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updated 05/12/2018

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Donor Moto Guzzi bikes:

Please see the list below.

Basically any big twin 850/950/1046 cc engined bikes with the five speed gearbox can be used from the late 1970s up to the late 2000s, from simple carburetted engines to the last California Special Sports/Stone/Titanium type bikes. These types ran twin legged swing arms from the T3 style right up to the later California models. All of these bikes use 10 spline couplings/driveshafts/cardan joints.

At least 5 different styles of swing arms have been used over this period. The T3/T5 style swing arm is the simplest, these have parallel arms. The swing arms changed in order to accommodate wider wheels as models progressed. The wider California swing arms will also fit.

Rear wheel sizes have changed over the years as well. The early T3/T5 style wheels are 18 inch, later California Special Sport style are 17 inch.

Rear brake plates, rear brake discs and calipers have all changed over the years as well, and compatibility can be a problem.

MSVA requires a rear brake linked to the foot brake, ie the front brakes, plus you will need a handbrake caliper. In the past the hand brake caliper entailed using a Convert parking brake caliper, but these are exceedingly rare.

We have a rear handbrake caliper that solves both rear braking problems, however the problem  then becomes one of compatibility of wheel/brake disc/brake caliper mounting plate. We have solved this by having new plates made up enabling a use of the donor bike's caliper plus a handbrake caliper to be fitted.

Engine choice is entirely down to you if you buying a kit from us. You would in such an instance possess or be in the process of buying a suitable donor bike.

If we are building a car for you, we might be supplying a rebuilt drive train for you, or you might be supplying a donor bike directly, or perhaps you might even ask us to purchase a donor bike on your behalf.

In the case of a donor bike, whatever the age, it might be the case for example, that new items might still be required, such as rear brake components, and we would advise you accordingly and purchase such items on your behalf. Such items might not have been prior quoted to you, and you will have to bear such costs.

In all cases, we can advise the suitability of such donor bikes.

Stripping down a donor bike by us is not just a case of unbolting items and rebolting them to your chassis in our workshop. Some items will almost certainly be dirty and will need cleaning. We will advise you as we strip the bike, and will have to charge additional labour as required.

Please remember, that what appears clean and serviceable on a bike as you bought it, may not necessarily be the case once we begin to strip your bike. Of course if we have purchased a bike on your behalf, this would also be the case.

In dismantling a bike, some items which might have been brittle due to age, might snap or simply need replacing. In such cases we will advise you, and costs must be met by you.

We have purchased California bikes from 2003/4/5/6 which have done less than 2000 miles. These inevitably are exceedingly clean and almost as new.

Inevitably rear tyres will need changing, and we shall advise you accordingly.

Please consult the list below for suitable donor bikes. It is not exhaustive. Round/square relates to the barrels/heads.

1974 850T ROUND 844  
1975 850 T3 ROUND 844  
  850 T3 CALIFORNIA ROUND 844  
  850 T4 ROUND 844  
1983 850 T5 SQUARE 844  
  V1000 G5 ROUND 944  
  1000 SP ROUND 944  
1984 1000 SP II SQUARE 944  
1988 1000 SPIII " 944  
1987 MILLE GT " 944  
1989 1000 S " 944  
         
1975 850 LE MANS ROUND 844  
1978 LE MANS II ROUND 844  
1981 LE MANS III SQUARE 844  
1984 LE MANS 1000 SQUARE 944  
         
1982 CALIFORNIA II SQUARE 944  
1987 CALIFORNIA III " 944  
  CALIFORNIA III CLASSIC " 944  
1994 CALIFORNIA 1100 " 1046  
         
1987 CALIFORNIA EV SQUARE 1046  
1999 CALIFORNIA JACKAL " 1046 BASIC STRIPPED DOWN BIKE
2001 CALIFORNIA EV80 " 1046 CHECK FOR CLUTCH TYPE & HYDRAULIC TAPPETS/LIFTERS RECALL
2001 CALIFORNIA STONE " 1046 BASIC STRIPPED DOWN BIKE CHECK FOR CLUTCH TYPE & HYDRAULIC TAPPETS/LIFTERS RECALL
  CALIFORNIA SPECIAL SPORT " 1046 CHECK FOR CLUTCH TYPE & HYDRAULIC TAPPETS/LIFTERS RECALL
  CALIFORNIA METAL " 1046 CHECK FOR CLUTCH TYPE & HYDRAULIC TAPPETS/LIFTERS RECALL
  CALIFORNIA ALUMINIUM " 1046 CHECK FOR CLUTCH TYPE & HYDRAULIC TAPPETS/LIFTERS RECALL
2003 CALIFORNIA TITANIUM " 1046 CHECK FOR CLUTCH TYPE & HYDRAULIC TAPPETS/LIFTERS RECALL
  CALIFORNIA CLASSIC " 1046 CHECK FOR CLUTCH TYPE RECALL
2007 CALIFORNIA VINTAGE " 1046  
  GUZZI 90 " 1046  
         
        NOTE: MOTO GUZZI ISSUED RECALL NOTICES FOR BIKES SHOWN RECALL THEREFORE CHECK
        NOT ALL OWNERS WERE AWARE OF A RECALL RUN FRAME/ENGINE NO PAST A DEALER
         
        I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERRORS IN THE INFORMATION ON THIS SHEET
         

 

These pictures show a 1991 California 3 about to be stripped. This is an early fuel injection model. This bike was purchased for approximately 2400. This is a low mileage example.

 

These pictures show a 2004 California Titanium fuel injected model that wasn't registered until 2009, about to be stripped. This model cost approximately 4750. This model had done under 1000 miles.



 
 
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