Jump to content

Leaderboard

Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 10/21/2021 in all areas

  1. Here is an excellent image of the 2002/early-2003 "carry-over" LongFrame with short tank compared to an early ShortFrame/short tank Sport. Notice the amount of exposed frame between the front of the tanks and the forks. That is where the V11 frame was lengthened. A trim piece ("panel" 01 57 59 60 ) covers the otherwise exposed wiring/etc crossing the space. Later "long tanks" (internal pump/filter and no chin pad) obscure this area. Image (and Sports!) courtesy of @Guzzimax
    7 points
  2. Reasonably nice V7 cafe custom, being prepped for a new owner and some track time.
    6 points
  3. Talk about rare. I'm the current "keeper" of the most rare V11S model of all, the Scura RC. (rubber chicken)
    5 points
  4. Frankly, this is a very familiar and fantastically sexy formula . . . Missing = 1) Exclusivity , and 2) Tanya Dexters (Instead, a concrete pillar)
    5 points
  5. There really isn't a compelling technical reason to install the gears with the exception that you do away with a cam chain tensioner and the inertia of a double row chain flailing about. If you need to renew the cam drive system and tensioner because of wear and add up the cost of the new Guzzi components then the upgrade to gears isn't to expensive at all. Docc did the numbers on it a little while ago. Ciao
    5 points
  6. Polished and polished (and polished) my new internal pump tank.... This is actually the original colour my bike had before all the paint fell off! What a steal for £180 with the pump!! Most of the little mark polished out with consecutive paint restorer/polish application. I am rather sweaty now though 🤣
    5 points
  7. My Scura R actually came from the Isle of Man 🇮🇲 - they were the last of the V11’s as production ended & were only allocated to European countries. I once found the breakdown per country & as I recall there were 4 only allocated to the UK. A few year’s back a forum member pm’d asking to buy mine - but I be like Charlton Heston! 🔫 ✋
    4 points
  8. My "good" tools are Snap On and Matco. I've never used them, but think Mac is ok. The tools listed by "the least mechanical person on the board." are designed to pass warranty. That is all I'll say about that. If you can find some antique (say 50s) Craftsman.. they are fine. Strong and delicate.
    4 points
  9. Stop #8 to #14 of 50: The Frio Canyon run; étapes 10, 13, 14, 21, 23, 40, 50. Summary: 717 miles (1154 km) run. Starting on Friday 15th, 7:30, back on Saturday 16th, 16:00. Highlights: Getting acquainted with what the Moto Guzzi can do Understanding the limits (mainly mine) Riding in different weather conditions The pro's and con's of minimalism packing Meeting people Lowlights: Not enough time to really enjoy the tour stops The Frio Canyon better known as the "Three Twisted Sisters": These so-called sisters are Ranch Road 335, 336, 337. While my objective was to add some stops to the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas, checking the sisters was also on my list. I only got to ride on one, 337. But the experience was incredible. More on that later. I set out early on Friday. I had planned that trip to begin on Thursday, but we had a full day of storm in H'town, and I did not want to ride under adverse conditions. I made my first stop at Gonzales Texas; Tour Stop #50 I then proceeded to my second stop, Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop at Leakey, Tx. Approaching Concan Tx, I got surprised by an unexpected torrential rains thunderstorm. I was on 83, in the open, and I could do nothing but keep riding. Fortunately, I was behind a truck, and I only had to follow its lights from a safe distance. The rain was so strong that I had zero visibility, and I got soaked wet in no time. In Concan, I stopped at a gas station to let the rain pass. I was literally dripping water. All my clothing was water logged. The Guzzi did not mind at all the ride in the storm. I finally made it to my destination, the Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop on Ranch Road 337. Tour Stop #23 During summer days, this spot is extremely popular. However, I found the place completely deserted, if excepted for some locals. The Bent Rim Grill has tables outside and a very peaceful view. The River Hills cabin where just right above the Motorcycle stop. As you saw on the time lapse, there was a lot of wind that Saturday morning, and the temperature had dropped from close to 80F (27+) to 50F (10+). The cold air was unpleasant filtering through the forearm aeration of my Marsee jacket. But riding at sunrise was so beautiful that it did not matter long. The 337 was very narrow, and there aren't any way to stop to take pictures. There were also plenty of bicycle riders, and you need to factor that in. Then I went on to make the required stops on my way back home: Tour Stop #10 YO Ranch Hotel Kerrville Tour Stop #40 Kerrville National Cemetery Tour Stop #13 Javelina Harley Davidson Boerne; Tour Stop #14 Alamo BMW Boerne Tour Stop #21 Gruene Harley Davidson Gruene Conclusion and lesson learned: There was a lot of wind for the ride back home. It became very painful for the neck. Possibly because I lack the muscle mass. I could alleviate the problem by riding leaning on the tank, with the helmet right behind the fairing. My rear end was sore, but the worse problem I had was the thighs for some strange reason. I do not know why. Harley Davidson Javelina and Gruene were full of people gathering for a Saturday. This was quite incredible!!! Food truck, Music... In comparison, the BMW dealer was completely deserted. I am going back to Leakey, this is certain. And this time, I will stay long enough to ride the three twisted sisters multiple times, each direction.
