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    2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport. Sold: 1980 Moto Guzzi Le Mans. 1984 Honda XL600R. 1980 Kawasaki KDX 250. 1977 BMW R100RS. 1975 BMW R75/6. 1970 Honda CB450.
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  1. Yeah, the drawing was elucidating, far better than what I have. But I was referring to your lucid explanation.
  2. Wow, Kiwi_Roy, clearly and succinctly stated. Inroads into my puny brain, so thank you for schooling me. Much easier to conceptualize. I had a print/copy of the wiring diagram, it was fuzzy, written in Italian in 4pt type, printed in black and white and I believe topped with marinara sauce for good measure; Tolstoy translated into Swahili for my befuddlement, in other words. Thx.
  3. Duly admonished. I'll scrutinize the condition of the ground connections on the gearbox and elsewhere. So you're saying that the crispy wire grounds the ECU and leads back to either the regulator or the lighting circuits? To bypass the crispy wire I can ground the terminal on top of the ECU to a proper ground site and leave the burned wire in the harness? It appears that the harness with the burned wire turns towards the rear of the bike. Thanks to you and all who've offered help and advice.
  4. I looked at the posts that were cited. Thanks for pointing them out. It sounds as though something on the order of what was described is what had previously happened on my bike. There appears to be damage to one ground wire only. It is a light gauge wire that comes out of the harness that plugs into the ECU. You can see the connection to the ECU in the lower left hand corner of the photo. There are three ground wires ganged together in this gaggle coming from the larger harness. It was wrapped in electrical tape by the previous owner. Two of these ground wires which had been wrapped by electrical tape were fine. One came from a trio of wires, brown/black/white that were in the harness wrapped as a group, one came off the plug scan tool receptacle (which you can see in the top/middle of the pic), The third wire is toast, the insulation was destroyed as far down as I peeled back the main wrap around the harness, it was horrifying to discover. No other wire seemed to be affected even though they were in proximity. Is the ground connection to the top of the ECU a normal setup? Would the third (burned insulation) wire be a ground from the ECU to ground? Most of the strands on the burned wire were detached, just a couple of strands left, but there did not seem to be any problem with the function of the bike. Once I started to un-wrap the electrical tape, the burned wire disintegrated. Does this burned wire come from somewhere else? If so would anyone speculate where? Does it provide a ground from the head of the bolt on the ECU and therefore I could substitute an independent wire from the ECU bolt to a proper ground as has been suggested? I was an arguably normal person prior to stumbling on this, now my olfactory imagines wires of every stripe are smoldering everywhere. Paranoia sucks.
  5. The more shrink tape I pulled off the harness to inspect the condition of the fried wire, the more it looked the same. The entire length of the wire is fubar judging by everything I've seen so far. I'm trying to figure where it comes from. I don't know if that is a question that is easy to figure out. And it seems likely that the ground fastened to the ECU (if that is what it is) was not a stock setup. I started out this afternoon doing a valve adjustment and spark plug replacement, and then, because I'd un-bolted and raised the tank up a bit in order to access the bolts holding the valve covers and the fact that it was 100° in New Haven, the tank expanded and I had to unbolt the seat in order to get it back in place and I therefore noticed a little nonsense in the wiring under the seat. I was putting it back together and about to fire it and cool off on a hot day and make sure everything was in order and now it's Vesuvius and forlorn in the garage, for now.
  6. The very pregnant (baby the next day; pdQ, btw.) woman who deftly guided the bumper of her Ford into my left leg has conferred on me the gang of polite barking dogs that gots her back, so to speak. It commences and off you go. But I doubt rules of engagement would be terribly different if it were my own insurer. A Canadian friend of mine explained what they do. Outcomes thought-through and simple and seemingly fair. The lawyer thing here is a tragic encouragement. I did kick FoMoCo in small claims court years ago over the paint on my F-150. Years after the statute had expired. It was delicious to me that the icky corporate lawyer they sent from Boston looked pretty bad by the time he got back to HQ. So, tenacity. As far as here and now goes, the motorcycle was fine in the end, the girl's bullying bumper pushed us to the ground. The damage was minor but $$. They took care of it, a nasty game they played at first. But they took stock and did the right thing. The rest of this stuff I hate having to address, but a certain dispassion is necessary in order not to think that you're awash in the wake of someone's stupidity. I appreciate everyone who has commented and offered advice on this thread. Lots of funny, lots of clever, people. After much plodding through the mountains published here, it is obviously so.
