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Which bike deserves your vote?

668
12 (13.3%)
Formula 750S
28 (31.1%)
Ghost
5 (5.6%)
Diamante
5 (5.6%)
650
3 (3.3%)
Formula 750S
37 (41.1%)

Total Members Voted: 77

Voting closed: November 30, 2010, 08:22

Author Topic: Bike of the Month - November 2010  (Read 21675 times)

Offline Scrumpy

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Bike of the Month - November 2010
« on: October 31, 2010, 08:22 »
Rule 1: Laverdas only.

This month I have featured bikes manufactured during the Zane period. These dont feature so heavily on the forum but they look great bikes all the same. If I have identified any incorrectly please let me know.

Keep the picyures coming, send to scrumpyjack1@sky.com

Happy voting - Scrumpy


Option 1: 668

Option 2: Formula 750S

Option 3: Ghost

Option 4:Diamante

Option 5: 650

Option 6: Formula 750S

« Last Edit: October 31, 2010, 09:19 by Scrumpy »

Offline andychain

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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010, 09:26 »
That was the bike I intended to buy before the dealer buggered the deal up.

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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010, 09:32 »
Sorry to say they just don't float my boat. I have difficulty choosing between any of them.
I'm not trying to be a Zanophobe, just saying.
As any choice would be eeny meeny miny mo I think I will skip this month.
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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2010, 09:38 »
I know what you're saying Grant - they don't do it for me like the Breganze-era bikes do either, but I have voted anyway.

Scrumpy - a good mix, but could've done with a 650 Formula too (as the apparent 'rare' one) - and perhaps an Atlas as the oddball!
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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2010, 10:06 »
Alan,

Good point about the 650 Formula. I was intending to save the Atlas and do a Chott, 2TR BoM at some point in the future.

Are you about today?

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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2010, 10:27 »
Alan,
Are you about today?

Scrumpy.

You have PM  ;)
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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2010, 10:58 »
I know what you're saying Grant - they don't do it for me like the Breganze-era bikes do either .. . <snip>

Ah, but have you ever ridden one, Alan?  ;)

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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2010, 11:20 »
they dont have to be your thing Grant, or do they?
just pick the one you like the most,
start by discarding the one you dislike the most and work backwards.
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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2010, 11:22 »
If I have identified any incorrectly please let me know.

Missed one, Scrumpy. First version of the 750 Formula.

(Released Milan Show, September 1997.  Full fairing in black and orange.  Orange Marchesini wheels.  Carbon Termignoni silencers.  Forks fully adjustable Paioli. Front discs fully floating.  Increased compression to 11:1, bigger valves and new cams, upgraded injectors.  92bhp. Torque 55.3ft lbs at 7200rpm).
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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2010, 12:09 »
Clem, not as easy as that.
I have tried to like them (in general) but to me they are neither fish nor fowl. Somewhere in no man's land with a badly designed (or built) rehashed engine wrapped in latest (at the time) clothes.
They always looked cramped to me, and I remember giving the 750 a big look at a bike show back then.
For sure it was a brave move, and they no doubt chose the 4 valve twin over the 2 valve triple as a more modern design to start with, but then the horror stories started to emerge. Grenaded bottom ends, electrical problems.
How many are off the road for want of a simple part?

It would be unfair to arbitrarily select one of these as BoM, as I have no feeling for any of them. Do I just pick the prettiest colour? Nah.
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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2010, 15:40 »
certainly not cramped Grant low yes but i m 6ft fitted like a glove.I respect your opinion though.

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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2010, 15:54 »
Took a Formula out once and loved it, although it didn't want to pull below 4000rpm (snatched the chain worse than any bike I've ever ridden).  Fantastic handling and brakes, fitted me like a glove.

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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2010, 15:58 »
I don't want to diss them, just that they don't do it for me.
Not Breganze, not Zen, not Massimo.
Different era.

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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2010, 16:06 »
Took a Formula out once and loved it, although it didn't want to pull below 4000rpm (snatched the chain worse than any bike I've ever ridden)
Fair observation, Reggie.  I also find mine very snatchy, especially at take-off, and yes, you've got to keep the revs up.

But you adapt ... :)

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Re: Bike of the Month - November 2010
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2010, 17:01 »
have the blue/orange 2000 Formula and man - what a bike... handy like a bicycle, powerful like hell, from 2.700 to the rev-limiter with constant pull. Below 2.700, it is snatching the chain, that's why friend of mine is currently adapting a My16M from Cliff Jeffereys (Australia) to replace the original WM16M computer, which is the biggest Problem of the bike besides the crank-bearing issue (which is fixed on mine at around 10.000Km although the engine was still running smooth) concerning ride-ability.

With a reduced belly and back next year, I really do hope to enjoy it even more.

Oh - and btw.: Zane Laverda built sooooo many different color schemes and models based on 2 frame-kits basically, you can not list all of them without running into the problem that the winner will have just 3 votes...

Ghost legend f.e. (orange space-frame with black body work) is pure art in my eyes and one of the rarest bikes ever (less than 50 as far as I know).

But - it is OK if they don't float your boat, Grant. For me, both generations have their spirit and I do have a lot of respect for what the Zane Factory's Management did try to make it successful. The last model I have is a really great bike and I do hope to have a lot of fun with it in the near future. It has it's problems, no doubt, some of which can be overcome easy and some not so easy. Still it is a great bike I do not want to miss and love to ride.

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1000 SFC Classic 1989 #3367 *sold*
1000 SFC 1985 #2934 currently under restoration
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1000 Motoplast - currently under construction