Very Green 1972 Laverda 750 SF for Sale
I’ve written about the “Super Freni” Boys from Breganze in the past, so my love for the overbuilt Italian twins is pretty well known but oh, it’s so green, so impossibly green! Loud, Italian, and classy, with retina-searing paint. Not a bike for introverts, then.
An evolution of the earlier 650 twin that was Laverda’s entry into the big-bore sportbike wars of the late 60’s and early 70’s, this early 750 is equipped with the enormous drum brake that gave the machine its SF initials. Laverda used the best parts available when constructing their machines, so they had a reputation for reliability that spits in the face of Italian, we-use-leftover-pasta-to-insulate-our-wiring stereotypes.
The bikes were fast and very stable, if a bit heavy, owing to their overbuilt nature: the Laverda family actually started out making agricultural machinery and their attention to rugged detail bled through into their motorcycles. Laverdas weren’t exactly nimble, but they were fast, they held a line, and they held together, which is more than could be said for many of their contemporaries.
I actually really like this color. Although it’s obviously more commonly associated with Moto Guzzi, the seller claims it’s pretty close to a factory Laverda hue although from a different model year. The photo quality isn’t the best so it’s hard to tell for sure exactly, but it’s a pretty vivid green my eyes, my eyes!
From the original eBay listing: Very Green 1972 Laverda 750 SF for Sale
“Completely restored. Every nut and bolt. Every. Bearing. Seal gasket. Very Rare 1972 Laverda 750 SF. Rare because not many 750 SFs were equipped with Nippon Denso speedo and tach with Lucas switch gear and Bosch headlight also correct for the 1972 is the Lucas signals and reflectors.. 100% correct restoration except for the paint. Paint is closer to the factory 1973 color. 1972 was a darker green that was not the best looking green. Completely rebuilt from front to back. Including correct for release in 1972 New Dunlop TT100 tires. Rebuilt engine 1st over ASSO pistons. Rebuilt crank using Carrillo rods. Crank was rebuilt at Mongoose engendering . All new valves and cam bearings. High volume oil pump. Correct Boranni rims. Updated swingarm to bronze bushings. Rebuilt gauges with new gauge faces. All new cables. All new stainless steel exhaust headers and mufflers. Nothing has been left untouched. Rebuilt using mostly stainless fasteners . Has only done about 2 miles. Engine still needs breaking in.”
Considering how durably constructed these Italian twins were originally, this rebuilt machine should last a lifetime. Actually, several lifetimes: you’d probably want to consider it an heirloom, since it will very likely outlast its next owner.