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Old 05-26-2013, 06:26 PM   #61
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This 3C was featured last November in Real Classic magazine. It is a very early US import, and was actually the test bike used for Bob Green's report (Motorcyclist) in 1974. Originally red, it's now in Tucson.



Not to be a party pooper, but around 1976 or so Laverda knocked the steering angle back nearly 3-degrees (29 to 26) and the bike's high speed stability suffered. This was done to appease magazine testers who complained the machine was too hard to steer. Thankfully, this was changed back even before the RGS remake, on models such as the late 180 Mirage, etc.



Speaking of that, I'll have a US import 1200 Mirage featured in an upcoming issue of RC. An interesting bike, the 1200. They are extremely rare in the US.

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Old 05-26-2013, 07:15 PM   #62
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I know that bike..... I think.

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Old 05-26-2013, 07:52 PM   #63
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Just a shot in the dark here. Does anyone remember a mid 80's Cycle, or Cycle World magazine fictional tale of the Laverda racing down a mountain against a Kawasaki KZ1000 Eddie Lawson Replica piloted by the devil? The race was to win the soul of the Kawasaki's owner.
Hint, the Laverda wins, but blows it's bottom end at the finish, killing the victors beloved bike.

It's a silly sounding story, but it was very well written, and I was riveted at the time (also loved orange Laverda's)
I forgot who wrote it, and what it is called. Any guesses???
I do remember that story, it was in Cycle Guide. I agree, it was very well written. Cycle Guide used to run the occasional fictional bike related story, something I don't think any of the other US mags ever did.

Since we're posting pictures, here are a couple of mine...

My 1981 Jota



and my 1984 RGS Executive

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:06 PM   #64
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I also tried the Laverda forum, but it must take a while between the time you register and when the send you a confirmation code.
I believe there is a way to resend it. Make sure you check your spam folder...
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:08 PM   #65
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I do remember that story, it was in Cycle Guide. I agree, it was very well written. Cycle Guide used to run the occasional fictional bike related story, something I don't think any of the other US mags ever did.
Cycle did it too, but CW ran some exceptional fiction and non-fiction, multi-page editorials. One was directed at the demise of the Brit-bike industry, and to this day it's the most informative piece I've read on the subject.

...sure would love to get another crack at that Spondon...
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:13 PM   #66
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Looks like I finally get the triple I always wanted Anyone wanna trade for a clean 120 Jota?

Terrible shots that don't do it justice buy don't worry i will post more when I get my grubby mitts on it.




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Old 06-09-2013, 08:38 PM   #67
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Congrats, Anonny.

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Old 06-10-2013, 06:51 AM   #68
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...sure would love to get another crack at that Spondon...
This could be arranged Nolan...
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:51 AM   #69
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Some more pics

All -

It's been way too long, but here are some pics. Here she is being delivered:



Notice how the color matches my Jeep - like this was meant to be!


I love head-on shots of these classic bikes:


Here's the "single" seat - I am not a fan of these, as I think they look a little too "disco":


But I really love these intricate adjustable bars:


I also love the over-engineered appearance of everything:


Another shot of the adjustable bars, from the rider's POV:


I have sourced stainless steel replacement replica Jota exhaust, for roughly $1K. That will have to wait.

More to follow!
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:27 PM   #70
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Keep them coming,Intersting rearset arrangement,not see one like that before.Its got the extended lower clutch setup.I like mine a lot,some dont.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:14 PM   #71
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I have sourced stainless steel replacement replica Jota exhaust, for roughly $1K. That will have to wait.

More to follow!
Keihan sell a pair for 243 http://www.keihan.co.uk/catalogue.html#

or you can get them much cheaper from Armours :- http://www.armoursltd.co.uk/catalogu...rCatalogue.pdf

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Jota Pipes (set of three) and RGS (state which) 122.50 set
Collector Box 82.50
Straight through silencers with mute in tail 168.50 pr
Unbaffled silencers 168.50 pr
SF1-2 Pipes with balance 117.50 set
SF1-2 Pipes no balance 105.00 pr
SF1-2 Silencers 168.50 pr
SF3 Silencers 172.00 pr
SF3 Pipes, no balance, to fit silencers above without using collector 108.00 pr
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:54 PM   #72
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'76. Steep steering head angle. Lovely though! Looks enthusiast-loved.

Congrats and wow! Happy for you.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #73
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I"m in the process of buying this '77 3CL. I pick it up Friday. Just about gave up finding a 180 triple in the US, and this one lands nearby!



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Old 07-16-2013, 06:23 PM   #74
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Laverda sidecar

I once saw one photo of a 750 twin sidecar outfit that Pietro Laverda had built for himself at the factory race shop. It was a purpose-built chassis, not a sidecar attached to a bike. It was similar to a racing kneeler, but streetable. I think it was built for hillclimbs and short sprint races.
I would really like to have a photo of it- any Laverda historians here help me out?
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:52 PM   #75
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Ask over on The Laverda Forum,just about anyone who knows anything Laverda is there.
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