Posts Tagged ‘Ambassador’

Berkshire Triumph..

Posted: July 28, 2013 in Just Me
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I took a ride out on my Guzzi Ambo over to the Berkshire Triumph show, hosted by the local TOMCC, the sun disregarded the broadcast severe weather warning of torrential rain and flash floods, and instead beat down on us under blue sky’s all day. I do however think the weather warnings played a part in holding some of the people back, as numbers were down on last year.

Triumph Bobber

Triumph Bobber

The Guzzi ran better than it ever has in my ownership, the clutch was almost smooth and not grabbing in first, and even though it got quite hot in the local Saturday traffic, I had no oil leaks from the motor. That just leaves the small weeping leak from the back of the gearbox to sort out at a later date.

Vintage Kawasaki W650

Vintage Kawasaki W650

If you would like to see more pictures from the show, there is a slideshow here…  http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p62847141/slideshow

Boy was it HOT!

I have just returned from the Rother valley Triumph clubs Annual Rabbit Rally, and boy was it hot!,  great rally as per usual at the Robin Hood pub, in the little village of Icklesham, and did I mention it was hot? 30+ degrees, see I told you it was hot.

But what a great weekend, spending time with friends, and generally just chilling out. I had intended to take the Moto Guzzi Ambassador on this rally, but it again played up, I can’t believe I have had it nearly a year, and have not made one rally on it yet, this is a major disappointment to me, as people keep telling me what great bikes they are, but this one is pushing my patience. So I again took my trusty BMW R80st, although this played up on the way home with a mystery miss-fire on the electrical side, possibly caused by the heat affecting the trigger unit, or maybe a failing bean can?  we shall see what I find.

Cool of the Night

Cool of the Night

 

Triumph T120

Triumph T120

 

Winnie

Winnie

 

 

 

A Guzzi in the sun…

Posted: June 30, 2013 in Just Me
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At last a sunny day…

1970 Ambo, by the Thames at Reading.

Out on a Sunday

Out on a Sunday

Finally after all the problems I have had with the Guzzi, I managed to get a ride out in the sun today, instead of sitting in the garage working on the old thing.

I managed to get a little time in the lock-up this weekend, and that means I got a little work done on the Guzzi. First job was to re-instate the missing starter button, I had bought a used button from the US a while back, and have had it sitting here all cleaned and ready to fit. So today I did just that.

First I had to identify the brown wire from behind the ignition switch, there was a choice of two, but one stood out as being the correct wire, and so it seemed, as when connected to a live it fired up the starter solenoid. So I quickly re routed the wires into the headlight, bucket, and that was that.

My next outstanding job was to try to fit the Craven Pannier rack and Comet panniers, that Rob Farmer had given me earlier in the year. This turned out to be a lot trickier than I thought, and would have been a little easier with two pairs of hands.
But, I kept at it, trying different configurations of brackets, until I found a system that worked, now all I have to do is a little adjustment, and change out the odd nuts and bolts for good quality stainless items, and wire in some rear indicators.

 

Craven Luggage

Craven Luggage

Guzzi & craven's

Guzzi & craven’s

 

 

Just a short bimble on my Guzzi…
Just to warm it up so I could change the oils, and find the stripped threads left by a previous owner, that now need sorting out. Luckily they were only on a level screw, and not a drain plug.

Spring Sunshine

Spring Sunshine

Cooling Down by the Kennet

Cooling Down by the Kennet

At the Kennet and Avon Canal

At the Kennet and Avon Canal

I now have a new oil leak, after curing all the others, this time from the distributer, I guess there is an oil seal or o-ring at the base where it goes into the block, although it does look like it is coming from above the distributor stand? we shall see.

Those Little Things…

I guess we all have a list of those little things that niggle at us on our bikes, things we keep saying we are going to fix or change, but in reality we always seem to put off till another day. Well on my Guzzi it has been the rear number (license) plate (too big, too yellow) The oil leak from the left hand cylinder area, and those little dash lamps.  So starting with the most serious of them, the oil leak, I have decided to fit a set of Gilardoni cylinder kits, I would have to strip the top end down anyway to get to the head seals, so I thought I would kill two birds with one stone, and cure a problem that hasn’t happened yet, the chrome liners, that are prone to failure with these bikes, and fit some Nikaseal lined cylinders. I managed to find a company in Germany who had them in stock, so ordered a set last week, they should be here some time this coming week, if all goes well, and I can get to the cause of the leak from day one with this bike.

