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Bill Hagan

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Bill Hagan last won the day on March 27 2019

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About Bill Hagan

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  • My bikes
    '04 V11 Ballabio [gone], '98 V11 EV, '07 Norge, '10 Griso, '16 Stornello, & '17 V7 III
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    Above Pott's Camp along Braddock's route, Virginia

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    Military law, history, gardening, & riding my Guzzis while waiting (impatiently) for (more) grandbabies. OK, maybe 13 are enough!

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  1. All interesting. I do note that no one from the Bundesrepublik Deutschland responded. Bill
  2. Wow! Gotta give the LEO's -- or tax agents, if one prefers -- points for style and technical merit for that garbage-cart-become-speed-cam. Bill
  3. Saw this today: https://advrider.com/germany-bans-gps-speed-camera-alerts/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_content=06_05_2020 Curious to hear what our Germans on this forum -- and FTM, of course, other Euros -- think of this. Bill
  4. Super guy! Thoughts, prayers, best wishes from the top of Virginia, Bill & Kathi
  5. Thanks for asking and suggesting a fix. That reentry-like glow was a one-time VERY brief run in shop after (partial) 6K service. In brief response to your question, I started it, listened to it run (crappily) for possibly 10 seconds, then tried using throttle to raise RPM's. No joy. Max running was c. 30-40 secs, if that. Scared me feceless when I saw the pipes glow like a cherry pie fresh from oven. I did not post details here, but, if interested in more, see https://www.grisoghetto.com/t5042-great-griso-minds-needed-for-a-v7-problem I got the new plug caps and plugs in yesterday and buttoned up one side; hope to finish rest today ... if my spousal supervisor gives me time off from our seemingly endless decluttering project that has us quarantined in our accumulated squalor of decades. In fairness, I am the hoarder, so the mess is mostly mine. Will post how the Stornello turns out. Bill
  6. That was an interesting diversion. I have always liked the Coppas, but passed on at least two chances to replace my irreplaceable Ballabio. That listing sucked me in to read more.Was a bit puzzled by this sort of thing: “[H]e added understated touches like the silicone tubing on the Ducati.”But the oddest and most poignant bit of all of this was that the auction house’s sale blurb was the closest thing to an obit I could find out there: https://www.lelandlittle.com/story/a-life-in-motion/59817/There is always “the rest of the story” to all of our stories, but I hope for Mr. Szafran’s sake that there is more joy than one might infer from the lack of notices and memorial messages.On a happier note, if I can escape from Kathi’s decluttering clutches today I hope to spend some time in the Moto Grappa today trying to figure out this phenom: Bill
  7. Second the "like Sandra Dee" motion, tho not sure enough to join this: https://www.fanpop.com/clubs/sandra-dee As I recall -- tho that is occasionally the problem! -- there are bacchanalian moments during every SSR that rival the best of MGTD. Kathi is now home and wandering about the house muttering. And, here I thought I had engineered a stupendous recovery operation following MGTD-III. I get the impression that there will be "consequences." Bill
  8. Howdy from the top of Virginia. I recently hosted and survived “MGTD-III” [Moto Grappa Tech Days], an annual (at least has been for three years) event that brings together some Moto Guzzi owners -- including Nobleswood here -- to work, à la Tom Sawyer, on my Guzzis. And, while feminists may groan, it’s a “no wimmen allowed” gathering. Kathi goes elsewhere (this time to Erie) because why would she (or any other woman) hang around 15 guys who mostly get greasy from wrenching motorcycles, eat lots of bad food, drink beer and bourbon, belch, tell lies, snore loudly, and worse? I culled my bazzilion photos and cobbled those into a captioned slideshow of this past weekend. Yes, of course, too many, but that’s me. On the bright side, while best viewed in slideshow fashion, they first come up in “landscape collage,” meaning you can see all at once without going through them one by one. “Hover” your cursor over them to reveal captions. Here are the pix: MGTD-III Slideshow Bill P.S. Kathi is on her way back home and about 4 hours out. I better get back to “hiding the evidence” or the next party here will be my wake!
  9. As docc says, all same ... at least when your Guzzi was crated in Mandello. Well, unless assembled after a grappa break! You might find the AWOL original fastener (and other items) in the "cleavage" between the jugs! I lost one or two of the upper ones and found 'em later loitering there. 1921! Bill
  10. Great vid, but I'm calling BS on that being Portland. Bright sun? No way. Kathi's visiting kids and grands in Edmonds (Seattle) and Portland just now. I declined. Have spent weeks there in several seasons. I think the whole PNW is a perpetual cloud bank. Love that tee shirt: "Seattle Rain Festival: 1 January - 31 December." BTW, yes, I know it can be pretty, and have seen (a few) days like that in June and July. Just not my cup of effete coffee. In counterpoint, have to say that the PNW and Minnesota seem to have more crazy weather-bedamned motorcyclists per square mile than many warmer and drier climes. Oh, I already said it, but great vid ... and greenie.
  11. Yup re star pattern there and anywhere else fasteners are grouped. "Wrench art?" I'm not smart enough to make up that sort of word wizardry. Got it from John Zibell. It may or may not be original with him, but he must be smart as he's a (real) rocket scientist. I know what it means and can occasionally paint a passable picture. As for original gaskets, amazing. I just ordered one of these -- Motion-Pro Gasket Scraper -- because I can occasionally reuse a gasket, but mostly can't and thus worry about gouging the mating surface where the gasket residue resides. Bill
  12. On "lesser" fasteners, it's all about "wrench art." Unfortunately, I am often more like a preschooler than Michelangelo. Bill
  13. I am way closer to that than you. On the bright side, I'll lose some weight. Buon nono giorno di Natale e un grande anno nuovo! Bill
  14. Pressure angle is all modest in his "confused" note to my referring to him as a resource, but see this thread in which he gave me all kinds of great counsel about a trip (I did not take yet, darn it) from here at the top of Virginia to family in Seattle: That may be more northerly than you (Twin AH) might choose, but it's a start and grist for winter thinking. And, if you are this way -- the top of Virginia -- you have a free room at the Moto Grappa and company for the ride down to the SSR. Bill
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