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Laverda 500

In September 1975, Laverda to the public a prototype of a 500 twin. In the factory produced this new which is then equipped a twin of 497 cc, its bodywork looking the 750 Laverda (SF3). However, the was definitely modern at that to fight the Japanese bikes: 4 per cylinder, double over cams, 180 timing, electronic 6 speed gearbox.

A paradox out of this modernity: This 500 was often better than the 500cc of that time but it a big part of the Laverda identity, the image and the feeling of brutal what made the 750 and 1000 success. This fact, to a high price (higher Japanese bikes), limited the of the 500 Laverda, although it was a very and powerful motorbike.

It is then interesting to notice the aim of Laverda, by conceiving a better that the Japanese of the time to modern technology, came itself by loosing the identity of the

However, the 500 Laverda went on and improvements were done: In a balance shaft was fitted to the to reduce the vibrations. This was simple and reliable, stopping the 180 vibrations, without complex like those of the 500 Yamaha for

At the same time, the factory a 350cc, identical to the 500, of the taxes which affected the big capacity engines in Italy instead of 18% for the smaller bikes).

If the 500 was a light and good perforamance the weight was excessive for the 350.

The found another way to act against the big in Italy for 500cc motorbikes: it a racing bike, entirely on the 500 road bike, called the

This motorbike was different to high compression pistons, camshafts, free-flow exhausts, and a bodywork painted in orange. The was of 52 hp for a weight of 154 kg.

Together with the was supplied a box containing all the parts to it to a road version, and even the papers.

The Formula was very and the factory decided to create a 500 Formula Cup. This came in 1978, 1979, and 1981 in Italy and also in in Germany.

Laverda 500
Laverda 500

It is interesting to notice that the 750 and 1000 pilot Augusto ran a 500 Formula during the Trophy: He 2nd in 1979 and 1980, 6th in 1981.

A fairing 500 equipped with the engine, sporting look, a special seat and tank was also, especially for the UK and US market, it was the

In Germany also, the importer a 500 SFC, infact a 500 equipped a 750 SFC seat and a bikini fairing, 750 SFC type.

When the factory the 500 adventure, some private tried to maintain the very 500 Laverda to the top, and even them, above all for a racing

In 1982, Laverda entered a rebored to 600 in the TT2 championship. The bike won the in Italy.

Moto-Witt in Germany some 600 SFC (without help the factory) and some private continued to promote the 500 Laverda, this wonderful 500 Laverda, to 600cc.

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