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    Posted: 31 Jan 2018 at 10:46
Hi, although I have been reviewing the forum for some time, I decided I really should join so that I can ask questions as well as search out answers..!  By way of introduction to my biking history - I have had two Guzzis in the past - a new 2000 V11 Sport and an ex Vigili Urbani Nuovo Falcone.  Both were kept, pampered and enjoyed for a number of years.  The Falcone took me to the SW of Ireland, to Skye and for day trips from Somerset to family in Cornwall.  The V11 was just great fun for long days out but the need for a fairing to protect my newly arthritic neck meant that after 7 years we had to eventually part.  I have had a few bikes over the years - Jota in the early '80s, Laverda 750SF3, new Hinkley Trident 900, MZ1000ST plus various Nortons.  Passing years have brought me full circle to the realisation that the need for a bike with a fairing, 'enough' power and a reasonable seating position could be satisfied by the bike I spent Saturday mornings during the late '70s lusting after in Sports Motorcycles as a penniless student - a Spada! In those days it was to satisfy the need for something better than a 250K4 Honda to travel between Manchester and Cornwall, now it is because I have learnt to appreciate the meeting of heart with head when looking for a bike!  I have been idly searching for an early (lower seat) Spada for a while, but none has yet come at the right time.  In the meantime I am still looking...
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Welcome!

Spadas in good nick, with all their original parts, are becoming scarcer. So many having been converted to something or other along the way.

There's one on eBay right now ... comes with a sidecar, but that's easily parted, if you are so inclined.

Another one was for sale within the club forums fairly recently, so it's just a case of keeping your ear to the ground, and striking fast!  Good luck! 

P.S. You probably know this, but when searching, Spadas are rarely advertised as 'Spadas' - more likely found under 1000SP, 1000 SP, or some variant thereof.
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Hi Barry
 
Thanks for the welcome.  Yes, I am realising that they are becoming rarer as the years pass.  A good mate has one of the many Spada cum LM1 lookalikes (plus an original LM series 1 - lucky so and so!).  I keep a close eye on the various potential sources using the wider 'Guzzi' search term, so I think that I have the potential sources covered.  As I am not one of natures giants, I really would prefer a pre -NT Spada to benefit from the lower seat, though if that proves to be as easy to find as the proverbial, I may have to dig a little deeper and go looking for a LM2 and fit it with conventional, flat bars.  We shall see!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ken-Guzzibear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2018 at 12:31
Welcome indeed , as you may be aware the Spada is basically the same as all the other Tonti Bikes round cyl or square ones therefore the Spada fairing will fit all the 850's T3/4 as well as the Cali range up to the EV and the G5 .... Also look for the later Cali EV Touring fairing/screen which is by far the best one I have sat behind. I did put a Spada fairing onto my V1000 but after a few 1000 mls sold it put the Cali type screen on and spaced it forward at the top edge by 1" stops the buffeting .... Most of these bikes are easy to swap the bars on as well gives you an awful lot of scope. Guzzis also are realy easy to fit aftermarket fairings/screens to from the small Givi one, that does an excellent job, to even the Harley type "batwing" fairing they may not be to ones "taste" but do an excellent job for long touring rides .....My V11 Le Mans fairing was brill I fitted an MCA flip screen stopped neck ache at higher cruising speeds ......there is enough food to have a feast of thought !
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Welcome.
Jota! Was it orange? That was my pin up bike of the 70's when I had a Garelli moped followed by a Honda cd175. Actually, I quite wish I had the Honda now but good ones are silly money. I bought mine from a pall with a bike shop for £90 and sold it 18months later when I had passed my test for £125. It had been the workshop hack for running to the tax office, fetching spares and bacon butties etc. Never once failed to start though. DVLA test examiner wasn't too impressed when I asked him to shift out of the way so that I could bump start it because the splines on the kickstart shaft were history! Still passed though.

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Hi and welcome
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Hi
 
No, my Jota was the '78 model in the gold colour scheme - same model as on the Athena poster of the era.  It was my only transport for a few years in the early eighties, got put away for a couple of years in the mid eighties owing to marriage and house purchase then resurrected and rebuilt in the late eighties and returned to use.  One of my mates had a new LM2 in the early eighties at the same time as I used my Jota as a daily ride - I remember thinking that it was a better bike than the Jota - smaller, lower seat, fairing and just as quick.  The 900SS of another mate was a surprise disappointment compared with Jota and Guzzi - slower and (as it turned out) very frail...  I sold the Jota after 15000 miles in the early '90s but it is still in use and the star of a few YouTube videos with its current owner!
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Originally posted by Barry Barry wrote:


There's one on eBay right now ... comes with a sidecar, but that's easily parted, if you are so inclined.


Wow only 3,995. Shocked


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You should have hung on to yours, Mike. (o;  
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Hi, and welcome to the forum.
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Originally posted by Barry Barry wrote:

Welcome!



There's one on eBay right now ... comes with a sidecar, but that's easily parted, if you are so inclined.



I think that's funny!
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Yes, thanks, seen that one was on there but I'll keep on looking further.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2018 at 13:48
Looking closer there's few anomolies about that one. DVLA vehicle enquiry says 1981, 948cc (and SORN BTW, but valid MOT).

But footrest hangers and pedals, and the dashboard are off a T3. And they look quite old. But it's got the Spada rear brake proportioning valve.

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