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    Tank bag

    Since you brought it, I have noticed a significant difference with the motorcycling gear providers in the USA. When you check the popular sites, the search engines are limited to the recent bikes. Or, for those that do have a Moto Guzzi V11 configuration, the returned list is empty. One of the web site I used when I was in Europe has a search engine that can be configured to Moto Guzzi V11 Sport, including the year. Here's the returned list for Moto Guzzi V11 Sport year 2004; This is useful to check the references and find the equivalent in your local market. You could also orde
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    Tank bag

    Did you ever went for the Oxford tank bag? I am looking at purchasing a tank bag too. Problem is that I don't have the bike with me to try it on. So I need to make sure it is going to fit. I have found a tank bag from Givi on Amazon.it; said to be purposed for the Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans; obviously the model is no longer available, but I found their newest model which has the exact same dimensions. https://www.revzilla.com/assets/0002/6504/givi_grt715_gravel_t_waterproof20_l_tank_bag.pdf
  3. You would need to take it up with the owner. I only translated it...
  4. I was browsing the classified adds in Italy, and I found this beauty. This is definitively a stunning example, and the narrative was not the usual copy paste... I thought that you guys may be interested! It all started with the V7 Sport: Fast! it was the first commercial motorcycle that really was capable to go over the 200 km/h (124 mph) mark. Powerful with a handling that immediately became legendary; the "formidable V7", as it was described in the adds of the time, only had one great handicap with respect to the competition: the brakes! Not that Moto Guzzi designers
  5. @Lucky Phil I believe that it was you, yesterday, who answered about an opinion that Guzzi was going to bring back the Le Mans using the 850 cc engine. The media I follow for Italian news are based in Italy. Those media are often lead by former motorcycle racers. My main source of information for anything Italian is Moto.it. There guys are my age, and they are just as passionate as we are about anything and everything motorcycle. They don't usually make click bait articles, and I came to respect their insider's views. Nico Cereghini, who was 17, that 55 years ago, and on a
  6. I wanted to delete text in a reply and I deleted the whole thread.... sorry for that.... I will put back the pictures tomorrow. I was answering Docc's question about the differences between the V85TT engine and the V7 III engine for 2021. It is "derived" from the V85TT, as it will comply with the EURO 5 pollution European protocol. Here is my source from Moto.it
  7. Wow.... if you got that done on a "no brakes" Harley, you are a hero! but it proves that it is just a matter of getting use to what you ride on.
  8. It feels "odd" to use a cruise control system on a bike... it somewhat infers with the idea of being free; as in having a direct link to ecstasy via the throttle. But I always follow advice. I will carry one, even if I don't use it.
  9. In Europe, previously, you could ride up to 125cc with just your car driver's license. You also need an endorsement nowadays. To me, the biggest ripoff is the obligation to get a so-called "inspection". Motorbike owners don't take risks with poorly maintained bikes, because their lives are at play. And to register the Le Mans in Texas, I need to get the inspection here. Even if it was already inspected in Florida.
  10. Thanks for the concern. I will only take my decision to ride back once I have got a taste of the Le Mans. I have looked at the UHaul option, but I do not have a car to tow it. And getting both does not make sense economically. If I can't ride it, I will get it shipped. I will look into the throttle lock, but this is something I have never used before. I usually don't incorporate accessories I am not familiar with. No need to make it more complicated. As for Covid-19, yes, this is a risk. I have escaped it so far, I take the risk seriously. The biggest hazard remains my
  11. I asked the guy I dealt with to verify the bike's status with the previous owner. And I told him about my intention to ride the bike back to Houston. They fixed a fuel leak at the petcock, said he. Otherwise, he said the bike was good to go...
  12. Foreground is Keira Knightley finding her marks on the bike before the shoot. Background is possibly the girl that will really ride the bike? Looking at the fixture, most of the shots involving Keira had the bike in tow?
  13. This was a consignment sale. I have asked the dealer to check the exact maintenance status with the previous owner, which I hope I will get to speak to once I get there. I asked for that information initially, but never got a clear answer. I am planning to have the bike inspected in Houston by MPH once its get here. I will make sure the bike is in perfect working order before I decide to ride it back. Fuel autonomy will be one of my initial concern. I will stop often and check how much fuel I have used to work out an average consumption. Hopefully, I will be able to quickly
  14. The ride starts Place Vendôme, where all the famous jewelers have a shop, follows to La Concorde via rue des Tuileries. Riding in Paris on a bike used to be one of the best ride you could ever experience in a life time. Especially early in the morning when few cars were present. And she is wearing Alcantara, which does not sag as leather does. I concur that she is not the one riding the bike. If my memory serves me right, squeezing the clutch required a strong hand on the older Ducatis.
  15. One of the test to get your M license is controlled braking: you have to reach a given speed, start braking at a specific point, and immobilize the bike with the front wheel between two cones. Seems to be an easy one. But when you train, they vary the speed, and the braking distance so you don't get into a routine. Up to the emergency braking with and without ABS, on dry and wet asphalt. Zig zags between cones at various speeds and spacing is good too. I am going to do the Texas motorcycle safety course just to check if I still have it.
  16. I got my Motorcycle's drivers license at 16 years old. I learned on a Honda CB 350. The exam took exactly 3 minutes tops. A freezing January, temperatures below 32F, the inspector keen on testing candidates in heated cars. I was the sole aspiring motorcyclist that day. He asked me to go up the street, changing gears, make a U turn without putting my foot on the ground, come back gear down and stop at his level. That was it. I was legally entitled to purchase a Kawasaki H2, or a Honda CB 750! sorry; back then, the Moto Guzzi California was not on my list... Since then,
  17. I got a reply from MotoItaliane yesterday; They confirmed the sale and will ship the book. At this point, I would advocate to purchase directly from them rather than Amazon.it. The shipping is only 5 EUR compared to Amazon's 29....
  18. I am 6' tall and 174 lbs. Probably in the lanky category too. I have never been on what could pass for a "comfortable" bike. I am sure I am amenable.
  19. As far as abdominals, I have those procured by brews. As far as back is concerned, now you got me worried. One of the reason why the previous owner sold that bike is precisely because he could no longer ride it due to his back. I may add a back support to the list then...
  20. Thank you all! I have enough material to keep me occupied for a while. I also found this outfit: -Renegade Classics in Houston for Motorcycle equipment...
  21. I don't know if they have improved leather quality, but my pants used to sag at the bottom. It looked like I was incontinent and wearing a nappy. The sexiest stuff I saw was during summer on the Adriatic coast. Girls riding with body stockings. Not great for protection, pun intended. They were riding Vespas. Those were the good days.... From what I understood, long rides on the 2004 Le Mans may be uncomfortable due to the foot pegs position, and the slightly forward position of the body. Am I going to need wrists support?
  22. As mentioned above, I never isolate myself phonetically from the outside world. I may change my mind, but I usually treat sounds as part of the safety envelope. Of course, on a Moto Guzzi, I may hear nothing but.
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