Moto Guzzi Classics On Any Saturday Wrenched — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Moto Guzzi Classics | On Any | Wrenched

Mark Etheridge in his environment, amid a rat’s of Moto Guzzi bikes and in his Moto Guzzi Classics in Long Beach, California.

Etheridge in his natural environment, a rat’s nest of Moto bikes and parts

It was an afternoon we always remember. Mark sat in the of the shop, his legs straddling a damaged gas tank. He positioned his dent-puller—a handy tool spot-welds small, steel onto the tank, which he pulls with a slide-hammer.

He its position, pulled the trigger, and … … the tank exploded, the cap hitting the roof, 20 feet above us. and I, previously standing 10 paces ran over to check Mark for our ears ringing like bells. No blood.

No pain. Silent, we shared glances, and then, as if on cue, in uproarious laughter! Apparently, which doesn’t kill you makes you laugh harder.

day we all learned the importance of purging a gas of vapors before welding on it.

is Holy Day at Moto Guzzi an old-school motorcycle shop in Beach, California. It’s an day. Weekend regulars me show up to work on bike Customers saunter in to pick up for their bikes.

Friends hang around to But best of all, every shop owner Mark buys pizza. If you time arrival around 1:00 it will be sitting on the front still warm.

The place much to look at; it’s a steel Quonset hut. The features a racebike or two, café racers and a handful of highly regarded Eldorado and restorations. A recently renovated sold) 1977 Lemans 850 near the front door, delivery to its new owner in Australia. Out parts bikes stand at under the Southern California Milk crates full of and footpegs litter the landscape.

Old frames stand upright in a shoulder-to-shoulder like showgirls on a line. Old wiring harnesses lay in like the entrails of some copper-bowelled beast. The place is a but the fact is, Mark has the biggest of used Guzzi parts in the US of A.

Guzzi Classics has been for almost 30 years. Back Mark “flipped” old Guzzis, Volkswagens and other stuff he languishing in garages and backyards. The came later. At the center of it all is himself—a charter member of the “good guys” network. his name is a deal-greaser with the crankshaft balancers, welders and metal artisans.

There are lots of “Mark The first time I met him, he bad facial sunburn, except for a mask of lighter flesh his eyes. He’d been MIG and in a moment of laziness reached for his instead of a welding mask. there was the time he tore a chunk of flesh out of his hand catching it in his slide-hammer.

Mark has had the occasional run-in with the Hill Police Department and of Motor Vehicles. Some stories” I’ve promised not to until he’s long His legend is ancillary, though.

importantly, Mark knows like few others.

The shop a unique cast of characters. On Saturday, regular Nick was digging through weathered boxes, hoping to find a to replace the failed one on his Jackal. Weird Bob,” who may or may not live in the paint booth out back, was up the grease-stained concrete floor. Bob #2, Bob,” sat in front of the shop smoking cigars and posting items.

Partway through the day, regular, Mike Acebo, up on his caféd CX100. He spent the few hours at the shop, killing between his electrical contracting Mike’s dad died a few months bikes and friends help the

Newer motorcycle shops are better-lit and staffed by well-dressed Moto Guzzi Classics has of that. But it does have an abundance of one rare and precious character.

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