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  1. Phil, I knew you were a kind soul. (but I had to read between the lines to think that)
    4 points
  2. That would send me completely over the edge I think we should all be kinder to each other and be there to comfort, console and support each other through these stressful times. Anyone want to donate me a full restored Ambassador I'd be very comforted by one of those to put around on. Ciao
    4 points
  3. Bloody hell I must be getting bad, Pete Roper is trying to pacify and settle me down, LOL. Yea I saw the front bearing solution in the BB from those training notes you sent me, not that impressed with that. What I loved about bevel drive Ducatis was there wasn't a single chain in the whole engine and every bearing was replaceable in the average blokes workshop with the exception of the big end which needed a press and some engineering expertise to do. I didn't like the transition to cams running in the head material either. Kawasaki 900's used plain replaceable cam bearing but that was abandoned as well. I know it's inevitable the way things are going and it's unstoppable, but rage,rage against the dying of the engineering light I say, You are correct in that just about anything can be saved by an engineering/ machining specialist but you know Pete those people are fading away as well. I wouldn't be at all surprised if in 20 years time they dont exist anymore. Anyway, whats this "retirement" thing I thought you were already? Ciao
    4 points
  4. It's for my own good, I've led a bad life. The universe is punishing me. Could be worse, I could have lived in London in 1940. Ciao
    3 points
  5. 🎼🎶🥁🎸🎷
    3 points
  6. Pretty sure Moto Guzzi knows not to try and make something I'll be moving up to from mySport, which I obviously already love and won't give up. And it appears they are not at all inclined to mount a proper transverse V-twin to my follow-on . . . OTOH, it has been a fascination to watch my son adopt motorcycling and work his way from a 2014 V7 (that he caféed), then to a V85TT (that he rides "adventure-style" = creek crossings,camping, and sketch roads). Where do these kids get these crazy ideas?
    3 points
  7. Yea I don't think Pete and I would be qualified to give the "settle down" talk to anyone on a forum Both too curmudgeonly, happily so I suspect, for me anyway. Ciao
    3 points
  8. Sorry to hear about your tip over. I blamed the dog when it happened to me. I'd crimp and sleeve. Also I would slide some heat shrink tubing over the wire (before you finish crimping). Even better is the type of sleeving that has glue in it that completely seals the joint when heated.
    2 points
  9. “Progress” in the sense of big, soulless corporations using the contrived “climate” excuse falls flat on the people who critically think and have a healthy knowledge of history. ICE will always be available to the monied class imo. While the rank and file will struggle with maintaining ever diminishing quality of life. Idiots can’t even keep the power on during a bad rain storm (Texas)…. Now imagine your electric car, plugged into the matrix as it wer e..taxed by the mile, rendered inoperative for any infraction by some bureaucracy. Tracked and monitored (for the children) yeah… anyone see the movie “The Last Race”? It’s worth watching to see how this has been foretold decades ago…
    2 points
  10. Learned over on w/g that there is a new Guzzi dealer in the area: https://www.starpowersportstn.com About an hour & a half a way on back(ish) roads. Might stop in on the way down to check out the place. Bill P.S. What's left of Ida is pouring outside just now. Sure glad not riding.
    2 points
  11. IMHO, Moto Guzzi, cum Piaggio, has done an admirable job of creating product offerings that appeal to their future market. (Er, that ain't us, y'all . . . ). That the current V7/9 range and the bold V85TT has done so very well, worldwide, speaks volumes. How long this brave, new water-cooler might take to become established . . . Beta testing, anyone?
    2 points
  12. No Pete rail away, I'm stuck at home, nowhere to go or I'll get arrested:) Ciao
    2 points
  13. And, > honestly, I find these perspectives about engineering and product offerings quite revealing. As a consumer, it is impossible for me to judge the engineering competence of a product that interests me. Too often, it is more about the wrapper or the label. I feel like I got really lucky with mySport. I'm thinking about keeping her . . .
