The Beemer is dead ...... long live the Guzzi!

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by The Happy Drunk, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Traded in the beemer first thing today ...... didn't get stuff all for
    the K100 but it was little more than a Kick in the Nuts :)

    I think I may of added about 40 extra k's for the trip home from work
    today ..... took the long way while getting better acquainted.with the

    The Happy Drunk
    Breva 750
    The Happy Drunk, Aug 26, 2009
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  2. In on Wed, 26 Aug 2009 19:19:37 +1000
    You might want to wander over to and chat there,
    and to which is an Aussie Guzzi mailing list with plenty
    of smallblock folk[1]. Ask on Aigor for a good place to get it

    Run it in carefully, varying the revs lots, and once run in take
    it for long rides giving it heaps of revs and powering it hard
    through every corner you can find.

    Change the oil every 5000 km, and the bike will last forever.

    (after all, if a small block can survive the huge miles Hendrik has
    put on his various V50s and the speeds he travels at....)


    [1] be prepared to use the delete key a bit, as there are Cali owners
    who could talk the hind leg off a donkey...
    Zebee Johnstone, Aug 26, 2009
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  3. Thanks Zebee, forgot to mention it's second hand ...... 2003

    The Happy Drunk
    Breva 750
    The Happy Drunk, Aug 26, 2009
  4. In on Wed, 26 Aug 2009 20:05:51 +1000
    In that case.... ride the daylights out of it!

    but do change the oil frequently, using the best oil you can.

    Regular frequent oil changes and much spirited riding will ensure your
    Guzzi will be giving you joy for many many years and miles.

    Zebee Johnstone, Aug 26, 2009
  5. Nah, the shop didn't open until 8:30 ....

    The Happy Drunk
    Breva 750
    The Happy Drunk, Aug 26, 2009
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    Lars Chance Guest

    They say you always remember your first!
    Lars Chance, Aug 26, 2009
  7. In on Wed, 26 Aug 2009 20:24:07 -0700
    The Italians usually make very good looking bikes.

    Usually... the less said about the 860 valvespring Ducati the better
    and as for the MV 600[1]...


    [1] makes it
    look almost reasonable.

    The one I met was a disturbing shade of green/yellow that would
    have been instantly familiar to any duck with an intestinal upset,
    and the standard chant when it turned up to rallies was "God that's
    an ugly bike Kim!". The owner (who had bought it new back in
    nineteen-sixy-mumble) just smiled. But then given his crash helmet,
    he had no taste....
    Zebee Johnstone, Aug 26, 2009
  8. The Italians usually make very good looking bikes.

    Now I know your just takin the piss.
    Mister Biggus, Aug 26, 2009
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    CrazyCam Guest

    I wish you much joy of it.

    Get yourself a length of four by two, and keep it handy.

    Use it to beat the shit out of folk who tell you, nice wee bike, you
    should have got the one with the bigger engine.

    CrazyCam, Aug 26, 2009
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    Yeebok Guest

    Coincidentally I saw my first (recognised by me) Guzzi today about 8:15.
    No idea what type but it was a good looking bike. I assume it wasn't you
    tho, Happy. :)
    Yeebok, Aug 27, 2009
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    knobdoodle Guest

    What about the GTL then?
    knobdoodle, Aug 27, 2009
  12. I would, but the engine isn't big enough to carry voth me and the four
    by two

    The Happy Drunk
    Breva 750
    The Happy Drunk, Aug 27, 2009
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    Bill_h Guest

    Looks like it came direct from the MZ design studios...
    Bill_h, Aug 27, 2009
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    G-S Guest

    I always thought that the Cagiva Alazzura was a bit of a low point too.

    I reckon it looks like a poorly done copy of an 80's Kawasaki.

    And the Cagiva TL600 was just plain odd...

    G-S, Aug 27, 2009
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    The Raven Guest

    I would have given you two kick in the nuts for the K100!
    The Raven, Aug 27, 2009
  16. In on 27 Aug 2009 11:19:54 GMT
    They both copied Honda.

    MV did anyway... the headlight, tank, and seat are very very 60s

    Zebee Johnstone, Aug 27, 2009
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    There was an 860GTL too. It was between the GT and the GTS.
    From memory it had the bulging GTS tank but the pointy GT seat. (The one I
    remember was red)
    It also had the single-disc brake and no electric-start like the GT.
    They weren't a big seller when everything comparable had an electric-leg,
    and I remember them being heavily discounted ......
    Knobdoodle, Aug 28, 2009
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    Andrew Guest

    Hmmm. From Google, and 'The Illustrated Ducati Buyer's Guide' by Mick

    " The electric start variant was marketed as the GTL in North America and
    the E/S in Britain. Either way, these machines all suffered from wrongly
    geared starter motors. Quite simply the ratio was too high - which meant
    that starting on the electric thumb from cold was almost impossible. "

    I don't remember the GTL at all, but you are right to place it between
    the GT and the GTS. They all look to me like they've been hit with the
    same uglification stick.
    Andrew, Aug 28, 2009
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    OK; I just got the "word" from the ex-owner.
    The 860GTL was the "poverty-pack" version of the GTS. Essentially a GTS
    with a single-disc and no electric-start. (he couldn't remember the seat)
    There was also a 860GTE which was a GT WITH twin discs and electric-start!!
    No doubt they're all 900SSs by now........
    Knobdoodle, Aug 28, 2009
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    theo Guest

    Ducati Indiana!

    theo, Aug 31, 2009
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