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  1. Wife and I at the Philadelphia Navy Yard yesterday, in front of the USS John F Kennedy.
    10 points
  2. Ok, back to our regularly scheduled program. I have the mill set up, and will start the last no doubt highly collectable Lucky Phil V11 Sport Shifter Extender (tm) run this afternoon. Yeah, I know.. I said the last one was the last. But. I have a precedent, set by Guzzi.. "Hey, Luigi..those 500 numbered Rossos sold pretty well. Let's run another batch."
    8 points
  3. Hibernation time around the corner, snow plow markers up,, ALREADY. Or just happy for another season. Cheers Tom Sent fra min SM-A505FN via Tapatalk
    8 points
  4. Got out for an extended ride on the "new" to me "new" '02 LM. Beautiful weather finally has arrived. Tipped the ODO over to 2650 miles. She's tight and runs like a good sewing machine.
    8 points
  5. Miss Greenie is leaving the basement next weekend and moving in here. Almost every hour of my spare time since July has been laid down. Tired and satisfied. Is it worth it? I don't know. The fact I didn't make it in time saddens me. But hey! Another summer is coming for most of us. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    7 points
  6. I had an expanded Ducati tank that I put out in our all glass " sun room" this summer..especially on those 100 deg plus days...it is unbearable hot.. I washed it with dish soap first then sat it on a stool for about 2 months during July August turning it over every day..I know it was way over 125 most days. On some days I even stuck a small hair dryer on low inside the fill hole and let it blow thru to the fuel pump hole for hours ( remember I thoroughly washed it with hot water and soap first and blew it out with the compressor) It came down nicely..it looks and fits great , like new now..I
    7 points
  7. I just dropped them off at the Post Office. I'll either PM or email everyone with exact shipping cost when I get around to it. I have some glueing and honeydo's to do today. I had the water jet guy use up all the material, so I am now a "stocking dealer" of Lucky Phil Shifter Extenders (tm) although I think the market is about tapped out.
    7 points
  8. Just got back from a 3 day 730 mile tour with friends in the Catskill Mountains. First tour for my 03 Le Mans, and happy to say she performed flawlessly - such a pleasure to ride on 50 - 80 mph sweepers!
    7 points
  9. "Psssst! Hey! Hey, buddy, cm'ere-cm'ere . . . trade ya this Scud-made First-Gen Chuck SuperSpring for a Chuck-made Third-Gen LuckyPhil Shift Extender" . . .
    6 points
  10. He was about the right age for that unexpected heart attack if he hadn't been keeping up with his yearly physical exam. That was about the age I had to start staying on top of various heart related issues. My half brother died suddenly at 52. (!) I have a half sister that is still going strong at 93, though.. Just the same, the Reaper told me that tomorrow isn't guaranteed. Enjoy life..
    5 points
  11. So Summer.. that's July 30 to August 3? Norwegian bachelor farmer describing the weather after moving to Minnesota.. "The Winters are very beautiful here.. I don't know what the Summer is like, I've only been here 10 months.."
    5 points
  12. This! As I spend an awful lot of time saying about the CARC bikes in general, love them for what they are. Not what they're not! You can make a superb 'Road' bike out of a Griso but even if you could get it to make 130hp, which you can't, it would still be utterly uncompetitive as a track tool. And before people start bleating at me that they've seen Dyno charts showing preposterous claimed power outputs I can assure you that having built a couple of 1400 Hi-Cams now and had Mark log build maps for them there are several things about these 'Super Hi-Cams' that just don't cut the must
    5 points
  13. I loved my little 750's as well, I had a couple back in the day....This one would do almost anything the 900ss would do.you just had to ride it differant..light and nimble ..I just finally sold it last year....cant keep em all.
    5 points
  14. I consider the V11 Lemans as the 900SS' fatter freakier sexy cousin. Both bikes are pretty. You'll spend more time gazing the Duc. You'll ride her but she's higher maintenance than the cousin with junk in her trunk who will let you ride her all day. Sorry if the analogy is a little too pornhub but remember we're talking Italian bikes here. 👊😎
    5 points
  15. Photographers posted along the "Dragon's Tail" route did a great job of catching all the bikes as they went by. This is the first picture in over 50 years of riding of me actually underway on one of my beloved Moto Guzzi's. Can't wait until next years Spine Raid.
