007, A Laverda 1200 Story

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by G 981, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    It's a long story with some twists along the way.
    Right now the project has ground to a halt, but will be reactivated as time and funds allow.

    I bought a wreck of a 1200 Laverda in 2014. I was doing a friend (in Spain) a favour by taking it off his hands.
    What you see is what I bought.

    [​IMG]2014-03-18 15.58.26 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    As I had no use for it I sold it (and transported it) to a friend in Scotland. His plan was to make a special but it came to nought so about a year later I bought it back off him and brought it back to Spain.
    I then sold it (and transported it) to a guy in Germany.

    I then moved back to Scotland in 2016 and was looking for a new project. In the end I bought this bike from another guy in Germany.

    [​IMG]2017-11-01 12.32.26 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    It was a knackered old thing that was way past it's best and had been used as a track bike by the look of all the lock wire all over it. What a pile of crap. Broken fins, lumps of metal welded to the frame, sprocket cover cut down beyond usefulness and so on. Oh, and it was a 1200 frame with a 1000 engine.

    So I advertised for a set of 1200 crankcases so as to try to make a more honest bike out of this turd.
    As it happened the guy I sold my 1200 wreck to said I could have the frame and matching crankcases back from him. He had obviously gutted the wreck and took what he wanted. I got back a bare frame, crankcases and the crank, absolutely nothing else.

    It was only then I realised what I had, it was engine/frame number 1007. As Laverda started all their models at 1000 this was effectively the 7th 1200 off the production line.
    So project 007 was born.

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  2. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    So I was going to use the yellow bike as a donor bike for some parts, but other stuff was not up to scratch.

    [​IMG]2017-11-02 09.34.05 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

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    I have most of the parts I need but the parts I will take off the yellow bike are wheels, forks, yokes (triple trees) gearbox (maybe) and that's about it.
    I'm still missing a 1200 cylinder but have a 1000 block I could get bored out. Reluctant to do that as it takes a 1000 cylinder out of the gene pool forever.

    In a fit of enthusiasm I started work on project 007 about a year ago. Frame got stripped, reinforcing gussets welded in at the known weak spot at the steering head and then powder coated.

    [​IMG]2018-03-16 16.30.18 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

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    It then got new steering head and swing arm bearings.

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  3. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    My initial plan for the yellow bike was to make a restomod special, but once attention turned to 007 the only option I could follow was to make an absolutely 100% original spec restoration. After all it's 007, likely came off the production line on the first day of production.

    The first batch of 1200s (including this one) had several unique features that were lost on first revision a few months after the model was launched.

    The main differences are:
    Laverda logo tank stickers were replaced by painted badges
    Ceriani forks and shocks were replaced by Marzocchi ones (forks being longer)
    This meant a longer centrestand had to be fitted to later models.
    Change from Bosch CDI ignition system to Bosch BTZ system.
    Orlandi cube type fuel taps were replaced by Paioli ones
    Thin web wheels were replaced by thick web ones (thin webs were a bit soft and flexy)
    And more importantly, the first 1200s used shaved primary covers, as until then the primary covers had the 1000 logo embossed into them. The first batch simply had the logo shaved off. The revised versions were re-cast with no embossing.

    With logo
    [​IMG]1 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    Shaved
    [​IMG]3 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    Later type
    [​IMG]2 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    The search was now on for an early shaved primary cover.
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  4. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Took a while bit I eventually bought a shaved cover, well, swapped it for a later type.
    When it turned up it was in grim condition.
    If you lean a Laverda triple over far enough you soon ground the alternator cover on the right side, and on the left side the blind nut covering the primary chain tensioning bolt will touch down. If you keep leaning the bolt fractures and twists the mounting point in the primary cover, followed by total loss lubrication.
    This cover has this issue and had been globbed up with adhesive to try to stop the leak.

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    G 981 Been here awhile

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    I sent it to my friend in Germany that has a guy who laser welds stuff. I have had quite a few things welded by him that would likely have been un-saveable due to heat distortion.
    Laser welding doesn't distort as it generates only very localised heating on a very thin bead of weld.
    Once I got it back I dressed up the gasket surface and had it polished.

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  7. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    First batch 1200

    [​IMG]LAVERDA1200-1195_1 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    Later version

    [​IMG]PA011215 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    Check out differences:
    tank badges
    suspension
    wheels
    silencers (Conti seamless vs Lafranconi seamed)
    polished sidepanel badges vs painted
    solid vs drilled discs
    and many more.
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    So, last week I got the bodywork back from the painter.
    Red candy over silver. It's really going to pop if the sun ever shows face here again.

    I also had a batch of the decals produced as well.
    New Laverda decals, new fuel cap and new cube type fuel taps and job done.

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  11. Foxed101

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    Quite the story! I like it!:lurk
    Let money and time flow your way and updates be plenty
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  12. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Thanks!
    I started to degrease the crank cases today and will have them vapour blasted this week, or delivered there at least.
    I also made arrangements to have the crank rebuilt.
    So the expensive part has started, hope the funds keep up with progress. :D

    Note, apart from the crankshaft the crankcases were totally empty, so I have to supply clutch, gearbox, oil pump, chains, cylinder, pistons, head, cams etc etc etc.

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    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Got the crank cases cleaned up today. Found a snapped off 10mm stud (flush with the casing) and evidence od¡f a drive chain letting go and damaging the upper casing. I'll deal with both after the vapour blasting.
    Tomorrow morning I'll drop them off to be vapour blasted.
    In the meantime I need to make a crate to send the crank to Germany to be totally pulled apart and overhauled.
    Will get round to that at the weekend.
    While I wait for it to return I'll start stripping down the donor bike.
    I need to strip down the wheels and forks in order to restore them for 007.
    Hopefully I'll be able to use other pars off it, but I won't build my hopes up.
    It's in poor shape. Does have an interesting swing arm but as it's non-standard I won't be using it on this project.
    Might use it on a future project, once this one's finished.


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    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Took the crank cases to be vapour blasted yesterday, should get them back in a week to 10 days.
    This will allow me to start the main job of restoring and rebuilding the engine.
    I already have 5 engines to strip, clean, restore and rebuild, so what's another one? (6 if you include stripping the donor engine).

    One more arrived since this was taken.

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    Are you attempting to corner the market in engines in need of a rebuild, or is this considered normal in Laverda circles?

    Enjoying the thread so far, I hope that time and finances both co-operate for you (and us)
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    G 981 Been here awhile

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    There are only a handful of folk doing this kind of Laverda work around the world, so they find us. I am based in Scotland but have Swiss, French, German and Spanish bikes that were sent here for work., as well as from all over the UK.

    Another plus (for me) is that owners tend to be of a certain age.
    This means they tend to be better off or have dipped into their pension pot.
    How many younger (under 50) folk have heard of Laverdas?

    I have found 3 general types of owner.
    - Owned since new
    - Had one back in the day, regret selling it and want another
    - Couldn't afford one then but can now
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    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Im in the owned since new category for my 750, and allways wanted a triple for the RGS.

    And yes it’s a fake cause I allways wanted one.
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    G 981 Been here awhile

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    It's not a fake, it's a replica!
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