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  1. 3 points
    and of course... Plus a couple more Guzzis
  2. 3 points
    I bought a Rizoma fuel cap from them and then I was asked where I bought it on this site. I looked online for the exact web address and found another shop selling the exact same cap for a not insignificant difference in price. $34... I called Revzilla, spent a few minutes on the phone while they verified it and boom.. they refunded me the difference plus sales tax. My last name neither starts with “Van” or ends in “Stein” but $44 is a substantial spread. Matter of fact, it’s $3 short of the order I placed for 6 Titanium bolts from Pro Bolt to replace the cheap hardware it was supplied with. So good job Revzilla in upholding their end!
  3. 2 points
    You know what? So am I. I'm an airplane mechanic, and have a place for every thing and everything in it's place. Just the same, believe it or not, Mark knows what he has and *where it is.* Back in happier times when he was still more affluent, he had an annual Christmas party for Guzzisti. Food, beer, etc. Lots of it. I cleaned and organized for *days* to make the place look ship shape for the party one year. He told me after that it took him months to find everything again. Ask him anything. If he has it, he'll rummage around in a pile and bring it out. In the above picture, he's on the phone, no doubt telling someone how to fix their Guzzi for free. Salt of the earth, and totally honest. Really, a treasure to the antique Guzzi community.
  4. 2 points
    Best image hosting site, ever, built by one of our members and someone I trust completely: imgzeit
  5. 2 points
    Congrats! They are like no other motorcycle. An acquired taste some say, but torque suits every palate. The only thing I see that needs immediate attention is BNP. Badly Needs Pipes.
  6. 2 points
    Maybe? Back then I did ride deep into the winter till it was snowing and then when the roads were dry I’d be out there. I don’t do that anymore.. I didn’t have heated gear either.. we just bundled up and those heads are in a perfect position to hold onto while your freezing your ass off trying to go somewhere. Man that seems like a lifetime ago
  7. 2 points
    an old and worn front tire will present as heavy steer on a sport bike. Also, a 19 year old moto that's been sitting, and with an unknown history, should be looked at as you would any vintage bike. Off with the tank and wash it out. Do the "tank off maintenance" while there. Have a look at the breather tube, goes from the underside of the frame near the head down to the rear of the case. That thing can/will rot and disintegrate, and leak oil. Service every electrical connection and ground you can find. that's a start... as others have said, short frames are quite stable riders. You get that thing sorted and you'll be laughing. welcome citizen
  8. 2 points
    I say, spend some time riding it. Either it will impress you to where you need to buy it or it won't and you won't need to buy it. Guzzi's are special, they don't feel like anything else. There is a small price to pay for that "specialness", but if they speak to you it is a price worth paying. The issues with Guzzi's are mainly with parts availability and finding someone who knows how to work on them. They way most of us get past that second obstacle is to learn to work on them ourselves. They are pretty stone axe simple. It doesn't take a genius to work on a Guzzi. But they have a few oddities, like having to split the engine and trans to work on the clutch.
  9. 2 points
    You enjoy working on your bike, you enjoy the results when riding it, enjoying life is only a small step left then.
  10. 2 points
    I dropped off one head and got a call the next day from the machine shop saying the valves are way too worn to work with the guides... There was a noticeable step on the valve stem. So at this point I figured I better do both heads. Checked the usual suspects for valves, everybody had to wait for a long slow boat for Italy. I remembered that Ferracci was blowing out there inventory since they closed. Sure enough they still carry some valves and are doing an online business still. After pulling the right cylinder (plug came free with little drama) the cylinder tried to come with the head. So I know I have to atleast do the right side base gasket. This thing is stuck to the case like you wouldn’t believe. Arduous task to remove this thing. All the while trying to keep garbage from falling into the case.... Maybe I should drop the sump? Then there is the Roper plate...
  11. 2 points
    Nice find. The torque should be the same as any grade 8 or 9 steel bolt as the torque is determined by the bolt/stud material not the nut material. You need to stretch the stud to maintain the tension so if the brass nut cant cut it then you need to go to steel or Titanium. I'm sure the brass nut will take the torque though esp if you opt for the extra long ones to give greater threaded surface area as thats the idea. Personally I'd go with a Titanium nut and anti sieze. Ciao
  12. 2 points
    ImgZeit is great. A while back I had a question, and the CEO got back to me with the answer. We even chatted over a beer at SSR15!
