Basic Guzzi info, anyone?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Mista Vern, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    Dan,
    Unfortunatly there are not a great deal of tech manuals out there for Guzzis... the old stand by is available

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    There are also some free downloadable manuals out there and ebay has some NOS stuff...

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_nkw=Moto%20Guzzi%20850%20LeMans%20additions%20Workshop%20Manual%20V7%20Sport%20750S%20850T%20&_itemId=290636883529


  2. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    I found this old guzzi in a barn 3 weeks ago ... 1979 v1000 g5 police model.. my very first moto guzzi, i have ridden bmw for 25 years.. hope this turns out to be fun..http://[​IMG]
  3. Zebedee

    Zebedee Been here awhile

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    I'd love to find a barn that's hiding something like that. Maybe one day, eh?

    Enjoy ... :D
  4. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    there is so much to learn about this bike, it has been setting over 25 years and everything needs something..i got to ride it in a poker run last sunday and everyone wanted to know what it was.. not many bikes like this in Kentucky also my first time with floorboards..
  5. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    one more picture of this old bike.. now to find http://[​IMG]parts
  6. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    I'm glad to see you are riding it. It looks perfect just the way it is. Too many of these fine old bikes fall prey to 'cafeitus' - sometimes it works out well; mostly it doesn't.

    I thought I would hate the floorboards on my 74 California - but much to my surprise I find I really like them. They are in a sensible and comfortable position - not out there by the front wheel like on those daft cruisers.

    Enjoy it. You have a fabulous bike.

    Nick
  7. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    this old bike has 9 thousand miles on it.. by most bike standards this bike is new and really needs a chance to prove it self, the air cleaner is a bitch to get off and put back.. there might be a trick but never found it.. i am sure all the fluids need changing.. next step is a manual... lots of things i need to know... i'm gonna ride it..
  8. MZRider

    MZRider Neo-Luddite

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    Download a shop manual here:
    http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/mg_manuals/workshop_manual_convert.pdf
    More info. on the same website: http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/moto_guzzi_tonti.htm
  9. Rathlindri

    Rathlindri Guinness fan

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    Good on yer dancerdave, you got a peach there....have fun!
  10. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    thanks for the download MZRider, of the shop manual, and the informational website. I will probably try to fix this thing in good enough shape to ride in the Thanksgiving parades and Christmas parades that they have and then I will do some serious restoration. Any help I can get on good used parts such as headlights, rear shocks, and police crash bars for the rear, just stuff like that. The gear shift and brake rods have rust on them.. any help would be appreciated, thanks.
  11. MZRider

    MZRider Neo-Luddite

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    dancerdave - give Mark @ Moto Guzzi Classic a call on Tuesday - he can likely fix you up with everything you need. (562)986-0070. Headlights are especially scarce though - it seems everyone put Windjammers on their Guzzi back then and junked the headlight.
  12. mtiberio

    mtiberio Adventurer

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    if you are not an originality fanatic, emgo makes some replacement headlight shells for not too much money. they have british variants that are a bit deep, but work, and I have also used some kawasaki replicas, that have the right depth, but need fender washers to bolt to the headlight ears.
  13. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    The head light and ears are chrome and would like to find some like those to put back, the exhaust has lots of rust on bottom, both gear shift and rear brake arms are pitted just to give an idea what I am needing .. I could leave it like it is and worry about how long this thing will run before sinking loads of money in something that will die soon..it runs great for a bike that has set for so long but it took a couple of weeks to get it that way.. Not knowing about a Guzzi was mostly to blame tho..this throttle cable routing has been a bitch, I can't find a way not to put them in a bind but I have time and new cables will help.. Being a BMW rider I find I compair the two of them, but mostly riding dual sport bikes isn't fair and me being old the Guzzi will win because of the easy to get on and off...
  14. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    Mzrider I tried to call Mark.. I left a message hopefully he will call back..thanks for the help.
  15. Nick in PRC.

    Nick in PRC. Been here awhile

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    Keep trying.
  16. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    I got a chance to ride this old bike today and headed for some gravel just to see how it did on some old roads close to my home, i was supprised how it handled on both gravel as well as twisty roads.. to me it felt best on an open road running at highway speeds.. it seemd tohttp://[​IMG] want to go faster.. it has a little oil leak at the valve cover on the left side..
  17. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Yep - the old Guzzis do quite well on gravel.......

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  18. dancerdave

    dancerdave Been here awhile

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    I am so new to moto guzzi and have lots to learn.. I need to learn first why it is so hard to start and where the oil is coming from. Hopefully restore thing to be my daily riders and can see I don't need to worry about a little gravel after looking at your bike..
  19. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    A nice way to spend an hour, re going over this old thread....:clap
  20. flemsmith

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    One thing I've always really liked about my T3 is how instantly it starts, sounds almost like my old road king that way. Assume you've double checked timing? And looked into the carbs? Valves and head torque? That should do it you'd think.

    Also noticed something about running the throttle cables: I messed
    with that a while before I learned that if you run them alongside the frame opposite their respective carb, then let them cross over each other roughly where the rear tank rubber mounts fit the frame, you'll end up with a pretty smooth route that works better than anything else I tried.

    good luck and have fun.

    roy