  7. A ground wire group of three wires that comes from a bundle that includes a gaggle of wires that plug into the ECU had been wrapped with tape by the previous owner. It looked suspicious to me, so I pulled off the electrical tape and one wire had been hot enough to melt the insulation. I don't know if the routing and grounding of these wires was as originally done, but it was combined with two other wires and grounded on one of the bolts that fasten the ECU to the frame. One of those two wires was a trio of brown/black/white that came out of this harness together, the other ground was attached to the receptacle for a scan tool and the third is the dodgy one. All three, as said, were ganged together after they exited the harness. I'm wondering if anyone might know what device the suspect wire traces back to. I fear it is the Doomsday Machine and I've put everyone at risk, within a certain radius, so it's an altruistic query, but no, really it's more about help in assuaging my deer-in-the-headlights countenance as I peeled it back, even now as I write this. I studied the wiring diagram printed in the manual, it was fun to look at, at first, but my confusion scaled up exponentially. I'm thinking another ground could be run from the source. The other wires in the harness were not affected and the other two grounds were fine. The moto operated without hiccup or malfunction despite the monster in the box. And it looks as though the damage to the ground wire was from some time ago, not ongoing. There are two pix, one is the aftermath of my chewing through the wiring harness, like a beaver. The other is the happy domicile of the hornets before I kicked it. okay, only one pic, it won't let me upload the other postage stamp-sized image. I'll see if I can include it in a reply. Thanks in advance, any help is greatly appreciated.
  8. I acquired the bike painted as such, not sure I would have chosen it, but I don't mind it. I was told by the previous owner that the bike had some defects in the paint from the factory and the person who bought it originally agreed to the grey and pinstripes as the dealer anticipated trouble matching the original green.
  9. 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport. 10,200 miles (I'm still riding it.) in excellent shape. Original green paint, top of tank/tail repainted grey (there are some bubbles in the grey paint on the top of the tank, pic included), grey front fender. Minor damage to right side after it fell (repaired). Metzeler tires are 18 months old with a little over 2000 miles on them, worn evenly, no flat spots. Oil and filter and air filter new at 10,100 miles. Valves adjusted. Rizoma brake and clutch fluid reservoirs. OEM exhaust replaced (pic). New battery a/o April 2019. LED turn signals with new relay. I have the oem side covers, I removed them. Includes a three-ring binder copy of the shop manual. Strong motor, terrific sound, rides and runs as it should. $3700., preferred in cash. Located in Connecticut. Images at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17lsXcbeFQbTBdIG8WZqE9zd5wR5GYiEr?usp=sharing
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  11. Hyar, thanks for the observation. However, planting motorcycle seeds in fertile ground is diabolical. If they should flower, you'll be berated. And rightly so.
  12. Re: docc, Interesting. Insurance company protocol? First the machine is resolved then the crunchled (a word my son coined decades ago) body? I'm a fairly dogged adversary when I'm able to get a toe-hold on my argument and believe it is righteous. 'Indemnification'. A sharp arrow in the quiver. They'll have to pry my title from my cold dead hand. If I can misquote an odious slogan. A grandstanding bellow on a Friday night in front of my computer. I'll determine not to wither in the future moment. Grazie per il coraggio.
  13. Countless thanks to all that have offered help and advice, almost beyond words. The battle is with the insurance company of the driver of the marauding, malevolent Ford. I don't carry collision insurance on my bike, nor for any of my past bikes (hat tip 'LowRyter') and never needed it. My insurance company is relatively laissez faire about being an advocate on my behalf. They made some noise in establishing a narrative in the beginning, that is about all they have to give. I've not yet been offered a settlement from the other driver's company, so I don't want to be too dire about what it will be, but I know in my gut what course this ship is sailing. I have been trying to research a way to document the value of the bike and numerous offers and resources made by people on this forum have been very reassuring in thinking about how to be strategic. The insurance company's rep the other day morphed into an automaton when the conversation veered into questions about process, i.e., every question regarding alternatives was met with the same response 'It's all in the numbers', a glazed-eyed zombie's response. I know her role is not to offer consideration to nuance and circumstance. Even questions about accepting a lesser amount for the repair in order to preserve the future of the motorcycle as a viable machine that I can still use were countered with the same well-worn mantra. Thanks again all and a Happy New Year all around. I'll post the next eye-roller when it arrives at my door. . . . and not to be too intrusive, but the bikes in everyone's profile are bikes you currently own? I listed every one I could think of going to back to when the U.S. president hailed from the great state of Georgia. All of them put to pasture with the exception of the current one; itself in a custody battle in an acrimonious divorce with an insurance company behemoth. Perhaps it doesn't work that way. I didn't mean to sound as though I had a triple-wide garage stuffed with bikes from two continents, I don't.
  14. Re: 'Footgoose'; fine moto forensics. I purchased the bike in early summer from a seller in Annapolis. The bike was originally registered in Connecticut, made its way south and returned in the back of a van to Connecticut. According to lore, the paint had flaws in the showroom and the grey sections and red pinstripes were a compromise made to avoid having to match the original green. That is the story that was passed down with the bike. I've been a riding motorcycles for 45 years, this was the first time I was mistaken for a billiard ball and tossed onto pavement. Torn muscles, a fractured rib and aforementioned scabs on the bike. I don't want to unfairly and prematurely impugn the insurance company, I'll heal, but their initial gambit is to offer to shoot the horse I was riding. Thanks for all the suggestions and links to bikes for sale, I saw some of the same posts that were mentioned and archived them, I anticipate a frustrating wrestling match with insurance company robots coughing up numbers from their aggregating machine in the bowels of the beast. "Numbers don't lie" as quoted by the appraiser did not portend a respectful dialog going forward and reduced the value of the machine to a trifling widget. I'll dig in. Thank you all for all the suggestions especially the 'raresportbikesforsale' link from al_roethlisberger.
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