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  1. Griso 1100 was launched in 2005 but deliveries only really started in 2006. The model was produced for two years really, 2006 and '07 a few were sold in 2008 but were simply plated as that year. The 8V commenced production in 2007 but once again deliveries only started in the next calendar year. Early 8V's were plagued by several problems besides the flat tappet issues. The rear main bearing flange was prone to leaking and the gasket between the sump spacer and the block was prone to blowing out and lowering oil pressure leading to horrible noises but rarely failures. The big issue though was obviously the flat tappet fiasco. Early engines had chilled cast iron tappets. These were quickly found to be failure prone, more so in some markets than others, and there was a recall for these motors to replace the chilled cast iron tappets with forged steel ones with a DLC, (Diamond like Carbon.) coating on the sliding face. Unfortunately these too proved to be unreliable and although there was at least on further update to the manufacture the system continued to fail. Sometimes they take longer on one engine than another but they will ALL fail, no ifs or buts. Be aware that if you are thinking of buying a pre-'13 8V or any 1200 Sport 8V even if you check with a dealer or Piaggio and are told that there are no outstanding recalls on the bike you are looking at it will not mean that the bike has been rollerised as there was never a 'Recall' for rollerisation. In 2012/13 the Piaggio 'Service MotoGuzzi' portal announced a 'Technical Update' which stated that in the event of failure, providing the bike had a full service history and entirely at Piaggio's discretion they would provide a kit for rollerisation but the owner would have to pay for the install. Yes, it sucks, but that's the way it is. The reality is that these bikes are now seven years old at the youngest. Few have a full history and Piaggio just wants to wash its hands of the situation. A free kit is unlikely unless you have a dealer willing to go into bat for you. While rollerisation usually fixes the issue on rare occasions the bottom end will fail after rollerisation due to bearing contamination by DLC debris. As I say, rare, but of the couple of hundred rollerisations we've done we have subsequently lost about five motors, one of which was mine. The answer is to simply purchase a post '12 model as the swap over from flat to roller tappets on all models except the 1200 Sport was in the first half of MY 2012. While there are bargains to be had in buying a flat tappet machine there will always be an element of risk. I've seen engines with sub-10,000km that have completely trashed top ends. I've also seen bikes in their 30's that are only showing the early stages of wear. I'm pretty sure I know why they fail now and it depends on two things, climate and use. The other annoying thing is that until the DLC has all gone and the parent metal of the tappet starts to erode there will likely be no signs anything is wrong. No odd noises or running problems so to the unfamiliar the bike may appear fine. As a general rule if you choose to buy a flattie the lower the mileage on the bike the better! Checking to see if a bike has been rollerised is very easy. Just take off a rocker cover and look, (There are plenty of pics on the web of what to look for.). If you also want the shop to pull a cambox to inspect the flat tappets? On any model other than a Norge you can pull the left hand cambox in fifteen minutes. If they want to charge you a stupid sum, (One poor sod I know was charged $2,000US for this 'Service' to be told his tappets were fine. They weren't!) tell them to go get a big black dog up themselves! There are four different rollerisation kits available. They vary greatly in price. That info, and the cheapest way to rollerise, is also widely available on the net. I for one have covered it pretty comprehensively, it's not worth repeating here. If your Google Fu is so bad you can't find it it's probably best you don't look for a flattie! The other issues associated with all the W5AM Guzzis are them having been 'tuned' by idiots who don't know what they are doing, (There is a thread on this board covering what to do and not to do to the throttlebodies. (That's on a 2V Sport but the principles are the same for an 8V) The other thing is the dreaded grease phobia of Mandello workers. The swingarm bearings and shock linkage are rarely, if ever, packed properly with grease and this should be addressed asap as replacing the swingarm bearings is a right, royal PITA and the shock linkage costs a couple of hundred bucks complete but is within a few dollars of buying the bearings, seals, pins etc. so it isn't worth rebuilding a rooted one. The long and the short of it is that a well set up and correctly mapped 8V is a magnificent thing. This is not to take anything away from the 1200's, 1100's or 850's with the old 2V motor but in terms of performance there is simply no comparison. In the same way that diehards here love their V11's I am a CARC bike tragic and 8V evangelist! The loss of this platform I consider an enormous step backwards for Guzzi but judging by the reaction to the V85 I'm in a minority on that score. No skin off my nose but it's a shame that the most advanced engine they built has been shitcanned in favour of an other 2 valve, pushrod, lawnmower engine. Pete