  13. 2 points
    It's not so much the windage, although it will help with that. It's oil surge under hard acceleration. The oil pick up in the 'Broad Sump' motors is at the front to the right of the sump. If you launch hard the oil sloshes backwards and can expose the pick up. This can be noticed by a flickering oil light but chances are you aren't going to be looking at that if you're nailing it in first and second gear or the front wheel is off the ground! A few events like this and you'll run the big ends. In the worst case scenario the rods weld themselves to the crank which is fun! You then have to cut that crap out of the case with a gas axe. Not fun!
  14. 2 points
    As some may know the CARC bikes use a remote breather from the slave cylinder to a bleed nipple up under the seat. I'm sure it would be very easy to fabricate something similar for the V11 and it makes bleeding the clutch a breeze.
  15. 2 points
    I think you just convinced me to do highpipes.
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  17. 2 points
    I live in a viaduct and sold my children to Gypsies some years ago.... I bought a brand new Greenie back in 2000-1? New Guzzi dealer opened in my town and I stopped in to see what there was to see. The V11 was sitting on the floor and it was love at first sight. I asked if I could take it for a test ride and I rode it to my bank, withdrew what they wanted... rode back and bought it on the spot. I sold it along with a couple others when I was told about the MGS/01... that never came to pass in street trim.. so I ended up with a 999R. Always thought selling that bike was a mistake. So now almost 20 years later I’m kinda picking up where I left off.
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  19. 1 point
    All is right with the world. She’s back together and probably running better than ever. Left side valves seems to make more noise than before so I’ll be checking them soon. Hopefully that oil in the bell housing is from my recent breather hose leak. Two things the machine shop asked me about. One is, the original(?) guides look to have a step on the top side. Does this indicate a liner at some point? The other question. The shop asked me who did my porting? Do all Guzzi’s have these shaping/grinding marks in the intake and exhaust ports?
  20. 1 point
    Having looked at all shipping options, there is a considerable savings in using a padded priority envelope for these plates, particularly for international buyers. I'll offer that up as your option, and the plates are stiff and durable but there is always some small chance of getting bent. To those who have already paid but not received, let me know your preference and if you'd like to go with the padded envelope I'll refund the difference.
  21. 1 point
    I've ridden my Greenie from Okla City to the Spineframe Raid in North Carolina. I've ridden it to Austin Texas to MotoGP on several occasions, twice to Springfield Ill to the Flat Track races and ridden it several times to the Ozarks in Arkansas and Missouri. That doesn't count day trips of 300 miles. I have 45k miles on the machine. I find the airflow and seat to be fine. The only downside is leg room, I do recommend frequent stretch stops. I usually can't make it more a full 140+ miles for a full gas stop. I already mentioned how to set up the suspension with big bags on the back. I've also trailered the bike in my Toy Hauler to Daytona Bikeweek, Colorado, Indy, etc. This one also has a carbon factory flyscreen like the Scura.
  22. 1 point
    You know, hammershaug, there are alternatives to chain-falling the V11 into the basement for the winter . . .
  23. 1 point
    Such engines definitely needed loud pipes
  24. 1 point
    Wouldn't call it a hijack luhbo, it's all relevant to Kane's query. And, I sure don't want to start a tire thread here. There are plenty of good tires. It's just not the usual for me to hear negative ratings for Avon, and I was curious, as I respect your input here. I have Roadsmart 3's on the Sport Nero at the moment, and like them very much. Avon's on the Tenni, though they came 'newish', but not fresh, from my parts bike, so that and the frame differences to the red frame, make a comparison unfair. First time for Avon on this bike, and they work well for me. I'm with you on the front springs, mine (red frame) work well for my needs. Does raising the rear with a longer shock create the same instability conditions as lowering the tubes in the clamps, or is that different geometry altogether? I raised the rear on my R1100s to accommodate a 180, and did see an improvement. Thanks and thanks to Kane
  25. 1 point
    I remember commenting to Docc about that before i picked it up. Those ace mechanics at Flying Bullshit Motorcycles failed to do anything about it. Even after i told them to check the bike over... I ran into a 300 mile long epic thunderstorm on the way home and i was having problems with lights.. I suspect it was this cobbled together crap that was the culprit. I wrapped it in friction tape, yet i never liked the idea of these unnecessary plugs creating resistance and heat..so to my surprise, these are still available from Guzzi. I paid $26 for it.
