Faster and Faster: Classic: The 1970s Laverda 750SF

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Laverda 750 S Formula

Classic: The 1970s Laverda

The 1970s Laverda 750SF. remarkably cool even

Laverda have made pretty remarkable bikes the years, our favourites being the V6 Bol racer. the Jota 1000 and the more recent 750 Formula S. Laverda that we think is cool is the 750SF, which the made from 1970-1976.

In the on the recommendation of his son, Francesco (the company’s founder) to build a bigger, more motorcyclew, which would be of touring longer distances was the norm in Europe. Yes, the new would be designed primarily for the market…

By the end of 1966, Laverda were with a prototype machine was fitted with a 650cc However, the bike took two years of development time it could be put into production. And by the it did go into production, the engine had enlarged to 744cc (though a few 650s were also and thus the Laverda 750 was born.

Initially, the Laverda 750 was sold in the US the ‘American Eagle’ brand, was promoted by one Jack McCormack – the man for the ‘You meet the nicest on a Honda’ ad campaign of the early However, American Eagle bust by around 1970, and the 750 went on sale in the US under own brand name.

Between 1970-76, around units of the 750SF were

Laverda 750 S Formula

In 1970, the 750 also became the 750SF (Super Freni, or Brakes’), with bigger, brakes, redesigned chassis and a gearbox. The 750SF weighed 230 kilos, and with its 744cc, air-cooled parallel-twin producing 60 at 6,600rpm, the bike was capable of a top speed of 165km/h.

Over the few years, the 750SF got improved (with Nippon Denso replacing the earlier Smiths a redesigned exhaust system and brakes instead of the earlier By the 1975, the big Laverda’s gear pedal had been moved to the and the rear brake pedal to the but only for the US models.

The bike’s final iteration – the which came out in 1976 – got a few tweaks, cast alloy disc brakes at the rear and a new with a fibreglass cowl. the bike was available brand new in actual production stopped in with Laverda having around 16,000 units of the from 1970-76.

According to some road of the 1970s, the Laverda 750SF was and well built, but the suspension was stiff, the clutch was weak, were hard to shift, and to its exhaust system, the bike was a bit too Hmmm… who cares, really? We the 750SF was totally cool in the 1970s, and it’s just as today…

Laverda 750 S Formula
Laverda 750 S Formula
Laverda 750 S Formula
Laverda 750 S Formula

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