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  1. Behold! In sooth it is the turdy-most! An originally flatulent and boring motorcycle with the handling characteristics of an occasional table with castors, one of which is missing, the appearance of a 1940's Belgian croissant delivery cart that makes a noise like a parson farting in the bath. To compound it's horridness large parts of it are missing and acquiring them will mean you will have to spend time interacting with other owners of noxious, antiquated BMW's. Now if old Guzzi owners are notorious for their corn cob pipes and resistance to anything that even hints at modernity BMW owners are infinitely worse! Never mind the corn cob pipes, the BMW crowd all speak in high squeaky voices, have stained cardigans that stop, (Usually because the knitting is unraveling!) above their navels revealing their undergarments that are always covered in unmentionable stains! Their beige trousers have a crotch about at knee level and the bottoms of the legs are always frayed as they are far too long and as a result have been trodden on by their leatherette brothel-creepers. Often the trouser cuffs will have dogshit on them as well because these people are usually accompanied by small, yapping, dogs that crap everywhere. Crowning the whole lot will be a tartan Tam-o-shanter that looks like it's been farted on by a horse. When you talk to these people it's always important to wear at least a mask but preferably an airtight helmet of some sort as they are incapable of normal speech and their shrill utterances are always accompanied by torrents of spittle and half digested food. If you do, mistakenly, go ahead with such a purchase it must be remembered that within 18 months you too will resemble the type of person portrayed above! I'm sorry, but it is inevitable and cannot be avoided. Remember. Just say 'No' to BMW's. It's for your own good.
    12 points
  2. 12 points
  3. OK... we're posting Scura pics? I'll play. As for the Stones... wow, just wow that they are touring. I don't know if I am more surprised that Keith Richards or Ozzy Osborne are still with us... but they both gave us some great music. Speaking of music... maybe this would be a good time to put some aftermarket pipes on that Texas Scura?
    9 points
  4. Cheer up, y'all . . . https://www.motorkari.cz/clanky/clanky-divka-mesice/monika-moto-guzzi-stelvio-tt-13264.html?kid=9791
    8 points
  5. 29c today, NOT normal up here. IPA time, for sure. Cheers Tom Sent fra min SM-A505FN via Tapatalk
    7 points
  6. Hello from the Sunshine Coast (Canada!) I love these bikes and have just acquired my second, an '01 greenie. Looking forward to the ample TLC she requires and then riding! cheers!
    7 points
  7. It feels like as long as the chain is in tension from the motor accelerating, she pulls awesomely. Stellar. Try to just roll along at some singular rpm and she hiccups like the St. Vitus Dance the Veglia speedometer used to do. While I would prefer to be accelerating all the time, it is not always possible. Or permissible. (Always planning my 200.000 kilometer service interval. I even noticed a little wet spot on the timing chest to get me more worked up . . . . . . OOOH! A LITTLE WET SPOT! BETTER GET SOME CARUSO GEARS! )
    6 points
  8. No, it won't. Nowhere near, but.... if you are seeing significant scatter on the spark and can't justify the cost of a gear set there is now, apparently, a Valtek type blade tensioner available that fits the V11 donk. I can't remember exactly what the issue was with the earlier tensioner. Probably something to do with its mounting. The thing is though that a properly tensioned chain is probably as good as most people need. That isn't to suggest that Joe's gears aren't the 'Duck's Guts' and the gold standard. Quite simply they are! But they aren't the only option and it depends on how obsessed you are with chasing 'Mechanical Nirvana'.
    6 points
  9. The owner just sent me a text. He will let me have the ruins for $1500; I politely declined. Since the bike is parked in front of his house, I am going to monitor how long it takes before he manages to find someone to purchase it.
    6 points
  10. Proud to have won "Best in Show" at 2021 National MG Rally held in Swanzey, NH with my 1973 MG 850 Eldorado. This was my first street motorbike, bought it in July 1978, restored in 2020. Thus began my love of all things Moto Guzzi.
