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    Default Let the rebuild begin...

    Just bought myself a Moto Guzzi Le Mans II. I used to own one in the mid 80's and eventually exchanged it for a GPz1100.
    This one was first registered in 1980 and has 33000 miles on the clock. Came with loads of documentation, don't think the previous owner put more than a few hundred miles on it since he got it in 2005. After all this time it came as a bit of a culture shock when I took it down the road for a quick test ride.
    The pic makes it look good for a 33 year old bike but I'm going to strip it down and re coat the frame, brackets, wheels etc, as they're all pretty grubby. Unfortunately it's had a (not very well done) respray, so a decent one is also in order. The engine will need a good clean too. Will probably fit a new clutch and lighten the fly wheel a bit; also plan to coat the stainless exhaust in satin black ceramic finish to give it the original look. Apart from braided hoses it seems totally original and came with an after market seat.



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    Default Re: Let the rebuild begin...

    Excellent. Looks pretty respectable to start with.

    Look forward to the thread

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    Default Re: Let the rebuild begin...

    Looks great, good luck with the rebuild!

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    Nice!

    look forwards to seeing the full rebuild....

    S.

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    Default Re: Let the rebuild begin...

    Lovely.

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    Good stuff!

    I still prefer the look of the Mk1, but hey.

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    It would look great as a cafe racer ... ;-)

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    Looking nice and cool after reparing. Like its red color. Now it is perfect and safe for riding.

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    Costalot? Lovely BTW.

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    Default Re: Let the rebuild begin...

    Superb, love these threads. Now just don't take it apart, put it in boxes and let it languish in your shed.

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    Looks great, all ways liked them

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    Default Re: Let the rebuild begin...

    Would be interested to hear about the exhaust coating, always a problem with used pipes as the platers won't take them and most paint just falls off.

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    Default Re: Let the rebuild begin...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomcat View Post
    Would be interested to hear about the exhaust coating, always a problem with used pipes as the platers won't take them and most paint just falls off.
    There's a place local to us that has started powder coating exhausts (inc. front pipes). A mate had it done to his vfr and it looks good and seems to be lasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelnut View Post
    There's a place local to us that has started powder coating exhausts (inc. front pipes). A mate had it done to his vfr and it looks good and seems to be lasting.
    I'd hazard a guess it's not standard powdercoat as that would just melt.
    Ceramic coated pipes look OK but that'll still depend on how smooth the original pipes still are.

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    Just got back from hols, so a bit to do before I can make a start on the lemon. Full strip down to start with leaving the engine and gearbox to tidy up while the frame, wheels and brackets are away being powder coated. Apart from a good clean I've yet to decide what to do about the engine/gearbox finish. Its all rough caste and blasting is out of the question due to debris ingress that would contaminate the internals. The picture doesn't do justice to some of the cosmetic bodges the bike's had. A lot of hand painted bits, including bolt heads and the calipers mean I'll probably go down the SS fastener route.
    For those interested in the ceramic coating, its carried out by a firm called Camcoat (camcoat.com). I had a set of Tuono down pipes down in satin black and was very happy with the finish. They also do a chrome like finish called Cermakrome.
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