  26. 1 point
    Anyone use after market fork seals like (all balls) on a 2000 sport silver marzocchi forks, did they work well?
  27. 1 point
    ^^^ Yep, it'll probably run poorly. The Kid's (now LowRyter's) greenie was hard to ride when he first got it. The usual things made it into a strong runner.
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    And in a strange twist of fate, Indians are no longer imported to the US as they were in the 60s and 70s, but made in North America. Meanwhile some Harleys are made in India. And then there's the new 338cc "Charley", made in China. Corporate life, reflecting politics as it does, often makes for strange bedfelllows.
  30. 1 point
    The short verses long frame thing is just something for people to ponder on the internet. In real life the early frames are docile. For that price you can go wrong.
  31. 1 point
    Excellent, didn't know they were generic. As they say, the day you stop learning is the day your arse no longer points to the ground!👍
  32. 1 point
    Oh, you got the fever, and bad, errr.. I mean good. Was thinking about having my cowl painted, but the tailsection is the midnight/azurre/sunset-over-the-Italian-Alps blue that occurs nowhere else on earth. And I'd lose the Ballabio script.
  33. 1 point
    Yes I agree, and I'm aware that values are a personal thing. I was aware of the pieces origin however I thought the member had them made by a third party. My point still remains though for a piece of printed plastic they are very pricey. Not that I would ever go down the pod path but my value system would price point them at $100. Just for comparative purposes and no doubt make a target of myself. Ciao
  34. 1 point
    Dont bother, its a lot of work with the wire wheel,wet and dry, scotchbright etc and they just end up the same way before you know it. Ciao
  35. 1 point
    With brass nuts, I'm ashamed to say I just go with "tight.. but not too tight...." I have put spring washers in there for a bit of tension before.
  36. 1 point
    I used to work as a M/C tech for a living .... between that and the mountain of projects lined up in my garage makes me want to avoid this for a while, so don't hold your breath docc... I will happy to take photos and post the results when I get to it though. As for cleaning and lubing the linkage, I wholeheartedly agree it should be done.... however, I'll wager you a cheeseburger or two that the linkage is fine. I live in Canada"s answer to California aka God's Country.....I'm too much of a pussy to ride in the rain.... and too lazy to wash the damn thing, so no corrosion anywhere. It does get clean oil and ethanol free fuel though.
  37. 1 point
    Thanks for the replies gentlemen. I will check the pivot bolt, but pretty sure I is ok. Even the slightest movement of the shifter and it will return to centre, so nothing is hanging up. I'll go through the "Shift Improvement", but hope I can delay that until the dead of winter. It still strikes me as odd that the spring pressure is so different between the up and down movement of the shift lever. That spring in the photo looks like it would provide equal pressure either way. If the spring was broken... seems to me it would be "no pressure" If the spring was dislodged somehow, you'd think it would affect spring pressure for both up and down movement Y/N? Is the pressure supposed to be more or less equal either way?
  38. 1 point
    Sorry guys, I forgot to turn notifications on. That's pretty noob-like. I appreciate any and all wisdom. Probing into the new-to-me bike, the last thing I wanted to do was break something that would require Carlo to be bribed out of retirement in Mandello del Lario to make a replacement part. I see it's a simple setup - much like the dual cable setup on an EX500 I own. However, I came up with a field expedient: I put the dial calipers on the ferrule of the cable at the throttle body end. 4mm. Broke out two 4mm nylon washers from the stash and split one side of each with a utility knife. Slipped them over the cable itself, then pulled the housing free of the bracket and slid the two washers over the ferrule. Popped the ferrule back in place and done. They are captured in place and no fiddling needed. Virtually all slack now gone (good idle from lock to lock) and even if one or both washers come adrift (can't imagine that), it simply defaults to the prior slack. I have noticed a ton of both torque as well as engine braking. First hyd clutch, so some getting used to the whole thing. Have ridden shafties before, so that part is familiar. Very little else about the bike is familiar, accentuating that Guzzi personality, I guess. I much prefer slack-less throttles, as both upshifts and downshifts can be done more smoothly - at least by this klutz. The pic shows the washers in place. This was so easy that I fear what comes next! Actually a Roper plate at oil change is probably next, but that is relatively straightforward. I've already solved several jigsaw puzzles in removing the Hepco &* Becker mounts, swapping the Motobits controls for stock and pulling the fairing and headlight to do an LED swap.