    6 points
  11. Under no circumstances cap that port off. The fuel map is designed to meter fuel at a pressure dictated by the regulator which controls that pressure via a bladder with spring pressure on one side and atmospheric pressure on the other. Plugging the vent will seal the bladder from atmospheric pressure and affect the delivery pressure. It was originally used on other applications to regulate fuel pressure to inlet pressure but everyone abandoned the idea early in the piece. The very first injected ducati 851's used it but then discarded the connection. Ciao
    6 points
  12. Kinda spooky stopping in at the Lodge at Tellico to the empty garage. Only The Ghost of SpineRaids Past . . .
    6 points
  13. A couple other aspects of the evolution of the South'n SpineRaid come to mind . . . This idea* started in 2004 when my warranty was up, my dealer was out, and I had only ever seen one other V11 Sport (and that dude had sold his). I figured it would be good to gather these up and compare notes. That has turned out to be an awesome benefit of the South'n Spine Raid! For a while, a "Tech(nical)Session" was pre-planned. We measured reardrive temperatures relative to gear lube selection, measured the offsets of swingarms, performed "Decent Tune-ups", and so on. After a time, it became apparent that someone's V11 already has a TechSession cooked up for us and will reveal itself. That's when the motto became "Get There. Bring Tools." Originally, I thought the location should be easily accessible from all directions. For a couple years, we met at a nice motel by the interstate with a restaurant across the parking lot. After that closed, we wandered around for a few years before settling on the cabins that are The Lodge at Tellico. The proximity to great riding, enclosed garage, and comfortable common area remain a good mix. "Dry" counties have been avoided as the post-ride gathering times are essential to the mission. Another feature that changed over time is the format for Saturday. After a series of incidents (nothing serious), I stopped planning and "leading" a group ride. Raiders are encouraged to study the area and gather in squad-size groups (from solo to four or five). This served to enhance safety, relax the atmosphere, and really charges the story telling under the pavilion on Saturday night since folks went off on so many different adventures and experiences. Win-win! It would be really great to see other Spine Raids. After all, it's just an idea, but without any intellectual property®©™ strings attached . . .
    6 points
  14. Wouldn't that be something? That this "South'n Spine Raid" is becoming its 17th might suggest that there actually might be a "recipe for a successful raid" does beg the question . . . There is this (but there is more) . . . This is not a rally, event, or function of V11LeMans.com. It is an idea about riding, or meeting interested people. It is an idea only. There is no plan, no registration, no stickers, T-shirts, merchandise, door prizes, meals, poker runs, routes, organization, or support. Just discussion and sharing. There is no affiliation or responsibility, expressed or implied, with or by V11Lemans.com, its owner(s), Administrators, moderators, members, pets, pocket mice, or any other entity. If being at The US Appalachian Divide in September feels like a good idea to you, look forward to sharing ideas. The idea of ideas has been around for a while. I do love George Bernard Shaw's take: "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."
    6 points
  15. I think I saw one. Once. The light was dim and the moment, fleeting . . . There could have been mushrooms involved . . .
    6 points
  16. 277 mile/ 447 km shakedown ride for the South'n SpineRide nine weeks out. Trying to sort the high-end Garmin sat-nav that remains an aggravation. Slow rolling through a town at around 3,000 rpm, I kept feeling a blast of air against my left knee every time she stumbled. Sometimes we replace the intake boots just because they look cracked, but aren't really split. This split was obvious and didn't look anything like the common, worrisome cracks - 13 years/ 62,000 mile/100.000 km . . .
    6 points
  17. 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!!!
    5 points
  18. Mine came with Staintunes. Pretty throaty, but not obnoxious. Db killers out. With them, it is just so wrong. Recently rotated them up for a little more spiff.
    5 points
  19. If you did not know what to do, each year, you can run the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas; the tour runs from March 15th until November 15th of the current year. There are 50 stops to make distributed inside the state, and you are considered a tour finisher if you complete at least 25 of them. Here's the interactive map of the stops! Registration for 2021 closed on February 28th, opened to all bike brands. I intend to make as many stops as possible, so far I made 3, the third completed today. I started with the easy ones, those located around Houston. I will update the thread as I find it will incentivize me to do as many as I can. There are 50 stops total, and some events which allow you to meet other participants. there are 1250 participants to the 2021 tour; many of them from other states, not necessarily border either. I am flag 1001 which is a number that fits perfectly as it can be read in both directions. The bikes' brands are not shown, so I do not know how many Moto Guzzi there are, out of them, if there are any V11. Another reason for this thread, if any reading it are doing the tour this year. Anyway, here's my three stops so far. I will adding them as I go, to see if I can get as far as possible. This is my 1st stop: Brenham. This is the second stop: Navasota This is my third stop: Anchor blown 1 mile away Texas City. I rode it in the full of typical Texas weather, around 100 degF feel, and I am able to confirm the V11 does not like it hot!!!
    5 points
  20. Properly adjusted, it should have little to no effect discernable by the rider. It is intended to offer minimal resistance to normal velocity steering inputs, but resist those which are too rapid and not seen in normal riding, i.e. wobbles. Consider a bucket of putty or any thick, but fluid substance. You can slowly move your fist through it from top to bottom. But try to punch through it and it becomes almost solid - fluid dynamics at work. And just so the damper resists rapid, potentially dangerous oscillations in steering input.
