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Lemans 1 - a short story (honest)

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Topic: Lemans 1 - a short story (honest)
Posted By: Northy
Subject: Lemans 1 - a short story (honest)
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2017 at 21:38
Hi folks ,
Thought I’d tell you story (short one), this Hugo (reg number is HGO) well he’s had very quiet life,in fact only one owner, who was vicar !! So no Sunday runs for this bike,if fact its spend most of this life in damp garages. Its one of the last mark1 (series 2) and only 6600 miles on the clock.
The down side of doing nothing is that it just corrodes and so much so in 1995 it had to be “restored ” for which I've documented evidence with pictures and files(no invoices ?). I use the term restore but having seen all their work,it s more like a bodge artist and lets quickly tart it up on the kitchen table. There’s a long list of horrors I could talk about.

Anyway fast forward Nov 2016. Bike arrives and looking worse than the pictures. Yes a bit of an impulse buy,but thats Ebay for you ,it was listed for all of 30 minutes!   

Lots spraying with WD40 !

Within a day it was down to the frame,front bolt had to be drilled out ! loads of sheared nuts but were rusty anyway.
So over the next months, the bike was stripped totally, all the rubber bits, seals, bearings,New down pipes,fork legs,rear shocks etc etc
Suppose the good news was the engine was in very good condition considering the level of corrosion outside. Also provided proof it was only 6600 miles. That was the only good bit the rest was rusty as hell

Could bore you with details but thought you’d like known the gaffs I made (remember its was winter, it was cold in the garage and I’m not getting any younger)
Couldn’t understand why there was play in swing arm ……oh look two nicely grease up spacers on the bench .
Never fit replacement oil feeder pipe that thought was OK but in reality as just as old or older and the pipe taken off.At least it was very clean oil over the engine
Never forget that pumper carbs, pump petrol,so while rerouting/testing the carb cables you discover you got petrol on your nicely paint starter motor. grrrr
Never hang a freshly paint items from your open garages door to dry (as it out the way )as they fall on the floor when you close it . DOH   
When fitting fork fronts,Yokes, bars etc make sure you’ve got the fork dust covers on first.

Anyway 5 months later it’s all done apart one side panel badge (being painted up)and an MOT. Waiting for the tank paint to go off totally and some dryer weather.   

The end ………who am I kidding , need run it for at least 250miles then re-check everything.

But its one guzzi saved ....(and joins the other two guzzlers)

Guzzi nut

Posted By: johnno
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2017 at 23:03

GSXR1100 L ,Moto Guzzi .750xpa,.1100 sport,1100 sport corsa rider

Posted By: Mike H
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2017 at 23:09
Well done. Thumbs Up

"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."

Posted By: Tarquin
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2017 at 06:49

California 111 70th Anniversary Model, California 1100i 75th Anniversary Model, Honda ST1300

“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

Posted By: Jerry atric
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2017 at 09:06
Great short story. I can relate to most of those gaffs! Well done for seeing it in the first 30 mins on eBay. It looks lovely now

Posted By: Dave P.
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2017 at 09:38
Smashin' job, recognise the gaffs and erm, get yourself a heater!!


1971 V7 Special. 1972 850GT.
1970 T120 Bonnie. 2009 500 Bullet.

Posted By: italianmotor
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2017 at 10:19
Looks great, good work, looks very original too.

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Posted By: Northy
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2017 at 10:55
Hi Thanks
I think its as standard as you will get apart from the stainless brake lines and stainless bolt/nuts etc (every external bolt/nut is stainless...apart from 2!)

How I have an issue as in my other lemans which I've owned for 34 years has been put this back to original, certainly needs a a bit of a tlc to get up to the standard of hugo.    

I like this picture

BTW I do have a heater but the garage is more of a barn (20x40 ft with a tin roof etc)   

Guzzi nut

Posted By: guzzigraham
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2017 at 12:01
I love that picture. 
Inspiring story, encourages me to get on with my non-Guzzi project this year (Z1000).

1200 Sport - new to me 2016
T3 California - long gone

Posted By: ReggieV
Date Posted: 31 Mar 2017 at 18:25

Thanks for posting, I enjoyed reading that. Are you keeping two LM1's?

I have an LM1 which was very rough and a none runner when I bought it in 2009, and it came with (on ebay) a second LM1 which was completely in bits, some of it missing and some of what was there knackered eg flywheel, barrels, bent and missing fins etc etc.
I have spent nearly £3,000 in the last 9 months getting parts together ready for the re-build of this second LM1. As I'm presently re-building another bike at the moment, it will probably be towards the end of the year before I will have built it. Then like you, I'll own two LM1's but because of lack of space will probably have to sell one. Cry

Posted By: johnno
Date Posted: 31 Mar 2017 at 19:43
2 Guzzi riders own 2 lemans each that will take some beating

GSXR1100 L ,Moto Guzzi .750xpa,.1100 sport,1100 sport corsa rider

Posted By: Northy
Date Posted: 04 Apr 2017 at 19:05

Oh does my lario counts as well.....

Having two lemans is greedy :-) but better than money in bank. In total cost to refurb it,MOT,tax etc was under £2000. (Handy with a spanner and fixing things )      

Not sure on the lemans,may sell this one in couple of years time. Rides really nice and still feels tight. I will never sell my original one which I had since 1983.    

The Lario will be sold once I can sort out the flat spot in revs between 2500 and 2900 . Its only one side (left hand) and worse when cold and I've tried everything. It ticks over and revs fine once past 2900 rpm. Its running weak (ie blocked jet) as if put the choke on it revs cleanly when cold.    

Carbs been off and cleaned/ checked so many times I've given up....and SORN it.       

Guzzi nut

Posted By: johnno
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2017 at 23:31
I say the Lario counts big time

GSXR1100 L ,Moto Guzzi .750xpa,.1100 sport,1100 sport corsa rider

Posted By: Dukedesmo
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2017 at 11:06
Originally posted by Northy Northy wrote:

I like this picture


I think we all like that picture.

Nice one! Thumbs Up

Le Mans 2
Ducati 916

Ducati M900

Posted By: wrnkley
Date Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 07:57
Lovely job. and such a pretty bike.
Regards your 29ftX40ft barn of a workshop.
You could build a 10ft X 12ft X 8ft insulated pod within the barn. I did this years ago in a barn I rented, it worked a treat and wasn't overly expensive.

Posted By: dan_s
Date Posted: 16 Mar 2018 at 06:37
Looks like your new restoration is missing the black speed stripe on the fuel tank. That should add you 3-4 horsepower.
Good job!

Posted By: V7Chris
Date Posted: 16 Mar 2018 at 07:20
You must have quite a stock of moto guzzi red paint! Lovely collection and well done.

Posted By: waynedear
Date Posted: 16 Mar 2018 at 09:07
I love the colour coordination between the black and red bike and the car and dog

Posted By: Jim Mac
Date Posted: 16 Mar 2018 at 09:14
Two identical Le Man's, now that is a twin

Norge 1200 GT 8v   T5 Polizia
Too old to die young

Posted By: Ado
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2018 at 00:10
Great History on the Lemon,owned by a vicar only 6,600 miles and of cause never ridden on Sundays ! .Sound investment.


Posted By: Oldrat
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2018 at 00:21
How did I miss this.

Lovely story, great looking bikes. Perhaps there should be a forum get together .

1976 "Zagato" Gootsi cafe racer
1980 LM 2, Coburn and Hughes

Posted By: Fred Gassit
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2019 at 22:44
Original seat still intact! Nice.

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