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Motorcycle User Reviews - 1974 Moto Guzzi 850T

This is the first and only bike I've owned except for a recently purchased '06 BMW. I bought it used in 1978. With some qualifications it has been rock solid ever since.

Never had to open the engine and it still shows about 170 psi compression on both cylinders. Yearly valve adjustments and tune-ups of course, but it's easy to work on. I think I have adjusted the Dellorto carbs about twice since I've had it, and the spark plugs always show mixture that is spot on.

One problem has been clutch push rod seals that are prone to fail after about 7 to 10 years. It gets oil on the clutch plates and causes slippage. This happened twice and I replaced the clutch plates while I was in there, though they showed almost no wear. It's understandable considering they are about the size you'd see on a small car.

I've also changed the timing chain and timing chain tensioner twice. The alternator stator shorted out so that had to be replaced. Basically, that's it. This is a bike that has been ridden steadily for almost 30 years. Out on the highway it's like a locomotive. If you don't pay attention, the speed keeps going up. It wants to go. Sweet ride, but you must learn to pay attention to its needs, like any old bike. Parts are still available and not all that expensive. -- Rick

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