Father and son resto duo
I bought a 1979 Moto Guzzi V50 Mk2 following my mother’s passing as something for me and my dad to do as our first rebuild. Neither of us knew much about bike mechanics and we’ve learned along the way. It’s a mild cafe racer that’s been rebuilt from its last use by a Manchester joyrider some 12 years ago.
By the time we’d stripped it all down and sent the frame, fork lowers and wheels for powdercoating we had bid and won a running V50 that had about £2000 of upgraded parts on it for the same £600 we had spent on the first bike. So we stripped the second bike and got a good one out of the two.
We had to buy new tools as we went along but we managed to change all bearings and seals on the bike. It’s lovely to ride – it’ll be passed down to my kids in years to come when I can’t ride it any longer, as it’s a definite keeper.