    4 points
  10. This riding jacket was purchased in person at the Moto Guzzi Factory in Mandello, Italy..it is not some cheap mail order knock off from Pakistan Excellent Quality rich ,very soft Black leather..( it smells great) worn one time on a single 50 mile ride..always kept in a plastic bag in a non smoking home with no pets No blemishes, or marks or scratches or bugs...very comfortable and fits beautifully Has shoulder and elbow armor and a rear pocket for back armor if you choose to add it later Adjustable waist straps and button down wrist snaps and quality zippers..Nice leather collar with snap Good spring /fall jacket imo, I did wear it once on a regular summer day in the high 70's and it was fine I Normally wear an EU 56 / US 46 ..and it fits me well. Cost EU $ 465.00 $539.19 US at the Factory I want $ 250 firm plus shipping for it. Please PM if you are interested Thanks!
    3 points
  11. As mentioned already, it's funny the strange places they turn up. Although I was a bike fanatic when I was younger, haunted all the bike shops and lusted after the CX100 in the magazines back in the day, I had never actually seen a Moto Guzzi in person through my lifetime. About 12 years ago at work, I'm in the back parking lot on a smoke break, and one of the guys that worked in the traffic office, rides in on a Rosso Mandello; he'd apparently just picked it up from the Chicago ? area in the US on a bus? and ride deal. I was awestruck, be still my beating heart. When the first guzzi you see and touch is a RM, that sets the stage, and is the fodder for a serious addiction, lol
    3 points
  12. Actually Pete there is one semi significant difference. Some have an 8mm side stand bracket threaded mount bolt hole and some have a 6mm bolt which can be a bit of a pain if you have the wrong one as I did when I did the V10 Sport. Didn't realise until I went to refit the side stand bracket. It's not straight forward opening up the 6mm side stand bracket hole to accommodate the 8mm cap screw head. Not without a mill anyway. Ciao
    3 points
  13. The term you are looking for is "envy".
    3 points
  14. The governing factors are going to be issues such as valve float and rod integrity rather than timing when talking about the cam drive.
    3 points
  15. I read in the book " Not much of an engineer" By Stanley Hooker a massive name in RR the classic line from Hives who ran RR during the war when he first had a meeting with Frank Whittle to discuss RR building Whittles jet engine. Whittle said to him that his jet engine was a "simple Engine" to which Hives replied, "Don't worry we'll engineer the simplicity out of it" lol. Classic and true to this day. I've worked on American, European/American and English RR turbo props and high bypass jets and RR always seem to do it the complex way. Ciao
    3 points
  16. Hey ! I resemble that remark! Seriously, I’m about to get my first year production V11 Sport fully sorted. Just need to swap out for the later frame upgrade…….
    3 points
  17. Well I won't. I always let the "first adopters" "must have the latest and greatest" "everyone look at me and my new model bike" crowd finish off the R&D for the factory, iron out the production issues and let the dealership mechanics use their bikes as a learning tool first. I usually slide in after a couple of years when the design has had a bit of time to "mature" Ciao
    3 points
  18. My hyperbole and sarcasm is always lost.
    3 points
  19. Pretty nice looking scooter, certainly no Greenie but pretty nice. Docc, where do you find this stuff? You're a little bit Spineframe obsessed? Those cold hands still on the keyboard? Jus' sayin'.
    2 points
  20. Being in the automotive trade (now retired) I used Snap-On tools 80 % of the time, MAC and Matco the remainder of the time. Reason for buying off the truck that comes to the shop every week is to replace all the tools you break or wear out (mainly sockets) or lose. I used Craftsman tools before getting into the trade but bringing in a big box of broken tools each week was just too much time wasted.
    2 points
  21. I was thinking if anyone had that V11EE, it might be parked between a Riviera and an elephant-motor Mopar in some secret Norwegian location . . . That would be IPA-time, indeed!
