Fa­ther and son resto duo

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - News - Nigel Ver­rall, Lin­coln

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.

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