Post by agustanz on Jan 4, 2014 13:15:50 GMT 1
This is a long story!
Back in 1986 I spotted a bike at a local bike wreakers and bought it....
As best I can make out it's history goes something like this....
It would have been an air cooled RD 250 or 350 from about 1974/5 when new.
Some time between then and 1986 the frame was monoshocked and nickel plated.
A TZ fairing, seat and tank were fitted. The aircooled engine was converted with TZ parts to be water cooled.
TZ tacho, radiator, water pump, barrels, pipes, head etc etc.
And a twin disc front end was fitted.
I have no idea who did the work or if it was ever seriously raced.
I decided to ditch the TZ engine and run a 350LC and convert it back to a road bike.
I did some work on it over the years then sold it and bought it back after a couple of years in the early 1990's.
In the early 1990's I did heaps to it....
Cut the rear of the frame off and rebuilt it lighter (it still had the heavy frame for the twin shocks in place.)
Sold the tank and seat and built new ones to my own style. Modified the fairing...
Painted it up to look like a bit like a MV racer and fitted lots of Italian bits on it.
Got a LC engine that I had the crank rebuilt on and overbore the cylinders to a total cc of 370cc.
It was designed to look a bit like an MV Agusta GP bike at a distance. I was also designed for one road between me and the nearest town which is twisty and up and down hill... so I wanted acceleration out of corners over top speed.
One of the other design ideas was to be able to park it in a car park at motorcycle racing and sit back and watch as people tried to work out what the HELL it was!! I decided to call it the "Moto Contraffazione" which is rough Italian for "the counterfeit motorcycle". I was (and now will) make up some nice looking decals that say that for the tank etc...
"Moto Con" for short... lol
Then I sold it again in the late 1990's to my cousin who died about 3 years ago....
So now in 2014 I just bought the bike FOR THE THIRD TIME from the second owner after my cousin.
Amazingly NOTHING has been done to anything on it at all in all the years.
It will take a little while before I have it in hand as it's on the wrong Island and I have arranged to pay it off as I get money in.
Anywho if you made it this fair in the story good on you!!
Pictures to come as I work out how...