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Continued from PG1 of the "TwistedSister"EV Story
I hope someone benefits from these pictures and these experiences. For me it was a wonderfully Great challenge, and my only opportunity to afford a new model Moto Guzzi.
Once I got the Frame back from G.T. Enterprises the fun really started.
Boy, it came apart so fast & easy, and getting it back together wouldn't be super tough cause I labeled everything, but getting it all stuffed back together the way it is SUPPOSED to be is another matter. I even took some pictures to help me re-assemble the beast. But, so many wires and hoses twisting around this, under that, left side of this piece and right side of another. The configuration of how to lay the hoses and electrics was astounding. Thank goodness for these pictures, wish I had taken 3 times as many. More than once I spent time down at Moto International staring at the new EV's on the showroom floor. Dave even asked if I wanted to take some pictures but I was a little more pigheaded than I should have been and tried to "remember" what I was looking for. It all worked out fine, I have lots of experience with my other Guzzi, all it took was some patience and trial and more thought and another try - or three.
|Thank goodness for my buddy Matt Hitterdahl. He was more familiar than I with Tonti frames. As we got the Frame back over the engine drive train we started bolting things down, and laying out hoses and wiring where we thought they should go. As we continued there were several instances where we had to go back and Undo something already assembled in order to assemble others.|
Everything with this bike is just as crammed and tight fitting as a new automobile. They have the same characteristic of Lots of eclectics and Lots of hoses. Making things stretch from start to end was hard, finding the exact route and lay was, challenging to say the least. To confuse the matter even more I found that the EV's I looked at in the Moto International showroom tended to be a little different as well! Proves that humans routed things if routing was a little different on same model bikes
The time finally came when all that was left was to turn the key.
It was a tense moment. The bike hadn't run for a year and there was no guarantee that this sucker would actually start. I turned the key and - Nothing. Not a bump or grind, not even a whisper. I spent the next 2 frustrating hours probing and prodding every wire and hose and connection I could find. Couldn't figure it, everything looked perfect. Finally, standing there with one hand on my hip and one hand resting on the throttle I noticed it - the kill switch was off. Ahrrrrr, okay, small wonder. Again I turned the key, this time the fuel pump kicked in. No lights, but when the fuel pump was up I hit the starter and she fired right up !
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