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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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Original Spine framed Guzzi. The Forerunner to the V11 Sport. Ciao
    6 points
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Sheesh, bud. Hate it when "Headlight/horn/brake light" makes a guy pull his tank and go down that rabbit hole . . . All those are on a common circuit through Relay#2 . . . Here's docc beatin' that OMRON High Current Relay drum again . . . Not the first time nipples get involved and complicate things. . .
    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. http://www.dpguzzi.com/ Pyro Dan knows all about Guzzi relays and sells GEI which is what he thinks is the best one. Better than Omron. Anyway, get all relays for about $30 from Dan and then keep a couple of old ones for spares in the tank bag. Relays won't fix a bad connection. So clean those sockets regularly.
    4 points
  31. 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
  32. Yes, old retired firefighter here...38 years of service...most with City of Santa Barbara FD. Going across Pine Mountain area, you can drop down 95 through the Bitter Creek Wildlife area...its an amazing road with so many twists and turns...it will really give you a work out. It goes all the way down to the 33/166 corridor. If you continue through Frazier Park you can go down Lockwood Valley Rd, where it ties into 33, near Ozena fire station.
    3 points
  33. Last weekend I added a Carbon weave alternator cover on my Rosso...along with changing out the damn crossover pipe with a set of Mistral down tubes. The cover I got was from Pomponi's Garage. Claudio did a really nice job on the part and was great communicating with me from Italy. This picture shows the cover with the old cross over pipe, which was a beeyatch to seal (even with a solid shim kit) and was always in the way. The new Mistrals sound great, were easy to fit. They run into a Stucchi x-over and a set of Mistral Titanium ovals.
    3 points
  34. I think I've now about reached the end of this but wanted to post some more prelim data for now and some more test results tomorrow. Who'd have thought I could spin out a 4 page thread on a bloody spring. So here's what I've found as a rough guide regarding shimming the OEM valve with the Griso spring. Below are 2 results, the first colum is static test data. In other words putting the valve in an oil tester or pumping up the valve on oil, if you use air the results will be different, probably lower from what I saw. I gave up on using air as a medium the leakage was so bad I co
    3 points
  35. It's been a weird year. A veritable roller-coaster ride for my work - but managed to stabilize and do better than the worst-case scenario we planned for. My quarantine project was planting a bunch of fruit trees on the slope behind my house, and putting in some raised garden beds in the side-yard. I know several people who have had a hard time with COVID, and several more for whom it felt like a bad cold. My family and I have managed to avoid the virus so far. I've had a few good small rides on the Stelvio - mostly out to the local fruit stands around Palomar mountain (strappin
    3 points
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. I hope you have better luck than I did, I ordered one from them 4 months ago..after a lot of drama it finally arrived last week and the Carbon looked nice but the indent where the eagle logo goes was totally off center and crooked..I told them I wanted my money back and returned it..that was about 10 days ago...I have not heard anything from tthem yet. Good luck to ya though..I bought several things from MDI for my Aprilia's in years past..and it was fine...but they were located in Georgia then, not San Diego.
    3 points
  39. I have GSXR forks on my spine frame Daytona. I am sure there are others. I was able to make the GSXR forks fit simply by using a different steering head bearing set with a different ID, and I added a small spacer below the bottom gearing to adjust the length. I have another set of GSXR forks that will likely end up on the wife's V11 some day. But a Jeep keeps eating all my expendable time..... I am also the guy who found the odd damping set up in the early V11 forks. The early forks have two bleed holes that allow fork oil to bypass the valving until the forks compress pa
    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. Credit, again, to v2guzzi.blogspot . . .
    3 points
  42. So, the turn signals are on a different circuit. As 80CX100 says, there are suppliers that still stock them. Look at the linked post in that thread for “online components.” Swapping #2 with a minimally stressed relay like #3 might help confirm the issue, but a full set of OMRON High Current relays (G8HE) is a good move, regardless.
    3 points
  43. Hi all. Today i buy new Angel GT Tyres for my Lemans v11
    3 points
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