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  1. Thanks Pete. One less thing to think about.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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 gearb
  5. 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
  6. Not comparing! Observing the differences as I have both And they do different things. Why does a Multistrada vibrate at highway speeds?
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. First off many thanks for all the replies. My daughter is a Sargeant on the road with Delta police here in B.C. (cars not bikes!). she should have known better, but at least she had all the gear on. A bit of first ride of the season excitement, but now a valuable lesson for all of us. I will start pulling it apart (again) later this week and should be able to start following up on the offers of parts to buy once I get into it. This CV19 is stopping me playing with anything else right now so I should have plenty of time. I will start with Guzzigary as he is just up the road from me. 60km is
  14. My daughter dropped her (previously mine!) 2004 Balabio yesterday. She had only taxed it the day before! 3K,s from home at 04:30 in the morning on cold tyres and a damp road. She grabbed a handful of front brake and lost the front end at about 70 kph. Lack of practice and a failure to recognize the conditions and situation as a car pulled out in front. But she was wearing all her gear and after a slide down the road, got up minus a small patch of skin and walked away. Her jacket now has battle scars and the bike will need a few bits and some clean up, but nothing major. the parts list i
  15. These are now sold and shipped. Thanks to all who enquired and Newell who bought them.
  16. The tyres on the bike now are the Shinko 804/805's which are a 50/50 tyre. I short listed it to Conti TKC70's, (70/30) Conti Trail Attack II's (85/15) and Shinko 705's (80/20). At the end of it I then got the dealer to quote me all of them fitted in Prince Edward Island in Canada where the bike is now. The reply was as follows: "Ok, so the tkc70’s would be $722.29 Installed, the trail attack 3’s would be $731.59 and the 705’s would be $424.44. All installed prices and discounted 40%" Not sure what the difference is between the Trail Attack II and Trail III but in the end it would not have
  17. Having trawled the Internet I have come to the conclusion that opinions on tyres are best described as many and varied! ( the polite version!). I have come to value the opinions of the people on this site - I think that is age related but a too polite to say so openly. Something about the people attracted to Guzzi’s of this particular era. so. Right now Conti TKC 70s at the top of the wish list. one thought was to run the Shinko Big Blocks for say 1,000ks as they are part worn and then decide how much I dislike them before changing over tyres for the rest of the trip. This would likely r
  18. Right now it has Shinko 804/805’s on it. They look too aggressive for me for what I am going to be doing particularly as most of it will be road. Based on the comments to date it looks like TKC 70’s. One alternative might be Shinko 705’s. They are supposed to be TKC 70 knock offs with better wear so presumably less grip on the road. One review suggested that the 705’s were harder and nearer 80/20 while the TKC70’s were 70/30. Also somewhere I read that the TKC70’s can get a front wheel wobble?? Unless anyone tells me differently I think it will be the Contis for now but I still have a
  19. As I am new to ADV bikes I had not seen either Mitas E07 or Heidenau K60,s. I will take a look at both. Thanks.
  20. Hi Guys, How about another tyre thread? What is the perceived wisdom for Stelvio tyres? I will be doing around 80-90% tar and the rest gravel. Not likely to be doing any real dirt on it. The Internet suggests Continental TKC 70s (60/40) or Continental Trail Attack (90/10) in the Premium tyres range or Shinzo 705's (80/20 and cheap) but I have never heard of them! All suggestions gratefully received. Thanks in advance.M.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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!
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