Laverda Digest #71-80


laverda-digest        Saturday, March 28 1998        Volume 01 : Number 071



 1. "Michael Moore"   Subj: Laverda reminders on posting to the lists
 2. zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)        Subj: Laverda PRIMARY SIDE NOISE
 3. FnGG                   Subj: Re: Laverda PRIMARY SIDE NOISE
 4. thumper@hughes.net                   Subj: Re: Laverda Re: laverda-digest V1 #68
 5. smlnjack@toolcity.net                Subj: Re: Laverda Am I right?
 6. Stephen Battisson  Subj: Laverda Greetings

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 08:16:11 -0800
From: "Michael Moore" 
Subject: Laverda reminders on posting to the lists

Hello people,

I've had a small spate of bounced submissions to the lists recently.

You need to remember that the lists are set up to reject submissions
from addresses that do not appear in the subscriber lists (this is to
reduce the chance of spam messages).

So if your sysop just changed your email address from 
elmer.fudd@wb.com to e.fudd@wb.com, or you have different mail server
names inserted at random into the domain name, or if you are
subscribed at home but decided to send something in from work, it is
going to be bounced to me and not appear on the list.

One caveat - if you have two accounts with identical user names but
differing domain names it SHOULD recognize and allow the submission,
but I won't swear for sure it will work.

Please keep this in mind, along with not using the words h*lp, 
subscr*be, unsubscr*be in the subject line (as the lists are 
configured to look for admin requests and forward them to me).  It
sometimes picks them out of messages when it is feeling overly
zealous.

Thanks,
Michael
Michael Moore
Euro Spares, SF CA
Distributor of Lucas RITA and Powerbase products
Sole North American distributor of "The Racing Motorcycle: a technical guide for constructors"
Host of 6 m/c email lists (details on the web site)
http://www.eurospares.com
AFM/AHRMA #364

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 18:45:00 GMT
From: zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)
Subject: Laverda PRIMARY SIDE NOISE

>   Which reminds me... the primary chain side of my RGS has been rather
>  loud lately.  It has made some amount of noise as long as I've had the
>  bike, and careful fiddling with the tensioner has never made the noise
>  really go away. (Tighter and I get a worse sound, clutch bearing perhaps?
>  looser and shifts become chunky) I've been meaning to pull the cover this
>  winter, but I've  been putting it off. What are my chances of being able
>  to re-use the gasket on that side?

Hi guys,

the "little primary noise" on MY triple was the broken mainshaft,
but usually it's the clutch rubber cush drive thingies...

Bye

Chris Rein

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 18:11:04 EST
From: FnGG 
Subject: Re: Laverda PRIMARY SIDE NOISE

OK, the noisy primary on *my* Jota was the tensioner itself which was worn and
flopping around like a sore duck.

I believe the RGS has a different piece than the older Jota, but it's worth
inspecting nonetheless.

                                           just thinkin', again,

                                         Frank < FnGG@aol.com

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Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 16:19:49 -0800
From: thumper@hughes.net
Subject: Re: Laverda Re: laverda-digest V1 #68

Stephen Wilcox wrote:
> 
> Keith wrote:
> > I had one of the two chains on my SFC Thou' go; I only found it when
> > I took the primary drive cover off to see what that tiny tinkling
> > noise was. The other chain was still OK.
> 
>  Which reminds me... the primary chain side of my RGS has been rather
> loud lately.  It has made some amount of noise as long as I've had the
> bike, and careful fiddling with the tensioner has never made the noise
> really go away. (Tighter and I get a worse sound, clutch bearing perhaps?
> looser and shifts become chunky) I've been meaning to pull the cover this
> winter, but I've  been putting it off. What are my chances of being able
> to re-use the gasket on that side?
> 
>  Stephen Wilcox
I have sucessfully re-used this gasket, but only after installing a new
one using Hylomar, a non-hardening sealant. Check your crankshaft drive
sprocket carefully, you may find it loose on its shaft and the splines
worn. This happened to me. I got a new sprocket which removed some of
the looseness, and green Bearing and Seal Retainer Loctite did for the
rest.

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Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 01:15:07 -0500
From: smlnjack@toolcity.net
Subject: Re: Laverda Am I right?

At 10:42 PM 3/25/98 +0100, Marnix wrote:
>Ed wrote:
>>Haven't seen any books on the newer Laverdas.
>
>Tim Parker announced an updated version of the 'Green Book' more than a year
>ago. Wonder what happened, but guess it's still 'in the pipeline'.
>He also announced an enhanced re-print of Ainscoe's Laverda book but this is
>not very technical of course.
>
>Hope we will see these soon!
>
>I haven't talked to Tim Parker the last year, anybody been in touch with him
>lately?
>
>Marnix

Yes Marnix, I talked to him in early December when I was wrestling with the
prospect of buying a 3C RS.  Very nice gentleman and very free with his
time and advice.  He at first told me not to buy it as he felt I was too
small and light.  After he heard  the price, he said in effect, screw it,
for that price just go do it so I did.  
Jack





>
>* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
>*
>INTERNATIONAL LAVERA 750 SFC OWNERS REGISTRY
>Marnix van der Schalk
>Rotterdam - The Netherlands
>e-mail: wschalk@euronet.nl
>web site: http://www.euronet.nl/~wschalk/
>* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
>*
> 

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Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 00:25:16 +1100
From: Stephen Battisson 
Subject: Laverda Greetings

Hi all,

Just a quick note to introduce myself to the list.   I'm Stephen Battisson
and I'm from Canberra Australia, the Capital of Austalia and (more
importantly) the home of really great roundabouts!

I'm 25 years old and have owned my RGA since age 20.  I've been riding it
for longer though as my Dad bought it new in 1984 when I could barely see
over the tank (got a good photo of this:-)).  After years of pestering I
progressed from just riding pillion to being allowed to start it before a
run, then I had my first ride of it after holding my licence for a year or
so.  I owned a few transient bikes culminating in a '90 ZZR-600 but I
always wanted the Lav.  By '92 I had to sell the ZZR to help a pending
court appearance for speeding (bad Karma) but by then it suited Dad to move
on so a few months later I bacame the proud owner of the RGA1000 eng #2505.
 I've spent many enjoyable years riding it around and nearly two trying to
rebuild it.  After a 'facelift' in 92 (SFC1000 fairing & clocks plus new
paint etc) I fully stripped it in 96 to "give the frame a quick coat of
paint".  A long and sad story of a rebuild gone wrong followed and it's not
finished yet!

To pass the time I've started a website some of you may have visited,
"Laverda in Australia" has been a great way of meeting lots of e-mail
friends from around the world who I keep threatening to visit some day- but
like everything else it must wait till after the bike is ruinning again.

So here I am!

Cheers
Steve

_______________________________________________________________
Stephen Battisson
Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories
Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Australia

Serious Laverda Nutter
"Laverda In Australia" website
http://rsphysse.anu.adu.au/~stb107/laverda
RGA1200 money pit

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laverda-digest         Sunday, March 29 1998         Volume 01 : Number 072



 1. Bill MacCracken  Subj: Laverda Wolfgang ON Line!!!!
 2. Bill MacCracken  Subj: Re: Laverda Greetings
 3. Craig MacLeod  Subj: Laverda Intro and Problem

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Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 18:30:28 -0800
From: Bill MacCracken 
Subject: Laverda Wolfgang ON Line!!!!

It's true! I can't believe I just found this, I am thrilled!!!
http://www.angelfire.com/biz/clcrcy/clmeng.html

email:  laverda@lightspeed.bc.ca

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Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 19:36:47 -0800
From: Bill MacCracken 
Subject: Re: Laverda Greetings

Welcome aboard Steve, Your site is truly the best Laverda Site on the
Web! Keep it up!
"Jeez, and he's such a young  pup" ...couldn't see over the tank in '84
and all...
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 00:25:16 +1100
From: Stephen Battisson 
Subject: Laverda Greetings

Hi all,

Just a quick note to introduce myself to the list.   I'm Stephen
Battisson
and I'm from Canberra Australia, the Capital of Austalia and (more
importantly) the home of really great roundabouts!

