Laverda 750 SFC

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Pro­duced in three suc­ces­sive se­ries from 1971 to 1977, at first sight the Laverda 750 SFC has the same brake sys­tem and frame as the “SF” model, with ad­di­tions that stiffen the struc­ture, while the mo­tor is no­tice­ably mod­i­fied in its in­ter­nal com­po­nents—from the in­take and ex­haust valves to the pis­tons, cylinders, gear sys­tem and clutch. What gives it an edge is the crank­shaft, weigh­ing only 33 lbs., al­most five pounds lighter than the pre­vi­ous ver­sion. This coun­ter­bal­ances what is likely its big­gest de­fect, which is its lack of ma­neu­ver­abil­ity: the weight and ex­ces­sive height of its cen­ter of grav­ity do not make for a model adapted to rac­ing on mixed or moun­tain­ous tracks. In the sec­ond se­ries, the engi­neers tried to lower the seat a cou­ple of inches, but the en­cum­brance re­mained the same. Its dis­tinc­tive orange color gave rise to var­i­ous le­gends, but in re­al­ity was cho­sen to fa­cil­i­tate its vis­i­bil­ity.

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