500 rpm.  There was much, much more throttle waiting to be unleashed but wasn’t the right venue as the CHP were out in force… this would be an AMAZING bike to take out on the track!!!

He also includes a comprehensive list of the parts used and it looks like his goal was to create a very accurate replica of an extremely rare motorcycle, using a pretty darn rare motorcycle as a beginning.  The seller appears knowledgeable and describes in detail the parts he’s added to create his dream machine.  So we know the what, but I’m not sure about why he’s selling it, after all the apparent effort put in.

1973 Laverda SFC Replica Left Engine

The seller also includes a link to additional pictures here.

There are only a couple of days left on this auction, and bidding is up to $8,000.  That’s a lot of cash for an SF1, but a steal for an SFC, considering what real ones go for.  If you’re concerned more about the experience than originality, this could be your Laverda.

-tad

1973 Laverda SFC Replica R Side

1975 Laverda 750 SFC replica in Marina, CA

1975 Laverda 750 SFC replica with 13,179 miles for sale on eBay. Bike is located in Marina, CA.

The 750 SFC is one of Laverda’s more collectible models (the other being the Jota) but they have always demanded quite a high market price.  Perhaps this would fit the bill of a affordable and rideable classic:

1975 LAVERDA 750 SFC, FRAME NUMBER LAV 750  CI * 17676, ENGINE NUMBERS 750 * 17676  THIS MOTORCYCLE IS A  REPLICA, 1 OWNER SINCE 1987, ESTATE SALE, BIKE RUNS  WELL AND SOUNDS FANTASTIC, CONCOURES CONDITION, INCLUDES SFC OWNERS REGISTRY BOOK AND ENGINE MANUAL, NEW BATTERY, COLORADO TITLE.
BIKE HAS ORIGINAL SFC GAUGES, EXHAUST PIPES, GEAR CHANGE, GENERATOR HOUSING, ENGINE IS REBUILT, RESERVE LOWERED, BID TO WIN. WITH ORIGINALS OVER 50K  THIS IS A BIKE THAT YOU CAN AFFORD TO RIDE AND ENJOY.

There’s a great article on the 750 SFC available HERE and also some good background on Laverda and the various models on Wikipedia.

-phil