I'm 25 years old and have owned my RGA since age 20.  I've been riding
it
for longer though as my Dad bought it new in 1984 when I could barely
see
over the tank (got a good photo of this:-)).  After years of pestering I

progressed from just riding pillion to being allowed to start it before
a
run, then I had my first ride of it after holding my licence for a year
or
so.  I owned a few transient bikes culminating in a '90 ZZR-600 but I
always wanted the Lav.  By '92 I had to sell the ZZR to help a pending
court appearance for speeding (bad Karma) but by then it suited Dad to
move
on so a few months later I bacame the proud owner of the RGA1000 eng
#2505.
 I've spent many enjoyable years riding it around and nearly two trying
to
rebuild it.  After a 'facelift' in 92 (SFC1000 fairing & clocks plus new

paint etc) I fully stripped it in 96 to "give the frame a quick coat of
paint".  A long and sad story of a rebuild gone wrong followed and it's
not
finished yet!

To pass the time I've started a website some of you may have visited,
"Laverda in Australia" has been a great way of meeting lots of e-mail
friends from around the world who I keep threatening to visit some day-
but
like everything else it must wait till after the bike is ruinning again.

So here I am!

Cheers
Steve

_______________________________________________________________
Stephen Battisson
Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories
Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Australia

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 13:54:43
From: Craig MacLeod 
Subject: Laverda Intro and Problem

Greetings all,
I'm a Techo at the Australian Netional University which happens to be where
Steve Battisson is as well, and I can therefore blame him entirely for my
affliction to Lav's. Over the last 8 years I have been able to observe both
owners and machines and develop an understanding of thier intrinsic
behaviours and about 6 months ago took the plunge, purchasing a SF2 with
12,000 miles on it (in a box sadly).
 The rebuild is almost finished, and to put my mind at rest I need to find
out about the voltage regulator. I didn't recieve one in the box of bits
but was assured that the VolksWagon Beetle unit was virtually the same, as
it says in the "Green Book". The numbers are very similar(0.190.350.045 and
0.190.350.068 or thereabouts) and they are the same shape and size. The
differences however are the price and the current rating, around $275 new
&$175 used for the genuine item or $20 for the used VW item, which I intend
on using. The Lav one is 11 amps and the VW one is @28 amps and this is the
concern; can I run it?, will it supply too much current to the field
windings in the generator and cause problems?, will it over current the
battery and cause problems?, will it burst into flames and burn my balls
and more importantly the bike thus causing problems? or will it do
something totally unforseen(like work).
 On the brighter side I have made my own wiring loom using multi pin Molex
plugs on switch blocks, ignition, guages etc and in doing so have redrawn
the wiring diagram from the Green Book, making it a bit easier to read and
use. I have also found two mistakes in the Green Book SF2 diagram; the
diode is shown backwards and the high beam indicator lamp is hooked up on
the low beam circuit. It's an Autocad R13 drawing and I will gladly send it
to anyone that wants it.
Ciao for now and thanks in advance.
Craig

           Craig MacLeod
           Laser Physics Centre
           Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
           Australian National University
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laverda-digest         Monday, March 30 1998         Volume 01 : Number 073



 1. "Geoff Pascoe"  Subj: Laverda Fitting Valve Seats:
 2. Stefan Schoeneberg  Subj: =?iso-8859-1?Q?=BBLaverda_Fitting_Valve_Seats:?=
 3. Stefan Schoeneberg  Subj: =?iso-8859-1?Q?=BBLaverda_Intro_and_Problem?=
 4. "Marnix van der Schalk"  Subj: Re: Laverda Intro and Problem
 5. zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)        Subj: Laverda LAVERDA INTRO AND PROBLEM

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 12:54:41 +0930
From: "Geoff Pascoe" 
Subject: Laverda Fitting Valve Seats:

I am currently rebuilding a Laverda Atlas (Basically an Alpina/Monjuic Motor)
that has dropped (or started too!) an Intake Valve Seat.

Does anyone have experience in fitting these Valve Seats?  Although I don't
intend doing the job myself, I would like to be 'clued up' so the Automotive
Jokers don't try and pull the wool over my eyes!

Cheers all!

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Date: 30 Mar 98 11:22:30 +0000
From: Stefan Schoeneberg 
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?=BBLaverda_Fitting_Valve_Seats:?=

         +Laverda Fitting Valve Seats:                         29/3/98 10:37 PM

Hi there,

I had the same trouble on my Lav 500 as well. When I bought it, I got a second cylinder-head with it, witch had already dropped a seat. After running the Lav500 for the first 1000 km, it dropped a seat
and smashed a valve. ;-))
I took down the head and took it with the "spare"one to a mech-workshop, to make the best of it.
The mech checked the "spare" head and found it so uneven (is this the right word? it was a bit bent), so he don¦t want to use it. ( Otherwise he would have machined it down und I should have put a sheet of alloy under the barrel to prevent the pistons fro
The original head was ok to him. He took out the old seats and machined oversized ones on a lath.
He machined the "seat-seats" in the head and shrinked the sats in ( a kind of hot/cold magic).
He just renewed the outlet-seats, the inlet ones seemed to be ok. He used a harder metal than the original seats, so I can run the little Lav on unleaded fuel.
The costs: he invoiced me with approx. 10$US per seat and 60$ for the work. so all in all 100$.
( 1 DeutschMark = 1.8 $ US )
 I think this was very cheap. After rebuilding the engine, I had to grind down some of the shims to adjust the valve-clearance.

Now it¦s back on road and a good, revvy fun.
Cheers, Stefan
Stefan_Sch÷neberg@avid.com
Germany

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TO: laverda@list.sirius.com

I am currently rebuilding a Laverda Atlas (Basically an Alpina/Monjuic Motor)
that has dropped (or started too!) an Intake Valve Seat.

Does anyone have experience in fitting these Valve Seats?  Although I don't
intend doing the job myself, I would like to be 'clued up' so the Automotive
Jokers don't try and pull the wool over my eyes!

Cheers all!

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Date: 30 Mar 98 12:01:25 +0000
From: Stefan Schoeneberg 
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?=BBLaverda_Intro_and_Problem?=

         +Laverda Intro and Problem                            29/3/98 9:47 PM

Hi Craig,

The current specs tells you the maximum current that the regulator allowes to be taken out of the generator. There¦s no danger to your regulator, wiring, battery or balls. Only the generator is in danger
when to much power is TAKEN from it. What can take to much power from the Generator? 1.) a defectiv or "low-on-charge" battery
2.) additional electrics like fog-lights, 100W-Stereo, AM-CB-set, a fridge, heated handle-grips or       underwear
To workaround these potential troubles: 1.) don¦t use additional electrics or be very shure what you are doing
2.) mount a 10AMP fuse between the generator output (D+) and the regulator input (D+) to ensure theres      no way to take more power out of the generator than allowed

From my point of view you can use the VW regulator. Add the fuse and you will be on the safe side.
There are "AutomaticFuses" which are resetable. I use them for years on all my bikes. Check out a electronics shop.

By the way, on my 750GT i ran VW-beetle silencers in the empty mufflers to get it street-legale;-)
It sounded horrible...

