LAVERDA 750S (1997 - 2002) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £200
Power: 85 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.3 in / 770 mm)
Weight: Medium (408 lbs / 185 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £9,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Reliability
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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…

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost £200
New price -
Used price £9,000
Insurance group 13 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 85 bhp
Max torque 55 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 11.9 secs
Tank range 135 miles

Model 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.

Owners' reviews for the LAVERDA 750S (1997 - 2002)

3 owners have 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.

Review your LAVERDA 750S (1997 - 2002)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 3.7 out of 5 (3.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Equipment: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £200
5 out of 5
07 September 2019 by K M Eddleston

Version: carenato

Year: 1998

Due to the high compression I roll the engine past TDC and it starts first time every time. I can not fault it and have had it for many years. His name is (Giallo). My other bike (Rosso) is a 2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 and I rate Giallo higher than Rosso.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The greatest distance I travel is 250km in a ride. He doesn't like riding in town. I am 72 years of age so I find this is enough.

Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

The mufflers had to be exchanged for D Ds and now it sounds superb,

4 out of 5 Scratcher for the Middle aged
25 May 2015 by Professor

Version: Formula

Year: 2000

Annual servicing cost: £200

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5

Harsh but fun

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Electronic management unit needs connectors checking

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Engine and frame all you need

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 modded/fixed. An excellent alternative to air-cooled Ducatis.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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