Posts Tagged ‘Moto Guzzi’

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.


V850 Eldorado

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


Moto Guzzi 850


V850GT Loop Frame


Guzzi V850GT Classic


Last weekend it was Velocette day at the Cherry Tree pub, so a couple of us rode up there on a wet grey miserable day, of course the weather man said it would be dry. All that technology to get it wrong, when all they have to do is look out the window to get it right!


Off to Velo day.


Paul’s BSA Goldstar 250


Hammy Velo’s


500 Thruxton

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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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…


Broken head bolt


More work

Some recent shots…

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Just Me
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Blimey this year is running too fast, next week will be mid summer, and then it is all downhill to Christmas! and the older I get the less I enjoy winter. So some recent pictures from  Italian day.

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Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

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Serious Carbs

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Ducati 750 Sport

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….


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)


Loaded for camping


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