    2 points
  14. Haha, so . . . say if you and Pete were to pull me aside and say, "Yo, docc - ya need to settle down a bit there, bud." . . . . Pretty sure V11LM.com will have a Moderator opening . . .
    2 points
  15. So I need to settle down? Be honest, I've been in lockdown for 4 weeks. Ciao
    2 points
  16. I agree Pete and your point is a valid one but I'm a bit of an engineering purist plus it goes deeper as well. The modern engine is a wonderful thing as long as it's a "good one" Will give many trouble free miles without any issues. The modern mass produced philosophy falls apart though over the long term and the short term if you have a serious issue. The long term may not bother you and fair enough but here's an example. My Sunday drive car is a Focus RS 2.3 Turbo 4. The engine is as is common practice these days a friction drive camshaft system, no crank or cam keys on anything as god knows that would cost and extra $10 in machining and 3 keys. The Upshot? well now you when you need to do a simple job like change the front timing cover crank seal here's the process. Release the crank pulley bolt, the cam timing is now gone. Remove the cover and replace the seal. remove all the cam drive and oil pump drive to fit new friction drive washers behind the cam drive sprocket. Remove the HP fuel pump off the exhaust cam, remove the vacuum pump off the inlet cam remove the cam cover and then the drive end and journal off the inlet cam so you can install the cam timing tool. Install the crank TDC stop. Re fit and seal the front timing cover set the cam timing and then torque up the TTY pulley bolt without disturbing the cam timing and re assemble half the freeking engine. This is what you get to save a few pennies on some keyway machining. Now the hard part, how many Ford dealership workshop drones do you think are capable of doing this task without screwing up at least 1 of the processes. Ford had a recall on this engine to replace head gaskets and when I saw what was involved I predicted a world wide total catastrophe for owners. I was proved totally correct, it's been a nightmare for just about every one of the 27,000 owners involved. Not me fortunately. This is the modern corporate engineering philosophy in practice. personally if they offered and old style build engine at a premium cost I'd be the first to opt for that if for no other reason than a dealership mechanic would have less chance of screwing up any significant maintenance when it's required. Ciao
    2 points
  17. At the very least, black is probably the easiest of the three early Sport colors to paint match.
    1 point
  18. KINDOY@ nailed it: Passenger saddle cover, black GU01466434 Seat cushion (the little pad) GU01461530 "Nut" (x2) GU92650006
    1 point
  19. Well, just paid over the phone. Should be here in 1-2 weeks: 5500.00 plus 650.00 shipping...https://www.ebay.com/itm/203585639958?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D882181c5e11b4007aec3ee93a16453c0%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D265246055581%26itm%3D203585639958%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A857c35d3-0b72-11ec-9d5b-be69afc97c36|parentrq%3Aa371197817b0a36981ed12caffe77aa2|iid%3A1 I'm now a GUZZI owner! Now, I need a damned seat cowl!
    1 point
  20. Thank you, Lucky Phil! Working the deal over the phone 2000 miles from me right now...brother just needs a clean black seat cowl to complete the bike.
    1 point
  21. 01466430XX is the base p/n and the last 2 digits are the colour but I don't have the number for black. Red is 65, Grey is 64 and unpainted is 30. There is a new red and grey ones on ebay from TLM in the Netherlands but I could retire on what they want for one if I sold my spare. I may actually have 2 spares, I'll check. Ciao
    1 point
  22. Yup the Magni fairing is a beauty; but my understanding is that the lines and fit are so tight that you're restricted to the Magni bars or similar type clip ons and that higher bars or MPH risers won't work if a need for improved ergos bars may be in your future. fwiw ymmv
    1 point
  23. Geez they do look bloody good with the Magni fairing eh... Cheers Guzzler
    1 point
  24. Yup, and they make removing and installing the alternator cover a lot harder than it should be too. Mistral makes cross over-less header pipes. I recently got rid of my originals with the cross overs. MG cycle sells/distributes them in the USA. I have a set of solid metal shims that replace the crappy gaskets in the original x-overs that I will post in the classified soon for sale.
