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Old 04-14-2013, 07:35 AM   #691
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Purchased my 1974 Eldo in boxes back in winter of 05/06. No resto just freshened up. It's a disc brake, timing chain, Amal carb model. Home made design and build of the sidecar frame and body. Subbed the welding but everything else I did.
Works good but if I ever do another scratch build it will be smaller/lighter.
Hauls the wife and our little dog and camping gear etc comfortably though and that's what counts. I picked up the Wixom fairing, bags and top box from different sellers on flea bay and the IBMWR classifieds.

Owned the 1980 Spada for a couple of years and relunctantly moved it on in 2008. Regretted ever since. Sold to a co worker who in turn sold it to a friend of mine who entered a left hander at speed with the side stand down. (had been changed since I sold it). Bike and rider suffered but both are mobile now. Although the SP doesn't look at all like it does here.


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Nice pictures Ken. Love the combo - very seventies (a good thing!). As for the SP, that is a sad, sad tale. I've always thought they were wonderful.

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Old 04-14-2013, 10:27 AM   #692
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Nice pictures Ken. Love the combo - very seventies (a good thing!). As for the SP, that is a sad, sad tale. I've always thought they were wonderful.

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Yes Nick the SP is a great bike. Probably the best "solo" bike I've ever owned. I sold my R75/5 to buy it and was not disappointed. But it is a highway motorcycle and not so great for what I needed at the time. It was over kill for my 16 kilometer commute and I'd routinely glance at the speedo to find I'd crept up to well over the legal limit. (5th gear was just coming into it's own at 70mph---geared very tall)
It was a tad heavy to move about my tiny garage. And I saw an opportunity to pick up a small dual sport, plus put a couple of grand (much needed at the time) in my pocket.
The problem with decisions like that is the fact you most likely can't go back. I doubt I'll ever have the chance to own another one.

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PS- Last evening I watched your 750S video to Natasquan; I hadn't seen that one yet. Great stuff! And what a lovely motorcycle. Keep them coming Nick.

Obligatory Guzzi pic- myself and two pals, both riding their 850T's, both with SP fairings. That's Danilo on the left letting us all know which bike is number one of the three.

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Old 04-15-2013, 10:03 AM   #693
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Got Pics?

Hey Kev,

Got any more shots of this bike? It's a dead ringer for mine, except for the fantastic paint job...

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Old 04-15-2013, 12:39 PM   #694
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Dan I found it here..... http://motoguxxi.blogspot.co.uk/2012...-eldorado.html it sure is pretty though, too pretty for me to use, I have only once owned a bike as clean as that, and I had to sell it as it kept showing me up!
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:55 PM   #695
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My Guzzi Nuovo Falcone (ex army bike). Runs well, sounds even better.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:15 PM   #696
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Dan I found it here..... http://motoguxxi.blogspot.co.uk/2012...-eldorado.html it sure is pretty though, too pretty for me to use, I have only once owned a bike as clean as that, and I had to sell it as it kept showing me up!
I'm just lookin' at how the cables and wires get routed. I doubt that I could ever ride something that shiny...
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:15 PM   #697
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Dan I found it here..... http://motoguxxi.blogspot.co.uk/2012...-eldorado.html it sure is pretty though, too pretty for me to use, I have only once owned a bike as clean as that, and I had to sell it as it kept showing me up!
Never cared much for white-walls but that looks cool on that bike.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:34 AM   #698
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:50 AM   #699
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:42 AM   #700
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Just bought it - and am hooked. I can't stop commuting on this thing - it's like a drug. What a sound!!



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Old 05-15-2013, 01:56 PM   #701
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Very, very nice!

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Old 05-16-2013, 05:53 AM   #702
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Just bought it - and am hooked. I can't stop commuting on this thing - it's like a drug. What a sound!!



No surprises! The Guzzis have a habit of doing that to folk!
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:01 PM   #703
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The old girl out for an early morning Sunday ride last weekend. Chaffey's Lock Road, Eastern Ontario.

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Old 05-17-2013, 04:39 AM   #704
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The old girl out for an early morning Sunday ride last weekend. Chaffey's Lock Road, Eastern Ontario.

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What kind of shape was the road in. When I was on it last year, with my over-wieght/top-heavy Concours no less, it under construction almost from one end to the other.
One of my all-time favourite roads.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:59 AM   #705
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What kind of shape was the road in. When I was on it last year, with my over-wieght/top-heavy Concours no less, it under construction almost from one end to the other.
One of my all-time favourite roads.
The loose gravel they laid last year has now packed down to a reasonably good hard top. There is always the possibility of a bit of loose stuff in the corners, but generally its pretty good. The biggest hazard is turkeys and deer, so I generally keep my speed down. Its a road for gentle cruising anyway IMHO.

I too rode it while it was under construction - two up on my Breva, and it was certainly a bit slithery.

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