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'98 EV aka: "TwistedSister"
"The Rest of the Story"

I did it, I really did it. 
Can't believe I actually got a new bike.  Okay, so it wasn't quit brand new.  I purchased it in 1999 as a salvaged vehicle from an insurance claims reseller.  So, here is the story:  Resurrection of a '98 Moto Guzzi EV 1100

 Here is is when it was NEW on the showroom floor.
Below shows some pics of how the bike looked when
I got it from the salvage yard 2,000 miles later.


(Squish ! - Ha, okay, it did Not really look like this, but ain't graphics programs fun !)

Initial assessment of damage April 1999:

Frame damage:
at the neck-steering head & Pin collar: top and bottom bearing receivers damaged & unit cocked left to right. front Left & Right "Y-down tubes" slightly bowed.  Repaired by Professional Frame Repair.  (link below).
Wheel Damage: Rim bead 8" Peeled off, spoke race & spokes are Okay. (Repair - (rim and replacing may be an option), or replace. New wheel $1,000 Plus about $200 for new rubber.)  
Headlight: Gone, Guzzi stock clear Lexan fairing LG: cracked, 
Fender: It's Toast. (New fender $325).
Etceteras: Seat latching cable connector broken. Handlebar grips missing. Handlebar possible tweaked. Ignition switch jimmied and broken.  Bike had Under 2K miles on the odometer. It does not look like the bike ever touched the ground.   Oops, found slight ground contact scratches on right rear view mirror.
My impression: To start - I was "gambling" that the bike would even run!  I just prayed that the  frame and front wheel would be cheaply repaired. However,  I can't do these fixes myself and will have to pay to have parts repaired, replaced and fixed. Given that, I estimated $2000 to $2300 cost for me to fix the bike.  (Ha, it's always twice what you figure)  

I intend to make it "as good as new".  Actually better!  While apart I greased everything I could get to.  Opened the cush drive, checked the drive train, bearings, spokes, electrics, fittings, etc.  

Ha, I thought I'd throw it back together and be done with it.  Are we ever satisfied?  Dang it, you know this bike would be great with a different seating position, hum, same for handlebars, and what about hiway pegs and this, and that, and.

Picture before I started any work, includes some replacement parts.  

Spent big bucks on a Broken motorcycle that I have no idea if it runs or is really repairable.  

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I'm thinking "Jeez, what have I gotten myself into now!

You gotta check out this wheel damage.  Shows the new fender on the ground and the old crunched one still attached. ev-wheel.jpg (105791 bytes)

 

Frame triple tree steering pin cup damage:

Yes, the pin was bent

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Damaged front Triple tree components"

No, the fork tubes were NOT damaged in any way!! I had them checked over and over again.

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Body striped down.  Evminus body.JPG (57932 bytes)
So, that is about it for obtaining a salvaged EV.  Now, it's time to tear it down and ship the frame to  G.T. Enterprises in California and start parts hunting.  I was surprised that it only cost about $20.00 to ship the frame!  The shop treated me real good.  The owner kept in e-mail contact with me, to the point he would send me his "thoughts" about the different options available to getting the job done. 

That is about it for the initial tear down.  this is page 1 of 3.                   
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