Cheers & good luck,
Stefan
Stefan_Sch÷neberg@avid.com
Germany

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...
 The rebuild is almost finished, and to put my mind at rest I need to find
out about the voltage regulator. I didn't recieve one in the box of bits
but was assured that the VolksWagon Beetle unit was virtually the same, as
it says in the "Green Book". The numbers are very similar(0.190.350.045 and
0.190.350.068 or thereabouts) and they are the same shape and size. The
differences however are the price and the current rating, around $275 new
&$175 used for the genuine item or $20 for the used VW item, which I intend
on using. The Lav one is 11 amps and the VW one is @28 amps and this is the
concern; can I run it?, will it supply too much current to the field
windings in the generator and cause problems?, will it over current the
battery and cause problems?, will it burst into flames and burn my balls
and more importantly the bike thus causing problems? or will it do
something totally unforseen(like work).
 On the brighter side I have made my own wiring loom using multi pin Molex
plugs on switch blocks, ignition, guages etc and in doing so have redrawn
the wiring diagram from the Green Book, making it a bit easier to read and
use. I have also found two mistakes in the Green Book SF2 diagram; the
diode is shown backwards and the high beam indicator lamp is hooked up on
the low beam circuit. It's an Autocad R13 drawing and I will gladly send it
to anyone that wants it.
Ciao for now and thanks in advance.
Craig

           Craig MacLeod
           Laser Physics Centre
           Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
           Australian National University
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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 12:37:20 +0200
From: "Marnix van der Schalk" 
Subject: Re: Laverda Intro and Problem

Hi Craig,
>The Lav one is 11 amps and the VW one is @28 amps and this is the
>concern; can I run it?, will it supply too much current to the field
>windings in the generator and cause problems?, will it over current the
>battery and cause problems?, will it burst into flames and burn my balls
>and more importantly the bike thus causing problems? or will it do
>something totally unforseen(like work).

I bought one too several years ago but after studying the item decided not
to risc 'fried balls'.
I used the shiny cover to make an old regulator look handsome...
Someone told me that regulators can be modified/adjusted but didn't try it.

>I have also found two mistakes in the Green Book SF2 diagram; the
>diode is shown backwards
Right!
> and the high beam indicator lamp is hooked up on the low beam circuit.
That is no mistake because my SF2 used to light it's high beam warning light
with low beam on and I know I'm not the only one! Don't ask me why...

Something else which I found out being completely wrong in the SF2 wiring
diagram is the wiring of kill switch/starter button.

Suppose you also cut out miles of excessive wires running f.i. from handle
bar via heart of the wiring above battery back to the headlight and vice
versa, same with horn etc. Saved me kilos and reliability gained.

Bye,

Marnix

**********************************************************************
Marnix van der Schalk
INTERNATIONAL LAVERDA 750 SFC OWNERS REGISTRY
ROTTERDAM - THE NETHERLANDS
Web site: http://www.euronet.nl/~wschalk/
E-mail:     wschalk@euronet.nl
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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 08:09:00 GMT
From: zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)
Subject: Laverda LAVERDA INTRO AND PROBLEM

Hi Craig

>   On the brighter side I have made my own wiring loom using multi pin Molex
>  plugs on switch blocks, ignition, guages etc and in doing so have redrawn
>  the wiring diagram from the Green Book, making it a bit easier to read and
>  use. I have also found two mistakes in the Green Book SF2 diagram; the
>  diode is shown backwards and the high beam indicator lamp is hooked up on
>  the low beam circuit. It's an Autocad R13 drawing and I will gladly send it
>  to anyone that wants it.

I'd love to have the diagram, but as for mistakes in the green
book: I have a '73 triple and the wiring diagram in the green
book shows all kind of weird mistakes, but that is exactly how
the bike was wired when I got it (and the wiring was untouched
since new).

Examples: The turn signal circuit bypasses the ignition switch,
so the turn signal works even when the bike is parked. Imagine
your surprise when you want to take off in the morning and some
prankster turned on the turn signal the night before....

The generator light is connected to the turn signal. The high
beam light is connected to the low beam. The turn signal light is
conncted to the ignition. The ankle bone is connected to the
shoulder bone.

So your high beam-low beam confusion is probably factory
standard.

As for the regulator: Sorry, I'm a doctor, not an electrician 8-)

Bye

Chris Rein, Hannover, Germany

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laverda-digest         Monday, March 30 1998         Volume 01 : Number 074



 1. zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)        Subj: Laverda GEMINI 200 IGNITION
 2. "Steve"     Subj: Re: Laverda Intro and Problem
 3. "Michael Moore"   Subj: Re: Laverda digests
 4. "Michael Moore"   Subj: Laverda Weekend update - SF2RR, 50cc GP Suzukis, racing Sprints, throttl

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 07:17:00 GMT
From: zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)
Subject: Laverda GEMINI 200 IGNITION

>  From: Jim Comrie 
>  To: laverda@list.sirius.com
>  Subject: Laverda Gemini 200
>  It starts well (2nd maybe 3rd kick) but, if it runs for more than say 20
>  minutes the ignition slowly go's away.  First it won't idle at stop
>  lights, 10 minutes later it won't run at less than say about 1500 RPM
>  and finally after another 15 minutes it just flat won't run.  Give it 45
>  minutes (to cool off?) and the spark comes back and it will run well
>  only to start the cycle all over!.

>  My understanding of ignitions is somewhat limited.  I'm inclined to
>  blame either the condenser or the spark generating coil.  I have swapped
>  the spark plug coil but, it behaves the same.  I started with 2 of these
>  bikes and it's a good thing as I've needed allot of the 2nd to keep the
>  first on the road.  Obviously I have neither of the parts I'm looking
>  for as spares.

I just found this in the first digest (BTW Michael, could you
make them smaller as my mailreader has a problem with the size?).

Now I don't know much about older bikes, but I've read articles
about magnetos loosing their magnetism. First sign is that their
output decreases with temperature....

Bye

Chris Rein

cc: SQUARE4@WORLDNET.ATT.NET

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 10:00:55 -0500
From: "Steve" 
Subject: Re: Laverda Intro and Problem

Please send me the wiring drawing. It would be a great help.
Thanks.

Steve Miller

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> From: Craig MacLeod 
> To: laverda@list.sirius.com
> Subject: Laverda Intro and Problem
> Date: March 30, 1998 8:54 AM
> 
> Greetings all,
> I'm a Techo at the Australian Netional University which happens to be
where
> Steve Battisson is as well, and I can therefore blame him entirely for my
> affliction to Lav's. Over the last 8 years I have been able to observe
both
> owners and machines and develop an understanding of thier intrinsic
> behaviours and about 6 months ago took the plunge, purchasing a SF2 with
> 12,000 miles on it (in a box sadly).
>  The rebuild is almost finished, and to put my mind at rest I need to
find
> out about the voltage regulator. I didn't recieve one in the box of bits
> but was assured that the VolksWagon Beetle unit was virtually the same,
as
> it says in the "Green Book". The numbers are very similar(0.190.350.045
and
> 0.190.350.068 or thereabouts) and they are the same shape and size. The
> differences however are the price and the current rating, around $275 new
> &$175 used for the genuine item or $20 for the used VW item, which I
intend
> on using. The Lav one is 11 amps and the VW one is @28 amps and this is
the
> concern; can I run it?, will it supply too much current to the field
> windings in the generator and cause problems?, will it over current the
> battery and cause problems?, will it burst into flames and burn my balls
> and more importantly the bike thus causing problems? or will it do
> something totally unforseen(like work).
>  On the brighter side I have made my own wiring loom using multi pin
Molex
> plugs on switch blocks, ignition, guages etc and in doing so have redrawn
> the wiring diagram from the Green Book, making it a bit easier to read
and
> use. I have also found two mistakes in the Green Book SF2 diagram; the
> diode is shown backwards and the high beam indicator lamp is hooked up on
> the low beam circuit. It's an Autocad R13 drawing and I will gladly send
it
> to anyone that wants it.
> Ciao for now and thanks in advance.
> Craig
> 
>            Craig MacLeod
>            Laser Physics Centre
>            Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
>            Australian National University
>
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> --------

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 07:34:38 -0800
From: "Michael Moore" 
Subject: Re: Laverda digests

> I just found this in the first digest (BTW Michael, could you
> make them smaller as my mailreader has a problem with the size?).

