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  1. Evening All! So I had a little wiring issue with my wee Monza, and decided to draw out a coloured wiring diagram to gain some control over the problem. Went marvellously- all sorted now yay. I ended up enjoying it so much that I decided to draw out the V11 diagram in colour too. So, if any of you fine gentlemen would like a copy of this let me know. It’s been a tough year, that’s for sure, so no charge for this unless you’re feeling flush and want to punt a few quid my way. I’ve gained enough from this forum over the past few years not to feel greedy at all. Looking
    8 points
  2. Peering at a fuse box in a Scottish factory, he said: “It looks as though it was put in by an Indian.” He later backtracked: “I meant to say cowboys.” ...I remember well the media beat up outrage at this infamous Prince Philip quip - but the deft recovery reported a few days later made it all the more infinitely hilarious - an absolute classic!! He was a great irreverent wag - the Queen will miss that for sure! End of an era HRH.
    8 points
  3. Today (and yesterday): Proper cleaning Installed a pair of Angel GTs (with my new hitch-mount NoMar tire changer) Flushed clutch fluid and both brakes (I thanked myself for installing speed bleeders a while ago) Cleaned the brake calipers and pistons Changed transmission oil and rear drive Dropped the pan during oil change since it had been sitting idle so long. For entertainment, here is an easy way to bleed the rear caliper (while you have the wheel off).
    6 points
  4. No , when you start drawing your own diagrams , you are getting better . Keep it up . You will only get better . Use the V11 diagram to compare with and judge your work with . Also , take your diagram to an office store , have it enlarged & laminated .
    5 points
  5. I replaced my leaky BiTubo at about 68,000 miles in August 2009 with a Japanese Shindy (SHIN-juh) standard length/oval body (17-001). It's nicely made and comes with fresh end joints (ball joints/Heim joints/Rose joints . . . ) that have tiny grease fittings on them. Only 58,000 miles on it these eleven years, but staying "flash." http://www.shindypro.com/ss.html
    5 points
  6. Well it ended up being the TPS. The new one came in, installed it, and went for a spin. It was wonderful! The sputtering/burping/hiccuping has been eliminated and the bike did great on a 20 mile loop under varied loads and speeds. Time to enjoy the bike!
    5 points
  7. That looks like a good DOT 4. The boiling points are just a little lower than the Motul 5.1 that I used. Dry boiling point 509F vs 522F. Wet boiling 329 vs 365. I don't think the clutch slave will ever get that hot, but I like to use the same fluid in everything. I think any DOT 4 or 5.1 is probably fine. The key is to keep it fresh - not let it sit in there forever.
    4 points
  8. I wouldn't be happy with just bleeding the system after a failure. Consider flushing it completely. If you have a little syringe, you can draw all the old fluid out of the reservoir and fill it with new - that will reduce the amount of flushing you need to do. FWIW, I just did this yesterday as I am getting mine back on the road. I used Motul DOT 5.1 fluid in place of DOT 4. (not DOT 5, which is not compatible). It's best to have a helper to squeeze the lever while you work the wrench and monitor the fluid. To keep the hose on the bleeder and avoid making a mess, use a zip tie.
    4 points
  9. Meant to post a slideshow of pix of installation, etc., but forgot. Here they are. Moto Grappa & Moto Gomme Open the link to see in "collage;" hover cursor over pix for captions. All best viewed in slideshow mode. Peter Youngblood is a Guzzista saint. Bill
    4 points
  10. Am guessing that the slave might be the weak link. Either quickly in my case, or over time as in yours, air is seeping in. First time in history that something leaks into a Guzzi.
    4 points
  11. @KINDOY2 shared this with me when he noticed the bassman plays a Fender so like my new one. Thanks, man!
    4 points
  12. Condolences to Royal Family and our British friends. As an American, I've gotten some appreciation of respectful leaders over the last 4 years. Some moral authority to absorb the shocks, if you will.
