So what happened? Here it is over a year later and no posts? Like so many others I "put the blog down" for a bit and never got back to it. Maybe it's because there are so many other great blogs out there?
Whatever - time to start getting down some thoughts again, add my voice the Internet chorus. Or something like that.
So anyways - the Guzzi! Charley sent me back the transmission after replacing the bad bearing and 2 of the gears and it was a thing of beauty. He did a great job. Sadly UPS had somehow managed to bend the bell housing. I have no idea how you could do that?!?! I mean, if it were dropped you'd think it would break, but no - it had a slight flat spot on the edge. Weird. Possibly something really heavy had been put on the box while it was in the back of the truck?
Luckily Charley had another housing he basically gave me (but mad props to UPS - they didn't argue on the insurance claim, so hopefully Mr. Cole got them to give him a good price!) and so I just called UPS, whose claims dept. picked it up, "inspected" it and delivered it back to Charley. Not sure how many Guzzi experts they have there at UPS but they agreed to pay! A month or so later it was back, good as new.
I reassembled it over the next few weeks, rolled it out and it fired right up. Says a lot about a bike that isn't finicky and starts right up after you've disassembled / let it sit / reassembled it. Only problem was that it was running only on one cylinder :( I pulled the spark-plug and it wasn't firing. I swapped plugs to make sure it wasn't that, but no dice. Best guess is that either a wire came loose, or I broke one crabbing the frame.
So back into the garage it went. A few days later I got the tank off to inspect the wiring and it looked pretty good (well, except for the fact that it's old, dirty and badly repaired here and there with electrical tape). I cleaned some of the connections and made sure things were tight.
And there it has sat. Lame.
What's also sad is that today there's a local vintage bike meet and Moto Guzzi is the featured marque. So I get to go and be all "yeah, I've got one in my garage 'cause I'm too lazy to get it running properly". At least I get to take my Ducati 900SS. I'm going to take lots of pics and use that to get my ass in gear and get the Guzzi running this month.
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