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  1. 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
  2. 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.
    7 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
    6 points
  4. Here is what happens when the engine was run with the Griso spring in
    4 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Ha ha I've been lucky enough to have been up in a helicopter and an old Tiger moth and DC 3.As a passenger not a pilot! I've also skydived, my Dad was a paratrooper in the British Army as a young man so almost felt compelled to try it! Although all of the above were truly life affirming experiences, the helicopter ride was over a glacier in NZ,tiger moth flight was over the Great Ocean road here in Oz and the DC 3 a flight over Melbourne and the Port Phillip bay at night. I have to say they can't compare to my lifelong love of motorcycling and the experiences that it ha
    4 points
  8. The pipes are BUB. I'm not sure they're the best possible top end performance, but the thing pulls like a dump truck from 1500 RPM with the Web 86b cam.
    4 points
  9. New battery, new fuel pump, new relays, first ride, second ride, third ride. Funnily enough, relevant to posts above, took advice off here to buy omrons, and tried to start it with new fuel pump before I put them in. Could hear bosch relay clicking away, but pump not working put new ones in and all peachy. Took a while to clear injectors out, but a tank full of clean gas and some gentle throttle and it soon cleared up to steady tickover and smooth running thru the rev range, after about ten minutes all the stutters gone. Was going to put it away as paperwork etc, but it was such a nice ni
    4 points
  10. Doesn't look as if any of us responded directly to your inquiry except by the positive inferences you may have drawn. Still looking? Pull the trigger? I have 82K miles on mine. A grand machine. Romped with it a week or so ago. Bill
    4 points
  11. 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
    3 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Pete, so how long have you been hanging around the west side of L.A.?
    3 points
  15. I get what you guys are saying. To take social media culture “self-publishing” to the extreme, I am really tired of seeing pics/vids of what people are eating for breakfast! That being said, he’s doing his honor to the marque, and I bet it’s a fun-as-hell bike to ride. It makes me wish that I had a carbed Tonti to rebuild! For your average Joe, who doesn’t have the skills and resources to do the heavy stuff that some people can do, this is a nice example of what can be easily managed and he seems proud and happy, so OK.
    3 points
  16. Well the upside to that is its cheap and easy for you to scratch that itch:) Ciao
    3 points
  17. 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
  18. Gents yes , I am guilty . Yes it's a big ask price wise , but .....and hopefully the pictures show this , it's a minter . No it's not totally original , yes it has aftermarket slip ons and cross over , heated grips and a gezzi brian belly pan, but that isn't really a crime here is it . I also have another V11 which also under went a full restoration at the same time , so to bag a MK1 Le Man to add to the collection, something has to give, but I'm in no hurry, I actually rode it today and was glad it hasn't sold. Probably put both the V11' s back in the house on show over the winter now and ke
    3 points
  19. Careful with what you assume - the actual OEM O2 sensor location is underneath on top of the usual stock crossover - with the front balancer added according to Guzzi to improve midrange. For some this’ll be an anathema - but I hold the view that the 15RC feedback modulation is an evolutionary improvement by Magneti Marelli. When married with the improved LSH24 offering higher cross count sensor speeds it performs phenomenally. Disabling feedback imo isn’t really a step forward - it’s just a shortcut means to an end. Kind of like chopping out tonsils & appendix’
    3 points
  20. Well not today ( Saturday ) but yesterday. I was going to post yesterday but got sidetracked! Anyways been locked up at home during the lockdown for weeks then work decided I should work from home.So the 5 week holiday ( ?) came to an end.Quick trip into the office to get the laptop/phone etc not Friday but the previous one.Well I forgot a particular file that I need so email to the CFO to get a Travel permit, Yep!To go back to the office and get it. So yesterday I did a couple of hours work at home and got togged up for the ride into the office.Nice enough morning,bloody unreal
    3 points
  21. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/702278560627125
    2 points
  22. Well I dont agree with running an oil pressure gauge. John and I have done plenty of research on this now and in my view we have a workable outcome. With the Griso spring you get around 75psi hot oil pressure maximum and idle pressure of around what,32psi hot on 15W-50 oil. The hot maximum is plenty now and the hot idle pressure also has plenty of head room as well ( considering 10 psi at idle is actually all you need). We now have a greatly uprated pump, driven by steel gears which should allay any reliability issues. So John has done a brilliant job with this with a great outcome with plenty
    2 points
  23. The newer cylinders are different, has 0.3 mm less hight for more compression ratio (9.2 old / 9.5 new).
    2 points
  24. Dad (who never had a Guzzi) bought his 1941 8C w/C-75 in 1950 for $500 and flew it home. Rebuilt it ground up, wind-drive generator w/spinner, Aeronca Chief wheelpants, Ford model A tank behind the cockpit, and a brick of then revolutionary NiCd batteries. You could do that stuff back then. Doped up the wings in our backyard - bro and I bucking rivets inside the fuselage at the tail, as no one else would fit. Still have the smell of Never-Dull in my olfactories. Dad enjoyed running away from his buddies who were in T-crafts, various airknockers etc. It's still registered and flying in the Por
    2 points
  25. I can't make a fair comment as I don't run baffles and would recommend leaving them out. I take it easy around the house and the neighbors make plenty of noise so that's a wash. I'd be tempted to make the half inch hole a lot bigger since I'm playin anyway. Make sure the rest of the exhaust system has no leaks, at the head too.
    2 points
  26. Funny I had to ask you..lol..Corbin Factory is about 70 miles from my house and I have ridden over there a few times to have them build seats for me, they have a ride up service...Mike Corbin is an awesome guy as well.. Looks great on your bike!!