    1 point
  25. Somebody just posted this on WildGuzzi, and I thought it would be interesting here too. I didn't know the MGS01 used a 6-speed transmission "modified" from a V11.
    1 point
  26. Yeah. Like Scud said, but it's a bit hard to figure out from pics - maybe this helps, this is what the rear gearbox plate and bottom end of the frame look like. And the gearbox reinforcement truss. (I thought I scored one from DeAgo a couple of months ago, but it was bad inventory. Dammit!) Connection points are the welded, integral arms at the front, the gearbox plate like Sports and early V11s, the V11-style gearbox front mount, and the MGS01-only gearbox rear plate mount. In this pic the set of bolt holes ahead of the ones for the rear plate are the ones that fit to the normal top mount on the V11 box. Jens at Dynotec isn't a fan of this set-up; he says it's not stiff enough and breaks gearboxes and is the main reason the road bike never happened. Any MGS owners had that experience?
    1 point
  27. That bike got the discount because originally it came with a complete set of carbon fiber spare bodywork. That ended up being sold separately.
    1 point
  28. One can only imagine the days, weeks, months drafting and erasing, recalculating with a "stone-age" slide rule. Actually, it would be considered an amazingly short design period these days. In Parilla's case, the street bikes used but a single lobe of a single cam to operate both valves. IIRC, the valves were set at 110º, which was then considered to be the ideal lobe separation in a normal, two-lobe cam. As wide as they were, the valve angle worked with the deep, aircraft-type combustion chambers of the day. High cam with short pushrods and rockers. Sounds familiar...
    1 point
  29. So you guys are all locked up and the feds are spending your kids future on a cold as well??? Shit......... the worlds gone mad.
    1 point
  30. You guys rock. Whatever Piaggio does cannot shake The Rock that am y'all.
    1 point
  31. Lots of Piaggio products use a pressed up crank Phil. My Mana has the same set up. I really never give it a moments thought.
    1 point
  32. Me too. Who knew I would be still nursing this sorry-ass, maligned 2000 Guzzi Sport after all this time. It's valve train was supposed to burn up at 24,000 miles. What a piss-poor, sorry excuse for a Guzzi. Just please don't tell her. She doesn't know about the histrionics . . . .
    1 point
  33. Too late now for bbolesaz but for anyone else just make your own line when the Guzzi ones fail. Cheaper, and better quality and aesthetics. No it isn't hard to do. Ciao
    1 point
  34. Not thinking of buying gears ⚙️ ...but better a Guzzi than it’s kissin’ cousin 🤤
    1 point
  35. There are at least three current threads with common content, maybe four. Frankly, merging is a disaster. Anyone interested will just have to follow them all. Anyone posting should decide which thread to focus their efforts on and try not to post and reply in all of them.
    1 point
  36. Actually was expecting better for the launch of a new century, new engine platform... something more celebratory with the splash & buzz created of a halo model. This looks boring as batshit - so the Breva launch commentary makes sense. I’m guessing the engine will have bore/stroke dimensions more akin to the Bellagio - with higher revs capability.
