1983 Laverda 500 For Sale
I bought the Laverda 500 in a bit of a state and had a lovely knocking sound coming from the engine. I decided to strip it and the big end had gone. The crankshaft, barrels and heads were sent to SEP in Kegworth for reconditioning. The big end failure had taken out one of the crank journals so I tracked down a NOS part at OCT in Germany. SEP rebuilt the crank, made new liners for the barrels and serviced the head. I put in new std rings. The frame was powder coated and rebuilt with new swinging arm roller bearings (the original rubbers were a pig to remove) and steering head bearings. I also got some new intake rubbers. The bike was registered in IoM, but was originally a UK supplied bike, so re registering with the original reg no was easy, and the original Slaters number plate came with the bike. I did not touch the bodywork. Although showing it's age, it is still original. Whether that is good or bad I do not know. I had the fork stanchions re chromed by Brooks suspension. The seat has been recovered. I used the bike a lot last year, did a few long trips including to Inverness. I taxed it in March and used it until lockdown. It is currently on the road again but not getting much use amongst the rest of the stable, although a trip to Scarborough and a 100 mile tour of t'Dales have been undertaken. I had the carbs rebuilt by Ducati Paddy last winter. I also fitted a new chain and front sprocket. The rear was renewed during the rebuild. There is a clutch lever holder and the indicators have been renewed. I had trouble with the speedo drive, which needed a new worm gear. Bad bits Instruments - work very well, but I had to replace the base of one as it was badly dented. May need looking at to ensure they have been reassembled correctly. Silencers - The bike came with some ratty megaphones. I found some second hand originals, but are painted black. Could do with a lick of paint. Cambox gasket - I noticed a leak and have taken it apart and cleaned up, but a new gasket required. Wheels need a coat of paint as not looking the best. The front mudguard is a temporary addition. I have the original but it needs a bit of work. All in all, a mechanically sound, useable bike which has been used in most weathers (goes away in October and re appears in March!). It is not a show pony. Please come and view if interested.
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