1970 Moto Guzzi V7 Special Restoration
Mark Austin May 08, 2010

The Acquisition

My mate, Murray West and I bought this together in March 1998 from a guy named Brendan Moore via Forcycle at Tempe. It was owned by a friend of his who bought it new in about 1970. He first rode it with a sidecar attached for about a year, then took the sidecar off.


After about six months he had an accident in it, hitting a car that turned right in front of him. The car driver's insurance paid for the damage, and the bike was left at Ryan's at Parramatta to be fixed. Ryan never received the go-ahead to fix the bike, so it stayed there for over 12 years in an open shed out the back under morning glory, with a tree growing through the frame. There were a lot of parts missing. The owner decided he never wanted to see it again and just left it there to rot.

Brendan was talking to the original owner in 1983 when they were at the Easter races at Bathurst and asked him what ever happened to that old Guzzi he used to own? He said "as far as I know, it's still there - I never went back for it." Brendan asked if he could have it if he discovered it was still there, and Owner one said "sure mate, I never want to have anything to do with it again!".

So Brendan turned up to Ryan's with his ute one Saturday morning and asked if the bike was still there. Mr Ryan replied " Ohh, I wondered when someone was going to come and pick that up, its been here for years, never could work out what they wanted to do with it." So Brendan found it in the back shed in a very sorry state with many parts missing and loaded it onto his ute. Mr Ryan said "Hey, there are a lot of parts we ordered that go with it, do you want them?" Brendan replied " I'll have to pay you back over time as I am skint at the moment." Mr Ryan said "No problem, just pay me what was on the original invoice and we'll call it square!" So Brendan came away with a ute full of new parts such as a Borrani wheel for $28!

 


A lot of the new parts we got came from Ron Angel in Melbourne when he sold his Moto Guzzi franchise. The bike has done only 13,300 km from new and has only been ridden for 18 months! Brendan had torn down the motor, fitted new oil seals etc.

Update March 2006 - its finished and registered !

After a number of years sitting in Murray's garage, its finally finished. We decided to reverse the original white and red colour scheme with red and white pinstriping. It is an Italian motorcycle after all, so it has to be red!. The paint job turned out beautifully, Scotty Netreval did the paintwork and as usual, did a brilliant job. The red paint looks about an inch thick !

Its been for a few runs now, and for some reason it seems to break the clutch cable every time Murray rides it... He has become an expert in riding long distances without a clutch, and only sometimes does it look a little un-smooth. It's so relaxed and easy to ride, it just cruises along in top gear at 110 to 120kmh for hours, and it sure creates a lot of attention - I love it !  

The Acquisition

My mate, Murray West and I bought this together in March 1998 from a guy named Brendan Moore via Forcycle at Tempe. It was owned by a friend of his who bought it new in about 1970. He first rode it with a sidecar attached for about a year, then took the sidecar off.


After about six months he had an accident in it, hitting a car that turned right in front of him. The car driver's insurance paid for the damage, and the bike was left at Ryan's at Parramatta to be fixed. Ryan never received the go-ahead to fix the bike, so it stayed there for over 12 years in an open shed out the back under morning glory, with a tree growing through the frame. There were a lot of parts missing. The owner decided he never wanted to see it again and just left it there to rot.

Brendan was talking to the original owner in 1983 when they were at the Easter races at Bathurst and asked him what ever happened to that old Guzzi he used to own? He said "as far as I know, it's still there - I never went back for it." Brendan asked if he could have it if he discovered it was still there, and Owner one said "sure mate, I never want to have anything to do with it again!".

So Brendan turned up to Ryan's with his ute one Saturday morning and asked if the bike was still there. Mr Ryan replied " Ohh, I wondered when someone was going to come and pick that up, its been here for years, never could work out what they wanted to do with it." So Brendan found it in the back shed in a very sorry state with many parts missing and loaded it onto his ute. Mr Ryan said "Hey, there are a lot of parts we ordered that go with it, do you want them?" Brendan replied " I'll have to pay you back over time as I am skint at the moment." Mr Ryan said "No problem, just pay me what was on the original invoice and we'll call it square!" So Brendan came away with a ute full of new parts such as a Borrani wheel for $28!

 


A lot of the new parts we got came from Ron Angel in Melbourne when he sold his Moto Guzzi franchise. The bike has done only 13,300 km from new and has only been ridden for 18 months! Brendan had torn down the motor, fitted new oil seals etc.

Update March 2006 - its finished and registered !

After a number of years sitting in Murray's garage, its finally finished. We decided to reverse the original white and red colour scheme with red and white pinstriping. It is an Italian motorcycle after all, so it has to be red!. The paint job turned out beautifully, Scotty Netreval did the paintwork and as usual, did a brilliant job. The red paint looks about an inch thick !

Its been for a few runs now, and for some reason it seems to break the clutch cable every time Murray rides it... He has become an expert in riding long distances without a clutch, and only sometimes does it look a little un-smooth. It's so relaxed and easy to ride, it just cruises along in top gear at 110 to 120kmh for hours, and it sure creates a lot of attention - I love it !