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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    Another little thing done today.
    In the beginning I heavily cut down a hugger rear mudguard to attach to the swing arm to try to take up the gap, caused by the monoshock, in the stainless steel rear mudguard.
    But now having ditched the steel mudguard everything was much more open.

    [​IMG]2018-07-11 11.28.03 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    I had fitted a cut down plastic inner mudguard above the lower shock mount but felt things could be improved.
    So I bought another hugger and used the old one as a template. But this time I used the full length and only trimmed the sides to clear the triangulation on the swing arm.

    [​IMG]2018-07-11 12.46.46 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    Once cut and trimmed to size I sprayed it matt black and offered it up to the fitting position.

    [​IMG]2018-07-11 13.00.17 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    As the paint hadn't hardened I didn't bolt it up securely. Will do that tomorrow.

    All in all I think the look is fine and will offer some better wet weather protection for the electrics.

    [​IMG]2018-07-11 14.01.46 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr
  2. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    That's an elegant solution.
  3. chris a

    chris a Been here awhile

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    Very neat Grant!
  4. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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  5. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Had to remove the rear wheel to get spanner access to the fixing bolts for the hugger.
    Job all done now.
    I think the next task will be to sort out the rack system. I won't need it until this time next year, but best to get it done while it's on my mind.

    [​IMG]2018-07-12 14.55.41 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr
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  6. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer

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    Excellent. The smiley balls are also advertised as ADHD cures, my other half teacher is of the South Park school of thought.

  7. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Took it for it's annual MOT (roadworthiness) test today. Passed no problem.
    I even remembered to remove the smiley balls from the bellmouths before trying to start it.

    The bike is running strong now. Well pleased.
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  8. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    So, started next phase today.
    I have a Hepco & Becker rack/pannier mount system with Krauser panniers but due to the shortened seat area the panniers would stick way out behind the rear wheel.
    Here it is on this bike when it had the twin seat and mudguard.

    [​IMG]2016-05-12 13.33.51 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    So, I decided to re-use the rack itself and make mounts for it that would also allow hanging soft luggage off it when required.

    [​IMG]2018-07-18 14.03.29 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    I decided to run a bar back from the front mount on the rack to incorporate protectors for the rear indicators once sot luggage is fitted.
    So I quickly chopped and drilled these 2 strips.

    [​IMG]2018-07-18 14.04.20 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2018-07-18 14.04.02 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    Next step will be to utilise a couple of frame mounts each side so that it's nice and rigid and will support enough luggage for the trip to Italy next year.

    Once everything is finished I'll get them all powder coated satin black to match the rack and job done.
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  9. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Nice work. I love what you have done to make this bike more suited to the use.
  10. G 981

    G 981 Been here awhile

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    Not happy.
    Started faffing about trying to work out brackets for the rack.
    Using 25 x 4mm steel strip.
    Got one side almost done when I ran out.
    No problem, 35 mile round trip to closest metal stockist only to find they had sold out of 25 x 4mm....
    So I had to buy 30 x 6mm and some 25/25 x 4mm angle iron which means I'll have to start from scratch again.
    I wasn't too happy with the bracketry but I was going to refine it.
    Bugger.

    The plan is to use strips of metal to create the brackets, easily removable, which will not only support the rack but allow mounting of soft luggage and keep it away from the indicators and paintwork.
    Not too worried how it looks as form follows function, and it will be hidden by luggage in use, and easily removed when I ge to the destination by unscrewing 6 bolts.
    Might end up welding some of the joins to tidy things up.

    Here's how far I got today. As I said I ran out of metal before finishing the right hand side.

    [​IMG]2018-07-19 10.46.12 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2018-07-19 10.46.31 by Grant Duguid, on Flickr

    Looking at the photos I'm really not happy but easily fixed by altering lengths, drilling more mounting holes and trimming off the excess.
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  11. Vince

    Vince Been here awhile

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    Careful Mate,you will end up with a rack like mine. The last thing I did was add a 30mm x 3mm flat bar angled down to the pillion pegs,keeps the bags out of the wheel and triangulates it all well.It would be lovely to have a beautifully curved and crafted round tube rack,but strong is better in the long run. Rack envoy