Clymer Manuals got up close with Dale Keesecker’s Laverda SFC1000. This classic Italian motorbike was named Best European Motorcycle by Reno’s PowerSports KC at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles representing the best of British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American manufacturers. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more. There was everything from 100% perfect restorations, to well worn daily riders, to full-on customized cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. As part of the museum’s permanent exhibits, there were also vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and, the pride of their collection, a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
Laverda was known throughout the 1960s for their sweet handling 750cc twins, which evolved into the 1970s to a triple with nearly a full 1000cc. The last and best of the bunch was the SFC 1000 of the late 1980s, like this beautifully preserved example. Through Laverda lacked the development funds of the Japanese manufacturers, they did have enough savvy to source parts from the best Italy had to offer, like Marzocchi suspension, Brembo brakes, Del’orto carburetors, and Tomaselli clip-ons.
While Clymer doesn’t have a manual that covers Laverda motorcycles, you can find many other older classics in the Vintage Collection Two-Stroke Motorcycle Manual (which covers bikes from Allstate, Bridgestone, Bultaco, Garelli, Hodaka, Maico, Montesa, Ossa, Puch, Sachs, Villiers, and others) and Vintage Collection Four-Stroke Motorcycle Manual (which covers bikes from Benelli, BSA, Ducati, Gilera, Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi, Moto Guzzi, Norton, Royal Enfield, Triumph, Velocette and more).