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Forum: Old's Cool 05-23-2012, 02:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,245
Posted By Swillmongrel
1983 LeMans III

1983 LeMans III that I have owned since 1997. My first Guzzi. I have had others since but I will never sell this motorcycle. It had about 20,000 miles on it when I found it, now has 52,000 miles. ...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-26-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,717
Posted By Swillmongrel
War of the Superbikes Lyrics

As a former of owner of a two KZ1000s, a GPZ550, GPZ1100, and a GS1100E in the '80s and early '90s, I'd say this about sums it up. "War of the Superbikes" by The Meatmen:

Wanna bark a saga of the...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-20-2012, 07:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 11,823
Posted By Swillmongrel
I had a 1983 GS1100E for awhile. Great as a...

I had a 1983 GS1100E for awhile. Great as a comfortable two-up sport touring bike and I'd flog it occasionally at the old Carlsbad Raceway dragstrip. The motor had buckets of torque. Not so much...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-28-2012, 12:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,657
Posted By Swillmongrel
1964 Ducati 250 Monza

Here is what I'm starting with, it's 1964 Ducati 250 Monza 5 speed. My wife and I are working on it together. So far we've taken off the head and discovered that someone put the large valve/large...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-13-2012, 10:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,382
Posted By Swillmongrel
Hey Nick, Good to hear from you here. ...

Hey Nick,

Good to hear from you here.

Do you know/could you post the recipe for the chemical concoction that Mark E. uses? I remember being around when you guys were working on that. I seem...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-06-2012, 07:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,344
Posted By Swillmongrel
Fiberglass tanks - How Dangerous Really?

Air Tech has some pretty cool fiberglass tanks for project bikes. They warn that they are not for street use and then in the customer rides section of their website there are all kinds of pics of...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-02-2012, 10:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,539
Posted By Swillmongrel
Don't sweat anything, we're all into the same...

Don't sweat anything, we're all into the same weird, cool, old bikes here right? So despite some differences here and there, we all have more in common with each other than 99% of the rest of the...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-01-2012, 07:42 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,811
Posted By Swillmongrel
Here's How Silly Things are Getting

I went to a swap meet last weekend. My friend bought a piece of crap, totally trashed and left outside for years non-running 1983 GS1100E for $350. We tried to talk him out of it. After he made...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-29-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,539
Posted By Swillmongrel
Thanks for your insight DesmoDog! You've given...

Thanks for your insight DesmoDog! You've given me some things to ponder.

Saw that book title online and it does look good.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-29-2012, 11:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,539
Posted By Swillmongrel
And to those of you who have replied with...

And to those of you who have replied with specific, useful facts - I sincerely thank you!

I'm still curious about what a restored 1963 Ducati Scrambler is worth. The guy with the one for sale...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-29-2012, 10:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,539
Posted By Swillmongrel
Bluhduh OK, so why is OK for you to put something like...

OK, so why is OK for you to put something like that together and not OK for me to put something together like the picture in the original post? Is there some secret handshake I must know or...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-28-2012, 08:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,539
Posted By Swillmongrel
Wow, and your attitude makes me want to stick...

Wow, and your attitude makes me want to stick with Guzzis. Way less snobbery encountered in that world, and people don't treat Guzzis like they are some precious Ming vases. I hope you aren't...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-28-2012, 02:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,539
Posted By Swillmongrel
There's no way on God's green earth we would try...

There's no way on God's green earth we would try to return these things to anything close to stock. There just isn't enough left, too far gone. That's why they would be fun to make into specials of...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-27-2012, 03:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,539
Posted By Swillmongrel
Thanks for posting the links to your build...

Thanks for posting the links to your build threads. Just glanced at them so far.

I might be able to get two bikes for around $800. One is a pretty complete 1963 Scrambler, missing fenders and...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-26-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,539
Posted By Swillmongrel
Anyone Here into Narrow-case Ducati 250s?

I saw a pair of narrow-case Ducati 250s for sale at the swap meet last weekend. One was a 1963 Scrambler and the other was a 1964 road bike. They were both really rough but might have potential. I...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-26-2012, 08:16 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,811
Posted By Swillmongrel
I think the best bikes are in the midwest because...

I think the best bikes are in the midwest because of the short riding season. That had less miles put on them and it's too nasty to just leave them outside, they'd end up buried in a snowbank. I've...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-25-2012, 09:14 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,811
Posted By Swillmongrel
Haha, yeah that would be awesome! I'd would be...

Haha, yeah that would be awesome! I'd would be happy to look at something that was kept inside at all. The typical bike put on Craigslist out here in SoCal in the sub-$2000 range is a bike that...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-24-2012, 06:50 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,811
Posted By Swillmongrel
I used to have one of those Ducati 860 GTs. I...

I used to have one of those Ducati 860 GTs. I think I paid $2000-something and that seemed like a lot at the time.
Forum: Old's Cool 02-24-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,811
Posted By Swillmongrel
Project Bike Material Drying Up.

