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About LangleyMalc

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  • Birthday 11/28/1950

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    2004 Balabio, 2014 California and 2013 Stelvio wannabe.
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    Langley BC

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    Motorbikes, cycling, sailing, horses

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  1. Mine was blowing the main 30A fuse if you held the start button in. I then tried bypassing the wiring with a jumper direct to the solenoid but still no joy. Then with it off checked the solenoid and the motor separately. Motor was fine but solenoid u/s but got hot and the plunger was sticky. This was a Chinese replacement from about 8 yrs ago. Looks to me like the solenoid dries out and sticks when stood for a while and then eventually cooks the coil in the solenoid. so off to Amazon for a $74 replacement. Cheaper than going to a starter rebuild guy.
  2. Thanks Pete. all duly noted and will do.
  3. Gord senior is now retired and Gord junior went before him and the shop no longer carries Guzzi. I also bought my Balabio from him in 2004 and had my old Cal II serviced and repaired there. A pity he retired as he was good - now we have International Motorsport, who have no inventory of parts (“Got to come fromPiaggio Bud”) and no in depth knowledge of the marque! Also while willing to tackle anything, not cheap and therefore at your cost. They are however a bit closer. Now I am retired I have the time to do the bulk of the work myself and with three bikes available, one should be running! Right now the Balabio (the one my daughter has stolen) is waiting for a starter but otherwise is sorted and the Cal 1400 goes fine. On that one, it developed a problem with the ignition switch and anti theft system (dongle) last year at about 18k km, which by the time International had finished cost $2,500 including a new dash. The previous owner had put in a personal security code and no one knew what it was! Apparently you can’t put in a master override code to pair the new lock set with the original dash so I then ended up with a new lock set and a new dash! Lovely idea this dongle to prevent theft, but not much use if it can’t be overridden.
  4. Apart from a trip to Mile 0 on NL and a visit with a mate there I have as yet no plan and no time pressure as now retired. So as I have never been through NS apart from Halifax airport I will ensure I visit and look for Nippers. Hopefully the bike will perform flawlessly, but otherwise you might be getting a call!
  5. The bike comes with the tall screen extension and new tyres. My concern is the weather that time of year. The fish and chips are likely to be frozen and so might I.
  6. I have to admit to knowing a bit about fish and chips being English and also having been to St John’s before and they are up there, but no mushy peas. The trip starts in April and I will make it part of the mission to eat and photograph a# much fish and chips as possible on the way .
  7. Buying a 2013 Stelvio with 20k kilometres on it to add to the collection. The bike is in PEI (Anne of Green Gables etc on the Atlantic side of Gods own Country) and I live in BC. So I will be flying over in April and weather permitting, will then head over to St John’s NL and mile Zero and then ride home. Wife thinks I am mad, but I am less concerned with the distance -about 6;000ks than the weather in early spring up here. Two questions: do the Stelvio riders have a specific blog site like here? and Anyone got suggestions on route planning? Right now I plan to head along the Trans CANADA from PEI to NL and then Trans CANADA all the way home but if freezing or snowing could detour south through the States.
  8. ,Balabio will not start. Lots of volts to solenoid when you push the starter button, so pulled the starter and the solenoid is toast about 80% of the time on the bench. Pulled the solenoid off the starter and cleaned and silicones the plunger but no better. The starter motor itself works ok but can be reluctant to get going. seems tome that I need a new solenoid or a new starter or probably most safely both. Any suggestions and where do I get a new starter or solenoid?
  9. Here is the photos of the bags and the bags on the frame. Newell, let me know that you are happy and where you want them to go to and I will figure out what the mailing cost will be.
  10. Subject to agreeing postage and getting you photos of the bags they are yours. Thanks. I will hold them for you.
  11. Here is a photo of the frame - I dont have a photo of the bags right now as they are over at my daughter's place. Should get that sorted later in the week. Frame part # was 650 529 0001 Bags Part # was 03480051. They were specifically purchased for the V11 sport. The Balabio is an 04, so there should not be any difference with your bike, but someone on here will be able to tell us if there is a major difference. Mounting is to the rear footpeg mounts and the frame under the rear light, plus another bolted connection under the seat area and it is built German Solid! There is a large platform behind the seat between the two ABS bags. Bags lock and I have the key!
  12. I have a pair of Black Hepco Becker hard cases that were on my Balabio. Vintage 2015. Also have the bag mounting frame as I have just removed them. In excellent condition, but missing one small Guzzi logo - (Stolen!) US$250 for the lot, plus shipping via USPS. - I think they were in the high $800's when I bought them.
  13. I have a brand new, never used, pair of Woodcraft black 3 inch riser clip ons to fit a 54mm fork. Beautifully manufactured in the USA! Was going to install on the Balabio, but I would have needed to fit all new hoses and move the instruments, plus lengthen the speedo drive. My cost last month was $215.96. Offered at US$150, plus shipping by USPS - estimated at $16 based on my cost.
  14. I am falling back in Love with my Guzzi - this week. What I love about Guzzi’s apart from the fact that they are relatively bullet proof and at the same time interesting and different, is the need for a multitude of specialty fabricated tools to do routine maintenance. Based on Chuck’s last remark it now appears that I need to talk to “err indoors“ and justify the purchase of a small lathe to add to my wish list. (I have always wanted a lathe). the other thing that the battle against Luigi’s maintenance friendly engineering is teaching me is endless patience and the value of a good forum full of people who have been there before me and are prepared to answer dumb questions!😳
  15. I am considering retraining as a gynaecologist. On the front nipple, after a cup of tea and some lunch I went back, removed the final drive and half the prop shaft (having first marked it) and could then just see the joint at the end of the tunnel through the swing arm. So lying on the floor i pulled of the red cover and then tried my right angle adaptor for the grease gun but that would not hook up. so. Got an old grease gun with a solid tube on it about 10 inches long and put a 45 degree bend in the tube at the delivery end and a flexible hose between the pipe and the gun. End result was that I could then get on the nipple (3rd attempt) and get some grease in. Last problem was getting the little red cap back but filled it with grease and then stuck it to my finger with more grease to locate it on the nipple and could then push it on. There goes two hours I will never get back but a side benefit is that I am draining the final drive through the level plug while it is off the bike! There will be more. You have been warned. Thanks for all your suggestions.
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