Orange Crush: 1974 Laverda 750SF

The subject of this Taco Tuesday post is giving me a bad case of writers cramp.  I just want to sit in front of the monitor and drool over a classic piece of Italian two wheel design.  They sure got things right during the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Find this 1974 Laverda 750SF for sale in Vallejo, CA for $17,800 via craigslist.

Laverda got its start in the late 1800’s as a manufacturer of farm machinery engines.  The grandson of the founder decided to begin producing motorcycles in 1949.  By the late 60’s they had introduced the bike they became most famous for, the 750.  The 750 was known for its almost bomb-proof reliability, over-engineered with five bearings and duplex cam chains, and Bosch electrics, but you’d have a hard time calling it agricultural.

The seller really knows how to photograph a bike to get under your skin.  It’s easy to imagine this view in first person on your favorite road.  The seller has replaced the rear shocks with dampers from the SF2, so it should be really good in the twisty stuff.  By the way, in case you were wondering, SF stands for Super Freni or Super Brakes. which featured a twin leading shoe system designed in-house.

This bike was imported from Italy, comes with all the proper California paperwork and was restored in 2009.  As part of the restoration, the motor was gone thru with high compression pistons, racing cam, along with lightweight valves.  It’s said to give 75hp, which is 15 more than stock.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.