Guzzis, Mustangs, Triumphs and other Projects

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by mach1mustang351, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    Haven't had an update in a while. I got the front end put back together. Sorted out some of the wiring and little things along the way. Had a locksmith cut a key for the fork lock, but it doesn't quite work right while installed I will address that later, probably take the bike in when it is together.

    Forks...

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  2. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    Also worked on the Vstrom. I had decided to put some money in the v Strom last year so I could avoid buying a new bike. I had this TBR exhaust on layaway for a year. Finally bailed it out and installed. Not the most practical thing ever... But I like it. Sounds good!!

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    I tried to clean up the brake shoes and I got into the rivets on one shoe before I found good material. I started looking for replacements. There were some reman units out there but I opted to have my local clutch and brake shop do them. He said it would work better to bond them rather than riveting the shoes back on because of the material available. They look good, hopefully I can get the wheel on soon.

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    Last update, then we're all caught up.

    My Triumph parts showed up... And I have more or less a BSA A65. I have a plan for the BSA.... But I am going to focus on the Triumph for now. Stay tuned for that as we go, working on pricing pieces, researching, and gathering info.

    Might be checking a "bucket list" bike build off my list

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    Slight bit of progress on the Triumph.

    Got the axle and bearings back in. Used sealed units

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    I tried to get the rest of the hub together and put it on the bike. The relined shoes don't quite fit, have some arcing to do.

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    Anyway, maybe I will get the wheel on tomorrow.

    Then the plan is to work on the rear. Check out the wheel and swingarm bearings. I was also going to lace the 18"hoop from the A65 onto the TR5T hub, as the Triumph hoop is pretty trashed. We'll see,
  6. mach1mustang351

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    I decided to try and get the front wheel wrapped up. I went out and started arcing the brake shoes... Oh man. Luckily my time isnt super valuable because 2.5 hours later I had this...

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    The material he used was way too thick. I was worried about the stopping ability anyway, so I was worried about keeping the arc correct for max contact. I did most of the work by hand. I also cleaned up where the shoes were hanging over the webs, those were rubbing the hub and causing rough action. I then went after cleaning up the backing place and clearancing it out so it didnt make noise.

    Luckily it is all buttoned up now and done. Turned out pretty well.

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    No wonder these bikes take forever to sort out. I have probably 10 hours of cleaning, sanding, sourcing, fitting, etc in this wheel.... And its not a complicated wheel.

    I also have almost as much as the acquisition cost of the bike in that darn wheel.... Remember... The Trophy Trail cost $143
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    Got the wheel on the bike

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    Does anyone care about motorcycle reviews?? I rode an assortment of bikes this season, was thinking about posting some reviews... Not that my opinion matters... I'm not sure exactly who gets to keep all those $0.02
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    Crazy idea for the night, maybe freshen this up, and accumulate street tracker parts and convert it later.... It doesnt have a bad posture right??

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  10. Scoozi

    Scoozi Been here awhile

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    Something like this maybe?
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    I don't have another front end... So maybe like this

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    Haven't been to my thread in a while. I am currently sitting in an airport in Copenhagen, Denmark trying to eat up a 10 hour layover on my way home from a two week Italy vacation. My wife and I rented a Moto Guzzi California and did a tour of the northern and central regions. It was a great time. We did just shy of 1000 miles. Here's a few pics.

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  14. Scoozi

    Scoozi Been here awhile

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    Looks like you had a great time, Italy is such a good country to tour on a motorcycle. A 10 hour lay over is way too long...
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    The flight plan home is way less efficient than on the way out.

    Milan to Copenhagen

    10 hour Layover

    Copenhagen to Reykjavic

    8 hour layover

    Reykjavik to Anchorage

    Believe it or not, when shopping for flights this was the best we could do without doubling the cost of the ticket.
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    The daily cold is setting in here in Alaska and before we know it the bikes will be in hibernation. I've been planning the winter projects. So here is possibly a preview of what is to come this winter.

    Guzzi 1000SP

    Clutch replacement
    Gearbox overhaul
    LED headlight
    Sort out the top case solo seat where it is functional and practical.
    Side stand
    Lowers
    Tinker

    Triumph TR5T

    Sort the rear wheel
    Fuel tank
    Clean out sludge trap and light engine overhaul
    Run it

    2007 V Strom

    Oil change
    New rear spring
    Wire heated grips

    1969 Mustang....

    So much.... Any progress would be great....

    A65 flat tracker

    Accumulate parts.
    Maybe by June get the custom triples ordered and wheel parts to get the chassis together

    I also want to do a bike swap this summer and bring my Stelvio up here and take the V Strom to California.

    Big plans
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    Decided to clear out the garage a bit before the snow flies. I may end up working on the chassis this winter, we'll see how the parts accumulation goes. For now, its going to the shed.

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    My guy that is building me the custom triples, advised to stay vintage and run the narrow tires because offsetting the engine would be required to run modern flat track rubber.... I had this vision of a retro mod with the 130 and 140 widths... I think I'm gonna go for it. Worst case, I can run the narrower tires later, and change the wheel spacing
  18. Scoozi

    Scoozi Been here awhile

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    Strangely enough tires are one of the first things I think about when I'm planning a build too. Although in my most recent one http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-tribute-bike-thread.1253758/ I went from modern wide low profile to old school narrow high profile, mostly for looks. Only thing I will say is a wide front tire might not look as good with those long forks, but otherwise I like what you're doing.

    So are we going to get a full ride report about your trip to Italy, or will that have to wait until it's too cold to go into your garage?
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    The long forks are not staying I am going to use Yamaha R6 front forks with custom triples. It will also run a Brembo single disk and 4 piston caliper. The rear I'm still thinking about, I originally wanted to stay dual shock and adapt some kind of aluminum swingarm. I was also contemplating trying a monoshock. I built a setup for a Sportster, and enjoyed the process.

    I don't have a ton of pics from Italy, as we seem to have lost our digital camera somewhere along the way. I'll post something here. I dont know that I have enough to do my own thread
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    Decided to do some work tonight. I took the rear wheel off of my A65 so I can steal the hoop and lace it to my TR5T hub. The Triumph had to have been sitting in water or something, the rim is badly pitted and trashed.

    I also removed the engine from the Trophy Trail so it can be preped for its refresh.

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    I couldn't help myself, so I tore into it

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