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  1. Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in anything. I'm not going to link or even capitalize proper nouns. If you're interested you will figure it out. I searched for "elk" and "elk grove" and found nothing. So here goes. I found elk grove power parts in January. They are a piaggiao dealer and had good prices on Guzzi parts. I ordered a bunch of stuff and waited. And waited. They say up front it happens on piaggio time. But if piaggio shows it as a good part number it will show up. And waited. I figured I'd get my money back if nothing else. Behold. Stuff finally showed up. New seat for under one fifty. New Ballabio brake and clutch hoses under a c-note each. New production lights and turn signals cheaper than you can buy used on ebay. There is still stuff back ordered but I figure they are the real deal. The first name of the special order parts man is bishop. He's been good to me and I will inform him of this post so he can check it out. That's all I got. God bless, go in peace cdr
    8 points
  2. There are always at least a couple "things" worth repeating . . .
    8 points
  3. I didn't but my dad traded his 2018 Kawasaki Z900rs in on a 2022 MG V7 Special 850 at the KY Guzzi Rally. After riding it yesterday, I was surprised how civil the 850 "small block" ran. With little buzz and plenty of torque to make speed, I also like the blue color of this model. Dad is a spritely 78yr old, loves to ride when he can, this will be his first Guzzi.
    8 points
  4. Progressive Wilber springs mounted, rear in progress. Good news for next summer. Cheers Tom. Sent fra min SM-A525F via Tapatalk
    8 points
  5. As I threatened earlier in the South’n Spine thread saga, this post is about the latest "Mutton Run" to Daviess County in western Kentucky, and includes -- at no extra cost — (a very few) pix of a Hagan family reunion. this evening As longtime readers here know, for several years, I and others similarly afflicted with a love of motorcycles and willingness to eat mutton — not necessarily a common combo! — have ridden from various points to eat mutton twice a year at the St. Mary of the Woods picnic and at restaurants in Owensboro. OK, OK, as many also know, it is possible that it is not only mutton alone that calls us, but, perhaps, beer, bourbon, and BS, all of which abound on the Mutton Runs. Here’s the latest of these, told in (yes, too many) pix and captions, of our ride to Daviess County. My moto-accomplices began arriving on Tuesday, 20 September, and we returned home on Tuesday, 27 September. My total mileage of about of 1300 miles in four riding days was hardly of the “ironbutt” sort, but not a mile was on the slab, and most on very fine backroads in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and Kentucky. I rode my Griso. What a wonderful beast and fine tourer. Mine now has 32K miles. With the exception of the well-known "rollerization" debacle, its only problems have been self-inflicted by me. : I managed to fix -- to the "good enough" standard, at least -- the stripped threads on the rear brake and the associated severed speed-sensor cable. Neither was an issue on this trip. Larry, who started from Ormond Beach, Fla., on his shiny new V7-850, tallied 2300+ miles. His return home was less of the “smell the flowers” sort than his outbound leg, as Hurricane Ian smacked his hometown hard. Bob started in Rochester, N.Y., and rode with us on is '01 EV to Maysville, then returned home via a side trip to visit an ailing friend in Columbus, O. Larry and I rode on with a brief appearance at the Kentucky rally in Frankfort. Fun to see Zoom Zoom and other Guzzisti there. Then, Scott, on his really nifty MP-3, met us in Owensboro. Kathi [] slabbed it in one day in our little Fit, carrying enough tools to do roadside depot-level maintenance. Back to the pix. As I usually do, I have these on Smugmug in “collage landscape” form. That way, they all open in collected thumbnails first. You can then hover your cursor over the individual pix to read — if desired — the captions. That process truncates one or two captions a bit, but most appear completely. You can make the pix bigger and see (again, if you wish) all of captions in larger text size if you select the slideshow option. Nutt'n But Mutton; September 2022 As a (slightly related) aside, I dropped my laptop in the hotel on this trip, resulting in the “black Screen of Death.” Kathi gently suggested that bourbon was involved. Possibly. :boozing: Anyway, as it was long out of warranty, I decided to try some self-help “surgery.” Friend Lannis -- who has been on several Mutton Runs -- is blessed that I didn’t perform his recent bypass op. I watched a few y/t vids, donned gloves, used the right tools — delivered by Mr. Brown the same day! — and converted the MBP’s dead monitor into a large paperweight. $igh. Yes, I now have a new laptop. Hope to see some of you on a future Mutton Run! Bill
    7 points
  6. The 2004 Coppa Italia is heading to Northern California. It is a real beauty.
    7 points
  7. After 6 years without running, I would take the injectors out and have them professionally cleaned and tested, replace fuel filter and make sure you have fresh fuel in the tank.