Yellow Plate

Yellow Plate

So last week I ordered up an old style pressed aluminium black and silver rear plate, which arrived Friday, so yesterday I set about fixing that particular little niggle…

New Plate

New Plate

Next on my list are those dash lights,  mine are all faded, and different types? some work, some don’t, and I am not even sure which ones do what at the moment. So I looked into buying new ones, found some on US ebay, but way too expensive £80 + shipping for four, and then I may get hit with customs etc. I then found that the guys in Germany do them for half that price, and offered to ship them free with my new Cylinders. So they should be here this week too, so I can sort out another little niggle. Of course this won’t be the last, as you all know too well. And a point in case, was spotted this morning with a pool of oil under the left hand fork drain screw, so that has now joined the list too

As I get more involved in Guzzi ownership, and start to tidy up those little things on my Ambo, I noticed that the twin pull throttle cables were taped together where they enter the throttle body. It was right about then that I noticed some of the V7 range had single pull throttles, and some like mine have a twin pull setup, but why the difference?
I had a look in the Ambo parts book, and it only shows a single pull option, but mine is fitted with a full twin cable setup, two down to a splitter, and two out to the carbs. So knowing that I need to sort out the sticky taped up mess, I started watching ebay to see what was available, well last week a nice Tommaselli Daytona 2c twin pull throttle appeared, with a nice low start price, and when it ended with no other bidders I got a bargain.

 

Old Throttle

Old Throttle

 

Now I already own a single pull Daytona, I have had it a while ready for a future classic cafe  project!

 

Tommaselli Throttles

Tommaselli Throttles

 

Daytona's

Daytona’s

 

 

 

I posted a little while back a picture of some DellOrto VHB29 carbs I won on Ebay, they were to say the least a tad dirty! So Tuesday saw them heading for the ultrasonic cleaning tank, with a dash of cleaning fluid and half an hour. And this is the outcome, pretty good I feel, they just need to be rebuilt with some new gaskets now, and they will be ready to use..

DellOrto VHB 29

DellOrto VHB 29

 

DellOrto Carbs

DellOrto Carbs

 

 

Ebay score…

I managed to win a nice pair of Dell Orto VHB29’s on the US Ebay a couple of weeks back, nicely unmolested and cruddy, just how I like them, they also came with the inlet Stubbs, and all for less than $100 delivered to my door.

So I shall give them a little time in the ultrasonic bath, to give them a deep clean, that should clean all the passages, and get rid of the fuel varnish, I can then think about giving them a full rebuild.

Dell Orto VHB29

Dell Orto VHB29

Well now that winter is starting to fade away, I had a play with the Guzzi Sunday morning in my ongoing battle with the L/H oil leak? so I pulled the rocker gear and re-torqued all the head bolts, they all seemed to be where they should be, and I never noticed any loose ones. So I bolted it all back together, adjusted the tappets, etc. the plugs were a fantastic grey colour, so the mixture seems to be on the money.
I then gave it a little choke, turned on the fuel, and hit the starter, and she just fired right up, fantastic considering it has been sitting for a month in this cold (for us) weather. I never got a chance to give it a ride, but let it warm up in the garage.
I have now ordered a gasket set, so will pull the heads in a week or two, to see if I can find where the oil is coming from, this will also give me a chance to check the bores too.
This old Ambo was on Ebay USA,  looks a bit sad right now, but will be a great project for someone, it also has some nice parts on it, like those little rear passenger foot plates..
As seen on Ebay

As seen on Ebay

Needs a little work

Needs a little work

I wonder who bought it? it would be good to see it back on the road.

I also got to play with my BMW R80ST, this old bike suffers from the weather, because I make it live out on the street,  and because we have had windy weather, blowing the road salt around, the clutch cable had gone a little rusty, and so needed replacing. As it happens I have had a spare in my panniers for over a year, I like to take a spare when out on a trip, it just makes sense.  So I pulled the old cable, and half an hour later the new one was in place, it then took me close to an hour to get it adjusted, there is just so little room at the back of the gearbox to get to the adjuster.

But it was done soon enough, and I took it for a test ride on a cold but dry sunday morning. It was nice to be back riding a bike, and now I am looking forward to some nice spring weather.

R80ST in Wales 2012

R80ST in Wales 2012