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About timmythecop

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    Deported to Maryland, Says he's not from there!
  • Birthday 03/08/1968

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    Clinton, Maryland
  • In My Garage:
    VFR800Fi, Guzzi 1000SP
  1. Why a red Guzzi?

    In the 70's and 80's, Guzzi was owned by DeTomaso of Pantera fame. He also owned Benelli and Masarati. The part sharing was on. If you look at any Benelli from the time, you will see Guzzi forks, wheels, switchgear and lights. The gauges were always Veglia like Norton-Villers-Triumph were always made by Smith's. If you really do your research, other oddities come up like the starter motor having the same part number as a Fiat Brava and the key blanks being the same as a Yugo. But the best part was that the brakes were always Brembo, and mirrored what Ducati was equipping at the moment. So after some research, I took a chance on some period plastic brake and clutch levers. No idea what they are like, but thanks to the popularity of Brembo, they exist. I'll let you know if they are garbage or cool.
  2. RS850 Replica

    did I spot an FZ750 in bumblebee paint?
  3. Why a red Guzzi?

    MkI LeMans ...and the MKII
  4. Why a red Guzzi?

    No, a fella in Baltimore started the conversion, but at least he saved 99% of the stock bits. I got a groovy Ducati 900SS half fairing thrown in also. These bikes, as I said, share almost all of their DNA with the mighty LeMans, in fact the frame is identical. A good example of a Mk I LeMans will cost you way north of 10,000 bucks. So people got to taking an SP1000 and cutting it up and putting LeMans bodywork on them and now we have a ton of LeMans clones. BUT...... The SP1000 was designed in a wind tunnel and is 1000cc as apposed to the LeMans 850cc. In fact, the Mark II looked very similar to the SP. It isnt faster, because LeMans had bigger valves, higher compression and gigantic pumper carbs, but an SP is less busy and is described as "Long Legged". An added benefit is that following the carving up of all the SPs, they are now, unintentionally getting rare, especially with all the stock stuff on it. One can turn any ol Tonti frame Guzzi into a cafe bike, but I wanted the mighty SP. The riders compartment is cocooned in an envelope of still air, while the V-twin rumbles along. It is so fun. Also, in case anyone is alarmed at the rotors, they are cast iron Brembo and they rust overnight, and it is part of the design. The linked brakes: When you pull the brake lever, you get the right front rotor. When You hit the pedal, you get the front left rotor and the rear rotor. Sounds wacky, but when you use both front and rear together it stops rapidly. This example also had stainless lines already fitted, so boom. It also has unobtainium BUB exhaust, Koni shocks, SP-NT footrest hangers, groovy Metzelers, and electronic ignition. I added the period correct Krauser bags, the fork boots and the solo seat. Nothing is cut, and the stock seat can go back on with 4 bolts.
  5. Why a red Guzzi?

    It won't always be red.......
  6. Why a red Guzzi?

    You may have asked (I realize nobody asked) why I have a 1980 Moto Guzzi 1000sp. Well, I'll tell you. Because Guzzis are very groovy and collectable. The model I have was introduced to compete with the first real (argueably)sport-touring bike, the BMW R100RS. It is in my opinion, the VFR of its day. Quick, but not a world beater, comfy, great handling and good at what it does. You can ride this bike to Alaska and since it is 90% the same As a LeMans, it can scratch too. So if you will allow, I thought I would chronicle my time with this Italian bird. I rescued it from a cafe conversion, and I am almost done putting it back to stock. Let me know your thoughts.
  7. Why a red Guzzi?

    You may have asked (I realize nobody asked) why I have a 1980 Moto Guzzi 1000sp. Well, I'll tell you. Because Guzzis are very groovy and collectable. The model I have was introduced to compete with the first real (argueably)sport-touring bike, the BMW R100RS. It is in my opinion, the VFR of its day. Quick, but not a world beater, comfy, great handling and good at what it does. You can ride this bike to Alaska and since it is 90% the same As a LeMans, it can scratch too. So if you will allow, I thought I would chronicle my time with this Italian bird. I rescued it from a cafe conversion, and I am almost done putting it back to stock. Let me know your thoughts.
  8. The next INTERCEPTOR?

    Its the correct colour.
  9. discuss...... https://www.cycleworld.com/honda-teases-cb4-interceptor-concept
  10. Woot. I am glad this thing got back out there. Also glad you had so much fun.
  11. getting sexier
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