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Mike Stewart

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  1. Being in the automotive trade (now retired) I used Snap-On tools 80 % of the time, MAC and Matco the remainder of the time. Reason for buying off the truck that comes to the shop every week is to replace all the tools you break or wear out (mainly sockets) or lose. I used Craftsman tools before getting into the trade but bringing in a big box of broken tools each week was just too much time wasted.
  2. It's easy to remove the broken bolts to the rotors if you have a mig welder, just place a 8mm washer or nut over the broken bolt and weld a bead to fill the hole (try not to over heat it). The heat usually is enough to release the locktite and can be removed easily unless it was cross threaded. I have done a few over the years this way.
  3. Hum, $4250., Hey, I could use the wheels, anybody want to buy the rest of it for $4000?
  4. I was having the charge light glowing at me in the lower RPMs, seemed to clear up after the bike warmed up. I also checked the battery voltage with the bike running and it was very close to 16 volts above 4k rpm. I checked the AC voltages and they were great, 22 volts at 1000 rpm, 53 volts at 2500 rpm and 90 volts at 5k rpm. So I placed an order with Electro Sport for the ESR515 regulator, the good news was it only took 1 day to arrive and was free shipping, the bad news is that it wasn't really a plug and play repair. Think Heath Kit for "you as old as me" most likely remember, soldering iron, crimps and solder not included. I have read that the bullet connectors fit loose, mainly on the yellow wire connectors. Well, all of them fit loose cause they use the same bullet connectors. The only one that is tight is the connector that has the male and female ends side by side. The female connector has hard plastic around it which does not allow it to expand so the connector on the harness side will not push in, no matter how hard you try. Yes, I could force something in it to open it up, but the plastic would likely break (It's that hard). So I ended up cutting all the connector ends off the old regulator and splicing them into the new ESR515 regulator. I could of just spliced the new regulator right to the harness but I think it would be a problem on the road if the regulator went out and I had to do a road side repair. The Guzzi connectors are soo much better than the ones on the Electro Sport unit. Their bullet connectors are very thin, easy to spread apart which means easy to compress. There is no way to make a tight fitting connections with these. The Guzzi connectors also push up to one another, with the ESR515, there are gaps showing the bullet connectors slightly, not good! The last thing I'm not thrilled about with the ESR515 is the wire thickness (gauge) on the yellow and white wires, on the Guzzi regulator, they are at least the next wire size up, time will tell if this is a problem, hopefully guzzi was just over kill on their wire size. The good news is that the charging light goes right out when the bike starts and it now charges at 14 volts above idle.
  5. Just wanted to give a shout out Thank you for this post, needed it to check my charging system on my newly 03 EV with a glowing charge light. I had great AC voltages through the RPMs, so its regulator time. Placed an order through Electro Sport and it's on it's way!
  6. Looks like an early 97ish Sport chassis, exhaust, transmission and most likely the engine with 2002 Lemans body work and forks. Found Waldo!
  7. Wow Docc, you are good! I noticed the 5 speed gear box and thought that had to be much work to make the conversion, then realized it was an older Sport running gear.... Wonder what the frame VIN plate shows?
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  9. Thanks Docc! I do drop by time to time just to kick the tires, many of the log on names do bring back great memories. If my knees, wrist and shoulders were good, I'd still be on a Spine Framed Guzzi! Oh and I finally cleaned out my message box, all 20 years worth... Mike
  10. Hepco Becker bag mounts with luggage rack, used on and off for a few years, in good condition. I no longer have the Rosso Corsa, so these need a good home. You will need to bring in your rear turn signals to clear the bags, Hepco Becker made a funky bracket to relocate the turn signals but I cut off the mounts and then didn't end up using that piece anyway (Whoa). These are just under $500. U.S. dollars if you can find one, sell for $150. plus what ever shipping cost now a days!
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  12. I think I found the answer, it is in the EEPROM!
  13. So I have a question on the CO trim, I had downloaded the titanium map to my 03 Rosso and just noticed that the CO trim was at -15. Does that mean that the CO trim was in the map I downloaded or is it another part of the computer that stays no matter what map you have?
