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  1. How cool, @PJPR01 ! Yes, Tellico Grains is delightful. As is the Tellicafe. Also, Trout Mountain Coffeehouse (more than just good coffee).
  2. Once upon a time, SpineRaiders gathered for a grand loop on Saturday. More recently, it has worked out much mo' better to choose-up into small squads, solo, duos and whatever-you-like for the Saturday riding. Not only is this safer and kinder, the Saturday evening debriefing (libations on the pavilion and in the garage) are much livelier, varied, and more interesting. It is quite common to cross the Cherohala Skyway eastward toward the "Tail of the Dragon" / Deal's Gap. Some feel compelled to traverse those 318 curves in 11 miles. So they can say they did. And be legit getting the sticker and the T-shirt. Just be aware how congested that stretch is on the weekends. Factor in strict law enforcement, sharing the way with unskilled riders/drivers, and long delays for the quite common and often ugly collision incidents. Not to deter you from snatching up this iconic stretch of motorcycle road. My last ride over and back was enjoyable, uneventful, and fun. I got-me a couple stickers. Jus' sayin' . . . be aware. Otherwise, an interesting lunch spot opened a few years back quite near that locus that has great food and covered motorcycle parking. It has become quite enjoyable to "run into" other SpineRaiders lunching at the Tapoco Lodge.
  3. Thanks for that. Yah, I slid a punch through the hole and rapped it with a wee ball pein hammer. Felt right solid, no play at all. Thanks for the replies! Once back apart, I'll suss the issue and post.
  4. If I understand correctly, every time the ECU starts our V11 the enrichening cycle runs for some specified number of RPM, even if the motor is actually up to operating temperature. (?)
  5. Pretty extensive thread on RAM Mounts -> here. @KINDOY2 achieved a fine result mounting to the steering stem:
  6. To me, the teeth of the lower cam wheel (that activates the neutral switch) look slightly "proud" of the upper cam wheel, especially on the forward aspect (right side in this view) where the neutral switch resides . . Enough to defeat the switch? Sumpin' ain't right . . .
  7. I've moved the Neutral Switch mess I've made off this thread to Tech Topics. Thanks for helping me figure out what happened!
  8. Moved these posts here from the Lucky Phil V11 Shift Improvement thread in "How To . . ." Thanks, y'all, helping me figure out what I've done . . .
  9. I tried to make sure the clips were seated in their grooves and spun them with a punch tip to verify. Still, my plate has the "banana plate" that gets a second clip. (The other 13s in the upper right inset.) The banana plate screw, 36, was really hard to remove and retighten, requiring heat. I wonder if that process backed out #20 lifting the assembly away from the switch plunger . . . [edit: #20 looks nutted on the outside of the plate. Hard to imagine I loosened that.] [edit2: that nut feels tight. No leaking around it.]
  10. I can only suspect that the outboard flange of the lower cam wheel is against the pawl arm where that arm should seat in a groove between the inner and outer plates of the cam wheel. I just would not think the seeger rings would capture on the shaft if that were the case . . . And that the gearbox just would not shift well at all if it were jammed together like that.
  11. Nope, did not move the switch in the process. So, the switch closes when the plunger at the tip has no contact (sits in the detent). This turns the light on (and pulls in the middle relay). My switch tests good. The very slightest pressure on the plunger opens the switch (light out). I can see my detent lines up perfectly in neutral. The gearbox shifted perfectly today (notably better, even!) through all gears (205 miles) and clicks cleanly into neutral. All of the "Seeger rings" clipped onto the selector plate shafts. It is as if the "toothed wheel" of the selector plate is too far from the switch to touch it, so it stays closed as if it were in the neutral detent. I really don't want to open it back up. Worse, yet, I cannot fathom what could have changed . . . [edit: I tried installing the switch with no crush washer with no change. It does not appear to be touching the wheel. I also backed the switch out considerably and it stays closed, no pressure on the plunger. I had not removed the switch when the plate was removed for the sealing and roller bearing.]
