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Bill Hagan

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  1. Well, rats. Kathi and I will be no-shows at this year's SSR. Not a C19 thing, but a family-events calendar that has us too far away to make it from here, there, and back, etc., in time, even in a Ferrari, much less our Fit, Mini, or any of our moto-harem. Regrets and best wishes to all. We look forward to the pix and tales. B&K P.S. I showed this to Kathi after I launched it, and she said "WHO IS THAT?" ... meaning the Cubanos. Naturally, I lied and said "That's another reason we just could not go, Dear; I was appalled." [Not]
  2. Good morning from the MGGG MMXX battlefield in Cross Junction, Virginia, where the National Park Service is already putting up historical markers. So, a group of Guzzisti friends and I got together for a “Guy-Only Slumber Party, Motorcycle Riding, Eating, Drinking, & Lie-Telling” weekend in the middle of July. It was grand. The CDC would not have approved, but while hardly keeping each other at arms’ length, everyone was mindful and courteous. We’ll know how that part goes within two weeks. Naturally, I took photos. Lots of them. As in nudging 500! But, lucky you, "only" 129 made the final cut. Best, the Smugmug gallery opens in “Landscape Collage” view, meaning you don’t have to look at every pic. You can hover your cursor over pix that interest you — assuming any do, of course! — and the captions should appear. OTOH, if you have the time and inclination to see the whole story, just light up the first photo after the banner pic and run through them in larger sizes. Here they are: MGGG MMXX Pix To those of you seeing this who were part of this, thanks for making my — gasp! — 73d birthday great fun. Bill
  3. All interesting. I do note that no one from the Bundesrepublik Deutschland responded. Bill
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Super guy! Thoughts, prayers, best wishes from the top of Virginia, Bill & Kathi
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. On "lesser" fasteners, it's all about "wrench art." Unfortunately, I am often more like a preschooler than Michelangelo. Bill
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Docc, don't we need to his references first? Seriously, Twin, "Pressureangle" has made that trip your way from SSR, so he undoubtedly has super suggestions about routes, etc. Bill
  18. All of the above, of course, along with all the "Better Take a Few of These, Too" items. Seriously, over the years, I have noticed that I take fewer tools with each newer model than before. For my EV, I was prepared to conduct "depot-level maintenance" at roadside! Happily, each succeeding addition to my moto-harem seems to require less roadside character-building. The Griso, Stornello, and V7 III nada (so far). Yet, as evidence of some sort of personality disorder -- that I worry might even be in the DSM, e.g. "Excessive Tool Compulsive Syndrome" (ECTS)! -- I often agonize over which tools to take for specific motos, and my list is always longer than necessary. The other day, I saw this: http://www.rrrtoolsolutions.com/adventure-tools.php Accordingly, as I also suffer IPCD (Impulse Purchase Compulsive Disorder) , I bought one. Now, instead of the literal hour I might spend before a ride collecting the right tools for that Guzzi, I just pack that kit. OK, not really. I also gather a few other things as one can never really shake off ECTS! Actually, that secondary list is small, e.g., some of those listed by others, above, and mini-multimeter, a few extra fuses, tire-repair kit for the tubeless models, cable ties -- seen the reusable ones? https://www.walmart.com/c/kp/releasable-cable-ties Worthy, IMO, for Nobel Peace Prize! -- and whatnot. Yes, the commercial kit is expensive. In fact, I would not have gotten it, but Kathi saw it and said "Just do it, Bill. It's worth not having to listen to you fret about having the right tool every trip!" Husbands in their right minds never, ever ignore that sort of encouragement, especially if it involves moto-expenses! Now, does the little kit really have everything one needs? Dunno, but it's close. In fact, if anyone has read this far and sees any glaring Guzzi omission, please say so. Enough. Real life calls. Best to all, 1921! Bill
  19. Apologies for the delayed comment. I do not doubt for a moment that that last is the letter of the law, and -- never rarely a scofflaw -- I played by those rules on several visits over the years from the '70's on, whether driving rented cages or motos. In, however, my last three visits -- 2006, 2017, & 2018 -- I decided to skip the IDL issued by AAA (as I loathe that scammy "club" ... but I digress ), and just used my valid U.S.A. DL to rent motos and autos. In the several encounters with Italian, German, Belgian, and Dutch authorities (at roadblocks, not blue lighted for offenses! ) not one officer questioned my Georgia- or Virginia-issued DL. YMMV ... and I won't bail you out. Bill
  20. It was interesting how everyone behind you seemed to get smaller as you rode. Bill
  21. So, we are in Pennsylvania now — yes, I’m on a Guzzi, my V7, but here for a truck-camper rally; no, we don't have one of those. Still, having a very fine time doing things such as this: But, I post this because I finally cobbled together SSR pix into a slideshow. Here they are: https://bill-and-kathi.smugmug.com/SSR-XV-2019/n-HFzPbL/ If you are terminally bored, also just finished these of two other recent Guzzi trips: [V7 III] https://bill-and-kathi.smugmug.com/Erie-Ride-to-Zanyville-2019/n-mCD4B8 [Griso] https://bill-and-kathi.smugmug.com/Three-Guzzis-Go-to-Erie-More-Aug-2019/n-N4ZVB4/ Bill P.S. If you care and haven't already figured this out, you can see captions by moving cursor over the individual pix. Some are truncated, so if you really care you can go to full-screen slideshow.
  22. Ah, yes; I remember that last pic. I had just told Josh that if he couldn't keep up with an old fat guy two-up on a Norge, perhaps he should consider another sport. He took it well, actually. Bill P.S. Hope to post my SSR XV slideshow soon.
  23. Kathi waves at the 129photos guy on the Cherohala. I was focused on and praying that leaky rear tire would get us safely to Wheeler's! Bill
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