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Nihontochicken last won the day on June 3 2018

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    2005 Suzuki DR650, 1980 Bultaco Sherpa T, Bultaco 360 Astro, 2004 V11 Naked
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  1. Okay, "Houston, we have a problem." The scooter is a 2004 V11 Sport Naked with about 2650 miles on the clock. I haven't changed the oil or done any other work recently. There have been a few instances in the past where after a short two to three mile run and stopping for a time, the oil light would not go off upon restart. I would let the engine run for ten seconds or so, then shut it down, wait a bit and then restart, at which point the light would go off. Today, however, the light refused to turn off upon restart. I ran the bike a few blocks at low speed (maybe a mistake), no bueno, light stayed on. I noted that while the cylinder heads, valve covers and engine case were warm, the oil cooler was dead cold, not typical. So I called AAA and got a tow home. First check at home for oil level indicated sufficient oil volume. Then a search here resulted in suggestions for either an oil pressure swith or a valve cover removal followed by a start to check for oil pressure (squirting oil). Having had the trauma of replacing a leaking valve cover gasket (much time and effort to scrape off the sticky remains of the old gasket without scratching the aluminum), I think I'd prefer the pressure switch check. So my dummy question is, where exactly is the pressure switch? A quick visual check indicated it's not a snake as it didn't bite me. If oil squirts, then I understand the replacement of the pressure switch is the answer (recommended source?). If no squirt, then time to drop the pan an check for a loose filter and metal shavings (please, no!). Thanks in advance for this info and any other helpful advice!
  2. I can recommend the L-shaped battery terminal connectors to circumvent the cramped access to the standard configuration: There is enough room where they don't rub on the seat pan in my scooter. As far as source, can't find the original post, but I believe I got my set off of Fleabay.
  3. Gardening, hell. That guy was lucky not to get permanently planted. I'm reminded of one of our old trail riding maxims that applies equally well to the street, "Ride fast, crash hard."
  4. Hmmm, pretty much the same as my scooter (2004 Naked), minus the fairing. I feel better now.
  5. Unfortunately I don't have a pic of myself with my first motorcycle, but see a stock photo below. Yeah, a Bridgestone 175 Street Scrambler! Hahahahaha! I actually did try to ride it off road while accompanying my older brother on a Baja trip. The ribbed front tire left a little to be desired in the soft sand two tracks. I used nearly half of my one and only student loan to buy the little rotary valve twin screamer in 1970. It was followed by tens of other bikes, including for real dirt pounders. Now down to a 2005 DR650 and 2004 V11 Naked as the riding chapter winds down to a close. Total of eleven broken bones, but it's been fun (most of the time).
  6. No marks on my seat base (2004 Naked) from the battery L post adapters, but then I weigh only about 150 pounds all suited up. Real men may have a different experience.
  7. I don't remember where I got mine, but here are some current low cost providers. https://www.batterymart.com/p-ody-adapt.html https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=Odyssey+L+Terminal+Adapter&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=0&_udlo=&_udhi=&_ftrt=901&_ftrv=1&_sabdlo=&_sabdhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=15&_stpos=93422&_sargn=-1%26saslc%3D1&_salic=1&_sop=15&_dmd=1&_ipg=50&_fosrp=1
  8. Here is a pic of my 2004 Naked that is bone stock, save the more user friendly battery terminal adapters I added, showing 4 and 4 leads off the terminals, FWIW. Don't ask me what they all are!
  9. Oooooh, red valve covers ...
  10. I may as well throw in, here's our pure bred mutt rescue dog, Lacy. Total cream puff with people, but it turned out she's a hunter. When I took her early on to the free range dog park, a rabbit came tearing across the field, and before I knew what was up, Lacy took out after it. It took her maybe a hundred yards, but she finally caught, shook and killed the poor rabbit. So after years of having dog unfriendly canines, I thought finally we'd have a nice off leash pet. Not to be (she unfortunately also now has a horse ranch chicken kill to her credit as well). But she's terribly sweet with people and no risk with young children. Dunno her breeding, maybe Lab and something with deep chest and narrow waist (Greyhound?) and curly tail (Akita?).
  11. Oooooh, red valve covers, mmmmm!
  12. Reminds me of my GSXR750, last year edition of the old oil burners. Just after I picked it up new from the dealer, I took it on a freeway on ramp, turning about 4000 rpm from tootling the downtown streets. I whacked the throttle full open ... and damn near got my ass run over. The bike didn't cough, didn't stumble, just didn't make any appreciable horsepower. I survived that event and quickly learned to bang two down shifts and spin it to 10,000 rpm and beyond to make decent beans (it red lined at 13,500, reminded me of a Cox Thimbledrome model airplane engine). I traded that bike in on my last dirt bike, a first year edition Yamaha WR250F, a five valver with compression impossible to kick over without benefit of the compression relief. Unfortunately, this new model trail bike had the motocross tuned engine. Not much HP below five figures. It was okay for laid back trail riding, get it up to 8-9K and shift, no prob. But if you wanted to go fast, you didn't shift, just cracked the throttle wide open. The real horsepower was between nine and fourteen thousand rpm. But it wasn't very controllable. It was like the old Amal GP carb, as soon as you let the throttle off full open, it fell on its face. WFO or nothing. This is why I appreciate the V11 with a nice, wide, usable power band that you don't have to wrap to the moon to get moving. Maybe I'm just old and lazy now, whatever. No more five digit power bands for me.
  13. This is the Moto Guzzi V11 forum, right? That thing is about as far from a V11 as one can get, even outside what a transverse, air cooled, 90 degree twin should be subjected to, meaning Piaggio will likely sign up the creator for their MG design team. Then again, after their MGX-21 Flying Fartstress, there's no where to go but up.
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