Now I know that there is little or no support in Ireland, either the Republic or the North, for Guzzi so I'm putting the call out here.
Some of you may know Dave Boyle who posts occasionally on boards as 'Belfast Guzzi'? Well Dave is a GRiSO owner but the tale of his bike is heartbreaking to say the least.
Like me he was an 'Early Adopter' and bought one of the very first of the 8V Grisos in 2008. Sadly the dealership promptly folded and shortly thereafter another character was appointed as a 'Service Agent". Sadly this animal was the personification of shaved apery and not only screwed up the servicing but also undertook the first tappet recall, (The change from cast iron to forged steel with DLC.) and in doing so managed to break at least one of the cam chain tensioner blades!
Now we didn't know this at first and as he was in a situation where he couldn't get help with the bike without going to the UK I sent him a 'C' kit in the hope that he would be able to install it. Then it was discovered that the tensioner were screwed and the TB's were fucked by the 'mechanic' who by now he'd found out had a bit of a reputation and was known in Belfast as 'The Hammer'! Anyway a few years ago I was in Ireland and we dropped in and I took him a pair of TB's which I think are OK but he still hasn't been able to get his GRiSO fixed as nobody it seems is willing to take on the task of pulling the donk out of it and he can't really afford to have it done in England.
So. Here's the thing. Can any of you lot help out with space and assistance? Obviously Camphill has done a 'C' Kit before but to replace the left hand tensioner blade, which I'm pretty sure needs doing, (I think The Hammer shattered it while screwing up the tappet swap.) you have to drop the engine and pull the clutch and gearbox.
Yes it's a big job, and a big ask, but Dave is one of the good guys. For the last couple of decades he has run the 'Beat Carnival', a huge arts and drumming festival in Belfast, non sectarian and designed to give direction and purpose, not to mention a lot of fun, to the 'Yoof' of Belfast.
Thing is Covid Plague permitting I'll be in Ireland again in September and I'd be more than happy to spend a day or two helping out. I can provide the needed parts as well if someone sensible can go have a squizz and see what's busted. It would be really great to not only allow Dave to finally ride his un-fucked bike but to also save it from slowly rotting away.
What say you?
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