These are the first pictures of Laverda’s new SFC 1000, a limited-edition, 133bhp stunner that looks set to restore the famous Italian marque to the high table of top sports bike manufacturing.
You can read more about the Laverda SFC 1000 in the December 11 issue of MCN.
The SFC 1000 is the first new Laverda to come from the Noale factory since it was absorbed by Aprilia two years ago and its first serious contender for sports bike honours since the legendary Jota rolled off the production line in 1976.
The SFC name is an homage to earlier sports bikes – the 750 SFC, a highly regarded parallel twin of the sixties and seventies. But the new machine owes much more to modern Aprilias with its RSV Mille-derived V-twin motor.
The chassis is all new however, with a tubular steel lattice frame. It also boasts top of the range radial Brembo brakes, a laterally-mounted Ohlins shock with more of the top Swedish kit up front.
Lucky owners will also enjoy lightweight Marchesini wheels, a close ration gearbox and gorgeous, full titanium exhaust system with underseat pipes.
Laverda says the SFC 1000 is going to be made in strictly limited numbers, although a less exotic, production model will follow.
No price has been released yet, but the SFC 1000 is expected to be around the £20,000 mark and the base model around £11,000. Both bikes will go on sale in the New Year.