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  1. On March 30, 2020 at 8:48 PM, Lucky Phil said:

    My attention was drawn in that image to the wall art of "Prince" from the movie Purple Rain. Anyone that thought he was stylish or cool had their bubble burst when he appeared riding that atrocious abomination of a motorcycle. All the cool and style instantly evaporated, like gasoline spilled on a hot engine and he is revealed for what he was, a scrawny, weird little dude in high heals. If you want to know how cool someone really is ask them what sort of motorcycle they own or aspire to own. 

    PS great song writer though.


    Youth is wasted on wasted youth. 

  2. 13 minutes ago, PhillipLarsen said:

    Hi Guys I have a 2004 V11 Sport Ballabio, Red. ZGUKTC0274M111224.

    Mine seems to be  a little different in that rather than the straight handlebars it has clip-ons and the top triple tree does not have the holes to mount the straight bars. Looking in the MG parts catalog it should have the handlebars and mounts for bars in the triple tree. All other Ballabios I have seen have the bars rather than clip-ons. Other than that everything else is per the MG pars catalog. Has anyone seen this before. It seems it may have the lemans top triple tree and bar set up? I have had almost since new and believe this is as delivered by MG.

    For long distance rides I was thinking I would prefer the bars to be about two inches higher and one inch aft. I am about 6 '0 tall and find it a little crampled, but still love it and put lots of miles on it in the summer. 


    Hmmmm. How much room between bar mounts and gauges when it is at full lock? 

  3. 8 hours ago, Bill Hagan said:

    Thanks for asking and suggesting a fix


    From the interwebz:

    Exhaust manifold temperatures vary for different vehicles and operating conditions

    Manifolds and/or exhaust pipes on some vehicles can reach 1200 degrees F. It is rare to find temperatures this high in normal operation. The hottest locations tend to be those for which there is some constriction or impingement of exhaust gas. For example, a bend in an exhaust manifold tube immediately outside the cylinder will have a surface upon which the exhaust gas has a greater capacity to transfer heat. Exhaust system temperatures will be reduced at any point of contact with cooler components of large thermal mass, such as the cylinder head.

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  4. All three screws go into the airbox, right? Any contact with the lower rear edge of the tank? There is/was a foam piece almost glued there to prevent.....something. Too bad the covers are already painted. Could open the holes to 8 or 10mm, use rubber grommets and a flanged screw to cover the entire mess. My other experience has been with a Kwacker in which the side panels mount to fuel tank (post), frame (screw) and tail section (2 posts) - all of which have a mind of their own. 

  5. 20 hours ago, Bill Hagan said:

    That was an interesting diversion.

    I have always liked the Coppas, but passed on at least two chances to replace my irreplaceable Ballabio.  

    That listing sucked me in to read more.

    Was a bit puzzled by this sort of thing: “[H]e added understated touches like the silicone tubing on the Ducati.”

    But the oddest and most poignant bit of all of this was that the auction house’s sale blurb was the closest thing to an obit I could find out there: https://www.lelandlittle.com/story/a-life-in-motion/59817/

    There is always “the rest of the story” to all of our stories, but I hope for Mr. Szafran’s sake that there is more joy than one might infer from the lack of notices and memorial messages.

    On a happier note, if I can escape from Kathi’s decluttering clutches today I hope to spend some time in the Moto Grappa today trying to figure out this phenom: 






    Is that at slow idle or fast idle? i noted that my Ballabio did that while on choke and I was gearing up - since then I've dropped it to low idle. Otherwise, single wall pipes and maybe timing is retarded? My Kawi EX500/GPz500s does that at fast idle warming up - but its carbs have enricheners rather than a choke. Had an '85 Thunderbird Turbo and after an uphill run home from work, the exhaust manifold and exhaust side of the turbo would be glowing.

  6. 3 hours ago, 4corsa said:

    I never understood why the Coppas had handlebars instead of clip-ons like the Scura (especially since it was supposed to celebrate racing heritage).

    With the solid mount fairing and particularly the gauges, there is scant room for clipons at full lock.

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  7. On 3/27/2020 at 10:54 PM, PhillipLarsen said:

    Hello Scud

    I just sent paypal for another 2 springs. The one from the original batch is still working great in by 04 v11 Ballabio with about 4500 miles on it. These ones will be for a Lemans I want to buy and a spare for it.

    Thanks again for all your work.

    If you are interested, there is a Ballabio registry thread.


  8. 6 minutes ago, docc said:

    Don't make me edit your topic title! :nerd: This PorkChop :bbblll: thing just has to go. No one will fess up to be the originator of that awful, derisive term. 

    (Lest they be shackled to everyone's cast-off relays and thrown into a pile of Pirellis soaked in Agip).  :oldgit:


    Honestly, they look more like Wallaby chops, but that will be immediately denied.

    p.s. For a mere $250 those beauties can be yours!

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  9. Who knew what was on his mind - but he was certainly aware that the respirator could be used to save another life. As we age, we get tired, and ready to move on from this life. As Saint Paul wrote in his Letter to the Philippians, he longed to leave this world and go to the Father, but he agreed to remain here if there was profitable work (i.e. evangelization) for him to do. And so it may be with Fr. Berardelli.

    Eternal rest grant him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful deputed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

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  10. On my Ballabio, I noted that it was a somewhat sketchy attachment, and the long screw can completely miss the nut plate. It took a bit of jockeying to get it all into place and snugged up. My '04 has the ABS plastic housing with an impossible to remove QD multi-pin connector at the lower rear. As to loose rims when attached to the bucket, you might wrap some teflon tape around the portion of the bucket which the rim covers. It will take some experimentation, but it will tighten the fit, help with vibes a tad, and possibly seal the unit against rain or wash water. 

  11. On 3/21/2020 at 7:30 AM, guzziart said:

    Hi All,

    On my '03 V11 Lemans, I'm replacing the in-tank fuel pump gasket (leaks), hoses & fuel filter.  Any advice/thoughts are appreciated.

    1. Is there a torque value for the pump to tank base gasket screws?

    2. It is my understanding that the oem internal  tank hoses are not available...they appear to be a flexible plastic composition .  I am looking to replace these lines with an SAE30R10 rubber hose that is rated fuel submersible. 

    3. Fuel injection hose clamps for in-tank use: Crimp or screw & nut type?




    Look up places that do hydraulic hoses and fittings. They usually custom make hoses, and can crimp on the fittings, removing the worry about a screw-type clamp working loose.

  12. Forgot to mention: It can be critical to make certain the fairing is not pre-loaded when mounted. If the mount bolts pull it into the mount, that creates surface stress that can lead to cracks. I shimmed mine with rubber washers, so it is not sprung either out or in and has just that much more vibration dampening.

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  13. There is always the possibility that Guzzi's factory misalignment was fixed by the impact. Vertical axis is fairly easy to check, but how about checking the horizontal? The spine frame would be more subject to twisting than bending, it would "seem."

  14. Three years ago this month (almost to the day) I crashed my GPz500S into an embankment at about 40MPH/60KPH and broke collarbone, glenoid (shoulder) and 5 ribs into 12 pieces. Overnighter in the trauma center. Bent handlebar, broken rear brake pedal stop and a dent in the tank from my shoulder. The bike fared much better than I did, as I managed to ride it home, albeit quite a bit more slowly.

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