    4 points
  13. Yes. It is commonly accepted knowledge that the stock air box is preferred. Guzzi put a lot of work into making the flow optimal, a long time ago. It's not just a box, it's an integral piece of the intake system. It is surely the 'tuner friendly' way to go. That said, Dr. John Wittner, who was instrumental in development of the spine frame, succeeded in putting Guzzi back in the racing limelight for a short time in the 80's, certainly used V stacks on at least some of his bikes. It can be done right, I just don't care enough to do it. I'd be interested in reading anyone's outcomes using p
    4 points
  14. "What? No, I don't smell anything"
    4 points
  15. Guareschi celebra i 100 anni con una special. https://www.omnimoto.it/news/499066/moto-guzzi-guareschi-100-anni-special-anticipazioni/
    4 points
  16. You know how the YouTube Rabbit Hole goes. You start searching videos on replacing fork seals and removing snap rings and click on something diversionary, but interesting. Then you see your bass on stage with a Gold Top Les Paul. And Beth Hart. "Whole Lotta Love!" - indeed....
    4 points
  17. One from over the top ( By the Lake- just past Falls Creek ski resort ) Lovely winter type weather for us! Cheers Guzzler
    3 points
  18. Hey Scud! Great to hear from you! I’m loving this space, and it’s been awesome to see what other people have going on for the their garage / man cave / moto lair. Mine is modest, but it does the trick. A lot people would consider this place a tear down, but it’s one of the oldest original homes in this area. I’m really glad that I opted for keeping the wood in a cleaned up but raw unpainted original state. It suits the vibe of this funky old school vintage So-Cal home, and it feels great being here and tweaking the “cave”. Will have to look into the epoxy floor paint to take the place up. Th
    3 points
  19. To get a wire ring out, use a flat blade screwdriver to push the end DOWN out of the groove 1st. Pushing down is much easier than trying to pry up. Once down, slip a flat feeler gauge under the tip of the wire, then slide the end up using a hook or flat blade. Be ready when it pops out.
    3 points
  20. I used the Shindy on a past V11 and was happy with it. I would not hesitate to use a Hyperpro. Ohlins dampers were stock on the "special" models that came with Ohlins forks and shocks - so you know the Ohlins will fit easily. The Shindy I installed took a little fussin and cussin - but only a little.
    3 points
  21. G'day mate Yeah the standard Bitubo ( I think from memory ) isn't all that flash! I put a Hyperpro damper on when I had my Suspension done as my std unit was leaking too, it's been bloody good / no issues. Yep definitely worthwhile upgrading your suspension by the way!! Cheers Guzzler
    3 points
  22. I did get the clutch partially working. I opened the bleeder valve and let out a little fluid, but couldn’t properly bleed it, as I didn’t have any hose. I squeezed the lever about 100 times to build up pressure, which seem to work (or it made my hand tired). I’ll do a proper bleed tomorrow. Thank you for all your help.
    3 points
  23. The seals in the MC can go bad when sitting. When you grab the lever the seal doesn't and the lever just pulls back without pressurizing the rest of the system. A few of my race bikes do this when getting pulled out. Sometimes a good flush will clear debris that caused it and sometimes the MC needs new seals to fix.
    3 points
  24. Connect stereo speaker leads to the PC545 and feed Johnny Winter into it. All the conditioning the battery can stand.
    3 points
  25. What kind of person reads and posts a tech manual about batteries? Drink two (or 4) cocktails and put on Miles' "Kind of Blue". Now zone out. good night
    3 points
  26. The 8mm bleeder from motion pro worked like a champ for me on the clutch: https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0482 The 10mm ones were a disaster for the brakes...and I did the clutch first so can't point at a learning curve issue. Wound up using an earlier version of this which got the job done. https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0143
    2 points
  27. gstallions- well i originally started drawing it out with pen and pencil crayons... then made a couple mistakes... so photo’d what i’d done and went into procreate and finished the job there. so i now have a digi copy that zoomz in and out. ace.
    2 points
  28. Thank you guys for your advices. I went to a metal workshop pro in my town who put back the tube in its original shape as the bent was not too sharp. But after a while of long search, I finally found an original and never used tube in Italy from a motorcycle spare part shop and I bought it. I preferred to install a new part so that the bike is still in “like new” condition. Thanks anyway
    2 points
  29. I’ve just found the link to this old tractor’s page... doh! There’re full colour copies of, what looks like, every model! I would say I wasted my time drawing up my own haha, but it certainly improved my knowledge!
