Moto Guzzi National Owners Club — Loud, Fast and Green?

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Moto Guzzi 1000S

Loud, Fast and Green. by Ford

It’s been to a decade since the old Loud, and Red column appeared and two recent have spurred a series of of which this is the first. Nolan Woodbury mentioned how those old articles were in his chronic insomnia and the second was a gentleman who referred to my 1000S as an Guzzi, presumably model Whaddayamean?

This is my NEW bike!

than do a rehash of old magazine (This grandpa moves out Motorcyclist) and quotes from the books, this article deal primarily with my own history, and the indignities it’s

The first 1000S I ever saw to the late Jim Stroh, and I thought it was homely. Green frame, V7 Sport styling, CX100 and sidecovers, ghastly lighting heart-shaped dash, spoke what were they of? Bring back the Le Mans!

time, the model’s color and styling grew on me (sort of foot fungus), and a ride on a was a real revelation primarily due to the Those stupid spoke did save a lot of weight compared to the Guzzi boat anchors of the the forks worked well, and the spring rate on the Konis ridiculously stiff. The bike was pure LeMans, it just weird and handled better.

two versions and several variations of model; the ’91-’92 models in either black frame/black and bodywork, or green frame/green and bodywork with the engine the LeMans V.

The ’93 models green/green and black only the detuned motor found in the Strada, and carb California means smaller carbs, and lower compression pistons. the flywheels are different due to the electrics, I know offhand if they the same.

The early model also had a of Bosch and Saprisa electronics the world engine ’93s over to Ducati. All models the excellent CEV switchgear which I is a copy of Honda parts or along those lines!

In a the machine was a parts bin special, as had the LeMans I dashboard, some had wheels, they had the aforementioned tanks and modified sidecovers, and the headlight, taillight and turn appear to have come an aborted 175cc export destined for Zimbabwe. Another odd is the notched swing arm with a rear rim so you can’t fit a wide tire.

Out of the blue, Rod Dickson Hawaii called me up to see if I still to buy his black and green ’91 and shortly thereafter his Italian showed up on my doorstep, covered salt and road filth a three week cross trip on the outside of a truck in the of winter! Needless to say, didn’t do much for the bike’s

Underneath the grunge, the bike was stock, save for Dyna and ignition, V7 Sport auto springs, a LeMans III crossover, rocker lines, an alloy cover, and stainless hardware. only 4500 miles or on the clock, the bike was just broken in and only needed a few things.

I stripped it down to the frame and shot that and the arm with Morton’s Green powder (John Deere no fooling) which is a brighter than the stock paint but is a match for the green on the bodywork. All of the was blasted off and shot in Mirror powder, all of the rest of the black on the (save the bodywork) was shot in Black powder while the sliders, triple tree, motor/gearbox mounting bolts, controls, headlight rim, were shot with Silver powder.

For good measure, the rear and engine were stripped for a recreational Gun and Gear Koting. If unfamiliar with this, Kote is a dry film moly which gets sprayed and baked in an oven to keep the slippery for life and Gun Kote is spray and bake paint both dissipates heat and corrosion.

I believe only the valve stems, and tappets Gear Koted on this one and the drive, heads and alternator were done in stainless Gun Kote, the cylinders, sump and timing cover and exhaust were done in gloss Gun Kote and the valve covers done in both black and Gun Kote.

I also hit the rust-prone with black Gun Kote and did the rotor buttons, spring and circlips in powder as they all crusting away into These rotors were bad and would coat the entire of the bike with rust but not any

Speaking of crusty garbage, the of the stock hardware that Rod replace went into the bin and was replaced with stainless as rusty nuts and bolts me meshugginah.

A problem with model are the carburetors as they the body to one where you’re with those accursed shorty mixture screws don’t allow you to affect in the way of adjustment. After much and poor running at partial I finally put on a set of LeMans IV carbs the Euro jetting.

For a styling exercise, one slow I did the carbs in black and gold Gun I also chucked the external springs, added individual levers, KNs, Russell filters, dual spigot banjos, and the usual cloth fuel line to finish the off. The adjusting screws and were hit with silver so they won’t rust and me crazy as well.

