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The Older Gentleman (02.02.2019, 12:44)
Because it's been sitting in the garage unused for quite a while and
it's bloody cold and I don't want the carbs to go manky.

OK, today's the day. Will the bastard start?

YES! Perfect. Wow, that protective ACF50 I sprayed all over it is a bit
smokey. Where's the back of the garage gone?

Daughter peers into garage. "Are you trying to gas yourself, Dad?"

"It's OK, it's just a forty year-old old bike and they smoke a bit when
they first start up..."

"You're in an enclosed space!"

Good point. Open garage doors wide. And listen to the lovely sound of a
happy Guzzi engine ticking over. Roll on summer.
Mark Olson (02.02.2019, 16:16)
The Older Gentleman <totallydeadmailbox> wrote:

> it's bloody cold and I don't want the carbs to go manky.


[snip]

You don't know cold! Wednesday of this week it was -33°C here.
Pete Fisher (02.02.2019, 23:07)
On 02/02/2019 10:44, The Older Gentleman wrote:

> "It's OK, it's just a forty year-old old bike and they smoke a bit when
> they first start up..."
> "You're in an enclosed space!"
> Good point. Open garage doors wide. And listen to the lovely sound of a
> happy Guzzi engine ticking over. Roll on summer.


Hmm. Looks like being a nice crisp day tomorrow - perfect for firing up
a 25 year old 2T. Smoke? You don't know the meaning of the word!
jeremy (03.02.2019, 19:12)
In article <1o2d9mc.5muk761w885zkN%totallydeadmailbox>,
totallydeadmailbox says...

Why is the Guzzi not in your sig? And what else is missing, eh?
Lone Wolf (03.02.2019, 22:10)
On 02/02/2019 21:07, Pete Fisher wrote:

Wotcha.

> Hmm. Looks like being a nice crisp day tomorrow - perfect for firing up
> a 25 year old 2T. Smoke? You don't know the meaning of the word!


May I present a BSA B31 with a sump full of oil . . . .

Lone Wolf (03.02.2019, 22:16)
On 02/02/2019 10:44, The Older Gentleman wrote:

Wotcha.

> Because it's been sitting in the garage unused for quite a while and
> it's bloody cold and I don't want the carbs to go manky.


My Guzzi is currently in the garage, in the kitchen, at the powder
coaters and somewhere getting the tank brazed.

It took me a week just to get the bloody flywheel off. . .



. . . and don't even talk to me about the
state of the petrol tank.

All good fun, or so they tell me.
Pete Fisher (04.02.2019, 01:42)
On 03/02/2019 20:16, Lone Wolf wrote:
> On 02/02/2019 10:44, The Older Gentleman wrote:
> Wotcha.
> My Guzzi is currently in the garage, in the kitchen, at the powder
> coaters and somewhere getting the tank brazed.
> It took me a week just to get the bloody flywheel off. . .
>


Oooh - a bacon slicer Guzzi. Get thee to N Birmingham VMCC runs when
it's finished.

>  . . . and don't even talk to me about the
> state of the petrol tank.
> All good fun, or so they tell me.


Well worth the effort!
The Older Gentleman (10.02.2019, 23:18)
jeremy <jeremy0505> wrote:

> In article <1o2d9mc.5muk761w885zkN%totallydeadmailbox>,
> totallydeadmailbox says...
> Why is the Guzzi not in your sig? And what else is missing, eh?


Sorted. Thanks for the reminder
Salad Dodger (11.02.2019, 05:19)
On Sat, 2 Feb 2019 10:44:04 +0000, totallydeadmailbox (The
Older Gentleman) wrote:

[..]
>"You're in an enclosed space!"
>Good point. Open garage doors wide. And listen to the lovely sound of a
>happy Guzzi engine ticking over. Roll on summer.


Try starting a KH500 in a garage.
Hilarious. Smoky and LOUD.
The Older Gentleman (11.02.2019, 09:20)
Pete Fisher <peter> wrote:

> Oooh - a bacon slicer Guzzi.


A mate has just bought one of these. Relatively late early 1970s model.
I am insanely jealous.
Pete Fisher (11.02.2019, 10:50)
On 11/02/2019 07:20, The Older Gentleman wrote:
> Pete Fisher <peter> wrote:
>> Oooh - a bacon slicer Guzzi.

> A mate has just bought one of these. Relatively late early 1970s model.
> I am insanely jealous.


An old pal has a 50's Airone. Utterly original, with wonderful patina.
He rides it all over the place. A very shiny example sometimes turns up
to N Birmingham VMCC dos.

I have an irrational craving for something late 20's/early 30's -
certainly girder forks era. Prices are through the roof even for British
grey porridge though and I really fancy a Guzzi or a Gilera, so it's
very much a case of HFM?
Mark Olson (11.02.2019, 13:44)
The Older Gentleman <totallydeadmailbox> wrote:
> Pete Fisher <peter> wrote:
>> Oooh - a bacon slicer Guzzi.

> A mate has just bought one of these. Relatively late early 1970s model.
> I am insanely jealous.


ITYM envious, but I take your point.

I personally lust after a late 30s Indian Scout, myself.
Tim (11.02.2019, 21:42)
On 11/02/2019 03:19, Salad Dodger wrote:
> On Sat, 2 Feb 2019 10:44:04 +0000, totallydeadmailbox (The
> Older Gentleman) wrote: [snip]


> Try starting a KH500 in a garage.
> Hilarious. Smoky and LOUD.


It wasn't much quieter with a KH250 or any less smoky.
ianphinks (16.02.2019, 14:08)
On Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:42:44 PM UTC, Tim wrote:
> It wasn't much quieter with a KH250 or any less smoky.


Just fired up the SOBMW. Needed a jump start and I guess the cheap jack 10 year old Chinese battery has had its day. Then again since 1984 its only had the original battery and said cheap jack replacement.

Now do I keep the 35 year patina or restore it to within an inch of its life? Most R80RT twin shocks seem to have been converted in to some sort of custom. I cannot remember when I last saw a standard one. Mind mine has a fork brace, Koni's and braided hoses so not quite standard but "period " adaptations.

What is the feeling of the house Patina or attempted museum piece?

Boxerboy.
(16.02.2019, 15:36)
ianphinks wrote:
> Just fired up the SOBMW. Needed a jump start and I guess the cheap jack 10 year old Chinese battery has had its day. Then again since 1984 its only had the original battery and said cheap jack replacement.
> Now do I keep the 35 year patina or restore it to within an inch of its life? Most R80RT twin shocks seem to have been converted in to some sort of custom. I cannot remember when I last saw a standard one. Mind mine has a fork brace, Koni's and braided hoses so not quite standard but "period " adaptations.
> What is the feeling of the house Patina or attempted museum piece?


Just wipe it down with an oily rag to slow the rust down. Patina is good.
Why spend loadsamoney that you will never get back on a bike that will
never be worth what you spend.

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