Hello Chris,

If I shrink the digests then they will come out more frequently, and 
the whole idea of the digest is to accumulate a fair number of 
messages.  

It is a balancing act - I get requests from people on some of my 
lists to make the digests even bigger so they don't get so many (like 
they get charged or tracked by the number of messages instead of the 
byte size).

You might consider a different mail reader - I use the freeware 
version of Pegasus Mail and that deals OK with the 100+ message 
digests on the Ducati list.

Michael Moore
Euro Spares, SF CA
Distributor of Lucas RITA and Powerbase products
Sole North American distributor of "The Racing Motorcycle: a technical guide for constructors"
Host of 6 m/c email lists (details on the web site)
http://www.eurospares.com
AFM/AHRMA #364

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 09:28:05 -0800
From: "Michael Moore" 
Subject: Laverda Weekend update - SF2RR, 50cc GP Suzukis, racing Sprints, throttl

I started off on Saturday by driving to the foothills of the Sierras
and picking up a 50cc Suzuki engine that my friend Craig had been
converting to roadrace trim (kit cylinder, lightened crank, big carb,
close ratio gearbox, fully disassembled for the last 10 years,
multiple small cans full of jumbled parts, etc) - I got most of a
spare AS50 bike with it, as well as a pretty nice shape Vesco Rabid
Transit fairing, which will have to be considered for fitment to a big
street bike (the SP100 Guzzi maybe), whenever I happen to get one
rolling.  I was also forced to take a working neon Suzuki dealer
window sign (about 16" tall with the late 60s style "S" logo) which
may be put on the market to defray some of my recent massive
expenditures on race bodywork stuff.

When I got to Craig's shop I discovered that I'd brought all the
engine parts for the Laverda except for the cam chain - so much for
timing the valves and fitting the piston valve pockets. 

As it was, we ended up spending the rest of Saturday and about 8 hours
on Sunday fiddling with the body work (now painted - sure is ORANGE) -
drilling mounting holes in the front fender, making seat mounts,
trimming and drilling the fairing bubble (what a pain).  We also got
the SuperTrapp discs mounted on the end of the new and repositioned
megaphone.

The paint (SFC orange, but a bit brighter than the rather muddy color
on the SFC side cover my friend Steve loaned me) came out looking
pretty nice.  The painter did get the front number plate slightly off
center, but the tank (with a bit of filler) looks really super.  

I'll get Steve to come by this afternoon and help me unload the 750
and get it on the work stand.  Then I can start taking it all apart to
finish the engine work and repaint the frame and exhaust prior to a
(hopefully) final assy.    I'll try to snap a photo of the loosely
assembled bike when I unload it - maybe I'll be able to get that up on
the site in a week or so if I can finish the rest of the roll of film.

One big problem is where to store the body work - I guess the back
bedroom is likely to be safe.  I've never had anything sent out for
painting, so I'm a bit uneasy over having such nice looking stuff.

The pull on the 40mm Dell'Ortos on the 750 is really heavy (as in not
being able to pull hard on the brake at the end of a race due to arm
pump).  It looks like a lot of this is caused by friction where the
throttle wire goes through the 90 degree metal elbows  (needed to
clear the tank) into the carbs . 

I made the elbow radius a bit bigger (by pressing a larger radius
socket into it in the mill vise), but the problem seems to be largely
a very stiff wire.  A quick look through the Flander's catalog shows
that I've been using their 1.5mm 19 strand wire.  They also list a 1.2
and 1.5mm 7x7 strand version, and the 7x7 strand clutch/brake wire is
annotated as being "extremely flexible".  I'm going to order up a roll
of the 1.2mm 7x7 wire in the hope that by going to both a smaller OD
and the different construction method wire it will give a smoother run
through the carb elbow.  I'll report back on this - it might be
helpful to other people suffering from the same problem.  I've also
had trouble with the slides not returning fully when using the soft
springs - not a surprise now that I know how much drag was in the
cable assy.

The 3 races old Dunlop 591on the 750 has really hardened up over the
last couple year of sitting - good thing I ordered a fresh set of
Avons.  I'll leave the Dunlop on until after the dyno tuning - no
sense wearing out a fresh tire when this one isn't going to be safe to
run on the track or street.

I really don't see being able to get everything done in time for
running at the Team Obsolete vintage races at the Laguna Seca AMA
national 04/18-19.  I'm going to try and proceed as if I will be
going, but I've still got a mountain of stuff to do (besides going to
work during the day, shipping books and RITAs in the evenings, eating,
bathing, etc).  I've got my entries for the AHRMA races at Sears Point
and Willow Springs sent in - I hope I get to make at least one of
them.

I also brought my friend Jim Connelly's spare 350 Sprint motor back
from Craig's shop (Craig is doing a head etc for Jim's vintage RR
project).  Jim and another racer with a converted 350 street bike are
interested in upgrading their ignitions, so while I have it I'm going
to measure up the ignition stuff and see which RITA kit will be
easiest to modify to fit.  

Cheers,
Michael
Michael Moore
Euro Spares, SF CA
Distributor of Lucas RITA and Powerbase products
Sole North American distributor of "The Racing Motorcycle: a technical guide for constructors"
Host of 6 m/c email lists (details on the web site)
http://www.eurospares.com
AFM/AHRMA #364

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End of laverda-digest V1 #74
****************************
laverda-digest         Monday, March 30 1998         Volume 01 : Number 075



 1. "Geoff Pascoe"  Subj: Laverda Re: Fitting Valve Seats:
 2. Craig MacLeod  Subj: Laverda Attn: Bill MacCracken:Address problem and apology
 3. JRSbike             Subj: Laverda 750 crankshaft work
 4. thumper@hughes.net                   Subj: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2
 5. thumper@hughes.net                   Subj: Laverda Chassis Database
 6. "Barry Seevers"          Subj: Re: Laverda 750 crankshaft work
 7. "Barry Seevers"          Subj: Re: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 08:37:30 +0930
From: "Geoff Pascoe" 
Subject: Laverda Re: Fitting Valve Seats:

>>I am currently rebuilding a Laverda Atlas (Basically an Alpina/Monjuic Motor)
>>that has dropped (or started too!) an Intake Valve Seat.

>>Does anyone have experience in fitting these Valve Seats?  Although I don't
>>intend doing the job myself, I would like to be 'clued up' so the Automotive
>>Jokers don't try and pull the wool over my eyes!

>>Cheers all!

I must apologize for my very poor e-mail etiquette!

In future I will remember to sign off!!

Geoff
gpascoe@microbits.com.au
www.microbits.com.au/laverda

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 11:46:15
From: Craig MacLeod 
Subject: Laverda Attn: Bill MacCracken:Address problem and apology

Sorry to have to broad post but I'm having trouble with your address Bill.
Your server tells me this;
"The user you tried to send this message to  is not a
Bigfoot member."
I'm not sure there's much I can do from this end.
Cheers
Craig

           Craig MacLeod
           Laser Physics Centre
           Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
           Australian National University
- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
- --------

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 21:57:21 EST
From: JRSbike 
Subject: Laverda 750 crankshaft work

Hello to all!
I desperately need the name of a service to lighten and balance my 750
crankshaft for racing purposes. Since I am located on the east coast of the
United States I would like to fine a professional  enterprise as close as
possible. Has anyone worked with the Bley brothers?

