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What does 'Spada' mean, anyway?
I have an '87 SP II I bought new and still have. Guzzi only sent 114 to the US. Mine is #63.Regarding the one you are looking at, over all it looks pretty clean and relatively unmolested, which is nice to see.The chrome rear grab rail is correct for all US SPIIs. It has a rubber pad around the center section, where the passenger could use. Note that when the bags are on the bike it's almost impossible to have a passenger because the footpegs are nearly underneath them.The crash bars look like nice Agostini aftermarket bars, specifically designed for the SPII.The original mirror "pedestals" were prone to cracking and on this bike they were replaced, unfortunately in a different location, leaving the original holes open.That seat is crazy: never seen one like it! Might be the original pan under there.The stains on the right muffler are from the battery acid leaking when the bike fell over on the right side. You can see scratches on the lower fairing from that event. Mine did the same. This happens because the original stands are the worst ever and if you try to load up the left bag and shut it while the bike is on the side stand, it's pretty easy to tip it over onto the right side. Ask me how I know.Those bags are the older ones which came with the first SPIIs. They are similar to the Cal II bags and V65C bags but are not interchangeable with the racks, if I remember correctly.The valve covers have either been replaced or had the original blue finish stripped off.The fairings are excellent and in hot weather can be TOO effective. I've never found the upper fairing to affect handling or performance at all. The lowers are removable.I kept the 16" wheel because I love how quick it is. Nice to see this one still has it. In the US, the originally came with Pirellis. The front tire, as mentioned earlier, had a center groove, which when it got older, really affected the tracking. I replaced the Pirellis with Michelins until for a time they were hard to get in the US. NOTE: on that 16" front, it's really important to keep about 37lbs of pressure in it!There is another trick to filling that handlebar master cylinder. Turn the handlebars to the right so the top of the master cylinder is more or less flat. You'll still have to put rags or plastic below it to protect the paint on the tank, lower fairing, etc.I like it and hope you seriously consider it!
Exactly what I was going to say. Fran Cantaldi told me approx 100 SP IIs were imported and SP stood for Sport Production.
The discs are different than mine and the bags appear to be identical.
If the price is right for you by all means buy it. The only thing I can find fault with is legroom. Great bikes.
42,000 mi. Owner rode it last 30Kmi of that total round the South East for 20 years after he traded an 850T for it. Had the upgrades done in 97; then he lost his job in November.
There no need to worry about the master cylinder, just have it brass sleeved. I've had three cylinders done so far. A lot easier and cheaper than trying to cobble something together.
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