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watchtheworldburn0

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Buying an old guzzi

hello

i've always had a love for old guzzi's but have had awefull luck untill recently. it's a 79 le mans which lookes to be in good shape the only issue is that im not famillure with old guzzi's and have heard the common quirks but finding model specific issues has been problematic. is there anything anybody can tell me before i purchase the bike?

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Guzzi's

That looks nice  :smile

From what I remeber of Guzzi's back in the day they were considered to be mechanically robust but the electrics occasionally gave you trouble - particularly in our damp climate.  They had linked brakes but they worked differently to the system most people may have seen on modern Hondas.  The handlebar lever operated one of the front discs and the foor pedal operated the rear brake and the other front disk.  Therefore, use of both was needed for full braking.  Also, the Brembo discs were made of iron and if left unused for a few days would turn brown with rust.  It looked bad but wasn't an issue as the discs would turn shiney again when used.   

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spondonste

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spondonste says:

Guzzi info

Pretty much what marcusmarsh said. In addition Guzzi's tend to be a little on the heavier side with slow steering so don't expect lightning sharp response in the twisties (set it up prior to getting to the apex). The engine configuration gives a bit of rocking motion when at standstill and wheelies will tend to pull to one side due to torque reaction from the engine (not that guzzi's are generally wheelied).

 

You could try the following links for model specific info but you'll have to ask on the respective forums.

http://www.motoguzziclub.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moto_Guzzi_Le_Mans

http://www.vmcc.net/scripts/marque.asp

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watchtheworldburn0

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thanks

thank you guys for the info and the links im gonna check them out asap. 


once again thank you :)

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