The Egli-Vincent was the first special that Fritz Egli built between 1968 and 1972 and only 250 left his workshop, however very few know that Egli also built frames for 31 other types of motorcycles, totalizing 3.112 units according Fritz own figures (1). If most of the production widely focused on the Honda and Kawasaki 4 cylinders, about half of those models were not produced at more than 30 units each. Among these rarities are 25 machines built between 1970 and 1974 and based on the Laverda 750 SF .
To engineer this model, Massimo Laverda got his inspiration from the Honda CB77 (2), a 305cc parallel twin with overhead cam that was suspended in the frame similarly to the 998 Vincent. Originally introduced as a 650cc in 1968, the displacement was almost immediately enlarged to 744cc and the bike renamed 750 SF (3). The twin was a success in the early years of production and had certainly its Glory Days as the 750 SFC, another rarity as 164 units left the factory between 1974 and 1976. However the introduction of the Laverda 1000cc opened the era of the Superbikes and changed the game; more powerful with better high-speed handling and curiously having similar weight on the balance, the triple made instantly the SF750 looking outdated while the concept of “a brand new old bike” was not really in tune with the times.
However today, things have changed and the character of the 750 twin turns out to be an asset and an excellent base for a Café Racer. As for the Egli-Vincent, a few workshop are focusing on the Egli-Laverda replica frame. So if your dream is to own an Egli sort of thing, here is certainly a great step to build a more affordable Café Racer which is also a great looking bike: the Egli-Laverda 750 SF.
Philippe Guyony © 2014
(1) Classic Bikes June 2000
(3) SF stands for “Super Freni” translated to “Super Brakes”
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