A few months ago, I purchased a 1984 Moto Guzzi V65 SP. The poor thing had been sitting for at least a decade and must have spend some of that time outside. Outside in this case meant different places in Texas. While the bike was largely complete a restauration to original condition seems unreasonable. Instead the plan is to largely repair, service and rebuild with a basic Naked bike focus. I purposefully avoiding the term Cafι as I am trying to steer away from LED headlights, exhaust wrap, cute leather pouches (in replacement of side covers), headlight grills and skinny jeans.
This is how things looked like when the Guzzi arrived:
After I hauled the Guzzi home, I performed the following tasks:
Replaces lubricants in engine, transmission and final drive;
Rebuild the both PHB 30 carbs;
Rebuild the centrifugal advance function on the ignition, replaced points and capacitors;
Set static timing;
Rewired a new ignition switch (bike came without keys);
Set valve gap (only minimal adjustments needed);
Reactivated the rear brake caliper and disabled the linked front caliper (was disconnected by a previous owner to move the bike).
Rigged a makeshift fuel tank out of the oil can that held the transmission oil (the Guzzi tanks has some corrosion that needs to be addressed)
At this point I was able to start the engine and ride the bike at low speed. I was able to shift through all five gears and get a basic carb setting. No nasty noises. No neighborhood pets were killed while riding with only the rear caliper and the brake performance of a 10 speed bicycle on a rainy day. The fun ended when I ran out of the less than a liter of gas my Valvoline transmission oil makeshift gas tank would hold.
Yeah! (so far)