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  1. Wow, it seems like such a long time since autumn . . . Finally! (just watch out for all that winter road gravel . . .)
    10 points
  2. Evening All! So I had a little wiring issue with my wee Monza, and decided to draw out a coloured wiring diagram to gain some control over the problem. Went marvellously- all sorted now yay. I ended up enjoying it so much that I decided to draw out the V11 diagram in colour too. So, if any of you fine gentlemen would like a copy of this let me know. It’s been a tough year, that’s for sure, so no charge for this unless you’re feeling flush and want to punt a few quid my way. I’ve gained enough from this forum over the past few years not to feel greedy at all. Looking
    8 points
  3. Peering at a fuse box in a Scottish factory, he said: “It looks as though it was put in by an Indian.” He later backtracked: “I meant to say cowboys.” ...I remember well the media beat up outrage at this infamous Prince Philip quip - but the deft recovery reported a few days later made it all the more infinitely hilarious - an absolute classic!! He was a great irreverent wag - the Queen will miss that for sure! End of an era HRH.
    8 points
  4. After the short frame bikes they got fat, porky, and ponderous. Real men with big balls ride the "short frame". Old codgers tend to go for the fat lardy long frame version. Ciao
    8 points
  5. OK guys, the T3 California was completed in record time for me, 7 months. Usually it takes me 7 years! I have about 50 miles on it and it runs perfectly! A most enjoyable project.
    8 points
  6. One more from Anglers Rest / outside the Blue Duck Inn. Cheers Guzzler
    7 points
  7. Today (and yesterday): Proper cleaning Installed a pair of Angel GTs (with my new hitch-mount NoMar tire changer) Flushed clutch fluid and both brakes (I thanked myself for installing speed bleeders a while ago) Cleaned the brake calipers and pistons Changed transmission oil and rear drive Dropped the pan during oil change since it had been sitting idle so long. For entertainment, here is an easy way to bleed the rear caliper (while you have the wheel off).
    6 points
  8. April 2, that's early up here. 11c and sun, Great. Cheers Tom Sent fra min SM-A505FN via Tapatalk
    6 points
  9. The first coffee ( heart starter ) on Sunday!
    6 points
  10. G'day folk's I was looking for something the other day and stumbled upon this old Instamatic photo from 1977. Sorry about the quality! This bloody thing was my second bike after teaching myself to ride on my first,a Suzuki RV75 Van Van ( yep the one with the balloon tyres ). I swore I'd never take the wee zook off road and remember 60 k's an hour feeling bloody fast. Yep , sure enough I ended up taking it off-road! After about a year, my cousin got wind of another rider in the family and dropped round to see what was what.He raced a heavily modified CR125 in loc
    6 points
  11. Gotta love the local council's sense of understatement ! Cheers Guzzler
    6 points
  12. The Marabese V11 Sport is a pure work of art! Grazie, Maestro!
    6 points
  13. No , when you start drawing your own diagrams , you are getting better . Keep it up . You will only get better . Use the V11 diagram to compare with and judge your work with . Also , take your diagram to an office store , have it enlarged & laminated .
    5 points
  14. I replaced my leaky BiTubo at about 68,000 miles in August 2009 with a Japanese Shindy (SHIN-juh) standard length/oval body (17-001). It's nicely made and comes with fresh end joints (ball joints/Heim joints/Rose joints . . . ) that have tiny grease fittings on them. Only 58,000 miles on it these eleven years, but staying "flash." http://www.shindypro.com/ss.html
    5 points
  15. Well it ended up being the TPS. The new one came in, installed it, and went for a spin. It was wonderful! The sputtering/burping/hiccuping has been eliminated and the bike did great on a 20 mile loop under varied loads and speeds. Time to enjoy the bike!
