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  1. Whilst of limited interest to most here I thought I'd gauge whether anybody would be interested in a documentary of a single spark 1400 Nuovo Hi-Cam build? I've just acquired a 'Repairable write off' Griso that I'm going to use as a test platform for final development, (I've already built two 1400 single sparkers.). I'm not willing to have my old warhorse off the road while playing silly-buggers with the motor so the idea is I do the build, iron out any problems, then fling the final product in the 'Green Horror'. This will be my swansong. I hope to be retired within a year.
    10 points
  2. Fitted the new carbon rear hugger and at the wifes suggestion went for a ride on a nice sunny day. Ciao
    10 points
  3. As I said over on the AF1 forum I didn't think the price utterly outrageous. I mean they will be a direct bolt-on as they are from a basically identical machine. I'm sure that something else could easily be made to work by boring the yokes or shimming the legs and some form of aftermarket shock would be aquireable but chances are it would involve a lot of buggering about and could end up being equally costly. Really, at the end of the day, does he really want or need the top end gear or is he just wanting some extra bling? I know that if I had a V11 I'd probably want to upgrade the suspen
    7 points
  4. Daytona 1988. Guzzi content at last. If you ever wondered what 5am practice was like at the TT, here you go. Lining up in the paddock for an early morning practice session. More work on the bike at the TT. Here the 750 engine is fitted for the Senior race and we have the cylinders off on the 600 engine. Got a fan club as well by the looks. Here's the bike after the Senior race. Axle the bikes owner in the brown top with the video camera. The guy in the blue sweater is John Williams who raced a GSXR750 proddy bike that year and in the yellow t-shirt is Richard Sco
    7 points
  5. Thank you! I don't know exactly because the job was done by my mechanic, but i believe he used the original parts except the turn signal brackets, which he built by hand; i bought the windshield on the german site Steine Dinse
    6 points
  6. I got my scanner working today and decided to scan some old racing images. Here's yours truly in the grey top and jeans at the 86 IOM TT during one of the pit stops in the Senior race Marco "Lucky" Lucchinelli in the pits at the Aussie round of the WSB 1989. He was team manager that year. The rider that same year was Raymond Roche
    6 points
  7. Here's one for those people that say I never do anything. Me pushing our rider off again after a pit stop in the Senior race. John Williams is putting the re-fuelling gear back and the two guys in the red black and yellow are the marshals that give the bike a look over during the pit stop and make sure there are no mechanical issue. If there is they wont let you leave the pits until it's rectified. I didn't like the re-fuelling job just in case I gave the rider a crutch full of fuel. I stuck to the clean the screen and/or change the visor and give the bike a look over. We didn't need a tyre ch
    6 points
  8. I'm sorry for your traumatic experience, could take years of therapy to put that behind you - especially if you find yourself shopping for dew rags online. I read this today in a local SF forum... "My dad used to own a Buell, until one day when he accidentally left his garage open overnight. Now he owns three".
    6 points
  9. I walked into a HD dealership today by mistake. It was disguised as a CanAm dealership. I got out ok, but had to stare at a nearby Ducati 998 for a while until I felt better.
    6 points
  10. Original Spine framed Guzzi. The Forerunner to the V11 Sport. Ciao
    6 points
  11. I know the feeling... even though I have one now.. I always regretted selling my first one that I bought new. Even though I’ve had some very fine machines in between.. The V11 was special to me. The only bike that came close was my ‘05 999R Maybe it’s my preference for twins, but that was also a very well (and sadly a sales loser) put together machine. My Scura will be pried out of my cold dead hands....
    6 points
  12. Buon Giorno, Guzzisti! When Kathi starts a conversation with “Bill, I’ve been thinking,” I get nervous. The reverse is likely true, too. So, I’ve been thinking. For lots of reasons, only a few lucky among us will be going to Mandello for the big party in September, or, FTM, the one in Genoa next week that marks the actual 100th anniversary of Moto Guzzi. Sadly, I won’t be among those. And, quite frankly, I am not ready to take the body-art plunge that The Great Nick of N.J. did … My present plan to celebrate includes flying our large Italian flag on the b
    5 points
  13. Griso was made in three sizes. 850, 1100 and 1200. The first two used versions of the venerable two valve per cylinder design, the 1200 used a four valve per cylinder design and a Hi-cam in each head driven by chains from an idler shaft running in place of the camshaft on earlier motors. It is possible, although not easy, to enbiggen the 1200 to 1400 using 1400 pistons from the Cali 1400. It's far from a simple 'Drop in' conversion though. I've built two now. Approaching it from different ways both times. This time I'm going about it yet another way. The biggest issue being differences in
    5 points
  14. Business wise (I'm self employed) I had a really crappy 2nd and 3d quarter in 2020. But in October suddenly (new) clients began to call. Everything's going well! Next week I will receive the keys to my new home. After 4 years in a small apartment, my GF and I decide to finally stop with the LAT and move in together. We bought a nice roomy house (with a garage! ) and we hope to grow old together there. As for Covid: we had an 'intelligent lockdown' last year and in the summer after the first wave everything loosened up a bit. But when the second wave came our government decided we had to
    5 points
  15. Scura #600 - new to me today. Just sold my old Scura w/ Coppa paint job couple months ago and the garage just didn’t feel complete anymore. This one was apparently on and off the market a couple times and popped up again yesterday.......brought it home today. Will need a little TLC, but I’m excited nonetheless.
