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  1. This is about as "before" as it gets. Day One: August 3 , 2000 . . .
    9 points
  2. Throttle body balance today for the “grape ape” at Twiggers in Loughborough. Although they haven’t sold new Guzzi’s for several years, and the retail part of the business is now closed, their workshop is open for repairs & servicing. There aren’t many independent Guzzi specialists left in the UK, and I value being only 15 miles away
    8 points
  3. thank you very much, I'm getting past the financial hit and taking it as a steep learning curve about buying bikes online. in reality I am very excited about this bike. I have rescued numerous sport bikes, so the condition doesn't scare me. what really impresses me about guzzi ownership is the owners. So far the people I have met are very passionate about their bikes. I don't think there is any other brand with so many one owner bikes. Fortunately for me i have two fantastic guzzi dealers within a few hundred miles of me. i will post up more pictures and details when i get the bike home. thanks!!
    7 points
  4. I've been waiting to fill my rear drive until my Chevron Delo Gear ESI 85w140 came in. Today was the day. First thing I noticed is that considering the labelled viscosity, it seems pretty loose in the container. Far sloshier than a heavy conventional gear oil. <wary look> Visually it's darkish golden, not much different than other lubes. No particular smell. I added ~255-260cc to my dry, clean gearbox. While hard to see through the fill hole, it's quite obviously far above the 'level plug' on the back of the box, and someone has probably figured out before that the level hole *might* be correct if it was horizontal to the ground with the axle. Turning the wheel, the oil appears thinner than the Redline heavy shockproof I had in it, as well as the Lucas/moly additive just lastly. But it also carries up the gear well and leaves a heavier coat than I expected. All my research says this should be as good as it gets, and has alien magical properties unknown to lesser oils. I'd say 'we'll see' about how well it works, but truth is there hasn't been any shortcoming in previous oils to compare to. <shrug> I feel good about it, which is about all we ever get to say about gear oils.
    7 points
  5. Hi, 2002 Scura for sale. Second owner, 8100 miles, very good condition, runs well, recent service. Lower kit for gearshift and rear brake. I have rear seat cover (not pictured). Asking $4500. In northern NJ, please contact me v11@kretz.net if interested.
    7 points
  6. Shakedown begins for the Eighteenth South'n Spine Raid, less than four months out now. Fresh front tire (#26 + 35 rear + the two that came on it = tire #63 for this Sport), new front wheel bearings (only the second replacements), cleaned the calipers/ pistons, silicone greased pins, fresh brake fluid (in 20 months went from <1% water to >3 %).
    6 points
  7. They don't call it 'a spare tire' for nothing lol
    6 points
  8. Rosso Corsa in Matlock Bath today, parked by the old red telephone kiosk as usual
    6 points
  9. Picked my Rosso Corsa up from Twiggers in Loughborough today, following throttle body balance & fixing a slow puncture that was due to a leaky valve. Great ride back home, with the bike more responsive than ever
    6 points
  10. I unloaded this new companion to my good old black buddy. Hope we all age gracefully together Black buddy will get some nice carbon parts and a new Lightscreen to feel proper next to T078.
    6 points
  11. I had a similar situation after putting the Ram Clutch in the Scrua..The friction plate is slightly thicker..One of the things I did was to zip tie the clutch lever pulled to the bars and leave it while not riding it for the first several rides..I've done this with other bikes and it does help a little bit if their is any air bubbles in the line in clutch or brakes...over night they can slowly rise to the top. Another thing is , How many miles do you have on the new clutch? after I rode mine I noticed mine would just get slightly better and not drag as much and it began to find neutral a little easier.., I even intentionally slipped the clutch a little more than usual on occasion, It was suggested by an older and highly regarded mechanic friend of mine that it would get better after a couple of hundred miles..and it did...its about 80% better to the point it doesn't bother me at all anymore...... My 2 Cents
    6 points
  12. While ZDDP is known to be *good* my bet is there are now other additives that will offer equal or even superior protection. Oil is good. I use it otherwise my engines squeak.
