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  1. My Rossi wouldn’t start when I first got it and gave it a wash. Ended up being the Stop/run switch wouldn’t make the start circuit up in the “run” position. I ended up buying a gently used switch from Curtis Harper. Installed & no more issues since.
  2. Today’s stop was Our Best restaurant in Smithfield KY. The fried chicken, beans, fried pickles, ham & black berry cobbler we’re just short of home cooked perfection. We rode over on the Chieftain, weather was about 70-74F beautiful.
  3. The politicians take photo ops at Moonlight BBQ. They also have that huge buffet, that’s hard to beat if your hungry. But the locals eat at Old Hickory, where the meat is sliced, the large portions and taste are unreal.
  4. Rule #1, drop the pen 🖊 before trying to tip
  5. While in Owensboro, I visited the statue of Nicky Hayden, #69, I think this is from his victory lap at Laguna Seca after winning the Moto GP Championship against Valentino Rossi. He later hugged his dad and started crying, epic. Anyways, "in these parts" he's a legend, and deservedly so.
  6. Check out the "smoke house", people take BBQ seriously around here.
  7. Bill, Stopped by Owensboro for work today, we ate at Ol Hickory BBQ. I ordered the beef brisket but Mutton was definitely on the menu.
  8. Weegie, the Magni 1000 looks incredible!
  9. It's about time! He's owned about 12 motorcycles, first Guzzi.
  10. I didn't but my dad traded his 2018 Kawasaki Z900rs in on a 2022 MG V7 Special 850 at the KY Guzzi Rally. After riding it yesterday, I was surprised how civil the 850 "small block" ran. With little buzz and plenty of torque to make speed, I also like the blue color of this model. Dad is a spritely 78yr old, loves to ride when he can, this will be his first Guzzi.
  11. The Gondola, holy heartburn ❤️‍🔥
  12. Stock pipes from Chuck, of course they are quieter and heavier, but the black looks good to me. The carbon Mistrals were beat up pretty bad, def showing some age.
  13. Docc, would you buy another bike if it was an exact low mileage version of your beloved Silver V11 Sport? Sort of a 2.0, let’s do it all over again bike. You could transfer some of the sentimental bits over from the original bike like the screen, pipes, horns and clip-ons. 🤔
  14. Docc, the rear sub frame is almost sterile clean, amazing. Reminds me of the same Silver bike I bought new at the MG dealer in 2002.
  15. The war is part of the answer, the other is the Go Green or else policies that predated any war. I’m from KY where my company I work for is exposed to many industrial job sites, power plants and Coal mines included. During the Obama era, the EPA pressured TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) to not keep their coal power plants up to date w regulations. In turn by default, a local Powerplant, TVA Paradise (historically powered the eastern US power grid, not Ky) was completely closed a couple years ago, without the ability to reverse course, a total tear down. There is a natural gas power-plant planned for its replacement, 👍🏼 but without a major gas pipeline to supply it. 🤔 While visiting Gibson Co coal in South Western Indiana recently, I asked who are some of the major buyers at the mine. I was surprised to learn, a large portion was being bought by Germany to supply their newly reopened coal power-plants. (4500 miles away). 😮 So cheap American coal energy is bypassing shuttered local power plants to supply German power plants, to keep the lights on (hopefully) during the Ukraine/Russian war. What a cluster of go Green policies gone haywire. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Sorry about the cheaper energy coal in my backyard rant.
  16. Docc, are these the original canisters for EPA regulations?
  17. Docc, take note!! The patina on the clocks don't match usually a sign of a second speedo, but a really nice bike per the pics with a handle bar installed. https://tricities.craigslist.org/mcd/d/jonesborough-2001-moto-guzzi-11-sport/7537894943.html
  18. This owner's view description of a Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 Corsa describes the era of time that the Ducati 900ss & Guzzi were derived. The last true Sports Bike from Guzzi 13 August 2021 by Honorary Swede Version: Corsa Year: 1998 Annual servicing cost: £250 A contemporary of the Ducati 900SS (Pantah) and it shares same failings as they were products of effectively bankrupt companies of parts bin engineering and some very cheap components and dubious paint work. But despite this they are both glorious bikes which are easy to maintain, robust mechanics and ooze character that makes them worth spending money on today despite being over two decades old. To ride the 1100 sport you will find many flaws weight and size means that on a tight B road it can feel like you are trying to steer a narrow boat and the need for Guzzi to squeeze a marketable 150 mph out of the bikes whilst using an exiting gear set means it is stuck with a high top gear which makes stop start hard work and your clutch hand strong. The gear change is not anywhere near as agricultural (better than BMW’s of the same era) as people will have you believe; it is genuinely positive but slow by modern standards. Up changes are clutch-less and easily done smoothly, down changes need to be done with plenty of time, not because of the gearbox, but heavy flywheel (not by Guzzi standards) and primitive fuel injection means you need time to pick the revs up. My technique is to drop two gears to third and then drop to second as you enter the roundabout or turn. If you have money to spend, then there as some good improvements, if you have a Corsa (the last variant) then you get the stronger conrods but more importantly you have the lighter and more efficient Termignoni exhaust which sounds fantastic whilst still being quiet enough to not offend the MOT man. Replica systems are available from the Guzzi specialists or you can have one fabricated. I would recommend an ECU upgrade to improve throttle response (I use the MY-ECU) which offers a closed circuit option, ability to Bluetooth android devices and an auto tune function to adapt it to your style, fuel etc. If you go this route don’t fall into the trap of junking the airbox, instead fit a K&N filter and take advantage of the ram air effect that used to confuse the old open loop fuel injection. If you have more money, then I would recommend dual plugging, as the high compression pistons are domed and so the engine needs to run a large torque robbing ignition advance. Dual Plugging reduces this by 20% and gives a good boost to the mid-range. If you are doing this I would also recommend when the heads are off that you get the heads modified as the squish area is suboptimal and causes a lower mid-range flat spot. I went all in, included a tweaked cam, balanced crankshaft, ported valves as well. The end result was the bike on dyno now just edges the 110hp they claimed for the Corsa with the Termignoni exhaust, but biggest improvement is in fueling and broad and strong mid-range torque curve that will hurl you between the bends without need to trouble the gearbox (3rd for B Roads, 4th for twisty A Roads and 5th for sweeping A roads prison sentence speeds). This brings me back to why I give it 5 stars, I have more modern, more powerful and better bikes, but none feel so special or are as rewarding to ride well as the Guzzi.
  19. Very nice, low mileage example of a 900ss. https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/mcy/d/petoskey-2002-ducati-900ss-senna-edition/7537164005.html
  20. https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2004-Moto-Guzzi-V11-COPPA-ITALIA-5023101525
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