    5 points
  21. As far forward as you can get. Grasp the tank with your knees. No weight on the bars, elbows bent. Late turn in, flick into the corner and add power all the way through the corner. The machine wants to be stable. The less you mess with it other than adding power through the corner, the better it likes it. It is a very good handling motorcycle.. Edit: Oh, forgot. 5000 to 6000 rpm is the sweet spot..
    5 points
  22. Another very simple adjustment is tire pressure. Over this long time, and 58 tires, I firm the rear pressure over the front 40/35 PSI.
    5 points
  23. I hope that I am not going to offend anybody.... This is an old "for adult cartoons" French magazine, which only cost six Francs, so a very old one indeed. As you can see, the choice of the bike and individuals correspond; Prolo is short for Proletaire or Proletarian in English... the guy wears an overall, which symbolized that.
    5 points
  24. .....a variation of the musical relay game. Next time remember to dance around the bike rattling chicken bones. Good MoJo.
    5 points
  25. The gears will actually give you a bigger wet spot.
    5 points
  26. I only designed the one plate for 'Broad Sump' engines and it fits all models. If the plagiarists who stole the design have changed it slightly it would be unnecessary. I believe, from memory, that the later plates have a slightly longer dipstick slot to prevent the stick fouling on the plate but apart from that my design never changed when I was manufacturing them.
    5 points
  27. For the bikes I have not installed 90 degree stems I made one of these. Fits in your pocket or anywhere else. Dual foot air chuck end with a Schrader valve installed. Paul B
    5 points
  28. Having restored several Airheads myself and also being a V11 owner, I can make the following comments. 1. The bike pictured is a POS, most worrysome is the obvious rusting and Alu rust on the engine cases. Odds that the internals are in good working shape are low. 2. On the + side, BMW is VERY GOOD about parts availability for old bikes. That is why I switched over to BMW from Honda. When I needed to restore my Honda GL1200A, being more than 10 years old, Honda basically told me to pound sand for parts. Ebay helps, but there is only so far it will go. I have never ordered an old BMW part yet and been told NLA. 3. The V11 will literally run circles around an Airhead, mostly because the Airhead spends so many more miles wobbling as is goes down the road. 4. A well sorted Airhead is STONE reliable. Absolutely unbreakable. Easy to fix if you manage to break something. My Airhead R100GS is simply an awesome bike for touring and exploring in Mexico, it will never let you down. If the motor turns and the gearbox shifts, maybe spend $250 on it. Expect to spend 3-4K and many sweat hours to restore. When done, it will be worth about the 3-4K you put into it. Recommendation, many Airhead owners are past their riding days or dead. Look for a nicely maintained one being sold by a spouse who hasn't checked the KBB valuation.
    5 points
  29. A little bit of simple green or C18 truck wash. you dont need much around 3% is enough. I used petrol with some injector cleaner to clean the injectors in my small jewellery ultrasonic bath. I also had it connected up to a 6volt battery supply to hold the injector open while it was cleaning. It was such a dodgy thing to do (outside in the full open air I might add) I stood by with a fire extinguisher the whole time. I was thinking as it was working that this is the sort of practice that ends up on the nightly news. I'm making a home made safe injector cleaner now. Ciao
    5 points
  30. Well said men...think it's just the "brutish" feel I like best. If I'm going to ride on a large engine, sandwiched between two wheels, I'd like to experience that sensation of the engine, smells, vibration, view and look of the engine, body etc. If I want something quiet/smooth, I'll hop in my car. My 96 Buell S1 also provides a great experience - it's raucous, loud, simple, lightweight and handles beautifully - really cool little bike. Sort of a Ducati Monster, powered by a breathed-on Harley 1200 Sportster motor...
    5 points
  31. Yep, if you aren't having fun with your toys, you don't have the right toys.
    5 points
  32. My 2003 Black framed burgundy Sport is one of my favorites, the ride is sublime, and it feels just a tad more planted on high speed sweepers compared to the Red frames. I guess that’s the extra fame bracing of the black frame
    5 points
  33. I am going to Murray for my first meeting to schedule everything . I want them both fixed a the same time . Be in prayer for me this goes PERFECTLY ! I can hardly walk as it is .
