LAVERDA 750S (1997-2002) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Although the cycle parts were like an Aladdin's cave of goodies, the engines were based on the 500 Montjuic of 1977 and were rough, uncompetitive and unreliable"

Laverda 750 S motorcycle review - Riding

"Although the cycle parts were like an Aladdin's cave of goodies, the engines were based on the 500 Montjuic of 1977 and were rough, uncompetitive and unreliable"

  • At a glance
  • 748cc  -  85 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  135 miles range
  • Medium seat height (770mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

For a brief, mostly shining few years in the mid-to-late 1990s, legendary Italian marque Laverda (they of the 1970s Jota etc) was back. Trouble was, although the machines’ cycle parts were like an Aladdin’s cave of goodies, they handled superbly, looked decent and weren’t too exotically priced, the twin cylinder engines, though updated, were based on the 500 Montjuic of 1977 and were rough, uncompetitive and unreliable.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Laverdas have always been renowned for their precise Italian handling and this latest generation more than lives up to the reputation. A stiff aluminium beam frame and softish, but well-damped, Paioli suspension ensure corners are dispatched with all the precision of a Carol Vorderman

Engine 2 out of 5

Now water-cooled and grown to747cc, but the basic layout and engine cover shape mirror the Laverda 750S's famous predecessor. Fuel injection helps produce 92bhp at the crank, but the real power is located above 7000rpm so the Laverda needs to be spun to reach its 140mph-plus top speed and which is accompanied by quite a mechanical thrashing from the parallel pistons. Relibility iffy, too…

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

There’s no doubting the intention, merely the execution of the Laverda 750S. Top notch components everywhere, decent paint and finis, lots of lovely milled aluminium etc. But too limited development time, a plethora of subtly different models (see below) and traditional Italian build inconsistency means the Lav reminds very much of Bimota, for bgetter and worse…

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The Laverda 750S is excellent value, if you’re feeling brave. Depreciation, for all sorts of reasons, was huge meaning that decent used examples can now be had for well under £2000 – and you’re getting a helluva lot of bike for that money. Just be aware you’re not getting Honda reliability or dealer back-up. Find a Laverda 750 for sale.

Insurance group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

A-list Italian hardware extends past the Paoli suspenders of the Laverda 750S to the Brembo brakes and Termignoni carbon exhausts. Instrumentation is quality, too. But remember, this is a loightweight (185kg dry), bare bones sports bike , so don’t expect too much in the way of comfort or frills.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their LAVERDA 750S (1997-2002) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Brilliant handling

21 February 2009 by richtea

Brilliant handling. The frame could easily have handled more power with no problems, but the water-cooled twin only gives 85bhp. Some minor reliability problems, but not as bad as the 650s that preceded it, and if you buy it should have been... Read more modded/fixed. An excellent alternative to air-cooled Ducatis.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1997
Year discontinued 2002
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 85 bhp
Max torque 55 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.9 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Specification
Engine size 748cc
Engine type 8v parallel twin, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin beam
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 185kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 170/60 x 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

1997: Laverda 750S launched, follows earlier 650 Sport and Formula, initially half-faired.
1998: Fully faired version launched.
now half-faired with 748cc engine and number of other minor mods
1998: Full faired Laverda 750 S launched
2002: Laverda 750S discontinued

Other versions

Laverda 650 Sport: First model of new Laverda range, launched in 1994 (and actually 668cc).
Laverda 650 Formula: As Sport but with slight updates. Launched 1996.
Laverda 650 Ghost: unfaired roadster version launched 1996.

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