The bike began as a seemingly mechanically sound 78 900GTS, 7,200 miles, complete, but lots of cleaning and TLC required. Bike was described by
previous owner as "primer grey and pitted chrome".
First the GTS was stripped of it's identity...
Engine only torn down to check basics as it was a decent runner to begin
with, some bevel re-shimming, nothing serious
Starter motor, solenoid and linkage re-built and bushed
All bearings replaced, steering head, wheels etc.
Swing arm bushings and axle replaced
All crossover linkages re-bushed
Handlebars (non stock) pitched in bush and replaced with Tomeselli
clip-ons, now those have been replaced with SS replica bars from Road & Race
All new cables, throttle, clutch, chokes, etc.
Brakes (which were seized solid) rebuilt with new pistons, seals etc.
Master cylinder (which I broke) welded, machined and rebuilt, piston,
SS fairing mount and removable steering head plate constructed... my
first welding job, ugly but sturdy, lots of grinding to make it
All new foot pegs machined from billet, small and all knurled and nice
Big ugly rubber thing on brake pitched (in nice shape if anyone needs
one for a GTS resto)
Replacement choke lever machined out of billet
All the little idiot lights fixed and repaired so they all work
Much of the original wiring repaired and/or replaced
Replacement trip meter knob machined out of brass and knurled
All non critical fastenings replaced with stainless steel
Hours and hours of aluminium scrubbing and polishing to remove 20 years
worth of road salt, oil, and corrosion from the engine, ongoing...
and given a new one...
Frame repainted black (will probably get powder coated next winter)
Original Conti mufflers and the re-chromed headers and crossover from my
SSD type fairing from Phil at Road & Race
An original 78 900SS dual seat from Scott Wilson (thanks)
Seat vinyl re-dyed black to freshen up an otherwise good cover
Cross piece with SS type mounting bayonets welded to frame to mount
seat, rear tabs welded on and threaded for original SS type seat
Steel 900SS tank with aircraft type billet filler, also from Scott
Billet machined and polished tank brackets to mount SS tank to existing
GTS frame mounting points
900SS side covers with billet stand off bolts to attach to original GTS
frame mounting points
Borrani rims from Hans Melburg... they were the ex-Guzzi ones there was
some discussion about on the list a while back, front worked great, back
needed serious re-angling of the spoke holes, done by my machinist friend George, it's done
and works, trued up fine, but I wouldn't put him through that again, I want him to do other stuff for me later ;-)
Stainless spokes from Central Wheel, UK
Michelin Macadams front and rear
Original GTS stainless steel mudguards had all the little dents removed
and high speed polished
After market turn signals like original CEVs but without the ugly
New taillight lens
All body parts painted silver with green/turquoise striping and lower half of fairing, similar to 750 "greenframe" but not a replica, I just like the
colour scheme, all decals home made.
There are probably countless other bits and bushings I'm forgetting but
that's the bulk of it