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    Posted: 31 Dec 2015 at 19:59
I rebuilt my Lario a couple of years ago but it suffered very badly from the winter road salt and I was also unhappy with the fairing (vibrated at some revs).  So I decided to rebuild it as a naked bike with twin headlamps.  I totally striped it and sprayed the frame and engine, swingarm, etc with Hammerite.  I have used other paints in the past but they didn’t last very well. Every fastener is now stainless (except the 2 long engine mounting bolts)

Being impatient I started on my other V65.  This is the bike where the frame was stolen and I acquired a Florida frame.  It’s going to be a V65 Monza as I purchased a tank, seat, fairing, etc from various autojumbles.  Some interesting challenges such as the Florida frame not having lugs on the top rail to mount the normal V65 side panels.

 Lots of mods (contact me if you want any details) that include:-

 Removing the rubber instrument pod and mounting only the speedo

K&N pods and jetted up the carbs

Moved the ignition switch to just above the starter motor

Aftermarket small indicators

Rocker breathers feed into the original tool box (sealed off sump return)

Made my own braided brake hoses

Yamaha FZR400 clip-ons (38mm same as my V65)

Cut off outer cover of wiring loom and removed all unnecessary wires (carefully)

Removed the rubber front the foot pegs and made own slim rubber from grommets

Made own lock for petrol tank flap as the lock itself was missing

Remounted rear mudguard as it fouled the tyre on suspension compression

And loads of other little bits I’ve now forgotten…

By the way, my KLR is now my winter bike, so the Guzzi's will only see nice warm sunny days :-)

The bikes are red and black – the camera made the look pink!!




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