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Old 06-15-2011, 01:35 AM   #1261
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A couple shots from that first Colorado trip

In Baby Rocks, AZ.




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Old 06-18-2011, 03:52 PM   #1262
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My latest Duc

After waiting two years for delivery (importing a bike from Canada when you're on the wrong coast is a challenge), here is my latest Duc:



It's a 1974 750 Sport (not SS), converted into a race bike, with Desmo heads, stainless upswept exhaust, a rare NCR dry clutch set-up, and an gorgeous alloy tank.







Now to carefully dismantle the bike and go through it piece by piece - this looks to be a very long restoration project leading to a vintage race bike. Wish me luck!
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:22 PM   #1263
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After waiting two years for delivery (importing a bike from Canada when you're on the wrong coast is a challenge), here is my latest Duc:

Now to carefully dismantle the bike and go through it piece by piece - this looks to be a very long restoration project leading to a vintage race bike. Wish me luck!

Wow, that makes me feel funny down there.
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:16 PM   #1264
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If you don't properly restore that bike after finding it like that, I will personally drive to California and beat the ever-loving shit out of you.

A-MAZING bike, dude. LOVE those 750's... then again... my opinion is biased.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:57 PM   #1265
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That is fantastic!!!
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:14 PM   #1266
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If ya wanna get stoopid, then this could be the bike for you!

A 1980 MkI Montjuic, based on a factory race bike, built and conceived by a couple of mad Brits, and still considered one of the most anti social "production" bikes built.
The original Jota was the brainchild of Richard and Roger Slater, owners of Slater Laverda and the UK Laverda importer. They had the original idea of using some factory race parts to hot up the standard Laverda 3C creating the Jota. They did it again with the Montjuic, but this time got a little out of control...
The Montjuic is built on Laverda's standard, mild, slow, and over priced 500 Alpino, which really didn't sell very well. The Slaters looked at the Alpino and saw the basis for a really nice cafe racer, and they looked at Laverdas 500 Formula (a bike built for a single mark race series) as the source for more horsepower. Montjuics have high compression pistons, Formula cams and exhaust systems, and in some, the Formula's 6 speed close ratio transmission.
The cams are a full race grind and idling is optional. Power comes on late, up around 5000rpm or so but real power is up in the 8000-9500 range. The exhaust system was designed for the track and has minimal sound suppression. These things aren't just loud, they reach out and slap little old ladies in Buicks. Its actually pretty obnoxious, especially at a stop light when your blipping the throttle like your on the grid for a 250GP (remember, it probably wont feel like idling).
What a Monty is good for though is riding fast. At 8500rpm that noise is music, a wailing call to the gods. The bike weighs less than 400lbs and handles like a little GP bike. The narrow power band makes the close ratio transmission perfect. The most fun I ever had on any race track was flogging my Monty around Willow Springs. Its amazing. You have to pay attention, as torque wont save your lazy ass. It rails around curves, and odd as it might sound, it doesn't make too much power so you can flog it hard and not get into too much trouble. Just pure fun.
Unfortunately, due to the noise and idling issues I no longer ride mine on the street (much). When I lived in Southern California I rode it regularly and had a good deal of fun on it up on the Angeles Crest Hwy. Where I live now though is much quieter and the little beast is just too much. Its a statement of just how much fun it is to ride that I'm willing to keep it even though I'll probably only get out on it maybe once a year, or less. Its always worth the wait!

Modifications? Ohlins shocks, Witt ignition, and Mikuni 34mm RS flatslides


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Old 06-23-2011, 01:52 AM   #1267
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That takes me back a bit. When I had a Laverda Jota, my girl friend sold her 450 Ducati and bought a Montjuic - the noise really was something else. I wasn't too keen on the handling, but that was on the original Marzocchis (my Jota was nothing to write home about in that department either) So there you have it, a girl's bike!
She went on to buy a 900SS bevel after that, and a knackered 750 Laverda SF... Strange days.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:04 AM   #1268
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After waiting two years for delivery (importing a bike from Canada when you're on the wrong coast is a challenge), here is my latest Duc:

It's a 1974 750 Sport (not SS), converted into a race bike, with Desmo heads, stainless upswept exhaust, a rare NCR dry clutch set-up, and an gorgeous alloy tank.



Now to carefully dismantle the bike and go through it piece by piece - this looks to be a very long restoration project leading to a vintage race bike. Wish me luck!
Wow...that is a gorgeous find! What's the condition of it right now? It looks at least have been rode hard...and put away nicely to say the least. As for that tank, I'm in love. There's a lot of wishing and dreaming for a mass run of alloy tanks for the current Sport Classic line on the Ducati forum I frequent. Good luck with the resto!
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:31 AM   #1269
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Gee I wonder what other Laverdas he might have,holding his breath
Come on Ed,blow that Bevel away.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:30 AM   #1270
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Wow...that is a gorgeous find! What's the condition of it right now? It looks at least have been rode hard...and put away nicely to say the least. As for that tank, I'm in love. There's a lot of wishing and dreaming for a mass run of alloy tanks for the current Sport Classic line on the Ducati forum I frequent. Good luck with the resto!
It's a former race bike, not a street bike, but honestly I am still surprised at the good condition of the bike. Even the old fiberglass is in pretty good shape. I am expecting to take it all apart, and then take a really good look at the engine internals. I'll keep everyone updated on my progress.

I love the alloy tank - and I know well the (sometimes painful) efforts on Ducati.ms about trying to arrange an alloy tank run for the modern bikes. But honestly, the upswept pipes are what puts it over the top for me.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:28 AM   #1271
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Come on Ed,blow that Bevel away.
Nods.

It's the spectacular one next, isn't it?
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:51 PM   #1272
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Come on Ed,blow that Bevel away.
Not sure I can do that Vince, that bevel grabs me hard. Back in the day I spent quite a bit of time with bevel Ducs, I'd love to have one.
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:53 PM   #1273
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That takes me back a bit. When I had a Laverda Jota, my girl friend sold her 450 Ducati and bought a Montjuic - the noise really was something else. I wasn't too keen on the handling, but that was on the original Marzocchis (my Jota was nothing to write home about in that department either) So there you have it, a girl's bike!
She went on to buy a 900SS bevel after that, and a knackered 750 Laverda SF... Strange days.
Why oh why couldn't I ever meet a girl like that!!!
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:54 PM   #1274
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Nods.

It's the spectacular one next, isn't it?

You guys been sneaking around my garage of something??
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:18 PM   #1275
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Not sure I can do that Vince, that bevel grabs me hard. Back in the day I spent quite a bit of time with bevel Ducs, I'd love to have one.
I wouldnt kick it out of the shed,the dry cluch is preitty impresive,but I know whats comming up.Your fame precedes you,well the Lance bike does anyway
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