  2. Or do it yourself. instructions on Greg Bender's site by both myself and in more detail by John Noble.
  3. Don't get yer hopes up but I think I may have a single plate hub in my now heavily diminished Mountain of Munt. I have no use for it if I have it so it'll be worth a donation to MSF and postage if I can find it. pete
  4. Doc, the reason it took two weeks is because I came down with the flu and with my current health issues I was told to lie low so the mailing was actually delayed by a week,sorry. The postal system from us to you seems pretty good. I was notified of when it left Oz, when it arrived in the US and then when it was delivered. With the Cables Antmanbee was kind enough to organise for us he was told that the tracking was only valid until it left the United States! After that? Nothing! If it disappears? Tough! I find that incredible! It's like 'Shithole Country' territory! I'm not concerned it won't arrive, I get lots of stuff from the US on a regular basis. It's just the 'Fuque off, we couldn't give a shit' attitude that rubs me up the wrong way. Pete
  5. Anything that promises miracles from an 'Add On' especially a 'Cheap' one, is bollocks sold by fuquetards and spivs whose only interest is in transferring as much of your money as they can get away with into their wallets. Don't be a mug. Pete
  6. I can't be doing with the retrograde technology Bill. That's all. The Hi-Cam, 4V design is ideally suited to the Guzzi 'Transverse' twin and going back to a prehistoric OHV design just leaves me cold. Yes, I know the smallblocks are 'Popular'. That's fine, they are aimed at, and are liked by, people with zero interest in any sort of 'Performance' be it power, handling, anything. What they want is a motorbike that looks like their grandads bike because it's 'Cool'. That's fine but it isn't what I want or what interests me and I'm certainly not going to to heap undeserved praise on it simply because it's wearing a Guzzi badge. I hope they sell squillions of them. Then they might be allowed to build a truly exciting motorbike again.
  7. Precise location of the arse end of nowhere? Motomoda. 23, King St. Bungendore. NSW2621 Australia.
  8. With the CARC bikes, particularly the 8V's, Guzzi finally built a machine for the 21'st century. Now Piaggio has decided to drag them back to the middle of the 20th. I fart damply and lavishly on their miserable little 2 valve pushrod motor. It belongs in a cement mixer, not a Moto Guzzi for the 2020's!
  9. There is no really hurry and it's such a small monetary investment I cant see the point in paying usurious *Insurance* so just give me the $ figure and an address and I'll put the wheels in motion. No need to ship until you receive payment but knowing you from various boards you are obviously neither stupid or crooked so I'm more than happy to make sure you have the dosh before you ship.
  10. Sorry to be the fly in the oiltment but I bought one for a big trip in the USA when they first came out and hated it. A great, heavy, imprecise, wallowing bucket of lard with all of the charisma of a roadkilled wombat in midsummer heat. Look, if you're a 'Cruiser' sort of guy them it will probably be fine but there was nothing about it I really liked and a whole lot I hated compared to my beloved CARC bikes. Weedy, spindly, non adjustable forks, limited travel twin shock rear suspension, no reactive drive, wheelbase longer than a supertanker, (And CARC bikes are scarcely short!) odd "I'm riding along with my legs poked out in front of me under the handlebars and it seems someone has inserted a star picket up my blurter!" Riding position and an exhaust note like someone shitting pebbles into a 44 gallon drum full of custard. I'd rather f*$# spiders than own another one. Pete
  11. Fantastic. We'll grab four then. I want one, Michael will want one, Phil wants one and I'll grab one for Beetle as my Hydro Cali will be going for a sleepover in Wagga once it's back together so we can log build it a decent OL map. Send me an email/Paypal address and gimme a figure. Phil and I can sort it out this end. Pete
  12. I have no desire to screw about making my own. Life is too short. If someone in the US could order three of them from Capers for me and then stick 'em in a USPS box for me I'd be grateful. I can Paypal the funds. thanks Pete
  13. Not totally, but I can only really afford to batch manufacture and I end up with money sitting ties up in something slow moving for an obsolete model. I want them to be available. I also want the thieves at Gutsibits to take it up the arse and if someone else makes them and gives a 'Royalty' to Medicienes sans Frontiers on top of a cut for them I'm all totally fine with it!