    5 points
  16. I'm sorry for your traumatic experience, could take years of therapy to put that behind you - especially if you find yourself shopping for dew rags online.
    5 points
  17. The 'Rule of thumb' for bearing clearance is one thou for every inch of journal diameter. If you're building a commuter engine that is just going to potter you make the clearance towards the smaller end of tolerance, for something that is going to be thrashed mercilessly and produce as much power as possible you go for the larger end of the clearance envelope. The oil may not have as strong a wedge but the greater oil throughput will cool the bearing better. Mr. Finnegan has an excellent reputation but I agree with Phil, it's all 'Old School' stuff. I find myself frustrated by people who
    5 points
  18. You cannot operate this bike w/o this forum . Make sure you have a large wiring diagram , an analog and digital meter , a degree in electricity / electronics , a good shop , $10k worth of tools , the strength to push a bike 1/4 mile ( 0.4k ) and a good attitude . Oh yeah , a Japanese bike too .
    5 points
  19. Well this has been paid for and hoping to get it picked up next week and delivered from California to Florida. Nice conversation with the owner Paul from this site...
    5 points
  20. I think you are confusing remapping with re-setting the self learning parameters, (Fuel trims.) on a machine with closed loop capability. If the system incorporates a narrow band lambda sensor then, at certain throttle openings and engine speeds, the ecu will crudely change the fuel delivery to try and achieve whatever its target AFR is. If you re-set the self learning parameters, (Clear the trims.) it takes the fuel settings back to a factory baseline and from here, (Unless you turn off the lambda input.) it will start to re-trim the fuel again until it achieves that target AFR in the closed
    4 points
  21. Got booked in yesterday. Good friend Yamaha Bill will be attending again.
    4 points
  22. Agreed. Common in the story of my life, I often don’t see the best stuff where I live until I move away. Had to leave Oregon for 15 yrs before I recognized a lot of the great things in Oregon, and left Santa Clarita before I realized how great those LP national forest roads were. Like an old country song about needing to get away from home... Red is up on the lift at home, waiting patiently for me to get back there to grease/lube/service her up. And maybe she’s hearing rumor of a greenie coming into the harem.
    4 points
  23. I talked with Walt (Lodge at Tellico) today on the phone. What a golden guy. Our Seventeenth "South'n Spine Raid." I told him I thought it is our twelve'th staying with them at The Lodge at Tellico. Yep: year one there (in Tellico): 2010 . .
    4 points
  24. Took old Red out for a test ride with the new downpipes...central coast California, out on Hwy 166. Here at the Willow trailhead on the Los Padres N.F.
    4 points
  25. 2004 Ballabio, Red. ZGUKTCO234M111219. 483 miles. Yes, 4-8-3. I'm the original owner. This bike was on display at a Cagiva Store @ Marshall Field's flagship on State St in Chicago in 2004. I bought it from Cagiva in late 2004 with 5.3 miles. Came with factory-issued La Franconi 'Carbon Fiber' slip-ons as well as the stock. Clearly, AC stored it because of provenance (with other bikes bought in crates from factories). Ride it just enough (varied rpms). Changed battery once despite always trickle charged. Changed all oils once and front brake pads (caliper weeped into). Bled brakes front same
    4 points
  26. Just received mine from MDI, only took around 3 weeks. Quality is very good, plate indent is centered, and fastener tabs are very beefy - will not have any breakage issues (unless they are off-center and require the holes to be enlarged). Will post install photos, but initial report is great quality, especially for $80.
    4 points
  27. Certainly worth inspecting, adjusting, and perhaps tightening the external shift mechanism. Make sure the two "arms" are parallel with one another. Sometimes the pivot bolt benefits from a shim to reduce slop. Even after performing (most) of Lucky Phil's excellent Shift Improvement, I still preload the lever and take up the clutch play to get best shifts.
