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    Posted: 27 Feb 2015 at 20:14

It wasn't far but I did it. I got out and rode my V7. It's been almost 6 months since my accident and it was good.

I have never owned an “upright” bike before so it was always going to be different. What with that, going back to a gearchange on the right, drum brakes and all new riding kit including a new helmet made everything feel a bit weird. The weirdness lasted all of half a mile! I soon got into the swing of it.

It may be a bit of a beast but it seems to have a fair turn of speed and the brakes are thankfully adequate. I might have to do something to the brake pedal as it feels too low. I don’t think I can move it on the splines as the starter motor is in the way. I might have to fasten a block to it.

I called round to see “Gerwyn the tyres” and we agreed that I should replace these. They are at least 20 and possibly over 30 years old. Date codes are pre 2000 type and could be for '91 and '93 or even '81 and '83. The bike left government service in '86 and has had virtually no use since then so the 80s is really possible. He couldn’t match internet prices so I’ll get ‘em and he’ll fit ‘em.

Tucked up for the night.

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Great.
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Love that bike!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dave P. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2015 at 01:04
A loop will bore into your soul.Dunno why, but they have a certain je ne sais quoi,or as it's said in my homeland,"Ahh divvent Knaa wot."
Anyway,glad you enjoyed the ride and many more to come!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Oldrat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2015 at 06:46
Great to see you out and about on a bike again.

I keep thinking, every time I see it, "it's very red, isn't it!"

   
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well done John .
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Excellent! Thumbs Up
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Congratulations. It makes you feel alive again when you get back on a bike.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lemon 2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2015 at 13:44
I've just noticed on the rear view the tiny pee holes on the silencers wow, what do they sound like ?
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has anyone else seen the vindorado Billy Joel has? a cali vintage that has the tank/side panels and such made to look like an Eldorado?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote v7john Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 2015 at 22:35
Originally posted by Lemon 2 Lemon 2 wrote:

I've just noticed on the rear view the tiny pee holes on the silencers wow, what do they sound like ?

Still sounds like a typical Guzzi! Perhaps a little bit tinny. I read somewhere that US bikes had the ends of the silencers cut off before plating to make the holes bigger and let a bit more noise out.

My mate, Bunny, said it sounded like his old Ural!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote toastmuncher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2015 at 08:03
My loop has just been bought a 1950 steib zeppelin sidecar, thats a mess too. Cry
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Originally posted by toastmuncher toastmuncher wrote:

My loop has just been bought a 1950 steib zeppelin sidecar, thats a mess too. Cry


Expensive but just the job!
http://www.kijiji.it/annunci/ricambi-e-accessori/terni-annunci-terni/forcella-earles-moto-guzzi-v7-1972/76995690
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Out again today for what is only my third ride. Went to a Guzzi Club meet on The-Big-Red-One. Furthest I've been yet - 60 miles each way. My wrist held up ok and all seemed fine with the bike. Got home and back in the garage to find  this



Looks like the big seal has let go in the drive box. I've had 3 Guzzis with 4 drive boxes and this will make 4 times I've had to do this job. Replacing the seal's not hard but, it's usually failed because there's a rust spot somewhere on the drive hub. Out of the 3 I've done before - 1 cleaned up with a scotchbrite pad, 1 had a pit filled with epoxy filler and 1 was so bad it had to be replaced. Wonder what I'll find this time.

It's a nuisance but it's what you get when you run a bike that's stood unused for quite some time.
1972 V7Sport "The Racing Rhino".
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1954 BSA M33

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