Author Topic: 1968 V700 Rejuvination  (Read 5777 times)

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #90 on: May 19, 2020, 08:20:10 PM »
The speedometer for this bike is super nice!  The reason it has only 81 miles will forever remain a mystery.  It was obvious the speedometer drive was slipping for a very long time, but that doesn't explain the whole mystery.   I have essentially zero timed this bike so 81 miles is appropriate now.



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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #91 on: May 25, 2020, 07:32:44 PM »
I am well into the wiring.  Greg Bender's wiring harnesses are things of beauty.  I always marvel at what he has done for the Guzzi community.

As I admire the details of this bike I ponder how inspired the overall design for the V700 was back in the day.  The attention to detail exhibited by the Guzzi design engineers is amazing.  And to think all of this was accomplished while Guzzi was teetering on bankruptcy.

All the tinware on this bike has all the telltale trademarks of much hand work.  You can see all of the craftsmanship.  The V700 was well executed at all levels including the artisan shop workers. 



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1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
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2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #92 on: May 26, 2020, 12:32:36 PM »
I am deviating from stock to add one of Greg Benders "relay solution" panels.  It is a slick product that will protect the electrical system.  If rewiring a Loop I highly recommend it. 

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1973 V7 Sport
1974 Eldo
1977 Vert
1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
1993 1000S - Sparklehorse
2004 V11S - Eraldo-ized
2015 Norge GT8V - Beetle-ized
2015 V7 Special - Beetle-ized
2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #93 on: May 26, 2020, 02:51:15 PM »
Great minds think alike. I put this together for my V7 a few years back. I used fused relays. Flasher can on the right.
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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #93 on: May 26, 2020, 02:51:15 PM »

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #94 on: May 26, 2020, 05:22:32 PM »
Great minds think alike. I put this together for my V7 a few years back. I used fused relays. Flasher can on the right.

Nicely done John!
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1973 V7 Sport
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1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
1993 1000S - Sparklehorse
2004 V11S - Eraldo-ized
2015 Norge GT8V - Beetle-ized
2015 V7 Special - Beetle-ized
2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized

2003 EVT - departed and now remorseful

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #95 on: May 26, 2020, 06:07:27 PM »
On my V700, I chose to forego relays and installed an LED bulb in the H4 headlight instead. Less draw than even the original (45/40 watt) headlight and much brighter. No chance of melting the switch or fuseblock, the LED bulb does mind if the voltage drops as low as 8 volts. I put the starter relay down behind the starter, but then my V700 is far from stock in many ways and was never intended to be.  :azn: There's nothing to the rear of my battery but the fender.





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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #96 on: May 26, 2020, 08:26:30 PM »
If I keep this up it will be running soon!  First time on two wheels in eons!!!

The main hold up right now is my ignition switch.  I forgot I did not have a key for it.  The local locksmith has been working on cutting a key based on the tumbler code but has been having problems.  He hopes to have the keys cut tomorrow.



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1980 T3 California
1993 1000S - Sparklehorse
2004 V11S - Eraldo-ized
2015 Norge GT8V - Beetle-ized
2015 V7 Special - Beetle-ized
2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #97 on: May 26, 2020, 08:44:47 PM »
 :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #98 on: May 28, 2020, 08:43:50 PM »
I got slightly ahead of myself, but couldn't resist mounting the tank and seat to see how it looks.



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1974 Eldo
1977 Vert
1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
1993 1000S - Sparklehorse
2004 V11S - Eraldo-ized
2015 Norge GT8V - Beetle-ized
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2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized

2003 EVT - departed and now remorseful

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #99 on: May 28, 2020, 09:21:49 PM »
Wow.   Just Wow!
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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #100 on: May 29, 2020, 08:58:38 AM »
Very handsome!!

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #101 on: May 30, 2020, 09:18:03 PM »
Productive day!  I finished the wiring.   The got the fuel bottle out and started it up in the backyard.  It started right up and idled pretty good.  I set the timing with a strobe light, adjusted the balance on the carbs and took it for a ride.  It runs beautifully!   The 4 speed shifts very well for what it is.  The straight cut first gear whines like a reverse gear in an old Chevy.  Pretty cool. 

I put about 15 miles on it.  Tomorrow I will re-torque the heads.






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1968 V700
1973 V7 Sport
1974 Eldo
1977 Vert
1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
1993 1000S - Sparklehorse
2004 V11S - Eraldo-ized
2015 Norge GT8V - Beetle-ized
2015 V7 Special - Beetle-ized
2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized

2003 EVT - departed and now remorseful

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #102 on: May 31, 2020, 06:32:18 PM »
Wow - great pictures of a beautiful bike.   :thumb: :thumb:

Love that fuel tank.  Did you have a solo seat setup as well?
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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #103 on: May 31, 2020, 07:28:58 PM »
  Did you have a solo seat setup as well?

I have a reproduction solo from Cycle Garden, but I won't be using it.  I like the stock seat too much. 
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1968 V700
1973 V7 Sport
1974 Eldo
1977 Vert
1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
1993 1000S - Sparklehorse
2004 V11S - Eraldo-ized
2015 Norge GT8V - Beetle-ized
2015 V7 Special - Beetle-ized
2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized

2003 EVT - departed and now remorseful

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #104 on: May 31, 2020, 09:51:37 PM »
Congratulations, Dave.  Well done- That's a beautiful motorcycle.   

And thank you for the education you've provided to the rest of us along the way.. It is very much appreciated.
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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #105 on: June 07, 2020, 07:59:04 PM »
I have put a 100 miles on it now.  Everything is well fettled.  It is a real joy to ride!

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1968 V700
1973 V7 Sport
1974 Eldo
1977 Vert
1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
1993 1000S - Sparklehorse
2004 V11S - Eraldo-ized
2015 Norge GT8V - Beetle-ized
2015 V7 Special - Beetle-ized
2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized

2003 EVT - departed and now remorseful

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #106 on: June 07, 2020, 08:56:47 PM »
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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #107 on: June 11, 2020, 11:39:01 PM »
Hey Dave,     That's very well done, has a classic regal look to it  :bow: :thumb:

     Hope you get some good riding in on it.

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Tks for documenting and showing the work along the way, beauty to watch it all come to fruition.

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #108 on: June 14, 2020, 07:20:52 AM »
Final update.   With the help of Frank Wedge I have been in contact with Ken Johnson, the former owner of Atlas Cycle in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ken is now 82.  He and his wife are in great health.  He still rides regularly and has a good sized motorcycle collection.  He plans on attending the National MGNOC rally in Scott City, Kansas.

He also remembered the name of the original owner of the V700, Alcardio Douglas.  Alcardio was a mail carrier in Tulsa, and traded in the V700 on a new 77 Convert.   The V700 was so nice that Ken kept it in his collection for the next 30 years!
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1968 V700
1973 V7 Sport
1974 Eldo
1977 Vert
1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
1993 1000S - Sparklehorse
2004 V11S - Eraldo-ized
2015 Norge GT8V - Beetle-ized
2015 V7 Special - Beetle-ized
2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized

2003 EVT - departed and now remorseful

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Re: 1968 V700 Rejuvination
« Reply #109 on: June 14, 2020, 09:38:26 AM »
Fantastic looking bike :thumb:

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