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Re: Automatics n' stuff

Posted: Mon May 03, 2021 7:08 pm
by dmw1950
There is an interesting diesel on Ebay, a 250 superdream with a twin cylinder unit.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284281382309 ... Swtnpgj-A6

Re: Automatics n' stuff

Posted: Mon May 03, 2021 7:15 pm
by Diesel Dave
I know the bike (and the builder) quite well.

He’s addicted to silver paint. :D

Re: Automatics n' stuff

Posted: Mon May 03, 2021 7:43 pm
by bikerbaker
Diesel Dave wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 2:51 pm
Well I finally may have located a Guzzi Convert (Automatic), only problem is.....it’s in a pile of boxes.
Steve Parker has an old Guzzi outfit (not a Convert) in his place at the moment. Was talking to the owner yesterday, he's on tenterhooks as it's make or break.

Re: Automatics n' stuff

Posted: Mon May 03, 2021 8:05 pm
by 125erCrazy
bikerbaker wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 7:43 pm
Diesel Dave wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 2:51 pm
Well I finally may have located a Guzzi Convert (Automatic), only problem is.....it’s in a pile of boxes.
Steve Parker has an old Guzzi outfit (not a Convert) in his place at the moment. Was talking to the owner yesterday, he's on tenterhooks as it's make or break.
Funny you mention Guzzi, only I know somebody selling & offered me his, details below....

Guzzi sidecar? I'm going to sell it after 20 years and move to new things. Its a guzzi Centauro with Hedingham leading links and sidecar fitting and chassis. The sidecar body is a Ural style. The outfit was built by Unit sidecars who were only a few miles from your house ! Mileage is approx 9800. Believe he wants around 7K if anybody interested

I'm sadly not in a position to buy at present (funerals are f**** expensive) but if its still about in August said to let me know

Re: Automatics n' stuff

Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 7:38 am
by Diesel Dave
125erCrazy wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 8:05 pm

I'm sadly not in a position to buy at present (funerals are f**** expensive) but if its still about in August said to let me know
Really sorry to hear that.

Re: Automatics n' stuff

Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 7:42 am
by Diesel Dave
You know it never rains but it pours...

No sooner had I committed myself to the ‘pile of bits’ Guzzi; someone ups and offers me a complete, on the road V1000i Convert at a really good price.

Now I really do have to start selling stuff off - quickly too.

Re: Automatics n' stuff

Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 9:05 am
by 125erCrazy
Diesel Dave wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 7:38 am
125erCrazy wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 8:05 pm

I'm sadly not in a position to buy at present (funerals are f**** expensive) but if its still about in August said to let me know
Really sorry to hear that.
Thanks DD

Re: Automatics n' stuff

Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 7:04 pm
by Diesel Dave
I’ve had a bit of time this afternoon so I did a top end service on the 400.

All the tappets were tight so I doubt they have ever been touched, torque wrench clicked without tightening any of the head bolts so that was good.

Camchain was as loose as the knicker elastic on a girl I used to know from Knowsley back in the early 1980’s. The Haynes book of lies has the adjustment method wrong (set at idle), luckily I still have the original handbook that says to set it statically at TDC.

Also swilled out the tank and took the tap off as flow is not as fast as I would like. Turns out the tap is aftermarket and had the sock filter stuck up inside the original Honda filter in the tank - it was pretty rank too.

I still haven’t done the fork oil yet.

Still, it should get me south of the river on Sunday - hopefully back home too.

Re: Automatics n' stuff

Posted: Sun May 16, 2021 10:15 am
by Diesel Dave
Well I’ve extricated myself from the ‘Guzzi in bits’ deal, adding up the missing parts that I could see would be required came to over 3 grand so it’s a non-starter.

It would have been a good deal for someone building a ‘special’ and throw a load of cheap eBay ‘custom’ parts at it but as everybody who builds themselves a ‘cafe racer’ has found out - second hand values are half the build cost.

So I do have a line on a complete Guzzi Convert but as it will cost double the Honda 750 auto, that’s going to be sold to finance the buy. Possibly the Sterling too!

Onwards and upwards