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Author Topic: Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project  (Read 8314 times)

Offline Dale

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Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project
« on: Jan 10, 2011, 12:02:51 »
Hi Guys.

Been looking for a cafe racer forum for a few months now where I felt I could document my first, well kinda first, maybe almost second cafe racer build.
I basically grew up in my dads garage, where he rebuilt literally dozens of classic and vintage cars.

So my appreciation for classic and vintage vehicles stems from that place. As I got more into bikes over the years, I always had a great admirationn for classic racers. So, the idea of turning a standard road bike into a more *race* orientated machine, both mechanically as well as visually meant that I loved cafe'd bikes.

Having your build documented on a forum like this, is always a great experience, as feedback and critique often push your bike into a better direction. It's also great getting that encouargemnt as you go through the lulls and peaks of the build. How often has a project been abandoned. Lack of motivation is the number one reason I would guess.

Anyways. I started on my Moto Guzzi V50II in September last year. I'll start my build thread soon hopefully.



This is what I started with (below), and below that is my plan. (Photographed and then photoshop'd).



And this is the idea.





On the surface the bike looked pretty good. But I was to find out otherwise!  :) Always part of the deal I guess!

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I'm also busy with this project, but its not my priority build - the Moto Guzzi is definitely full steam ahead, and I'm hoping to have it done by March this year.

Its a combination of 1983 GPZ 550, Suzuki GSXR and Suzuki Bandit.
Its essentially a Cafe Racer, but it has Streetfighter aspects to it. Physically its actually quite small in dimensions.







On another note, and maybe not completely relevant, is a project that I have been working on (as in *carry this*, *hold this*, *move this*) with my brother, his 1957 Triumph TR3.
Restoration is part of what we all do here, and its just cool to see something like this every now and again.
My brother is a perfectionist beyond the call of duty, and this build is pretty damn close to that.

I guess this thread is a little about who I am, and that's why I included this.  :)






Thanks for your time, if you've got this far.
I look forward to being part of this community, and contributing where I can.
I'm just a regular garage guy doing what he loves!

Take care.
Dale



Offline VonYinzer

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Re: Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project
« Reply #1 on: Jan 10, 2011, 12:30:00 »
Wow! Welcome to DTT man! Hell of an intro!

That Guzzi looks amazing, and if its half of what your concept drawings are itll be one of the best here for sure!

The streetfighter is crazy! Would love to see more of it.

That Triumph... Its beautiful already!
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

Offline Dale

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Re: Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project
« Reply #2 on: Jan 10, 2011, 13:46:34 »
Hi VonYinzer!

Thanks for the welcome.
Good to be here.  :)

Offline Slice

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Re: Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project
« Reply #3 on: Jan 10, 2011, 14:02:01 »
Geez... That car came out of the woodwork!! ITS AMAZING... Plus the bike is sooo nice already! Man, if I could *Favourite* this thread to push to my iPhone so I can stay in the loop I would!!!
Looking forward to updates! Seems like everything you own is awesome...
-Slice
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Offline Dale

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Re: Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project
« Reply #4 on: Jan 10, 2011, 16:19:29 »
Geez... That car came out of the woodwork!! ITS AMAZING...

Hey Slice - yeah I guess it did! 

Thanks for the kind words... Hoping to spend some quality time here.

The guzzi's heads are in for gas flowing and skimming atm. As soon as I get them back I'm going to start a build thread. Just finished up the bottom end and gearbox. Big ends and main bearings nearly bankrupting me! :-) 

And I'll make sure I dont start a build thread for the Triumph!

Offline Reinhard

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Re: Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project
« Reply #5 on: Jan 10, 2011, 23:02:07 »
Nice all around. The car. The bikes. The shop. Welcome to DTT
Cheers,
Reinhard

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Offline Dale

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Re: Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project
« Reply #6 on: Jan 11, 2011, 02:55:31 »
Hey Reinhard, thanks man.

Looking forward to checking around more in depth and seeing your'e guys builds.

Theres a lot of quality stuff here.

Offline Dale

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Re: Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project
« Reply #7 on: Jan 11, 2011, 03:26:37 »
A few more concepts:







I've already powdercoated the exhausts in high heat matt powdercoating (Withstands temps up to 800degC). So the chrome is out.

I really like the monochrome look, so paintwise, am leaning toward maybe a black with a traditional grey stripe going doing the centre.

Dunno.

Offline Dale

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Re: Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project
« Reply #8 on: Jan 11, 2011, 03:29:15 »
HEY I "Got the patches..."  8)

Offline Reinhard

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Re: Hello! From Johannesburg - Moto Guzzi V50 Project
« Reply #9 on: Jan 11, 2011, 09:06:22 »
I like the black and silver version. But then again I'm a "no-chrome" kind of guy.
Cheers,
Reinhard

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1972 CB500  Goldmember
1972 CL100 Scrambler
1972 CB500 hybrid streetfighter,Project "Barely Legal"
Tassels are for Titties and Kiddies