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  2. Not just any dress. PARTY dress!
  3. How cool, @PJPR01 ! Yes, Tellico Grains is delightful. As is the Tellicafe. Also, Trout Mountain Coffeehouse (more than just good coffee).
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  5. That looks like a great lunch spot Docc! Looks like I got lucky...and secured the last room at the lodge, had a nice chat with Walt yesterday, so I'm booked the 10th/11th at Tellico lodge, with a departure on the 12th to meander back to Houston by the 14th. I notice that there is a nice bakery in town called Tellico Grains, looks like a must visit place as well for a breakfast or lunch spot. I'm guessing prior Spine raiders/riders have been there and can suggest the tastiest options! As tempted as I am to ride the Scura, it's a long haul from Houston, so 95% chances are that I'll be on the Norge. Sounds like I need to pack some Loctite to avoid pilfering of valuable parts...although I suspect there's not a whole lot of interchangeability as I look at the fleet in the garage other than tires, but for now I'll keep the Griso in between the Norge and the Scura to prevent any feelings of jealousy from cropping up before the trek out east. Hoping for nice weather, riding conditions in that part of the country look wonderful with plenty of interesting sights to see along the way.
  6. Once upon a time, SpineRaiders gathered for a grand loop on Saturday. More recently, it has worked out much mo' better to choose-up into small squads, solo, duos and whatever-you-like for the Saturday riding. Not only is this safer and kinder, the Saturday evening debriefing (libations on the pavilion and in the garage) are much livelier, varied, and more interesting. It is quite common to cross the Cherohala Skyway eastward toward the "Tail of the Dragon" / Deal's Gap. Some feel compelled to traverse those 318 curves in 11 miles. So they can say they did. And be legit getting the sticker and the T-shirt. Just be aware how congested that stretch is on the weekends. Factor in strict law enforcement, sharing the way with unskilled riders/drivers, and long delays for the quite common and often ugly collision incidents. Not to deter you from snatching up this iconic stretch of motorcycle road. My last ride over and back was enjoyable, uneventful, and fun. I got-me a couple stickers. Jus' sayin' . . . be aware. Otherwise, an interesting lunch spot opened a few years back quite near that locus that has great food and covered motorcycle parking. It has become quite enjoyable to "run into" other SpineRaiders lunching at the Tapoco Lodge.
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  8. Scud

    V11 UK values

    The V85TT looks to be a great bike, but if want to hold that lovely Ballabio, you can probably find a lightly used Stelvio for quite a bit less than a new V85. If I had to guess about future values (vs current ones) I would bet that the special edition bikes and the Green sports will command the highest future values. From my perspective that seems to be happening already. I see "wanted" adds for special editions and greenies, but nothing else. Some years / models have known flaws that work agains the price. Such as the aluminum flywheel on Scura, Tenni, and Rosso Mandell - and the terrible 2002 engine paint. Good luck with your sale... or your addition, depending on what you decide to do.
  9. melj

    V11 UK values

    I’m looking at the moment and it’s very variable - some folks asking 8-9k for the limited models and some rusty neglected bikes still at 3k. I think the market in general is in a bit of a reconfiguration now post-lockdown, with supplies of new bikes starting to ease, and also as we’ve passed the mid-point of ‘the season’ - such as it is in the UK - some of the heat always goes out of the market.
  10. Steve S

    V11 UK values

    Yes I saw your bike Paradiso, I’ve bought restored and sold 15 V11s over the last 10 years and they are never easy to sell, never many for sale in the uk but not many buyers either
  11. 104F felt here in Tejas... 40 degC. I wear the full PPE when I ride, and it really feels like you are being in a casserole....
  12. p6x

