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  1. Gents yes , I am guilty . Yes it's a big ask price wise , but .....and hopefully the pictures show this , it's a minter . No it's not totally original , yes it has aftermarket slip ons and cross over , heated grips and a gezzi brian belly pan, but that isn't really a crime here is it . I also have another V11 which also under went a full restoration at the same time , so to bag a MK1 Le Man to add to the collection, something has to give, but I'm in no hurry, I actually rode it today and was glad it hasn't sold. Probably put both the V11' s back in the house on show over the winter now and ke
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  2. Careful with what you assume - the actual OEM O2 sensor location is underneath on top of the usual stock crossover - with the front balancer added according to Guzzi to improve midrange. For some this’ll be an anathema - but I hold the view that the 15RC feedback modulation is an evolutionary improvement by Magneti Marelli. When married with the improved LSH24 offering higher cross count sensor speeds it performs phenomenally. Disabling feedback imo isn’t really a step forward - it’s just a shortcut means to an end. Kind of like chopping out tonsils & appendix’
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  3. Well not today ( Saturday ) but yesterday. I was going to post yesterday but got sidetracked! Anyways been locked up at home during the lockdown for weeks then work decided I should work from home.So the 5 week holiday ( ?) came to an end.Quick trip into the office to get the laptop/phone etc not Friday but the previous one.Well I forgot a particular file that I need so email to the CFO to get a Travel permit, Yep!To go back to the office and get it. So yesterday I did a couple of hours work at home and got togged up for the ride into the office.Nice enough morning,bloody unreal
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  4. 16mm is 5/8 inches, so you may find a local US brake shop or HD dealer who can help you. You would need to measure everything first, as there are suggestions that both 15.8 & 16mm diameters were in the Laverda Brembo range. I had a clutch master cylinder that had internal leakage. It was caused by a tiny rubber granule from the deteriorating reservoir hose getting into the MC. It got between the little brass washer and end of the piston bobbin that acts as a non-return valve. This allowed slight leakage so the lever could be pulled slowly to the bar without keeping the clutch released
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  5. Nice wingman's machine there, Bill!
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  6. Had it out again yesterday docc after re fitting the rebuilt throttle bodies. Needed a full re set of the balance and airscrews etc. Its going nicely now and no more click,clicking from the r/h throttle body shaft or fuel dripping. I also re torqued the heads and did the valve clearances after. Ciao
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  7. Waiting for Chuck to come along and enlighten us with his awesome Aero-Lario! Aero-Guzzi engines rock!
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  8. '03 introduced the 43mm fork stanchions. Curiously, my '04 has the forward crossover, but no lambda sensor. The ECU may have been 'tinkered' with, as it has an unreadable sticker over the original M-M sticker. I guess that the connecting rod oil jet, the .5 increase in compression and the forward crossover contributed to increased midrange(?) The reversed positions of horn button and turn signal - who knows? Just guessing here, but they must do a lot more audible than visual signalling in Italy. After all, gotta take at least one hand off the bars to give the international salute to erra
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  9. Ha ha I've been lucky enough to have been up in a helicopter and an old Tiger moth and DC 3.As a passenger not a pilot! I've also skydived, my Dad was a paratrooper in the British Army as a young man so almost felt compelled to try it! Although all of the above were truly life affirming experiences, the helicopter ride was over a glacier in NZ,tiger moth flight was over the Great Ocean road here in Oz and the DC 3 a flight over Melbourne and the Port Phillip bay at night. I have to say they can't compare to my lifelong love of motorcycling and the experiences that it ha
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  10. Ha, you stole my picture. That 32mm socket has proven to be really useful.
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  11. Well, Zip-tied for even thirty minutes and the pressure is gone. No drop in fluid level. Pressure immediately returns with another squeeze. I have a used m/c on the way with 110,000 fewer miles on it. I suppose some wee scrap of trash could have gotten in from my last bleed/flush attempt, but will likely perform the cleaning task on the replacement before installation.
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  12. Actually, you have to take both hands off. Raise the salute, and cup the elbow with the other hand.
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  13. I've seen an Arrow Sport and heard it run. It wasn't airworthy, though. Believe me, I looked at using a Guzzi power plant. Turn it upside down and use a dry sump. But. Without a reduction drive, it would be limited to 3400 rpm by the prop, and Guzzis need 5500. I *have* a Guzzi reduction drive, but it adds too much weight.
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  14. I know that Lang Lang checkpoint, just on the southern side of the round about. Was in Lang Lang last week for my Mother in laws funeral. My son in law has just got the call up for training in the Vic Police. He's 30 and a really nice bloke, hope he stays that way. Ciao
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  15. Truth to tell, look up the Arrow Sport. Cast iron Ford flathead V8 for power, through a reduction gear. Reputed to be slightly heavier than a Guzzi. Anyway, dad helped rebuild a Sport and on the maiden takeoff, said reduction gear decided to go on strike. Luckily, the private airstrip was surrounded by pastureland... Hey Chuck, it's not too late to re-purpose those spars and ribs and make a bold strike for antiquity. Airframe would reportedly support a V11...
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  16. We'll, howdy! Rick here in Nashville. I don't say much on this fine forum, but everybody's been very, very good to me. Whatcha riding?
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  17. This still blows my mind. I try telling people about it and it is just beyond description. Totally blows my mind.
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  18. Alright . . . I couldn't wait!
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  19. A Guzzi-engined aircraft created an entire new category: Ultraheavies.
