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About LangleyMalc

  • Birthday 11/28/1950

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    2004 Balabio, 2014 California and 2013 Stelvio.
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    Langley BC

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    Motorbikes, cycling, sailing, horses

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  1. Well I have now had the Stelvio over in BC since September. In that time I took it to the top of Vancouver Island (about 1500km with around 300 of gravel fire roads) and also on a round tour of BC for another 2,000km, plus running around locally. The bike has performed flawlessly, except for the popping on deceleration. I put the bike away at the end of November with a list of things to do over the winter. I took the bike over to the local suspension specialists in early Jan and got a series of suspension checks and recomendations and will be changing the cartridges and the rear shock in the near future and will report accordingly. In late January, I fell off my push bike and fractured the top of my femur - my own fault for riding a push bike. While "Hors de Combat" I decided to do something about the popping and crackling, so dug out the Guzzi cables and contacted Mark Bayley, or Beetle, of Stelvio mapping fame and got instructions and a new map for the Bike. Hooked it up - eventually, as I normally run a Mac, and subsequently using my Grandson's Windows computer, got the old map off and the new map loaded, plus ran GuzziDiag and used the carb sticks to balance out the throttle bodies. On a technical note, the air bleed screws were all but closed on both sides, but the throttle bodies were out of balance. I re-balanced them with the carb sticks and the bleed screws closed, by just using the balance screw on the left side linkage. I then re-set the TPS and also re-set the CO setting. Checked with teh carb sticks again and al was duly balanced without using the air bleed screws which I left closed. End result is that the bike now ticks over and revs beautifully. Can't road test it for popping as I am still on at least one crutch and "Err in Doors" will have a fit if I look like doing anything like that. I would like to thank Mark for his help on this lot. The worst bit was trying to make a Mac talk to GuzziDiag. Once I gave that up and went Windows, it all worked fine and was not difficult. Marks instructions were explicit. At some point over the winter, I will be doing the same thing to the California 1400. Now have to pull the forks and get the cartridges replaced. Andreani Cartridges and Springs are going in. Also a Matris rear shock. The old suspension was not bad, but I am told that these will be significantly better. Once my leg is back in order and the cold and wet weather goes, I should be able to find out! Meantime am now hobbling off to the Workshop to pull the Forks. All for now - will report on the final result in due course.
  2. No it is still in kit form. I purchased all the necessary parts including some second hand bits from the US that we’re apparently made of Unobtanium but those bits are sitting in Point Robert’s on the wrong side of the Border (along with my boat)! Not sure I will get to see either of them until late Spring. I did however get a Stelvio during the year to add to the collection and put some miles through that and the California, so all was not lost. Now we need the rain to stop and I can start to use them again. Roll on Spring. Happy Xmas to all.
  3. Thanks Pete. One less thing to think about.
  4. A separate question. On the top of my rear shock is a 10mm long bolt. It secures the top of the shock and has about 15mm of threaded bolt sticking out on the left side but there is no lock nut on it. There are yellow paint marks on the end of the threaded section, so my question is should there be a lock nut or castellated nut on the end of this bolt? Yes,🤔 I think a Nyloc is in order. Can’t do any harm and one less thing to think about while tooling along at speeds close to but not over the posted limit!
  5. A separate question. On the top of my rear shock is a 10mm long bolt. It secures the top of the shock and has about 15mm of threaded bolt sticking out on the left side but there is no lock nut on it. There are yellow paint marks on the end of the threaded section, so my question is should there be a lock nut or castellated nut on the end of this bolt? thanks in advance. M.
  6. Done the tappets and now set to 4&6 thou. They were a little bit wider than that but not a huge amount. The throttle cables were slack as a wellie boot top, with about 20 degrees of “free play” before the twist grip did anything, so I took the slack out at the handlebars end, which has made rolling off and on a lot easier. The paint on the left hand throttle stop is intact, and I pulled the two sensors on the throttle bodies and cleaned them with carb cleaner, in case fouled with oil from the over enthusiastic “Red Seal” mechanic who changed it at the selling dealer. Just on that the gearbox was also a little overfilled. Not significantly, but I dropped it down to the hole. On the vibration front I dropped the tyre pressures to 28/32 fro the 36/39 in the book and the vibration has gone! The popping on engine breaking is still there, but right now I will treat it as a “feature“. Otherwise the bike goes very well with lively acceleration and good handling. I will admit that it is an order of magnitude better than the Cal in these departments and the Cal could more than hold its own in class. So the last check will be Guzzidiag, once I can get ahold of a copy from a fellow Stelvio owner who has both the cables and the right program etc. I will report back when this is done. I have a set of cables but no windows computer right now! On a separate note, what is the perceived wisdom for the Traction Control on gravel? On or Off? I have tried both and found that with it ON the bike bunny hops on corduroy and with it OFF the back end squirts about a bit; but generally I liked it OFF better for gravel but so far only a short test. I have not as yet tried turning on and off the ABS so could do with some guidance on that one too. thanks in advance M.
