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I may have found the problem, but I won’t know until next weekend…
I hit my little lockup this morning armed with enthusiasm and coffee, and set to, trying to uncover what is going wrong, now in my mind I feel it is fuel related, but I still started by checking and changing all the electrical bits again, so plugs, points, condenser all changed again, next I looked at the carbs, pulled them apart, made sure all was clean, and put them back together again. and as it happens, the carb filters were clean, then I removed the tank, and fuel lines, fuel lines were also clean. then I drained the tank and stripped the fuel taps, now these taps don’t have any filter attached, and there inside the left hand tap was a flake of paint that could be acting like a butterfly valve. Was it just fuel starvation at higher revs, we shall find out next weekend.
I am now ordering new taps with built in filters, although I did flush the tank, and not much crap came out, so maybe I was just unlucky. I hope this is all it was.

Of course life is not that simple in my world, in checking the carbs over, I removed the choke cable assembly, and managed to brake my choke lever body, so now I am looking for one of those items too?

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Moto Guzzi choke lever assembly

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Now broken, anybody got a spare?

Even though my Eldo has been acting like a spoiled brat of late, I thought I would treat it to some new parts, I ordered the Dyna DBR-1 power booster a couple of weeks back, and it arrived over the weekend, so I picked that up today. This should be a good upgrade for a rally bike, because you are leaving all the points related parts in place, even all the original wiring is still there in case you need to swap back.  I also popped into DellOrto for some rebuild kits for the VHB carb’s, and some other goodies as well…

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New parts to be fitted.

I have a rule in my small lock-up, if something new comes along, then something already there has to go. I don’t have a lot of room, I don’t have a garden, I live on an old Barge on the river. So space of all kinds is a premium.

So this past month two bikes have had to go, the first out the door was the 72 Commando, a deal was done with this bike where I also got some work done on my ES2 Clubman project, so all good in that respect. And the fuel tank, and oil tank for the Clubman are both in the paint shop as this project once again moves forward.

The second to go was the TriBsa I did what I wanted to do with this bike, which was to get it going, and back on the road. It was time someone else took it over.

So what I hear you cry, did I replace them with? well let me tell you. The first was an old Guzzi LeMans 11, that I saw at the V-twin international rally. It is old, worn, and has high mileage. but it has amazing low down grunt, pulls like a train, and is fantastic fun to ride on a fast A road. I may need to sort out the ergonomics of this bike if it is to stay though, the riding position is all a little cramped for me. It could do with slightly wider bars, and maybe some rear sets. I shall see how I feel about it over the next few months.

Moto Guzzi LeMans 2

Moto Guzzi LeMans 2

In the Lock-up

In the Lock-up

850 LeMans

850 LeMans

The second bike is something I have always coveted, but never wanted to buy! Mainly due to the exotic nature of the beast, and the expense involved if it all went wrong. So when I got offered a running resto project I had to really think hard about it.

But bevel drive Ducati’s don’t come around every day, and as I have friends with the missing parts and lots of advice, I thought I would take a chance, especially as the price was good, and the motor sounds fantastic. So I now own another old Vee-twin, this time a 900SD Darmah. The bike has lots of history in the shape of all its MoT certificates, confirming the shown 18000 mileage as correct.

This bike really looks as though it needs a good winters clean up, and just a few parts. Headlight ring, tail light, indicators, grips, and a speedo. Which I already have thanks to a friend in London.

Ducati Darmah

Ducati Darmah

Ducati Bevel

Ducati Bevel

Ducati 900SD

Ducati 900SD

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