1972 Moto Guzzi on Trans-Labrador Highway (don't need no stinkin' GS)

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by nick949eldo, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. zoki1

    zoki1 Been here awhile

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    :clap:clap:clap Very nice detailed report , thanks for the info !!!.. I laugh for the fight on page 1 ....JAPS vs GS vs REAL ADVRIDER !!! And thanks for not posting a pictures with bike down .....Lake most GS owners !!!! :freaky:freaky
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  2. vanveen

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    thanks for the post, those are tough bikes, think I had over 100,000 on mine, hard to tell because the speedo quit working at about 8,000, loved that bike, sorry I sold it, but I've said that about more than one bike


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  3. BonkDog

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    Great report, Nick. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your adventures. I also commented at the James Bay site.

    Good luck whenever you decide to conquer the James Bay and Trans Taiga roads.
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  4. Boulder Ed

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    I was servicing my GSA yesterday and noticed that Guzzi's closely resemble BMWs that have been dropped on both sides without cylinder head protection. That said, I've been wanting one to explore its mechanics for years, since I rode old /5, /6 bikes for 100,000 plus miles over the years, and still love the feel of old airheads.

    The idea of being able to do roadside repairs is enduring. The idea that you are at risk with modern Jap bike technology is simply obsolete. In close to 500,000 miles in our family on Jap bikes, we have never once been stranded by a failure other than a flat tire. My wife put over 60K between a 90 and a 93vfr, and I never even adjusted a valve. About 105K for me on ST1100's- same story. Probably the best bike ever made.

    My brand new 07' GSA lost a fuel controller in WY at 4k though and BMW's great "anywhere" roadside assistance plan that came with the bike left me to bake in the sun, and limp back homeward, until final death of the fuel system occured after maybe 40 moving failures with a MTBF or about 5 miles. During one painful call to the service advisor at the dealership I bought it from, he asked me "did you ride it in the rain?" The answer was yes, 12 hours after picking it up at 5:00 on a Sunday morning on highway 200 in MT, about 2 months ago. Apparently they had some with bad o-rings on the fuel controller set up, and made a design change to remedy the problem. But at 52K enjoyable miles now, on what is arguably the most competent big adventure bike ever made, I am confident in it's reliability.

    I still want one of the cool old El Dorados though, even after helping a friend service his Centuaro a few years back. Oil drain plug with 1" clearance from exhaust system. We were literally laughing out loud as we laid on opposite sides of the bike hands reaching in from both sides, fingers on the bolt, to get the plug re-threaded.

    Well when the screaming deal comes up on a clean Guzzi, I'll buy it and spend hours dialing it in and starring at it between rides. I guess I'll always be one of those guys who loves anything with two wheels. That might explain why I bought a Jawa 354 (1961) that I found in a barn recently. :1drink
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  5. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Thanks Bonkdog - glad you enjoyed it. I have been up the James Bay Road a couple of times. Once on my own on a BMW K100 (over 200,000kms on that one), and the following year with my son - me on a Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe and my son, with freshly minted licence, on his 1980 Honda CM400. Great fun both times, but not enough gravel.

    If you are interested, you can view a short, dusty video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8iK1ct3Ydc

    Nick

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  6. nick949eldo

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    The old joke about Guzzis being 'perky' (or nubile, depending on your preference) and airheads being gravity challenged is barely worth repeating. Get one - you may never go back to a BMW!

    As for roadside repairs, its my comfort level - nothing really to do with the realities of the reliability of modern bikes. I find the possibility of a roadside disaster to be part of the joy and pleasure of long rides in remote places. Too much reliability, too much smoothness, too capable handling, too much power - well, its all too dull. I'll take a bike that sounds right, is moody, obstinate sometimes, a bit cranky and subject to the occasional problem over some soulless piece of perfect engineering any time.

    No risk = no fun. This is not a new revelation for me but something I have been enjoying / enduring for a long time. Further explanation here: http://www.adamsheritage.info/in_praise_of_older.htm

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  7. Mane

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    That sounds twisted but I do see the allure. :1drink

    Well said!

    Regards,
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  8. woodly1069

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    wow Nick, you said a mouthful there and I tend to agree!:freaky
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  9. Boulder Ed

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    No risk = no fun. This is not a new revelation for me but something I have been enjoying / enduring for a long time. Further explanation here: http://www.adamsheritage.info/in_praise_of_older.htm

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    Well, ok, I can understand it, as I would totally enjoy taking an older bike on a long ride, knowing some uncertainty exists, and am a bit of a risk taker on my rides with things other than safety. Take today for example, as my wife and I are riding our boring, predictable BMW R1200GSA and R1200R over the continental divide, beating a big storm by only hours to camp in Canyonlands or Capital Reef area in Utah, and return in 5 days after the storm is gone. Hopefully the winds in Utah will be calm while we camp, or I will be in big trouble for having misrepresented the weather :-)
    Hopefully the reliability will hold on next months 9,000 mile run to D2D and AK!
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  10. woodly1069

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    hey bouldered, hope to see you at D2D! I hope to be there as well as AK also! Leaving KY June1st! Sorry for the hijack...
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  11. nick949eldo

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    Boulder Ed - I hope you and your wife have a great trip, now and on your adventures to the north.

    Nick
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  12. ckjj888

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    1972年的摩托古兹跟我年龄一样大,佩服老前辈!:clap:clap:clap
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  13. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Courtesy of Google Translate, the message above roughly says:

    "Years Motuoguzi with my age, admire the old-timers!"

    Thanks ckjj888, Happy 40th (享受40。这是一个很好的年龄!)

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  14. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Loved it! Now I just need to convince the owner with the California for sale near me to sell it to me. :D
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  15. Boulder Ed

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    Just got back from 1100 miles in Utah, with my wife on her R1200R and my GSA. We camped the entire week and had a perfect ride, no issues, no flat tires, no tickets. Now to swap brake pads, change a few fluids and adjust the valves and I'm ready for departure to D2D early June! a big YEEHAW! Btw, for the statisticians in the group, my GSA carrying all the gear gets 48mpg at 68mph, vs 54 on the R1200R! Dang she kicks my tail with the taller gearing.
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  16. Earl of Portchester

    Earl of Portchester Been here awhile

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    Fantastic ride report Nick, thanks for sharing.:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
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  17. BillyD

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    I love it!

    These Guzzis will run forever. I've got close to 90k miles on my Lemans.

    My butt still hurts, however, from my SF to Seattle round trip on the stock seat!
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  18. Boulder Ed

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    As I recall, somewhere in this post it started with something like "dont need no stinking GS" . I think we all need both Guzzi and GS to be complete, among other bikes too numerous to mention. Save our own asses!
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  19. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    I don't care about the report I want more pics of that bike :tb
    :rofl
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  20. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Since you asked so nicely..........

    With one of my other girls (1974 750S)
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    This spring - Wolfe Lake, (E. Ontario)

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    and this winter past, with Jawa sidecar

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    Nick
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