    2 points
  22. My utmost concern at the moment is to complete as many stops as possible of the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Texas. It is a bit of marathon now, because I got to a late start having my Le Mans immobilized waiting for that lost end bar weight. I even managed to make life harder for myself, there were three stops in Gladewater Texas, but the map only lists one. There is a disclaimer about the accuracy of the map, but I did not heed the warning. So my H'town Paris H'town trip should have been 10 stops, and I only did 8.... darn! of course no forgiveness, the tour director told me; no picture, no credit... Its a 225 miles mistake, I don't feel that I am going to do 450 miles to complete the two stops I missed. But doing the tour has brought a lot of discovery about many aspects of Texas that you can't really get unless you just hop on your motorbike and go.
    2 points
  23. Thanks P6! Yes, had a chance to read a portion of that online, quite a few places to try out, even one relatively close by in Tomball. We had a great ride out, unfortunately the place in Giddings was closed, so we found another spot for lunch nearby. Was a nice run, about 240 miles round trip, we did a few stops along the way, Newman’s in Belleville, Orsaks in Fayetteville and lunch in Giddings. While the weather is nice , we’ll keep riding…will post up here so you can join as your schedule permits! Cheers…
    2 points
  24. All the 'Broad Sump' components are identical physically between the assorted bikes that use the system. As noted, the difference is simply the colour. Foto is offering a 'Try Before You Buy' deal on a part that hasn't been available for years ex factory. I'd grab it with both hands and be amazed that you have been kissed on the arse by a golden fairy!
    2 points
  25. I usually stay out of these discussions....oh well https://www.schaefferoil.com data sheets are on the web site
    2 points
  26. Not necessarily in this order, some brands will have specialty tools others don't. Snap-on, Mac, Cornwell, Kobalt, Craftsman. All have good warranties, some avilable from "tool trucks" that travel to shops and most will sell online and at parts houses. Happy Hunting! Paul B
    2 points
  27. Indeed, I was expecting a busy place, and it was almost deserted. Possibly because not in season? there were a few barflies, but those were locals, I could tell. The other cabins where I stayed for the night were occupied by people on trikes. When I ran the RR337, albeit sunset and sunrise when the light is the best for photography, I only saw two groups of HD riders. Nobody else. But I can imagine what it is like in summer. Besides, the Frio river offers a lot of aquatic activities. I am planning to go back there off season. I want to ride the twisted sisters fully, and multiple times, to further master the Le Mans. At the moment, I am trying to complete the Grand Tour of Texas. I am not making the best of the tour stops, because I am always on the clock. I am missing a lot as I ride most of the time.
    2 points
  28. Since when did the Germans constrain complexity to utility?
    2 points
  29. Next time I flush the clutch fluid I am going to try installing a hose for remote bleeding as my Stelvio (and I assume other CARC bikes). My Stelvio has a line where that bleeder valve goes. It terminates under the seat with a bleeder valve.
    2 points
  30. So why even have the brace if its purpose is not really air control? Resonance, the heat shield over the header would vibrate like a metal blade Venetian blind against an open window in a hurricane and the brace mass dampens it. The twist in the blade is an after thought and detracts from its real reason. How's that for conjecture? On another site there is a claim that the tank mounted air brakes are actually hand warmers. (Wow, and here is me thinking that was cylinder heads were for at stops.) So open the flaps and stick both hands in like pop up toasters whilst riding?
    2 points
  31. Wiped the spring bugs off her after a commute ( rare these days ) to work! The FUN way home was freakin FANTASTIC...! Cheers Guzzler
    2 points
  32. No doubt that there is a fair amount of Piaggio puffery involved in this new model. It almost seems that they spent as much on the promo video as they did on the bike itself. As to the aero (trim tabs actually), one needs only ensure that both are either out or in when the Tyco relay goes.
    2 points
  33. Umm, I think you're taking the opinion of a non technical, "social media commentator", millennial a little to seriously. As an aircraft engineer I figure I know something about aerodynamics and as opposed to a previous poster that proffered the idea it's a mechanical support of the header I actually think its an aerodynamic guide/redirector/deflector for hot air from the back of the header away from the foot peg area and riders feet. If you look closely it appears the deflectors forward edge is a little bit inside the line of the inside of the header pipe and captures the the trailing hot air from that area and redirects it back outboard across the lower part of the header pipe and heat shield and away from the riders foot and lower leg. Guzzi have a fairly proud history with regards to aerodynamics which guarantees nothing but it seems to be functional to me. Ciao
    2 points
  34. You hit some great spots on a lightning tour to pick up stops in the tour! So strange to see the Frío café empty! It’s usually packed when I go thru. A nice stop for your return trip is the Lone star motorcycle museum just south of Lost Maples state park near Vanderpool. Good riding!!
