Eventually, I sourced everything I wanted, a long hard slog, in the interim I had the frame powder coated charcoal - I then assembled the bike & it looked like this in 2010:
The bike ran , I wanted to make sure that it was all ok - it then went off to have its head redone with proper valves seat & a little 'work' - The bike came back mid 2011.
At this point the bike (despite its rat looks) ran superbly, so what did I do next? This:
And turned it into this:
Then I sent it off to be repainted, the powder coating was always meant to be it base coat - by a slight rub back & then paint you get a stunning result: About a year later - this came home:
Notice the modified tail:
And then it became this:
Which became this:
Note the magneto: it looks like the original Dansi but was in fact manufactured in a backyard near Penrith from scratch - I wasn't going to mention this BUT (what the heck) the pick up & electronic station is from a Honda married to the original MV diode & coils - thre logic behind this to keep the 'spirit' of the bike & as the greatest tussles came with Honda & Mike Hailwood - we though it would add to the 'tribute spirit'. Sadly the maker is no longer with us & never got to see his creation work.
And little more tinkering it became this:
& on December 13 2012 ; It became this:
And it sounds like this (click on Pic it should work):
There are still a few minor things, I have the MV red racing grips which are to be added & the cover for the front light will be ready early in the new year - we simply push the headlight back 20mm & give it the full race look - the moulded taillight is un-intrusive and doesn't detract from the race look. Also I am having a little 'Tributo Ago' decal made for the side of the front screen. The bike will be at Phillip Island on January 26 & I am hoping to get Ago to sign it for me.
I have so many people to thank I don't even know where to start - my lovely wife (Lou) who as always supports me to the hilt. My son (Christian) who was 3 when I started this & was instrumental in the final build assembly - in fact, without him there is no way it would have fired 3rd kick, he has a very bright future in the motorcycle world! Ivan whom build the custom Dansi/Honda ignition system - we certainly won't ever forget you & your talents. Dutchy of Dutchy's Motorcycle spray painting who literally did do a Michelangelo 16 months he had the bike - did all the fabrication & the paint work? well the photos do it absolutely no justice at all - his patience in coming up with the 'right red' - I saw many bikes in museums etc but I didn't want a copy of a race bike, I wanted a tribute I wanted something to reflect Count Agusta's reference to "red fire engines" - Dutchy nailed it right down to the hand painted number 1 on the side.
It rides great - I am hoping to get it registered next weekend
2012 has been a remarkable year for me - I certainly doubt it is one that I can repeat in terms of MV Agusta acquisitions but one I will remember and have a special place in my heart.
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat! Make that a 14 year heartbeat
Thanks for reading.