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Laverda 750 Formula S

One Man’s Laverda

N o matter how sorted or mechanically excellent motorcycles are, there are plenty of owners who worry buying a clinkerAs far back as the manufactures were keen to their machines as fit for duty. in point was  Giuseppe brother of Moto Guzzi Carlo.

In 1928 the young rode one of the factory’s production to the Arctic Circle and back, Guzzi’s new swingarm suspension and the machine’s overall toughness and And while we can all appreciate the wartime that endured literally, fire, we remember BMW as the manufacturer who ushered automotive-levels of reliability and longevity into a two-wheeled

This was accomplished through a of straightforward design, quality and aircraft grade tolerances into the bike’s mechanical Many of these are still in use today.

So as we pause to marvel at how far has come, there exists a of uncertainty. a soiled undergarment so to hidden away until by the unaware. Rare, but nonetheless much to the surprise of many who modern standards make the of such motorcycles impossible. The who coined the phrase ‘Never say probably experienced Murphy’s broke a few mirrors and kept a foot handy.

But we make out own luck, right?

The Formula 750S traces its roots to the 350/500cc Alpino developed at the Bregenze factory the 1970s. Under Francesco the range was otherwise modernized differing displacements of 650, 668 and a fuel injected, liquid-cooled In fashioning my polished alloy, and orange 1999 750S Tognon (who at the time called the shots at Bimota) saw to it the was uprated to a very high

Tiny (414-lb and a shorter than any Japanese 600) the wears a premium Paioli USD fork and monoshock, Marchesini floating iron Brembo and various scattered bits in fiber and magnesium. Very a mini Bimota, for pure and visceral substance, few bikes can it.

In the summer of 2003 I visited a dealership on assignment. Two Italian friends were touring the USA on new Caponord dual sport, and the requested some photos and coverage of their journey. It was on a sunny, warm Thursday that I first saw her. flashy but petite.

Impossibly So … and utterly rare was stunning Latina that else dulled in comparison. I was and to be fair I’ll go on record and that while I was warned the encouragement came in equal

She could be had for far less than I have imagined, and when my low offer was accepted I felt about the risk/reward. I’d it work. Heck, I’d everything else I’d owned work. even the I’d taken home in

Moving ahead confidently, I dollars from every and took delivery.

Just a later, after working the WSB at Laguna Seca my publisher and I are south on California’s US 101. distance behind us is the staff and trailer, with plans in to meet them later north of LA. Memory fades, but in something fast swooshed by and the was on.

With just over showing I felt safe the bike past the ton, and as I by my bosses’ MV/F4 and the speeding coupe both my and the Lav’s changed forever.

The sound was a chainsaw ripping through a of aluminum. The cause? A seized bearing on the engine’s right The 100-mph lockup resulted in the cam snapping, allowing the pistons to the helpless valves into

The top-end was toast, the counter-balance damaged, as were parts of the and transmission. I was grateful to not be tossed After, my publisher told of through a billowing cloud of smoke from the engine and tire, which left a darkie before I could the clutch in. The bike sat until when some connections I met on assignment in Italy put plans for repair in motion.

Aprilia agreed to honor the if I paid freight, and the bike’s was shipped to Seattle where it spend the next 18-months.

Laverda 750 Formula S

I go on, sharing how the Laverda’s inadequate system wouldn’t tolerate over an 85-degree day, its low-end torque made an MB5 muscular, or that the Laverda’s packed chassis turned a battery swap into an ordeal. Perhaps worst of I never got to ride the bike to get a real feel for it. a lasting

It lived on the lift ( as illustrated, ) always waiting for some new to arrive or for the time required to fit it all in. its nearly two year hiatus I did one day, riding the bike so down the straight an instructor me off to ask if everything was OK. The handling was splendid and past 6500-rpm the engine had

This however, worked the Formula’s fragile main (even with the new spec II’ crankshaft) and the noise a high speed blender of nuts and bolts- discouraged practice.

I’ve been told and the management at Laverda planned to a superbike-spec, liter-sized triple like rival Ducati, use racing to market the brand. The parallel twin was viewed as a by Laverda’s engineers and it showed. Too because the rest of the machine a lot better. My bike?

With 600-miles on the rebuild and while a new TPS sensor, it spit the cam chain, the exhaust valves on the right and possibly the cam. I tried, but of the chain dropped into the depths of the engine. That was it for me.

I the bike using VMOL’s in 2008 and used the money on a Guzzi 1100 Sport. and Laverda didn’t fare better. By 2001, the brand was under the Aprilia umbrella and was facing serious legal

A tragic fate for one of motorcycling’s names, the wheels came off

Life is for learning and if we’re we never stop. The Laverda was a mistress; a mechanical tease, but my with the Formula served as a that it takes an extraordinary of money, effort and talent to good motorcycles. Perhaps, is something we’ve all taken for

Next time you’re out in the give that R50/2, or whatever has your trust an coat of polish. The good are worth it and life is too short for else. Nolan Woodbury

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


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