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Triples
« on: January 18, 2023, 05:50:18 PM »
I'm thinking about looking for a Laverda triple project to get into the restoration rotation.  Any thoughts or feedback will be much appreciated.  I know next to nothing about them other than that I like the early 3C 1000s.  I've seen pictures of SPMoto's RGS and it is very lovely.
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Re: Triples
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2023, 06:16:35 PM »
No triple input, Ben.   But I will offer this apparently-overpriced-so-still-unsold-for-months-on-fbmp original 750 SFC down near Atlanta as a back-up plan-

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/509045517893287/





Fwiw, I thought the specs on Chris Palmer’s 750 SFC Palmelli replica bikes from back in the late 90’s were very interesting. Different crank configuration to tame the vibrations, lighter frame, etc.  I read about it back when I had my SF1 that needed direction and had lots of “what if” thoughts….

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Re: Triples
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2023, 06:41:43 PM »
There's an overpriced (IMO) 3C on ebay right now. Starting bid of $6999.99.

I decided that I really didn't want a triple after following this thread for a while. Maybe a 750.
https://www.advrider.com/f/threads/workshop-stories.1529843/
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Re: Triples
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2023, 07:22:02 PM »
This showed up on BAT two days ago.   

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1980-laverda-jota/

Already getting some healthy bids.

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Re: Triples
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2023, 07:22:02 PM »

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Re: Triples
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2023, 07:35:24 PM »
If you want to learn about all things Laverda and find the source for every NOS or reproduction part imaginable then you need to contact Wolfgang Haerter at Columbia Car and Cycle in Nakusp British Columbia, Canada. I have been to Wolfgang’s amazing warehouse of Laverda parts (as well as Dellorto, CEV, Brembo, KONI etc) several times. Wolfgang is an expert mechanic who spent a lifetime working on Laverda and can diagnose anything on the machines. I sent my 1973 Laverda SF1 to him to tune a couple years ago and he transformed the bike. He also knows just about every Laverda for sale and it’s history. Wolfgang ships parts around the world and has many contacts in Europe where he sources specific hard to find parts.

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Re: Triples
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2023, 08:20:07 PM »
I love triples!!!

Why?  Dunno....

I have 3 right now - a Triumph Rocket III Touring, spmoto's old Triumph Trophy, and a BMW K75S.
Back in the day, I put over 50K on a Yamaha XS750. I'd lose my license on a Speed Triple.....

I'd love to try one of those Big Beasties from Breganze. 3CE, RGS, Jarama, or even a 750 twin.
I'm told that they're very well-built, but that the triples are VERY, VERY maintenance-intensive. Valve checks every 3K,
(split the cam chain and pull the cams to adjust), replace the cam chain and primary every 15K, etc., etc..
Enthusiasts say all of the headaches are worth it.  :grin:   May be someday....

I think you should get one, Ben!   :laugh: :laugh: (We're supposed to be enablers on this forum, yes?!  :cool:)

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Re: Triples
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2023, 08:43:25 PM »
This guy from Spain does some good restos and his videos are great....
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Re: Triples
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2023, 11:26:33 PM »
There's an overpriced (IMO) 3C on ebay right now. Starting bid of $6999.99.

I decided that I really didn't want a triple after following this thread for a while. Maybe a 750.
https://www.advrider.com/f/threads/workshop-stories.1529843/


I contacted the eBay seller this morning to ask a few basic questions like whether he had a title in his name, did the crank turn freely, etc. so I could decide whether to drive the 300 miles to look at it.  He was so unfriendly that I just took the bike out of consideration. I couldn’t see climbing into bed for the next year or so with a bike with bad karma. The histories of these bikes and our connections with their owners and their pasts are so important. It’s too bad.  It was a nice looking motorcycle in just the condition I like to start with.
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Re: Triples
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2023, 07:46:59 AM »
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Re: Triples
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2023, 01:11:59 PM »


I contacted the eBay seller this morning to ask a few basic questions like whether he had a title in his name, did the crank turn freely, etc. so I could decide whether to drive the 300 miles to look at it.  He was so unfriendly that I just took the bike out of consideration. I couldn’t see climbing into bed for the next year or so with a bike with bad karma. The histories of these bikes and our connections with their owners and their pasts are so important. It’s too bad.  It was a nice looking motorcycle in just the condition I like to start with.

Amen.  Two solid rules I always follow:

1.  Never buy a bike unless you talk to the owner and enjoy the conversation.

2.  Always trust your gut!
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Re: Triples
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2023, 08:56:47 PM »
I know nothing about any Triple other than the Yamaha XS750 Triple.  Lovely bike, low end torque of a twin, and decent mid range but runs out of power, and can't compare to my XS1100. I haven't ridden either since 2013 or so, they are in mothballs eagerly waiting my retirement. Here is my 78 Special.



