moto guzzi entered 4 bikes in the 1986 dakar, none of them made it to the finish.
indeed one burned down
that was the end of guzzi's interest in the Dakar...
I tracked down one of the mechanics a couple of years later, when preparing my V65 TT for off road competition.
the term UJ failure was the best they could do to to explain the early DNF without making a fool of themselves.
but was not the complete story.
You might want to read thishttp://www.guzzi.com.au/baja/index.shtml
Phil knows all, He just told me more interesting stuff but canít remember detail so wonít try quoting.
His 8 valve has never been apart as far as he knows, revs to 9 like mine does,
Must be others in the world whoíve got them going right, a few racers who got a lot more
Mine is inherently std, valves, rods, pistons, carbs etc etc
Any other Lario owners have the electrics black out at the most inconvenient moment.
I found there's a main molex connector under the tank, the two large pins Positive to the switch and Positive from switch to fuse box in mine were overheating and losing contact.
Eventually after trying to replace the pins I thought, I'm never going to unplug this anyway and crimped it around the connector, no more problems.
Rewired of course, Roy, no one runs std Guzzi 60ís, 70ís or 80ís wiring do they ?