More Guzzi Chronicles…

Posted: July 24, 2016 in Just Me
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One of the problems associated with the round barrel loop frame Guzzi’s is the notorious chrome bores, I guess they thought it was a good idea back in the day, but time has not been kind to this idea, and the chrome can flake from the bores, and destroy a motor in no time. So the answer is easy, just fit a new barrel and piston kit from Gilardoni, these are Nikasil lined and have no such problems.

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Gilardoni Barrel Kit.

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New Barrel

I changed the barrel on the left side last weekend, but have had a niggling doubt that I fitted the oil ring the wrong way up. So today I again pulled the left side down to make sure all was well, and of course it was, so I then put it all back together, and torqued it all down tight.

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Going back together

The other upgrade I have been doing while I have the bike on the bench is to fit a new Alternator upgrade kit from Scrambler Cycle in the US. This comes complete ready to fit and is way lighter than the original generator assembly.

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Alternator in the background

Berkshire Velocette Day…

Posted: July 16, 2016 in Just Me
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One of the smaller events I try to support each year is the local Velocette club meet, at the Cherry Tree pub, in Stoke Row. And once again it never disappointed, with great weather, and some lovely bikes.

And while the Velocette’s looked great, and some of the other attending bikes were also nice, the bike that stood head and shoulders above everything there was a wonderful  old 1920 Indian, in original paint, and thankfully unrestored.

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1920 Indian

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Patina to die for

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Hand clutch conversion

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Indian Summer

Rabbit Rally 2016…

Posted: July 11, 2016 in Just Me
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Over the past weekend I once again visited the Triumph OC, Rabbit Rally, held behind the excellent Robin Hood pub in the small Sussex village of Icklesham.

The weather was great, my usual group of rally friends turned up, a few beers were drunk, and a good time was had by all.

Here you can see, four Triumph’s, three different factories, and over one hundred years of motorcycling.

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Triumph’s

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My Bonnie SE, and Robens tent

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1914 Triumph Model C

Moto Guzzi UK…

Posted: July 5, 2016 in Friends
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This just in from Moto Guzzi:

Moto Guzzi riders everywhere are invited to come together at the first UK Moto Guzzi day between 9:30 and 15:00 on Sunday, 24th July at the Super Sausage Café on the A5 at Potterspury, Northants NN12 7QD (near Silverstone Circuit).

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Those arriving on a Guzzi will get a bacon roll and tea on us as a reward for their good taste and the first 50 on site will also get a celebratory one-off t-shirt and goody bag.
On a day of competitions, prizes and ride-outs, we want to see Moto Guzzis of all types: Big block, small block, Grisos, round barrels, early Tontis, V7s, Stelvios, V50s, Airones, Falcones, four-strokes, two-strokes, singles and twins, standard, modded, old and new.

Owners will be invited to register their bikes for the Moto Guzzi Peoples’ Choice award, where visitors will vote on their favourite bike with special prizes for the winner.
You will also be able to display your riding prowess and win a prize by riding your bike around a series of cones in the shortest possible time.
In addition, by booking in advance at

http://www.motolive.co.uk

you could to test ride one of the current Moto Guzzi line up, including Eldorado, V9 and V7.

We look forward to see you on the 24th July.

Chasing Castles…

Posted: June 26, 2016 in Just Me
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Took a spin out on my Bonnie SE today, you have to grab time when you can right now as the weather is very un June like, with heavy thunderstorms bringing torrential rain at short notice, like yesterday on my way back to the barge after going for a new battery. But despite the overcast conditions, I missed the rain today, so called in on my local Castle (circa 1386) at Donnington, on the outskirts of Newbury.

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Triumph Bonnie SE at Donnington.

 

Dirt Quake V 2016…

Posted: June 24, 2016 in Just Me
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Out in Wales…

Posted: June 19, 2016 in Just Me
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We spotted this old AA box, so a photo opportunity was taken, My G12, Graham’s Speedtwin, And Geoff and Sara’s M20 combo.

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40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, out in Wales.