    4 points
  28. Was able to spend some time in the shop today and changed the engine oil (and filter), gearbox oil, and rear transmission box oil. Got some fresh fuel, wet the tank, crossed my fingers, and hit the starter button. It's alive!!! Let it run for a bit, no leaks or issues, and went for a spin around the block. I had a huge grin on my face. Next stop will be to the DMV for the tag. Felt like I was on such a roll I even changed the ignition starter switch on my '78 Pinto. Unfortunately that battery is suffering from sulfation and wouldn't even take a charge. Pulled it
    4 points
  29. Welcome, get both bikes Cheers Tom.
    4 points
  30. Best idea if you want to get an idea how it all works is to look at the parts diagrams. Oh, and if you wanted to see a 1400 Griso? Here's Mark's bike with the first 1400 motor I built. Compare it to the other two in the next pic and you'll see it's indistinguishable.
    3 points
  31. Well It'll be easy for me as I raise a glass of red to something or someone almost every hour according to my wife:) Ciao
    3 points
  32. Got around to doing this. Not totally enamoured by the look but a clocks a useful thing on a bike so that tips the scales. I was struggling with finding somewhere to fit it that didn't look too odd and I finally went with a bolt on fit which involved a bit of work. If anyone is interested in the process I'll add to this thread. Ciao
    3 points
  33. Sold the Jackal today to a very nice man from Baltimore. These EVs are really bargains right now.
    3 points
  34. The sensor is a thermistor, no capacitance at all just resistance that changes with temperature, yours read 1.4k because it was reasonably warm then you dipped it in fuel and cooled it down. I just went through this again with a V7 owner, he took the regular speedo off snd wanted to use a 12 Volt LED in its place. He tried using the LED directly with his sensor but of course found it was always lit. I tried to talk him into using an incandescent like the VIIs use but he wasn't having it Measuring the sensor on my V7 the thermistor is ~1,800 Ohms when cold (it will vary slig
    3 points
  35. My best friend contracted it after denying the power of this virus . He lost 30lbs and every day and thought he was going to die . He caught it from his wife and she barely was sick . After recovering from (his words) the illness of a lifetime , he resumed watching his favorite news channel and has forgotten all he learned from his experience . I do NOT waste time with this hot topic because everyone's knowledge (if you want to call it that) comes from news channels only . My wife , step-daughter had it while I was in Ind. working . They had symptoms with hardly any illness . My step-
    3 points
  36. I am 51 years old and reside in Redmond, WA - Been fortunate enough to live and work in many countries. I have been involved with motorcycle (and cars for that matter) since the age of reason! More than anything I consider myself a student of motorcycle design and its intricate inner workings (some would say a mechanic). I have built, raced and cared for many motorcycles over the years - some more fun than others and some more memorable than others. My first bike was an 1980 Suzuki A100 built into a 125cc road racer. This was my first rotary valve two stroke engine. My first full on
    3 points
  37. Nah, it's an 8V of some sort that's been bastardised by a f@ckwit.
    3 points
  38. I got a lot of stick on WildGoose for saying the Daytona front forks were nigh on useless. It was a shame and a huge mistake by Guzzi to intorduce a new frame design with crap forks. I'm sure a lot of people thought the frame was at fault. Of course in typical Guzzi fashion, the stable door was closed, they were replaced with WP units, long after the horse had bolted. Anyway, when the BEARS racing was happening the few brave enough to enter a Guzzi Daytona, usually changed to GSXR forks, it's a road that's been well travelled and repeated by many owners, I'm ASS-uming the Sporti wears the
    3 points
  39. I have a set of R1 forks/triple clamps/bars/brakes/mudguard that are shortly to accept the Carb Sport spindle and go USD. Bloody lot safer than the Marzocchis that are on it and near-on killed me last time I was out when I hit a pothole cranked over and bump-steered myself into the oncoming lane in the twisties. There was a car coming, fortunately with an alert driver. That was 5 years ago. Completely frightened me. I’ve been on other Guzzi’s, and other bikes, but not going back onto the 1100 Sport until it has a more compliant front end. Similar length forks, and rake is less than a qua
    3 points
  40. Was thinking more along this line. Made here in Australia. Monocoque aluminium chassis, Chev LS or Ford twin cam V8 engine. Fully independent bespoke suspension, billet A arms carbon fibre body thats so good many order with polished gelcoat coloured finish and don't bother with paint. No donor stuff apart from the engine transmission and the diff centre. Ciao
    3 points
  41. After the throttle body R&R / fuel injector rebuild / TPS sync. / all the other wok ( I can't spell ancillary ) I took it for a spin . Ran out of fuel , sorta . It worked excellent after I turned the fuel on . Parked for a month . The week I left for Indiana to work I found gasoline on the floor again . I removed the tank about 10 Xs trying to fix it . The last same leak was all I wanted . I had all the MG I wanted . all I do is tinker with these things ALL the time . I am gonna load both onto the trailer , go down to the pond and make submarines out of them . I finally got t
    3 points
  42. Credit, again, to v2guzzi.blogspot . . .
    3 points
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