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Re: Triples
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2023, 09:16:07 PM »
This is probably the only triple I'd love to get my hands on.
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Re: Triples
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2023, 09:37:16 PM »
If you want to learn about all things Laverda and find the source for every NOS or reproduction part imaginable then you need to contact Wolfgang Haerter at Columbia Car and Cycle in Nakusp British Columbia, Canada. I have been to Wolfgang’s amazing warehouse of Laverda parts (as well as Dellorto, CEV, Brembo, KONI etc) several times. Wolfgang is an expert mechanic who spent a lifetime working on Laverda and can diagnose anything on the machines. I sent my 1973 Laverda SF1 to him to tune a couple years ago and he transformed the bike. He also knows just about every Laverda for sale and it’s history. Wolfgang ships parts around the world and has many contacts in Europe where he sources specific hard to find parts.

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Thanks Jim. I think that will come in handy.  Ben

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Re: Triples
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2023, 10:00:27 PM »
Hey Ben, 7k for that heap on ebay makes Wendel's 3C sound reasonably priced.
The Laverda forum is a good group. Not wildguzzi but then nothing comes close.

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Re: Triples
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2023, 10:09:02 PM »
Hey Ben, 7k for that heap on ebay makes Wendel's 3C sound reasonably priced.
The Laverda forum is a good group. Not wildguzzi but then nothing comes close.

Roger that Steve. I’ll give you a call tomorrow to catch up.  Ben
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Re: Triples
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2023, 02:23:14 PM »
I bought a triple today from forum member Travlr (Mike) near Phoenix.  It is a '77 Jota partially finished and in parts.  Once I get it home I will post more.  I am so excited.  Thanks so much to Mike for reaching out to me and offering the bike for sale.  More to follow.
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Re: Triples
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2023, 03:47:35 PM »
I bought a triple today from forum member Travlr (Mike) near Phoenix.  It is a '77 Jota partially finished and in parts.  Once I get it home I will post more.  I am so excited.  Thanks so much to Mike for reaching out to me and offering the bike for sale.  More to follow.

Very cool.  Good or you.  Those Jotas make a wicked nice noise.

There is a fellow here in Maine that is very well versed in the Laverda triples.  I can send his info to you if you like.

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jo·​ta. ˈhōtə, -ō(ˌ)tä plural -s. : a Spanish folk dance in ³/₄ time performed by a man and a woman to intricate castanet and heel rhythms.


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Re: Triples
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2023, 06:24:51 PM »
Congrats Ben! Can't wait to hear more.

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« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2023, 12:59:00 PM »
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Re: Triples
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2023, 05:01:49 PM »
I bought a triple today from forum member Travlr (Mike) near Phoenix.  It is a '77 Jota partially finished and in parts.  Once I get it home I will post more.  I am so excited.  Thanks so much to Mike for reaching out to me and offering the bike for sale.  More to follow.

Great doing business with you Ben!  For those of you out there, Ben is a great guy to work with.  5 stars.

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Re: Triples
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2023, 04:13:37 PM »
My 2nd bike was a 72' GT750.  Oh.....sorry not a 4 stroke.   :grin:
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« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2023, 05:54:45 AM »




From an old issue of Classic Bike.   :grin:

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« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2023, 07:31:50 AM »




From an old issue of Classic Bike.   :grin:

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That has to be one of the best photos I’ve seen in a while Stretch.  It would make a great poster for my office.
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Re: Triples
« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2023, 07:52:11 AM »
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It would make a great poster for my office.
The thought had occurred to me, too - but I haven't done anything about it yet!   LOL!

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« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2023, 09:41:57 PM »
Congrats Mike ! Still have the zephyr?
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Re: Triples
« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2023, 09:41:58 PM »
I’ll toss a triple in


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Re: Triples
« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2023, 06:42:55 AM »
I’ll toss a triple in



I need to learn more about modern Triumphs. That is one very nice looking motorcycle. 
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Re: Triples
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2023, 10:04:19 AM »
I have a new T120 Bonneville, nice motorcycles. I almost didn't buy it due to the small gas tank, 3.8 gals. However I average 57.5 mpg, so no problem. I can go 200 miles if I am not riding like an idiot.
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« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2023, 05:22:55 PM »
Congrats Mike ! Still have the zephyr?

Missed you at Mecum Turin.  The big Zeph went to a Kawasaki collector in Cal.

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« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2023, 06:49:26 PM »
I had some big bids to get outfor work, and there's no budget for a new scooter. hope you find something !
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