  39. 1 point
    I just keep falling in love with this old slow girl. It disappears underneath you and lets you go where you want. 5k miles in 3-4 months and I no longer am shopping for Lemans tanks and rear sets. It does what it does. My 70s 2t seized badly awaiting another massaging, my v11 is in pieces. I feel pretty lucky too!
  40. 1 point
    A big welcome po18guy! You've got a great jump on your Ballabio and you are definitely in the right place, here at V11Lemans.com. You can upload pics to your Gallery or add them as attachments, but file sizes are limited. Using a hosting site is recommended. ( like SmugMug, flickr, etc. ) Personally, I use imgzeit, built by one of our members "well known to me." It is no-nonsense, reliable, and worth the look, IMO. Looking forward to following your experiences!
  41. 1 point
    Noob of noobs here. Nice thread. Really nice bike. After a lifetime of non-Guzzi ownership, I went looking for a Scura - found a Ballabio. I am watching this thread with much interest. I just did an LED install in the OEM plastic (ABS) bucket. I went with a rotatable/adjustable beam unit. The original headlight lens was foggy. I determined that it was some sort of film on the inside. So, with "Shooter's Swabs" from Midway USA and some Windex - then SprayWay aerosol glass cleaner, it all cleaned up to crystal clear. A careful buffing of lens and reflector with a cotton ball finished it off. Although I had a pair of PIAA LED units, they are rather large and would pose packaging problems. I went with an LED unit which had a fan and separate driver. It all tucks into the plastic housing with little drama. I bubble-wrapped the driver to keep it from moving. Bench testing an LED in a housing with the rubber seal attached, I found that the IR thermometer read 87-90ºF over 45 minutes or so of illumination. All ready to test it. Rain. Rats.
  42. 1 point
    Real nice offer, thanks. Could I have 5 please. UK.
  43. 1 point
    which cables/laptop to you use? i have the tuneecu setup, which if i recall correctly i run from windows on my mac via bootcamp (but now that i think of it, i upgraded my mac and i think i skipped the windows partition..... damn, forgot about that). It reads/writes to some ECU's, but not sure if its apples-to-apples, plus i'd need the cables specific for the V11. probably a thread on this, so i'll take a look, but a bump here could get me going down the right path. I'm not at all sure i'll even bother. I love the way the LM sings above 4800rpm, once i got used to letting her rev up that high. Always felt like the "tractor" should be treated nice, with the rpm's kept lower for that nice torque, but its so smooth and linear above 4800rpm, with no buzz/vibration, and instant throttle response, that i now tend to just ride her more in that zone. Funny, as people always say its not the rpm-lover "like a ducati" (commonly noted thing), but i find this V11 runs smoother than anything i've owned (other than 2 strokes) in that higher rpm zone. The only reason i'd mess with the ECU is to see what it is that "I didn't know i couldn't live without" in regard to the lower rpm zone, plus the ever present desire to mess around with stuff that should by all rights just be left alone... :-> I owned my oilhead boxer RT for over 65,000 miles before i installed a gizmo that some oilhead enthusiasts who were dialed into the ECU challenge came up with (AF-XIED, or some such acronym, which was a plug and play device for "tricking" the ECU), and low and behold a light shown from heaven and bestowed beautiful low rpm performance that i didn't know was something i had been missing.
  44. 1 point
    The OEM Ducati Energia didn't send Amps to ground, it just let the circuit go open circuit.
  45. 1 point
    Mine is here: http://www.pashnit.com/bikes/V11-Lemans.htm 2002 Champagne
  46. 0 points
    I'll bet it's harder getting it back up.
  47. 0 points
    I have my first not-a-Pirelli to mount to the Sport (Bridgestone Battlax T31) since the '03 crash on those Michelins that I thought must have been made of greased glass. The Sport's fifty-fifth tire . . .
  48. 0 points
    Needs forward controls and apes..
  49. 0 points
    Another surprise. I pulled the old input shaft seal today and noted the input shaft fwd bearing not seated in the casing to the tune of 1.5mm short. You can see the evidence of this in the inner race. Should be fairly easy to rectify. Its not a major issue other than the bearing outer race is not fully supported in the case. Makes you wonder whos putting these things together sometimes. Might be the same guy that lubricates CARC swingarm bearings. He's moved onwards and upwards. That's around 1.5 mm short of the shoulder. Evidence of the bearing not running central on the race. Ciao
  50. 0 points
    I replaced mine with a Japanese made Shindi sourced from MI in Seattle.
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