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Went for a ride this (very hot) morning  on the V35II to meet up with some of the AJS lot..  Half way there it broke down.......Embarrassed

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Paul-l Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2020 at 23:12
Got a fresh shiny MOT on the V35 in preparation to try to get a registration number out of the DVLA, I wonder if they're opening their mail yet?

Rather surprised it passed as it decided to leak petrol all over the floor after getting it out of the van, and then discovered a gear box oil leak!


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I had a trip to Sandbach to take my Parilla forks to Dynasurf for hard chroming.  The forks are a really terrible design on this bike and I still need to get the old bronze bushes out.  The Dynasurf workshop was a splendid place and appeared to managed by Ginger Baker.
Got the swing arm back from Tarquins's mate Gary Emerson and its now a perfect fit on it's spindle, eliminating the 10mm of play at the rear wheel.  New all singing all dancing VAPE 12 volt Alternator / CDI unit fitted.  This thing is a money pit.  If my wife knew how much I've spent on it she'd kill me.




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I should have been watering my trees this morning,  but instead I had an appointment with the ITV.
(That´s our MOT, I´m not joining Eastenders).

The Guzzi had been looking a bit dusty and sad,  Africa arrives on the south wind, grain by grain. After a good spruce up yesterday, with battery pumped up and tyres ditto, it was looking its usual gorgeous self,  and so this morning after a ¨Full Spanish¨ which constitutes coffee and a smoke, (as opposed to a 'fox´s breakfast, which consists of a p*ss and a quick look round) I hit the saddle. 

Now I have, as some will know, been dallying (if not lollygagging) with a mount of another breed, and my experience of the Guzzi was therefore inescapably measured against the new acquisition. 
The V7 is sharp and responsive, if I wanted to climb the twistys to Bubion there would be little around here to touch it. This used to excite me , but Time´s wingéd chariot has overtaken me, and I am content now to chug and potter, to sit erect, and possibly sport my Harris tweed jacket into the bargain. 
So there.

Checking, masked, into the ITV it appeared my documents were not in order. I had omitted to tell my insurance of the Guzzi´s new nationality, and had the old English registration on my insurance documents. I was allowed to take the test on promising to rectify the situation on returning home, but only just prior to my heavy jacket and mask reducing me to a puddle of breathless perspiration on the floor. 

Westering home, I found myself analysing the bike as never before. Embarking on the series of hairpins between Órgiva and Lanjaron, following a bus (which had jumped the lights in Órgiva) which was in turn following a wagon, with a few cars between, I decided that trying to get past that lot would be a whole series of iffy moves, and settled down to follow. I can´t say that the Guzzi was content with that, it constantly reminded me that it was made for finer things, and this was a bus for god´s sake ...

Stumbling around behind a bus is not what Guzzis are about.
Odd that a heavier bike with less than half the power should suit my purposes so well,  and be quite happy to drift gently through the mountains bereft of any inconvenient sense of urgency.
Change must be acknowledged, or the friction becomes unbearable -- the Guzzi deserves to move on.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote theone&onlymin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jun 2020 at 21:06
I would have just pulled in so I would have, enjoyed the view, had a fag and given them a good headstart.

Relax young man, relax

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Yes, I could have caught the next bus.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iceni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jun 2020 at 21:27
Ben, this is a little spooky as I’m thinking along the same lines about my 1000SP.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ben. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jun 2020 at 21:50
Iceni, we are the future.
Who is going to buy the dozens of Thailand-built Triumphs at humungous Euros a pop, in the Granada dealership´s showroom, which had my 4k€  Benelli in the back room ...?
Jmoto have an awful lot of eggs in one very dodgy basket.

Hard times are here again, and cheap transport will replace many thousands of hairy power-bikes on the never-never. I´ve already ordered the optional ploughing attachment.

My local bike-shop owner was hugely interested in the Benelli, had a ride and loved it, and will service it for me, saving a trip into the traffic hell that is Granada. I think he knows what´s coming too. He´s an ex-racer, with big silver trophies on shelves around the workshop, but he obviously has an eye to future needs. 

All in all, I´m not sure whether it´s what my B31 dreamed of being,  or the new Honda 90, --- or both. 

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Ben & Iceni,
You are not alone...
I too am about to shed something , not due to power but weight.. 

It's not that heavy (Kawasaki W650) in today's terms but has not been as trouble free as a Japanese bike might be. Then again that may be my fault , it's done 775 miles in 14 years...

Looking at modern bikes these days with ever increasing Euro numbers come ever increasing disadvantages , to me anyway.. I don't want ABS , ECU, sensors everywhere.. I like something I can vaguely understand what is going on... They are relatively heavy for a given engine size.

My son has bought a Chinese bike to pass his test on, a s/h AJS Cadwell , it's currently in my garage. It's light, Euro 3 (carb model) and rides nicely. But with a massive 9.9 bhp you have to wait for things to happen. Despite my age I still don't do "patient"..  With 3 or 4 times the power it would be great..

I look forward to hearing all about the Benelli while I ponder these things..  In the meantime I'll get the W650 to go again (stuck float needles again I suspect...) and move it on..

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 Caballero 250 Scrambler
These are quite light and Italian assembled.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote V7Chris Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jun 2020 at 16:44
But does it come with a step ladder for normal sized people or is this an optional extraWink
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I can't do a copy&paste link with this site,sorry
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That does look rather nice, didn't know they existed...  Certainly worth a look.

Point taken about the stepladder Chris.. When I look back at some of the sportier things I've owned I think "just how did I get my leg up that high?" Not as flexible as I once was obviously..

In the meantime though this one is free (I already have it) . It's another I haven't used much but so far (touch fake wood) no trouble, and I can still throw a leg over it. Just needs an MOT .. 





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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ben. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Jul 2020 at 09:34
Took the Guzzi over to Las Tablones for its MOT, in the hangar-like building where a very complex and thorough mechanical and bureaucratic process evolves gently in the sweltering heat.
Emissions and noise were monitored,  then the tester took a one foot square ¨picture frame ¨ with an electrical lead running to a wall mounted machine, and held it over the instruments , then moved it slowly down over the tank.
Dry rot ? Woodworm ? Evidence of witchcraft ? 
What on earth was he looking for ?

Later realised that the Enfield bars on the Guzzi, which are ever-so-slightly Californian, are an essential part of my motorcycling -- so I put them on the Benelli ...
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