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JBBenson last won the day on November 18 2018

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    2001 V11 Sport, 2002 Aprilia Caponord (sold), 1983 850 LeMans 3 (sold), 1983 Yamaha 650 Turbo (sold), 1972 Honda CB750 (sold), 1981 V50 3 (totalled), several Vespas and one Lambretta.
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  1. I had Todd Eagan rebuild my forks including new valves and springs, best upgrade I ever did for my bike. Money well spent. Do it.
  2. What diameter forks does it have?
  3. Wow, that's a sooty air-bleed screw. Better clean the throttle bodies when you have a chance.... The breakout harness is a great mod, makes it super easy to check the TPS on a regular basis. Now that's it's running right, next up is a good old "Italian Tune Up". Add some fuel system cleaner of your choice, warm it up and screw it on..!!! Czakky's right: when they are sorted, they are great!
  4. Thinking about getting a big twin, probably the Cali 1400, for long distance touring. I was looking at the new Harley Heritage softail, but who am I kidding? Not a Harley guy. Besides, I can pick up a new or nearly-new Cali 1400 for like 10k less than a base level Harley Davidson. Any thoughts from members who own or have owned both the V11 and a 1400?
  5. Once you set the TPS, try the “White Knob Method” to balance throttles....copied from an older tuning thread. This method is a quick way to get your bike running well without going too deep into the brambles: 1. Back off the RH throttle stop. Unless you have some super high mileage bike where everything is worn out and sloppy, using both will make you crazy. 2. Open bleeds one turn each. ("Micha's method") 1 turn is almost always right. Make sure the screws and ports are nice and clean. 3. Sync using white knob at idle. Like I said, some frown at this. Guess what? If they are synced at idle, it will be synced off idle. When the throttles are open (>3k) the white knob needs to be moved a lot to make any difference in vacuum. This is because the small adjustments the white knob makes gets lost in the large flow of air coming through, and tiny imbalances in throttle vanes will be hard to see on any kind of meter, even the expensive one I bought. You can turn the white knob and the throttles will appear to be in balance at higher RPM's. But they're not, which you will see when it drops to idle. Then you can use the bleeds to try to even it out, which is what I did, and then it idles worse than ever. In short, the ultra tiny differences in throttle openings will be revealed at idle but will be lost at higher RPM's. If the idle is balanced, then higher RPM's will be balanced too. Try "JB's" method, and sync the throttles at idle using the white knob. Turn 1/8 and blip throttle and let it settle. Keep doing this until it smooths out and is in balance. The idle will probably creep up as it smooths out (you can adjust this later using the LH throttle stop screw). It will never be perfect but you can get it close. Check "off idle" RPM's as you get it smoother, I bet they will be in sync too. Yes, this method is backwards, but since your bike runs like crap right now, why not try it? I went through ever "method" before doing it this way, and now my bike runs like a sewing machine and pulls like a locomotive...
  6. Start here with basic tune up:
  7. Do you change the filter through the manhole? If so, how do you get to the hose clamp which I am sure you are using...? Asking for a friend.
  8. That may have been drilled out for some reason. Looks like a trip to a good hardware store is in order, you’ll need some grommets, a couple of spacers/bushings (the “collars” mentioned above) and some nice stainless button head hex head bolts for a clean install. That being said, the grommets may be a problem to find ones that fit well, so a work around is using a combination of stainless washers and rubber washers to isolate the cowl from the hardware to prevent stress cracks.
  9. I don't think all V11 forks are the same diameter. My Sport has 54mm forks. I have a set of OEM clip ons if you need them, PM me.
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  11. I have tried a few, this was the best one: Cortech Super 2.0 Low Profile Tank Bag, see it here: https://www.v11lemans.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=19319&page=64
  12. Gee I could get the Ohlins and the fairing for 1700. Scud what’s the diameter of the Ohlins forks? Hmm
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