  12. That is revealing. So, it's not actually my maniacal, jack-rabbit riding style?
  13. The other two springs (both Moto Guzzi parts) superimposed showed the compression of 90,000 miles:
  14. Top: 64,000 mile factory pawl spring; Middle: new factory spring; Bottom: ChuckScud Superspring:
  15. I have a couple posts to report after doing (most) of the Lucky Phil Shift Improvement. First, though, a big thanks to @Lucky Phil for sharing the technique and posting such great detail! My box shifted okay before, but definitely improved. My shift lever had been sticking down periodically, so I replaced the springs (along with the Chuck/Scud Superspring). Unfortunately, the sticking persisted after the new springs. And the plate did not seal upon reassembly, so I had to go back in. This time I changed the leaky shifter shaft seal and installed the McMaster-Carr roller bearing posted by @Craig back in 2016. Today, 205 miles, no leaks! And the new roller made my shift feel decidedly smoother and more precise. And no lever sticking! My original bearing was really peckered up as you can see in the image. It was grooved like this in several places around the surface: Yet > sigh < , my neutral switch is stuck on and I really don't want to go back in there. (I sealed that cover REALLY WELL this time.)
  16. +1 on the Clutch Lock-out switch, or its wiring/nefarious bullet connectors having been affected by the tip-over . . .
  17. Well, on a steady state throttle, as in rolling down a freeway, I have seen as much as 40 mpg and am confident my tank will deliver five US gallons (maaaaaybe 5.1). So, sure, 200 miles in those conditions. Yet, I absolutely love-love rowing this gearbox and ripping up-and-down through the revs. I am total hell on tires and brakes and fuel economy. On a chilly day when the weather feels like the Sport is climbing the Stelvio pass, and I'm pretending to be Omobono Tenni, I can see as little as 32.5 mpgUS. But it's worth it . . .
  18. Yes, compared to the other "warning lights", the Low Fuel light is much more likely to sneak up on you and stab you in a kidney because you weren't watching the elapsed mileage. I watch for mine to flicker an intermittent *glow* at about 138-145 US miles. Then it goes out. Maybe glows again at idle or very low throttle (opening the throttle cools the sensor with return fuel and extinguishes the warning light.) Early V11 tanks and later (internal pump/filter) tanks differ, but the actual expected range may not be much different . . . 165 to 175 and I'm on the roadside doing the Left-Tip-Slosh-Get-Me-There drill . . .
  19. Anyone enthusiastic about the V11 will likely be comfortable at a South'n SpineRaid. We hardly ever scrounge parts off Norges. But, mebbe . . . Rooms left at The Lodge? Dunno at this point . . . There is a motorcycle campground very nearby, and often SpineRaiders at The Lodge might have a wee space to share a bunk. Comes down to: Get There. Bring Tools.
  20. Seven weeks to the Seventeenth South'n SpineRaid. Might as well flirt with Waddington . . .
  21. Truly. An important distinction between "wobble" ("tank slapper") and "weave" (that some early V11 were prone to at high speed with lateral air blast like passing a semi/tractor-trailer rig). Increasing the steering damper damping worsened the high speed weave (without benefiting the absent corner exit "wobble".)
  22. “Form A” is the 4-pin and suitable for all V11 positions except the front/ #1/ Start Relay which requires the Form C/5-pin. The conventional wisdom has been to simply source all Form C/5-pin as they can be swapped into any position needed. If I were to mix Form A and Form C in my relay stack, I would mark them in some way to avoid swapping a Form A/4-pin into Position #1.
  23. The steering damper is so very easy to check. Be certain it is turned all the way counterclockwise. (Note where it is currently set.) IIRC, your forks only have compression damping. Easy enough to turn the adjusters in and count "clicks", then all the way back out to record where it is set now. Simply return it to the current setting before deciding to change it later. Changing the preload on the rear shock is more involved as the tank and airbox may have to be removed for access to the lock rings.
  24. Another very simple adjustment is tire pressure. Over this long time, and 58 tires, I firm the rear pressure over the front 40/35 PSI.
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