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Author Topic: Guzzi 850T Tale  (Read 1111 times)

Offline cafetbird

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Guzzi 850T Tale
« on: Nov 03, 2013, 08:52:04 »
I've always had this fascination with old Guzzis.  It must be the lump.  So, been searching for an old T frame 850 project for a while now, when this came up on eBay.



I am a sucker for a bike with a story.  This one is an old Vietnam story, the sort we all hear about in barn finds.  Son is stationed with his dad in Italy in 74.  They buy bikes together.  Son gets transfered to Nam in 75, and is killed in the Spring conflict.  Dad keeps the bike as a momento.  830 miles on the clock.

Gotta put this one back together right.
« Last Edit: Nov 03, 2013, 08:53:56 by cafetbird »
Nessie - 1996 Triumph Thunderbird 900 Cafe
Ole Yeller - 1996 Triumph Super III
Goose - 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T
Tigger - 1973 Triumph Tiger TR7RV
Ole Smoky - 1968 Bridgestone 350 GTR

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Re: Guzzi 850T Tale
« Reply #1 on: Nov 03, 2013, 09:43:12 »
Wow great story...you going full resto or cafe?
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Re: Guzzi 850T Tale
« Reply #2 on: Nov 03, 2013, 10:12:14 »
Saw this listing - great to see some one here got it.  Watching!
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Re: Guzzi 850T Tale
« Reply #3 on: Nov 03, 2013, 10:14:49 »
I'll likely start out with a resto, then do a cosmetic update to the tank, seat, bars.  I prefer the style of the Lemans and V7, and they are on the same chassis.  Might try to source some big valve heads also.

Started looking over the engine yesterday.  It looks incredibly clean internally. The father had stored it in Marvel Mystery Oil. 



Motors looks like it might just need some TLC.  Carbs will need a complete overhaul... soaking them in a Kroil cocktail now.  The electrics had been harvested over the years, likely to keep the father's twin going?  Contacts, starter, and other bits are missing.  Those should be available, so not a big deal.

The kid had a get off, and you can see some replacement parts were added. Headlight, a few scuffs on the gage cluster, controls were replaced.  I'll be looking for some used bits to replace those.
« Last Edit: Nov 03, 2013, 10:35:08 by cafetbird »
Nessie - 1996 Triumph Thunderbird 900 Cafe
Ole Yeller - 1996 Triumph Super III
Goose - 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T
Tigger - 1973 Triumph Tiger TR7RV
Ole Smoky - 1968 Bridgestone 350 GTR

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Re: Guzzi 850T Tale
« Reply #4 on: Nov 03, 2013, 11:03:12 »
Scoring the tins and seat off this bike... owner did a 1000S cosmetic conversion on the doner bike.



« Last Edit: Nov 03, 2013, 11:05:35 by cafetbird »
Nessie - 1996 Triumph Thunderbird 900 Cafe
Ole Yeller - 1996 Triumph Super III
Goose - 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T
Tigger - 1973 Triumph Tiger TR7RV
Ole Smoky - 1968 Bridgestone 350 GTR