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Yeah I'm not trying to flip it or make money on it. That's not the barrier here. It's more a question of if the juice is worth the squeeze. Are the old Moto Guzzi's considerably different than the newer ones to make it worth a restoration? I've never ridden one, new or old - and that's a lot of faith going into a restoration!
Welcome to WG. Plan on a full engine strip & inspection, then fixing or replacing everything as needed.. The engine will have chrome plated cylinder bores, not chrome pistons. Chrome fails, so it has to be addressed. Upgraded cylinder, piston & ring kits or replating your original cylinders with Nikasil are the two fixes for that issue. The bigger issue is how much damage has or hasn’t been done by loose chrome bits in the oil impacting the rest of the engine. Might be very good inside or it may be catastrophic. Given the bike was parked and left out of service for ?? reason, it may be the latter…The website ThisOldTractor is a great resource for related Tonti-frame Guzzi info for your bike. There’s a couple of recent discussions here on the subject, including this thread. It’s a must-read- https://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=115513.0Your bike, your rules. You don’t have to fix it all the way but if you keep it and plan to ride it, it will need to fixed all the way or it won’t last long. Doing the cylinders, pistons & rings and then assuming everything else will just be ok isn’t the best strategy with these early engines. Btdt. If you’re worried about being upside$$$ down in the bike, plan on losing money (depending upon the level of resto vs simple daily rider fixing) or selling the bike as is. My best friend and I always joked about our Italian bikes saying, “if you can’t afford to fix it, you can’t afford to won it.” Maybe you won’t lose money if you do all the work yourself. But it won’t be $500 including tires and you’re on the road like some old bikes. Long ago I built my V7 Sport (all in pieces, frozen engine) with no prior Guzzi experience. Glad I did it, but you have to go into it with a somewhat open wallet..
Is there a literal step-by-step guide from removing the engine to rebuilding it? If so, I'd feel a lot more confident about proceeding.
Alright you bastards, just point me to this post when I'm $5k in and despondent. Thanks to the good community this seems to be, and the lowball $150 offer (which actually isn't far off from how much I bought it for) I. AM. INWhat's a bit of a rebuild between friends? I'm a vintage motorcycle enthusiast through and through. I looked at some 2015 models today and they just seem boring. Yes, I know they are wonderful machines and that makes more sense, but when has a motorcycle ever actually made much sense? I have never just bought my way into a motorcycle! And yeah they were all Japanese but I figured those out. Moto Guzzi feels like upgrading to the next level. More difficult, more rewarding. If any of you are near Austin, TX I'll trade you a 6 pack of Modelo for parts and labor any time. Ol' gal is already on the harbor freight lift in the garage.
Not worth restoring this piece of crap. Because I like you, I'll take it off your hands for $150. Cash.
Alright you bastards, just point me to this post when I'm $5k in and despondent. Thanks to the good community this seems to be, and the lowball $150 offer (which actually isn't far off from how much I bought it for) I. AM. IN
32mm deep socket for crank nut
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