  14. If you don't want your new motor to go the same way as the last one I'd suggest adding a sloppage sheet. I'm out of them but another enterprising soul is going to be taking over production so they should be available soon.
  15. Sorry but it sounds like it's beyond help. Start looking for a new donk.
  16. Gavin and Ishtar, yours are on the way. Docc and Kosta, I'll get yours out probably Monday as I've come down with the flu. Bleargh!
  17. Still got a couple left if people want a plate. $120AU plus $37AU postage to the US
  18. This brilliant scene always reminded me somewhat of my experience with skinheads Chuck. Dylan Moran at his best.
  19. Being a weedy, White, middle class dipstick I always found that if it looked like things were going to get ugly and we were going to go head to head with a bunch of room temperature IQ skinheads I always found it handy to latch myself on to a very large West Indian bloke, preferably with big dreads and a thousand yard stare on top of the muscles! You tended to not get punched as much with someone like that watching your back!
  20. Drove past one of the mosques where the shooting occurred yesterday and am staying in a motel only about a km away. There are still three armed cops outside but they, and everyone else, seemed fairly relaxed. It's amazing what an incredible amount of solidarity this tragedy has engendered in NZ and the prime minister and the rest of the parliament have behaved with a level of strength, leadership and decorum that should be a blazing torch for other polities around the globe. When I look at the enormous, raging clusterfuques that represent most other English speaking 'Democracies' at the moment it is reassuring to see that the system can work and it is possible to say no to bigotry and hate. Would that my own country would embrace such high minded and common sense ideals. Sadly I fear that successive governments of all stripes have allowed racists to crawl out from under their rocks without being stamped on immediately. That, along with social media platforms that allow isolated individuals to band together and reinforce each other's hate have made a fertile dung-heap in which bigotry can thrive. In my youth I spent a fair bit of time at anti racism marches, sometimes even punching on with racists. I was really hoping to have left all that behind but now, in my sixties and half a world away from the country of my youth it looks like I may have to do it again! That sucks! I've got a dicky heart, fuqued lungs and can't walk very far nowadays, (A packet of darts a day for fifty years will do that to you!) but shit like this is important! For our kids and the future of mankind.
  21. I would add to the consensus. 0.4 is almost 1/2 a mm and while I don't think it would do any harm it would contribute greatly to the 'Two cheese graters fornicating in an iron tank' racket from the top end that you will be able to hear above the noise of cats screwing from the belts.
  22. It's interesting how much simpler the second generation Hi-Cam is compared to the original. While Carcano's swansong is undoubtably a tour de force in 1960's design terms it is also complex and, in many ways, a fragile thing. The Nuovo Hi-Cam in comparison is not only incredibly simple but also astonishingly robust! If they hadn't chosen to save a few dollars a bike by downgrading to flat tappets and rendering the top end a ticking time bomb it really could of been an 'Engine for the ages'. Alas it wasn't to be. The bean counters did for it and now we're seemingly stuck with boring, Uber-conservative, dreary motive units until after I'm dead! I weep!
  23. $120AU plus postage which last time I sent some was, from memory, about $30AU. I'm on holiday in NZ at the moment but I'll price up freight when I'm back next week. On the subject of the Quota and other non V11, non 'Broad Sump' models I really believe that unless you are going racing a sloppage sheet or windage plate is overkill. With the V11's it is the combination of the shallow 'Broad' sump and the low gear ratios in the bottom end of the box coupled with the naff oil pick up location that makes the plate at the very least a wise investment if not a necessity.
  24. I just did a run and have four left if people need them.
  25. Yup, there's no way to drift in the new race with the shaft in place. Internal extractor would have to be very specialised as there are only two small cutaways in the register for the rave and the rest of it the register is wider than the bearing.
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