    V11 UK values

    @Paradiso your assessment of the Guzzi market is exact. To me, the Guzzi have drawn interest from connoisseurs, more than those people who suddenly decide to purchase a retro looking motorcycle. Even when I was a young lad, riding about from race track to the other in Europe, Guzzis were rare. Those who had them were "different". They are not considered "hype" motorcycles by the vast majority of riders. Besides, they lack a bit of the exposure of the major brands. They are no longer in the racing group, not even in SBK. So when you quote you own a Moto Guzzi, you get a polite nod, and sometimes a few circumstantial questions, nothing more. The V11 is not vintage enough to be sought after by the "non serious" purchasers. This may change. @Steve S you may consider not replacing your Ballabio, but adding a V85TT to it?
  13. 29c today, NOT normal up here. IPA time, for sure. Cheers Tom Sent fra min SM-A505FN via Tapatalk
  14. In the UK V11 prices seem to be in a trough. You might have seen my V11 Tenni on EBay last week. Started at £3500. Had lots if watchers, but not one person came to view. If you look at sold items, a couple have realised £3000. Have you sold a few V11s over the years? I suppose Guzzi have always been a bit of a niche interest. It strikes me as crazy that someone would prefer to sink 4-6k into a worn out 80s Suzuki GT380 or 500. Sent from my SM-G925F using Tapatalk
  15. Just Guzzis in a dress
  16. Your in the right place then..I think everyone has been nominated at one time or another !
  17. I've got a Harbor Freight motorcycle tire changer, all set up with the Mojo Blocks and mounted on a pallet. I've done a bunch of tire changes on it, but recently upgraded to a No-Mar changer with a hitch mount for my truck. Free to whoever can come get it in Carlsbad, CA.
  18. Thanks for that. Yah, I slid a punch through the hole and rapped it with a wee ball pein hammer. Felt right solid, no play at all. Thanks for the replies! Once back apart, I'll suss the issue and post.
  19. So, there's this thang called Occam's Razor which is sometimes inaccurately paraphrased as "the simplest explanation is usually the best one." Without further ado, is that in this particular chapter of Dead V11, fotoguzzi wins the Occam's Razor award for nominating the kill switch as the culprit. I would also like to nominate myself for eejit of the year award for not checking the kill switch until suggested. I would like to apologise for wasting everybody's time, particularly that of Weegie (Bloody Hell, but those Magni's must be special machines!) for wearing his puir wee fingers to the nubs for typing his essay-like response. And of course, docc, for his input into either my 2nd or 3rd post that he has responded to. My thanks to all, along with that apology. If you need me, I'll be over in the corner, self-flagellating for my stupidity for not checking the kill switch... Ffs!!!
  20. Steve S

    V11 UK values

    I'm thinking about replacing my Ballabio with a new V85TT and wondering if people are actually paying the high asking prices for V11s in the UK 05 red Ballabio with 14k miles and loads of C/F upgrades and a new shock last week
  21. I think at some point it's either been installed wrong, or got hot and warped? Basically it sits in the recess but one edge fouls it a bit, even installed correctly there is some rotation where the bolt can be done up, enough that when I first tightened it it meant the bottom sump plate was a mm or so off and I couldn't get the bolts in. Maybe I should get a new one.
  22. A suggestion to try before you remove the side plate: push a screwdriver into the switch hole onto the cam plate. If you can feel the springiness of the banana plate bending, then it could mean the circlip is off.
  23. Oh bummer... out she comes. It's good you had the picture that shows the issue. I think I've done at least 5 of these buggers. You really have to be careful about each retaining clip - that it is 100% seated. If the clip twists a bit and one end doesn't go in the groove, the whole clip will work its way out during operation. This is such a PITA part to get out, that it's worth making the preselector go through the full range of shifts several times before installation. At least this is easier on a red-frame bike than a black-frame.
  24. Yes docc there's an issue there. The gears should sit flush. Like this. I magnified this image on my computer and they are def flush as I remembered them to be. Ciao
  25. If I understand correctly, every time the ECU starts our V11 the enrichening cycle runs for some specified number of RPM, even if the motor is actually up to operating temperature. (?)
  26. Well riding style and conditions have an effect of course but the cold start cycles are something I think people aren't necessarily aware of. The amount of fuel that gets thrown at the engine getting it up to temp esp in cold weather has a big impact on the range. I got caught out 20 years ago on my Aprilia RSV1000 when it ran dry about 20klm before usual and it was lucky to get 270klm out of a full tank of country riding so was marginal on fuel range as it was. I'd filled it up after the previous ride but then did 4 or 5 cold start cycles with little mileage and it caught me out on the next weekend ride. Always best to fill up at the start of the ride with a warm engine on the edge of the city for maximum range. The difference is very noticeable. Ciao
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