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Author Topic: 1979 Moto Guzzi V50 II Cafe  (Read 193226 times)

Offline gpreciado

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  • living life one cafe at a time
Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #10 on: Jan 18, 2011, 12:35:10 »
man, i love guzzis i really like the 748 you have sitting in the background!!

Offline Dale

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    • [B]Moto Guzzi V50II Detailed Cafe Build Diary [/B]
Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #11 on: Jan 18, 2011, 14:16:35 »
Cool thanks gpreciado! Yup I love that bike. I still remember the first time I saw a 916, and I always dreamed of getting one. Then I stumbled on this 2000 748R a few years ago, and really liked the revvy engine and the fact that it was an R model some really special stuff on it compared to the basic 748 model. Done a lot of performance upgrades on it too.
 
 

Moto Guzzi's are just on another level for me, cant quite put my finger on it though. Love the Ducs too though...
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« Last Edit: Feb 14, 2011, 04:54:13 by Dale »

Offline Slice

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Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #12 on: Jan 18, 2011, 14:21:05 »
Haha, those carpets put me in the dog house with the wife for a week when she saw what was going on... Keep up the solid work bro.
-Slice

Hey Slice thanks man!

Now if only I had a Persian carpet to build it on - like someone else I know! :-)
The difference between a 'bike builder' and a 'parts collector' is a fine line.
 
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Offline Dale

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    • [B]Moto Guzzi V50II Detailed Cafe Build Diary [/B]
Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #13 on: Jan 18, 2011, 14:26:32 »
Are you kidding! HAHAHA! Man youve got balls! :-)

Offline Dale

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    • [B]Moto Guzzi V50II Detailed Cafe Build Diary [/B]
Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #14 on: Jan 18, 2011, 14:43:16 »
( 04_Swingarm )
 
Beautiful, cast aluminium swingarm housing the drive shaft, with integarted rear disc brake in the drive hub. Italian Engineers are Designers and vice versa. Form follows function is taken to incredible levels in so many aspects. You have to admire this. Fanboy guilty as charged.
 
I smoothed out the casting marks and seams, and then painted it up with a few coats of Hammerite. Pics here are not final paint.
 
Straight off the bike. Not bad.
 

 
First pass...
 

 
First couple of layers... (still a few imperfections)
 

 
 

 
Just couldnt resist... my new shocks arrived... :-)
 

 
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Offline Dale

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    • [B]Moto Guzzi V50II Detailed Cafe Build Diary [/B]
Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #15 on: Jan 19, 2011, 08:13:30 »
( 05_Forks )

1. Fork stanchions were slightly bent. Had them straightened, re-coated and machined.
2. Springs checked and still in spec.
3. New seals and dust covers.
4. Removed last remnants of paint from the damper unit and polished them up.
5. New oil.
6. New stainless steel cap screws fitted.




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Offline Dale

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    • [B]Moto Guzzi V50II Detailed Cafe Build Diary [/B]
Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #16 on: Jan 19, 2011, 09:56:32 »
(06_Steering Head)

The bike has a conventional handlebar setup which mounts onto the top of the steering head with a clamp.

  • Obviously we want clip-ons, and the handlebars won't do. I toyed with the idea of clubmans, as this would be easier, but in reality I prefer the clip-ons.



    I had seen a blog post on the Ritmo Sereno site where they cut off and grinded off (ground? huh? how do you say that?) the handlebar clamps.
    What remained was a very nice shape.

    So I decided I would attempt the same thing. Thing is, if I went too far, I would be destroying the part, and who knows whether I would be able to replace it if I had, so I was sweat'n a bit. :-)


    01. One side off.



    02. Starting to shape...



    03. Then a bunch of filing, sanding, and finally polishing...



    My brother suggested I fill the four holes, but I almost kinda like them? Dunno.

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Offline Slice

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Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #17 on: Jan 19, 2011, 11:20:01 »
Nice work on the top of the steering head... Like a mirror.
;)
The difference between a 'bike builder' and a 'parts collector' is a fine line.
 
1966 Honda 305 Dream: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=18950.80

1977 Honda CB550K: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=26058

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Offline LOCKARD666

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  • Keep 'er 'tween tha ditches!
Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #18 on: Jan 19, 2011, 11:44:20 »
those 4 holes would be a great place for oil pressure/high beam/neutral/turn signal led's.
It's better to wake up dead, than not wake up at all.

Offline crazypj

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  • Split personality, I fake being smart
Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #19 on: Jan 19, 2011, 11:58:40 »
Been a long time since I was into one of those rear bevel boxes.(leaky seals)
 Had a couple of Guzzi 500's, like them a lot.
 They were great with Bosch electrics (although switches a bit strange on early models)
 Had the 750 for a few months, more powerful but didn't 'feel' the same
'you can take my word for it or argue until you find out I'm right'
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Brian Morgan, 1982

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