Always a lurker, I've always sucked at pictures, but mebbe I've figured that out now. After building a few bikes, and selling them for half what I put in them, I decided to buy another, hopefully one I'd just ride with some patina, but make it reliable....So I sprung for a 850cc Guzzi T3. Tonti frame, supposed to handle pretty nice, dual disks on front, left one linked to the rear, right disk operates off the front brake lever only. Here's a pix as bought... Had electric start, which my right knee wanted, and the clutch pull was good enough for the carpel tunnel in my left hand....so on to the part where I make it reliable. The wiring was butchered pretty badly, so it got to come inside to the back room for the hotter part of the summer where I worked on it with my usual alacrity for a few months. With that complete, started to ride it, and damned if it didn't have an oil leak I'd never noticed before. It was red oil, so I naturally thought it was coming from the tranny where I'd used BMW red oil when I changed all the fluids. Spent some time chasing the clutch pushrod seals, but couldn't stop it, so I decided to pull the tranny...I expect most of you can guess where that lead me....goodby patina, hello checkbook. Well, heck, the frame was really scratched, and the rest of it looked good from 10 ft, but not so much on closer inspection. Besides, this model had the dreaded chrome cylinder lining that's known to flake and ruin engines, so obviously that needed rebuilding too. So here I go, and hopefully I can learn a few things along the way. Right now I'm thinking this one I'll keep.