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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  2. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Are you using 86-87 GSXR 18 inch wheels?
    I see a lot of guys running in vintage racing that use them when rules specify 18's
    I have a set of 4 and 2.75's for one of my projects
    They look good on any older bike.
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    fast1075 Not a Lemming Supporter

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    I'm a fan of using Suzuki wheels too.

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  4. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Yes, but availability is drying up as the early slab sided GSXRs are becoming collectable these days.
    No engineering needed for the rear wheel, just the cush drive to line up the chain run, and the disc mounts on the front wheel, plus a speedo drive mount for the helical gear needs to be fabbed up.
    Compared to a tubed crossply and solid cast iron disc-shod front it's around 3kg lighter, and the rear is around 1.5kg lighter.
    Also allows for more modern sticky tubeless radials, I use BT016s.
    Also look quite similar to the Oscams used on the SFC1000.

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  5. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Absolutely gorgeous looking bikes :thumb
  6. Alexol

    Alexol Chronic Farkoholic

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    Is the little flyscreen perhaps Givi? What model is it please?

    Probably should have asked first whether it works or not!

    Would like just a light wind reducer for my bike, and I think my bars a re very similar to yours, Flanders something-or-other. The clip-ons look great but not comfortable at the sort of speeds I tend to ride the bike these days.

    Alex
  7. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    The flyscreen was a generic one bought off Ebay, no idea of the brand.
    Keeps the bugs off the back of the instruments and makes resetting the trip meter a pain.
    And that's about all it does, apart from look cool (to me at least)
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    Thanks...

    Doesn't sound like anything to spend much time seeking out.

    Alex
  9. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Finally got the parts needed to fix the internals of the Ceriani forks.
    So, I'll get on with that and finally have it back on 2 wheels for the first time in decades.
  10. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    So, rebuilt the Ceriani forks.
    Pretty straightforward and the new parts fitted perfectly. The piston was no longer available from stock so my friend made me a new one.
    The old one had swollen and broke up when I had to hammer it out.
    Anyway, all built up and will be installed tomorrow.

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  11. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Finally got the front end finished this morning. Forks fitted and filled with oil, speedo drive greased and wheel and axle fitted.
    Started fitting the tailpiece but they always, always need finessing, so I'll finish that off another day.

    I crocked my back working on an engine that was on too low a table a few days ago and I'm still suffering, so today I went and bought lots of wood as I'm going to build a long table to work on several engines at once. Will start chopping wood tomorrow.

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  12. Alexol

    Alexol Chronic Farkoholic

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    Beautiful work! Wish you were on this side of the water - my bike would have been in line for "treatment" for a while now...
  13. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Alex.
    Buy one over here, let me restore it and import it. Not as expensive as you may think to bring one to the US. I have had 4 shipped over there (2 x California, Florida and N Carolina).
  14. nickguzzi

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    Have you every tried uprating the forks with a cartridge insert? I mean slipping the cartridge inside the original stanchions/sliders, not a fork swap.

    I replaced the guzzi forks with some Marzzochi 38mm - an improvement no doubt - but still harsh. I have heard of people using some Honda ones with no too much difficulty.
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    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Yes, I had a couple of pairs of forks converted by Maxton, good quality but pricy.
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    RaceTech Gold Emulators work well...

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    I genuinely thought about doing that, but I think it is time to thin the herd anyway, so possibly my Jota and probably the old RS may be sold. Of course, every time I go into the garage and look at them, I change my mind! The latter isn't worth enough to move the financial needle very far, and the other is just special, near unique but not to everyone's taste being a CL-ized Jota as opposed to the other way round, even if not worth a pot of gold. But the Laverda deserves to be ridden which just isn't happening.

    I've been lucky enough to have had a few bikes over the years, although very few have been the kind where you pour a wee dram of the good stuff, pull up a chair and just sit there and savor the view. The Laverda is one.

    My new RT is a wonderful motorcycle but has all the personality of a washing machine.

    Alex
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    G 981 Been here awhile

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    The brake hoses turned up but due to a communication error they sent male threaded hoses instead of female ones. No biggie, they are sending replacements FOC.

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    Still no word when when the crank cases or cylinder block will be ready so I moved on to the blue bike.
    Fitted modern rectangular clutch and brake m/cs and today fitted full length brake hoses. Does away with the splitter box attached to the lower yoke as the m/c has a built in pressure switch. Makes bleeding the brakes easier as less corners for air bubbles to lurk in.

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