Thanking you in advance and regards to all - 

John Symonds

------------------------------

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 19:08:46 -0800
From: thumper@hughes.net
Subject: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2

Well we got the loaner box installed, and still no spark. There is
10.5 volts going into the box. Is this sufficient?
  Another discovery was that there was no input signal to the box from
the pick-ups. I removed them from their mounts on the timing plate and
passed a screwdriver over them individually. We got a voltage spike of
approx. 3V from cyl 2&3 and none from cyl 1. They all three had a
resistance of approx. .20 ohms. When I re-installed the pick-ups, and
checked output at the connector, again, no output. Perhapds a break in
the wires? I have them gapped at .030" and the rotor has 2 triggers.
This is an early box without a "test" position and in fact has no dip
switches. 
  I will be now returning it to Wolf Haerter with a sizeable check for
his long-suffering patience in my tardiness. This leaves me with my
original problem, could there be any substitute for the OEM pick-ups
which I believe are unavailable?

------------------------------

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 19:20:24 -0800
From: thumper@hughes.net
Subject: Laverda Chassis Database

Any Laverda List members who would like to assist in creating a
Chassis geometry database please call me at 805-274-2453 during business
hours. I would provide this service free of charge to assist in the
preservation of these machines. This will entail parking your bike in
front of our Computrack machine for about 1 hour total and letting me
put adhesive stickers on the relevant locations.
  I of course already have my RGS on file but would like to have at
least 3 of each model to ascertain factory working tolerances for
chassis manufacture. The completed measurement with exact geometry and
twists and misalighments will be then sent to this and other groups for
safekeeping and easy access. You would be very surprised just how much
actual geometry numbers vary from published data.
  Anyone wanting to use this offer during the Willow Springs AHRMA event
let me know and I will make arrangements. The bike will stay fully
assembled with the exception of removal of the front fender.

------------------------------

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 20:07:22 -0800
From: "Barry Seevers" 
Subject: Re: Laverda 750 crankshaft work

Hi my name is Barry from Seevers racing Development Co.
We can do all your crank work. Call us a 805-266-3779 or srd@ptw.com


- -----Original Message-----
From: JRSbike 
To: laverda@list.sirius.com 
Date: Monday, March 30, 1998 6:55 PM
Subject: Laverda 750 crankshaft work


>Hello to all!
>I desperately need the name of a service to lighten and balance my 750
>crankshaft for racing purposes. Since I am located on the east coast of the
>United States I would like to fine a professional  enterprise as close as
>possible. Has anyone worked with the Bley brothers?
>
>Thanking you in advance and regards to all -
>
>John Symonds
>

------------------------------

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 20:12:47 -0800
From: "Barry Seevers" 
Subject: Re: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2

Try hooking it up right and it well work.


   Barry     srd@ptw.com


- -----Original Message-----
From: thumper@hughes.net 
To: laverda@list.sirius.com 
Date: Monday, March 30, 1998 7:15 PM
Subject: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2


>Well we got the loaner box installed, and still no spark. There is
>10.5 volts going into the box. Is this sufficient?
>  Another discovery was that there was no input signal to the box from
>the pick-ups. I removed them from their mounts on the timing plate and
>passed a screwdriver over them individually. We got a voltage spike of
>approx. 3V from cyl 2&3 and none from cyl 1. They all three had a
>resistance of approx. .20 ohms. When I re-installed the pick-ups, and
>checked output at the connector, again, no output. Perhapds a break in
>the wires? I have them gapped at .030" and the rotor has 2 triggers.
>This is an early box without a "test" position and in fact has no dip
>switches. 
>  I will be now returning it to Wolf Haerter with a sizeable check for
>his long-suffering patience in my tardiness. This leaves me with my
>original problem, could there be any substitute for the OEM pick-ups
>which I believe are unavailable?
>
>

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End of laverda-digest V1 #75
****************************
laverda-digest         Monday, March 30 1998         Volume 01 : Number 076



 1. "Michael A. Devenis"  Subj: Re: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2
 2. "Michael A. Devenis"  Subj: Laverda Ed Lutz' 1980 Monty
 3. "Michael Moore"   Subj: Re: Laverda Chassis Database
 4. Stephen Battisson  Subj: Laverda NEW TRIPLE PICTURE!!
 5. "bob.andren"  Subj: Laverda Re: laverda-digest V1 #72

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 21:29:58 -0800
From: "Michael A. Devenis" 
Subject: Re: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2

Barry Seevers wrote:
> 
> Try hooking it up right and it well work.
> 
>    Barry     srd@ptw.com
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: thumper@hughes.net 
> To: laverda@list.sirius.com 
> Date: Monday, March 30, 1998 7:15 PM
> Subject: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2
> 
> >Well we got the loaner box installed, and still no spark. There is
> >10.5 volts going into the box. Is this sufficient?
> >  Another discovery was that there was no input signal to the box from
> >the pick-ups. I removed them from their mounts on the timing plate and
> >passed a screwdriver over them individually. We got a voltage spike of
> >approx. 3V from cyl 2&3 and none from cyl 1. They all three had a
> >resistance of approx. .20 ohms. When I re-installed the pick-ups, and
> >checked output at the connector, again, no output. Perhapds a break in
> >the wires? I have them gapped at .030" and the rotor has 2 triggers.
> >This is an early box without a "test" position and in fact has no dip
> >switches.
> >  I will be now returning it to Wolf Haerter with a sizeable check for
> >his long-suffering patience in my tardiness. This leaves me with my
> >original problem, could there be any substitute for the OEM pick-ups
> >which I believe are unavailable?
> >
> >
Perhaps this reply would be better sent to my electrical technician. I
do thank you for your helpful and concise assistance. Allow me to be the
first to welcome you to the list and I look forward to your future
comments.

------------------------------

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 21:27:10 -0800
From: "Michael A. Devenis" 
Subject: Laverda Ed Lutz' 1980 Monty

For Ed Lutz: Is that Simon's old bike? I think I saw it in the Cycle
trader last 2 weeks? I rode with him and some of the gang from Laverda's
Only several years ago, what a machine!! The fastest [and loudest!!] 500
in captivity!!

------------------------------

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 21:46:32 -0800
From: "Michael Moore" 
Subject: Re: Laverda Chassis Database

If I can get the SF2RR ready in time (possible, but I'm losing my 
optimism) I'd like to let you run it through the test.  Your database 
won't be expanded much since it is the only frame like it, but it 
would be interesting to see what the test shows.

Cheers,
Michael
Michael Moore
Euro Spares, SF CA
Distributor of Lucas RITA and Powerbase products
Sole North American distributor of "The Racing Motorcycle: a technical guide for constructors"
Host of 6 m/c email lists (details on the web site)
http://www.eurospares.com
AFM/AHRMA #364

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 16:46:36 +1000
From: Stephen Battisson 
Subject: Laverda NEW TRIPLE PICTURE!!

Sorry to yell folks but I've just received information of the new three
cylinder engine undergoing testing.  It's nice to have connections....

You can all just call me 'scoop'.

http://rsphysse.anu.edu.au/~stb107/laverda

Enjoy,
Steve
 
 _______________________________________________________________
Stephen Battisson
Senior Technical Officer
Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories
Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Australia

Serious Laverda Nutter
"Laverda In Australia" website
http://rsphysse.anu.adu.au/~stb107/laverda
RGA1200 money pit

------------------------------

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 23:03:13 +0000
From: "bob.andren" 
Subject: Laverda Re: laverda-digest V1 #72

Hi Bill,
	I'm working on the newsletter and could use a LAVERDA CYBERGUIDE paragraph
(like tomorrow or so). Perhaps you could mention M. Moore's Laverda Digest.
 Also Wolfgang's web site and e-mail addresses and the Laverda in Australia
web site of Steve Batisson.
				Thanks,   Bob

- ----------

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End of laverda-digest V1 #76
****************************

laverda-digest         Tuesday, March 31 1998         Volume 01 : Number 077



 1. "Geoff Pascoe"  Subj: Re: Laverda NEW TRIPLE PICTURE!!
 2. Keith McKay        Subj: Re: Laverda NEW TRIPLE PICTURE!!
 3. zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)        Subj: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION
 4. "Marnix van der Schalk"  Subj: Re: Laverda NEW TRIPLE PICTURE!!
 5. FnGG                   Subj: Laverda New triple views
 6. Bill MacCracken  Subj: re:Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2
 7. "Michael A. Devenis"  Subj: Re: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2
 8. "Barry Seevers"          Subj: Re: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2
 9. Ed Lutz     Subj: Re: Laverda Ed Lutz' 1980 Monty

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 16:36:38 +0930
From: "Geoff Pascoe" 
Subject: Re: Laverda NEW TRIPLE PICTURE!!

