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po18guy

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  1. "If' I was to install an oil temp and oil pressure gauge on my V11, are there locations which would be preferable both mechanically and logistically?
  2. From this fellow '04 Ballabio owner, you are only a pair of slipons away from motoring bliss - that is if you are not there already. Am going to have to break away and get a shot on Snoqualmie Pass before the road turns white.
  3. Dad (who never had a Guzzi) bought his 1941 8C w/C-75 in 1950 for $500 and flew it home. Rebuilt it ground up, wind-drive generator w/spinner, Aeronca Chief wheelpants, Ford model A tank behind the cockpit, and a brick of then revolutionary NiCd batteries. You could do that stuff back then. Doped up the wings in our backyard - bro and I bucking rivets inside the fuselage at the tail, as no one else would fit. Still have the smell of Never-Dull in my olfactories. Dad enjoyed running away from his buddies who were in T-crafts, various airknockers etc. It's still registered and flying in the Por
  4. Decent enough, but the V11 Tonti café was more my cup of Java. And the (apparently) lightened flywheel allowed it to rev crazy quick.
  5. Looks like you have a few problems to iron out! So it is with rag wings. Say, is there a Luscombe in your flying past?
  6. It is unlikely that Ducati copied Guzzi's brilliant and weight-saving trick of zip-tying the wiring to the master cylinder's output boss... Here is a brake reservoir upgrade (non-leaky) that I will soon pony up for. Since I cannot find them stateside, maybe this UK seller has a line on Brembo-Guzzi kits. https://www.ebay.com/itm/MOTO-GUZZI-V11-SPORT-FRONT-BRAKE-RESERVOIR-CAP-STIFFENER-PLATE-BREMBO-UPGRADE/372899891330?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
  7. Truth to tell, look up the Arrow Sport. Cast iron Ford flathead V8 for power, through a reduction gear. Reputed to be slightly heavier than a Guzzi. Anyway, dad helped rebuild a Sport and on the maiden takeoff, said reduction gear decided to go on strike. Luckily, the private airstrip was surrounded by pastureland... Hey Chuck, it's not too late to re-purpose those spars and ribs and make a bold strike for antiquity. Airframe would reportedly support a V11...
  8. A Guzzi-engined aircraft created an entire new category: Ultraheavies.
  9. po18guy

    '03 V11's

    '03 introduced the 43mm fork stanchions. Curiously, my '04 has the forward crossover, but no lambda sensor. The ECU may have been 'tinkered' with, as it has an unreadable sticker over the original M-M sticker. I guess that the connecting rod oil jet, the .5 increase in compression and the forward crossover contributed to increased midrange(?) The reversed positions of horn button and turn signal - who knows? Just guessing here, but they must do a lot more audible than visual signalling in Italy. After all, gotta take at least one hand off the bars to give the international salute to erra
  10. Huh. Had that Stinson-ish look from the side. There is something aircraft-like about the Guzzi engine, maybe a slice of radial?
  11. Small tail Stinson? Franklin powered?
  12. From the ad: "all new fairing/body plastic and a new windshield," Who is the owner? Ben Down?
  13. Side and rear 3/4 of the Magni are fine. But the nose...the single headlight is fine. The Sfida 1100i is just horrid from the front aspect. The point of the custom V11 Tonti is the power and torque, the 6 speed and the top level suspension components. Oh, and the taste of the owner who paid for it all. It would look lovely in my garage. Frankly, IMO the MGS-01 smacks them all down, Ghezzi & Brian included. Kevin Cameron of Cycle Magazine called the MGS-01 "impossibly beautiful." Cannot disagree. If there was a body kit that wasn't too cheesy, I would be sorely tempted.
  14. May she rest in peace, and may her loved ones be consoled in this time of sorrow.
  15. Will be in Seattle Tomorrow at 11AM for a blood draw at SCCA - Eastlake and Mercer more or less. .
  16. Guzzi seems to be the Colt's Patent Firearms of motorcycles - no two intentionally built alike. The color/fairing/handlebar combinations are seemingly inexplicable. BTW, I will be in your home town (is it still standing?) in about 1.5 hours on my '04 Ballabio.
  17. Dual round headlights: Classic 80s endurance racing stuff. Look at the gen1 GSXRs.
  18. The 2004 V11 is listed as having 9.8:1 compression. That and the head pipe crossover supposedly accounting for some added mid-range.
  19. Might drop RaceBoltUK a line. They make genuine UK Stainless, Ti and even some alloy bolts in a wide variety of styles, including safety wire drilled. They offer kits, but I don't know about the V11. https://raceboltuk.com/
  20. What a Magni should have looked like. Sounds like lightened flywheel, unless flat slides make that much of a difference.
  21. You know, in an incoherent Guzzi electrical engineer sort of way (now there's a contradiction in terms!), grounding via the oil pressure switch makes sense. If there is oil pressure, no need for the starter. Thus, if the light is out, either the sender or the bulb is DOA. Note: mid 60s Ducati 250s had a mystery toggle switch on the taillight bracket. No one ever figured out what it did. Oddly, a guy on the Kawi EX500 forum advised me: That designer must have taught Guzzi a few tricks.
  22. Thank you! I scored a couple of new 270º sweep vacuum gauges for $3 and change at a local surplus outfit. Their destiny was immediately apparent to me. 0.018" you say? Well, I have some Keihin jets from a couple of Kawasaki jet kits that I can slip into the hose and try. Kawi pilot jets are even smaller than that - 0.014" IIRC. I have mercury sticks, but I am somewhat ill at ease knowing that it could be ingested with one of my ham-handed slips of the wrist. Thanks again - it gives me a baseline.
  23. My bad. Well, here goes some experimentation.
  24. The tiny T5 sockets have rather fragile connectors in them. Have a look at a known good socket and chances are that the oil light socket contacts are dirty or bent out of shape. Carefully reshape them using a dental pick if you have one and do a live test. Some of the pressure exerted by the contacts on the bulb is caused by the rubber socket being squeezed into the gauge receptacle. With the key on, sometimes you can squeeze the socket and the bulb will light. As I found out, LEDs are polarized and if they don't light up, flipping them side-for-side or end-for-end will solve the problem.
  25. Hey docc, you mention restrictors in the manometer lines. Any idea of the size of the hole drilled in them? Have two vacuum gauges and am constructing a bush mechanic carb balancer.
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