1985 Laverda 1000 SFC – The bike that ‘was’ going to avoid wasting Laverda…

Laverda 1000 SFC

With Ian Falloon

Laverda’s legend was constructed across the 750 SFC; the intense orange manufacturing unit racers that dominated European endurance racing within the early Nineteen Seventies. However because the 750 twin grew to become outclassed Laverda turned in the direction of the fireplace respiratory 180-degree 1000 cc Jota triple to maintain the parable.

Laverda 1000 SFC
The tall and lengthy Laverda 1000 SFC

But by the Eighties not even the roguish exhaust word or rush of higher finish energy may disguise the 180’s extreme vibration attributable to the 2 outdoors pistons rising and falling collectively. Laverda sought to tame their triple with the extra orthodox 120-degree crankshaft format, within the course of creating a motorbike with a totally completely different character.

The 120-degree engine was created by Giuseppe Bocchi. Bocchi had beforehand labored with Ing. Fabio Taglioni at Ducati on the Pantah, and with MV Agusta on the five hundred GP Flat-4 Studio 91/50. He had entry to pc design and established a pc design centre at Laverda.

Laverda had already experimented with a 120-degree crankshaft format within the prototype triples of 1969 and 1970, even racing with one within the Bol d’Or in 1975, however the first manufacturing 120-degree was the 1000 Jota 120 of 1982.

The 1000 SFC ran beautiful cast footpeg supports
The 1000 SFC ran stunning forged footpeg helps

Like all Italian producers Laverda struggled to outlive within the early Eighties and the 1982 RGS 1000 was meant to avoid wasting Laverda from the slide that started in 1979.

As an alternative of continuous the standard sporting path the RGS 1000 represented a contemporary tackle the game touring bike and included radical styling. This was adopted by the RGA, RGA Jota, and RGS Govt, however the 120-degree triple was nonetheless an engine rooted previously and these have been misguided makes an attempt at growing gross sales.

By the top of 1984 it was apparent that Laverda was in severe monetary issue however they stunned everybody by releasing the SFC 1000 for 1985. As a restricted version mannequin the SFC 1000 was filled with particular options.

The 18 inch wheels were old-school even for the time
The 18 inch wheels have been old-school even for the time

The engine was hand assembled, the cast 10.5:1 pistons from the manufacturing unit F1 racer, and the cylinder head modified to incorporate bigger (40.6 mm) inlet valves and smaller (34.0 mm) exhaust valves. The facility was 95 horsepower at 8000 rpm, and a System One racing package was non-compulsory. This package included P1 (Prova 1) camshafts, 36 mm carburettors and a detailed ratio transmission.

The SFC 1000 chassis was considerably uprated over the usual RGS 1000 nevertheless it was nonetheless quaint. This chassis now included a Verlicchi-built box-section aluminium swingarm, 41.7 mm Marzocchi M1R fork, 300 mm fully-floating entrance disc brakes, and three-spoke 18-inch Oscam wheels.

The brakes have been Brembo Gold Sequence, and the rear disc full-floating with a frame-mounted linkage. At a time when most different producers have been shifting in the direction of a single rear shock retained a pair of recent Marzocchi distant reservoir shock absorbers.

Racing style twin filler caps were also found on the tank
Racing type twin filler caps have been additionally discovered on the tank

The red-painted fibreglass bodywork was an analogous type to the 1000 RGS, however the 22-litre gas tank had twin screw sort filler caps. The superbly milled SFC-emblazoned footpeg brackets set the SFC aside from extra mundane bikes. Not like the automotive-style instrument panel of the RGS the SFC panel was a easy aluminium plate with three devices (tachometer, speedometer, and oil temperature gauge).

Rolling on an extended 1528 mm wheelbase and weighing a frightening 248 kg the SFC 1000 created an enormous presence and the SFC 1000 was an awesome bike for anybody wanting stature. However as soon as rolling it was spectacular. Stability was unquestioned and the ability was seamless virtually from idle.

A final series of SFC 1000 models in black with wire wheels was also produced
A closing collection of SFC 1000 fashions in black with wire wheels was additionally produced

Throughout 1985 Laverda was positioned below managed administration and SFC 1000 manufacturing was initially acknowledged at 200, with half going to Germany. The SFC 1000 was subsequently produced spasmodically till 1989, primarily to make use of elements after the corporate was reformed as Nuovo Moto Laverda in Might 1988.

The ultimate batch was produced particularly for the German market. These have been black, with wire spoked wheels and have been the final triples produced in Breganze, however for a closing two examples produced in 1991 by the brand new Laverda firm in Zane.

At a time when bike design was embracing innovation the SFC 1000 remained a bastion of conservatism and though representing an earlier age the SFC 1000 ensured the Laverda legend didn’t die with a whimper.

Laverda 1000 SFC
The SFC 1000 was a remnant from an earlier period

With classically stunning styling the SFC 1000 additionally benefited from practically 15 years of the event. What was already a strong design was perfected into a particularly dependable machine, with wonderful dealing with and efficiency. With the great SFC 1000 the traditional Laverda triple lastly completed, and for a lot of they have been the final actual Laverda bikes.

Laverda 1000 SFC Specs (1985)

Laverda 1000 SFC Specs
Engine Air-cooled, four-stroke transverse three-cylinder, DOHC, two-valves per cylinder, 981 cc
Bore x Stroke 75 x 74 mm
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Induction Three Dell Órto 32 mm carbs
Energy 100 hp (72.9 kW) @ 8000 rpm
Gearbox 5-speed
Entrance Suspension Marzocchi forks, adjustable damping
Rear Suspension Marzocchi shocks, adjustable damping and preload
Brakes Twin entrance 300 mm rotors, two-piston calipers, 280 mm rear rotor, single-piston caliper
Tyres 100/90-18 inch, 130/80-18 inch
Weight 238 kg (dry)