    6 points
  13. Good suggestions there. An electric heat gun can slowly heat the pan to 100-120°C without causing any damage. Remember that it gets to that temperature normally on a hot day in slow traffic. An infrared thermometer lets you check. It will take a while,as the castings are very thermally conductive, so you will be heating the crank case too. The heat softens most sealants and glues. Then gradual force from wood or plastic wedges can progressively open gaps for more wedges. BTW, thanks @docc for keeping this forum from going toxic. The world needs good moderators.
    5 points
  14. Here’s my V11. One-off exhaust and exhaust hangers. Aqua dipped hugger. Racing ECU. Absolutely gorgeous! Had to paste a link because otherwise the pic had to be too grainy. https://1drv.ms/u/s!AmC04kaAl5HQlNM9IFliCk9pyFt14A?e=BRZ3Vn
    5 points
  15. Friday afternoon off and friends to meet at our country-store/Best Reuben in the World hangout. On the way home, got this shot of a couple old, greasy smokers parked next to one another . . .
    5 points
  16. My friends Mike and George went down to Quail a week ago to show off George's Ducati. Mike made a little video about it as he's apt to do. There were a ton of Guzzis down there so I thought I'd share it with y'all. There will be a part 2 to the video that will probably come out next Sunday.
    5 points
  17. Just a post to say hello, hope you all ok. Me and the guzzi are going well, there is so much info on this site there is nothing I can ever add. but thanks.
    5 points
  18. I finally got a decent ride out of the old girl today! I was putting a speedbleeder in the clutch piston, and after removing the swingarm I found the bearings were seized solid 😠. Like totally solid. The pivot nubs must’ve been rotating independently within the races. You try and do one little job eh? So, once more unto the pluckin breach then! Those bearings are b*stards straight from satan’s worse dreams. I had forgotten I’d done this job on my last v11; must’ve blanked it for sanity’s sake… But, new bearings in (lovely fag ones- fags are so nice haha) and blow me down but i think the rear suspension is actually working as it should now. I kept wondering why I wasn’t feeling confident in the corners before but now we’re back in business!
    5 points
  19. I developed this exact problem on my '04 Ballabio last year. It occurred after a particularly high speed burst on the motorway. In my case, it was indeed air in the system. I bled the slave cylinder but also installed a bleeder banjo bolt on the master cylinder at the high point of the hydraulic system. Made of titanium, it is of excellent quality and not all that costly. A good addition in any event.
    5 points
  20. I found getting anything near a reliable reading next to impossible, especially with the Roper plate in situ which can catch the dipstick. I followed Phil's advice on my HiCam and Sporti (the V11 broadsump should be the same) and "overfilled" to just below the level of the Roper Plate which you can see by looking through the dipstick hole. This works a treat for me and I have not experienced any problems with pressurization
    5 points
  21. My wife and I rode the Indian down to Tellico Plains TN and rode the Cherohala Skyway last weekend. Out of nowhere the temps rose over 85 degrees, but overall the weather was nice w no rain showers. We stayed at the Farmhouse Inn, can't say enough about Kyle and Laura's hospitality from a motorcycle riders perspective. Kyle is a Adventure rider, MotoGP & Nicky Hayden super fan. He also GPS logs trails around Tellico for adventure riding, with a Youtube Channel Tellico Adventure Trail. He and Laura ride two up all the time on his 950 Ducati Multistrada. Laura made home made breakfast and the whole INN was spotlessly clean, can't say enough, 6 stars out of 5. As for the ride, we rode over to Tapoco Lodge for lunch, where TVA was letting out extra water, so the atmosphere was wonderful watching kayakers hit the currents right in front of our tables, literally. Nicole and I met with Mark/Tina who we haven't seen since before COVID, they rode up from North GA, very nice lunch. We also seemed to leap frog a large group of Porsche's on the skyway who later ate at the Lodge for lunch.
    5 points
  22. I did all the purchases from "The nut place" 6605 Gessner Road, Houston, TX 77040-4015; They have all metric fasteners in stock, stainless too, they also have a machine shop, they can do fabrication. Nice and friendly people. I recommend.
