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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    All bikes are just big Legos.
    It's a hobby gone wild for me.
    Turn your hobby into your work and you'll never work another day in your life.
  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Bullshit!

    It’s more like turn your hobby into your work and you’ll look for a new hobby
  3. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    To each their own.
    Works for me.
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    I tend to agree. I have made money on my hobby to the point where my hobby is now a job! Not nearly as fun!
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  5. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    i do what you do for a living, but i work on cars, specifically vintage mercedes, with a strong focus on early SL's, 190, 230/250/280, and 300sl gull wings and roadsters.

    is it fun, yes. but to say it isn't work, poppycock. i much more (i think) enjoy it to an office/cubicle job, i haven't had a "white collar" job ever.

    my hobbies, are motorcycles. i don't tend to enjoy building cars for myself.
  6. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    It's much, much more fun than the well paid corporate BS I used to have to deal with.
    Talk about selling your soul to the company store...
    When I made the decision to 'simplify' my life and fanny around with bikes it made me infinitely poorer but infinitely happier.
    As I said, works for me.
    Probably saved my life.
  7. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, Shiny is good! Those look nice.
  10. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Got all the new brake parts today (pads, pistons, seals, m/c seal kits, nipples, pins etc).
    Hope to get time tomorrow to fit everything and build up the brakes.
    Internal parts ordered for Ceriani forks, plus new fork seals.
    Crank cases are almost finished and ready to ship back from Germany.
    Cylinders are in the process of being bored out to 1200 and new liners fitted.
    I hope everything that is still not here will be ready for me to assemble before the end of March.
    Then it's all down to me to join all the dots and win a major prize.
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  11. r60man

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    Coming along nicely. Good work and attention to detail!
  12. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    I completely agree.
  13. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    I have already started gathering parts for my next one, project Phoenix.

    I plead insanity!

    [​IMG]2019-02-01 12.20.24 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    I have bought the rolling chassis of a bike with blown engine (shown in grisly detail earlier) and once I have transferred all the bodywork, wheels, suspension etc to the donor bike I'll be fitting all the blue bodywork to the Phoenix. I already have a set of GSXR wheels and discs and 4 pot calipers waiting to go on.
    But 007 has to be finished first, along with a metric ton of customer bikes first.
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    G 981 Been here awhile

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  15. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Only little things to report.
    Still no sign of the crank cases (almost 3 months gone) or the cylinder block so I'm running out of things to do to it while I'm waiting.
    So I fitted freshly chromed footrests with new rubbers and sourced new fork caps for the Cerianis.

    [​IMG]2019-03-05 12.45.45 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2019-03-05 12.47.04 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    So I have started work on a new personal project, project Phoenix. It will rise from the dead with a newly built engine (as the old one spectacularly self-destructed) and GSXR wheels and bigger brakes. I plan to use it as a grand tourer so it will have weather protection and lots of luggage capacity.

    [​IMG]2019-03-01 10.38.51 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    The gold one will be my scratcher and the blue one the tourer. Names are Jake and Elwood.

    [​IMG]2019-02-28 10.28.36 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr
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  16. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    I really like your wheel and brake upgrades.
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    The Phoenix has an interesting fairing. Could that me a Pichler? I don't believe I've ever seen one quite like it.
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    G 981 Been here awhile

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    steam powered Been here awhile

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    You could go for air brushed fire breathing dragons and bare chested ladies for that late 70's/ early 80's vibe.

    Or not. :nod:nod:nod
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    G 981 Been here awhile

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