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  1. This is one of my Guzzis. The latest addition to the family. It's an 88 Le Mans 1000. 34.000 kms. I got it in pieces and have been painstakingly cleaning it up and reassembling it. All original except for the seat which has been recovered and paint on the engine which as you can see was a bit tired. Many trips to Mario at Thunderbikes for bits and pieces. New bearing throughout, rear disk and an Ohlins Damper. I'll have it on the road in a couple of weeks. I can't wait as it's my first Le Mans and probably the best of the batch.
  2. Yes it is pretty good but it is noticeably thin when compared to the offering from Angostura.
  3. For a change I'm reviewing some Jamaican style dark Rums; First of all we can discount the local offering. In a moment of madness and jetlag I bought 2 litres of Bundy OP at the duty free. I had to give it away. Nothing I did with it made it drinkable. I'll qualify all of this by saying I sip rums straight and don't disguise the flavours with 'American Champagne' or other fizzy pops. No 1. Ron Zacapa Centenario Systema Solera. Smooth and redolent of caramel and vanilla. I have not tasted a better rum. Costly but worth every cent. 2. Angostura 1919 8 Year Old Rum. Surpassingly good for the price. Again rich with caramel and a smooth finish. 3. Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old Rum. Tying here for third place with Pussers. I haven't had the opportunity to sample them at the same time but I suspect the Appleton may edge the Pussers out slightly on after taste. 3. British Navy Pussers Rum. Blue Label. Very drinkable unmixed and no major faults. Avoid Bacardi 8 year old. It tastes like it has been aged 1 year in wood and 7 in stainless steel. It can be redeemed somewhat by the addition of a whole split vanilla bean. It nearly compensates for the rough 'cough medicine' finish.
  4. Yes the metallic blue is a factory colour. The upholstery is a bit daggy. Should I keep it a recover would be in order. I already have an X1/9 with a 4EFTE motor and Microtechnology 8 Eco. I want a stock car for comparison. An engine exchange is never as cheap or as simple as it seems. Budget $10,000 and expect to pay half that again.
  5. Hard to tell but it may have been silver once. The head is off and it was just a blown gasket nothing else. The studs had frozen on to the head so getting the head off was a major undertaking. I had to employ someone with a special tool to come and get the damm thing off. Should be going by mid next week.I'll post some pics soon.
  6. No I think it was silver I'll go over to the garage and check later and let you know.
  7. I would look seriously at an engine-motor replacement if the makers ever got their act together. Lift the motor gearbox out and drop in an electric motor coupled to the drive train and put batteries where ever they will fit. I'd convert one of my X1-9s to electric if it were economical to do so.
  8. My latest toy. 1978 X1/9 1300cc 4 Speed No mods and complete. Bought from Queensland recently. There are a few issues with the paint. There have been a couple of attempts to do the paint work after rust removal and the front end has some bubbling under the paint especially on the bonnet. I've removed paint in a couple of spots and it is only surface rust that has bubbled the primer and paint. It still means a strip back to bare metal and respray. So I'll do the whole car as the paint matching has not been done well and I have 4 different shades of metallic blue. I want it to be totally original.
  9. The Trumpy will not be easy to source, the V50 might. There was one in Thunderbikes recently for about $5000 in very good nick. Id be after a Honda CB 400 Supersport if I didnt have the GUzzi already. I have lusted after one since I was old enought to ride.
  10. Soon as Im home and I can Ill post something. The bike is just about to be stripped to the bones so it wont be pretty :o
  11. Ive sourced a new 16" 36 spoke rim for $140pp Now all I have to do is measure the spoke length when it arrives and order the correct length. Ill run a 16" 120/80 rear tyre reversed on the front as one or two of the other bikes above have done to get the "look".
  12. Im getting there very slowly. So far Ive obtained a tank. Suzuki GS from the 80s. Good nick and fits like it was made for the Guzzi. Even the rubber mounts will line up perfectly. The adjustable clip on bars are on their way. The seat will be a 3mm aluminium plate with a lip to overlap the frame with a ?fiberglass tail. I want to keep the whole seating arrangement as low as possible. Im short you see. The battery will be a Lithium 12cell. I think I can source one in Oz. The headlight has to move back about 30mm, to 'balance the eye' so Im going to have to lose the nice alloy mounts it is on. The meshed trumpet intakes will get ordered next ($55) although a friend is encouraging me to go with K&N type pod filters. Im not sure I want to outlay $203 just for filters. Im open to a convincing argument. The rearsets will be expensive, ($300 incl PP) plus Ill have to move the rear brake cylinder to match a V7 Guzzi, Ive not found a propriatry set to match the Nevada. Im happy to do that, it isnt hard. The wheels are becoming an issue, mostly because of cost. Ive set a budget on this project and they will blow it out of the water if I go with a new rim and spokes for the front which has some surface rust and Id like to change to 17". $600 is the cheapest Ive found so far, then theres a new tyre ($150) So Im going with black powder coat for both wheels ($120) and the old tyre that has plenty of meat. If some day in the future I can afford it Ill change them. Next week I get the engine started and running, it has been started recently despite it sitting in a shed in Sydney for 8 years it ran well. I want to do a compression test on it though. Then out it comes and the clean up starts. A carby kit through both carbs, respray the engine. Alter the frame and remove all offensive brackets, unused appendages etc and powder coat the frame, (I may as well do it at the same time as the wheels as Ill get a better deal. The tank and wheel guards will be done in Guzzi red to match my Breva. A bit dearer than doing it with a tin but there you go.
  13. I dont watch sport or take any interest in; who wins what (I just couldnt give a Schmidt). But; when a top athlete wins and atributes his wins to all the hard work and nutrition and supplements and so forth when it is down to the drugs, they are misleading a whole generation of aspiring athletes and sports people. I say this as someone who followed the bodybuilding greats of the 80s and 90s. It was obvious that their muscle came from a needle so what advice or program should one follow to get a ripped body without resorting to drugs? Was that level of bodybuilding even possible without drugs? Probably not! Difficult and frustrating! Now the BB industry is more honest and open with competition for "natural" bodies and "open" comps where testing isnt done.
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