    2 points
  30. I have the HF, and saw pix of the mojo lever and mojo blocks, so naturally I converted the horrible HF lever to a mojo lever. (I have *lots* of Delrin, and a lathe.) Made something that looks like mojo blocks, and have changed *many* tires. I like the mojo lever idea..
    2 points
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  33. in 2000 my gf at the time and I were attending the Stugis motorcycle rally. We walked in to a bar on main street and sat for a beer. this guy comes out and starts to play. within a minute my gf looks at me and says "I think we're witnessing greatness" He looked to be maybe 22. We did not leave the place. We showed up to the same place the same night the following year.. and there he was again. Good times. There's not much out there on him. What there is is kind of sad. He went the way of so many beautiful artists. His recorded stuff is still great Fun
    2 points
  34. Great stuff. Now I have to throw down some Stevie Ray Vaughan! Sent from my Pixel 4a using Tapatalk
    2 points
  35. Walter Trout is up there. Had to re-learn guitar after an almost failed liver transplant. And a duo with his son Jonathan Trout. Dad taught him well.
    2 points
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  37. AHHHHH....Sandy Kosman Machining work....a friend of mine from 40 years ago...
    2 points
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  39. As a Canadian, the monarchy has always been a part of my world and life as well. Prince Philip was always the calm steady rock in the background, and carried himself with dignity and class. It would be nice to think that society and the media could emulate him and rally their support around the Queen when she needs it most.
    2 points
  40. Great taste in music! Follow it up with Coltrane's Blue Train... Sent from my Pixel 4a using Tapatalk
    2 points
  41. Still learning. So much great information in this Odyssey Technical Manual: https://www.odysseybattery.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/US-ODY-TM.pdf
    2 points
  42. That Guareschi Faux-mans has the most butt ugly fairing. C'mon, it's Italy. You can do better! Looks like this fellow's helmet painted red and hi-viz.
    2 points
  43. And it's gone - first guy to see it, bought it on the spot. Been nice chatting with you all over the last few years. Look for me and the red car at the Vanilla Bean in Pomfret CT on Sunday mornings. I'll be at the Guzzi table...as an alumnus :-) VT4L
    2 points
  44. A friend put a pair on his FJR. It was on my recommendation since I love them on my LeMans. I have the first gen and he got the new style. He complained about a slight wobble. He went back to the installer and they rebalanced but it did not help. They then exchanged them for a pair of the earlier style and the issue was solved.
    2 points
  45. I've got to relay my experiences. I have been changing tires for 50 years using a bead breaker mounted to my bench and concrete floor, tire irons, 4x4's on a concrete floor or car tire wheel with protector on my bench, and rim protectors. I've always been successful, even with a 240 section Harley tire but, with the exception of the skinny '75 Triump tires, it was always a struggle. And, anytime I thought I had learned a trick, either it didn't work next time or it was so long between tire changes that I forgot it. Then I bought a No Mar Classic HD along with their tire irons, Xtra h
    2 points
  46. Stew. Do you have print of both systems for the V11, if so, yes please. Cheers tom.
    1 point
  47. Nice. We should just have our new tires delivered to your house then?
    1 point
  48. Much obliged gentlemen. Regarding removing / reinstalling the tank multiple times, hanging it partly full to ensure no leaks, installing a new o-ring and blue-goo, eyeing a new sensor on Ebay....guilty. I've never had the sensor out of its mounting fixture, so it's time to check that washer. Seems like a likely culprit given the pooling into the boot. Any harm in applying a thin coat of non-hardening fuel-resistant liquid gasket to the washer (assuming it's intact) ? The upside is that this leak pushed me to finally get some EtOH-free gas and groom the rubber pucks. Just anu
    1 point
  49. I can't see the details doc but it looks like a wire not a circlip? In the video removing a large Circlip that way is just horrible. You almost certainly distort the clip so it cant be re used and at the same time bur up the edges of the groove it seats in. Big clips like that are tricky to deal with but here's a tip. The component in the video can be held down on the bench with a pair of simple padded QR carpenters clamps so you aren't chasing the thing all over the bench while dealing with the Circlip. Or you can use another methodology. I would have used a pair of straight pliers and when y
    1 point
  50. From my maintenance log: For future reference on brake howl, rear brake side bearing problems, the rear spacer is 113.2mm. Some were short by 1mm.
    1 point
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