SWM Guanaco from Gori: completed bike

The finished bike; prepared for trials and ready to use. It’s now a Guanaco, but with some better bits

The project has finished, but has taken a little bit longer than expected: too much work and too much holiday.

The bike is now more a 1978 – 79 Guanaco than an 1981 Gori because of the paint scheme change, but it has the good bits (which as I have an original 78 Guanaco I can vouch for).

Completed bike

These include:
– clutch action. The engine is a 1981 133*** serial number rather than an earlier engine (78 engines are usually 110*** approx). One major difference in the later engines is that the clutch arm has ball bearing races which provide a smoother clutch action.
– Betor front forks and yokes. seem more responsive; slightly steeper steering angle also.

The engine pulls well and with the change of barrel and piston it runs really smoothly and has plenty of poke.

Original and the 'project'

Comparing the converted bike to the original 1978 Guanaco, there’s not too many difference. Most noticeable is the Betor front forks, and a slightly different steering angle. Apart from that, much of the bike is same, including frame, engine, tank, exhaust and the rear cush drive arrangements of the early SWMs

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