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Old 03-23-2004, 05:53 PM   #1
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Old 03-23-2004, 06:25 PM   #2
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Cycle World Review from 1971. Reprinted by Walnecks. Snagged from WildGuzzi.com. Lovely machine.
I read that article and agree - what a beautiful motorcycle. My SO just bought a Breva and I must say the eye to detail is visable everywhere from the paint to the backlight color or the gauges. VERY nice.
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Old 03-24-2004, 08:21 AM   #3
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Oh right....you might not know about me and Guzzis. I'm a little Guzzi nuts, you could say
I can understand the addiction! I lived in Italy for 3 1/2 years and longed to be old enough to move up from a Vespa to a Guzzi. If we hadn't had the Breva lowered so much - Im afraid I'd comandeer it regularly, hmmmm... maybe I need to get one for myself - you know an around town runner... yeah that's what I NEED to do.
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Old 03-24-2004, 08:28 AM   #4
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Cycle World Review from 1971. Reprinted by Walnecks. Snagged from WildGuzzi.com. Lovely machine.
The two things that jump out at me.....the 25A alternator and the piston clearance of .0025. Guzzi could have led the electric clothing and heated grip revolution! :):

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Old 03-24-2004, 12:47 PM   #5
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The only thing that really messes up a guzzi is sitting still for a lengthy period.
Just like almost any bike, until the recent BMW and Honda flamethrower alternator developments.

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Old 03-26-2004, 11:12 PM   #6
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what were once vices are now habits.....

the numbers on this aren't bad compared to some of todays cruisers, ie 1/4mi etc, sub 500lbs dry, almost 6" of clearance thats near what the new DL650 has, almost a dual sport! this as the test state was heavy metal, a 500LB is a middle weight at most. hmmmm, progress.....

waste of time story....
My meathead brother and friends used to go to the Guzzi shop (Budshadts by the old Aquarius on 170 Aurora, seattle) and see how low they could tip one of these over (in the showroom) , sometimes it took a couple of them to right it up, the owner wasnt too attentive, 35 or so yrs ago.

Cool shop, Guzzi, Ducati, Maico, Sachs from what I remember, smelled like a shop, not one of theNordstrom 'er H-D superstores out now.
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Old 03-29-2004, 11:04 PM   #7
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L1gunman, what are those cords draped over the rear bags? Just bungee cords?
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Old 03-30-2004, 08:06 PM   #8
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Cycle World Review from 1971. Reprinted by Walnecks. Snagged from WildGuzzi.com. Lovely machine.


Edit. I tried to attach it but it is bigger than Baldy can handle


So here's the link (gotta have acrobat reader) Ambassador
I have such a woodie for those old beasts. It's the lobed tank. It makes me all sweaty. I tried, in vain, to rescue one from a friend that had a love/hate relationship with one. He loved the bike, and swore to never part with it. But he hated taking care of it. I don't think a single gasket was keeping anything in anymore and the entire bike was black with filthy oil sludge. I suppose it saved him from ever changing the oil - he just topped it off as needed.
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Old 03-30-2004, 08:09 PM   #9
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What's one go for these days?
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Old 03-30-2004, 08:30 PM   #10
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i painted one of those a few months back.
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Old 03-30-2004, 08:32 PM   #11
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i like the flow of the tank stripes.
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Old 03-31-2004, 11:06 AM   #12
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dunno about portland, the old loop frame guzzis are a little trendy on the west coast from what i understand. on the east coast about 1500 up depending on how good you are with a set of wrenches. i paid a little over 2 for the one i have.
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Old 04-01-2004, 08:33 AM   #13
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Old 04-01-2004, 11:02 PM   #14
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You have to dig high and low to find 'em out here. But I know of guys who trip over barnqueens *all* the time. Top end is a Cycle Garden restoration for 10 grand.

Knary if you are serious, let me know and I'll see if I can find one.

My poor beast is looking quite sordid as the rattle can paint is flaking off. With warmer and drier weather coming, I will have to get an actual paint gun warmed up and try a re-spray.
Thanks Chop.
I'm not remotely serious at this point - though I wish I were. When the time comes, and it will, I'll drive you nuts with questions. :):
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Old 04-02-2004, 09:14 AM   #15
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What kind of "bird" is that on the Guzzi emblem?
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