Sunday, January 17, 2010

2010 plans

Last summer I decided to enter the vintage endurance races set to be held at Spa Francorchamps in July 2010 (Bikers Classic). My friend and fellow Honda 160 racer Chris Page agreed to be my riding partner as there is a minimum of 2 riders per team with a maximum of 2/3rds race distance for any one rider. Being an all round good guy and an accomplished racer and instructor Chris would be the perfect team mate. He even bought a Guzzi Lemans 1 a few months ago. It's being restored to original condition and will be his practice bike. Chris asked me my opinion on whether to buy a Guzzi or an old BMW as he had a hankering for a vintage bike. Let's just say he saw sense and chose a Guzzi. See below.

While I got started rebuilding my Guzzi Spa announced the event was off. By the time they reinstated it I had decided to wait a year which is probably wise as it's only 6 months away and the bike is still in pieces. I also worked myself into a lather about doing AHRMA events this year as they are holding a race at Portland the weekend after the LA round. 2 weekends in a row thrashing a Guzzi takes some beating.

In the meantime I'm setting the bike up for endurance but making everything removable so I can run the required stock bodywork in AHRMA events. In endurance anything goes: see here

Planned changes to the bike include: endurance bodywork, lighter wheels, new rearsets, new exhaust system, and general weight saving.

2009 Bikers Classic winning bike: Team Moto Bel

Astralite wheels

Lemans 3 tank courtesy of Mark at Moto Guzzi Classics with flush filler (thanks for the fabrication Ralph).
Guzzi Magni Sfida seat from Teo Lamers

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