BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Mark’s Guzzi gets a rude awakening from its longest hibernation ever and becomes his commuting tool
A fter what seemed like an interminable time spent repainting the Guzzi’s fuel tank, the bike is finally back on the road again. And since Nathan, my man at my local motorcycle shop Spenders in Kibworth, pronounced the bike fit for the Queen’s Highway at its MOT test, my faithful friend has covered nearly 700 miles in a couple of weeks.
The T3 had to step into the breach as my everyday transport to work after my car sickened and died. But before being pressed back into service, there were a few things to be sorted. First was the rough running the bike had fallen into just before being laid up at the end of last year. I resolved to go through the ignition system from the spark backwards, and discovered the culprit at my first port of call – the nearside spark plug was so coked up there was barely a gap visible.
Wire brush, wet-and-dry and feeler gauges soon had the errant plug bright and properly gapped – and the bike ran sweeter than it had for a while. That left another straightforward act to prepare the bike for roadworthiness – the replacement of the well worn rear tyre. I decided to stick with the Bridgestone BT45 which seems to suit the bike, and since having a new one fitted the Guzzi has been sweeping through bends with renewed gusto.
The tyre gives the adhesion and stability that urge you to crank the bike over to satisfying angles of lean, as well as giving great confidence in the wet. The Guzzi has continued to plough on through all weathers with little complaint… until very recently. It started to return to its lumpy old habits which, prompted me to inspect that nearside plug again. It turned out to be a bit loose, which was slightly worrying. I resisted my initial instinct to unscrew it – it feels like the thread might have gone – instead tightening it up in case the plug wouldn’t go back in tight after being removed.
It’s been like that for the past few days – I’ve had to tighten it up once again since then. But, until I find another car to get to work in, I can’t afford to remove that plug, just in case. So, fingers crossed – that the plug holds and that I can find another four-wheeler soon, and delve into that troublesome plughole properly.
‘THE SPARK PLUG WAS COMPLETELY COKED’
1 Mark’s done 700 miles over the last couple of weeks 1
That guilty look betrays a man who’s just cross-threaded his spark plug
2 Left hand spark plug was comprehensively coked up 2
3 Shaft drive helps make the T3 a practical everyday bike 3