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  1. OK... we're posting Scura pics? I'll play. As for the Stones... wow, just wow that they are touring. I don't know if I am more surprised that Keith Richards or Ozzy Osborne are still with us... but they both gave us some great music. Speaking of music... maybe this would be a good time to put some aftermarket pipes on that Texas Scura?
    9 points
  2. 29c today, NOT normal up here. IPA time, for sure. Cheers Tom Sent fra min SM-A505FN via Tapatalk
    7 points
  3. Hello from the Sunshine Coast (Canada!) I love these bikes and have just acquired my second, an '01 greenie. Looking forward to the ample TLC she requires and then riding! cheers!
    7 points
  4. So, there's this thang called Occam's Razor which is sometimes inaccurately paraphrased as "the simplest explanation is usually the best one." Without further ado, is that in this particular chapter of Dead V11, fotoguzzi wins the Occam's Razor award for nominating the kill switch as the culprit. I would also like to nominate myself for eejit of the year award for not checking the kill switch until suggested. I would like to apologise for wasting everybody's time, particularly that of Weegie (Bloody Hell, but those Magni's must be special machines!) for wearing his puir wee fingers to the nubs for typing his essay-like response. And of course, docc, for his input into either my 2nd or 3rd post that he has responded to. My thanks to all, along with that apology. If you need me, I'll be over in the corner, self-flagellating for my stupidity for not checking the kill switch... Ffs!!!
    5 points
  5. Mine came with Staintunes. Pretty throaty, but not obnoxious. Db killers out. With them, it is just so wrong. Recently rotated them up for a little more spiff.
    5 points
  6. If you did not know what to do, each year, you can run the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas; the tour runs from March 15th until November 15th of the current year. There are 50 stops to make distributed inside the state, and you are considered a tour finisher if you complete at least 25 of them. Here's the interactive map of the stops! Registration for 2021 closed on February 28th, opened to all bike brands. I intend to make as many stops as possible, so far I made 3, the third completed today. I started with the easy ones, those located around Houston. I will update the thread as I find it will incentivize me to do as many as I can. There are 50 stops total, and some events which allow you to meet other participants. there are 1250 participants to the 2021 tour; many of them from other states, not necessarily border either. I am flag 1001 which is a number that fits perfectly as it can be read in both directions. The bikes' brands are not shown, so I do not know how many Moto Guzzi there are, out of them, if there are any V11. Another reason for this thread, if any reading it are doing the tour this year. Anyway, here's my three stops so far. I will adding them as I go, to see if I can get as far as possible. This is my 1st stop: Brenham. This is the second stop: Navasota This is my third stop: Anchor blown 1 mile away Texas City. I rode it in the full of typical Texas weather, around 100 degF feel, and I am able to confirm the V11 does not like it hot!!!
    5 points
  7. Properly adjusted, it should have little to no effect discernable by the rider. It is intended to offer minimal resistance to normal velocity steering inputs, but resist those which are too rapid and not seen in normal riding, i.e. wobbles. Consider a bucket of putty or any thick, but fluid substance. You can slowly move your fist through it from top to bottom. But try to punch through it and it becomes almost solid - fluid dynamics at work. And just so the damper resists rapid, potentially dangerous oscillations in steering input.
    5 points
  8. As far forward as you can get. Grasp the tank with your knees. No weight on the bars, elbows bent. Late turn in, flick into the corner and add power all the way through the corner. The machine wants to be stable. The less you mess with it other than adding power through the corner, the better it likes it. It is a very good handling motorcycle.. Edit: Oh, forgot. 5000 to 6000 rpm is the sweet spot..
    5 points
  9. Another very simple adjustment is tire pressure. Over this long time, and 58 tires, I firm the rear pressure over the front 40/35 PSI.
    5 points
  10. I hope that I am not going to offend anybody.... This is an old "for adult cartoons" French magazine, which only cost six Francs, so a very old one indeed. As you can see, the choice of the bike and individuals correspond; Prolo is short for Proletaire or Proletarian in English... the guy wears an overall, which symbolized that.
