1980 Guzzi Sp1000?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Kt-88, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    I'm thinking of picking up a bike from several hours away. 1980 Guzzi Sp1000, looks to be stock except for some Harley-ish turnout exhaust. What should I look for before handing over cash? It's got a claimed 23k miles, and he says it runs "fine".
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  2. sjc56

    sjc56 Long timer

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    With 23k not much to look for just the usual old bike stuff like seals leaking, grounds cleaned up ,brakes may need to be gone through. One of my favorite Guzzi's I have had 2 78's. Really a great bike.
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  3. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Thanks! If it's in good shape how much should I pay for it?
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  4. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Here's a crappy picture of it.
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  5. Mandello

    Mandello Guzzista

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    Tonti-framed bike prices have been going up quickly over the last year or two, would be a deal at $2k or under and a fair price up to $3.5k
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  6. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

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    One big plus is that this is one round-head Tonti where you dont have to woory about peeling chrome bores! Way to go!
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  7. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    That is awesome to know; I was worried how low the miles were for the year. I'll have to brush up on the Guzzi terminology.
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  8. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    any guzzi under 20k miles is low miles... i had a 78, great highway bike...
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  9. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    Looks like the handlebars have been changed to semi-apes and the front fender is a chrome thing insted of the plastic color matched part.

    They're solid bikes, switchgear is suspect but it's an old Guzzi (they all do that)

    Looking at the picture $2500-$3000. If it's nicer than the picture represents add a few quid.
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  10. eldomike

    eldomike Who Cares

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    Looks like its been through a somewhat rough life....check out the boot guards on the wrong side of the valve covers :D ....if the price is right get it!!
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  11. photomd

    photomd Been here awhile

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    I have a '79 that I turned into a cafe bike. I think they're very easy to work on. Pick up a copy of Guzziology and a Haynes manual and you can pull it apart and fix just about anything. The fairing is great, especially if you can get the lowers. It should have iron bores. Nice bike. It looks like a nice project.
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  13. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Thanks for all the responses. Waiting on the seller now..
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  14. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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    i've owned 2 sp's. still kicking myself in the ass for selling them like so many other bikes i've owned.
    awesome road bike, good power, would spank any airhead i've owned with the exception of my R90S.
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    dig the fishtail exhaust on my second one. the only distraction to a lovely bike.
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  15. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Ha! Funny, the one I'm trying to purchase has a Harley-shop exhaust too.

    Our other rider bike is an r90/6 in need of some top end refreshing. Probably won't be a fair comparison.

    The tonti frames are starting to look better and better to me. ..uh oh.
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  16. Kt-88

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  17. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    It's a Gremlin!

    :huh

    -Cool LeMans footpegs removed and some odd boards welded(?) to the frame rails...but the shift/brake levers stayed, how does that work?

    -Some old Japanese fender

    -Heated, welded and bent handlebars that don't sit in the original clamps.

    I'd lowball and be happy to drag that working-class beauty home, but I'm a sucker for old Guzzis.

    I've got some stock footpegs for it in a box somewhere if you get it, the boards and apes have to go.

    Edit: Is it close to me...in case you don't want it.
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  18. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Boards and apes are so farking ugly that my eyes hurt looking at them. I have NO idea how this thing was ridden and shifted without the footpegs. ....maybe the guy has feet that go backwards?

    Anyway, I'm waiting on the guy to answer so I can go give him american dollars for this. I've decided I want it.
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  19. ML WYDELL

    ML WYDELL NED

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    I like that fairing.
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