Posts Tagged ‘Eldorado’

I have been busy over the last couple of weekends as I prepare my Guzzi Eldo for an upcoming trip to Belgium, and my annual visit to the John Bull rally.  But it was not all as simple as it could have been, problems, including one of my own making, made what should have been a simple service job, a much bigger problem.

First I could not get the bike running on both cylinders, this was caused by me putting the right hand carb slide in the carb the wrong way round, and compounded by my failure to see the problem. But as it turned out, when turned around, the bike very nearly ran great.  Next up was a sluggish starter problem, this was caused by a cheap aftermarket ignition switch causing high resistance,  too the extent that it had cooked the main ignition feed wire from the battery to the switch.

This meant I had to open up the whole harness, and replace any melted wires I found, and there were a few, but I soon got it done and working again, although I have decided to order a new harness from Greg Bender over in the US.

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Out for a test run

Lastly I had to change the fork oil, and fit a luggage rack, the rack is not perfect and needs some refinement, but it will do for the upcoming rally. This will be my longest ride on the Guzzi since buying it last year, so I am hoping all goes well, we shall see.

More Guzzi Ramblings…

Posted: April 11, 2017 in Just Me
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Rally season is now well upon us, and I have already missed one rally this year, but the next one is one I will not miss, the Belgian John Bull rally, a great rally hosted by the Belgian BSA-OC, for British and classic bikes.

This year I intend, well hope to attend on my 73 Guzzi Eldorado, and I am frantically trying to get it ready for the end of the month. I still have a few bits to sort out over the Easter weekend, and then with a fair wind it should be done. We shall see.

Those of you who own, or have owned a loop frame Guzzi, will know what a pain it is to replace the carb to airbox rubber. And after trying unsuccessfully to get it into place time and again, I finally came up with a plan that worked. Actually it worked quite well too. The successful method was to use two hacksaw blades positioned so that the rubber could be slid into place, and held while the carb was put back on, then the blades are pulled carefully out, job done.

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Eldorado air intake rubber

Posted: December 26, 2016 in Just Me
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As it is Boxing day here in the UK (Boxing Day = As servants prepared to leave to visit their families, their employers would present them with gift boxes. Despite its name, Boxing Day, which is celebrated on December 26 in Great Britain, has nothing to do with pugilistic competition. Nor is it a day for people to return unwanted Christmas presents.) and as the sun was out for a change, I decided the1973 Guzzi Eldorado could use a run out, the roads were empty, just me and my Guzzi…

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1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado.

More Guzzi Chronicles, 5…

Posted: October 23, 2016 in Just Me
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1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado

It was a perfect sunny autumn day here in the UK, so nothing for it but to drag out the Guzzi Eldorado for a run in the sun, first I removed the fairing from the bike, then wheeled it out into the sun, where it burst into life at the first kick of the key!
Then it was on with my lid, and out into the commercial part of town for some industrial style pictures, the bike running great following the recent top end rebuild. Just a couple of small jobs to do now, balance the carbs, oil change, that sort of thing. It feels great to be riding a loop frame Guzzi again, they are so cool.

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Out in the backstreets

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850 Guzzi Eldo

Looking for Eldorado…

Posted: October 17, 2016 in Just Me
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Now here’s a funny thing, I own two 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado’s, the first one I bought is over in the US, and came out of Alabama. The second is here in the UK with me, and I bought it from just up the road in Oxford. So it is surprising, well to me anyway,  that the VIN numbers are just 31 units apart.

I would like to have both bikes here in the UK, so I need to get over to the US again soon, and get the Guzzi on the boat and shipped over here, I was kinda hoping it would be on its way by now, but that hasn’t happened, so I have to get busy with the whole plan.

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Alabama Guzzi

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Nice Patina

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Cool side bags

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Twin leading shoe brake

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Guzzi Eldorado and Bates Fairing just 31 units apart

I started fitting the Bates fairing today, this came with my bike, but was not fitted, and had no fittings etc, not sure whether to keep it on or not.

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Guzzi Eldorado and Bates Fairing

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Bates USA fairing

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First fitting

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Should it stay, or should it go?

 

There is more Moto Guzzi madness here…   The Racing Rhino

 

I have been trying to fettle my Guzzi as and when time allows, it is behind schedule as it happens, but there is nothing I can do about it. I have changed out the cylinders and pistons, rebuilt the top end, done an alternator conversion, changed the wiring, plus a load of other small items, in the vain hope of attending the replacement Vtwin Guzzi rally this weekend. But alas, it was not to be, just ran out of time.

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Moto Guzzi 850GT Eldorado

But right now, it is all back together, running, and ready for the MoT, and a new set of tyres while it is there. Then I can run the motor in, and start knocking up some miles…. Just as we come towards the end of summer!

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Just two bikes, Triumph, and Guzzi

My little Triumph is going well, and has much better manners since I installed better YSS rear shocks, it has really transformed the handling, and the ride comfort. A fun little bike.