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...rechromed the pistons etc...and he hasn't ridden it much since about 2001. So, I'm resurrecting it from it's second hibernation.
Well the next thing you need to do is NOT start the bike again until you search "chrome bore" and confirm you do or do not have them.
check the tires etc...
I do have a couple questions for you guys...first, is that damn heel to toe shifter. It's going to take some getting used to, shifting on the right. I kept stabbing at the rear brakes while my left foot reflexively tried to downshift to first gear at stop signs. This shifter seems really high to me. I'm a tall guy, 6 ft 2, and it's really uncomfortable to lift my foot off the peg every time I need to shift. Is there a way to lower the thing? It sits about 3 inches higher than the foot peg on that side.Also, has anyone had luck with replacing it with a standard (toe) shifter? If this is the original, I don't want to cut it...but would I have any luck finding something to go onto the spline?
Next question for now. The only thing it's missing is the left side tool box. I've seen some boxes on eBay, but they're for Ambassadors or Eldo's. Any idea if this would be the same size or fit?
tool boxes should be the same as all loop frames.you can swap parts from an Ambo/Eldo to move shift to left side. so it's silver and a really nice red color? still have the 29mm carbs with remote float bowl? best to get some 30's off an ambo..GOOD FOR YOU, the grand daddy v-twin..
Look at the date code on the tires. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=11 If they're over five years old, I'd recommend you replace the tires no matter how good the tread looks. The forward "toe" portion should be level with the right footpeg, with the "heel" sticking up. If it's not, the pedal can be removed from the shaft by simply loosening the pinch bolt, sliding it off of the splines and repositioning it. Right foot shift becomes second nature after 70k miles. ;)You could replace it with a "toe only" shifter as used on some '70 and '71 Ambassadors. However, you'd need to modify it somewhat - remove the toe peg and flip it to the right side, heat and bend the pedal to the right instead of the left. All of the Loop toolboxes will fit, but only V700 and early Ambassador toolboxes with knobs (vs. locks) will be correct.
What a beauty. I don't blame you for keeping behind a chain link fence , protected by a killer guard dog.
Congratulations on your Loopframe! You will LOVE that bike. I'm originally from Detroit.....what area of Detroit do you live in?
Wayne,Was the seller named Tom or Gary? My Detroit barn find came thru them. ;D
Dick ? ;D Not you , the seller
Welcome to the '700 Club', I have 3. A 67,68,69. Got them in the early 90's when no one wanted them. Then everyone was restoring Eldo's and Ambo's.
Still a lot like that. "Ooh, I want an Eldo, not an Ambo or V700. Gotta' have that extra 87 or 141 cc and a 5th gear don't ya know." ;D
Congratulations on your new old Guzzi, don't be afraid to wind up the RPMs ... that's where the music get made.I'd get a spare clutch cable and a set of points for the tool box ... these are the most likely parts to fail. Yeah fun bike to ride, I've got 25 years of riding out of mine so far, kind of like riding a buffalo with reversed shifter, you'll learn to love it. Have a Blast!
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