Posts Tagged ‘Guzzi’

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

Tomorrow is the annual West Hagbourne  bike night. the weather looks like it will be fantastic, I may try to take the Guzzi?

 

West Hagbourne Flyer

West Hagbourne Flyer

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

Guzzi Ambo on the Bench..

Posted: November 24, 2012 in Just Me
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All day in the fettling shed today, with the bike on the bench. First job was to clean up the oily mess from last weekend, so everything was washed down with brake cleaner, and then wiped dry.

Next I removed the carbs and gave them a clean up, before setting to with the oil leak. This it seems was all coming from the breather assembly, the short fat hose was perished and split, the thin hose was just an old bit of plastic fuel line, that was a loose fit on the solid pipes, and I feel this is where the oil came from.

So with the whole lot removed, I made some new hoses, and installed new clamps, before throwing the whole assembly back together. Then it was time to sort out the mess that is the Guzzi four way fuel splitter, diabolical, what were they thinking? again all the rubber hoses had perished and were splitting, so all was replaced, I shall be removing all this in the near future, and replacing with the neater BMW system using three-way splitters and a cross pipe.

Breather pipes

Next on the list it was time to set the valve clearances, simplicity itself, far better than the BMW airhead. so with that lot back together, I looked at the ignition system, the points were in great shape, so I just cleaned them up, and oiled the throw out weights, the distributer cap had signs of arcing off one of the contact plates? but I cleaned it up and the rotor arm, before checking the plug wires. These were way too loose in the cap, so I adjusted the ends for a tighter fit, but I will order a new Cap, rotor arm, and plug wires this week.

Here comes the spark

With all this back together she fired right up, and sounded great, and there was no sign of an oil leak anywhere, so once real warm, I changed out the oil, I think the previous owner had over filled it to which may have had something to do with the leak?

Next on the list is a carb rebuild and balance, they seem out to me, and the tickover was way too fast, so far so good, should be sunny tomorrow, so may go for a ride.

That Old Magni Magic…..

Posted: July 27, 2012 in Just Me
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I have a thing for all things Italian, the Food, the Cars, the Bikes. And while most are great, some are just fantastic, like Alfa GTV’s or Magni built motorcycles…

Magni Guzzi

 

Moto Guzzi Magni

 

Magni