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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Andosan, Sep 22, 2015.
2018-04-13 14.09.32 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr
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5th RGS 1000 in the united states.
Quit hoarding the Jotas! (or is it Joarding the Jotas)
I usually have a couple for sale.
This one is single and ready to mingle.
2019-01-29 10.12.37 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr
Is it ready for a Fly n Ride to Florida ?
I have sold 4 already to the US, including one to Florida.
I have a good contact with an international freight company and can give help with importing (at cost).
I've just bought my first Laverda, an RGS Corsa. I bought it about a month ago, it is waiting in Japan to ship back home to Aus...
She looks really original, i think she may have been sitting in a shed for a few years, only 17,000 k's.. I'm hoping a thorough detail, new brakes and bearings will get her road ready... oh, and a set of mufflers!
Some unexpected sunshine yesterday prompted a photo opportunity.
InkedInked2019-02-01 11.17.41_LI by Grant Duguid, on Flickr
For anyone who doesn't know the history of Laverda 750:- https://silodrome.com/laverda-gt-750/
Thank you very much for posting the link to that article! I bought a 750GT rear fender at a swap meet (all I wanted was the CEV 9313 taillight). The last photo proves that the "extra" holes in it with rubber plugs are factory and weren't drilled by someone. I have no use for the fender, so if anyone does, PM me.
I bought a fire damaged Mirage, mid 80's? My mate Pete (The Searcher) found it. I only got to meet the original - as from new - owner for a few minutes while it was loaded into the car in the bits it has been in for a year or so.. He claimed he bought it from Slaters, but once out of warranty, they washed their hands - how much of that, or the other stories surrounding the bike were true, no idea.
One theory was he had torched it because the head was cracked. People at the time said that was a problem, maybe Grant can comment? Also when stripped, the crank was fucked too.
Lots of messing with the head, all to no avail. Pete found a replacement, not so hard back then. I think it was a Jota one. Crank cost a fortune, as did having some work done on the alternator.
I also got some later pattern wheels, there was a bit of a panic on at the time, but probably exaggerated.
I had access to full workshop and tool room facilities at the time, so lots of parts could be furtled, repaired, remade or polished. There was also a decent paintshop on site too. Good painters and a good signwriter anyway. The original paint was all burnt, along with the seat. I had it painted all black, never liked any of the metallics. A cover and foam was easy to do.
Most things feel very solid and well made if a bit heavy. Back then there wasn't much of an easy way or interest in fixing the low output electrics and not so reliable ignition, only making them go even faster...
Nice enough, but sold it to the stepson when he fucked his Morini up. The ex was short, and didn't like the height (compared to the guzzi).
There was a batch of cranks in 1979 that were duff. Specific numbers so easy to check). The factory had changed one bearing from roller to ball type on the crank next to the cam chain and this failed at around 10,000 miles or so. Then in 1980 they started making the heads with bigger valves but shorter valve springs and cam buckets (to reduce weight?) and these need to be changed to make it work properly.
Thanks. Difficult to discern fact from fantasy after all these years.
Whatever the truth about the origins of the one I had, it got sold as a bitza. Around Leicester at the time there were lots of triples. I remember Winterburn when he was still trading secondhand parts form his home. Grumph was good for parts and best knowledge. So lots of cheapish replacement parts if you dropped it or blew it up.
Mate Colin from Manchester had a Jota for quite a while and his dad had a Mirage, straight bars on like mine. I briefly tried with the Tommasellis, but not for me the back was already starting to play up. Think the stepson changed back to the tommis.
Got a tip from a local farmer as to the whereabouts of a couple of parked up Laverdas. He reckons they haven't been run for 25 years but restorable, off for a look now.