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    Deleted my "wanted" post because I've got one Very clean. Been stored for several years needs all the fluids changing a new battery and a general clean.
    Trying to decide whether to fit electronic ignition onto it or not, any recommendations?
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    Default Re: Got a Guzzi Le Mans

    Very nice mate. Always had a liking for them. Plus its a good excuse to post a picture of the best Cafe Racer and teh Davida bird!



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    Default Re: Got a Guzzi Le Mans

    Here's a Guzzi I happened across when in Sardinia.











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    Nice bike guzzipaul...I had one in 1978/9...unfortunately I don't have any PIC,s of it..reg was. something like VSS 33S. Ex demo came from Aberdeen originally...it was the last bike I dropped,had to buy a new cyl head for n/s as it wore away sliding down the road....!

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    Lovely looking bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuzziPaul View Post
    Deleted my "wanted" post because I've got one Very clean. Been stored for several years needs all the fluids changing a new battery and a general clean.
    Trying to decide whether to fit electronic ignition onto it or not, any recommendations?
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    A roundcase! Noice!

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    Wife was disappointed because it wasn't white which was the colour of my original one I had from about 82 to 85. Thing is when I had a white one I wanted a red one and now I have a red one... Hardly any rust on it even under the seat the bolts are still shiny. Not sure about the front engine mounting bolt though. Might treat myself to a homemade soda blaster and/or maybe a cheap ultrasonic cleaner to do the carbs.

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    Well the bike is pretty much stripped down to its component parts. The engine is out and bevel drive off, made a little trolley to support and move the engine around . New head bearings waiting to go in as are mods to the breather system.
    Got a bit of a shock last night when starting to clean the gearbox, thought I had a massive crack in the clutch bell housing, so split the engine/gearbox and got it up on the bench. Turns out its just part of the casting and dirt but got me worried. Bit of good news as well, with the engine and gearbox apart it gave me a chance to look at the clutch, seems I've got a (much) lighted flywheel, not sure of the make yet I need to do some more investigations will post some photos later.
    Timing cover is off as well, a new chain has been fitted but not before the previous one had a chew on the case, explains why the front bolt was easy to get out.

    Wife keeps mentioning about the number of small parcels that keep on arriving almost daily as I order gaskets, bolts new bearings, hoses, tools....... expecting two more today 3/8 drive hex set and a timing cover gasket.small IMG_4567.jpgsmall IMG_4572.jpg

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    Default Re: Got a Guzzi Le Mans

    I'm now getting a little excited - I have my own Guzzi project lined up for next year: an '85 (IIRC) V50mkII.

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    Default Re: Got a Guzzi Le Mans

    I had one of them for a couple of years and liked it but found it physically too small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    I had one of them for a couple of years and liked it but found it physically too small.

    they are small, but good fun to ride (or so my rose-tinted bifocals tell me).

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    Good job done today. When I first started stripping down the bike in October I couldn't get the right hand swingarm pivot out. Been WD40ing it over the last month or so and appling a bit of heat. This morning I got the frame up on the bench and had a go with my impact driver without success. Noticed the thread on the pin was a bit damaged and the locknut was also punched through a bit.
    Using a combination of Dremel and junior hacksaw I cut some flats onto the pivot pin and was able to wind it out with a big adjustable
    Then using a tap I got 32 years ago (via my brother in laws father who worked at BAE) I cleaned up the thread, even remembered where I stored the tap after all this time and two garage moves.
    Ordered new pivot pin and locknut from Guzzi bits

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    All back together now and learnt a bit more about italian electrics , sorry no step by step build log. Passed it's MOT today and got several favourable comments at the place I took it. Also got followed to work by a bloke who had just bought a new Guzzi and wanted to talk bikes.
    Taxed it 10 minutes ago so after tea off for a ride. The five miles backwards and forwards for MOT reminded me of how stiff big Dellorto throttles are and how easy modern day bikes are to ride and how nice modern suspension is.

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    Default Re: Got a Guzzi Le Mans

    Only had a very short go on one but yeah, the springs for two 50mm carbs did put a bit of a fight.

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