Just Goosing Around... First steps into Guzzi land...

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by England-Kev, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. MZRider

    MZRider Neo-Luddite

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    Full strip. No way to to get to it with the crank still in the case.
  2. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    I have been out riding the old girl all day today (more of which later) including some fast motorway miles, and no leaks:eek1 well apart from the very small one at the back of the gearbox :clap
  3. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Excellent! Glad to hear it Kev. :clap:clap How did the old girl like the motorway?

    So, are you coming to the Guzzi National Rally in Lavigne, Ontario next weekend? Hop on a plane - after your tribulations, I'll buy you a beer and if you ask very nicely, might even lend you a bike.

    Nick

    Today - 6AM. Opinicon Lake
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  4. R-dubb

    R-dubb Dubbious Adventurer

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    Sweet :beer Wish I were there too! Nice photo. Great bike!
  5. davebeef

    davebeef Buffoon

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    Is that an open invitation Nick??:wink:
    Rgds,
    Dave
  6. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Well the Rally is next week and I leave on Thursday morning early, so you'd better be quick.

    Seriously though, any Guzzisti from the right side of the Atlantic (geographical, that is, not political) that made it across would find a welcome here.

    Nick
  7. davebeef

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    Cheers Nick,
    If it wasn't for a dental appointment I'd be there.
    Kind rgds,
    Dave.
  8. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    You have dentists in Scotland? Who knew...........

    Nick
  9. davebeef

    davebeef Buffoon

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    Dentists, Haggis, Kilts and knackered Guzzis, we have the lot! :lol3
    Rgds,
    DB
  10. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

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    I was thinking that, but you said it!:rofl
  11. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Oh I hate to ask this question... but let's talk tyres:evil

    The tyres on my Ambo suck, they follow every bump and groove in the road, they track and wobble over every painted white line, they are not a lot of fun:eek1 Now I think it has Metzler's fitted, although I can't remember for sure, but I was curious as to what you guys were using? so come on spill the beans.:deal
  12. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Dunlop K70's. Relatively cheap ($104), reasonable wearing, look great, decent handling, and a nice blocky treat for all those gravel miles.

    Nick

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  13. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    What pressures Nick ?
  14. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    To my great embarrassment, I usually just put my foot on the rim and unless its squidgy, we're good to go. When I do use a gauge, I go for about 24 front, 28 rear (solo) - about what it says in the Eldorado manual.

    Nick
  15. R-dubb

    R-dubb Dubbious Adventurer

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    Dunlop D-405's are very popular. Modest tread design, high profile. I have them on both the Sport and Eldo.

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  16. MZRider

    MZRider Neo-Luddite

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    Bridgestone S11 Spitfires since Continental stopped making the Blitz and Tour in Loop sizes. Inflated to 32 front and 36 rear.
  17. davebeef

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    Kev,
    I think i'll be plumping for Mitas who make a universal tyre in the standard 4.00 x 18 size. If my memory serves me correctly they'll set you back about £80 for the pair. I have them fitted to my MZ which I use in all weathers and have no complaints. Yes I realise the guzzi is a far heavier old beast but it isn't throwing out mega horsepower and I think they'll perform just fine. Those Shinko's on the other rebuild thread look quite inviting as well however.......:evil
    Rgds
    DB.
  18. danedg

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    +1 on the Spitfires. I've gotten excellent mileage out of them as well.
  19. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Any of you guys have a spare MPH speedo for a twin clock dash kicking about the place? I have an KPH one on the bike at present, and would like to swap it over.

    :freaky
  20. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    Once I finally get the garage cleared out of other projects, an older Guzzi will then fill that space. Probably an Eldo or an Ambassador. Something to just lazily chuff down the road for miles & miles.

    How is the road along Opinion? It was under construction last year. Might be my favourite road in the whole province.