  7. This a 2013 with the big tank and the roller tappets. 20,000ks on the clock so just about run in. I will get it on the Guzidiag some time in the next month to check the mapping after I have been through the rest of the bike. The vibration is not major and could just be the tyres ( new Shinko 705s) on the highway. It is just the California has zero vibration. (The Cal is a pig to move about under 4kph, As it wants to lie down and is impossible if you park it down hill, but otherwise once rolling is a great cruiser!). No insulting my Mule! On the Stelvio, when delivered they had changed the oil but overfilled it well above the dipstick with the result that When they had subsequently run it, some oil had migrated into the air box as was evidenced by oil coming out of the drain tube. I dropped the oil level to about 75% on the dipstick and cleaned out the small amount of oil in the air box while checking for air box holes as advised by the Oracle - Pete Roper, but I did wonder if there is an air flow meter or oxygen sensor on the intake air side that might get fouled by the excess oil? If so this might explain the popping on deceleration. All suggestions gratefully received. Now have to set the tappets and check the gearbox and CARC oil Then take it for a trip to the North part of Vancouver island before thinking about Fuel mapping. here is the Stelvio and for comparison also the California during last month’s 2000k trip around central BC. It may be a big lummox of a bike but it performed flawlessly. all for now.
  8. Not comparing! Observing the differences as I have both And they do different things. Why does a Multistrada vibrate at highway speeds?
  9. Well the Stelvio is finally in BC. In the end I had to give up on riding it across from PEI as the people of the Atlantic Canada Bubble do not want the rest of Canada visiting them except for essentially services and apparently collecting the Stelvio did not qualify. Anyway the dealer crated it up and shipped it over at a not inconsiderable cost and it arrived yesterday in good order and with a full tank of Gas! The previous owner had fitted additional guards, and a hugger and I fitted new tyres so I did not have too much to do straight away apart from check the fluids, (oil too full - the dealer had overfilled it) and check the tyre pressures which were a bit low. I will now ride it for a couple of weeks before taking Pete Roper's suggestion of checking the swing arm and shock mount etc for grease and checking the valve clearances. First impressions after a couple of short local rides is that it is significantly lighter and more nimble than the California 1400, but it vibrates through the handlebars a bit at around 4000 rpm and the mirrors are moderately useless above about 110kph. (Despite its weight, or maybe because of it and the elastomer engine mounts, the 1400 is more deliberate in the corners and is generally smoother, but not as quick. It is also a pig in a car park or on gravel - hence the desire for the Stelvio). Also the Stelvio crackles and pops on deceleration, which the 1400 did not do and it has a bit of a choppy throttle, but I am getting used to that. I understand that you can flash it and cure some of this along with other mods, which will likely be coming over the winter. Otherwise it is a comfortable bike and I am looking forward to using it. Covid permitting I will try to get across Canada next year and also down into the States, but right now travel is limited to the West of Canada, which still leaves me with some spectacular opportunity. So if you are in BC and see a grey Stelvio heading in your direction it will possibly be me! Happy miles.
  10. I think so thanks. I bought some of it at Harpers, some at MG cycle and some off one of the breakers on eBay. Now got to get the chin spoiler painted etc and wait for the border to open so I can collect the bits from the US side. Free shipping in the US and a silly price to Canada!
  11. I need a left hand foot peg and a gearshift lever, plus a black Brembo adjustable clutch lever. any Suggestions gratefully received. I have sourced them from Harpers and MG combined but not cheap and international postage is slow and expensive.
  12. Well I got down to the Gearbox and no cracks! Also picked up some replacement cans and a head guard from Gary Saks in Mission. So now I need a left hand foot peg and a gearshift lever, plus a black Brembo adjustable clutch lever. Between Harpers and MG I can find both but with the border being closed it may be a trip to International Motorsports and wait for Piaggio to deliver- eventually. I will also post in items wanted to see if anyone has them “lying around” but otherwise may have to bend over and pay the postage etc.
  13. The bike came from Gord in the first place and I always got good service from them. Sorry to see Gord retire. I will talk to Matt once I have a clear picture of where I am going on this. thanks
  14. I am going to pull it apart this week and will check for cracks and report back. I do know that the handlebars are slightly out of line. It does not seem to have bent the bar itself but one of the mounts to the triple tree looks to have bent about 1 cm or 1/2 an inch for you lot! Also the exhaust muffler rear mount has been pushed in about the same amount. I won’t know if it has bent the frame mounting points or just the hanger until I get it off. we shall see. Needless to say it started first time post the drop.
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