At the moment there is quite a catholic selection of interesting bikes in the workshop. (Note: that’s catholic with a small C.) I’ll be posting regularly about all of them over the coming months. Roadsters, tourers, off-roaders; big twins and singles, large and small; bikes from every decade from the 1930s to the ’80s: there really should be something for everyone, as these brief details show.
Laverda 2TR, 250cc (1976) – none were ever officially imported to the UK and ours has recently been used to win gold medals in MCC long-distance trials by it’s previous owner. If you thought Laverda only made those gorgeous, chunky four strokes then you are in for a treat. Ours is superbly original and complete, but currently stripped and being checked over in preparation for this year’s Lands End Trial (you can follow progress in the blog). So here’s a period promotional photo to whet your appetite for when she’s all in one piece again.
Gilera Giubileo Extra, 175cc (1962) – these are such sweet and fruity little bikes, and this one is going to be returned to its delicious, original Gilera factory livery. You can see pictures of it in its current sorry state on the blog. But here’s a more heart-warming illustration from the factory parts book.
Moto Guzzi Lodola, 175cc (1957) – the bike that broke with Guzzi’s traditional flat single engine configuration. This is one of the first Lodolas, from early in 1957, and has the lovely, punchy OHC motor. For my money these early 175s also have much sweeter lines than the later bikes with their more bulbous tanks. Very nice.
Moto Guzzi Sport 15, 500cc (1931-39) – a fantastically original example of this rare and fascinating machine. The first Guzzi to wear a saddle tank; side-valve on the inlet, overhead on the exhaust; 3-speed, hand change. In amazing condition after almost 80 years of regular use. More pictures coming soon, now the weather has improved (briefly).
Cagiva Elefant 900AC (1993) Great-looking bikes, in my humble opinion.This one has got a carbed version of the two-valve Ducati motor much-loved in 900SS/Monster 900 form.
Needs a bit of love but otherwise sound I think.