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  1. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1984-Moto-Guzzi-V12/254331040739?hash=item3b374fb3e3:g:S0IAAOSwoA5dVN33 Oh. My. VT4L
  2. I have been following them since I bought mine and I would say that $8k is the extreme high end of the market, even with extras. I have seem some pristine low mileage examples go for $6-7k. I've seen enough of them in fact to kick myself until my shins ache for buying a $3500 bargain/beater. My honest opinion is that the mileage is too high on yours to support that price. And I'd buy yours (or make a good offer) in a heartbeat if I could get $8k for my greenie. I have even more into it than that, and I'm sure you're taking a loss too given all of those tasty bits. VT4L
  3. Yeah sorry man - didn't mean to rain on any parades here. It's just that - as we all know - despite the off-the-charts fun to ride factor of the V11, it's just not a easily sold package. I was out with a friend this weekend who purchased an FJ-09 2 years back. He rode over 50 bikes (!) and did way more homework than any normal bike buyer I've ever met. We swapped bikes for an hour and I let him run loose through the CT back roads on my V11. At the first stop not 10 minutes into the ride, he was grinning from ear to ear and shouted over to me at a stoplight "I WANT TO TAKE THIS HOME NOW! CAN I GIVE IT BACK IN A MONTH?" Seems he might have factored in those boring things like comfort and reliability a bit too much in his search :-). Good luck with your sale man. As I've said before, I wish I had found a bike like yours for $7-8k that needed nothing instead of a "bargain" that needed $5k to get right. I'll never get my money out of it, so I guess I just need to ride the wheels off the damn thing. I know an FJ pilot who is ready to swap with me on any given Sunday :-). VT4L
  4. It's pretty, but he'll be "looking for $8k" for a long time I think.... Vt4l
  5. One of my mates has this kit on his LeMans and it's very nice. Might get it for my Sport soon. http://www.motobits.com/guzzi.htm VT4L
  6. Sorry I snagged the carbon LaFranconi's before you noticed them on US ebay yesterday. I almost fell over when I won them at $66. Where are all the Guzzi parts buyers hiding? VT4L
  7. Did i really just get a set of LaFranconi carbons for $66 ??? https://www.ebay.com/itm/MOTO-GUZZI-LE-MANS-V11-LA-FRANCONI-OEM-CARBON-FIBER-MUFFLERS-/323859300474?nma=true&si=8S%2B62sD57wOuzixyBPjJcRPXyq0%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Yes, yes I did :-) VT4L
  8. OK now you're in my neighborhood. I started with a 95 Speed Triple and then traded it in on the bike in the pic - a fly yellow 1998 Daytona T595 (955cc) with the factory high pipe and tune. It was the fastest bike I ever owned, and I'd say it probably had the best brakes and suspension too. Even the transmission was perfection...snick, snick, snick. It got too uncomfortable for me though even with Heli bars so I sold it, took a few years off (young kids) and got back into riding with a Yamaha GTS1000. The only real downside of the T595 besides the riding position is engine heat. It was like riding an oven in the summer. All of the heat would go into your thighs and the frame to the point you didn't want to squeeze the bike between your legs like you really should when riding it hard. In cooler weather, it was perfect. It also never needed anything and was mechanically perfect just like the Speed Triple I had before it. Do it :-) Vt4L
  9. I'd also add that the EV is way more "standard" than cruiser. Just move your feet to the (perfectly placed) passenger pegs right below you and voila, a great stance for tackling twisty roads. I never use the floor boards except during shifting and braking. I'm also a big fan of the Hinckley Triumph triples...what a great motor. Lots of different ways to enjoy it in their product line.... VT4L
  10. I'll second the EV11 recommendation as that's what I have in the garage (Greenie + EV). For those days when you want to just chill and cover miles without pain, it's hard to beat. And you still have that wonderful motor down there (not to mention the same brakes and a decent chassis) when you want to have fun. VT4L
  11. Yes it reads and works perfectly. It might have been for a LeMans as it has a black bezel instead of chrome. That would also explain the different standoffs. VT4L
  12. I can't use the originals as I don't want to open up the new tach. I just need to extend the short standoffs on the replacement tach a little so they are longer. The ones in the ebay auction are an example of what I would use. i just need to know if the threads are the same (M3). If there was an easy way to remove the standoffs from the original tach and move them to the replacement I would do that, but there isn't. It looks like you have to disassemble the tach to remove them. Vt4L
  13. Like many of us, I acquired my V11 Sport with a dead tach. Not totally dead mind you, but it was bouncing around 2k rpms and would not really read much higher. I had a wonky voltage regulator when I bought the bike and I think that may have doomed the tach. Anyway, fast forward to this year which finds the bike with a new clutch, full insulated fuel system (no more hot stalls) and a fresh from ebay tach. The regulator was replaced last year and I've been watching the auction site for a tach for a full year. My patience was rewarded last week when I scored what looks to be a NIB tach for $61!. The catch ? (there's always a catch)...the standoffs on the back are not long enough to poke the threads through the cover so I can attach the two nuts to secure the tach. I tried using only the two by the speedo, but during a ride the tach slowly rotates in the rubber mount with nothing to secure it. So...I think I need some standoff extenders and I don't know what the thread pitch is on Guzzi's hardware. Would these work or do I need a different pitch? https://www.ebay.com/itm/120pcs-M3-metric-Male-Female-Hex-Brass-Standoffs-Spacer-Screws-Assortment-Nuts/153313307515?hash=item23b22f6b7b:g:MPYAAOSwZVpcd03n Thanks! VT4L
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