Single-minded musings

Over the years, many of Stu Thomson’s motorcycles have been powered by single cylinder motors. He’s owned and ridden trad British bikes like Velocette’s Venom, sporty Italian classics from Moto Guzzi and Aermacchi, and modern classics from Enfield and the Far East. So what can Stu conclude after trying so many different types of single-cylinder motorcycle? Before the multi-cylinder machines…

Laverda SF750, Part Two

Last time, Dave Minton introduced us to Laverda’s 750 parallel twin. In the mid-1970s it got faster, lighter and more reliable… When initially launched the SF was popular enough that Laverda were unable to meet demand, so little was changed for the model’s second year. There was an option of a race-styled seat with a lockable box in its back-stop,…

Laverda SF750: out of the archive

Back in the 1970s Dave Minton first greeted the idea of a high-speed, high-mileage 750cc parallel twin with suspicion, but he was fast won over. He explains how and why… An early incarnation of Laverda’s 750 twin As a working motorcycle journalist, by 1971 I had become accustomed to abandoning test BSAs, Triumphs and Nortons by the roadside. The build…