View Full Version : Stealth torpedo

04-17-2009, 11:17 AM
This man has done fine work, especially under the skin. Scroll down on the link to dig the electronics ... no, avionics on board.



Great quote: "Guzzis are after all, glorified ditch pumps, but they do have a certain charm."

pete roper
04-18-2009, 05:28 PM
The ditchpump anology is a long established part of Guzzi tradition, we see it as a badge of honour and pride, not an insult.

One of the great things about riding something powerd by a ditchpump is you can never come off worst in a stouch in the twisties.

You get beat? Well, you're riding a ditchpump. You win? Hey! You're riding a ditchpump!:cathat:

And yes, George does superb work! Note the absence of lower frame rails on the modified Tonti frame. Not an original idea but superbly executed.


04-18-2009, 06:40 PM
I wish my '73 Ditchpump had a better tranny.

Kid Thunder
04-18-2009, 10:42 PM
Love the "Triumph Style TT" pipes!

pete roper
04-18-2009, 11:35 PM
I wish my '73 Ditchpump had a better tranny.

While the 4 speeds are hampered a bit by the fact their pinions run on bushes rather than needle rollers like the five speeds both can be substantially improved over stock by careful shimming of the selector drum.

instructions here


look in the technical articles in the top right hand corner of the page, 3rd one down covers it. While this was done on a five speed the principle is the same for a 4 speed.

No the gearchange will never be like a *modern* bike but there is no reason to accept clunkiness and false neutrals.


04-18-2009, 11:52 PM
My issue is supposedly a broken return spring which I knew of when it was purchased. What I wasn't told is that it can only select two gears, which I'm pretty sure are 3rd and 4th.

I've had the thing for three years and haven't dug into it yet; too busy with other Italians. But it's not bad to have purely for garage scenery value. :rolleyes:

pete roper
04-19-2009, 03:47 AM
What a waste. weren't you thinking of selling it. If so, how much? I've got one of most of the twins, the only *missing* pieces are a loopframe and an 'Old' Hi-Cam. The Centauro, (don't want a Daytona.) I can wait for for the rest of my life :-). But That's a nice oriinal looking Eldo that fits my bill, wotcher asking for it with buggered gearbox?


04-19-2009, 08:37 AM
I was offered $2,800 a year ago and didn't take it. I might now, though ... depends on the mood.

04-19-2009, 08:51 PM
The vulchers are airbore !!

Thats a nice cicilo indeed!

Pete as you know I had a Daytona. You met us in Perth once. But after that I got a Centauro. Great bike !

pete roper
04-20-2009, 01:04 AM
soul D. Check yer PM's.