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Offline ducati916

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Re: 1970-80s Race Campaigned Laverdas Today?
« Reply #30 on: June 08, 2017, 08:57 »
This is getting interesting as I have a 1976 Jota that Richard Slater confirmed he sold to Trinity Motorcycles of Leicester and either someone there or a punter that bought the bike from them raced it.She is number 4485 and was evidently raced in Australia for several years before coming to NZ in the late 80s. The main tube from the steering head has been cut and a piece has been added to make the steering quicker plus a multitude of other changes have been made,it would be great to hear from someone that may know more about this bike.
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Re: 1970-80s Race Campaigned Laverdas Today?
« Reply #31 on: June 08, 2017, 09:56 »
Trinity M/Cs is where Roger Winterburn used to work - and he raced for them.

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Re: 1970-80s Race Campaigned Laverdas Today?
« Reply #32 on: June 09, 2017, 09:28 »
Thanks for that info Rob, is either trinity or Roger still around? I wonder if anybody would know more about Jota #4485.

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Re: 1970-80s Race Campaigned Laverdas Today?
« Reply #33 on: June 09, 2017, 13:59 »
 Just re-found a few shots and results from an Avon series meeting at Scarborough in 1979that may be of interest. We prepared the jota for Jonathan Parkes who was an ex vintage champion. The bike belonged to "Willridge fabrications" who made carriers, engine protectors and some swingers for us.The jota was bought for them by their bank  -" London Law securities" the bank's owners were bike mad and great folk   soon ditched the "midland" bank for them!! - they also bought a Montjuic for the latter part of the season. Jon was the best newcomer and 5th overall in the series despite having a heavy fall at Croft and missing the last round. The bike was rebuilt and sold on it was one of the ball bearing crank models and probably spilled its guts eventually as it was never used at maximum torque it didn't fail during the races. - regards - Phil

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« Reply #34 on: June 09, 2017, 14:09 »
Another "Avon" shot. The only mechanical problem we had with Jon Parkes's Jota was a chewed up cam bucket which nearly cost us the race. Fortunately one of our customers Eddie Sobieralski  (middle of photo) had his Jota there we'd done a head job and a few other mods on it and Eddie agreed to let Jon race it. We swapped the tank and panels and some wired nuts,plugs etc and Jon raced it to a 5th place. Eddie rode proudly home with the racing body work and number plates. - regards - Phil


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Re: 1970-80s Race Campaigned Laverdas Today?
« Reply #35 on: June 09, 2017, 14:12 »
 Line up of Laverda  twins  at a CRMC meeting at Snetterton in 1989 - L-R - Mick Hart - Me - Dave Johnson - Tom Quaye - David Isles. we were all in the 750 production class except for Tom who ran his 840cc in the unlimited class racing.

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Re: 1970-80s Race Campaigned Laverdas Today?
« Reply #36 on: June 09, 2017, 20:28 »
Awesome. Bank backed racers.
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Re: 1970-80s Race Campaigned Laverdas Today?
« Reply #37 on: June 10, 2017, 06:56 »
The main tube from the steering head has been cut and a piece has been added to make the steering quicker

I just heard the same story from Mick Hart about some Slater bikes that had that done ..... he was there for a couple of them. He said I should have a closer look at my Formula Mirage as a few of them were done as well.
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« Reply #38 on: June 10, 2017, 08:27 »
There was a long thread years ago about the frame backbone cut and shut. I seem to remember Phil was involved allegedly.It's a great thread to read if you can find it.

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« Reply #39 on: June 10, 2017, 09:51 »
 Yes Vince - had a "frame chop" on one of my 3c's - it handled a treat after that! - I've actually got one here with a "frame chop" (see photos) - The tank mountings have been moved back to position the tank as original on the rear rubber bungs. we used to have to cut the rear section of the front mudguard mounting loop (Ceriani type) to avoid the exhaust clumping it under heavy braking. - regards - Phil

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« Reply #40 on: June 10, 2017, 11:16 »
There was a long thread years ago about the frame backbone cut and shut. I seem to remember Phil was involved allegedly.It's a great thread to read if you can find it.

It's here - but watch that some forum names don't match actual (happened when the MSN board was captured & ported across)
http://www.laverdaforum.com/forum/index.php/topic,57959.html

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Re: 1970-80s Race Campaigned Laverdas Today?
« Reply #41 on: June 10, 2017, 11:22 »
Thanks for that info Rob, is either trinity or Roger still around? I wonder if anybody would know more about Jota #4485.

Yep - believe you can find Roger on Facebook

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Re: 1970-80s Race Campaigned Laverdas Today?
« Reply #42 on: June 10, 2017, 15:24 »
Yes Vince - had a "frame chop" on one of my 3c's - it handled a treat after that! - I've actually got one here with a "frame chop" (see photos) - The tank mountings have been moved back to position the tank as original on the rear rubber bungs. we used to have to cut the rear section of the front mudguard mounting loop (Ceriani type) to avoid the exhaust clumping it under heavy braking. - regards - Phil

I will have to check my F Mirage when I get back to it in a couple of weeks. Mick told me where to look ..... your photo's show me where to look.
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I don't have a 1977 Honda XL 175 but I do have a Chang Jiang CJ750 with a sidecar.

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Re: 1970-80s Race Campaigned Laverdas Today?
« Reply #43 on: June 14, 2017, 09:43 »
Thanks for your help Rob  ;D After reading the old thread on cut frames I am just about totally confused and will leave my modified frame alone and carry on with rebuild of one of my 3C's instead.Cheers.