In September 1975, Laverda présents to the public a prototype of a 500 twin. In 1977, the factory produced this new motorbike which is then
a twin of 497 cc looking like to the 750 Laverda (SF3). But the engine was definitely modern at that time to fight the Japanese bikes: 4 valves
per cylinder, double over head cams, 180° timing, electronic ignition, 6 speed gearbox, ...

A paradox came out this modernity: This 500 Laverda was often better than the Japanese 500cc of that time but it lost a big part of the Laverda identity, losing the image and the feelings of brutal motorbikes, what made the 750 and 1000 Laverda success.. This fact, added to a high price (higher than Japanese bikes), gave a limit to the success of the 500 Laverda, even if it was a very good and powerful motorbike.

It is then interesting to notice that the force of Laverda, conceiving a better bike that the Japanese of the time thanks to modern technology, came against itself by losing the identity of the marque...
However, the 500 Laverda went on and some improvements were done: In 1978, a balance shaft was fitted to the engine to stop the vibrations. This system was simple and reliable, stopping the 180° timing vibrations, without complex systems like those of the 500 Yamaha for instance.

At the same time, the factory produced a 350cc, identical to the 500, because of the taxes which affect the big cubic capacity engines in Italy (35% instead of 18% for the smaller bikes).

But, if the 500 was a great light bike, the weight was excessive for the 350.
A full fairing 500, sporting look, with a special seat and a 1000 type tank was produced too, especially for the UK and US market, it was the

The factory found another way to come against the big taxes in Italy for 500cc motorbikes: it produced a racing bike, entirely based on the 500 road bike, it was the Formula.

This motorbike was different thanks to high compression pistons, special camshafts, free-flow exhausts, and a fiberglass bodywork painted in orange.
The power was of 52 hp for a weight of 154 kg.

Together with the bike was supplied a box containing all the parts to convert it to the road version, and even the registration papers.

The Formula was very competitive and the factory decided to create a Laverda 500 Formula Cup. This trophy came in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981 in Italy and also in 1979 in Germany.
It is interesting to notice that the famous 750 and 1000 pilot Augusto Brettoni ran a 500 Formula during the Trophy: He finished 2nd in 1979 and 1980, 6th in 1981...

When the factory ended the 500 adventure, some private guys tried to maintain the very good 500 Laverda to the top, and even improving them, above all for a racing purpose.

Moto-Witt in Germany produced some 600 SFC (without help from the factory) and some private pilots continued to promote the 500 Laverda, like this wonderful 500 Laverda, re-bored to 600cc.


Three adresses:

- - Wolfgang Haerter (Canada):, large stock of 500 parts, excellent service.

- Montydons (UK):, 500 specialist, workshop and parts.

- Orange cycle Team (Germany): Tel: 02251-970752, Fax: 02251-970753,, workshop and parts, ask for Roger.



- Set-up 500 (1): -Click here-

- Set-up 500 (2): -Click here-

- Carb diagram: -Click here-

- Carb. float: -Click here-


- Set-up 350 (1): -Click here-

- Set-up 350 (2): -Click here-

- Carb diagram: -Click here-

- Carb. float : -Click here-


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