    5 points
  11. .....a variation of the musical relay game. Next time remember to dance around the bike rattling chicken bones. Good MoJo.
    5 points
  12. Your in the right place then..I think everyone has been nominated at one time or another !
    4 points
  13. Super nice day for a ride on the Scura in the forest and surrounding areas…with a nice stop for cool drinks at the Classic Rock cafe to visit Cash and Mick! Had to celebrate the good news that the Stones are back on tour again and coming soon…with the last show at COTA in Austin! Still have tickets so it’s a go!
    4 points
  14. Pretty sure 13V is fine normally the charging volts are in the region of 13.5 or higher, this is off the top of my head, but I would not be concerned about that in the least. Have you looked at the Odyssey charging thread yet...................it goes into more detail than you'd ever EVER want to know about all things Odyssey
    4 points
  15. Brake before the corner, then corner on the power and notice the difference. Shafties like to be cornered on the gas.
    4 points
  16. My '02 LM feels "lighter" and more flickable when I put my chest on the tank pad and hugged up against it while weighting the pegs, my butt is barely touching the seat. I'm guessing 60% on tank and 40% on pegs. Almost no weight on clipons. A dramatic handling dynamic difference vs riding lazy (weight on seat and clipons). Could it be why MG put a pad on top of tank? Idk, but when I wanna play in the twisties it works for me. YMMV
    4 points
  17. Wilbers shock remote pre load adjuster. How you can sell a bike with genuine pillion capacity without a simple method of rear preload adjustment is beyond me. Ciao
    4 points
  18. I had no idea when I signed up that I would be conversing in such rarified air.
    4 points
  19. Hello Wee Robbie, your Greenie will no doubt thrive in the green of BC! I have the same, ‘01 Greenie, and she’s a rough and rowdy beauty. Always puts a smile on my face. She’ll need some TLC, but not too much, and will pay you back in spades. This be the place, your new home-away-from-home as a V11 rider. Great folks and a wealth of knowledge generously given. Cheers!
    4 points
  20. I replaced mine with Honda CBR600F4 mirrors as suggested here: https://www.motorcyclelife.eu/bikes/past-projects/moto-guzzi-sport-1100i/ They are much better than the originals.
    4 points
  21. Summary: Sudden and intermittent loss of throttle: electricity still on, but all combustion seemingly cutting out. 1. Did this months ago and I limped home, pausing to let it cool then going a short distance. It started to "Huff" when given gas... revving to 4k and then falling off then up and falling again. ruh... ruh.... ruh... ruh. I changed the relays and it then seemed completely fixed. (but it also got cooler and I was not riding far.. ) 2. I took it on its first extended ride and about 5 hours into the ride, as I came off the coast into the inland heat, it started to cut out again on the freeway. first just once, then progressively getting worse until I limped into Eureka. sounding and acting like it had months before. After that it would maybe start, maybe not, and only run for 1/4 mile.. or less. I fiddled with a ton of stuff- but nothing roadside would fix it. at least all my connectors got a good greasing. Ended up replacing the Phase sensor: A fairly generic sensor for the timing. NOTE: after I did this it seemingly ran fine- but I did not take it on a 200 mile ride to find out. Since I was working on it, I also replaced the fuel pump and petcock with a manual version. Subsequently I went on a ride and it had some bogging down issues at throttle- but turns out I was an idiot and did not tighten down the return fuel line. that done- all seems good! But not done the 5 hour test yet! that will be later in the summer or fall. thanks for all the help -
    4 points
  22. It feels like as long as the chain is in tension from the motor accelerating, she pulls awesomely. Stellar. Try to just roll along at some singular rpm and she hiccups like the St. Vitus Dance the Veglia speedometer used to do. While I would prefer to be accelerating all the time, it is not always possible. Or permissible. (Always planning my 200.000 kilometer service interval. I even noticed a little wet spot on the timing chest to get me more worked up . . . . . . OOOH! A LITTLE WET SPOT! BETTER GET SOME CARUSO GEARS! )
    4 points
  23. Just Guzzis in a dress
    3 points
  24. I hope you got the oil screen sorted. It should only go in one way. The hole in the screen frame for the bolt is off center, so if you have the plastic frame fully seated in the recess, there is only one position where you can install the bolt. Then it will line up perfectly with the oil-sucker-upper tube (which probably has a real name). If the frame of that screen is not properly set into the recess, then stuff could get around the frame and the screen won't be able to block everything it is supposed to.
