Laverda Makeover, More Range

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by G 981, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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  2. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Right, I finally received the big parcel from my painter in Spain containing all the newly painted fibreglass parts.
    As I had drilled all the mounting holes beforehand it was pretty straightforward to install.
    Fitted new sidepanel badges, plenty rubber mounts on the seat base and I fitted the rear light and indicators. I had already made up a sub-loom for the rear end but all that is required now (in the morning) is to hook it up to the main loom.

    Then it will be time for it's inaugural ride.

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  3. Richarde1605

    Richarde1605 Been here awhile

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    Lovely bike, shame about those godawful plates.
    Sorry, they just shit me, and where is the mot label in plain sight from the kerb?

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  4. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    I think the UK plate is nicer looking than Australian (half) plates.
    There is no MOT label fitted to UK vehicles.
    These days the police can check whether the vehicle is insured, MOT'd and has road tax just from scanning the number plate.
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  5. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Wow! Thanks man for continuing to document this. You have a good eye. Everything looks super. I rather like UK plates. People have them on their cars here in California sometimes, especially at car shows and such, it's a big deal. I liked it when we were kids and they started with the A in 1963, B 1964, C 1965.....it was great....people would say..."ohh...little Jimmy Tucker has a D reg Mini!"
    By the way the two golds look awesome. Both compliment each other and it makes the Brembo shout out....'here I am!'.....Fantastic work Mate.
    There is a place for 100 point restoration and a place for Restomod. Just like in Classic racing period type modifications and upgrade safety items are fine....especially if you intend to use the machine and not just show it.
    I can't say enough.....the build is just fantastic. Can't wait to see/hear/read about the inaugural run.
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  6. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    I do 100% original restorations mainly. I've done around 20 to 25 so far, more in the pipeline. But as this is my own bike I wanted it to be as useable and as modern feel as possible, despite being a 40 year old bike.
    Yes, I'm liking the Brembo gold alongside the gold bodywork. I was waiting to see how it went with the gold mudguard. If it clashed I was going to paint it black as well as the polished caliper adaptors, but (for now) I'll leave well alone.

    Future mods I'm mulling over include a large airbox (Laverdas work better if they have a still air box) and some sort of small fairing. I had a small flyscreen type handlebar fairing on it previously but felt it didn't go with the new look.

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  7. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Well with your aesthetic I’m sure the fairing screen you pick will be perfect.
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  8. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Finished off the wiring today, all working as it should.

    Supposed to be first ride but came down with a bloody migraine early in the morning.
    Test ride postponed. Good job as it turns out as the weather broke at lunchtime.

    Fits with my migraine theory as I believe my migraines can be triggered by atmospheric changes, happened so many times just before bad weather appeared.
    So, hopefully the test will be tomorrow.
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  9. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Waiting patiently. A cup of coffee generally cures my migraine.
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  10. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    I have never drunk coffee (or tea) in my life, not starting now!

    The migraine is subsiding slowly now as the weather has settled into a stormy evening.
    Weather forecast is like this for at least a week.
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Moved to USA in 1981..and still drink a load of tea.
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  12. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Still feeling under par, maybe tomorrow.
    But found this pic, first Laverda, a 3C, back in 1979.

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    996DL Buell me

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    And the period correct Craven rack in place... :wink:

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  14. Scoozi

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    I'm interested in the change to 17" wheels, does it improve the handling with wider tyres? and are they easy to fit? And while I'm asking questions why did you fit a monoshock? it seems like a lot of work with limited benefits. I should add this is a great thread, keep up the good work :-)
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  15. G 981

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    The wheels are 18", early slab side GSXR.
    They have the benefits of being much lighter, wider and allow tubeless radials and stickier compound tyres.

    The front wheel, discs and tyre come in around almost 3kg lighter than stock, and the rear around 1.5kg lighter.
    The GSXR discs and 4 pot calipers offer much stronger and more controllable braking.
    The monoshock is in combination with a double plated swing arm pivot and 6cm longer headstock extension, braced back to the frame.
    The standard swing arm was triangulated to take the lower monoshock mount and is also much stiffer.
    The rear shock is a Wilbers (fantastic control) and to complement this the forks have Maxton cartridges inside.
    The monoshock feeds all the forces into the central spine of the frame, so any part of the frame rear of the upper mounting point only needs to support rider weight, not absorb suspension forces.

    Riding standard Laverdas these days reminds me how far ahead the handling is on my bike. Don't get me wrong, the handling of the standard bikes is ok, but not as sure-footed or floaty over bumps as this one.

    I'm currently running Bridgestone BT 016S tyres, very easy to fit (have you ever tried to remove a tyre from a standard Laverda alloy wheel?) and grip and feel are in a different league. The max width with standard swingarm is a 150/70 x 18, and that needs a slimmed down chain guard, offset 520 chain and the lug for the torque arm cut off and an underslung floating caliper fitted. And that leaves only millimetres clearance each side. If an RGS swingarm is used, or a 750 one for that matter then you could squeeze in a 160/60 x 18 rear. The RGS one needs to be narrowed at the pivot point slightly to fit the 180 frame.

    I tried to make sure each improvement was part of the whole package. As a result the overall package offers me the best all-round performance of any Laverda I have owned or ridden since 1979, including a couple of very special framed ones, as the ergonomics are better than the MFF* position on the space framed specials I rode.

    * Monkey F***ing Football
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  16. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Still no break in the weather here, and the migraine is only starting to lift.
    As soon as the storms clear up I'll take it out.

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    Am I correct in thinking that your intention is to tour on this bike? How are you planning to carry incidentals needed during your travel? Tank bag alone? Back pack?!
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  18. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Great timing Lawrence. Was faffing around today with a rack to see if/how it would mount. All I need is to make some adaptor plates to the frame and this will work.

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    Although I was too busy today to get out on it I did wheel it outside into the daylight. Here are some before and after pics.

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    And compare with my original vision for it some 10 years earlier.

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    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Tomorrow is forecast brill weather and if so I'll rack a few miles on it.
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  20. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer

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    Just saw this tonight at local shiny bike night, somebody stole your concept!

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