    5 points
  16. I had a few people reach out so I just wanted to follow up after my last message, I know that the classifieds isn't the right place to wander, but since a few reached out I just wanted to let folks know why I disappeared from my own thread. My son is only 1 1/2 years old and was diagnosed with a large tumor in his belly, you never imagine how tough it is to hear cancer and your child's name in the same sentence. He had emergence surgery last Monday to take out a very large tumor and his right kidney, he begins chemo today. the type of cancer has a very high survivabili
    4 points
  17. A few days late, but wanted to report another successful 3-day 700 mile Catskill Mountains tour. Return home day 3 was moderate rain the whole way, but no issues whatsoever. Same goes for my friend's Duc. [emoji123]
    4 points
  18. '00 on the left '02 right [img]https://static.imgzeit.com/reduced/773af1304c89895f/IMG-1622.JPG[/img] ( the BBcode for forums still not working)
    4 points
  19. You're welcome, Gerhard, and it was no trouble, finding a good box for it was the biggest challenge, and I had one. Now I am prepared if and when someone buys the Mistral. Next stop, eBay I live just outside of Boston, there is quite some traffic at times, so I have to pick the right time to escape -- usually I head to western Massachusetts. The New England area has been in a drought since late spring, great for riding, not so great in other respects. With regard to the plague, I have had to change my riding plans to avoid crowds, so I pack food, water, and coffee on the bike and head
    4 points
  20. We were in Mandello a dozen or so years ago for the first time, myself on my old T5, (still going strong with ALL its original electrics, never seen the valves or the pistons after 35 years and 120000 km) and my friend on his Rosso Mandello. Just after arriving in the Abbadia Lariana campsite we sat at the bar for a beer. This young lad in Guzzi overalls arrives and ask my friend: 'You want Ohlins? 100 euros!' He went out and came back with a brand new back shock.After getting his money he said:' Want another one?' and off he went for it. Northern Italy works in marvellous
    4 points
  21. For me, this guys have the best kit in the market for a Guzzi. Period
    4 points
  22. My experience is to run the tank down as low as possible before removing, and after removing just drain / pour out whatever fuel is left. I think it is better to let the tank sit empty. Also, a number of people have reported their tanks "shrinking" back to normal size if left to sit empty. As noted by docc, a good idea is to let it sit over a saw horse or other set up that mimics the mounting. After letting ours sit empty over winter it shrank back to a more normal size. I then used an epoxy tank coating to hopefully better seal it. Time will tell if that works out better or worse.
    4 points
  23. Always glad to see a satisfied customer. My QC lady said this is the best batch yet. I think the water jet guy put a journeyman on the machine this time..they fit in the cavity of my fixture precisely, so everything is "on the money."
    4 points
  24. Yep ridden a SS 1000 and what was really remarkable as other have said is how fast they spin up! Really impressive. I was not expecting that even owning the St4s at the time, which I still do. The 4s is a great bike, going slightly off topic again, it does everything. Its my super fast slick touring machine. The Cafe sport does not have anything like the oomph of the 2 valve Ducati which is strange given the similar power numbers. That's a seat of the pants feel. The Ducati feels like the power runs away from you with the V11 needing you to consciously open the throttle to get the power
    4 points
  25. Woohooo! Chuck, my Lucky Phil shifter brackets arrived today. They are gorgeous! The colors and paint are very nice, and the pieces look and feel great. It’s nice to have one of each color. No doubt there’s a Scura or Rosso Corsa in my future, and which ever once of these doesn’t go on the red frame greenie will be reserved for the “yes, she will be mine” bike. In the meantime, it’s going on the tree this year, right up at the top next to the disco mirror ball and glow-in-the-dark typewriter ornaments. Beautiful work, Chuck. Thank you! Next time that you’re in SoCal, Joe Jost’s
    4 points
  26. Ok, listen up. I have them machined and formed. I will *probably* powder coat them tomorrow, or maybe Thursday. If anyone wants a Greenie Green one, let me know. I'm planning on coating some airplane parts with that color and I could add shifter extenders to the batch. Unless you speak up, you get flat black. This ain't the Burger King..
    4 points
  27. Having the same Mosfet regulator experience with my 2 V11. Only around 10000m so far, but 14.73 v idling, and the 30amp fuse has nothing much to do. Slipped in a 15amp fuse , just to observe, still there Cheers tom
    4 points
  28. Here is what happens when the engine was run with the Griso spring in
    4 points
  29. No, don't sacrifice another lovely old T3 on the altar of this obscene, masurbatory, cult. If you have to build some pretend POS 'Cafe Racer' just buy some shitty Chinese copy of a 1980's Japanese single. It'll look the part when you're sitting at your stall selling your pomade and beard grooming products and all the pissants you're trying to impress will flock like moths around a flame. Just leave the old Guzzis alone. Please.
    4 points
  30. Bottom line for me is it's more beautiful and desirable than almost any new bike available at any dealer showroom in the past 15+ years - period.