Where's alll the potential project bikes? Get this, my wife actually suggested we buy another motorcycle to work on as a project. And for once in my life, I have a little bit of cash to buy a...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-18-2012, 09:42 AM
Replies: 328
Views: 93,410
Posted By Swillmongrel
50,000 miles and counting: ...

50,000 miles and counting:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongrel/lemans-1.jpg
Forum: Old's Cool 02-15-2012, 10:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,432
Posted By Swillmongrel
There's some bikes I would consider bringing back...

There's some bikes I would consider bringing back from the dead no matter what the condition but these last two bikes I looked at aren't in that category.

Maybe if it was a V7 Sport, or '70s...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-15-2012, 07:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,432
Posted By Swillmongrel
I just looked at a Guzzi last night that made the...

I just looked at a Guzzi last night that made the Triumph I looked at look mint in comparison. It is a 1979 Moto Guzzi G5 that someone had taken a perfectly good-running complete bike and trashed by...
Forum: Road warriors 02-13-2012, 02:03 PM
Replies: 785
Views: 218,083
Posted By Swillmongrel
My friend's Landspeed Record bike. Based on a...

My friend's Landspeed Record bike. Based on a mid '80s LeMans. Stock frame, suspension, gearbox, has gone 176+ at Bonneville. Pictured here at El Mirage:
...
Forum: Road warriors 02-13-2012, 01:59 PM
Replies: 785
Views: 218,083
Posted By Swillmongrel
My LeMans III: ...

My LeMans III:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongrel/lemans-1.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 02-13-2012, 01:52 PM
Replies: 785
Views: 218,083
Posted By Swillmongrel
My wife's Monza: ...

My wife's Monza:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongrel/Monza.jpg
Forum: Old's Cool 02-11-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,432
Posted By Swillmongrel
Just got back from looking at it. It is all...

Just got back from looking at it. It is all there but man is it rusty. Looks like he left it sitting outside in a backyard by the beach for years and years. Big barnacles of rust on the top of the...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-10-2012, 07:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,432
Posted By Swillmongrel
Well, as I said, we're not looking to restore it...

Well, as I said, we're not looking to restore it to stock 1971 Triumph specs. We're looking at this as raw material for a cafe or street tracker build. This is something I might be able to get for...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-10-2012, 05:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,432
Posted By Swillmongrel
1971 Triumph Bonnevilles - What to Look For?

Please tell me the good and the bad on 1971 Bonnevilles. I'm going to be looking at a rusty, crusty project bike tomorrow. The good news is that it is all complete and I think it has been owned by...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-31-2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,700
Posted By Swillmongrel
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongre...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongrel/Mods%20Rockers/IMG168-1.jpg
Forum: Old's Cool 01-31-2012, 09:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,700
Posted By Swillmongrel
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongre...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongrel/Mods%20Rockers/IMG169-1.jpg
Forum: Old's Cool 01-31-2012, 09:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,700
Posted By Swillmongrel
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongre...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongrel/Mods%20Rockers/IMG164.jpg
Forum: Old's Cool 01-31-2012, 09:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,700
Posted By Swillmongrel
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongre...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongrel/Mods%20Rockers/IMG165.jpg
Forum: Old's Cool 01-31-2012, 09:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,700
Posted By Swillmongrel
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongre...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f381/Swillmongrel/Mods%20Rockers/IMG167-1.jpg
Forum: Old's Cool 01-31-2012, 08:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,700
Posted By Swillmongrel
I met the two guys that own these. They told me...

I met the two guys that own these. They told me the black one is serial number 001, they were saying the first Lemans 1 made, and the one with the red tank was the first Lemans 1 sold on the west...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-09-2011, 02:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,340
Posted By Swillmongrel
Parts are readily available from places like Moto...

Parts are readily available from places like Moto International in Seattle, mgcycle.com in Wisconsin, and Moto Guzzi Classics in near Long Beach, CA. Although I would caution to add that the V50 is...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-23-2011, 01:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,932
Posted By Swillmongrel
It would love to find something like this, but...

It would love to find something like this, but then I like pretty much everything on two wheels that is stripped down and basic and makes the right noises. Or it could have something to do with...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-15-2011, 12:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,376
Posted By Swillmongrel
I'll never sell mine. It will be passed down to...

I'll never sell mine. It will be passed down to one of my kids someday when I'm too feeble to deal with the clip-ons and torture rack seat anymore. Or I'll park it in my garage to stare at.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-15-2011, 12:10 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,773
Posted By Swillmongrel
I've kinda been itching for one of those lately.

I've kinda been itching for one of those lately.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-15-2011, 12:09 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,773
Posted By Swillmongrel
Guzzis are super asy and fun to work on. And you...

Guzzis are super asy and fun to work on. And you really get the sense that the designers of the bike designed them in such as way to make them that way. Everything seems to make sense as you're...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-14-2011, 09:07 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 12,895
Posted By Swillmongrel
Let's see, the Guzzi makes more power, sounds 100...

Let's see, the Guzzi makes more power, sounds 100 times cooler, handles better, is just as easy to work on, can probably be had for the same price. I've only had to order a part from Italy once in...
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