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Old 01-01-2013, 08:03 AM   #1
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1st Ride of 2013...

Happy New Year

At last, a sunny day, and what a day, clear blue sky, no clouds, no salt on the roads, just a little damp here and there, damn near perfect.
So I thought I should take the Guzzi out for a spin, it is the first time I have had a chance to ride it since I bought the old thing, and got trailered home with the oil leak! time to see if all my work has paid off. So I opened the garage door, and there it stood in the sunlight of a new year...



So I pushed it into a new day, aand it fired right up, and soon settled into a pleasant tickover, we were ready to go. But where should we go on this fine day, well the Phoenix at Phoenix Green that's where. So I made a couple of calls, to see who was about, and off I set, on quiet empty roads, heading for North Hampshire, and a coffee at Hartley Wintney...



So having had a nice hot coffee, I made my way the short distance up the road to Phoenix Green, and soon found somewhere to park up, before going off to see what was about...



















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Old 01-01-2013, 08:07 AM   #2
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:11 AM   #4
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Well it was soon time to be heading for home, so I fired up the bike, and headed for the lanes, some of these were a bit dodgy following all the rain of lat, with lots of mud on the corners, But I was soon back home, and the bike ran pretty good, the gear change has improved with the new clutch cable, although I still have a little work to do there, but alas, my left foot was again covered in oil, but not this time from the breather assembly, this time from the head, so it looks as though I need to do the head gaskets and o-rings.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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Kev,
Great pictures - the Guzzi looks right at home with that crowd! Lucky you. Did the bike run well? Gear shifts within acceptable parameters?

There are advantages to living in the UK! We are feet deep in snow in Ontario and my garage is at about -10 today. Humbug.

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Old 01-01-2013, 08:23 AM   #6
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Kev, Did the bike run well? Gear shifts within acceptable parameters?
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Yes thank you Nick, the bike runs pretty good, and the gear shifts seem quite a bit better, thanks to all the help I have been given, the linkages still need a little work, and the clutch is still fierce but a lot better. I now just have to fix these oil leaks, the side of my bike was covered in oil again, but this time it wasn't coming from the top, it was dripping out of the head joint. I shall be ordering some head gaskets this week, and a 10mm hex socket.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:42 AM   #7
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Yes thank you Nick, the bike runs pretty good, and the gear shifts seem quite a bit better, thanks to all the help I have been given, the linkages still need a little work, and the clutch is still fierce but a lot better. I now just have to fix these oil leaks, the side of my bike was covered in oil again, but this time it wasn't coming from the top, it was dripping out of the head joint. I shall be ordering some head gaskets this week, and a 10mm hex socket.
Have faith that you will get all these minor niggle sorted. After that, it will probably outlast you. I fully expect my Guzzis to be soldiering on, long after I'm worm food - and quite happy with the notion.

Happy New Year

Nick

This pic is just to remind me that there are riding days ahead. My 1974 California (rebuilt from a parts bike, winter 2011).
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:43 AM   #8
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Great stuff as usual Kev Also give you chance to get a nice black/silver no. plate
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:34 AM   #9
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Great set of pics as always Kevin. I am amazed how much vintage American iron is over your way. I was out for a ride today and the only vintage thing out was me on my XS-650, I didnt even see another bike out today on my 40 mile journey. I cant fiqure it out, The temp was a balmy 16 degrees F.



Always wanted a Guzzi. If I see another one for sale reasonably priced close to me its going to be in my garage.




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Old 01-01-2013, 01:01 PM   #10
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Thanks, Kev, for bringing the new year with such wonderful photos!
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:58 PM   #11
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Thanks, Kev, for bringing the new year with such wonderful photos!

It sure was a fun way to start the year glad you all enjoyed coming along for the ride.
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:24 PM   #12
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The last thing I'd expect to see in England is an FB Holden.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:05 PM   #13
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Thanks for the pic's.
I've never seen a right side drive GMC before!
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:40 PM   #14
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The last thing I'd expect to see in England is an FB Holden.
I'm always amazed at the number of high quality old vehicles on our roads. it's a labour of love keeping them running but the Brits do it by the thousands.

I love the American cars and trucks from the 50s, 60s and 70s, there always used to be a steady supply of them bought over by the US airmen stationed in Oxfordshire and East anglia. I was told they were allowed to bring one over FOC when they got UK postings, they ran them round while they were here and then sold them when they got a new posting. Don't know if this is true but certainly seems feasable. At over $10 a gallon though you wouldn't want to drive an old yank tank too far

considering that most old American cars are too wide for a lot of the British roads theres a lot for sale http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/cat/17/

There's even a company specialising in ex US police cars http://www.usa-cop-cars.com/sales/index.html

Makes you wonder how an Aussie built Holden made it's way over here?


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Old 01-01-2013, 11:58 PM   #15
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I'm surprised at the condition of the Holden too, made for the dryer Aussie conditions, they didn't do well in the more marine New Zealand climate - we don't have salt on the roads, but salt in the air. They just rotted away....although maybe it was GM thing, because Vauxhalls melted away with rust too. Must be a used import - has all the fruit like spats, sunvisor, monsoon shield etc.
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