    4 points
  31. 2001 V11 Sport TT for sale, This is one of the 15 designated "TT"s that were put out in the U.S. only as part of the U.S. import for sales. EXTRAS carbon fiber M4 exhaust CRG brake and clutch levers custom bar end weights with Rizoma mirrors. (as part of my "hobby" I work with a machinist and design parts for bikes that the market no longer really supports or never supported to a great detail. I have designed about 12 - 14 parts for my Buells and Guzzis. these bar ends are modeled after the factory weights and thread into the bars like the OEM weights but are s
    3 points
  32. Usually picking up the mail don't get me excited, but sometimes,, thanks Chuck. Cheers tom.
    3 points
  33. I must admit that I hate Aprilia for introducing the 660 twin at this time. As usual, it is cutting edge gorgeous, and has a torque plateau rather than a curve. In essence, the two front cylinders from the RSV4, but expanded from 535cc to 660cc, 270º crank w/counterbalancer, with a much lower redline. 10.5K peak hp and revs stop at 11K. Only teasers so far, but what a teaser. Bars above the triples, pegs slightly lower. Maybe 400lb all up. An absolute HonKawaYamaSuz killer. The AMA is probably writing rules to limit it as we speak. Price? Yeahhhhh...
    3 points
  34. Thanks Phil! Tank arrived safely in California! Working with shop here to get it coated inside and then swapped onto the Rossa Corsa! G’day friend!
    3 points
  35. The 90º V is in essence a two-cylinder slice off of a V8 and so has a similar sound. I/ suppose that one could think of a V8 as four V-twins firing 90º apart from each other. The 270º interval between firing impulses is the same: Guzzi, Ducati, Aprilia Shiver/Mana, Suzuki TL-R/SV, Honda RC51, and any paired cylinders of a 90º V8 which share a crankpin. Of note here is that Ferrari and other "flat-crank" V8s sound rather like a four cylinder, as they are essentially two four cylinder engines connected at the crank - i.e. on either bank, they have two up and two down pistons in the traditional i
    3 points
  36. At its genesis, the issue is government forcing the sale of gasoline that is detrimental to the entire fuel system of cars, truck, motorcycles, lawn mowers, weedeaters et al. Cleaner air is one thing. Add up the cost of the millions of cars, trucks etc. whose fuel systems have been damaged (thus emitting excess pollutants) then dismantled for repair, releasing gasoline fumes into the atmosphere. And the required chemicals necessary to clean the components and surrounding framework, etc. Those chemicals contribute to pollution. Then consider the mutiplicity of factories worldwide emitting
    3 points
  37. A few years ago, I was riding the Mighty Scura through the "snake" on Mulholland in SoCal. I pulled in to the overlook on the top, and a guy came over to me. He said, "I'm pretty good at telling what is coming from the sound. I would have sworn that was a V8." While we were shooting the breeze, he called out the next three correctly..
    3 points
  38. Well that is just my experience..maybe someone else has had a different one..I got the tanks pretty damn hot in the sunroom and with the hair dryer..you could hardly touch them..and they seemed to hold up fine..another tip I've learned is if you have a few little bubbles in your paint you can carefully heat them up with a hair dryer or a heat gun on low, then take a needle and puncture them a time or two and press the gasses/air out with your thumb and carefully massage them a bit and they will usually lay right down..you can hardly see the needle hole and its sure better than a bubble..I did
    3 points
  39. There are different forums for those kind of pictures, but I'm sure you know that already.
    3 points
  40. Nice images Tom, almost feels like I was there. Ciao
    3 points
  41. Damm I meant to say on the video if anybody is contemplating this as a mod, what I didn't realize at the time was that there was 3 mm spacer jammed into the top of the valve as a shim. Like the dope I am I completely missed it and only found out about it later when messing with the valve again So the valve had the 1mm crush washer installed on the outside at the top of the valve which reduces the spring tension and a 3mm shim on the inside of the top bolt which increases the spring tension. If installing without the crush washer (which IMHO isn't necessary) I'd start with a 2mm washer/spa
    3 points
  42. The newer cylinders are different, has 0.3 mm less hight for more compression ratio (9.2 old / 9.5 new).
    3 points
  43. The heads are different on the EV Calis. Smaller valves and a different oil feed line from memory. I have one in the workshop. The cali cams are different and there is a slight variation in the rocker arms from earlier to later engines. I fitted later rocker arms on my engine which if I recall had a slightly larger end and more thread for the adjusters. Cranks are different depending on what alternator you run and the cranks have a different balance factor depending on what engine and rod piston combo. The rods do vary between the models but I'm not sure of the exact details. Ciao
    3 points
  44. I dont see what the fuss is about, hardly a thing of any consequence has been done to it . Seeing video's like this makes me think half my workshop life has been worth documenting on video and putting on Youtube. I mean who the hell cant pull something half to bits throw it away, rattle can an assembled engine and throw it back together. The bars set pretty low these days, Deus ex Machina style. Ciao
    3 points
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