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2002 MG California EV 1100 80th Anniversary

Discussion in 'Loop & Tonti' started by Tex0492, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Tex0492

    Tex0492 Just got it firing!

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    Hello out there to all in the Guzzi world!

    This is my first bit of input into the forum and I hope some find it intriguing or insightful. Also if anyone finds a place for suggestion or tips along my journey, please don’t hesitate to add! After all, that is one of the primary reasons for joining this page!

    To make it short and sweet, I grew up primarily on Honda’s and Japanese bikes. I started my riding journey at the tender age of 8, and graduated accordingly like I’d expect most to progress through the trials and tribulations of motorcycle riding. Although I didn’t jump on the chance to experience street riding until around my 22nd birthday (5 seasons ago,) I’m now feeling my overall confidence as a complete rider is maturing and I’ve been fortunate enough recently to experience the world of Moto Guzzi’s.

    Guzzi’s have always been in my family but they were always alien to me. About a month ago I started completing extremely overdue maintenance on my uncle’s 2002 California and here are some pics that capture the process. I’ll update this thread a little later with everything I completed as the pictures don’t show more than a little restoration and a nice bike if I do splay so myself :p

    **Update:
    Here is the list of work completed as well as a little more information.
    My uncle purchased the bike new back in 2002. The Bike has approx. 9k on it. Although mileage is low, the bike spent significant time sitting in undesirable conditions (barn) Fortunately, although seldom the bike was ran periodically throughout its most recent storage. No special steps taken to preserve or correctly store. Main goals for overhaul on this bike was to preserve current state before significant damage occurred, completion of all overdue maintenance and then some, and a minor attempt to restore some of the worn cosmetic appeal the bike once had. The gas tank also contained a very slow/small leak I planned to attempt to patch. Up to this point (not all pictures represent) the work completed is as follows:

    - Oil/Filter/Gasket replacement
    - New Air Filter
    - Gas Filter replaced
    - Spark Plugs replaced
    - Sticky/Tight Gas Cap fixed (Can detail of someone is curious on process)
    - Gas Tank attempted to be sealed (Used Permatex Fuel Tank sealant to try and cover tank seam as well as a few other slots on tank I predict to be the leak. I was not able to tell precisely where leak was coming from due to being so small however I believe time will tell)
    - Rust removal on cosmetic components, as well as a few mechanical components (chrome, foot pegs, mirrors, tank, levers, pedals, etc.)

    To-Do:

    - Gear/Transmission/Shaft Oil replacement
    - Powerwash and wax
    - Speedometer not functioning correctly
    - Check and/or replacement of brake pads
    - Possibly checking tappets/valves
    - Possible Seaform with first new full fuel replacement

    Not much more to be done. Bike was just restarted for first time after completion of work listed and already shows noticeable improvement in performance/sound.



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  2. Faisal

    Faisal Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Beautiful job! Please, keep us updated. I'd like to see how it turns out to be.
     
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  3. john zibell

    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    It looks like you are doing a good job on the bike. Do not power wash. That can cause problems with the electrical system. Just a regular hose when washing. Also instead of Seafoam, run a can of BG 44 in the first tank. That should clean up the injectors and fuel system.
     
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  4. Amboman

    Amboman Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I'd be planning to replace the fuel injection hoses, fuel filter and all of the breather hoses as well.
     
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  5. Tex0492

    Tex0492 Just got it firing!

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    Thanks for the advice!
     
  6. Tex0492

    Tex0492 Just got it firing!

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    I did replace the fuel filter, and I did think about replacing hoses however it’s just not in the budget/timing at the moment. I’m hoping after the work I did complete I’ll be able to narrow down any other significant issues that need complete or things that turn up a little down the road. I noticed the hoses and breather tubes do look a little worn, but like I said even if they are inexpensive I am reaching the limit for money I planned on dumping in this time around haha. Total investment so far is about $300 which isn’t much when value is taken into consideration. About 8-10 hrs of work, but that learning time is invaluable :p Thanks for the input!
     
  7. GT-Rx®

    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Nice work, and thanks for posting. Hope you'll add your info to the Registry; https://www.guzzitech.com/forums/threads/bb-tonti-registry-and-pic-thread.12601/
    Also, does the bike state Idrauliche Valvole on it anywhere? Usually on the gas tank sticker or plug guards. If so, it may need the hydraulic lifter cam update, which is very important to the life of the bike. Full fuel system and professional injector clean is critical also to the life of the engine.
    Congrats and best to you with it. Post often.
     
  8. Tex0492

    Tex0492 Just got it firing!

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    A few more pics. Any suggestions for my instrument cluster? Two things: First, the panel seems to have broken free of its mounts from what I can tell. Doesn’t seem repairable, perhaps replaceable? Secondly, everything on the panel works correctly except for the speedometer The needle goes up but is not accurate. Range example would be say I am actually going on the area of 35-40 mph, the needle will be bobbing around the 50-60mph area. There seems to be no real science to it. Is it favorable to go ahead and replace entire panel or can I please save some money and do a serviceable repair on my own?

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  9. Raven

    Raven Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Nobody has asked this yet, I'm surprised. How old are the tires? Old, hard, slippery tires will end your fun really fast. 5 years seems to be the accepted limit.
     
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  10. john zibell

    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Veglia, Italian for sort of. They never were very accurate, but your error is more than most. If you search around the forum there are replacement speedometers that can either run by pulse from the transmission cable output, or via GPS technology. As for the panel and possible repair more information and pictures are needed to answer.
     
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    Blaufeld Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Yes, mine after 16 years shows constantly just around 3-4 kph more than GPS-measured speed...
     
  12. Amboman

    Amboman Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    The instrument cluster is held in place by 3(?) "silent blocks". If it's flopping around loose, then they've broken.
    mgcycle.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=276&products_id=1469

    If the speedo needle is fluctuating, then the first thing I'd try is lubing the speedometer cable.
     
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  13. Tex0492

    Tex0492 Just got it firing!

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    I completed gear box oil and shaft oil replacement today. Now that I’m officially done with the major labor, especially those involving fluids, I thought it was a good time to try and wash away some of this barn grime :p. I haven’t went all out yet, this was mostly just a preliminary bath haha. I was always taught that if you really want something clean and like new, you’ll likely need to clean real good a few times in a row. There’s always something to be missed. I guess that’s why they call it detailing haha.

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    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    Some poor mouse lost his mouse house! LOL. Poor bike. Hopefully she will be loved and appreciated now.
     

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