Blue Starling - found in shed.

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  1. motu

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    I've never had a look at the forks and steering head, so stripped them down today. The gaiters are so hard they don't even compress....and there was some water down the tubes. Gunna have to paint and polish to put it back together.

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    The boy was having a problem with the bass amp, so sorted that out....and got the old axe out to see how it was working. This thing hasn't been used for over 20 years either....but the fingers I damaged back then have long since healed.

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  2. motu

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    Picking away at the Stornello, I can't put the forks on until I get some gaiters. Pulled the rocker cover off and checked the tappets...perfect. I haven't set them in 30 years. Those who have seen inside a Guzzi twin will recognise the set up...you may not have seen inside the Stornello's competition of the time - the MV Augusta 150...it uses the same rocker plate over the head studs too.

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    The drive side, the primary drives though the camshaft...makes for a long engine. It's only done 3,000km since I did the engine, but wanted to look at the centrifical filter...clean of course.

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    A look at the spine frame - swing arm through rear engine mount, and no lower rails. I've put a K&N filter on too.

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    The muffler has surface rust...maybe I'll paint it black like a Le Mans. I poured some fisholene though it - the cat had a lick of course, I don't think it tasted as good as it smelt. Check out the width of the helical primary drive.
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  3. Padmei

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    Very cool. no one needs more than 2 valves.
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    When ever I pull a motorcycle engine down, I look at the primary drive and remember the Stornello...is it over engineered, or are those narrow spur gears on other bikes only just good enough?
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  5. innathyzit

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    Those gears and the rocker assembly look very similar to my Benelli.

    Was their a lot of cross polination with the Iti lightweights back then?
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    I guess like the British twins, to an untrained observer they are all just the same - 2 valve 360 degree pushrod twins, Amal carbs, Lucas magneto, generator or alternator and other electrics, same general layout. Italian bikes - Magneti Marelli, Delorto, Magura etc. Maybe the designers all went to the same tech school. The Stornello has a top end very much like the twins, just turned 90 degrees, the ports are actually across the frame. Very easy to work on, much easier to pull the engine right down than any other bike engine I've done. The crank gear is on 3 keyways, so possible to set the cams vernier style like a Triumph....I did use a degree wheel, but only to check the flywheel was true to marks.
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    Test ride today. Problems with leaky fuel taps, I can't get rid of them as they are a 12mm 1mm pitch, so soaked one in Castrol R, and took the valve off the other, so it's always open. How did I ride this thing back in the day? A single with no balance shaft, now I know why they have balance shafts these days. All runs well - brakes, gears, clutch, suspension....the throttle tube is tight on the bars, must've shrunk. Only made one dab on the brake for a downshift, otherwise riding the Stornello all came back like I only rode it last week...although I won't wear Johnny Rebs next time.

    I had to replace the tubes, at 42 years old they had rotted, the tyres are pretty damn hard and slippery...but I know that and ride accordingly. Did a gravel road, and the K70's came to life...this is going to be a hoot on the back roads. So, sort out that throttle, put some mirrors on, and later some tyres, but pretty well good to go.

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    That's the 8th week of 1975.

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  8. innathyzit

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    Was wondering how this was going. Good stuff.
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  9. Padmei

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    Coolest bike I've seen for a long time. Well worth the effort.
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    I just got an email - a blue Stornello 160 has been stolen in Auckland. So if you see a really nice one of these, it's not mine. Rego No A7JHG. Why would someone steal one of these? :becca
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    I'd be interviewing all the posters here on its whereabouts...

    what size are the tyres? I have some newer than 1975 19" 's here somewhere...
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    I've got lots of 19'' tyres too - these are 17''. Pretty common size these days, sports bikes use 17'' tyres, I'll see if I can squeaze some 170/50x17 tyres on.
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  13. Max Headroom

    Max Headroom lost in the '70s

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    Perhaps someone saw this thread and decided to get the jump on you to build the first Starling bobber . . . . :rofl
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    The Stornello hasn't had instruments since I highsided it in 1985....and I forgot what the intrument panel looked like. Several redsigns on the wing and we got these.

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    A bit heavier than the alloy instrument panel, but with the advantage they are individually adjustable. The tabs are MIGed on, but the brazed joint looks better. After years of quality bikes, I stripped my first Japanese bike down, ground all those ugly MIG welds down and brazed over them, a MIG weld can look nice, but most are horrible.
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    Took the Stornello for a longer ride today - it's got instruments and a mirror now.

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    And a fuel tap.

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    Took it up Otorohaea Trig Rd, my favorite local gravel road - I kept the throttle nailed on some corugations, and it jumped out of gear....uh,no...it has no gears at all. A broken chain, just tore a link apart, I've never had that happen before. It's a shit quality chain and 40 years old...but done only 15,000km.

    I came home on this.

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    I had rung my wife...but her car has no towbar, my daughter took mine on sunday...another daughter in town wasn't home, so I was looking at a long wait, or leave it at the quarry. Rolling down the hill I parked it at the quarry gate and was standing there as the transporter went past...I almost stopped him, but had a plan under way, it was a pain, but it would happen in time. He went 200 metres down the road, stopped, got out and called me down. He'd just got a call and his next pickup had been cancelled, so did I want a lift? Unbelieveable timing, a bit more dithering looking for the lost link and we'd of missed each other.
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  16. Voltaire

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    Your not helping break the reliability of Italian bikes myth:rofl
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    Sounds like Karma paid you a visit. Make sure you pass it on:D
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    He dropped me off just before the Tainui Bridge, and I had to push it home through all the school kids. For security minded me, it was a bit traumatic knowing all the hoods in town were watching me. A nice easy bike to push...I was scooting on some of the easier bits. It's been many years since I couldn't get home, last time was the XLV750. Back in the '70's I would've cut a bit of fence wire and made a new link.
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    So lets give ' Palmerston Transport Services ' a plug. Nice of the truckie.
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    Apart from the break, 3 more cracks were ready to let go soon. A little bit of surface rust, but it did spend 10 exposed to salt air. I had to scape a thick layer of goop from the chain guard, so I have lubed it well in the past,even if I don't remember....and it spent a few months soaking in EP90 while I worked on the rest of the bike.

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    I have found 3 bikes in the shed with the same size chain...after a bit of a search. Looks to have thicker plates - it's having a soak now and I'll look at it after a couple of beers...shit it's hot in my shed, even with the Harvard fan on.
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