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Old 09-28-2004, 11:13 AM   #21
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I think so far the only ones to really bring back their classic look is Triumph with the Bonneville series, It remains to be seen how well Ducati does with their Classic line up, though from the pictures they look pretty good.

When those bikes were new they were the cutting edge of style and performance, as were these Laverdas along with R90S's. Maybe BMW should bring those back too.
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Old 09-28-2004, 12:00 PM   #22
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Check out this link to a British Laverda website that has an engine all stipped down for review.



http://www.realclassic.co.uk/lav04010700.html



Looks like a 360 crank. Just by virtue of bigger parts, it most likely vibrated just as bad as a CA77, but to a greater extent.



The 270 degree crankshaft in my CL350 shakes the bike like a paint mixer. Can you imagine if Honda had decided to up the whole deal to 650cc? Blurred vision & cracked frames would have abounded, I suppose.
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Old 09-28-2004, 01:02 PM   #24
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Yes, I get the "dolt" award today.
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Old 09-28-2004, 01:31 PM   #26
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Eureka! I found this passage in a review by Art Friedman on Kawaski and Suziki sharing the same model of cruiser.

"Though selling the same basic vehicle under two brand names has become common in the automotive world, the practice is a comparative rarity in the motorcycle market. A few Royal Enfield vertical twins were sold as Indians in the 1950s. In the late 1960s, Laverda 750 twins and models other from other makers were sold under the American Eagle brand in the U.S. Evel Knievel even rode one for a while." Guess I wasn't "incorrect" after all. VWW
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Old 09-28-2004, 01:44 PM   #27
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Well, seruzawa used to be a Californian.
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Old 09-28-2004, 02:17 PM   #28
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You may have something there. I STILL get lots of admiring looks and positive comments on my '84 BMW R100RS, and my wife and I tour comfortably on it to this day.
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Old 09-28-2004, 02:37 PM   #29
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BTW here's the link http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/m16s/ VWW
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Old 09-28-2004, 03:03 PM   #30
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Well there you go....
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