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    '07 Griso '01 V11 Sport '93 Daytona 4v '87 650 Lario Aprilia RXV550 Roadracer project
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  1. Some front forks have rebound adjustment at the top and compression adjustment at the bottom. The Italian Marzocchi's are a little unusual in that they often have rebound in one leg and compression in the other. My old Buell X1 had Showa forks like that, as I recall. The older Marzocchi forks on the wifes V11 had the rebound in one leg and compression in the other, but the compression adjustment was worthless from the factory. If you took the forks apart you could see that the compression bypass valve (the adjuster) was only doing anything in like the last 1/4 of the travel. Until then th
  2. GuzziMoto

    900ss vs V11

    Yeah, we did that fairly early on to the wife's Monster. It makes leaving from a stop much easier, as well as making the bike feel a lot more powerful in normal riding. It is still geared too tall I think, but it is way better than it was stock. I do like the old bevel drive Ducati's. We used to have (ages ago) a guy with a beautiful bevel drive 900 that raced it at Summit Point, Bill Dietz was his name. That thing was wicked cool. Of course, back then we had another guy who raced a Guzzi against Bill, my buddy Dave Fine. They were fun guys to race against.
  3. As mentioned, the Breva is a very different Guzzi. The 1100 cc engine is a evolution of the engine in the V11, but it does have a different character. But the bigger difference is in the handling. The chassis of the V11 is very different from the chassis of the Breva. The Breva lacks the sharpness of the V11. The Breva is a cushy motorcycle, and can be a very comfy ride. But with a few smart mods the V11 can be made more comfortable. Lower foot pegs, converting to handle bars or higher clip ons, and a even a different or modified seat, can all help make the V11 more comfortable if required.
  4. GuzziMoto

    900ss vs V11

    I like the early 90's Tamburini SS's. We raced a 750 SS hybrid back then. The next gen Terblanche SS doesn't do much for me. He did seem to nail it out of the park with the Supermono, but his other designs are not my cup or tea. They are too uncomfortable for a start. Not that the earlier SS's were overly comfortable. But the Terblanche versions were less comfortable, less usable. I am not sure Terblanche rode much. Either way, while they are exciting motorcycles and nothing wrong with owning a Ducati (the wife has a Monster 1100), they are a very different Italian mistress than a Guzzi.
  5. As I recall, 12.85 volts for an Odyssey AGM battery is fully charged. So you should be fine installing it without topping it up. 12.2 volts is 50% charged. Charging voltage is higher than 12.85 volts, but at rest a fully charged Odyssey battery should be around 12.85 volts as I recall.
  6. You should be able to go either direction, although I can't imagine why you would want to replace the 4.5" wide earlier wheel with the wider, heavier, later 5.5" wheel.
  7. I would think it can be done. But I am not sure how hard it will be. Without additional mods to address seating position I am not sure it is worth the effort. Todd at GuzziTech is very fond of doing stuff like that to Guzzi's like that. To me it is lipstick on a pig, as you say. I would just enjoy that for what it is, a surprisingly capable cruiser. And I am not looking at your butt.
  8. The crazy thing with Mav and his crash is the back story. It seems Brembo told all the teams to use a new brake set up due to issues at the first round in Austria. Mav (and one other guy, Rins I believe) and his team decided they would use the old set up. It started failing, and he stayed out. He stayed out on track in a race where he knew his brakes were failing. It is just dumb luck that he or no one else was injured or worse when the eventual crash happened. That was a pretty bad lapse in judgement.
  9. To be fair, I could see where it could make a great street bike if you can get it to work reliably without needing frequent attention to keep everything in working order. And I wonder how well the Yamaha street bike they sold has fared over time. But as a roadracing bike it leaves something to be desired. There is a reason why the Elf GP bike never really made that last step up.
  10. Well, I suppose it could be good. For instance, it seemed to handle bumps better while on the brakes. But it lacked the feel I am used to from the brakes, and it did not feel like it put enough weight on the front wheel when you were hard on the brakes. All in all, I would say it was a bad strange. But I have no doubt there were good aspects to it.
  11. I actually got to "race" one of those at Summit Point in WV. It was the one Dale Quarterley raced at Daytona. Sadly, it had electrical issues and would not run more than a lap or so at a time. But it was very strange when you hit the brakes.
  12. Ahhhh, bike porn. I'll need a few minutes, guys.
  13. We have a Power Commander on the wifes V11. But nowadays everyone seems to go with GuzziDiag. You can do more with it now using tools that re-program the ECU than you ever could using a cheater box like a Power Commander. That said, I like how a Power Commander works, and am not sure about the additional complexity of GuzziDiag. I know, people will say GuzziDiag is easy, but I am an old fart who hates "tech" and likes to keep things simple. But if I ever find myself needing to do additional tuning to her V11 the PC is coming off and I will have to learn the new ways. There are a few sourc
  14. I see someone already mentioned that the early versions of the spine frame with the floating rear drive unit used a reaction rod with heim joints and not bushings, so the rear suspension moved smoothly. That is how my Daytona is, and I am pretty sure the reason later versions of the design used the rubber bushing was mainly due to cost reasons. The Daytona and Centauro were much more expensive motorcycles than the V11Sport. They had to reduce the manufacturing costs and while this was only one small part of that it was likely part of it. I think switching to something more free floating,
  15. Welcome to the forum. I have / had bikes with center stands and bikes without. Each has its advantages. But for the V11, with its good ground clearance and handling that can take advantage of said ground clearance, anything that reduces ground clearance (like a center stand) is a bad idea for us. But to each their own.
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