    5 points
  34. A couple of weeks ago in the Belgian Ardennes....
    5 points
  35. Since buying the bike, I have been making small changes that better suit me. Motobits pegs are in a box, as are the H&B bags and rack. Brought the bars down, added some Ken Sean bar-end mirrors and adjustable shorty levers. LED headlamp and signals - the taillight was LED when I bought it. But the Staintunes were at the stock height and width - good for passengers and bags, but a little vulnerable in slow maneuvering and backing. So, examining the lead-in pipe, it appeared to me that the cans could be slid a little further onto the X-over and then the entire unit rotated up and in at the rear. Did a test repositioning and it looked plausible. Kinda mid-mount. This pic shows the difference. For hangers, what I settled on were some M5 stainless marine closed body turnbuckles. Rated at 900 Kg/1980 Lbs, I figured they were up to the task of suspending a 4 Lb can. A little cutting, grinding, heating and bending, enlarging the mount holes from M5 in stages to M7.5 and hand filing with a round file so an M8 bolt would just slip through, leaving a bit more meat around the bolts. Then dug out the white buffing compound and shined them up. Snugged them up and the install leaves the bike looking a little cleaner, and lighter (almost ANYTHING will do that!). A less homely rear hugger is next. Overall, I'm pleased and I can even hear the music slightly better now.
    5 points
  36. Sehr gut. Sehr klar. What I did was attach two VOM terminals to the non-terminated leads on the breakout harness. Just one less fiddly thing for my old fumble-fingers to do.
    5 points
  37. What with the surprising results I got from simply cleaning my leaking fork seals, I added this to The Checklist . . .
    5 points
  38. Rather than start a new thread, I'll just append to this one. I've installed my Caruso gears, I'll add a sound file if I can figure out how to do that after it's on the ground. I was surprised at how much sludge was in the bottom of the front chaincase. I'm now installing my own Roper Plate, we'll see what the bottom of the pan looks like. Also, I discovered that my cam sensor clearance is...frighteningly close. .002" or so, but with zero witness marks on the sensor after 15k miles I'll not touch it. Whoopsy- imagine my surprise when I actually got the centerpunch and drill straight enough to save the original threads.
    5 points
  39. Wilbers shock remote pre load adjuster. How you can sell a bike with genuine pillion capacity without a simple method of rear preload adjustment is beyond me. Ciao
    4 points
  40. I replaced mine with Honda CBR600F4 mirrors as suggested here: https://www.motorcyclelife.eu/bikes/past-projects/moto-guzzi-sport-1100i/ They are much better than the originals.
    4 points
  41. Yesterday, i rode about 200 miles with my nephew, who agreed to leave his beloved MV F4 at home so we could go out on my Scura and my 89 LeMans 1000. I wanted to ride them back to back on the same roads, so we swapped bike after burgers and chocolate malts at Frosty Freeze in Pine Valley. The Scura has the blade tensioner, and the LeMans has Caruso's gears. I had not heard about a blade tensioner failure until today, so it makes me feel better about converting some hard earned $$$$ into £££ (USD to GBP is about 4:3 currently) for Joe's gears. As for the running of the bikes: BLADE: when I put the blade tensioner in the Scura it idled better and just seemed overall smoother. The difference was noticeable even on what was still basically a new motor at the time (only has 14,000 on it now). The blade makes some cool whining noises, but as we know noise=wear. The original tensioner seems a bit too relaxed and weak to make much of a difference when a heavy chain is slinging past it. GEARS: The gears do not make any noise on the LeMans. This is a carbureted bike, but it starts super easy, and the idle does not fluctuate. The PO said the gears made a huge improvement, especially in starting. This bike has several other mods, and I have never ridden a stock version, so that's about as much insight as I can offer. And as for other comparison notes on the ride, basically, they are both cool, but in different ways. One more thing, in case it hasn't been mentioned... if you take the timing cover off, be sure the use one of the metai gaskets (not paper) when you reinstall it. I think you can get them from MG Cycle. Not a bad idea to pop a new rotor seal in at the same time, just in the interest of preventative maintenance.
    4 points
  42. I saw about 20 seconds. Clean your headers with a toothbrush? It's still stainless? Right? Man, I'm 67 years old. My time ain't his time.
    4 points
  43. The idle MV setting is a "guide only" not a specific requirement. It's only so you can set the idle screw to a start point after you've had the Butterflys fully closed to set the TPS and have a rough idle position to begin the tuning process. Ciao
    4 points
  44. A few wraps of black electrical tape will tame a boot leak until it can be replaced. This is also helpful as a diagnosis - if it runs better after getting taped up, then you have identified the leak - even if you can't see the crack.
    4 points
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