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  1. And a gobsmacking and entertaining virtual tour of the Elk Grove showroom on their website. Chockablock full. A testimonial to the low bar my entertainment expectations reside in. We ain't got places like that here in Connecticut. A vicarious joy.
  2. You're trying to source a carbon fiber starter cover? If you're in need of a plain-Jane OEM plastic cover, I took mine off my 2000 V11. The previous owner painted it dark grey. You're welcome to it if it is something you can use.
  3. Will do, Docc. The suggestion about substituting a stud is not a bad idea. Mister Brainerd is pretty resourceful, I'll bring it up.
  4. Thanks, Docc and everyone for information and advice and images. Hopefully Stuart Brainerd is able to extricate what's left of the bolt without destroying the threaded hole in the casting. I agree, it looks under-engineered.
  5. Docc, You think the bolt could have backed out and then snapped because the assembly is floating off the case and the side stand has more leverage? It broke a few fractions inside the blind hole. Would make sense.
  6. The busted off casting image will flash in my head tonight.
  7. Super. I launched, kickstand down (skimmed, not hard) at least a couple of times. (The sidestand warning mechanism is non-functional on my bike for reasons I have not been able to figure out.) That my ass has been kicked a couple of times is unsettling and a pathetic failure. One time it was remarked on by a pedestrian. A good sidewalk filled with good people in a town in Connecticut. I presumed I was the reason for the sheared bolt. I bet a lot of force for the split second it takes for you to realize that you are a carless nincompoop while the bike does its lever-moves-the-world practice round. Thank you for scrutiny of the upper bolt. I have been very careful and gentle putting it on it's stand, it is unsettling to watch it stretch. I should check.
  8. Being able to see heaps of motorcycles in the wild and not in a museum; each of those in this exhibit worthy of great respect for at least some attribute; engineering or design or concept, style; and on; brings joy, a museum on fresh-mowed grass. Thank you for posting and of course thanks for the effort that went in to producing it.
  9. It has seemed as though my 2000 V11 has been listing to port excessively the past several months; looking more and more like the Costa Concordia minus the water and if the ship's kickstand was on its starboard side. I thought it was a normal angle, but realized there was a lot of weight on the stand. Hands and knees examination revealed the lower bolt fastening the kickstand assembly to the blind hole in the casing had sheered off and the geometry adjusted accordingly. Does anyone happen to know the pitch/length of this bolt? I'm bringing it into an auto shop a friend runs who'll try to extricate what's left and it would help if he knew in advance. Thanks in advance.
  10. Found a pic. 93. Tho an old pic. Fuel price double $ now. why is it so difficult to clip a tiny image to a post here?
  11. I read (tho 'glazed' prlly more descriptive) the link you sent (I can't find the underwear in my drawer any given morning, how are you able to conjure a six year old post? Kudos). I'll read and re-read. Thank you. High-test fuel available here in Connecticut, which I exclusively use, is 93 octane. I think. Maybe it is 91. I need to pay more attention.
  12. I'm once again inclined to test the normally sweet, polite temperament of the many here with another bout of my stupid questions. I did sift through countless posts about the issues that induced this, to be clear. I was stunned at the fuel consumption of my 2000V11 at +/- mid-thirties when I purchased it five years ago. My 1980 Le Mans averaged in the mid to high forties. A recent post regarding average mileage has assuaged my assumption that something was seriously amiss. My VDub TDI, even with fat, sticky tires manages closer to 45. It is possible that a performance disparity exists between the two, though not empirical, I've good reason to believe it true. They're both balls-of-fire in their own way; I don't feel a need to belabor the differences at a drag strip or elsewhere. I, as others have also noted, experience some detonation on hard acceleration. I don't tend run the motor at higher RPM generally. It does not feel like it is lugging at lower RPM in sixth gear, pulls strongly, and I often don't downshift when hard on the throttle. Perhaps the detonation is a result of the way I'm riding it and I should expect that this is a normal given what I'm asking of it. But given these characteristics and possible remedies, I'm wondering about the balancing of fuel supply and ignition timing. Someone here suggested a Tecmate Carbmate fuel injection synchronizer. This appears a more sophisticated version of the old mercury tube vacuum balancer I used to use on my old, carbureted two cylinder motorcycles. Is there a port on the throttle bodies that this would attach to and is it a purely mechanical adjustment of the throttle cable assembly? Worth the price of purchase? And ignition timing? Monitored by the sensor reading the position of the camshaft? Not the dual points version on my old Le Mans of days of yore that looked like caveman flints? No tweaking necessary? In the old days I would mechanically address the state of these and other adjustments given detonation and 'poor' fuel mileage. I have gone through the bike, i.e. valve lash, fuel/oil/air filters, spark plugs and new leads etc and the machine runs to my mind well and sounds great. I get burbling when I'm off the throttle, the exhaust is (I think OEM) somewhat loud and seems fine. I'm not sure what the ~3000RPM 'cough' people describe is. I'll talk to my therapist about accepting the fact that is guzzles fuel, but the detonation is not cool. I took it on a spirited ride today (roughly 45ºF); the achingly cacophonous detonation a sharp lil'needle in my ear. I can't stick to a script, a couple of questions in a succinct paragraph. Sorry to the pummeled few who managed to hold on to this linguistic roller coaster in order to get to here. Hardy thanks.