    4 points
  23. While I like those, to me that is crazy money for one. I don't see it as being worth that much, not as a motorcycle. But I think they are looking to sell it as a museum piece more so then as a motorcycle. I don't buy museum pieces, I prefer motorcycles. I will say I remember being pretty impressed by the fit and finish of the RC30 when it was new. But for that money I would buy an MGS01. It is a much rarer bike, better looking, and cooler. https://seattleusedbikes.com/motorcycle/2004-moto-guzzi-mgs-01-corsa [docc copied/pasted Image Link]
    4 points
  24. Ok so I've had to delete my last post on this because it was wrong. I have established without doubt that the later V11 sport triple clamps are indeed "canted" or more correctly have a built in negative rake. You can fairly easily check what your bike has by a measurement insitu. I have a new set of the later black triples and you can confirm by measuring the steering stem hole location in the bottom clamp. If you measure from the edge of the stem hole OD to the front and aft edges of the oval flat face the newer raked clamps measure 11mm and 16mm respectively where the older 0 rake forks measure 13mm and 14mm. So Guzzi have moved the stem forward 2mm in the new lower triple clamps effectively steepening the angle in the lower clamp and left the top clamp the same. So 40mm offset on the top clamp and 38mm for the lower. They have of course machined the fork leg bores at a fractional angle to allow for this so you cant mix and match new and old clamps. Here's an image of a later clamp base and you can see the stem hole is obviously off set on the machined flat face. The earlier lower clamps have the stem hole more centred by 2mm. The effect of this negative offset is to give the bike more trail. How much I don't know but it may also clear up some of the wheel base question marks as well between the bikes which I think have been discussed aside from the long/short frame variations.
    4 points
  25. I got one of the first run in zinc chromate green more as a treasure and part of my pledge to support this community whenever possible. MySport was shifting fine, yet when I installed the ShiftExtender I noticed a significant improvement. Plus, it just looks cool-as-hell . . .
    4 points
  26. "Your bike only has one neutral?"
    4 points
  27. Well, after finding a second Bronze Norge that the owner sold out from under me three days before I was scheduled to pick it up, I've became a bit gun shy of that color (bad mojo). So, this one is purchased and on the way home next week. 2013 model.
    4 points
  28. Do yourself a huge favour and invest in a battery Voltmeter, these are a simple meter powered by the Voltage its measuring (don't start reading until about 6 Volts). They may not be as accurate as your $400 Fluke but will be within a decimal place and its all relative. https://www.amazon.ca/Digital-Display-Voltmeter-Waterproof-Motorcycle/dp/B09RHC8F1R/ref=sr_1_10?adgrpid=1354598749278790&hvadid=84662606610933&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=5064&hvnetw=s&hvqmt=e&hvtargid=kwd-84662659551773%3Aloc-32&hydadcr=15054_10414350&keywords=battery%2Bvoltmeter%2Bgauge&qid=1652968443&sr=8-10&th=1 Get the waterproof one with the convex surface, I have seen them for as little as $3, buy one of every colour and save on shipping cost, give them away to your buddies. IMHO the best place to wire a Voltmeter is across the park light, that only comes on when the ignition is on and the circuit is lightly loaded, don't chop into the main loom, just wire it across the bulb in the bucket using a pair of small wires chopped off an old phone charger, it will take all the guesswork out of your charging system. On my non VII bikes I just pinch an 18 gauge sheetmetal bracket between the handlebar clamps, drill the large hole with a step drill and polish with a buff. You won't be able to read the display in bright sunlight but just shield it from the sun with your glove or read it passing through a shady spot.
    4 points
  29. My '97 Sport came to me with an empty leaking Bitubo. I have a WP and an Ohlins damper on the shelf, neither of which could be made to fit the MG. Being a cheapskate and easily annoyed, I took the end cap off the Bitubo, cleaned the seals and internals, refilled with power steering fluid (with leakstop) and it's been righteous ever since- ~15k miles. (Edit-on review, I took the PS fluid out after a bit and gave it Motul fork oil) Smooth, great adjustability, and leak/weep free. Costs nothing to try. If you do, be sure to get all of your cleaner out and run the shaft up and down a few times in the oil with the cap off to release any bubbles. Then fill to top and let the excess run out while you thread the cap on. Clean up and go.