    1 point
  37. No torque arm from the bevelbox like the Spineframes or, in the case of the CARC bikes, the reactive bridge within the bevelbox. This works to separate the reactive forces of the drive, (As you accelerate/decelerate the pinion tries to climb up or down the crownwheel.) by delivering them directly to the frame. This means that to far greater degree than with a *Fixed* system the drive is separated from the suspension functions meaning a shaft drive bike will handle more like a proper motorbike. It wasn't so important when engines were only making 40-50 hp. Nowadays? Far more important. Looking at this thing there doesn't appear to be a reaction rod and the bevelbox is bolted solidly to the swingarm. The swingarm is very long which is another way of lessening torque reaction but cruder and less effective. If you look at it holistically it's an interesting package. Seems cam drive is typical Piaggio/Aprilia with a chain to an idler shaft in the head and then the cams geared to the idler, (That is to a degree speculative but the circular *Plug* in the back of the head looks like the idler shaft spindle plug on something like a Shiver or Caponord.) Throttlebodies in the valley, side exit exhausts as you would have to have with a DOHC design. Downdraft induction means modern power outputs are possible at last. It still looks like the gearbox is behind the engine but there is no recognisable bell housing so maybe a wet multi plate clutch? Where it is positioned will be interesting. Look, it's, at first glance, a lot better than I was expecting. I was genuinely afraid they were just going to throw a water jacket and an extra plug at the V85 motor which is a miserable little thing. This at least is a *Modern* engine. The styling is neither here nor there. This can be the basis for several platforms and models and Piaggio seem to be following the Aprilia lead established with the CARC bikes of launching the *New* product in a 'Plain Jane' model, (The Breva was the first CARC big block and its styling was not exactly eye catchingly beutiful!) While I would of preferred something that started the move away from fossil fuel power this is to me the next best option. Will I be buying one? Hell no! I'm very happy with my current fleet and I'll be very surprised if when it's launched here it has a price tag under $25,000. Sorry, I'm not willing to shell out that sort of coin on what I see as a dirty, outdated technology. My current dirty, outdated technology will see me out and I don't owe a penny on it! I do hope it is a raging success though and spawns many, prettier offshoots.
    1 point
  38. I've been trying to find clearer pics from the side but if I squint and hold my tongue at precisely the right angle it does look as though it might have an exhaust pipe coming out of the side of the head and if it does that would indicate a DOHC layout which would be promising. There's enough height in the tank for one or more central throttlebodies as well which would mean downdraft induction and the possibility of modern power outputs. As I've said I won't be buying one, I'm happy with my current fleet, they'll see me out. If it is a genuinely *New* motive unit though I'll be thrilled.
    1 point
  39. I think the transverse layout still makes sense today. Makes it easy to service (ie. check the valves) and you don't have the centrifugal force from the crank interfering with you handling. After being in the clutch on my V11 more times than I care, I hope the move the clutch forward for this, though it's not a deal breaker. It looks promising, and exactly the kind of bike I like (sport tourers). I really hope they make a truly modern platform, and not just a watercooled version of their small-block as Pete said.
    1 point
  40. I was able to get a standard grease gun fitting on the front nipple on my '03 Le Mans. Was not able to bend the hose successfully through the obvious direct path, but when I routed it through a crevice over the top it was easier. I had to use a pair of pliers to push it down onto the nipple once aligned. Sent from my Pixel 4a using Tapatalk
    1 point
  41. When I rebuilt the Centy engine Chuck I had the option of the plastic or the brass temp sensor holder, I went with the brass. I can't remember which was the later version but read somewhere recently it was the plastic which wouldn't make sense to me as i would always go with the later updated part when I have a choice. Anyway part of my logic at the time I do remember was the plastic holder seemed to have the sensor bulb suspended in mid air within the holder which didn't seem like a good idea with regards to responsiveness so I went with the brass holder and also applied some high temp grease inside to surround the sensor bulb and transmit heat from the holder to the bulb more directly. Did it work? not sure as I have no comparative data but it runs nicely Ciao
    1 point
  42. Interesting. I tried that, also "back in the day", only discovering later that my Sport responded markedly better to the exact opposite (low mass Engine Temperature Sensor Holder modification). Differ'nt animules, we all is.
    1 point
  43. Also, Arizona heat or not, these oil cooler lines run from the frame mounted oil cooler to the engine's sump. A dramatic vibration transition. The lines tend to abut the front subframe and get abraded. Finding the contact points and insulating them is good method . . .