    6 points
  8. Who is this man and why is his hair so fabulous. Easy one for the Guzzisti. Good for the kids to learn. First in the continental US who posts the answer correctly gets the prize. I will put in priority mail envelope. Picture of "prize" in next post
    5 points
  9. I am about to post about the latest "Mutton Run" in a separate thread. But to muddle this a bit more on the whole BBQ question, I'll add these comments: * I grew up in Daviess County (Owensboro). For years, I felt similarly about Old Hickory, i.e., it's where the locals ate. We all did. That said, (most) (Catholic) church picnics were better still. Then, last May, our mutton-eating (and beer & bourbon-drinking) moto-bubbas went to OH as usual. I was very disappointed. Moonlite, then and in this latest trip, even with all of its kitschy and off-putting trappings, was much better, especially in the mutton category. * As for BBQ generally and anywhere on the planet, the critical first question is whether the meat has been parboiled before grilling. If the answer is yes, it's amateur fare. The second point is that if you need to slather meat with sauce, you are a sissy and the BBQ unworthy of tasting. * See the links: https://bbqfest.com & https://festivalnet.com/7196/Owensboro-Kentucky/Food-Festivals/International-Bar-B-Q-Festival. Note location. There is a reason for that. I knew you'd want to know all of this. Bill
    5 points
  10. While in Owensboro, I visited the statue of Nicky Hayden, #69, I think this is from his victory lap at Laguna Seca after winning the Moto GP Championship against Valentino Rossi. He later hugged his dad and started crying, epic. Anyways, "in these parts" he's a legend, and deservedly so.
    5 points
  11. Cheers Tom. Sent fra min SM-A525F via Tapatalk
    5 points
  12. Fitted everything back togethter today, hopefully 1day testing before hibernation. Cold asfalt doesn't invite to much. IPA time. Cheers Tom. Sent fra min SM-A525F via Tapatalk
    5 points
  13. The electrical messing about continues 😀. I really was getting fed up struggling with the 4 wires to each battery terminal. So I fitted 2 busbars (is that the correct term? Terminal blocks? Battery blocks?) to allow a single wire to each of the battery terminals. Handmade from bits of this and that and cobbled together. They fit on either side of the frame, inside the rear fairing ‘wings’. Battery disconnects/re-connects really quickly and easily now- bit like my monza ha!
    4 points
  14. Thanks for all your thoughts on this. For what its worth I went with the Electrosport 515 as recommended by Stugnu. I managed to get it for £10.00 less (£120) from M&P here in the UK. Fitted and working well...no more flickering battery light. Thanks for the recommendation. Speedo 60 degree bevel madness next....... I bought a new one from Stein Dinse. It broke within 20miles. Aaaaagh!
    4 points
  15. So the 3 wire bundle negative terminal i was looking at, one goes to ECU relay then diagnostic plug then the other two go direct to the ECU so basically without this negative on the ECU its turned off and i get 12V at the injector plug, things didn't really seem to add up but I read somewhere when looking for injector info that some systems only have +12V at the injector when cranking or running but looking at the Guzzi diagram it would appear that the coils, fuel pump and injectors should all have 12V when the relay closes. So i reconnected the ECU negative, cranked it over and i'm getting 10.2V at the Injector when cranking so i led myself astray chasing the low voltage fault. Next i looked at the injection relay and if moved around pulled out a bit i get 11.2V at the injector when cranking so almost there , i've got a spare relay base somewhere so i'll try fitting that next time.
    4 points
  16. Yeah...uh Back in the days of flat track and no money (I mean, reheating day old pizza on a licence plate atop the 55gallon drum garage furnace money) we used split-shot sinkers pinched on before the ferrule. Zinc is better than lead. The older smarter guys found copper tubing the right size, split it, pinched it over the cable before the ferrule to the same OD and filled it with solder. For the well-funded and connected, they used to make housing extensions in a few increments of length.
    4 points
  17. Electrical connections will degrade over time, and any 12v system is vulnerable to increased resistance from corrosion. Oxygen and Humidity cause this. Imagine how much more trouble a vintage 6v system was. I'd disconnect the ground lead to the gearbox first. Get clean shiny metal to metal faces, re-assembled with grease. Battery terminals next. A voltage drop to 4.5v means a bad battery &/or bad connections.
