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  1. Some would say I'm lazy, I like to say I love patina! I've gotten into trouble far too many times diving in deeper than I should've, my motto now is, "if it ain't broke, I don't fix it"
    4 points
  2. I have not removed one pork chop at a time, but I think it could be done. I don't think you can remove both without getting almost to point of docc's picture. If I wanted to remove them one at a time, I think I would proceed as follows: Remove wheel and swingarm. This means taking off the two large chrome nuts (30mm I think) and removing the very finely threaded swingarm pivots. This is also a good time to check and lube the driveshaft u-joints. Remove all the peripherals - brake pedal and master, shifter assembly. Leave the footpegs on - or at least the mounting brackets. Those are best removed when the porkchops are off. Loosen all eight nuts that are inboard on the frame - if you can't get to these, all bets are off. Remove the long bolt that goes through the bottom hole on the porkchops. Then remove one top bolt and all four frame bolts on one side. It should pop right off with a big rubber hammer from the inside. Paint Drink Beer. Reinstall Repeat on other side.
    4 points
  3. Super big Thank You to @fotoguzzi for the valve covers! TLM had a few sets and I was caught up doing other stuff and forgot. Quickly remembered when I spied the messed up one and sure as heck, they are sold out.... Its confirmed, Its being shipped to Germany and Dynotec is going to rebuild it. https://fsaei3upos2uq3vamu7bqdyfae-ac5fdsxevxq4s5y-www-dynotec-de.translate.goog/modelle/Dynotec Guzzilla V13 Racing.html
    3 points
  4. @Purloined, here's an image from the rear with the swingarm removed, and also the lower subframe (gearbox and swingarm intact). Gives you a view of how the frame sideplates are assembled
    2 points
  5. Docc, gstallons suggested one at side at a time. Any chance this is possible without removing the swingarm et al? I put in a search for membership in a cult of deluded dopes. Lots of hits so far, I'm sifting through the multitudes and I appear to be a good fit based on what I'm reading. +you forgot to remove the guitar player/singer (Emmylou Harris?) from the your final drive. Was that a problem? Did she interfere? Maybe she interrupted her song to bark suggestions, she's doubtless hip about a lot and would be helpful in countless situations.
    2 points
  6. Posting pix is a walk in the park compared to what you've illustrated. Yes. I wanted to re-spray them. And the bruises on my head are feeling pretty mild compared to the aftermath of that exercise. I think I'll retreat to my closet and chew my nails down a little farther and convince myself that the red is not as bad as I convinced myself.
    2 points
  7. I blame the hammer
    2 points
  8. I ran regular in the Centauro on the advice of Dave Richardson. Never an issue in 42000 miles. Of course, I run premium in the 2V engines.
    1 point
  9. could you compare V11 part numbers or would they differ by finish? These are Centauro parts.
    1 point
  10. Ah, what a mix tape that would make.... Zeppelin, Springsteen, and Mamamoo! Just needs a little Dethklock and Pavarotti to round it out.
    1 point
  11. Well if you haven't used Valpolini rocker gaskets then yes, you have jinxed yourself and made a mistake. No selant required with the Valpolini gaskets and no chance of them breaking a section out. Ciao
    1 point
  12. Off-road-use-only cylinder-exhaust; 'see-through pipes', sound about as perfect as I could imagine. Sound engineers are artists too. Mikko: Looking good. What I want. And yeah, that's got to be a bellicose pipe in your pic. Loud? Nice.
    1 point
  13. That is indeed a beautiful collection!
    1 point
  14. That’s correct. As long as you support it and make sure the weight is off, it’s pretty easy. That big nut, you’ll want to mark/count the threads and when you bolt on the new one ( that marking paint I sent you @docc is what I used ) screw it down to the same point. I haven’t had the bike to a shop since to check / adjust it for being perfectly square... She seems no worse for wear and I ride it quite “sportingly” as my neighbors around the lake can begrudgingly agree. I’m sure they are happy with my more subdued exhaust also :)
    1 point
  15. I didn’t like the red frame plates on my Scura. I found a set of grey ones and I did the switch at home with basic hand tools. It’s not that hard. I made measurements and marked the threads. She’s back together and I’ve not had any problems. My advice, pre soak any bolt you plan on removing and take all the time needed. I don’t work on my Moto for money, so I spent the better part of a Saturday doing it.