  14. Well, I never thought this day would come, but my body has not been able to ride the Rosso Corsa like it used to. 2003 Rosso Corsa, original owner, 14500 miles on the working ITI gauges, New battery, Stucchi crossover, Mistral carbon oval mufflers, Guzzi factory carbon fiber side covers, Dymag wheels (last set for a Guzzi in the US), have additional taller windscreen (not installed). Has never been down. This bike won the Best Sport Spine Frame show winner at the 2005 Socal Moto Guzzi Rally The bike has been sitting for almost 3 years, all the fluids were changed at that time and the valves and throttle bodies were balanced. I also downloaded the Titanium map to the ECU. Fast forward to now, I finally got around to replacing the battery, airing up the tires and yes, it fired up on the first crank !!! Took it for a 25 mile ride (did I say my wrists still hurt riding ) and it runs great even with the old fuel! Now living in San Diego, California $7500.
  15. Valve adjustment and a good throttle body sync. Also use looser valve adjustment specs. than what Guzzi say's to use.
  16. Hi Joe, When did you move to Southern California? Mike
  17. I have had 3 bmw's, a 89 BMW K75S, a 94 R1100RSL then a 97 F650. I thought when I purchased the 94 R1100RSL that this would be the last bike I ever owned. During the years I had it, no one, no one ever told me "nice bike". The bike did everything pretty well but you could never get a nice sounding exhaust note from this machine. Anyway, in 2001, I was at the BMW shop and noticed a new green 2000 V11 Sport in the show room. I left and went home and told my wife I wanted it. She asked, did you ride it? Well, no, it wasn't preped yet. Anyway, the next day I went down and bought it, rode it home and OH man, now this is what a bike should sound like. Stopped at a gas station to fuel up and a guy comes over stating that he just saw the same Guzzi at the motorcycle show in town. (come to find out that the bike at the show was the one I purchased) Day after day I rode the Guzzi, the BMW sat, two months later, I sold the BMW and have not looked at another one since. Mike
  18. well, if the V11 Sport cylinders are the same, I have a set of cylinders from a 2000 Jackal with low miles (12,000) on ebay right now. http://www.ebay.com/itm/290882278098?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 These are the lowest priced V11 cylinders on ebay (US). Way cheeper than having your cylinders rechromed. I also have a set of FBF high compression pistons for sale on ebay, don't know if they fit your bike though. Mike
  19. If you are fighting a ping with the FBF pistons, I don't think a dyno tune will fix the issure unless they can back off the ignition timing. I fought this issue on one of my bikes and ended up going with Mike Rich's pistons. Problem solved. Mike
  20. Hi Jason, The Jackal project died when the economy took the big dive 3.5 years ago. Being unemployed at the time and having big time delays on finding parts and having parts machined took it's toll on the project. I ended up parting the bike out, I still have the frame just incase I feel that urge again (I am feeling it already). I purchased a used 2002 EV last year and put dirt bike bars on it, moved the footpegs rearward 6", changed the exhaust and tuned it with a power commander, this bike runs great, is fun to ride (motard like but has more weight) and is easy on my body. For now, this is the bike that works well for me. I even wonder if my 03 Rosso will fit the bill any more. The good news is if I sell the Ghezzi Brian, I could pay down a little of our kids student loans! (our son went to NYU (ouch). Moral of the story, save up a lot for your daughter's schooling! Mike
  21. I have owned the 2002 Ghezzi Brian Folgore since mid 2005, I had a track school accident in late 2005 (different bike) and have not ridden much since then. I broke my shoulder over a year ago (mountain biking) and, I just cant ride the low riding position anymore. So, I am thinking of selling the bike, question is, how much is it worth now? No blue book in the States has a listing, do I put it on Ebay to see where the price go's or? By the way, the bike has 7906 km (4912 miles) on it, has Mike Rich ported heads and pistons, powercommander and runs fantastic. What do you guys think?
  22. Hello, It would be best if you could clean off the top of the engine and then run the bike in the garage so you can maybe see if it is the braided line or just the crush washers at the center fiting. Also check the large breather hoses coming off of the frame as the V11 uses the frame for collecting the crank case fumes in that area. I have heard of oil leaks in this area which turned out to be a damaged piston causing big time blow by, hopefully this is not the case. Good luck, Mike
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