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Sometimes an old bike is as much an adventure on the lift as it is on the street. This 1977 Moto Guzzi 859-T3 is definitely one of those. The owner brought it to us after buying it off someone else. Upon closer examination, we’re glad he did. Jeff’s exact words were “death trap” in describing the myriad of things wrong with this cool old italian cruiser. Nothing that couldn’t be sorted out, just lots of critical things out of spec.
There were loose bolts all over. A critical cup washer was missing from the rear wheel, which had the wheel wondering laterally on the axle while ridden. Because of this, the hub had chewed a deep channel in the rear brake caliper. Not. Good. Basic maintenance had been pretty badly neglected as well. The valve lash was so out of spec the intake valve on one cylinder was simply open all the time. No wonder it wasn’t running very well!
The end result is a softly cafe’d little italian go machine. The dropped bars and rear set foot controls should make it a lot more comfortable and it definitely looks the business now. But most importantly, this bike is now mechanically safe and sound, running well and ready to ride. Watch for it on the road come spring.
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