So why did my alternator bracket fail?

Well have a look at this picture, this was taken back when I fitted the supplied kit, do you see the small anti shake lock washers under the nyloc nuts in the centre?

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Scrambler Cycle Alternator kit

Well they have both disintegrated causing the cradle to bounce around, and then the support bracket to brake, the rear washer had disappeared completely, and just half of the front one remained. I have now bolted it down firm without lock washers using just nylocks and Loctite, it is all now much firmer.

The broken barrel stud has also now been fixed, and the bike is once again back together and ready for the Rabbit rally in a couple of weeks time. That will leave me one last camp of the year, in the shape of the Moto Guzzi Club “Red Kite” camp over on the edge of Wales.

 

 

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Posted: June 17, 2017 in Just Me
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AARGHHHH!
Damn, Blast, and Why?

Dropped down the lockup this morning to adjust my valve clearances and have another look at the alternator fixings as the damn thing has come loose again?

So I started wth the left side tappets, and all was good, just minor adjustment needed but hardly worth mentioning really, then after putting the left side all back together, I pulled the rocker cover on the right side, and this is what greeted me exactly as you see it here…

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Broken head bolt

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More work

Some recent shots…

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Just Me
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Blimey this year is running too fast, next week will be mid summer, and then it is all downhill to Christmas! and the older I get the less I enjoy winter. So some recent pictures from  Italian day.

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Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

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Serious Carbs

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Ducati 750 Sport

Italian Bike Day…

Posted: June 10, 2017 in Just Me
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I took the Guzzi Eldo, it was a good day with some cool bikes….

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Red Lion, Cassington

More pictures later.

Flyers…

Posted: June 7, 2017 in Just Me
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Italian Bike Day

The Italian Bike day event will be held at The Red Lion in Cassington on Saturday June 10 th from 11.00 am to 6pm. All Italian bikes are invited to park up at the rear of the Red Lion whether ridden by a club member or not.

If you tip up on a non Italian bike then park at the front of the pub along the road. This is the 5th year this event will be held and it is a very relaxed affair whereby we can celebrate Italian engineering. No entry fee, no judging, just turn up and enjoy.

The Red Lion will organise a BBQ and of course is always happy to dispense liquid refreshment.

And Founders day…

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Founders Day

VMCC Kent Rally…

Posted: June 5, 2017 in Just Me
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Kent Shaun invited me down to darkest Kentland for the annual VMCC Sittingbourne summer camp, So of course I loaded up the Guzzi Eldo Friday after work, and headed East, a couple of hours dodging thunder storms later, and I pulled into Newnham village down one of those little Kent lanes, and was met with a beer, while I pitched my tipi, and settled back for the evening with fish and chips. (well Friday was national fish and chip day)

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Loaded for camping

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Fish and Chips, a British tradition.

Not everything went to plan though, on the run out on Saturday, I had a bad knocking sound coming from the motor, fearing the worst, I pulled over, only to find my recently installed alternator assembly had broken its support bracket. leaving the whole lot to bounce around! so out with the cable ties to do a roadside repair. But the day was saved by another rally goer, who brazed the broken bracket back together for me. He did a good job too, as I made it back home with no further problems, but I will pull the alternator down , and make sure all is tight in that area, before the next rally.

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Mended alternator bracket

Following on from my failure to make the John Bull Rally in Belgium a couple of weeks back, I have been going through everything on the bike in an effort to reduce the possibility of further breakdowns caused by the bodgery of previous owners. One such area has been the wiring, this to be fair has been an awful mess, I understand that people like to “have a go” but really if you don’t know what you are doing, leave it to people who do.  So I have been cutting out old wires, and running in new wires, this in itself is only a temporary measure, as I am going to replace the wiring this winter with a Gregory Bender replacement harness.

Today I also replaced the ignition switch with a new replacement I picked up at Kempton Jumble, this new one has a much crisper action, and does not hit or miss when you touch the key, this again meant changing and replacing a few more wires, all that leaves for now is to put an inline fuse holder on the main ignition circuit,

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Freewheel Shuttle trailer

I managed to win an online auction for a nice Freewheel Shuttle trailer for my Guzzi, I have thought about this for a while now, it will be nice to not have to load everything onto the bike, although I will need to resist the urge to pack more into the trailer just because I have some room.  So I will need to get a tow hitch made for the Eldo, and again sort out some wiring.

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Guzzi and trailer