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  1. On 9/7/2020 at 7:32 PM, Belair63 said:

    My Ballabio in the mountains in Northern Colorado,  smoke and wildfires cut short the ride.  Hope everyone is hanging in there in these strange times, take care.  T


    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. 

  2. 17 hours ago, Chuck said:

    I've never kept one.. :) I've flown them though.. nice old birds.

    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 Portland area.

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  3. 20 hours ago, Chuck said:

    :D I was looking back through some pictures the other day to find how I'd mounted the engine on the Great Lakes.. I'd forgotten the details, of course..:oldgit: but the whole airplane is scratch built. It took a little more than a few hours with an angle grinder, btw.. :rasta:


    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?

  4. 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.


  5. 3 hours ago, docc said:

    Waiting for Chuck to come along and enlighten us with his awesome Aero-Lario!

    Aero-Guzzi engines rock! :mg:


    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... :rolleyes:


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  6. '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 errant drivers.

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  7. 8 hours ago, Chuck said:

    It's a..uhh.. slightly modified :) Piper colt. I've had my share of Stinsons, though. They used to be cheap. (Guzzi content) At one time I had 2 flying, and 3 parts planes. :oldgit:

    Huh. Had that Stinson-ish look from the side. There is something aircraft-like about the Guzzi engine, maybe a slice of radial? 

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  8. 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. 

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  9. 4 hours ago, jwatches said:

    Yes, Seattle has managed to avoid all the fires. I’m new to this forum, but feel free to message me if that is possible and we can arrange a viewing of this oddity.

    Will be in Seattle Tomorrow at 11AM for a blood draw at SCCA - Eastlake and Mercer more or less. .

  10. 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.

  11. 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:

    "I owned one of those Dianas once upon a time. The brake light circuit ran off the ground side of the primary ignition coil which was down in the flywheel magneto. The ignition coil was grounded by the brake light switch during normal operation. When you applied the rear brake, the switch opened and the ignition coil ground then had to go through the filament, lighting up the bulb. If the bulb burnt out, every time you hit the rear brake, the engine would quit so they put the switch there to act as an emergency ground. Clever or stupid? Take your pick."

    That designer must have taught Guzzi a few tricks.

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  12. 11 hours ago, Chuck said:

    They are tiny. I'll walk down to the shop and get my welding tip cleaners to use as a gauge..

    Edit: Ok, I'm back. Hope you have a really small drill set. :) Mine is .018".

    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.

  13. 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.

    EDIT: Oh, joy! No ground. Now to consult the plate of spaghetti wiring diagram? Is the blue a common ground? 

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  14. On 7/29/2020 at 10:58 AM, docc said:

    Talk of balancing tools reminded me I have this ALFA Romeo relic:


    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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