Posted: December 9, 2013 in Just Me
Tags: 750, Ambo, Classic, Moto Guzzi, V-twin
Once again the Guzzi Ambo is all back together following on from having the heads reworked, and the valves and guides replaced, and once back together the old girl fired right on up, perfect. This bike has now had a full top end rebuild in the year I have owned it, having previously done the the barrels and pistons with the Gillardoni kits that are for sale. And now the heads.
The bike sounds great too, no nasty noises, it ticks over like a good watch. It is a great bike, and I wish I could keep it, but that seems unlikely right now, as I recently lost my job, so it may have to go as I need the funds. this hardly seems fair after all the work I have put into the thing, but then life sometimes just isn’t fair.
Moto Guzzi Ambassador V750
Moto Guzzi Ambo
Posted: December 7, 2013 in Just Me
Tags: 750, Ambassador, Ambo, Moto Guzzi, V-twin
I mentioned a while back that I had an issue with the exhaust thread on one of my Guzzi heads, and so with a repair in mind I ordered up a threaded insert to fix the problem, well that was way back in July, and as of today there is still no sign of it turning up! So instead a couple of months back I set too looking for a good used head to use instead, and lucky for me, one of the Guzzi guys in the US, had one he would send, for just the price of the postage, and he did.
So I pulled the heads from the bike and sent them off to be cleaned, and took the time while they were away to order new valves and guides, these duly arrived, so I took the whole lot to a local engineer to have the guides fitted. Of course in this modern age nothing you buy as a replacement part fits any more, and such was the case with the new valve guides, they were too large, and the engineers had to take three thou off them to make them fit. But finally I got them back, the seats had been cut too, so it just took a little light grinding in, to get them right, and after a leak test all was good, and they are now ready to be re fitted this weekend.
Posted: December 6, 2013 in Friends, Just Me
Tags: Classic, P&M, Panther, Single
I love big single motorcycles, the way they sound, the way they look, everything, but the king of the pile in my mind at least is the Panther M120. So when a friend in the US asked if I could help locate some tank badges for his one, I thought hey, why not. I never realised at that time just how hard it would be, and if it is hard for me here in the home of the Panther, then it must be hell locating parts on another continent.
But all good things come to those who wait, and having put the word out that I was looking, a call came in from another friend that he had a set of original parts sitting in his workshop, if I wanted to buy them, so I did.
Mikes American Panther M120…
Panther Big Single
And here are the badges as found, as you can see one will need a little restoring, but they are in good solid condition.
Panther Tank Badge
P&M Panther M120
I thought it might be fun to have a look at some old “Scrambles” iron, Scrambles, there in itself is link to the past, as it now seems to be called motocross. But old school scrambles is the best, there is nothing like the smell of Castrol R, and the sound of a four stroke single being used in anger.
So here are a few shots I have taken from the local pre 65 classic scramble, as run by the Mortimer Classic MCC http://www.mortimerclassicmcc.com/
Pre 65 Scramble
Action from the Pre 65
I have more pictures here… http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/f941693026
Posted: November 29, 2013 in Friends
Tags: Film, Flyer, KTM, MX, Penton
“PENTON: The John Penton Story” narrated by Lyle Lovett.
The film is coming in the Spring of 2014 and you can make sure that there is a screening in your hometown! Gathr Films unique method of crowd sourcing the Penton film’s audience using fans of the Pentons, KTM, dirt biking or motorcycling in general to make sure a theatre is booked for a screening. So jump online and visit the Gathr Films’ site.
Just click on the link below and follow the simple instructions so Gathr know “You want the Penton movie!”. And then spread the link to all your friends, family, favorite dealer, etc.!
It’s a nice film about a great family and man, and the birth of KTM’s rise to domination in the dirt bike world!
If you haven’t seen it, the film’s poster is below.
Todd Huffman, Producer/Director
Posted: November 21, 2013 in Just Me
Tags: BSA, France, RIGITEX, Saddlebags, Vintage
A couple of years ago I was given a pair of old leather saddle bags, all dried out and dirty, covered in cracks, backed in alloy, and missing the odd buckle, or so I thought. As it happened the missing buckles were inside one of the bags with the original receipt, dated I think, November 1955.
So I have spent the last couple of years rubbing bees wax into the bags, and slowly they have come back to life.
Made by a company called Rigitex, and sold new in Paris, they are embossed with the company logo, and here is the thing, they are also embossed with the BSA logo?
It says RIGITEX
An Earwig? the craftsman’s signature?
Well I can’t find out much about RIGITEX, in France, and there are only a couple of pictures of bags on Google, so they are a bit of a mystery
Posted: November 18, 2013 in Just Me
Tags: Ambassador, Ambo, Moto Guzzi
Once again the Guzzi finds itself in bits, this time the heads are off again, and are away to have new valve guides fitted. A year has slipped by since I bought the Guzzi, and I am still finding things that need attention. A year, wow where did that go, the Guzzi has been fun over the last year, fun, but frustrating too.
One of the problems I have had since owning the bike has been the right hand exhaust lock nut thread on the head, some time in the past, the nut has come loose and damaged the threads. So one of the Guzzi guys in the US sent me a head with good threads, but as I was unsure of the valves I have decided to do the valves and guides on both heads at the same time.
Now I have only done a little over 600 miles I guess, since fitting the new barrels and pistons, so I was a little surprised to see the amount of carbon build up on the new pistons for such a short amount of use. Also their was damage to the head gasket on the right hand side too. A split at the oil way, and on both sides some damage to the main copper seal?
Left Hand Side