    1 point
  44. First, you have to think about how the horsepower is being measured. If you are measuring it at the rear wheel, there is likely around 15% more power at the crank. So a bike with 100 hp at the rear wheel has probably around 115 hp at the crank. Then you have the old joke about how small Italian horses are.... As a former racer of Ducati's, I know all about inflated horsepower claims. Our Ducati racebikes would make an honest 75 hp at the rear wheel (two valve air cooled 750 twin). We raced against guys with similar motors claiming upwards of 100 hp at the rear wheel from their two valve 750's. Oddly, I don't think I ever had another 750 two valve twin motor past me on pure horsepower. I did get out motored by a guy on a Guzzi, but it was something near a 1400cc Guzzi big block. Wicked fast down the straight. Even compared to a Ducati 996 it was fast. I do agree with Pete, focusing on horsepower is not really what Guzzi's do well. But I really enjoy the power my Daytona makes and how it makes it. It is faster than the wife's V11, but more importantly it is how it feels. It feels like a hot rod, it is raw and visceral. Much like a V11, only more so. Is the valve train a great design? Probably not. But it makes more power than the two valve Guzzi big blocks it is based on and feels like it. And it doesn't eat itself. As long as the oil pump doesn't fail before I get around to replacing it, I should be good. And I hope my Lario holds together as well, less sure about that one than the Daytona. But so far both are doing great. And both are great fun to ride.
    1 point
  45. I'd have to disagree with the 'Anything is possible' supposition. How do you get a motor to make more power? The bottom line is you either have to get more molecules into the combustion chamber or you have to excite them more once they are there. Preferably both. Unfortunately the Guzzi Hi-Cams, both old and new, have several limiting factors in their overall design and engineering that preclude the ability to get significantly greater volumetric efficiency, thermal efficiency or mechanical efficiency, (Although the 'New' hi cam and to a lesser extent the MGS01 engines do have significant changes and waste reduction strategies incorporated into the design.). Whilst it might, conceivably, be possible to make the motor produce 120 RWHP to do so would make it very peaky and would gut it of bottom end and midrange. We've done a fair bit of experimentation on this with the Nuovo Hi Cam and the simple fact is that chasing top end is a fool's errand. The Hi-Cam is what it is. When mapped correctly and running a long pipe with a dB killer installed it will make *About* a genuine 100 RWHP. Doing all the stupid shit that people expect to work because they've been told it will by charlatans with something to flog, (Open airbox's, shitty air (Non!) filters, loud, short pipes, too much fuel etc.) may yield a handful of extra ponies up the very top but what makes the Hi-Cams so enjoyable, their incredible, flat torque curve and tractor-like ability to reel in the horizon with the twist of a throttle from any speed in any gear WILL be severely compromised. We know. We've done it. The results were disappointing and spoke for themselves. As I always say to people who say they want their Griso to make 130 HP? Forget it and love it for what it is. Don't try and make it into something it can never be. The early Hi Cam is less mechanically efficient than the later one so you're already behind the 8 ball there. There is no 'Magic Bullet', only 'Magical Thinking'.
    1 point
  46. One in a similar state had migrated to Seattle, WA. As of last year, it was advertised for $55,000. I see that they still have it and have deeply discounted it to 50K asking. It has apparently been serviced and ridden a short distance. https://seattleusedbikes.com/motorcycle/2004-moto-guzzi-mgs-01-corsa
    1 point
  47. There have been endless claims for stupid HP figures for Guzzi Hi-Cams both first and second generation. Certainly the MGS had substantial lightening and friction reducing additions to the early Hi-Cam but whether these would of been sufficient to glean the boost to performance claimed I remain fairly skeptical. The internet is also awash with claims of stupid power increases with the 2nd generation Hi-Cam. Usually coupled with a breathtaking ignorance of the laws of physics and bucketloads of 'Magical Thinking'. In this, as with so many other examples of idiocy, I part my buttocks and break wind vigorously in their general direction.
    1 point
  48. One of the most perfect bikes ever made
    1 point
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