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Offline JoeW

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1968 V700 Build
« on: April 19, 2017, 04:51:35 PM »
I picked up this V700 last summer. The PO started the restoration in the late 90s and lost interest. He had the powder coat done and had painted everything black. This bike was a turning pint for Moto Guzzi being the first generation of the transverse twin, separate trans and shaft driven configuration. I decided that since it's the 50th anniversary of the release of this model, I would put it back to stock, as best I could. It's not quite done but, done enough to do a shake down ride around the block.


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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2017, 10:24:55 PM »
That's beautiful. I really like the V700. It seems like it would be a very rewarding vintage Guzzi to own - once you get used to RH shifting.

When you say it's not quite done... you mean like you have to put the left-hand grip on?  I can't see anything else not done.
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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 09:23:00 AM »
Beautiful work as always   :bow: :bow: :bow:

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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 04:37:29 PM »
Beautiful...I groan. I had one, but I could never ride it within the limits of the brakes...3rd gear just covered the horizon from 20-70 mph and felt great, but twice I ended with my feet on the ground trying to stop...took the hint. I think it's the hidden collectable of the bunch.
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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 04:37:29 PM »

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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 08:12:35 PM »
Classic beauty! Congratulations.... :bow:

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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2017, 10:39:58 PM »
What a cool looking bike! Just bought myself a 1967 V7 ambassador sight unseen, the previous owner has spend the last 11 years rebuilding it but lost interest I guess. The last thing that is needed to be done is to fit the wiring harness and connect it all up. Can't wait to go home and fix it up :grin:

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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2017, 02:01:24 AM »
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once you get used to RH shifting.

I tried in the mid-1980's after 20-years of LH shifting. I just couldn't adapt.  Dangerous!
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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2017, 02:30:43 PM »
I tried in the mid-1980's after 20-years of LH shifting. I just couldn't adapt.  Dangerous!
My first bike was a 72 Norton Commando, right side shift, second bike, 73 V7Sport, right side shift. Then a 78 BMW, left side shift. That was over 35 years ago, I guess the motor skills never go completely away.

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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2017, 05:39:06 PM »
For me the V700  represents the Loop at the purest of its look. Still remember  as  a child , the first one came rolling into town . Great job and more pics please
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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2017, 01:37:42 PM »
I spent the last week riding my R1150RT up from Phoenix to Canada and for the first day constantly found myself trying to use the right hand brake pedal as a shifter!!
I have gotten used to riding my RH shift V7 Sport and Laverda SF1.
Funny how quickly the RH shift feels normal.

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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2017, 09:38:10 AM »
 :undecided:after a while the right foot shift felt better to use sequencing thru a stop and go...

Right hand left foot to brake to a stop, left foot to ground

Raise right heel down into first, then toe down for up shifts

It just works better. For a flowing sequence....whatt, we adapted left foot shifts because the bulk of bikes were coming from the orient ?
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Re: 1968 V700 Build
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2017, 03:33:16 PM »
:undecided:after a while the right foot shift felt better to use sequencing thru a stop and go...

Right hand left foot to brake to a stop, left foot to ground

Raise right heel down into first, then toe down for up shifts

It just works better. For a flowing sequence....whatt, we adapted left foot shifts because the bulk of bikes were coming from the orient ?

Yep. At the time, it was proven that left hand right foot coordination was more natural, but Honda, et al.. were left foot shift, and a mandate was made.
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