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Rides Events Clubs Groups QLD - Laverda Concours 2018

Discussion in 'Rides and Events - Clubs and Groups' started by GreyImport, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. GreyImport

    GreyImport Administrator Staff Member The Chief Contributing Member

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    It is on this Sunday, anyone going ?
     
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    here are a few pics of the show, to be fair, is was mostly the same as last year, the number of bikes being offered for judging was very low. The oval for bike parking was more interesting and I daresay some of those bikes were more trophy worthy than what was on display in the show. DSC00468 (2).JPG DSC00469 (2).JPG DSC00470 (2).JPG DSC00473 (2).JPG DSC00474 (2).JPG DSC00481 (2).JPG DSC00483 (2).JPG DSC00485 (2).JPG DSC00491 (2).JPG DSC00493 (2).JPG DSC00494 (2).JPG DSC00495 (2).JPG
     
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    and a few more

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    and some from the carpark, very few 250's there, even less 2 bangers

    Last one is my 675, I have had my bike porn fill for the day

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    Nice line up. Good to see plenty of other makes there besides Laverda.
    I wanted an 860GTS back when they were new, then a black/gold Darmah but ended up with a SL500 Pantah. Don't wish I still had it as wouldn't be able to bend enough to get on it. :lolsign:
     
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    At the risk of mass booing, I'm a big fan of the CX500 and CX650 bikes. I wanted a plastic maggot back in the day and some of the custom versions getting around are truly wonderful pieces of art and workmanship. That one Kiffsta included in his report is one of the better ones I've seen lately. A good mix of donour bike, modern and classic.

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    I agree Frank. The Japanese have made some extraordinary bikes over the years but then they just dump them. All that tooling just thrown away, shame. They should give all of the VTR250 tooling to me so I can make them here in Thailand.
     
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    for me, that was the custom bike of the show , I am a café fan, but it has to be done right, this one was
     
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    Well if it had a rear mudguard, seat loop and a more suitable tank I think it would be much better but that is just me. It still represents a well done custom of a classic bike with great attention to detail.
     
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    I am with @maelstrom, for me there is too much open space below the seat and the rear tyre.. I have seen some really nice Carbon Fibre rear Huggers that would have looked good and been practical as well.
    Each to their own I guess.. that is what makes customising as popular as it is..
    At least this one wasnt all flat Black.
     
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    nice to see the vjmc had bikes on display.
     

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