    4 points
  18. It is helpful to distinguish, when a V11 "won't start", whether it *clicks/whirs, cranks, or that there is > nothing < at all. Both @LaGrasta and @milo's V11 crank, but don't fire (if I understand correctly). A V11 with a faulty Run Switch or bad Clutch Switch/bullet connectors doesn't do anything on start attempt? Also, just because the battery has been removed for storage = nothing electrical can go wrong? I would venture that connections can continue to corrode and degrade while rodents can change your wiring without asking. Rude little shits.
    4 points
  19. Speedfrog is right, is my guess. There are a few clues here- First, you had no battery installed so it seems unlikely that anything electrical has changed. Second, your fuel pump failed; Third, your injectors are dry. I'll suggest that both the fuel pump and injectors are plugged with sludge from dried fuel and need a simple cleaning. You can test power to the injectors with a simple 'noid' light, purchased or made from a 6v light bulb and some soldered wire. My hillbilly shade-tree dark side says get some acetone or MEK, some long handled cotton swabs, and wash the injector tips to see if you can start any dribbling that way. In any case, after sitting that long, I'd have the injectors cleaned and replace all the fuel lines anyway.
    4 points
  20. Coming from the Florida Left Coast (grouper, shrimp, pompano, black beans& rice), my first exposure to "BBQ" was in the North Carolina Piedmont. They claimed to have manifested the concept. The "pit" was out back for proof of concept. And there was "Brunswick Stew." I don't doubt the Kentucky claims to authenticity. Seems our best local Tennessee BBQ is labelled "Texas" . . . . And asking for "sauce?" > fightin' words <
    4 points
  21. Ha ha If I ever get to the States.... I'd like to put Oz on that map with the comment about how far did you travel for Kentucky's best bbq!! Cheers Guzzler Ps might just start fasting Thursday so's to REALLY enjoy Friday lunch
    4 points
  22. Nice old Camaro RS in the parking lot.
    4 points
  23. replacing it is a win win. Even if that isn't the leak source, the original tube will fail so, good to rule it out.
    4 points
  24. I've had similar issues on two V11. Both were the crankcase ventilation tube. The pasta they are made of doesn't like oil and heat so they disintegrate. The leak can start at the top clamp and run down and drip on various cables and such and can appear to come from 'wherever". The most common spot to fall apart is at the lower hose clamp and then drips down the sides to wherever it wants to go.
    4 points
  25. Bike came with Koni 230, but WAY to soft. Have had very good experiences with Wilbers on other bikes. Just had to run the oil varm and running carbs dry before hibernation today. Just 15miles, felt soo m better. Nkr 12879. Price is around the same all over I think. I can't order from Germany, just local dealer here in Norway. It's amasing what good suspension will do for your bike. Cheers Tom.
    4 points
  26. Stock pipes from Chuck, of course they are quieter and heavier, but the black looks good to me. The carbon Mistrals were beat up pretty bad, def showing some age.
    4 points
  27. I was going to add earlier to check the Voltage on the black wire which I believe is the reference but didn't as @farfons stated he ran that wire to the battery and there was no change, the same with the earth but again he did that as well. In my experience on my Sporti that double "jack" plug comes apart easily, for now they're held together with a cable tie, but I'm going to cut them both off and replace it with something more secure. The reference itself is measured in a crap place passing through a fuse and 2 relays (starter & headlamp) in the Sport, not to mention the wire running the length of the bike, so corroded or dirty contacts could cause the reference to "see" low volts and lead to overcharging. That said you've already eliminated these as potential problem by running wiring to the battery to test and found no difference, so you've reached my level of ignorance on the issue.
    4 points
  28. Ok. The answer lies in notes 1 and 5. The wht/blk connector mate on the frame harness is suspect. You'll have to do some patient sciencing here. Pull the plug very slightly apart so you can measure the actual voltage in from the headlamp circuit. That should measure within .2 volts of battery. If it measures a difference of more than .5 volts, you have a meaningful connection fault. If you measure a high differential, measure at the next accessible point upstream; if the mating connector in the harness is not molded as the regulator side is, probe the wire where it meets the terminal to see if you have a bad crimp. I hate poking holes in wires, but if you have to to measure voltage in the harness before and after the plugs it's necessary. I'd start by chasing the accessible points first. I don't think it will take very long to isolate the problem point. Another point of order is to use your meter to measure differential between the regulator case and battery negative. Though you've run a bypass, it's still important to know the ground is sufficient not to have a differential.
