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Skeeve last won the day on May 25 2015

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    2003 Le Mans V11. WooHoo! :-D
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  1. Skeeve

    Skeeve

  2. Lots of old threads on V11LM about eliminating the front balance pipe. The bottom line is you eliminate some minor headaches and unnecessary weight with a negligible increase in the 4k rpm "hole" in the powerband [which is completely negated by one of the aftermarket x-overs & an ignition re-map.] If you already have or were planning to get a Stucchi or other x-over, then why not go ahead & eliminate any headaches that may result from the loose balance pipe down the road?
  3. Is that red rear subframe/parcel rack structural or cosmetic? It almost looks like you could remove it & leave it in the garage for those days when you actually need it for tying gear to, but the rest of the year as your daily ride it would save you an easy 10# of unneeded steel?
  4. Never cared for the fugly Quat-D exhaust. Rolling your own shouldn't be too hard, if you've got someone who can cut & weld stainless sheet.
  5. I guess, technically, you can claim to be the only owner of a working Ippogrifo! [Guzzi's still-born show bike from the '90s based on the hemi-head small block aero engine...]
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    Comfy seat?

    You can get a custom seat made, or you can remove the stock cover and foam, roughen/texturize the TPM seat base to provide some "tooth" and then apply some Bondo to smooth out all the sharp corners underneath the foam. Foam ultimately just compresses until you're sitting on the seat pan, so starting with a smooth seat pan is literally more than 1/2 the battle [maybe 3/4?] to distance riding comfort. I stumbled upon this truth years ago when trying to figure out why it was that the bikes back in the '70s all had crappy seats that never received the bitter complaints of the modern bikes that
  7. That's because the H-type don't actually share exhaust [muffler] volumes, they only utilize acoustic balance [which is why they work great for filling in the mid-range hole that's pretty much an acoustic artifact.] Someone dissected one of the H-type here on V11LM years ago & revealed that fact. So they wind up strangling the top end unless you switch to much-higher flowing (non-)mufflers [RCMs or Cherry Bombs, take your pick! ]
  8. Completely normal. On the original 1100 Sport w/ the "ram air" fairing, there was a vacuum lines that connected one intake horn with the other to balance them in a crosswind situation, iirc. But mostly, they're just drains for any water that condenses in the intake horns. Artifacts of ancient Guzzi history or preventive medicine, take your pick.
  9. Well, I never understood why they were called "pork chops" when their profile much more closely approximates lamb chops, but they look nothing like "stilettos" so I'm sticking w/ pork chops so folks here will know what I'm talking about...
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    Trapped fuel

    I did some thinking on this subject a long time ago (I despise running out of fuel!) and the only solution I could come up with was a siphon inside the tank to straddle the hump. Obviously, you'd want a filter on the rt. end [to prevent the clogging issues Docc so kindly warned us about] and there'd need to be some sort of one-way valve at the top of the hump to bleed air out of the line at a fill-up so the siphon would properly draw as the fuel-level drops on both sides of the tank. Never have gotten around to mucking about with it, & not entirely certain how it would go in on the short-f
  11. Skeeve

    bagster cover

    This is why motorcycle fuel tanks should be made from STEEL and tank bags should attach with MAGNETS!..
  12. You're undoubtedly well past this point now, a week later, but I haven't checked in on V11LM in 6 months? Longer? So I just now saw this... Anyway, on a quasi-related note, I took a Corvair engine-rebuilding class once [for folks who adapt them to experimental aircraft usage] and after the 1st engine was built, the instructor put it on a stand and hooked up his handy-dandy drill motor on a dizzy shaft [for those who don't know, the oil pump is on the bottom of the same shaft the runs the distributor on those engines] so he could spin the oil pump & get all the oil into the galleries w/o ac
  13. YUASA has been known to have problems with the "random internal open circuit" now for decades. It will start fine for years [or months, or weeks...], then just suddenly one day... there will be a "snap" & nothing. Not what one wants in a battery needed for a vehicle to run. Things were different in the old days when a bike could be bump- or kick-started & ran off the magneto, and the battery was just there for load-balancing & legal reasons [running the headlight w/ motor off is a DOT requirement, I think.] I like the idea of the lithium moto batteries [LiFePO4, of course, not
  14. Home Depot or Lowes probably has something that can be adapted in their screen door dept. Probably last longer than the stock Bitubo too...
  15. What about having the friction plate resurfaced? They do that w/ car clutches. Yes, I'm aware it may be less than optimal, but if you're looking at replacing the unit anyway, this may get you back on the road while you wait for a good deal/save up money for the replacement parts?.. And btw, you can have it resurfaced with real clutch material instead of the fossilized parmesan Luigi used on the original while you're at it!
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