    3 points
  25. Is it possible that the circlip (Item 13) (you call it a Seeger Ring) has come off, allowing the cam wheel to move inboard? Or the nut holding item 20 post is not tight? That would allow both wheels to move inboard. (But only a tiny bit)
    3 points
  26. Try Boonstraparts; it is a Netherlands specialist. You can dial your specific V11 in the filtering system. https://www.boonstraparts.com/en/part/sp-connect-moto-bundle-universal-phone-holder-l/000001146913 Take it with a grain of salt though. I mean, I was looking for a paddock stand for my Le Mans 2004. So I filtered V11 Le Mans 2004, and selected Paddock stand. I contacted their customer service to verify if they knew for certain it would fit my bike. And the answer was honest. They did not know. Which kind of defeat the purpose of the filters in the first place. They speak English and they are customer oriented. Since you are the only one who knows what kind of GPS or Phone size you want, I suggest you check them out. I purchased clipons bar end weight from them, and they arrived in a few days. And they do not charge you the VAT if you live outside of Europe. I mention this, because often sellers of new parts in Europe charge you the local taxes even when it is for export. They should not, but they do. For used parts, there aren't any VAT in Europe. The VAT is only paid once, when it is new.
    3 points
  27. Well, on a steady state throttle, as in rolling down a freeway, I have seen as much as 40 mpg and am confident my tank will deliver five US gallons (maaaaaybe 5.1). So, sure, 200 miles in those conditions. Yet, I absolutely love-love rowing this gearbox and ripping up-and-down through the revs. I am total hell on tires and brakes and fuel economy. On a chilly day when the weather feels like the Sport is climbing the Stelvio pass, and I'm pretending to be Omobono Tenni, I can see as little as 32.5 mpgUS. But it's worth it . . .
    3 points
  28. Fourth stop, Stop #46: world largest Dime in a box, Dime Box, Texas. In the suffocating heat, a quick back and forth to a little village named Dime Box, where you can find the world's largest Dime... or so it says. The town feels really lonely... thank god, they had Moto Guzzi feed! It was 1:12 when I reached it. The last part of the road from Burton was a lot of fun.
    3 points
  29. 3 points
  30. Yeah, temperature makes a difference on the exact voltage reading. But AGM batteries like the Odyssey will measure higher than normal lead / acid batteries, and at or just under 13 volts is fully charged. Only charging at 13.8 volts is low, but I assume that was at idle. As rpms come up charging should increase to 14 volts or more.
    3 points
  31. Love my road 5’s. Ran them on previous bikes, and hadn’t really thought of them as ideal for the V11 but they came already freshly installed on Red when i bought her. The slightly stiffer suspension on Goldie (grade of oil used up front) and the bridgestones vs red with the michelin 5’s makes for a difference that is obvious every time when swapping between otherwise identical bikes. “Better/worse” would be in the opinion of each rider, but for me the slightly softer suspended, Michelin clad Red Lemans is much preferred. Grim - I’d venture a guess on your relay situation that perhaps the weather was just right after you changed the relays and got the “turbine like” running. There are certainly days when a well tuned v11 will purr more perfectly than in other temp/weather conditions.
