Historical racing bike illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, in the September issue – Roadracing World Magazine

Featured in the September 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

In 1873 Pietro Laverda founded Laverda as a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Between the First and Second World Wars, the company was a leader in the mechanization of agricultural equipment. After World War II, 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 the then-popular long-distance races on public roads. A string of overall and class wins proved it was a smart move.

Fast forward to 1964 and the appointment of Pietro’s great-grandson, Massimo, as CEO. After a trip to the United States, Massimo saw the need for larger capacity machines, starting with an air-cooled 654cc four-stroke parallel twin that debuted at the Earls Court Show in 1966. Production continued. started two years later, and the bike didn’t stay a 650 for long…

—Historical racing bike illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, by Mick Ofield

To compete in more endurance events in 1971, Massimo Laverda launched an SFC (Super Freni Competizione) version of the SF. Factory 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 were 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 Road racing world!

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