Posts Tagged ‘Eldorado’

Man I hate wiring, no! that in itself is not entirely correct, I hate what other people do to wiring, that I then have to try and sort out and correct.  my 73 Eldo has a later Suzuki handlebar switch, which is cool, it is a great switch, the problem is the fact that the previous owner fitted this switch, and extended the switch wires. And rather than extend the wires with matching colours wire to wire, or extending the wires using the original Guzzi colours, the wiring was extended with random colours. Why?

So I find myself in a wiring mess, and trying to sort it out as best i can. A civilian bike, with police dash, wrong ignition switch, and Suzuki switch gear.

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Wiring for fun

As the Harley waits for the next camping trip, and I wait for some dry weather, my Eldorado waits in the lockup, tank off, seat off, and all the old wiring off. A job I have put off for over a year, since when I bought and fitted the Scrambler Cycle alternator kit, was to replace the complete wiring with a new Greg Bender harness from the USA.

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Inside the headlight

Now these new harnesses are really well made by Greg, and come with so many options for the different models of V7 loop frame bikes, but unfortunately my bike is a conglomeration of styles, having started life as a civilian model with twin clocks, and standard Italian switch gear. But when I bought it, it had been concerted into a faux police style bike, with a police dash, and Suzuki switchgear. and a wiring mess to boot.

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And inside the dash area

But it is what it is, and I have to work through the issues,  Greg is there just an email away with help if I need it, but I hate to bother him, and so try to sort the problems out myself.

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Fuseboard and distribution board

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It’s only wires

Greg can  be found here

 

 

Guzzi-Fest 2018…

Posted: August 14, 2018 in Just Me
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My old Eldo 850 won 2nd place at the Guzzi rally

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My 1973 Eldorado 850

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2nd Place award.

 

And then it all went wrong…

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Recovery, how embarrassing

Guzzi – Fest 2018…

Posted: August 13, 2018 in Just Me
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I spent the weekend in the rain in Devon at Guzzi Fest….

 

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My Eldorado in Devon

1970’s Coolest Bikes…

Posted: March 29, 2018 in Just Me
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I have been lucky to have had a few of the coolest bikes from the 70’s, well to me they were the coolest, others may have a different (wrong) opinion. But to me the coolest bike was the Moto Guzzi Eldorado, the style, the name, and of course the look.

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My 1974 MG Eldorado.

Loop Frame Guzzi…

Posted: February 15, 2018 in Just Me
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As summer threatens to come and find us, and we start to get the odd sunny warm day, my mind turns to my Guzzi Eldo sitting as it has all winter in the back of a lockup covered in a sheet.

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V850 Eldorado

But I feel the time is nearly right to spend some time down at the lockup getting it ready for spring.

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Moto Guzzi 850

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V850GT Loop Frame

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Guzzi V850GT Classic

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.

 

 

More Guzzi Ramblings, 6…

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

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.

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