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Laverda 750 SFC

Not sure if this is where I should post, but here goes.

My friend just picked up a '74 Laverda SFC. The real thing.

Bike has about 14000 mi and hasn't started since '82.

He's been told by a Laverda expert to completely strip the engine and replace all seals before attempting to start it.

I'm not sure I agree but I'm curious to hear what you guys think. Particularly those of you that know these things. I'd be just as happy if the arm chair mechanics would keep their opinions to themselves.

Thx

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No advice on the original question but wanted to chime in to say how lucky your buddy is.
I consider the SFC one of the top ten most beautiful bikes of all time.
Good luck with getting it started.
Tony
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No advice on the original question but wanted to chime in to say how lucky your buddy is.
I consider the SFC one of the top ten most beautiful bikes of all time.
Good luck with getting it started.
Tony
Yes, buddy realises what he has and with fewer than 600 produced the prices are outrageous.
It is now in an "original" state and to some people that translates to a high value, so buddy is stuck between preserving it and getting it running and maybe even using it to some extent.
He paid a lot of money for the bike but I think if he's careful with what he does he should be able to sell it for 3X what he paid.

Anyway, those are his problems and he will do as he pleases, my only concern is whether he should try to fire it up without having to break it down to replace the various seals.
Even though I've owned a number of Italian bikes over the years I'm in no position to tell him what's best to do.
Thank you for your reply, Tony.
Hughc

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