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Old 11-08-2005, 09:02 PM   #1
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$ for an early '60s Moto Guzzi Lodola?

I want to get an early 1960's Moto Guzzi Lodola for my wife for her 40th birthday. I know virtually nothing about these except that they are relatively inexpensive and look bitchen. Can any of you all help me with:

What should I expect to pay for one that runs OK and isn't to beat up? How about good condition?

Can she reasonably expect to ride a bike like this to work/in traffic/on the highway a couple times a month? (She rides a DRZ400 and KTM950 pretty competently off-road and on...more a question about the driveability of a bike like this...)

Got one you wanna sell or do you know anybody with one for sale?

Thanks for any input...

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Old 11-08-2005, 10:24 PM   #2
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I paid 250.00 + a pony keg of homebrew for mine. It was a runner but
was cosmetically challenged. I put about a grand into it for a frame-up
rebuild, doing most of the work myself but farming out the powdercoating
and paintwork. Parts are pretty hard to come by, but teo lamar still has
some stuff available.

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Old 11-08-2005, 11:06 PM   #3
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Damn- sounds like you got a deal. The ones I've found have been in the $1500-$4000 range ($4000 is real nice except for some paint and a small oil leak.)

Is yours the 235cc model (Grand Tourismo I think?)
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Old 11-09-2005, 06:34 AM   #4
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Anthony, I don't think I'd comute on it; even if only a couple times a month. 6 volt electrics, no signals and not much brakes would concern me in peak traffic times. It would be a neat Sunday runner/ parade bike. Have you been down to visit the Guzzi guy in Prescott? He might have a lead or 2.

Here's some good detailed pics of a restoration. I wonder if this is our own Creeper? http://thecreeper.net/guzzi/

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Old 11-09-2005, 06:39 AM   #5
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I paid 250.00 + a pony keg of homebrew for mine. It was a runner but
was cosmetically challenged. I put about a grand into it for a frame-up
rebuild, doing most of the work myself but farming out the powdercoating
and paintwork. Parts are pretty hard to come by, but teo lamar still has
some stuff available.

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Hey Jeffm, the rules cleary state that you can't talk about a rare bike restoration without posting a pic. Get with it.
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Old 11-09-2005, 08:57 AM   #6
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Anthony, I don't think I'd comute on it; even if only a couple times a month. 6 volt electrics, no signals and not much brakes would concern me in peak traffic times. It would be a neat Sunday runner/ parade bike. Have you been down to visit the Guzzi guy in Prescott? He might have a lead or 2.
I have been down to see Jim in Prescott. He has one and wants $4000 for it which I will pay if I can't find another less expensive one AND if that is not way too high. The bike is pretty nice, but certainly not perfect. It is original and not restored. Like I said, I'm a bit clueless and I don't want to pay way too much for this thing.
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I have been down to see Jim in Prescott. He has one and wants $4000 for it which I will pay if I can't find another less expensive one AND if that is not way too high. The bike is pretty nice, but certainly not perfect. It is original and not restored. Like I said, I'm a bit clueless and I don't want to pay way too much for this thing.
This occured to me after the fact. I saw it on his website. I'd say $4k is steep; this one sold on ebay a couple of weeks ago for $2775. Winter's coming, offer him $3,000- $3200.
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Old 11-09-2005, 09:20 AM   #8
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This occured to me after the fact. I saw it on his website. I'd say $4k is steep; this one sold on ebay a couple of weeks ago for $2775. Winter's coming, offer him $3,000- $3200.
I saw that one on ebay too! Couldn't figure out what it finally went for because I'm too stupid for ebay. Thanks for the advice. That's kinda what I'd figured, but I wouldn't want to bust a guy's balls over a good price, (if $4000 was in fact reasonable).
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Damn- sounds like you got a deal. The ones I've found have been in the $1500-$4000 range ($4000 is real nice except for some paint and a small oil leak.)

Is yours the 235cc model (Grand Tourismo I think?)

hey - I gave him a whole keg of homebrew, too!
anyways, I stripped it down pretty much as far as is possible and:

-powdercoat frame & fork bits
-stripped & patched tank.
-stripped and repaired fenders
-disassembled wheels. new stainless spokes and nipples. Lots of polishing,
new bearings, seals, etc.
-new shocks
-new seals, bearings, etc. throughout.
-new wiring harness (homemade)

etc. etc. etc. Hey - it kept me out from under the Missus's feet for a
whole winter so I'm not complaining.

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Old 11-10-2005, 01:23 AM   #10
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-powdercoat frame & fork bits
-stripped & patched tank.
-stripped and repaired fenders
-disassembled wheels. new stainless spokes and nipples. Lots of polishing,
new bearings, seals, etc.
-new shocks
-new seals, bearings, etc. throughout.
-new wiring harness (homemade)

etc. etc. etc.
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Where did you find parts? Made mostly yourself, just pokin around on the internet or do you know of a person/business who deals in this stuff?
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:01 AM   #11
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Where did you find parts? Made mostly yourself, just pokin around on the internet or do you know of a person/business who deals in this stuff?
Try Guzzino.com. It's run by a guy in socal. When I worked with him, he had quite a collection of old guzzis. He's since quit that work, and started his own guzzi single business. I know he's got parts, and may have a Ladola around to sell.
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Where did you find parts? Made mostly yourself, just pokin around on the internet or do you know of a person/business who deals in this stuff?
Most of the bits and pieces were already on the bike - just needed cleaning up.
Pretty much all of the seals and bearing were common sizes - I just took them
down to my local bearing supply store and had them match them up to
whatever they had. Most ended up being timco.

Spokes and nipples were easy - the spokes were cut down and re-threaded.
The nipples were a common size.

I ended up redoing the wiring from scratch 'cause I couldn't find a repo or
aftermarket.

I'll be tearing into the top end this winter, so will probably end up taking
quite a bit with Teo Lamars who I use to source most of the parts for
my ongoing loopframe restoration.

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Old 11-11-2005, 08:43 AM   #13
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Anthony, heres a 65 Duc 250. It's more of a project, but is just down the road in Glendale. See ebay item 4588457428

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