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Author Topic: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign  (Read 56699 times)

Offline zachattach

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #30 on: Feb 10, 2012, 02:52:14 »
Everybody,
Thanks for the replies on that last post.  The advice and commentary are much appreciated.

It was great to see the floating fender.  My primary interest in the concept was to preserve the sense of openness I created in the rear frame by removing the battery and glovebox (which wont go back in as there will be a LI battery hidden somewhere).  It looks so much better, and I don't want to sacrifice that look to keep me and the engine compartment clean while riding in SF drizzle.  The concept is something I'll toy with further once I can get on to the creative design aspect of this build.  Until then there is a lot more wrenching to be done.

During the disassembly process I've noticed a few machining or molding defects, and I set about doing a little quality control on the first of these late last night.  On the inside of one of the conrod rings one of the bearing groves was full of burrs and flash.  I corrected this with a very fine half-round jewelers file and and a super high grit stones.  The hand work is really very pleasing zen stuff (especially at 12:45 AM), and I suspect imperfections like add up at 10,000 rpms or at 50,000 miles on the odometer. 

Wish I would have gotten a sharper picture of the burrs and flash of the defect initially.

Offline super8

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #31 on: Feb 10, 2012, 15:19:19 »
Hi there looks like your having fun....
I'm off to pick a V50 up tomorrow, looking at the pics you've posted (cx500 etc) looks like we have similar ideas, I look forward to seeing how you get on, i'll be posting some of my build/strip down soon too. good luck and have fun ;-)
There is no such thing as a crap bike, juat one YOU dont like. there are Lots i hate, doesn't make them crap though!
this is what i'm working on
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=34075.msg376040#msg376040

Offline zachattach

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #32 on: Feb 12, 2012, 14:43:45 »
Super 8,
This is what you're picking up: http://motorcycling.speedtv.com/article/bikes-the-little-guzzi-that-could/

Looking forward to watching your build as well.  Dale has set the bar nice high in terms of what we can do with these bikes.

More good stuff from my blog trolling in the attached pic.  It's from here: http://wrenchmonkees.blogspot.com/

Offline DesmoBro

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #33 on: Feb 13, 2012, 01:39:01 »
Nice Bike to pick Good Price once the Motor is back in action it will get you years of enjoyment
"I desire the things that will destroy me in the end"

Offline Dale

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #34 on: Feb 13, 2012, 08:09:43 »
Be a bit patient when working on the v50,they used some horrible cheap alloys in making these things.Super Mario on Monday built these things.

Not sure where you get your facts from, the V50 is one of the most reliable Italian motorcycles ever built.
They were the chosen motorcycle for the Italian Police for years.

And Super Mario, was in fact born in Japan, nowhere near the De Tomaso factory. ;-)

Offline super8

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #35 on: Feb 16, 2012, 15:05:15 »
got it back the other day, looks worse than i remeber. still it turns over in gear and there isn't to much rust so.... should be ok :-) i'll put some photos up when i get the time and have worked out how to do it.
as for the CX stuff going on, nice bikes but i had a friend who had one, i remember it weighing a huge amount, i used to be able to beat him on the little lane around where i used to live on a ts50 (to be fair i had more throttle than brains).
There is no such thing as a crap bike, juat one YOU dont like. there are Lots i hate, doesn't make them crap though!
this is what i'm working on
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=34075.msg376040#msg376040

Offline super8

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #36 on: Feb 18, 2012, 07:23:21 »
There is no such thing as a crap bike, juat one YOU dont like. there are Lots i hate, doesn't make them crap though!
this is what i'm working on
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=34075.msg376040#msg376040

Offline boobby

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #37 on: Feb 18, 2012, 11:26:53 »
i would choose a guzzi over the cx any day of the week... i worked for a guzzi aprilia dealer a few years ago and own a 84 t5-850 right now.. as long as you change the oil they will go forever, they are like old italian tractors.. working at the dealer i saw a hand full of them with over 100k on them and still driving
1975 yamaha rd125
1976 yamaha rd200
1978 moto guzzi v50
1973 aermacchi sx350
1969 aermacchi ss250
1978 derbisaki
1976 moto morini 350
2006 derbi gpr
2003 derbi gpr75
1971 honda cb350
1986 honda camino
2008 vespa 190
1979 yamaha sr500
1987 harley 1100

Offline zachattach

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #38 on: Feb 18, 2012, 13:01:21 »
I started the bead blasting work on Thursday.  The work is tedious stuff, and I'll be happy to get to the other side of this part of the project. Does make a markable improvement in the way the parts look, though.  In the pic with both cylinder heads the one on the left is the product after a thorough scrub with degreaser.  I'm wondering if I should ceramic coat the block so that I don't rapidly loose the luster to oxidization.

Offline super8

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #39 on: Feb 18, 2012, 14:05:31 »
hay zach, those heads are looking mighty fine.
yours, Super8
There is no such thing as a crap bike, juat one YOU dont like. there are Lots i hate, doesn't make them crap though!
this is what i'm working on
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=34075.msg376040#msg376040