    2 points
  35. Checking off your "stops" list and having it just be a "thing" in such a captivating part of the country, is such a cool way to enjoy riding. I could live in Texas, and for a number of reasons. Thanks for sharing this
    2 points
  36. Wow Pete that's quite an generalization, interested in your reasoning A long time back I had a VW Corrado G60, which was a 1.8 2v/v engine supercharged engine, not terribly powerful (circa 160bhp). The engine wasn't designed from scratch but a modified Golf engine. I loved the way that it rode on a wave of torque at mid range RPM, it just felt so pratical, real power when it was needed. I do agree with Phil it's something I'd never consider doing, especially to that engine. However I can't get the standard lump to run properly, so when I see somebody supercharging one I'm fascinated. Pratically, supercharging motorcycles (especially air cooled lumps) has never had much sucess and I'd have thought the weight penalty outweighs the potential benefits As to my reasons for posting it up, I thought it was an interesting concept and would have liked some detail on the mods, the performance, the pressure made by the supercharger etc: How it is to live with, does it run hot for example? It seems an absolutely outrageous thing to even attempt, but rather than pour iced water over it, I thought others would want to know more. I'm fascinated by folks who throw the manual out the window, then do something that no sane man would consider and then get it to work. More power to them and long may they continue John
    2 points
  37. I think that just proves my point. My mate Dave, (RIP.) had a Harris swingarm on his MkVI LeMans that floated the bevelbox. It was an absolute frontbottom of a thing!
    2 points
  38. Your new fitting will need std 5/16 or 8mm injector hose. The female hose QD fitting is a std type I believe. Pretty sure I've seen them advertised around. Ciao
    2 points
  39. Well, we at least know of people with Scura R, The V11 Playboy EE ? *** crickets ***
    1 point
  40. I would like one of each please. Will pay in Gold or Bit Coin as needed. Those color combos are just amazing. Ciao
    1 point
  41. Amazing what can be found in the most strangest places. A Scura R only about 100m north of me. He woudn't let it go Cheers Tom.
    1 point
  42. If you really want the best quality, as mentioned above there are a number of brands that are arguably equivalent in durability, but the nationwide professional brands are Snap-On, Matco, and MAC. Personally I'm a Snap-On customer, as they have the largest distribution network anywhere I've been. I won't make an assertion today, but 20 years ago all the hand tools were made in USA. They have the sub-brand Blue-Point, which are good tools with warranty but are usually re-branded outsiders found less expensively elsewhere. Meh.
    1 point
  43. Lucas is an Indiana company, and as far as I'm concerned, a purveyor of snake oil.
    1 point
  44. Craftsman, Harbor Fright, Walmart (Crescent)? Recommended by the least mechanical person on the board.
    1 point
  45. About as basic as it gets. Thicker (higher viscosity oil) absorbs more power than a lower viscosity oil. Too low a viscosity doesn't provide the mechanical protection and as oil gets hotter it gets thinner. Here's a tip, with a full group 4 synthetic oil you should aim to run the lowest W viscosity you can get while still observing the upper viscosity requirement. In the Guzzi BB engine ZDDP content is an important issue and you should aim for nothing less than 1000ppm preferable 1200ppm minimum. Ciao
    1 point
  46. I've got a brand new never had fuel in it identical one if anyone needs it. Not that cheap though. Ciao
    1 point
  47. Forced induction on spark ignited engines is a first class ticket to misery on steroids!
    1 point
  48. I am here to say, the right wingman matters!
    1 point
  49. ...later when they reminisce about the mighty V11 in years from now around about the time the oil is running dry - they'll speak with awe of the legend that was the last of the V8 Interceptors ...er, sorry, the last of the V11's - the mighty Scura R. Music is suspect, but great bike action in this clip Whatever the number (how are you certain it's 18?), the fact that it is "the last of the V11's" is an element of its individuality and also being manufactured under Aprilia management seems to have improved the quality control issues. I'm not worried about my VIN as you are backstreets - after all, anybody can read when it's parked up, so for what it's worth mine is ZGUKTB0104M112037. In any event seems like I'll be in a club of "one" as I've just returned home to Oz and bought my Scura R and other bikes with me. I was a bit nervous about it all as I'd read previously Roper had problems getting permission for his earlier Scura and eventually left it in the States ending up selling it. How will I feel riding to the beach on the solitary Scura R in Australia...
    1 point
×
×
  • Create New...