    5 points
  16. Pretty interesting to study through 78 images with good light and decent resolution. The bike is very well presented (well, you know: "bringatrailer"). The text is maybe 99% correct, yet with a few notable omissions that say the seller doesn't really know what's been done to the bike. Gonna be interesting to see the final sale price. I reckon the Coppa Italia is one of the two most desirable V11 (along with the Rosso Corsa). They are not my cuppa, yet I remain fantastically mystified that a finely fettled (ie: expertly molested), silver (like a Gambalunghino!), early RedFrame (Telaio Ross
    5 points
  17. 2004 cafe sport Added ground wire to regulator casing Installed some swank Rizoma fluid resevoirs Removed air box and installed aluminum velocity stacks with K&N filter. Found ground stud on case loose Replaced broken fast idle cable Recrimped start circuit bullet connectors under the tank Bike seems ALOT more responsive with the velocity stacks and filters Starter has alot more umph with the loose ground tightened Still waiting on headers without the crossover and will install thr carbon fiber timing cover when i do.... I r
    5 points
  18. Same morning at the Upper Yarra Reservoir
    5 points
  19. This is the kind of thing that keeps me fueling up my Sport and ripping along the creekways and across the ridges.
    5 points
  20. The Boggy Creek or Curdievale Pub. Site of the Laverda and Moto Guzzi club rally ( Piss up !!) 2020. This was taken the morning after when all was quiet whilst consuming over coffees and Bacon/egg rolls before heading off on the 400 k ride home. Cheers Guzzler
    5 points
  21. ok, here's one... 1971 separated US Army early May. This was taken late fall same year. My hair used to grow fast. When I got out I bought the fastest thing I could find. A '69 Mach III. A couple things of note... This was taken at Geist Reservoir outside Indianapolis, when it was owned by the good citizens of Indiana and the water Co. as a resource for water. Then the inevitable... You can't get near the water now unless you walk out someone back door. All private property. All very big $. My fatigue shirt shows signs of the remnants of the heavy starch we used to have done for
    5 points
  22. Well, I was talking to myself on my ride today, trying to ride the Stelvio like a sport bike on my 200 miles loop to Borrego Springs. On the way home, I balanced out the 3 cases with a 10 pound bag of oranges in each, along with avocados, tangerines, onions, ginger, and cinnamon. I love the fruit and veggie stands out in Pauma Valley. Perfect spring day in San Diego County - hot in the desert, there was still some snow on top of Mount Palomar, and ocean breezes at home. Another thing I like about the Stelvio - 8 gallon tank. If I had left with it full, I could have done that loop easily withou
    5 points
  23. Tom's Le Mans in the act (sweeeeeeet, buddy!):
    5 points
  24. https://ibb.co/Qc1Z13k https://ibb.co/X7QnMQK Got out on the 02 LeMans for a short meetup with a few friends. Turned over the odo to 3300 miles. Such a sweet stock ride!
    5 points
  25. I saw some pure copper commemorative coins about the size of a silver dollar for a dollar. Thought, "hmmm, I'm tired of fighting those stupid connections.. made a couple of angled brackets. Cheap. (Guzzi content)
    5 points
  26. Oh, easy! You just need to get all those pesky extra parts out of the way to get the Q-Tips into the tight spots . . .
    5 points
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  28. I ordered a few of these today - nicest design I've seen so far. They have 80 other items with this design, from sweatshirts to duvet covers (surprise the wife!): https://www.redbubble.com/i/sticker/Moto-Guzzi-100-Years-by-GuzzistaVikings/69960271.JCQM3?ref=product-title&utm_campaign=2019_orderconfirmation_transactional_en&utm_medium=email&utm_source=RB&utm_term=44567697
    5 points
  29. Awesome. That's doing it up right.. We faced the East and a little South.. raised our very best bourbon, and sang "Happy Birthday" in 2 part harmony. (I also told Luigi he sucked.)
    5 points
  30. I meant to post this yesterday, but let’s just say celebrating got away from me. In fact, I’m glad Kathi’s in Alexandria with some of the grands, as some of the “rest, residue, & remainder” are still painfully with me this afternoon. Anyway, here’s a tailored version of how I spent most of yesterday in an Moto Guzzi centenary celebration … by improving the Moto Grappa. For years, I have wanted to have a concrete pad at the front. I often made fun of visiting Guzzisti who fretted about the gravel approach. But, if the truth must be known from time to time,
    5 points
  31. Well, no tyres to be had in Dubbo so I rode it home, gently..... Rear tyre is now as bald as a badger's arse but not down to the cords. so much win! It really was a great trip, (Appart from Greg busting himself up!) I really enjoyed it, even though a lot of the road was boring. I'm sure now that I'll enjoy touring on this rig. It gives me a great incentive to actually fix the carburetion properly!