    2 points
  27. Corbin, way better than stock, I think. 240m today, no problem with the a. IPA time Cheers tom.
    2 points
  28. Like a BMW? That doesn't seem right at all! 😂 __Jason
    2 points
  29. So here's another trap for the rookie, OR the experienced that gets led in a particular direction and doesn't do his due diligence.The cam support on the R/H cylinder has had a tiny,tiny annoying leak since I put it together. The sort of leak thats just a minor annoyance to be honest but seeing I had the tank off replacing the throttle bodies I thought I might as well look at it. Its a PITA on this bike as the engine needs to be supported and the front subframe unbolted and swung forward and the r/h header pipe removed to get the belt cover off. Then loosen the cam belt and remove the cam pull
    2 points
  30. Now you're trackin' ... I wish I were his age, riding that thing to the local vino-formaggio on Friday night in Mandello del Lario with a copy of Farwell to Arms in my pocket. Another itch, another upside
    2 points
  31. The thing I like the most docc is the way the carbs hang down off the cylinder heads like some piece of ripe fruit ready to fall off I don't have any particular aversion to the bike itself, its just another backyard hack job on an old bike that produced a backyard hack job outcome. Have we all lost sight of the fact that just about every English Rocker/ Cafe racer back in the 60's did this sort of thing to his Triumph,BSA,Norton in the front room of some old bed sit in Liverpool or Birmingham. The only thing that's changed is now people seem to think its worth making a video about and ot
    2 points
  32. Well I like it, I like it a lot. Sure is a nicer job than a trike would have been! But I am not a trike fan.
    2 points
  33. I was looking back through some pictures the other day to find how I'd mounted the engine on the Great Lakes.. I'd forgotten the details, of course.. but the whole airplane is scratch built. It took a little more than a few hours with an angle grinder, btw..
    2 points
  34. 16mm is 5/8 inches, so you may find a local US brake shop or HD dealer who can help you. You would need to measure everything first, as there are suggestions that both 15.8 & 16mm diameters were in the Laverda Brembo range. I had a clutch master cylinder that had internal leakage. It was caused by a tiny rubber granule from the deteriorating reservoir hose getting into the MC. It got between the little brass washer and end of the piston bobbin that acts as a non-return valve. This allowed slight leakage so the lever could be pulled slowly to the bar without keeping the clutch released
    2 points
  35. Nice wingman's machine there, Bill!
    2 points
  36. Had it out again yesterday docc after re fitting the rebuilt throttle bodies. Needed a full re set of the balance and airscrews etc. Its going nicely now and no more click,clicking from the r/h throttle body shaft or fuel dripping. I also re torqued the heads and did the valve clearances after. Ciao
    2 points
  37. Waiting for Chuck to come along and enlighten us with his awesome Aero-Lario! Aero-Guzzi engines rock!
    2 points
  38. '03 introduced the 43mm fork stanchions. Curiously, my '04 has the forward crossover, but no lambda sensor. The ECU may have been 'tinkered' with, as it has an unreadable sticker over the original M-M sticker. I guess that the connecting rod oil jet, the .5 increase in compression and the forward crossover contributed to increased midrange(?) The reversed positions of horn button and turn signal - who knows? Just guessing here, but they must do a lot more audible than visual signalling in Italy. After all, gotta take at least one hand off the bars to give the international salute to erra
    2 points
  39. the main thing that comes to mind re the '03's is that the first ones were '02 carryovers. '02 spec sold as '03. The head pipe balance pipe first came on the '03 spec bikes. The "mid bike" balance or crossover came on all models. 03 spec came with better paint on the drive train, semi glossy not wrinkle finish. 03 spec came with no chin pad on the tank and a fuel pump inside the tank replaced the frame mounted one.
    2 points
  40. Yeah, the first time I saw the valve covers off of a Guzzi engine, I thought, "airplane. That sucker is sturdy.."
    2 points
  41. Huh. Had that Stinson-ish look from the side. There is something aircraft-like about the Guzzi engine, maybe a slice of radial?
    2 points
  42. This was a mighty cool piece to put eyes on (and listen to pulling away!):
    2 points
  43. Get a Shindengen Mosfet from here and you'll never have to worry about a regulator again. Have them on the Ducati's. http://www.roadstercycle.com/
    1 point
  44. Yes of course it was, thanks Weegie. I was watching your new vid last night. Good stuff. The range of variation your gauge shows should give anyone pause - a lower flow rate plus no idea what's going on in a motor known for expensive fragility, no thanks, Caruso + gauge it is. Coming into 4Vs at this stage it'd be daft not to act on the info that's available. So ta! PS when I got my Sport i it was a dealer demo with a discount as they were going out of business. They had an RS too and I nearly jumped for that instead. If I had I'd have had bigger bills for sure; I'd have taken things for
    1 point
  45. Well I finally found mine ....... they are everything and more than what I expected IMHO Wishing you luck on your quest. Ciao
    1 point
  46. This still blows my mind. I try telling people about it and it is just beyond description. Totally blows my mind.
    1 point
  47. Here's a link to the photos I took during the weekend. Didn't pull out the camera, just the phone, but had a good time with docc and the guys. https://ibb.co/album/NtZSgC
    1 point
  48. I have a 2015 Norge 8V. It is an excellent road burner. The 8 valve engine is a marvel. Mine is bone stock except for a Beetle map, which made a huge difference in engine smoothness and throttle response, Guzzi top case, and a Throttlemeister- throttle lock. Anyone with an 8V Norge should have Beetle's map!!! It is a comfortable bike and the weather protection is very good. The early 8 valves had flat tappets which self destruct. From mid 2012 on the 1200 8v has roller tappets which many call the "rollerized" engine. This is the one to get as the valve train has proven to be
    1 point
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