  13. I heartily endorse what DOCC wrote. Grateful for the generosity and spirit of the folk out and about here.
  14. If I go to sleep with a V11 wiring harness under my pillow, or whatever electrical part imparts the most wisdom, will I wake up as all-knowing as you guys in the morning? Is that what you do? No. I don't think so. I will have awful creases in my cheek and sheets stained from the charcoal-black, burned wires.
  15. I'll do my best, but they usually jam the mimeograph machine. They say I should be more careful with my graham crackers and milk. I think they're just lazy and don't want to crank the thing.
  16. Wow, Kiwi_Roy, exhaustive. I replaced the regulator after navigating through the V11lemans Tutorial Committee's advice and my bike is on the road and only needed human power for propulsion once since, a few days ago, when I ran it out of fuel. It has trained me well in the art pushing it around. I'm beginning to believe it learned a few tricks in an S & M dungeon and I'm its rube. I discovered a fried black wire in the harness under the seat a while back and appealed to the collective wisdom implicit here and ran a more robust wire from the regulator to ground. The electrical system seemed good enough to earn a grade of D, graded on a curve, in a class filled with Moto Guzzi addicts; until the regulator quit, was replaced and here I am still crying into my beer to anyone who'll listen. But it runs, only if I give it a drink of gasoline, but it is running. Almost overwhelming, the well written detail in your post. I do have a battery drain, it would be nice if I could vanquish it. I will cajole a friend who's education exceeds my kindergarten diploma in electrical/electronic summer camp to read over my shoulder and parse what you're recommending. He'll sketch a few illustrations in cartoon form and I'll get it. Thank you.
  17. I'm pretty sure the regulator was last bolted onto this bike in late 1999 in Mandello del Lario. The grinding pain of an undiagnosed, crippling malady festers; so if the price of exiting an exotic, cryptic failure is the cost of a voltage regulator, I will praise that outcome. Maybe it don't fix it, but the fact that I was able to get to here so quickly was because you guys kept coming back with helpful suggestions; and quickly. In the sweltering heat of last Monday night, I was pushing my Chernobyl radiator of motorcycle through the city, back to my garage after it sputtered. I got schooled on Tuesday, Wednesday and today I didn't buy a stator I don't need and somebody in California is putting a box in a box and sending me a voltage regulator. A huge triangle from which to clink glasses and cheers from; but y'all know why. And yeah, I sipped at the trough of too many electrical calamities, tales of woe published on these pages the last few days, and also think that there's an account of someone's new regulator curing their battery drain malady. I'm sometimes in bed at night thinking about the battery blood-sucking going on in yonder garage. it's not calming. Hyar. Hope is by reputation, a balm. I will let you know.
  18. I did visually inspect all the fuses at the onset. All seem to be in order. No sign of any burning etc. Checked the 30amper for continuity and all good. I ordered a new regulator.
  19. The counter guy at the electrical repair shop here in New Haven has no idea the bullet he dodged in not having to endure my babbling incoherence. You guys cannon fodder instead. His gain, your loss.
  20. Help more? You guys have been great and patient and thorough in walking me through this. I can't thank enough. The bike has a one year old battery and since there is a battery drain with the key out of the ignition (I ran some better grounds, all the connections at the battery have been cleaned up. I thought I had it licked, but it is still present.) I keep it on a tender. I will order the regulator from ElectroSport that docc linked to. The website says they have them in stock, so I'll roll off this post and order one before the giant truck backs up to their loading dock to fulfill the giant order from Tennessee. Rumor is that there's a hoarder sitting on heaps of them down there. cheers, Marcus
  21. Hi, kids. They booted me from nursery school early, so I'm back with chapter . . . I haven't kept track, but it's nearing War and Peace level page count. I did as was suggested and checked output with yellow alternator wires isolated from the wiring harness of the bike. 18v AC at idle 45v AC at 3,000rpm 65-ish at higher rpm, prlly about 5,000, I hate spinning a motor at rest high, don't know why. This seems to comport with what is specced for it and indicates the alternator is functional? Would this point to the regulator?
  22. My apologies for wasting the people's time with my confused understandings. As has been suggested, my friend re-tested the output this morning. (he has a decent meter) DC measured at the battery, with the engine running 12.4v regardless of RPM. AC measured from the yellow wires off the alternator, upstream from regulator: 16.3v AC at idle drops to 13.2v AC at 3,000 rpm. The measurements at the battery might suggest a problem with the rectifier, is that correct? The output from the alternator should not drop as rpms increase, also correct? I am going to trek to the electrical shop, but I wondered what you guys might construe from this.
  23. I saw that on the link you provided. It's oddly beautiful, I'd feel bad burying this object inside the little alternator house. I'll print that out and show it to the local guy, sure he's seen a lot of hardware in his day, I'm thinking this one will melt his jaded heart.
  24. Yes, Weegie, def volts were measured, not amps as I earlier stated. As far as I can tell, the yellow connections on the stator are intact, certainly not obviously detached. I spoke with a local shop that rebuilds alternators and took some pix of the unit to show to him, I'm a little confused as to what is possible as regards rebuilding, I think he said he would only need the stator. This will doubtless be contradicted tomorrow and I will be back here tomorrow bellyaching like I do. I looked at the ElectroSport stator that docc linked; which is out of stock since the last one they had is now likely residing in Tennessee.
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