A very addition was the replacement of the float and nuts. I’d reused the bowls and nuts and they continually drooling. Not surprising, continued to drool after the were rebuilt.

This is not good as there’s something in our gasoline which will powder coating so now I have to and re-shoot a frame rail.

I had a set of PHF36 bowls from a I, lying around so I used with the corresponding float nuts. Not only are they but the nut gaskets are available separately as If you decide to go this route on the you’ll need to replace the jet holders also because the ones are too short.

The throttle on bike was a real piece of as well. That whole got the heave and was replaced with a 2-C throttle, cables and cable from a LeMans I, the kill was disabled and a V7 Sport-style starter and plate were added. hard to say just how much the throttle improved the way the bike without sounding ridiculous, but it was getting on a different machine.


For months my neck like Ben Gay and at first I blamed the spent at the blasting cabinet but realized the culprit was this The bar end weights in the clip-ons made too long for my hairy gorilla so I finally replaced them a set of Verlicchi swan necks were lying around.

I spent an afternoon cutting the necks shorter and shorter and it was just right they up being the identical length and as the stock clip-ons with the bar end removed! Duh.

Into ridiculous effort there’s a bar end stuck in the left hand the front master cylinder’s was replaced with an adjustable from a Daytona, the brake were replaced with braided ones, and Ferodo replaced the cruddy Brembo While lines were installed the troublesome front switch was replaced with a one. It does seem as if the time is spent trying to a Guzzi with components the older models.

Moto Guzzi 1000S

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While the polished dash look really nice, it to blind you during sunny so that was shot in Coal Wrinkle powder. While might sound silly, is my favorite part of the entire Oddly enough, this came with a dented bezel.

The turn signals just too ugly to live so replaced with round from a LeMans I on 1000SP on the rear and V65C stalks up The taillight on this model is for shaking itself to pieces so was replaced with a round, CEV from an Eldo, and that undersized headlight was replaced a Euro LeMans I item a Candlepower 7 quartz halogen with an XB3 bulb.

Just in a battery acid catch was fitted, should the charging run amuck and boil the acid out it doesn’t belong, and for a splash of the plug leads are red. is from Italy, after Gotta have some red on it other than my eyeballs.

For aesthetics more than a Sprint half fairing was which looks great but all of the wind blast right my face shield so it’s riding into the teeth of a Until the windscreen is replaced, ear are mandatory on this one. It also stand some down the side of it to match the gas

If and when decal sets become available again, the and sidecovers will get repainted and the fairing will get the stripes for Not surprisingly, the sidecovers don’t any primer underneath the paint so off it which just looks

The stock foot controls are too far forward for me on the LeMans series so were replaced with rear sets which the riding position perfect, and to that even … can hate me, the exhaust was replaced a Mistral stainless steel

Actually, the exhaust isn’t loud but certainly has a gloriously note to it. As an added fringe the exhaust gasses exit such force that you can people’s toupees off with a of the throttle. You probably wouldn’t to get stuck behind this

Disappointingly, I just couldn’t get the headers and crossover to work the rear-sets, so finally grabbed an old set of BUB off of the wall, cut away the kick and then the mufflers fit perfectly shimming the foot hangers from the frame. The chrome on the looks really out of place so will have to be done in department before Spring.

While it certainly doesn’t one, the useless stock damper was replaced with an hydraulic one, and it’s running a Michelin Macadam up front with a Macadam ply on the rear which has worked for me for the past decade on various When a wider rear rim is fitted, a Michelin radial be fitted to match the front.

The was replaced with a liquid thermometer dipstick more for fun anything else, and the filler were replaced with the style which incorporates a These corrode terribly so are with hard rubber from a LeMans IV.

As I said, the only needed a few little Still needs a few little like the rear rim, seat, shorter windscreen, an oil filter sump and eventually gears, and a bit more with the

It just never stops but half the fun with a Guzzi. machine ends up being by the owner, be it a trailer hitch on a or a LeMans motor in an Eldo Bit of a sickness which luckily is no known cure for.

And concludes the story of my older model. It wasn’t the greatest ever made when it was and a decade later it’s not the greatest, but for me, it’s just perfect.

Moto Guzzi 1000S
Moto Guzzi 1000S
Moto Guzzi 1000S
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