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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Moto Guzzi Special...........

.............from at least over 15 - 20 years ago .
    This was a regular visitor to the International V Twin Rally when it was still being held at Shaftesbury, Dorset.
  Always a bit of a odd looker but just look at the innovation, at least on a Guzzi - hub centre steering, single sided swing arm, chain drive and frame etc etc......etc.
   I wonder if it's still in use or just languishing in a garage somewhere ?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A Blast from the Past

Came across this pic when looking for something else. It must be from around 1994' / 95' when I was living in Bristol but still working in Coventry and covering 12 - 14,000 mls a year on the Guzzi's.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Polishing up a S/S Hex head...........

...........with just a flap wheel and wet n' dry and sometimes I do this and sometimes I don't.  These last couple have turned out not too bad at all considering each only took  5 - 10 minutes.  I know that you can buy them already machined down, but it's all extra expense and you really have to look quite close to see some imperfections.


Friday, 17 March 2017

Slow progress.......

.............with the latest project. Although I'd taken the bodywork over to Andy at Ultimate Bike Paint I'd forgotten to cut out a small area for the linked brake operating rod so had to go and get back the r/h panel. I always prefer to get the side panels in as close as possible and so with this in mind I also made a slightly different angled m/cylinder actuating arm. A couple of hours in I had a thought that it might not be suitable, but continued  anyway and it turned out to be the case as it now fouled on the frame so I didn't bother cleaning it up too much. Anyway a lesson learned as it made me realise how maybe I should have shaped it.
   I have made my own brake lines up which I prefer to do getting a more exact length as I feel a lot of the ready made kits sometimes have too much line which can look a little untidy. I've covered mine in shrink wrap tubing so the matt black blends in nicely with the rest of the bike. I bled the front brake up in a matter on minutes but then spent 30 minutes cleaning up the old pot of brake fluid that I knocked over............oh yes I put what was left of the old fluid in a safer place and managed to kick that over too !
    A few other jobs have been achieved  - fitting the coils and Gammatronix boxes  in place, remaking more silencer brackets and yesterday started the process of bleeding the linked system. It really is all those seemingly little jobs that take all the time and I'm often left wonderin' where the day has gone.






Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Guzzi Cafe Racer

Adam from 'Italian Motor magazine' came over 10 - 11 days ago to take pics of my Guzzi Special that I finished building last year. After the static shots the plan was to take it out somewhere for some extra on road pics, but the time ran out as Adam also has a two and half hour drive home plus the 40 minute drive back to my house and really, after over 4 hours,  I think we just wanted to get back somewhere warm as it was such a cold day especially when your just standing around.
    Adam did take the bike for a short spin just to get a feel for how it felt / went .
   Anyway here is a brief video clip of it running which Adam posted on his magazine Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Guzzi Cafe Racer project update......

.......with the addition of the mk 1 fairing gives the bike a more balanced look. I also made some brackets for the silencers yesterday though a little fettling is still needed with them. Today was all about making a fibreglass detachable base for the seat fitted with some 5 mm threaded rivets. The channel is to clear the two bolt heads that will secure the seat unit to the frame.