    3 points
  32. No problem, I haven't checked the latest info but looking at an old Odyssey catalogue it states a fully charged battery will have a Open circuit voltage of 12.85 or higher at 25C so I don't think you've anything to be concerned about
    3 points
  33. Not surprised with 230 kg dry weight and 80 WHP on a 170/180 section rear tyre Ciao
    3 points
  34. I got over 13k miles from a Road 5 rear on my Le Mans, and I've consistently had over 9k miles on my heavier bikes (Stelvio, ST1300) with road 5's. I run ~42 psi on the rear, but I've rarely had issues with traction.
    3 points
  35. Unlike others here, I like airheads. Easy to fix, reliable, good parts supply and, god help me, I like the looks of them. I have no illusions- they handle terribly and do attract the human equivalent of undescended testicles. And those humans do tend to overvalue the bikes when they are in a shit state. $1500 is too much.
    3 points
  36. G'day and welcome to another greenie owner mate! Cheers Guzzler
    3 points
  37. I can relate to "home made" special tools. I was in the battle tanks industry, and a lot of the stuff we had to tear down after the tank had been used in the field could no longer come apart as described in the service manual. So we had to devise our clever ways...
    3 points
  38. Yes I'm aware of the this and it's all largely correct, the valve spring returns SOME of its potential energy back to the camshaft after it's compressed but it's a matter or proportion. From memory it can only return around 80% or maybe less on average due to friction, and other dynamic losses such as having the task of reversing the valves acceleration and pulling the valve back onto its seat so the net result is still not a reversal it's only a lessening of torque in the same direction. There is no perpetual motion machine you don't get all the energy back at any point so the net result is always an input to a greater or lesser degree which keeps the force in one direction to a greater or lesser degree. A multi valve/cylinder engine with more lobes smooths this sine wave energy action as does greater rpm. If it was some sort of single cam lobe mechanism with little or no frictional losses and little work to do I might be convinced but for a typical engine running in typical circumstances I don't think so. I think I dispelled the theory of the cam drive and wear/play and inadequacies/wear/spring fatigue in the tensioner causing the hiccupping when I went to the gear driven cams. It made no difference at all I'm disappointed to say, it still hiccupped as before in the same particular circumstances. Ciao
    3 points
  39. Found and fitted this screen, not sure. I'm going a bit further and wanted something to keep the wind off on the motorway. It's a Fabbri 3021, meant for a Honda Hornet. I had to try the mounts in every orientation before getting something close to fitting. There's a bit of a gap at the top of the light, but I guess it's by design, as the bolt is going to be half way up the headlamp on most bikes with a round light, so the hight would have been no different on the intended Honda.
    3 points
  40. Joe replied to my email immediately and offered considerable additional information that I will try and post later. I believe much of this has been included in Lucky Phil's installation thread. Joe did say there are Daytona and V7 gear runs ahead of the V11, so ours will probably be by the end of the year. The cost of £675 UK Pounds is, today, $924USD ($1258AUD) including shipping (to the USA).
    3 points
  41. Yes, you are crazy. And so are the rest of us inmates. You know what else is crazy? Buying a new motorcycle, barely riding it, and then selling it for $2,000 less than you paid. So buying a set of gears is only half as crazy as that. If you want to feel sane, you just have to compare yourself to someone crazier than you.
    3 points
  42. email sent to Joe.
    3 points
  43. Fort Stockton. Oh, the memories. The bathrooms in the Shell station are so bad I just use the dumpster out back. The receptionist at the LaQuinta was the sweetest girl you could imagine. She had two nice shiners. I keep my hand on my pistol.
    3 points
  44. The V11 factory stand only lifts the rear. Awkwardly. Once on the factory stand, the front can be lifted with a platform jack under the sump. PLEASE be certain the platform is fully seated under the sump, not lifting from an edge or a corner. And PLEASE either tie your V11 down to the lift or to joists above ("chain fall"). With both wheels off the V11 on the factory stand and sump on the edge of a platform scissor jack, you are halfway to a bad day. Don't ask me how I know.
    3 points
  45. You could still pull this off, @p6x . . . you've done it before . . .
    3 points
  46. The gears will actually give you a bigger wet spot.
    3 points
  47. arya serious? Y'knaw, I wazn't.
    3 points
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