1974 Laverda SFC


The 1974 Laverda SFC from Italy translated its racing success to great road performance. See more motorcycle pictures.

The 1974 Laverda SFC motorcycle represented the culmination of a steady evolution for a company that had begun modestly nearly a century earlier.

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Laverda grew out of an Italian agricultural-machinery company that had been established in the late 1800s.

The first motorcycle, a little 75-cc single built in 1948, was really more of "hobby" bike than a prototype, but people liked it and the company elected to go into full-scale production.

Though some Laverdas enjoyed a fair degree of racing success, they were mostly small-displacement machines, and the company's civilian offerings were decidedly on the pedestrian side. But that changed quickly in the mid 1960s.

Though the 650-cc twin that appeared in 1966 was hardly a space-age design, it did boast a single overhead cam when most British rivals were still using overhead-valve layouts.

Quite quick for its day, it also had electric start (something the Brits wouldn't adopt until much later), and was a quality piece of work.

The 650 soon grew to 750 ccs, and sportier versions appeared. Leading the performance pack was the SFC, with a high state of tune that produced 70 horsepower, along with pared-down bodywork, a sleek fairing, and triple disc brakes.

As such, the 1974 Laverda SFC motorcycle was really a racer for the street, and in fact did very well in competition.

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The SFC's single-overhead cam engine was more advanced than British overhead-valve layouts.
The SFC's single-overhead cam engine was more advanced than British overhead-valve layouts.

The 1974 Laverda SFC introduced a 750-twin engine which could out-horsepower the Hondas of the day. The motorcycle also was equipped with a racing saddle and state-of-the-art Brembo brakes.

Despite its state-of-the-art valvetrain, the SFC's engine wasn't designed to spin past 8000 rpm. Despite its state-of-the-art valvetrain, the SFC's engine wasn't designed to spin past 8000 rpm.
Despite its state-of-the-art valvetrain, the SFC's engine wasn't designed to spin past 8000 rpm.
Laverda's 750-twin engine had 70 horsepower; the benchmark Honda 750 of the day had 67. Laverda's 750-twin engine had 70 horsepower; the benchmark Honda 750 of the day had 67.
Laverda's 750-twin engine had 70 horsepower; the benchmark Honda 750 of the day had 67.
Huge Brembo disc brakes were used front and rear and were of competition caliber. Huge Brembo disc brakes were used front and rear and were of competition caliber.
Huge Brembo disc brakes were used front and rear and were of competition caliber.
A racing-style saddle left little room for a passenger. A racing-style saddle left little room for a passenger.
A racing-style saddle left little room for a passenger.

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