    4 points
  29. I could not "price" mySport. It embodies so much of this community's support and contributions as to be: > priceless <
    4 points
  30. Here are mine for comparison. Looking forward to seeing @stewgnu's solution. . .
    3 points
  31. This is my new to me 2004 Ballabio #28, VIN#ZGUKTC0204M111128.
    3 points
  32. When is McRib coming back?
    3 points
  33. We've been stopping there for years. First time the hostess went to check on seating and came back to say, "You're bikers, right? We have a place for you in the back." (Mind you, we roll in along with the local after-church crowd. ) She then seated us with the "best server on staff" . . . (aka: off-duty Adult Entertainment Specialist )
    3 points
  34. The Gondola in McMinnville, Tennessee, is our halfway home lunch-spot leaving the South'n SpineRaid. We always arrive with a big appetite after traversing the 4 thousand-foot climbs and drop-offs over the Cumberland Plateau. They have never let us down, but this visit was exceptional. Certainly the food, but mostly due to the presence of Kentuckians. Seems they have a particular "effect" on the service staff . . .
    3 points
  35. I hear that is THE place to go . A few years ago , "the other place" was listed as one of the Top 10 BBQ places in the United States . Boy , we were let down . When we were asking for directions , the man said "you want to go to Old Hickory" . I was on a quest and had to go to Moonlite . The Smithsonian Magazine can't be wrong . Well . I should have hung around another day to get another appetite ready . Around here , I (and my dog) make a daily trip to Leigh's at Future City . Chopped , on bun and she gets the bone . BTW , the dog has to stay o/s . They also have great ribs or the best chicken but , you have to order the day before . There are a bunch of other BBQ stands (that is what they are referred to here) and have their personalized character . BBQ and sauce are personal opinion . I'm gettin' hungry .
    3 points
  36. Weegie, the Magni 1000 looks incredible!
    3 points
  37. Got them on the Magni 1000 and a monoshock on the R9T I really like their products
    3 points
  38. I have Wilburs on my 2010 V7, came with the bike. When I first got the bike, I set the sag and was amazed at how adjustable these shocks are, very sensitive. I've been happy with them. My forks have been rebuilt with Traxxion Dynamics, AK.
    3 points
  39. Those look "just right" with your gorgeous Rosso Mandello !
    3 points
  40. An interesting point to the thread observer; the regulator in question appears to be identical to the one on my '97 Sport-i. Though my battery has always charged, I had suspicions about my system so installed a LED volt display which showed output to be a little weak. Improving grounds brought me to 13.8 volts, which I thought a bit low but I see in the schematic this is the setpoint intended. At this past Spine Raid, and just before, I noticed that the voltage increased to 14.2 and I was pleased but confused; now I have to inspect my reference circuit to see if it's actually overvolting marginally as is the OP's bike here.
    3 points
  41. 18,000 miles on a Guzzi tire? They must have rolled around the shop without starting it for that whole test . . .
    3 points
  42. It would daunting to perform the entire ensemble of changes and upgrades that have evolved over all this time - charging, electrical, fueling, lighting, suspension, gearbox/shifting mods, instruments . . . Short answer: ~ nope ~
    3 points
  43. I thought I posted this AAR but apparently not. Swapping out Relay 3 for one of my Chinadians from ebay did help with my neutral light issue.
    3 points
  44. Dang - those are good prices. You can't even get an old seat recovered nicely for $150.
    2 points
  45. Pee Can, it’s what you take on a road trip to Florida.
    2 points
  46. Open circuit voltage should always be system voltage. So if you measure the ground for the injectors (and whatever else) it should show battery voltage when disconnected but nearly zero when attached properly. That is, testing from ground wire to ground. Whatever voltage you see between the ground wire and ground is resistance, and to be eradicated as a connection fault.
    2 points
  47. this was from a parts bike I had. Hand made. This is stainless so not an easy shop fab, but maybe useful for you to come up with something if you don't find anything. it's made from flat stock and bent. I made a template for future needs. This lighting is ebay. You can make flat portions larger for different lights. the lower bit is just thin aluminum cut to cover the exposed wiring and such under the tail. It all bolts to the existing subframe wiith no mods. Click the pics to enlarge. Hosted on https://imgzeit.com/
    2 points
  48. I see you've tried to embed pics straight from Dropbox. That doesn't work. You can attach pics with the paperclip option
    2 points
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