A Fallen Beauty

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Osred
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A Fallen Beauty

Post by Osred » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:46 pm

Well Folks,

Looks (and feels) like my 1977 Moto Guzzi LeMans MK1 has seen better days. This was the result of a left turn by another vehicle directly into my path of travel. I guess we all have to part with our machines some time. Not sure if I will part out or sell as is. Incredibly, the right side of the bike has no damage to mention. I have a feeling that I will not try to get her back on the road by my own urging with so many other projects. Anyway, I think she has been jealous and incorrigible since I purchased a bevel drive Ducati twin! I don't blame her!!! Keep the shiny side up.

Cheers,
Chris

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Post by Peter Mille » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:58 am

Sorry to see the bike like that!
Happened to me as well, but I rebuilt the Mille.....!

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damn shame

Post by Lumpy » Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:02 pm

Now that is a crying shame. What a waste of a lovely motorcycle. Hope you came off in better condition than the poor old Guzzi. There looks like there could still be hope for the old girl. Unless there is more damage than I`m picking up in the photo`s.

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Crutches...

Post by Osred » Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:55 pm

...yeah, those are my hobblin' sticks in the background of the last image. Fractured fifth metatarsal on my right foot. First fracture/break in my life and hopefully the last! Chris
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Post by Macdesmo » Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:47 pm

Osred,
That is a nice machine. I have a '76 Lemans in great condition and there is no way I wouldn't fix it if the same happened to me.

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Post by sgr » Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:00 pm

fix it please !!!

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Post by abmartin » Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:05 pm

Hey Chris,

You would consider breaking the bike just because of some cosmetic damage???? My wife is still upset at my selling my '78 LeMans. Let me know if you want to sell, I might consider patching it up and riding it across the country.

Bruce
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Before/After

Post by Osred » Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:06 pm

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Post by Macdesmo » Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:07 am

Osred,
Drop the bodywork off and have a look at the frame and measure, it won't take much. If it is straight it is worth fixing. Did you have insurance? If you did fix it. If not and it is bent then part it out.
Ian

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Post by Peter Mille » Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:51 am

The frame (chassis) would worry me most.
I had a similar accident with my Ducati Mille, and the frame was bent in three (!!) places, and was beyond repair.
(I replaced it with a new Verlicchi chromo frame for a 900SS.....)

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Post by mizike77 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:36 am

What was the impact like? It looks in the photos that the damage is a result of laying it down. What was the actual car to bike impact like? It really doesnt look like it should be parted out!

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Impact

Post by Osred » Sun Apr 05, 2009 11:47 am

mizike77 wrote:What was the impact like? It looks in the photos that the damage is a result of laying it down. What was the actual car to bike impact like? It really doesnt look like it should be parted out!
The impact was rather violent from a Mini Cooper directly into the left side of my bike. I was lucky to be ejected up and over the front end of the car before the full brunt of impact was felt, as my leg would have probably been mashed. Amazingly, the bike stayed on its left side as it went sliding down the road after impact.

To be honest, this motorcycle has been nothing but a headache over the past couple of years; coincidentally ever since I purchased a Ducati bevel twin. Not more than twenty-five miles after I finally had the thing tuned and running well, this happened. I'll probably keep her and someday get back to the drawing board.
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Post by abmartin » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:49 pm

The fork tubes seem straight, the front rim isn't bent so perhaps it was more of a glancing blow. Based on my experiences of crashing I would be surprised if the frame was bent, but that shouldn't be hard to spot. I also wouldn't worry about the motor unless there is some evidence that the cylinder has been dislocated. Replace the spark plug and lead and I would think that it would fire right up.

You couldn't break my Guzzi with a hammer. Lots of miles on it with minimal problems. I even rode it out to the west coast twice, once passing by Seattle on my way from the Olympic Penninsula to central Washington.

Bruce
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Post by Osred » Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:55 pm

abmartin wrote:You couldn't break my Guzzi with a hammer.
Yeah, these bikes do seem pretty stout.
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Decided to Sell - $4K USD

Post by Osred » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:23 pm

Offering a beautiful, original and rare motorcycle with left side damage from 2008 accident. Right side of bike is perfect. Pretty easy to get back on the road, but I don't have the time. Original mileage 47K, Engine # 072945. WA state collector's license plate (no registration renewal required). Sale includes box of extra parts, manual, reference materials and records/receipt from May 1980 to present.

Prefer local sale (Seattle, Washington, USA), but willing to ship within the continental United States.

Price firm. $4K USD.

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