Sold - 1978 1200 Mirage

Digger

Junior member
Location
Bristol, UK
Another year has passed with shamefully little mileage done.  Perhaps for obvious reasons this year but anyway I fancy a change and I?ve never had a classic car so may go down that route.

I?ve had it 6 years now and have done around 2,500 miles on it. Mileage is now 42,646.

I bought it from Tony Wootton who had it as part of his collection of Laverdas.  Cosmetically it was pretty much in the condition it is now as it had had a lot of money spent on it previously ? New paint, frame and various parts powder coated, lots of new chrome, fasteners etc. Since then I have gone through it and brought the mechanical bits and pieces up to scratch.  Most recently in April this year it went to Ged at GCS Motorcycles who pronounced it fit and well with good compression.  He checked / adjusted the valve clearances, fitted a new cam chain, balanced the carbs, fitted a new battery, new spark plugs and got the rear brake working properly.  He also had the front wheel machined and a new disk spacer made to sort a brake fluctuation issue.

This is what I?ve carried out in my ownership :-

Carbs stripped, cleaned and rebuilt with new parts by Ducati Paddy ? currently on 120 mains and 58 pilots.  I have the some spare jets that will go with the bike.
New Bridgestone BT45 tyres
New clutch plates (steels and frictions) and springs
New clutch pushrods and ball bearings
New clutch lever and mount
New DAM easy clutch mechanism
New Primary chain (duplex)
New plug caps
Rear brake master cylinder rebuilt ? again by Ducati Paddy
New front brake discs (Moto Officina), spacers and pads
530 Chain and Sprocket conversion
Changed fork oil
New front fender / chain guard from Wolfgang Haerter
Numerous oil changes and the oil filter has been cleaned ? using Harley Davidson 20/50 mineral oil
Fitted genuine rear sets ? supplied by Malcolm Cox
New fuel taps
New ND grips
New Keihan silencers ? only fitted this year
Side stand mount (and Kawasaki stand) from Jotajoe fitted
Centre stand removed but included with the bike
New owners manual

I have a box file full with lots of receipts from my ownership and previous owners.

Points to note ? there is a one inch scratch on the top of the tank.  It was on the bike when I bought it.  Although the front brakes are loads better after Ged?s work I still feel there is some ?grabbing? at very slow speed so that may need further investigation.

By the way, I?m content it?s a genuine Slaters Mirage.  The history shows it as a Mirage going back to the 1990?s, the 1630 frame number is on the Laverdamania register as a Mirage and it has 4C cams but by all means check with Richard Slater if you wish.

This is a lovely example and the paint really pops in the sun.  The pictures were taken in April this year and since then the bike has only done around 200 miles.

?10,000

I?m in Clevedon, North Somerset

I also have a set of genuine Jota Bars which could be available to the new owner.  Again, supplied refurbished from Malcolm Cox.

Please message me if you would like more information or better resolution close up pictures.
 

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Digger

Junior member
Location
Bristol, UK
Thanks Shaun.  Yes it's a lovely thing.  I'd always wanted one and there's no other bikes I want to replace it so, as I said, time for a classic car maybe that the whole family can enjoy.

Jason
 

CLEMTOG

Hero member
whats not to like, priced accordingly, and if you are looking for a 1200...................
CLEM
 

CLEMTOG

Hero member
go for it Ron, buy it, come over and enjoy it for a couple of months, then ship it back or sell on for a profit. I would help with that and give you B&B at each end of your trip, am located I hour from Gatwick/Heathrow/Stanstead airports.
CLEM
 

Laverda SF

Hero member
Clem: I'm 73 and don't trust myself on bicycle let alone motorcycle - That's why sold my SF0.

My mind and spirit says YES but my body says NO - I do suffer nerve damage on the left side of my body from an old injury and it's rather precarious at times ;o(

Thank you very much Clem, I would have taken your invitation a few years back but at last I'm just forum instigator now ;o)

Considering what's with the Virus, especially in the UK right now - Stay Safe my Friend. 
 

Dai P.

New member
Location
South Wales UK
That road looks familiar. Is it Llangynidr mountain near Abergavenny/ Crickhowell?
Lovely looking bike by the way. I wish I wasn?t sinking a small fortune into my 750SF otherwise I?d be very interested.
 

CLEMTOG

Hero member
I now see that you have the same problem as me with the Cavis fuel hose that starts green and then turns blue, disappointed with that find at a classic Fiat dealership and bought the remains of his 50metre drum, in all another 10 metres left and its shite, but a problem very easily solved, I hope you didn't buy it from me, I might have to buy you a pint half I compensation.
CLEM
 

Digger

Junior member
Location
Bristol, UK
CLEMTOG said:
I now see that you have the same problem as me with the Cavis fuel hose that starts green and then turns blue, disappointed with that find at a classic Fiat dealership and bought the remains of his 50metre drum, in all another 10 metres left and its shite, but a problem very easily solved, I hope you didn't buy it from me, I might have to buy you a pint half I compensation.
CLEM

No you're OK Clem. Mine is blue when it's new and turns green as it gets older. Bought a few metres from a classic Alfa specialist when I first had the bike. Change it every couple of years. Still got some left. Will come with the bike!
 

LJ-2

Hero member
Location
UK-SWest
Hope you will Jason,someone got a peach, always welcome at Blue Anchor and your mates on any machine. (bigthumb)

Shaun
 
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