I dropped the engine casings off on the Saturday and was able to pick them back up the following Tuesday
Sunday, 17 February 2019
And everything has been a battle - partially and seized bolts, drilling out and helicoils of a few, swing arm pivot bearings that fought to stay in place as did trying to remove the drivebox from the swingarm, a UJ that needed levering from the gearbox shaft and even the blanking plate for the distributor hole had to be drifted upwards and then levered off. Even the cyl. head and base gaskets were reluctant to come off. The frame etc is now at the powder coaters and the casings with the vapour blasters.
Sunday, 23 December 2018
The space in my workshop currently looks like this - Nick had his very tasty Guzzi delivered by courier last week as it's in need of some work and my own current project has sat unattended to for over a month as I've had family things going on. It'll be good to get back onto things and I'm just hoping the weather stays relatively mild post Christmas / New Year as the workshop is not the warmest of environments.
Friday, 7 December 2018
I know that this bike has been doing the rounds on the internet, magazines, shows etc for a good few years now but my friend, Mark, from Hollister was down at his sisters in Orange County for 'Thanksgiving' and decided to visit the Peterson Automotive museum. The Guzzi was displayed amongst just a small number of other motorcycles and I just thought that these close up shots were well worth posting on here.
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Following on from Turin Brakes, at the end of October we went to see John Grant at the Bath Forum. I've been a fan since his first solo album 'Queen of Denmark' and I've bough each follow up album since. Since his first album he's introduced more songs with a 80's electronic beat and although I have a preference to his mellower songs the whole gig was brilliant. He played for approx 2 hours and live the electronic beat just totally worked, along with great lighting and at times visuals on a back drop.
He's touring the UK again in 2019
Back at the start of October we went to see Turin Brakes at the Cheese and Grain in Frome, Somerset. I'd liked Turin Brakes since buying their album 'Ether Songs' all those years ago and although on the strength of that I bought two of their earlier albums I wasn't a avid follower and Madelyn really hardly knew their material at all. I bought their latest album 'Invisible Storm' just a few days before the gig and although I liked it, listening to it on the way to the Frome Madelyn wasn't overly impressed (Admittedly a cheap car stereo isn't the best way of listening to any music) Anyway what a Great band to see live and we are both looking forward to their next tour as for certain we'll be in the queue.
The Cheese & Grain is a really good venue too so we'll be keeping an eye on any future gigs there.
Made some progress - the GSXR forks are apart,dropping the sliders and yokes (cleaned up the casting marks etc) off for powder coating and I'll be fitting some progressive springs when rebuilding. The caliper arrived a few days ago and have made a bracket to suit - probably try and give it a better look - and had the disc carrier machined down. Shear plate (support between engine and frame) virtually done though needs tidying up.