Just remember to check the Calendar!

An unfortunate coincidence?!

Geoff
gpascoe@microbits.com.au

>>You can all just call me 'scoop'.

>>http://rsphysse.anu.edu.au/~stb107/laverda 

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 09:28:00 +0200
From: Keith McKay 
Subject: Re: Laverda NEW TRIPLE PICTURE!!

At 04:36 PM 3/31/98 +0930, Geoff Pascoe wrote:
>Just remember to check the Calendar!
>
>An unfortunate coincidence?!

Don't think so; had me going until I got to the 'teflon and banana peel'
bearing seals.


- --------------------------------------------------------------------
Keith McKay                             tel.  :  +31 (0)30 2809461
Vicorp International Services           fax   :  +31 (0)30 2897323
Europalaan 542                          email :  kmk@vicorp.nl 
3526 KS Utrecht 
The Netherlands 
- --------------------------------------------------------------------
One nuclear bomb can ruin your whole day.
- --------------------------------------------------------------------

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 07:20:00 GMT
From: zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)
Subject: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION

>    I will be now returning it to Wolf Haerter with a sizeable check for
>  his long-suffering patience in my tardiness. This leaves me with my
>  original problem, could there be any substitute for the OEM pick-ups
>  which I believe are unavailable?

Silent Hektik has a replacement, but they are costly (about $200)
as all their stuff.

Bye

Chris

- ---
 _ RM 1.31 3336 _ 

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 13:02:32 +0200
From: "Marnix van der Schalk" 
Subject: Re: Laverda NEW TRIPLE PICTURE!!

>You can all just call me 'scoop'.
Stephen you will have to do better than that...old news. Apparently you
forgot to check out the factory site lately?
See: triples section below the 98 models section.

Marnix
**********************************************************************
Marnix van der Schalk
INTERNATIONAL LAVERDA 750 SFC OWNERS REGISTRY
ROTTERDAM - THE NETHERLANDS
Web site: http://www.euronet.nl/~wschalk/
E-mail:     wschalk@euronet.nl
**********************************************************************

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 09:12:41 EST
From: FnGG 
Subject: Laverda New triple views

Fellow afficinados:

       Could someone re-post the URL for the Australian site with the triple
picture, and the location of same on the factory site? I tried this AM and
couldn't connect to either.

                                                  thanks,
                                               Frank < FnGG@aol.com

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 07:03:41 -0800
From: Bill MacCracken 
Subject: re:Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2

(snip)...I have them gapped at .030" and the rotor has 2 triggers.
This is an early box without a "test" position and in fact has no dip
switches.
Are the sensors gapped at .030? For an RGS I set mine to 0.010  and I
use a brass feeler gauge (non-magnetic)

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 07:17:16 -0800
From: "Michael A. Devenis" 
Subject: Re: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2

Bill MacCracken wrote:
> 
> (snip)...I have them gapped at .030" and the rotor has 2 triggers.
> This is an early box without a "test" position and in fact has no dip
> switches.
> Are the sensors gapped at .030? For an RGS I set mine to 0.010  and I
> use a brass feeler gauge (non-magnetic)
Hmmmm, Thanks for the info. I will go give that a try. I still do not
understand why I can't get the pick-up to send a pulse when manually
triggering them.

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 08:28:21 -0800
From: "Barry Seevers" 
Subject: Re: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2

Michael

  You need to ground the triggers to the bike, before you test them.
Also you have not told everyone you are working with a Prototype box. I had
told you that the power feed needed to be clean. not hooked to anything
else. If I have time I well come over and help you with this problem.

  Barry Seevers.
- -----Original Message-----
From: Michael A. Devenis 
To: laverda@list.sirius.com 
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 1998 7:11 AM
Subject: Re: Laverda RGS/Witt Ignition follies, part 2


>Bill MacCracken wrote:
>>
>> (snip)...I have them gapped at .030" and the rotor has 2 triggers.
>> This is an early box without a "test" position and in fact has no dip
>> switches.
>> Are the sensors gapped at .030? For an RGS I set mine to 0.010  and I
>> use a brass feeler gauge (non-magnetic)
>Hmmmm, Thanks for the info. I will go give that a try. I still do not
>understand why I can't get the pick-up to send a pulse when manually
>triggering them.
>

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 09:18:54 -0800
From: Ed Lutz 
Subject: Re: Laverda Ed Lutz' 1980 Monty

Thats the one. Loud, fast, and very, very, nice. Its been a while since I
had a small, light, fast bike. This is gonna be fun!

Ed

At 09:27 PM 3/30/98 -0800, you wrote:
>For Ed Lutz: Is that Simon's old bike? I think I saw it in the Cycle
>trader last 2 weeks? I rode with him and some of the gang from Laverda's
>Only several years ago, what a machine!! The fastest [and loudest!!] 500
>in captivity!!
>
>
>

------------------------------

End of laverda-digest V1 #77
****************************
laverda-digest         Tuesday, March 31 1998         Volume 01 : Number 078



 1. Ed Lutz     Subj: Re: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION
 2. Ed Lutz     Subj: Re: Laverda NEW TRIPLE PICTURE!!
 3. Lance Weil   Subj: Laverda Gemini
 4. zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)        Subj: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION
 5. FnGG                   Subj: Laverda URL Help!
 6. zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)        Subj: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION
 7. zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)        Subj: Laverda LAVERDA GEMINI

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 09:21:38 -0800
From: Ed Lutz 
Subject: Re: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION

Um, is that $200 US?

Ed

At 07:20 AM 3/31/98 GMT, you wrote:
>Silent Hektik has a replacement, but they are costly (about $200)
>as all their stuff.
>
>Bye
>
>Chris
>
>---
> _ RM 1.31 3336 _ 
>
>

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 09:35:27 -0800
From: Ed Lutz 
Subject: Re: Laverda NEW TRIPLE PICTURE!!

Yeah sure, OK scoop. I liked it, up to the banana peel part. Not sure about
the aerodynamic drag of bug splats either...

Hmmmm, I use a scoop to clean up after my dog too....  ;)

Ed
You really need to get that bike of yours running. Looks like someones
getting a bit batty!


At 04:46 PM 3/31/98 +1000, you wrote:
>Sorry to yell folks but I've just received information of the new three
>cylinder engine undergoing testing.  It's nice to have connections....
>
>You can all just call me 'scoop'.
>
>http://rsphysse.anu.edu.au/~stb107/laverda
>
>Enjoy,
>Steve
> 
> _______________________________________________________________
>Stephen Battisson
>Senior Technical Officer
>Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories
>Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
>Australian National University
>Canberra ACT 0200
>Australia
>
>Serious Laverda Nutter
>"Laverda In Australia" website
>http://rsphysse.anu.adu.au/~stb107/laverda
>RGA1200 money pit
>

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 09:41:11 -0800
From: Lance Weil 
Subject: Laverda Gemini

Hi Jim, yes I agree with Chris Rein in that the magneto components can
decrease in output with an increase in the working temp.
That is to say as the engine heats up the spark comes easier at the
spark plug which is common knowlege.  But, as the electrical components
heat up the spark is more dubious.  Hot components are at best iffy.  So
if the spark actually is the problem I would look to the coil under the
flywheel responsible for spark and have it tested and rewound if
necessary.  Of course it would be good to make sure the magnets are
strong as well.