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  20. Back in the 1980's I owned a Bimota DB1. Riding it one day it struck me that when riding this quite tiny bike there was actually no part of the bike visible to the rider even peripherally. You had to actually tilt your head down quite a way to get any part of the bike into you visual range (I'm 6'2" in the old money) It was rather like flying along 2.5 feet off the ground in a crouch position. Ciao
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  21. Ha, just reading Faloon' Moto Guzzi Story and read that bit last night. What a tribute. Good book so far...
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  22. It's interesting how people get to where they are in life, with the activities and events they enjoy. Opportunities presented, choices made, lessons learned, then here we are. My Dad built me a mini bike when I was 13 and started my life long motorcycle infatuation. Whatever direction life took, motorcycles were there, along for the ride. Even the times I didn't possess one, one possessed me. I've often had the feeling, as Chuck expressed, the bike "disappears" from beneath me. Oddly, I'm inclined to close my eyes for as long as I can (not very) to fully experience the "flight". Airplanes
    1 point
  23. Did you unbolt the M/C off the bars docc with the cap off and rotate it upwards ( so the lever is higher than the banjo bolt and gently actuate the lever slightly? This will break free any bubbles at the banjo bolt joint which will now be the low and not the high point and you will see the bubbles appear in the reservoir. Air in the system will give you a spongy lever but not generally a "creeping" lever. Ciao
    1 point
  24. Its the same as the unit on my 2003 Ducati 1000ss dual plug docc and my old ST2 although the ST2 was Black not gold. My V11 one has 9L12 16 stamped on it which I would guess makes it a 16mm piston although I think they measure up at 15.85 or something. Ciao
    1 point
  25. The pipes are BUB. I'm not sure they're the best possible top end performance, but the thing pulls like a dump truck from 1500 RPM with the Web 86b cam.
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  26. Doesn't look as if any of us responded directly to your inquiry except by the positive inferences you may have drawn. Still looking? Pull the trigger? I have 82K miles on mine. A grand machine. Romped with it a week or so ago. Bill
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  27. Yeah, the first time I saw the valve covers off of a Guzzi engine, I thought, "airplane. That sucker is sturdy.."
    1 point
  28. Huh. Had that Stinson-ish look from the side. There is something aircraft-like about the Guzzi engine, maybe a slice of radial?
    1 point
  29. [docc posted image by "Copy Image Location" and pasting]:
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  30. Gfived (is that a verb?) the 4130 over to my old (now) friend Brad at the water jet shop. He says "Next week." So. If you want The Last Edition Lucky Phil Shifter Extender (tm).. speak up now.
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  31. They really really suit your bike mate!! I reckon if I ever changed my Mistral carbon ovals, it would be for these, love the look. Pretty stoked with how mine sound as they are though, but for looks the Agostini's win for sure. Cheers Guzzler
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  32. So it's been a while since I updated this thread, but I've been doing stuff. Not "Chuck" type doing stuff but chipping away. Firstly I had a very minor oil weep to sort from the head oil feed banjo on the cases and replace the oil pressure switch where the gauge was fitted. The oil feed banjo was a real bastard to do and necessitated making 2 special tools. I hadn't really done it up tight enough due to the head being so close to one part of the cases you couldn't get a ring or socket on it and even an OE spanner had limited movement. Anyway finally sorted that and used my other special tool t
    1 point
  33. I have a 2015 Norge 8V. It is an excellent road burner. The 8 valve engine is a marvel. Mine is bone stock except for a Beetle map, which made a huge difference in engine smoothness and throttle response, Guzzi top case, and a Throttlemeister- throttle lock. Anyone with an 8V Norge should have Beetle's map!!! It is a comfortable bike and the weather protection is very good. The early 8 valves had flat tappets which self destruct. From mid 2012 on the 1200 8v has roller tappets which many call the "rollerized" engine. This is the one to get as the valve train has proven to be
    1 point
  34. I had an '08 (2vpc) and loved it. Rode it all over Florida and also up to Nova Scotia and back with an 09 Norge (also 2vpc) and 3 Harleys. Both Norges consistently got better mpg and were so much easier to handle going thru the mountains (BRP), and tight parking lots, never burned a drop of oil in 5 thousand miles. More than i can say about the Harleys. Only sold mine in a fit of depression after a shoulder surgery and doctors orders not to ride for 6-8 months. Two weeks after I sold the bike I was cleared to start riding again. Kicked myself for selling that bike! Recently bou
    1 point
  35. I don't know much about aero planes, but every time I ride the v11 I feel like I'm chasing down the Luftwaffe in a P51. Yeah I'm still a twelve year old in 34 year old body.
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  36. Docc - maybe you need to get yourself a WWII-style Bomber Jacket. Have you been a good boy? I've known a few pilots and been on some small-plane trips. Even though there were interesting parts, and I enjoy the arial view, there are long periods of boring, straight, flight (like riding the Interstate on a motorcycle). But there seems to be lot in common between the two activities - safety-first mindset, traveling light, planning your route (don't run out of fuel), pre-flight/ride inspection, leaning into turns, more consideration of the weather than other forms of travel, etc. Flying
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  37. Oh, I'd definitely say you are Sport rated. Unless they are paid for flying, most pilots don't accumulate 4500 hours in their flying career. Here's the thing though.. I've flown and ridden bikes all my adult life. I have most of my hours in what are considered *very* sporty airplanes. I *love* the man/machine relationship of sport airplanes and motorcycles. That said, Nothing I've ever flown does it for me like a bike. There are times that the machine disappears under you. I've never felt that exact same feeling in an airplane, even in the Pitts.
    1 point
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