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  1. The name "pit bull" is said almost as much as "hey man", but that is certainly the pit bull of motorcycles, regardless of brand.
  2. I must say, that looks just plain ol' mean! Have you weighed it, or will you?
  3. Thank you very much. PayPal sent for two springs, shipping, plus a cup of McDonald's coffee.
  4. Sorry for any confusion. I was just checking on an option (and an extremely expensive one at that) in case neither of the other spring makers would make up an order. It is clear that we do not need space shuttle-quality springs - or at space shuttle price.
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    Staintune cans

    Anyone else running these? They came on my '04 and are undoubtedly HQ units. The sound is low and mellow (too quiet with the Db killers in), but can get a little on the intrusive/droning side on longer rides. Foam earplugs at the ready. If I take DW for a ride, I'll pop the Db killers in. But, the rest of the time, it runs very well. I have not contacted the owner before the last owner, so I have no idea if it has been re-flashed. Have had a single hiccup at 3500 or so.
  6. Let's see what Scud has to say about it. I'll wait, since 1) I do not have immediate need and 2) I'm not enthralled with the $200 +/- cost of Aerospace Ti, or even $165 for 17-7 Stainless. After riding an impressive 2 blocks before it began to pour, all I can say is "Hurry Spring!" - the season and the shift component.
  7. Update: 1. po18guy (2) springs. 2. Flooky (2) springs 3. Stumble_t (2) 4. PhillipLarsen (2) 5. MGrego (2) 6. 80CX100 (2) 7. Bob Maynard (2) 8. BelAir63 (2) 9. Motormike (2) 10. JBBenson (2) 11. Kevin_T (3) 12. ObdewlaX (2) Total as of this date: 25 springs. I just saw the tooling cost from Renton Coil Springs. Wowzers!
  8. At least one fellow had one. Producer HTMoto has gone defunkt (retired I think) and their plastics business, sold off, may also have died with the subsequent owner?
  9. First bike I rode which would pull the front wheel shifting into second.
  10. Am pretty sure that, each time the workers returned from their strike, they couldn't remember where they had left off.
  11. Thanks for the info! I may fab up a wood mount that replicates the frame mount points - easy enough to do. docc: Further evidence in my argument that Guzzi built the entire bike before realizing they did not put any coils on it. "There's a spot! Let's stuff them in there!"
  12. Q: Does anyone know the style, or have an example of the multi-pin connector from the left handlebar switches to the main wiring loom? '04 Ballabio, as I see that Guzzi used various multi-pin connector styles. Am going to get rid of my horn-button-where-the-signals-should-be left switch housing. Unfortunately, the switch harness disappears behind the "frame cover" under the tank, making the connector inaccessible unless I pull the tank. While I'll have the tank off sooner or later, I'd like to have the proper switches ready to go. Thanks in advance! Next, I forgot to tun notifications on. Can I do this after I post? Dimbulb me cannot figure it out.
  13. Brother's high school friend had a Benelli 250. For a project, bro had fabbed up a copy of the Ducati "Corse" open megaphone in high school shop class. It really woke that Benelli (and our neighbors) up! Ah, but my brother's other friend went crazy and bought a 1965 Ducati Diana MK III. Now, with 5 speeds and 10K on tap, that was some ride for a goofy kid in the 60s. The most difficult mechanical project I ever helped with was getting all of those bevel gear timing marks lined up. They call those the 'ice cream cone' singles, but the cam drive was more like a Rubik's cube.
  14. Yeah, my effort is only a backup. I could see most commercial spring makers wanting a 1,000 order or similar. wonder if Harper's or MG would have interest in stocking what we don't buy up? Not even the EU or UN could get Madello del Lario interested... OK... brace yourselves: "We looked at designs in 17-7 and also beta-c titanium. Using titanium will reduce the torque by about 40%. Here is what we came up with… STAINLESS 17-7 QTY 50 @ $65.00 each QTY 100@ $41.25 each QTY 150 @ $33.75 each QTY 200 @ $30.00 each +$1000 non-recurring charge for tooling Beta-C Titanium QTY 50 @ $85.00 each QTY 100@ $68.50 each QTY 150 @ $64.75 each QTY 200 @ $62.75 each +$1500 non-recurring charge for tooling Quoted lead time is 40 weeks from receipt of a purchase order.
  15. Follow up email states that he's working on a quote. I told him possibly 100 springs. CRAP! How am I gonna pay for those!!!
  16. Here is the reply I received: Thanks for the email. We don’t have minimums, but the price per part decreases as you quantities increase. It looks like the original is made from music wire. We’d probably look at using a 17-7 stainless material. Here are a few additional questions before we get started… Quantities? Where are the stock parts failing? FYI, we’re a high end spring manufacturer (primarily using exotic materials such as titanium, UPG10, and X3) so we’re not the cheapest out there. Also, our lead times are currently in the 36 week range. Best regards- Kyle KYLE CABAYA Motorsport Manager RENTON COIL SPRING CO. INC. LOCATION: 425 S. 7th St. | MAIL: PO Box 880 | Renton, WA 98057 P: 425.255.1453 x225 | F: 425.228.0780 | M: 425.922.4250 www.rentoncoilspring.com As to lead time, I guess they are busy helping Boeing fix those 737 Maxes that have been crashing...
  17. The seller goes by Guzzidaveracing on eBay. I would be sorely tempted to buy a red powder coated pair with the GUZZI machined to natural. as on the small block example. Question is if the red is close enough the Tank so as to match. For other colors, it would not really matter. Would that make it a Guzzi "Testarossa"? That seems to be about the only name they didn't use!
  18. Even the steering lock on the long frame models is quite limited - I noticed that the first few U-turns. Plastic tank, but it cannot be dimpled without destroying the paint, can it? OK, how about raise the fork tubes a bit, raise (or shim) the upper triple to match and see what happens? It has a steering damper, correct? The limiter is the amount of lower triple steerer tube that the upper triple clamps to. It's always something.
  19. If you are just sick and tired of onlookers asking accusing you of riding a Honda CX500... The big blocks are cast. Lucky small block owners get machined from billet.
  20. I wonder, too. The plug wires are routed up through the valve cover. The downside is that the owner can no longer show off the NGK racing bling wires.
  21. Perfect! I attached the drawing to an email sent to the motorsports division manager at Renton Coil Spring. We shall see.
  22. I am going to contact the local aerospace spring maker (they do motorsports) and see how many and how much. They are big on Ti,but will do any and all usual spring steels. I have an NOS Guzzi spring, but I understand that the improved spring has three coils rather than two, and a different diameter wire?
  23. No kick start, so they can't use a capacitor. I'd say in the hump mostly, but all available room is considered. The lower the better, so under the trans is not a bad idea.
  24. Once done, do you suppose you'll even dyno that thing? The torque curve would be more interesting to see than pure HP.
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