All this is predicated on having a bad spark problem.  Most of the time
the symptoms you describe point to a bad or diminishing fuel supply. 
The fuel problems run this way in percentage order of probability:
starting with being out of fuel, poor to bad petcock flow, reserve
supply plugged up and the most elusive of all is the tank breather is
plugged up which usually produces the exact symptom you describe as
well.  Best of luck with it and of course please let all know what the
problem was for our future reference.

Please let me know also if you located any parts sources for Geminis as
I need piston and rings for same.  All the best, Lance Weil
- -- 
1974 MV Agusta 750 America -- 1967 MV Agusta 600 -- 1967 XLR-RR -- 1984
RGA Laverda -- 1969 -- Laverda Gemini 200 -- 1977 Alfa Romeo Alfeta GT
  
Rickey Racer and 1-800-LAVERDA
519 South Flower St.
Burbank, California  91502
818-841-7490 ph.
818-841-4894 fax
lwrracer@earthlink.net
www.1-800-laverda.com

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 19:29:00 GMT
From: zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)
Subject: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION

>  Um, is that $200 US?

I'm afraid so...

Remember their ignitions are $800...

Their fuse box (ultra trick though) weighs in at US$200 also...

Bye

Chris Rein

- ---
 _ RM 1.31 3336 _ 

------------------------------

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 17:15:34 EST
From: FnGG 
Subject: Laverda URL Help!

Folks:
      I had a serious crash/re-installation on AOL today, all my bookmarks
disappeared.
      Could someone, at their convenience, post the URLs for the following:
The ILOC (UK)
      USA LOC
      The Laverda Australia page, including the "parts" address

      The MGNOC
     If my memory recalls any others, I'll ask, but these would be tremendous
for now.

                                             many thanks in advance,
                                            Frank < FnGG@aol.com

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 21:19:00 GMT
From: zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)
Subject: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION

>  Well we got the loaner box installed, and still no spark. There is
>  10.5 volts going into the box. Is this sufficient?

No. Witt advises to ground the box directly to the battery. If
your battery is full, why should there be only 10.5 volts?
(Unless you're cranking the bike over)

Bye

Chris Rein

- ---
 _ RM 1.31 3336 _ 

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 21:17:00 GMT
From: zottel@bbs.bybyte.de (Zottel)
Subject: Laverda LAVERDA GEMINI

>  All this is predicated on having a bad spark problem.  Most of the time
>  the symptoms you describe point to a bad or diminishing fuel supply.
>  The fuel problems run this way in percentage order of probability:
>  starting with being out of fuel, poor to bad petcock flow, reserve
>  supply plugged up and the most elusive of all is the tank breather is
>  plugged up which usually produces the exact symptom you describe as
>  well.  Best of luck with it and of course please let all know what the
>  problem was for our future reference.

The tank breather problem is the easiest to check. As power goes
down, open your filler cap. Better running? Bingo.

Bye

Chris Rein

- ---
 _ RM 1.31 3336 _ 

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laverda-digest         Tuesday, March 31 1998         Volume 01 : Number 079



 1. Ed Lutz     Subj: Re: Laverda URL Help!
 2. FnGG                   Subj: Re: Laverda URL Help!
 3. Stephen Battisson  Subj: Re: Laverda New triple views
 4. FnGG                   Subj: Re: Laverda New triple views
 5. Roy Harvey  Subj: Laverda Re: (GUZZI) URL Help!
 6. JRSbike             Subj: Re: Laverda Chassis Database
 7. Ed Lutz     Subj: Re: Laverda URL Help!

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 14:41:55 -0800
From: Ed Lutz 
Subject: Re: Laverda URL Help!

Here ya go, the Laverda Links I have on my work laptop:

Guzzi Exchange,
http://www.guzzi.com.au/forum/laverda/

Italia Connection,
http://box.argonet.co.uk/italia/laverda.html

The factory,
http://www.keycomm.it/~laverda/

The AU page,
http://rsphy1.anu.edu.au/~stb107/laverda/index.html

ILOC,
http://www.richtea.demon.co.uk/laverda/index.html

USALOC,
http://www.hevanet.com/lavrgs/Main.htm

Got a bunch more at home if you need them,

Ed
At 05:15 PM 3/31/98 EST, you wrote:
>Folks:
>      I had a serious crash/re-installation on AOL today, all my bookmarks
>disappeared.
>      Could someone, at their convenience, post the URLs for the following:
>The ILOC (UK)
>      USA LOC
>      The Laverda Australia page, including the "parts" address
>
>      The MGNOC
>     If my memory recalls any others, I'll ask, but these would be tremendous
>for now.
>
>                                             many thanks in advance,
>                                            Frank < FnGG@aol.com
>

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 17:51:29 EST
From: FnGG 
Subject: Re: Laverda URL Help!

Ed:

    Thankyou so VERY much for your quick response!

    When you've a chance, e-mail me the others you have "at home", you've
piqued my interest.

    First time in 2+ years I had a crash..

                                                     thanks again,
                                                      Frank < FnGG@aol.com

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Date: Wed, 01 Apr 1998 11:25:52 +1000
From: Stephen Battisson 
Subject: Re: Laverda New triple views

Frank,
The address for my site is in my signature below theres a big link from the
main page, as for the location of the pictures on the factory site....
you'll have to read my article about the bike and it may be a little more
clear.

Cheers
Steve

At 09:12 AM 3/31/98 EST, you wrote:
>Fellow afficinados:
>
>       Could someone re-post the URL for the Australian site with the triple
>picture, and the location of same on the factory site? I tried this AM and
>couldn't connect to either.
>
>                                                  thanks,
>                                               Frank < FnGG@aol.com
>
>
 
 _______________________________________________________________
Stephen Battisson
Senior Technical Officer
Atomic and Molecular Physics Laboratories
Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Australia

Serious Laverda Nutter
"Laverda In Australia" website
http://rsphysse.anu.adu.au/~stb107/laverda
RGA1200 money pit

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 20:31:02 EST
From: FnGG 
Subject: Re: Laverda New triple views

Steve:

      Thanks for the reply! I had quite the crash this afternoon, like the PC
had a stroke! Lost all the bookmarks, etc. Was re-installing them as you sent
your note just now. I've re-marked your page, and read the article, which was
great! What a bike this could be, eh? Light weight, innovative structure, etc.

     Thanks for a scoop I've been waiting for for a long time!

                                                  regards,
                                           Frank Susca< FnGG@aol.com

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 18:00:46 -0800
From: Roy Harvey 
Subject: Laverda Re: (GUZZI) URL Help!

At 05:15 PM 3/31/98 EST, FnGG wrote:
>Folks:
>      I had a serious crash/re-installation on AOL today, all my bookmarks
>disappeared.
>      Could someone, at their convenience, post the URLs for the following:
>The ILOC (UK)
>      USA LOC
>      The Laverda Australia page, including the "parts" address
>
>      The MGNOC
>     If my memory recalls any others, I'll ask, but these would be tremendous
>for now.
>
>                                             many thanks in advance,
>                                            Frank < FnGG@aol.com
>
MGNOC web site is:  http://www.inet-rendezvous.com/MGNOC

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Internet Consultant               /~_0_0         D evelopment &    
Roy Harvey                      _o\<-\<-_        E lectronic	
voice:800 545-7407             (*)-/-/-(*)       A dvertising           
http://inet-rendezvous.com/      (MGNOC)         S ervices
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 22:03:44 EST
From: JRSbike 
Subject: Re: Laverda Chassis Database

I have had my 750 SF roadracer measured by Peter Kates at GMD Computrack in 
Framingham, MA.  This is a must do for any roadracer. Send me your fax number
and I'll send you my specs. By the way, Peter told me that my bike was
straighter than some new F3 Hondas that have come in!
Regards, John Symonds

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 21:00:59 -0800
From: Ed Lutz 
Subject: Re: Laverda URL Help!

