wanted - moto giro bike

Paul LeClair

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Hi all

I am inCalgary, Alberta, Canada. Our local Moto Giro is run each September. It allows bikes up to 1969 and up to 250 cc. There are different classes.

I was building a 1966 Garelli 150 (Laverda 150 single engine) and had it well on its way to completion when I had a car fire in my garage and the Garelli was heavily fire damaged.

Now I am looking for a suitable Moto Giro eligible bike, for shipping costs reasons the closer the better, but for the right bike I would pay to ship from pretty much anywhere in the world.

Laverda would be first choice, other Italian second choice, and 60's Japanese probably the best choice. WIll look at pretty much anything that fits the rules, the more complete the better.

Anyone?

Paul LeClair
 
and after a thorough reading of the locla Moto Giro rules they will not allow me to turbo charge an entry, but supercharging is permitted.......;)

now looking at a seized 1959 -1964 (?) Honda 125 twin locally, please someone direct me to a small displacement Laverda before I cross over to the other side.......

Paul LeClair
 
Bob Dixon did the giro on a small (100cc?) Laverda a bunch of years ago. I don't remember whether he did any good, but I think the bike survived OK.

Seems a bit of an arduous event to take part in, especially for an old fart with health issues. Are you sure you haven't lost your marbles?
 
"from the Roman poet Horace, we should enjoy life while we can. His full injunction, "carpe diem quam minimum credula postero,” can be translated as “pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one,” but carpe diem alone has come to be used as shorthand for this entire idea, which is more widely known as "seize the day."".

Having recently faced and so far beat the odds to overcome pancreatic cancer through major surgery, carpe diem is my new motto. I am moving forward trying to make the most of each day. I have a long list to get through, running the Moto Giro is only one very small step along the way.... Also on my motorycle list next summer I intend to run the supercharged and modified Kawasaki H2 to its limits on the new race track local to me opening in the spring. Also another small step, the much bigger steps all involve family and friends.....

Paul LeClair
 
Bob Dixon did the giro on a small (100cc?) Laverda a bunch of years ago. I don't remember whether he did any good, but I think the bike survived OK.

Seems a bit of an arduous event to take part in, especially for an old fart with health issues. Are you sure you haven't lost your marbles?
Are you not confusing the Italian re-enactment with Paul's Canadian evocation?

Paul
 
Here is Chris Cutler in Bungendore. I rode down to Wollongong where I met up with him, and then we rode out to Bungendore where he tootles off to Dalgety, and I dropped into the Bungendore house of speed. You will see from the photo that the bike is a.....ummmm. Suzuki. Note the use of orange paint and club Laverda NSW tank badges. Go for a Honda Paul, paint it orange, and put Laverda badges on it. That will fuck em! Chris is also clear on the cancer front and seizing the day😀
 

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Surely what you need Paul is a Laverda Bicilindrico 200, which I believe was available from 1961. I gather 4500 were made so there must be a couple knocking around somewhere on your side of the pond. Otherwise get onto Subito and get one imported from Italy.
 
and after a thorough reading of the locla Moto Giro rules they will not allow me to turbo charge an entry, but supercharging is permitted.......;)

now looking at a seized 1959 -1964 (?) Honda 125 twin locally, please someone direct me to a small displacement Laverda before I cross over to the other side.......

Paul LeClair
In my experience bikes tend to run more reliably when they don't have seized motors.

Get yourself something that is running and requires minimal work. Surely an old Japanese bike will offer 'character', e.g. points ignition and 6V electrics. Then you can spend less time fixing and more time riding.

Cheers,

bazzee
 
Express parts delivery to the house of speed😀
Many years ago, at a winter rally for British bikes in the Belgian Ardennes, I met a top level Belgian classic racer who was rebuilding a works Sarolea single. The crankcase was damaged so he was riding back East from Antwerp where he'd picked up a large block of alloy to machine the crankcase lashed onto the rack of his Commando. He said that he was lifting the front wheel a lot.

Paul

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Many years ago, at a winter rally for British bikes in the Belgian Ardennes, I met a top level Belgian classic racer who was rebuilding a works Sarolea single. The crankcase was damaged so he was riding back East from Antwerp where he'd picked up a large block of alloy to machine the crankcase lashed onto the rack of his Commando. He said that he was lifting the front wheel a lot.

Paul

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Fantastic, that's the sort of machine I wish to own one day!
 
I talked to Wolfgang today, he discouraged me from throwing a bunch more money and time at the partially built but now garage fire damaged Garelli 150. He has been building a Laverda 100 Sport for about ten years now, not quite finished, but he does not want to part with it, although when I asked to buy it he said he would "think about it". Too nice of a guy to just tell me to piss off. He says he does not have anything else suitable for the Moto Giro other than piles and piles of parts I could probably make a Laverda 100 out of eventually if I was really determined.... I am really not that determined, would prefer to buy a pretty much complete bike.

As Bazee noted earlier in this thread, the Honda 125 twin with the seized motor I went and looked at would be more reliable if the motor was not seized;) Amazing how many 1960's "Honda New Old Stock" parts are presently available from Thailand based eBay sellers, has me wondering about the quality of some of the "Honda" parts on offer, I would need a carb, pistons, rings, valve guides and valves, inner and outer valve springs, points, 6 volt dual output coil,gasket set, etc..

Anyway, still looking...

Paul LeCLair

ps Ron, can't run a Laverda 750, Motor Giro is 250 cc and under, 1969 and prior
 
Paul,

Some 'buzz' words return a larger result in the classifieds.
Try Sears or Wards, as they imported small engine capacity bikes in the '60s

HTH
Gerald
 
Find a reasonable HD Sprint - then source the correct Aermacchi badging, sidecovers etc from one of the European members.
Must still be plenty of them about.

If nothing else it will sow confusion.
I had a race Macchi customer here who varied his entries - and badging - according to which club he was racing with.
 
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