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Author Topic: 1979 Moto Guzzi V50 II Cafe  (Read 199027 times)

Offline sxecafe

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Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #20 on: Jan 19, 2011, 14:04:45 »
Beautiful job so far, man. Congrats.

Offline Dale

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Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #21 on: Jan 19, 2011, 16:00:26 »
Nice work on the top of the steering head... Like a mirror.
Hey thanks man, Nothin' like a bit o' ol' polishn' :-)
 
 
those 4 holes would be a great place for oil pressure/high beam/neutral/turn signal led's.
Crap thats a good idea. I never thought of that! Thanks a bunch for the idea. I'll bear this in mind when it comes to the instruments! ....
 

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
I'm really happy to hear from so many different sources that this bike is really nice to live with and ride. Great to know! Thanks for the ecouragement!
 

Beautiful job so far, man. Congrats.
Thanks sxecafe!

Offline Dale

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Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #22 on: Jan 19, 2011, 16:52:16 »
( 07_Clip-Ons )
 
The forks are 32mm.
I had a set of clip-ons that were slightly larger up in diameter. Cant exactly remember what they were.
Managed to find some 40mm aluminium tubing 1.2mm thick, which would give me pretty close to what I needed.
Cut it down to make sleaves. Fits perfectly.
 

 

 



« Last Edit: Jan 20, 2011, 11:18:01 by Dale »

Offline Juggernaut

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Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #23 on: Jan 19, 2011, 23:59:44 »
You are going to have a beautiful bike. Some day I may have a Guzzi. They just look really cool. Great job so far!
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Offline Onion Man

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Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #24 on: Jan 20, 2011, 00:13:59 »
dude this ride is looking killer... I hadn't thought about cutting the mounts off my triple tree but now I have no choice because now there all see.. thanks hahah... Did you just knock them off with an angle grinder then polish them with a belt sander so something?? what kind of grinder discs/sand paper/files did you use?? please do tell I need them gone!!
keep on keepin on!!

Offline Dale

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Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #25 on: Jan 20, 2011, 03:50:56 »
Thanks Juggernaut. This is a dream bike for me, so its really cool to be working on it! :-)

Onion Man, yes, an angle grinder is pretty much my tool of choice here! :-) As I said, you have to be really careful to not go too far.
There's no EDIT > UNDO.

I used a cutting disc to to get the bulk of the material off, and then used a flap disc to get the shape to about 95%.

Then using a fairly fine file got it to about 99% of the shape. Remember, its going to be really tough to polish out any deeper marks, so you have to be patient, and do it right, or you're just going to end up doing more work than necessary.

Then I sand it down to see where I'm at, and for the deeper marks, I wrap sandpaper around a fine file, and file them down.

Final step is polishing compound on an abrasive wheel, working your way down to finer compounds and wheels.

Offline Dale

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Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Detailed Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #26 on: Jan 20, 2011, 05:38:05 »
( 08_Brake Discs )

I'm bouncing around a bit, but figured since the wheels are such a definitive part of the look of a bike, that I would post this.



So, started up cleaning up some rusty bits...



- Removed the rust from the cast iron discs, and painted up the insides with Hammerite.

- Then we had a huge storm, and some rain got into my garage and wet some of the parts...

- The discs rusted instantly.

- Now, this means, I'm going to have to live with brown discs, because any exposure to water simply brings on surface rust.
Sure, as soon as you brake, it rubs off, but you're always going to have that thin brown line on the edges.



Found these Stainless replacement discs...



Advertised for $195. Not sure if that's *each* or for *a pair*.

Plus side here is:

1. They're drilled
2. Much lighter
3. Wont rust


Down side:

1. Not easy on the wallet
2. Finish doesn't look great, but I can sort that out.

If anyone can give me some pointers on this issue, please do.

« Last Edit: Jan 20, 2011, 08:01:27 by Dale »

Offline Dale

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Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Detailed Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #27 on: Jan 20, 2011, 11:01:28 »
( 09_Wheels )

- Powder coated the wheels.

- I had an almost new Michelin Macadam 120/90/18 so fitted it to the rear, and got a 110/80/18 for the front.

- Really good feeling popping new bearings in!

- Bolted up the refurbished disc brakes with stainless steel cap screws.

- Rounded off nicely with new metal valve caps.







Offline BigBSBusa

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Re: Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Detailed Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #28 on: Jan 20, 2011, 13:29:11 »
Missed the beginning of this build and sorry that I have.  It's looking great.  One of these days I will get back to my own project, but for now I'll just enjoy the work you and everyone else is doing!
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Offline bikeboy

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Re: Re: Moto Guzzi V50II Detailed Cafe Build Diary
« Reply #29 on: Jan 20, 2011, 19:11:20 »
Awesome work so far fella  8)

Those cast discs pose a bit of a quandary don't they? I understand they're a better braking material than stainless, but the down side is the surface rust. I think if I was in your situation, I'd retain the iron.

keep those updates coming  ;)

cheers
ian