Heres some more:

Columbia Car and Cycle (Wolfgang's site)
http://www.angelfire.com/biz/clcrcy/clmeng.html
Marnix's SFC registry
http://www.euronet.nl/%7Ewschalk/
Laverda Club Netherlands
http://www.iaehv.nl/users/buethker/
Silent Hektik
http://www.silenthektik.com/
Slater Laverda
http://www.italia.co.uk/slater.html
Todd Laverda
http://golden.argonet.co.uk/www-site/users/bob.williams/todd.html

Have fun,

Ed
At 05:15 PM 3/31/98 EST, you wrote:
>Folks:
>      I had a serious crash/re-installation on AOL today, all my bookmarks
>disappeared.
>      Could someone, at their convenience, post the URLs for the following:
>The ILOC (UK)
>      USA LOC
>      The Laverda Australia page, including the "parts" address
>
>      The MGNOC
>     If my memory recalls any others, I'll ask, but these would be tremendous
>for now.
>
>                                             many thanks in advance,
>                                            Frank < FnGG@aol.com
>

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laverda-digest        Wednesday, April 1 1998        Volume 01 : Number 080



 1. Bill MacCracken  Subj: Laverda Address for LOC USA Site
 2. "Michael A. Devenis"  Subj: Re: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION
 3. "Michael A. Devenis"  Subj: Re: Laverda Chassis Database
 4. "Marnix van der Schalk"  Subj: Re: Laverda URL Help!
 5. "Stefan Sch\vneberg"  Subj: Laverda Intro
 6. "Stefan Sch\vneberg"  Subj: Laverda poor 500
 7. "Michael Moore"   Subj: Re: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION
 8. "Michael Moore"   Subj: Re: Laverda poor 500

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 22:11:28 -0800
From: Bill MacCracken 
Subject: Laverda Address for LOC USA Site

http:\\www.hevanet.com\lavrgs\USALOC1.htm

from here use the links page and most Laverda Sites can be found -
either on our site or on the linked sites.

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 18:07:02 -0800
From: "Michael A. Devenis" 
Subject: Re: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION

Zottel wrote:
> 
> >  Well we got the loaner box installed, and still no spark. There is
> >  10.5 volts going into the box. Is this sufficient?
> 
> No. Witt advises to ground the box directly to the battery. If
> your battery is full, why should there be only 10.5 volts?
> (Unless you're cranking the bike over)
> 
> Bye
> 
> Chris Rein
> 
> ---
>  _ RM 1.31 3336 _
Good point Chris, the battery is new, less than 1 year, but has been on
a battery tender. I syspect that we have an excessive amt of resistance
in the wiring somewhere, possibly corrosion at a connector.

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 22:15:41 -0800
From: "Michael A. Devenis" 
Subject: Re: Laverda Chassis Database

JRSbike wrote:
> 
> I have had my 750 SF roadracer measured by Peter Kates at GMD Computrack in
> Framingham, MA.  This is a must do for any roadracer. Send me your fax number
> and I'll send you my specs. By the way, Peter told me that my bike was
> straighter than some new F3 Hondas that have come in!
> Regards, John Symonds
I know Peter well, in fact I talk with him practically everyday, I will
just ask him to fax the info along to me. If that is OK with you?

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 09:55:31 +0200
From: "Marnix van der Schalk" 
Subject: Re: Laverda URL Help!

Laverda sites,

Hey guys, don't forget my little but precious SFC site! lots of links there
too. And eh... all that's written in it is really true! 

http://www.euronet.nl/~wschalk/

Marnix


**********************************************************************
Marnix van der Schalk
INTERNATIONAL LAVERDA 750 SFC OWNERS REGISTRY
ROTTERDAM - THE NETHERLANDS
Web site: http://www.euronet.nl/~wschalk/
E-mail:     wschalk@euronet.nl
**********************************************************************

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Date: Wed, 01 Apr 1998 12:12:34 +0200
From: "Stefan Sch\vneberg" 
Subject: Laverda Intro

Hi all,

After beeing on the mailing list for about two weeks and sending one or
two comments, I want to introduce myself.
My Name is Stefan Schoeneberg, i live in the north of Germany close to 
Hamburg (Hi Chris Rein, its only 150km!).
I¦ve got a 1970 LAV 750 GT for about 10 years and a 1981(?) LAV 500 for
about 4 years. (+a YAM/Velorex outfit, a MZ 250 and a Zuendapp 250).
I hope to get the 750 back on the road again next week after engine
rebuild due to a broken piston. Next project will be incrasing the
reliability of the 500. It¦s normaly ridden by my wife but because of a
baby-break she won¦t be on the road this summer.

Have a good time with your Lavs,
Cheers, Stefan

Stefan Sch÷neberg
stefan_schoeneberg@avid.com

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Date: Wed, 01 Apr 1998 13:02:22 +0200
From: "Stefan Sch\vneberg" 
Subject: Laverda poor 500

Hi all,

I¦ve got a Lav 500, which is big fun to ride on the open road, but it¦s
annoying in town. After about one hour at low revs, frequent stops and
starting from time to time the battery is down.
Due to "hacksaw-tuned" carbs, the engine stops often at idle. And maybe
the poor Bosch BTZ doen¦t make things better.

- - Has anybody tried to improve the geneartor output at low revs ? 
  Its a 150 W Bosch-type with two leads output. The used rectifier is 
  non-stock.
  Can anybody supply the Bosch-No. of the triples 150W alternater?
  The green book says they work OK on triples...

- - The carbs ( Dellorto PHF 32 AD/ AS) were damaged by the previous  
  owner who tried to "tune" the bike. All internals are no problem,
  I get them all out of the shelf. But complete carbs or just housings
  seems to be unavailible or worn out. 
  The alloy stubs seem to crack easyly and I saw rubber/Steel ones on 
  500s in Great britan .
  Are there maybe other carb/stub combinations and is anybody 
  experienced with it?

Thank you for any assistance,
Stefan
stefan_schoeneberg@avid.com

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 04:49:01 -0800
From: "Michael Moore" 
Subject: Re: Laverda LAVERDA RGS/WITT IGNITION

> Good point Chris, the battery is new, less than 1 year, but has been on
> a battery tender. I syspect that we have an excessive amt of resistance
> in the wiring somewhere, possibly corrosion at a connector.

Hello Michael,

My experience with selling RITA ignitions for the last 7 or so years 
is that about 95% of the ignition problems are elsewhere in the 
electrices - low voltage caused by corrosion on terminals, poor 
output from the alternator, duff batteries, bad grounds, etc.

All of the different ignitions I've dealt with are voltage
sensitive, and the RITA has a lower threshold of about 11 volts
where it starts acting weird.

Cheers,
Michael 
Michael Moore
Euro Spares, SF CA
Distributor of Lucas RITA and Powerbase products
Sole North American distributor of "The Racing Motorcycle: a technical guide for constructors"
Host of 6 m/c email lists (details on the web site)
http://www.eurospares.com
AFM/AHRMA #364

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 04:54:14 -0800
From: "Michael Moore" 
Subject: Re: Laverda poor 500

>   Are there maybe other carb/stub combinations and is anybody 
>   experienced with it?

Hello Stefan,

A set of Kei'hin CR smoothbore carbs would probably work a treat on 
your 500 if you can afford them.  They are (in my opinion) a 
noticeably higher quality product.  I use them on my projects (like 
my Triumph T150 Trident) when I'm not restricted by vintage racing 
rules from using them.

Cheers,
Michael 
Michael Moore
Euro Spares, SF CA
Distributor of Lucas RITA and Powerbase products
Sole North American distributor of "The Racing Motorcycle: a technical guide for constructors"
Host of 6 m/c email lists (details on the web site)
http://www.eurospares.com
AFM/AHRMA #364

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