Historic Racebike Illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, In The September Issue

Historic Racebike Illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, In The September Issue

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Featured In the September 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

         In 1873, Pietro Laverda founded Laverda as a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Between WWI and WWII the company was a leader in the mechanizing of farm equipment. After WWII, Laverda saw the need for cheap transport and added motorcycles to the company’s products. 

        Wanting to showcase the performance and reliability of its motorcycles, Laverda entered then-popular long-distance races held on public roads. A series of overall victories and class wins proved this was a smart decision. 

        Fast-forward to 1964 and the appointment of Pietro’s great-grandson Massimo to the position of CEO. After a trip to the USA, Massimo saw the need for larger capacity machines starting with a 654cc four-stroke, air-cooled Parallel Twin that debuted at the Earls Court Show in 1966. Production commenced two years later, and the bike did not remain a 650 for long…

—Historic Racebike Illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, by Mick Ofield

 

To compete in more endurance events in 1971, Massimo Laverda initiated an SFC (Super Freni Competizione) version of the SF. Factory-entered bikes ridden by Hans Hutten, Sergio Angiolini, and Augusto Brettoni dominated many European endurance races that year. To capitalize on this success, a limited run of 20 SFCs was produced in early 1971, followed by another 65 later that year. Read the story of the development of one of the most beautiful bikes to come out of Italy in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

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