    1 point
  16. docc, I'm on the periphery of making things up when it comes to infrastructure to dive into moto mechanics. I've done a lot beneath cars in driveways hoping the ad hoc scene doesn't bite down too hard while it went on. Getting that deep into the motorcycle would require a lot of ingenuity. What you and Scud describe and illustrate doesn't seem daunting. Riding around Connecticut is a gobsmacking gauntlet of crazed idiots piloting enormous SUVs who dane to snear and look up from their texts when my bleating horn interrupts. . . . They're streaking down I-95. I've done a lot of riding over decades. Early, stupid things moved on from are almost perilous to me when I think back on them. But to this day, I streak down roads where I'm at ease. I rode a 1980 le Mans 10,000 miles cross country. I loved that trip and I loved that bike and it was ridiculously unsuitable. Decades since it got sold. My 2000 green moto was a shaky introduction to something I expected would be familiar but wasn't. A little heart-stopping when I first got on it. I've unbolted a lot of stuff, changed some things, sanded off the two-toned paint someone added and it's the red stilettos I now think should get painted. But I've read too many accounts of drive-train failures; one if I recall recounted by docc (highway underpass?) and the tumult astride the Connecticut Turnpike + drivetrain failure imagines = four doom stars and maybe I won't put it back together correctly, exactly. Thanks to everyone for suggestions and advice, if there's a step 7, there will be invitations. I love looking at posts of different bikes from everywhere. It's not a simple share on this site, here's a link to a google drive/images: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1We-Py_P2cP7dQQsWSCIh_f2MAe7hK-EX?usp=sharing
    1 point
  17. Dropping the swingarm is really pretty straightforward with the bike on a lift and a platform jack under the sump. That really is the only way I have found to actually and reliably grease the front U-joint on an early ShortFrame. I know I've had my frame side plates off, but I really can't remember why. A fit of lunacy, perhaps.
    1 point
  18. Docc, The images you posted are edifying. Things you think might be simple prove otherwise. A big help in understanding the arcane intricacies of the bike.
    1 point
  19. Step 7? That's adorable. We're skipping past to 9 or 10, the Irish Wake. Whiskey not beer. Celebratory? Plausible if putting someone out of their misery is an excuse for a party. You all can raise a glass in the aftermath of nonsense. Times are tough; baby steps will get us through and I'm an enthusiastic supporter.
    1 point
  20. I like the Permatex red "High Tack Gasket Sealer". Have put gaskets on with no sealer and they leaked. Re-did them with new gaskets and that stuff and no leaks. Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself though as I used it on the LeMans valve cover gaskets after a "decent tune-up". Thanks for the procedure docc, she's running fine as ever now.
    1 point
  21. Reminds me of pro boxer turned singer Paul Thorn, in his song about fighting Roberto Duran, asking him why he had to hit him so hard, "I'd Rather Be a Hammer Than a Nail"
    1 point
  22. These pretty things? If the engine/gearbox are supported and the rear subframe/tail section are hung from above, the frame side plates can be removed after removing the swingarm. Are you looking to refinish them? Or something else is afoot? . . . and, yes, image above is on a hosting site (imgzeit) . . .
    1 point
  23. MMMMM . maybe one at a time ?
    1 point
  24. Good thing that line was on the floor to keep him back. . . .
    1 point
  25. She will be 6 months old next week...
    1 point
  26. Picked up my Alpinestars Hi Point boots from the early 1970's after refurbishment at a shoe repair place in Seattle. I'll ride with 'em on the V11 - heck they still fit!
    1 point
  27. Daniel, if you have a Baggy 660, plain old regular unleaded is fine. It's an MZ though.. not a MG..
    1 point
  28. Wow! That's a Greenie on steroids. Love it!
    1 point
  29. Roper sloppage plate, LP extender, and Scud's spring. All finally in. And new rubber too!
    1 point
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