    5 points
  32. I wouldn't be happy with just bleeding the system after a failure. Consider flushing it completely. If you have a little syringe, you can draw all the old fluid out of the reservoir and fill it with new - that will reduce the amount of flushing you need to do. FWIW, I just did this yesterday as I am getting mine back on the road. I used Motul DOT 5.1 fluid in place of DOT 4. (not DOT 5, which is not compatible). It's best to have a helper to squeeze the lever while you work the wrench and monitor the fluid. To keep the hose on the bleeder and avoid making a mess, use a zip tie.
    4 points
  33. Meant to post a slideshow of pix of installation, etc., but forgot. Here they are. Moto Grappa & Moto Gomme Open the link to see in "collage;" hover cursor over pix for captions. All best viewed in slideshow mode. Peter Youngblood is a Guzzista saint. Bill
    4 points
  34. Am guessing that the slave might be the weak link. Either quickly in my case, or over time as in yours, air is seeping in. First time in history that something leaks into a Guzzi.
    4 points
  35. @KINDOY2 shared this with me when he noticed the bassman plays a Fender so like my new one. Thanks, man!
    4 points
  36. Yes. It is commonly accepted knowledge that the stock air box is preferred. Guzzi put a lot of work into making the flow optimal, a long time ago. It's not just a box, it's an integral piece of the intake system. It is surely the 'tuner friendly' way to go. That said, Dr. John Wittner, who was instrumental in development of the spine frame, succeeded in putting Guzzi back in the racing limelight for a short time in the 80's, certainly used V stacks on at least some of his bikes. It can be done right, I just don't care enough to do it. I'd be interested in reading anyone's outcomes using p
    4 points
  37. "What? No, I don't smell anything"
    4 points
  38. Guareschi celebra i 100 anni con una special. https://www.omnimoto.it/news/499066/moto-guzzi-guareschi-100-anni-special-anticipazioni/
    4 points
  39. You know how the YouTube Rabbit Hole goes. You start searching videos on replacing fork seals and removing snap rings and click on something diversionary, but interesting. Then you see your bass on stage with a Gold Top Les Paul. And Beth Hart. "Whole Lotta Love!" - indeed....
    4 points
  40. @chamberlin! Glad to see you!!!! You're shopping???
    4 points
  41. The tire smudge is the light point to be matched up the the heavy wheel point (valve stem)?
    4 points
  42. Three nations disconnected by a common language..
    4 points
  43. Those are the factory LaFranchoni on the LeMans. Original levers, Vacuum tube still attached to the intakes, front side reflectors intact. Looks good. Right, so, a 2005 original-looking LeMans with 31,000 miles for $5200US? Hmmmm . . . Is there definitely a "5" in the tenth character of the VIN? (2005 models were not many AFAIK.)
    4 points
  44. Unfortunately I don't have a pic of myself with my first motorcycle, but see a stock photo below. Yeah, a Bridgestone 175 Street Scrambler! Hahahahaha! I actually did try to ride it off road while accompanying my older brother on a Baja trip. The ribbed front tire left a little to be desired in the soft sand two tracks. I used nearly half of my one and only student loan to buy the little rotary valve twin screamer in 1970. It was followed by tens of other bikes, including for real dirt pounders. Now down to a 2005 DR650 and 2004 V11 Naked as the riding chapter winds down to a close. Tot
    4 points
  45. The bevelbox on the CARC system is generally pretty robust. The one Achilles Heel it has is the light preload on the pinion bearings supplied by the nut and the fact that it is held there simply by a lockwasher. For some bizarre reason Guzzi don't Loctite it and if the bearings settle or wear the preload is lost, the nut comes loose and things go pear shaped fairly quickly. First symptom will be noise from the final drive on the over-run. If you notice this stop riding immediately. Not only could it preceed a catastrophic failure but also if you stop it there and then it may well be possi
    4 points
  46. I will go this year, definitely maybe
    4 points
  47. A proposito di birra ... A proposito di birra ...
    4 points
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