    4 points
  30. You know I do all my own work (usually) but I was quite happy to let the local WP service center give them a mechanical rebuild and facelift for only a couple hun; replacing bushings is something best accomplished with correct tools- which requires in my experience either time and money to acquire the 'official' tool (which lays unused for eternity after) or 3 trips to Home Depot for the correct (?) size PVC pipe to cut into a tool. What broke the camel's back and drove me to outsource it wasn't that WP is literally a half hour drive, but that I couldn't find online a way to be certain of what fork I have and educate myself on the process before I took them apart- or halfway apart. FWIW here's your nearest WP service center; WOOLY'S CYCLES OF ATLANTA Address 1581 Cobb Pkwy S 30060 Marietta, GA There are few things I hate more than taking something apart and being stuck for parts or tools while I forget where I was and how it fits back together. Like my Sport with no TBI linkage. Or my Mille GT waiting for spoke nipples from Sweden. Or my Aermacchi starter needing a register bored for the Suzuki upgrade. I have nothing that works properly today.
    4 points
  31. My wife did manage to fill a suitcase as big as your steamer trunk case, and get it aboard the P&O Britannia on a recent cruise, but that was a 150,000 ton cruise ship, so about the size of a Harley bagger, but probably with a better turning circle
    4 points
  32. Lol, brilliant. I should be able to squeeze into a 17 inch tyre despite excessive pie consumption
    4 points
  33. Not sure if we can make this a 'sticky' thread or not... This is the second time I've seen this scam - the other one was on a different motorcycle related forum like this one. I posted a "want to buy" (for the V11 rear rack - thanks for the tips there) and got a response from someone using the scotsimson01 ID: Hey buddy, I recently got some items from Carlos and he is willing to sell some V11 rear rack. You can email at carlosmaldonado60@aol.com if he still has it. I looked and that ID was registered right after I posted the "Wanted" note and his bike selection is "Harley Davidson" which seems a bit odd on a Guzzi forum... Having seen this before, I knew it was a scam, but to see how it would go I emailed the aol address and he sent a pic of a V11 rear rack that is on Google images. I asked if he'd take PayPal and he said yes but only Friends and Family (no way to recoup the money when someone rips you off with F&F PayPal, similar to Venmo CashApp etc). I said I want to use PayPal as a purchase so I will get my money back in case it doesn't arrive and he says no, only F&F. Anyways, definitely a scam. Admin - you may want to disable this account, but its not like that will stop him from registering a new one.
    4 points
  34. A set of slip-ons are just like a stereo , everyone else's sounds better .
    4 points
  35. The guy that sold me the first bottle of S100 told me, "No need to leave it on." What he should have said is, "Don't leave it on.. spritz it on and rinse immediately, or it can do bad things." I still use it for a quicky clean up occasionally.
    4 points
  36. Thanks guys...It was a labor of love...( and $$$$)
    4 points
  37. @p6x Metal core timing cover gasket: https://www.mgcycle.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5044:996740de914ced0902e686373e319391
    4 points
  38. You have to be super-alert. The squeak occurs just before the 'Dogga-Dogga' noise. The 'Dogga-Dogga' noise tends to cost a minimum of $1,000 per 'Dogga'.😂
    4 points
  39. Quick and dirty solution is a Yuasa or Deka AGM - both made in Pennsylvania, a place I've heard of. I had less than stellar luck with an Odyssey and I tend to think that a motorcycle is not its best application. Many others here will argue - but they do that anyway. For $20-$30 more than the generic Chinese batteries, you can employ (mostly) Americans to make your battery.
    4 points
  40. A brand new headlight does something, I think. Got it from Germany 7months ago. Cheers Tom. Sent fra min SM-A525F via Tapatalk
    4 points
  41. Whoaa there fella! Don’t break it or buy a new unit. What i did was reach in with a set of tin snips and cut bits off it till it was small enough to drop out. It’s only very thin metal so cuts very easily.
    4 points
  42. Aproved with plates the way this bike is without any S problems is great up here. Yes l do like the Dynotech.de engines. The guy who did the mapping, yes please. Have l been looking for a anything odd in the 3000 area, nothing ,superb. Only about 300miles now, added new relays and better grounding to regulator, rest tlc winther hobby. What a fun push rod engine. IPA time, yes. Cheers Tom. Sent fra min SM-A525F via Tapatalk
    4 points
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