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Guzzis @ Norton Motorcycles

Discussion in '24-7 Lounge' started by Chris Jessop, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. PaulDavies

    PaulDavies Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    And of course "Luigi" and "Guizzi" are reknowned world leaders when it comes to slapping grease into their bearings - NOT.

    If a big name like BMW sets up a factory in India for assembling their 310GS, trains their staff and enforces rigourous quality control. I don't see it being any worse than being assembled anywhere else in the world.
     
  2. Hydrolastic

    Hydrolastic Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    I got a couple of photos of a Norton Commander that was at a big motorcycle show at America's Car Museum in Tacoma a few years ago. I knew it was rare, but I found out later just how rare.

    NortonCommander1.jpg NortonCommander2.jpg
     
  3. scottmastrocinque

    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    I have never experienced any bearing failure nor have I ever repaired one on any Moto Guzzi I have owned, and I’ve owned a bunch and wrenched many more.

    The BMW 310 is plagued with quality control issues. For that matter, BMW is full of quality control disasters for several years now.

    People can spend their money however they like, but MADE IN INDIA is something that will never be on anything in my garage, ever.
     
  4. blakbird

    blakbird Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    My son and I replaced the wheel bearings, on the '96 Sport 1100 (carbi) project bike. Three were still good.
    The one that wasn't failed because a prior owner forgot to install the inner spacer when they transferred the "sprocket" from the stock wheels to the Dymags.
     
  5. GuzziMoto

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    I assume the comment about Guzzi's and greasing bearings was about the common issue of late model Guzzi's to be severely under greased in certain areas like the swing arm pivot and steering head, as well as the shock linkages.
    Wheel bearings are typically not greased as part of assembly of the motorcycle. They are greased in the bearing plant they are made in.
    As has been mentioned before, the main reason Guzzi build motorcycles is so you get the right parts when you buy one (or at least the right NUMBER of parts).
     
  6. Dinsdale Piranha

    Dinsdale Piranha Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Couldn't be anything to do with how many of them are made in China, could it?
     
  7. mother goose

    mother goose Just got it firing!

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    That is very nice indeed . Some lucky police officers in England got to ride a few just like that only in white with blue lights and sirens and a huge battery for the radio back then . Still getting paid to ride bikes and in that case rotary Norton's was an alright job . I had a loan of a Kawasaki kz1000 police for a couple of days . It was a fast comfortable bike I really liked the saddle and running boards . It's as close to being a cop as I ever got
     

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