1972 Laverda SF

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Laverda 750 SF
Laverda 750 SF

Sublime in Lime

Story by Williams. Photos by Amee

Calgary motorcycle guru Whitby has been at it again. of fabricating a custom café or dual-purpose machine in as little as two this time he’s out a restored 1972 Laverda SF.

Did it Whitby two months? “Oh, no, he laughs. “This took six or months from start to He found the neglected Laverda in a Last registered in 1984, it as though it hadn’t run for years to that.

“It had been apart for a long time,” Whitby “The engine was out of the frame, and it was in for whatever reason. The top end, the cylinder head and barrels, was

For those familiar with the 305 Super Hawk, the twin-cylinder engine in the Laverda looks similar. There’s a reason for In the early 1960s when Laverda and his chief engineer Zen decided to build a powerful bike for the all-important American they purchased a Honda Hawk to study.

The Hawk’s with its horizontally split unit construction gearbox, camshaft, 12-volt electrics and button starter was the one to emulate for project. Happy to copy and the Japanese powerplant, Laverda inspiration for the chassis in those by German and British manufacturers, BMW’s R69S and Norton’s 650SS.

A running prototype of the 650 was ready in 1965, and displayed in at the Earl’s Court motorcycle Nothing appeared on the market 1968, when a 750 prototype had been built and tested. 650cc and 750cc motorcycles sold in 1968.

Laverda dropped the 650 in 1969, and the machine became two models, the and more sporting 750S. then introduced, in 1970-71, the with a reworked chassis, brakes, better clutch and crankshaft. Whitby’s 1972 SF an international consortium of ancillary including German Bosch Japanese Nippon-Denso gauges, Lucas switchgear and indicators and CEV taillight.

“I started the process by the engine completely apart and what the project needed,” says. “I mostly wondered why the had been taken apart.” weren’t readily apparent. was slight rust pitting in one bore, and one of the crank journals was “But that’s more likely due to the pieces having sat for 30 in a hostile environment.”

From Laverda Paradise in Whitby sourced all new cylinder parts, including cam chain, roller tensioner, valves and cam The guides were fine. The needed attention, and on advice Wolfgang Haerter of Columbia Car in Nakusp, B.C.

Whitby his to Mongoose Machine and Engineering in for resurfacing and rebuilding. Engine were laboriously cleaned and not blasted, to preserve the Laverda

Laverda 750 SF

Mike Briggs at Performance Auto in Calgary bored the to first oversize and Asso were pinned to Carillo “Lots of little engine came from Wolfgang, the big end bearings and the high-volume oil pump,” says.

Before sending the frame, and centre stand to Top Gun Coatings in for black powder, Whitby out the old steering head lock; it was by a broken key. Ceriani with 35mm exposed was rebuilt to stock specification, and shocks are from Progressive Rebuilt wheels and hubs new bearings and chrome spokes; the Borrani rim was replaced because the was slightly damaged.

Both are outfitted in period correct TT100 tires. Whitby the complete stainless steel system online from www.feked.com .

Nippon-Denso gauges were disassembled, cleaned and detailed new faces, paint and polish reassembly. Whitby says: basically Honda gauges, and a time consuming process to get apart and back together without damaging them.”

Plating in Calgary chromed the ears, footpeg brackets and brake pedal. The chainguard needed cleaning, while the steel fenders were requiring a simple polish. a dark forest green, painted the Laverda himself in a 2012 Ford ‘Lime hue, and reassembled the machine stainless steel cycle

Thanks to a Sache Electronics two mini Dyna single coils and carefully detailed carbs the Laverda started on the “Almost like it was fuel Whitby explains.

But, as good as it looked and ran Whitby was done in August he sold the Laverda to fund projects. Stay tuned; at work on an AJS and a BMW … it’ll likely end.

Laverda 750 SF
Laverda 750 SF

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