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MV Agusta 4 Cylinder
1972 M.V. AGUSTA 750s Other
|Engine Size:||743 CCs||Transmission:||Manual|
|Engine Type:||4 Stroke||Condition:||excellent|
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I first saw this bike in 1973 when it had just been uncrated and started. I purchased it from the original owner 2 years ago 30 years after it had been parked. I started work in Aug 2009 and finished today (30/05/2011) with the placement of a few decals. I tried to do something daily, no matter how small, to keep progressing to the finish.
Corrosion had occurred on much of the bike and the general condition would have made this an unfeasible project if it wasn't for the status of this model.The bike has been brought back to standard where possible. All plated surfaces have been recovered and done in their original finish. All zinc plated parts were wire brushed taking about 9 hours in all.
There was particular attention paid to the positioning of the reconditioned wiring harness so that it fitted as before with the original cable ties. This took a great deal of time but this was repaid with nearly every thing working correctly when the Odessey battery was connected.
Carbies had been a problem on this particular bike and it never ran quite right. The pictured condition of the carbs showed float levels were at fault. However, info on the exact levels remained a problem even after askin some well known MV identities. I was lucky enough to find the figures in an obscure 60s American publication. At start up time the engine wouldn't fire even after everything was checked. It turned out that the trumpets needed to be fitted. I then ran the bike up the road a couple of times and found the 4LS front brake needed adjustment which was done for me on my return.
Suspension was redone and works well. I was advised to be careful with tyre choice so I took the advice and put TT100s on and they work nicely. I had wanted to get the original spokes cleaned and repainted in the correct silver but was warned away from this although I still think it would have been alright.
Expert paint work and seat upholstery have been the most important elements to the final finish as has patience.