Sheldon Aubut’s 2002 Moto Guzzi Stone Metal and its Aftermarket Parts

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Sheldon Aubut’s 2002 Moto Guzzi Stone Metal Sidecar Rig

The above photo was taken February 18, 2002 at Caswell Cycle in Mora Minnesota on the day I delivered my 2000 Jackal there to trade it in. If you look closely you will notice that the muffler and muffler bracket is missing. The bracket and a set of valve covers are have been sent out to an auto parts powder-coater and are being powder-coated red to match the stripe on the tank.

The tank is Chrome and say’s 80th Anniversary on it. Supposedly there will only be 40 Stone Metals imported to North America so this should be a rare bird indeed. The mirrors both were damaged in transport so we are putting on larger aftermarket mirrors. It also will have straight fish-tail exhaust and a Moto Guzzi California Touring windscreen.

Les Caswell will be removing my National hard bags from my Jackal and transferring them to the Metal. It should be quite the bike by the time I pick it up on March 12th.

Once the bike is broken in there will be even more changes. We’ll be putting a Flying Tiger sidecar from Dauntless Motors on it. Check it out at It is a Chinese, police-style sidecar on a Russian Sputnik frame.

Stone Metal specs

March 5, 2002.

Just got back from Sacramento where I visited relatives and friends and rode motorcycles. Check it out at:

March 13, 2002.

Today was the big day. Yesterday I talked to Les Caswell and he had the bike ready, except the pipes. Turns out that with the bags on the bike the fish-tail pipes need a 12 inch extension to clear the bags.

He has a local auto parts guy that makes pipes to order but he is out of town on a fishing trip. I told him that I might, or might not, pick up the bike today. My thinking was that I would rather wait a week until I have the whole show, but I told him I would call in the morning.

So, I wakened this morning to a bright, sunny day with a weather report of clear skies and 35 f. (2 c.) and my first thought was nice day for a drive. I should have known that I wouldn’t be able to wait.

I started to get the paperwork together and ran into a huge problem. I couldn’t find the title for the Jackal. Tore the house apart looking for it. I am generally very, very organized but of late I have gotten a bit loose and I now have piles of papers on my desk. I have several large file cabinets in my garage shop where I keep all my files on vehicles.

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The Jackal file was there but no title. Panic started to set in and after looking for an hour I finally called Les and told him we might have a problem. I then called the county assessors office to find out what I can do if the title is lost. They said I would have to apply for a new title and it would take 8 to 10 weeks and I couldn’t trade the bike till I had a title! Argh.

Then I went through every piece of paper in my desk, in the file cabinets, the cabinets behind my desk. I probably shuffled through enough paper to create my own public library, but no title. I had started looking at 8:00 a.m. and by 10:00 I still hadn’t found it. I got to thinking that maybe I had never even gotten it from the state. In December we had bought a used Buick Riviera and on a whim I looked in that file.

There it was! I had misfiled it! Eurekaaaaaaaaa. Now I could go get the bike.

By 11:00 I was on the road pulling a trailer. Patti had hurt her neck in December and is scheduled for surgery the end of this month and she was hurting today so I went alone. Stopped along the way to get donuts for Les and his crew and when I got there I walked in to deliver them. After setting them down I asked Les where the bike was and he asked, You just walked right past it. Sure enough he had it right in the middle of the sidewalk entrance to his building.

I had to walk around it to get in and never noticed it. I must have had everything but delivering donuts blocked out. There it was and was it beautiful. The red valve covers and muffler bracket/rear peg bracket sure brought the whole thing together.

But it was sure missing the pipes. Les brought one of them out and held it up where it would be when mounted. I can hardly wait until I get them on. It should be soooo sweet.

After chatting for a while, doing the paperwork, and lightening my wallet we loaded the bike on the trailer and I headed for home. When I got there I unloaded the bike and took it for a short ride. It felt so good.

Summer is coming.

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