Well, I blew up my 1971 Laverda 750SF last fall, not too seriously, just a hole in one piston, and recently I started to deal with it. I’ve done the full teardown, received new parts from Wolfgang, Patron Saint of North American Laverda Owners. I just added pages on the teardown of the top end and the overhaul of a used set of gears I will use on the rebuild.
I’m very excited about observing the full restoration of a Laverda SFC by someone who knows what they are doing, namely, Scott Potter. I’m sorry to say the SFC doesn’t belong to me but it could belong to you when it’s finished. Scott and I have agreed that this is a golden opportunity to document what makes an SFC different from a standard production Laverda so we’re going to try to record the process very closely. You can find this new section under the Laverda menu on the home page.
I’m still hurting over the death of my friend Bob Ohman a couple days ago after a long illness, especially with his beloved Old Bike Ride happening tomorrow. He had not been able to lead the ride in the past few years, due to declining health, and sometimes he was too ill to even attend the gathering and take-off, but we always knew he was anxiously awaiting news of how many people showed up and how the ride went. I decided to add a page to this site about the Old Bike Ride to honor Bob. May the spirit of “The Old Cruster” encourage us all to keep doing what we love as long as possible, regardless of the obstacles.
I’ve posted three new pages with details about the disassembly and reassembly of the engine of my 1957 Moto Morini 175 Gran Turismo. One is about taking apart the top end (head and cylinder) and the other two are concerned with the gearbox, one on disassembly and one on reassembly.
Today I added a page introducing my 1971 Laverda 750SF, a bike I owned and rode in France for 14 years before bringing it the U.S.
<p>Today I started a page for the Moto Morini cafe racer originally built by Andi Seiler, which is being re-united with its original engine, but punched out to 400cc.</p>
Over the past few days I have completed the disassembly of the engine of the Moto Morini 175GT. Now I’m cleaning things up, inspecting parts and planning what to replace or refurbish. I’ve added a lot of material to the page on that process and created a new page that goes through the details of disassembling the right side. I intend to do these pages for all parts of the engine, but I was not as consistent as I would have liked in taking photos during the teardown, so some of it will be done during re-assembly. Overall I hope you’ll end up with a good understanding of what’s going on inside these engines.
I’m starting to lay out the structure of the website, and learning how to do basic tasks in WordPress. You won’t find much content yet, but I have added some info about my Ural sidecar rig, the Moto Morini 175GT, my history with Nortons and the amazing Vetter-Wilcox Suzuki project I call “Tsubame”.
If you’ve ever studied a programming language you probably wrote a “Hello world!” program. I’ve written a lot of things in a variety of formats but this is my first blog post, so I’m getting it out of the way. Now that I’ve written it, though, it strikes me that “Hello world!” is a very 1970s sort of sentiment (for good reason) and maybe a more timely introductory phrase would be something like “Fake News!”. In that spirit, I will say this right up front, and hope that it is unnecessary to repeat it:
Whatever “knowledge” you glean from anything I post here is worth exactly what you paid for it.