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Everything posted by Scud

  1. I just send a PM. But I agree with gstallons that it sounds like a linkage problem.
  2. Rotors, pipes & crossover, belly pan, gauges, bunch of powder coating (including gloss black wheels). I did a topic on the bike with more detail.
  3. Those screws have a tiny hex head, which can round-off easily. I'd suggest getting some replacement screws while they are out. I didn't know those "half-moon" retaining clips were unobtainable - thanks for the heads up.
  4. Are we talking about the oil lines that feed directly into the head as in this picture? If so, you just need a slim spanner (wrench) - not a big clunky one. If you have a cheap spanner that you don't care much for, you can grind it down till it fits. (disregard the measure tape - that was for a different purpose a while back, but it's the only pic I could find of the fitting in question)
  5. Missed this project when it started. Looks like a worthy endeavor. Did the VHT paint ever show up? I probably have a partial can that I could send your way if you still want it.
  6. Check the fileshare section of this site for links to manuals and such. https://www.v11lemans.com/forums/index.php?/forum/11-fileshare/ As for the oil change, given that this will be your first oil change on a new-to-you bike, I'd suggest that you drop the sump (oil pan). To do so, you will need to first drain the oil and disconnect the oil-lines that attach to it. There are about 12 small bolts, and the whole pan will drop. Then you will have super-easy access to change the oil filter, which is a "car-type" I've been using one by WIX (cuz I copied Docc), but several other brands are also compatible. Many of us avoid the recommended UFI filter, due to problems with the O-ring. The main reason I recommend dropping the oil pan the first time is that some people secure the oil filter with an additional hose-clamp, which can only be removed by dropping the pan. This will also give you a chance to clean out the screen around the oil pick-up tube, and have a look up into the engine, which is just fun to do. After the first oil-change, you can decide whether to repeat that process or use the "man-hole-cover" in the bottom of the sump. As for the Bitubo damper - take it off and extend/compress it a few times in your hands. If it has a noticeable sticking point, it has started to work against you instead of for you. There's also a thread called "Decent Tune-Up" or something like that. A decent tune-up would be a great way to learn about the bike and improve the riding experience. There's another thread on shift improvement, but if you are new to motorcycle maintenance, you might not feel ready to take a pre-selector off the transmission. But when you are, people on this site will work through it with you. And for other maintenance - I would change all three oils (engine, transmission, and final drive). And flush all three hydraulic fluids (clutch, front brake, rear brake). The clutch is kind of a bugger, but you can get an extension hose that makes it easier for this and future fluid changes. And if you don't know the bike's history, it might be time for new oil in the forks.
  7. ^ it's always worth checking the driveshaft alignment while it's out, but he said earlier that there is no noise while pushing the bike with the transmission in neutral. Since the driveshaft always spins while pushing the bike, a misaligned driveshaft seems unlikely for this problem.
  8. A leaking breather hose may be your oil problem. It's possible that the rear seal is OK. Notice how the oil seems to com in from above, and find its way down past the seal. Have you measured the clutch parts? It's hard to tell for sure from the angle of your pictures, but they seem a bit worn. If you replace some of the internals, consider replacing the springs as well, I found that alternating stiffer springs with the original springs gave the best feel. And while we're talking about springs - your picture shows 9. There should be 10. Did you remove 10 springs during disassembly?
  9. I've seen them with a straight hose between the TBs (no T). Also seen the T cut short and blocked off. Also seen bolts threaded in, and simple caps on the fittings where the hose would go. The key is not to allow any air into the head unless it goes through the TB. This is also the reason they run so poorly when there are cracks in the rubber boots betweem TB and head. @Thumper - if you're going to run a hose, that must mean you have the screw-in fittings to replace the plug bolts.
  10. I think most of the US models came with a T-hose between the throttle bodies. The third line of the T connected to the canister to re-process the evaporated or spilled fuel (thus reducing emission). But most of those canisters seem to "fall off." I just capped the fittings, rather than remove them and plug with a bolt. That way I can remove the caps when I want to balance the TBs.
  11. I've got LEDs in the rear of my Scura with the stugly (stock/ugly) indicators up front. Would be fun to go all LED with stealthy units up front. Please share whatever you end up using. Scura has the single indicator on the dash. Would like to go LED on my Nero Corsa as well, and that has both left and right indicators on the dash. Sounds like four LEDs are easier to do on the later models.
  12. Thanks, but this would not have been possible without Chuck and all the other input on this incredibly long topic. These Chuck-engineered springs give us all the confidence to take longer rides without fear of losing the ability to shift far from home.
  13. Haha. Make sure to get that metal timing cover gasket, and plenty of beer for the spectators/consultants.
  14. In a rare occurrence... I actually saw this before you, Docc. Steve and I are using PMs now. And in response to 4Corsa's question - I have not yet heard of a single failure of the new spring. Also - Steve is willing to forward additional springs within the UK. So if anyone else in UK wants one, let me know via PM in the next few days.
  15. This one has been with me for a few months now. Figured I should update the registry and add some eye-candy.
  16. I'll throw in another scenario. Some of us may not have installed the gears yet. I've been busy with various other projects and family stuff. Just did 12 hours of wallpaper for the bathroom... that's time I could have spend riding or tinkering.
  17. You might ask over on Wild Guzzi too. Somebody there may have a spare or know of a suitable aftermarket replacement. The Tusk levers are nice quality. I just got one for my "mighty" Yamaha TW200. And yeah... the Stelvio is a handful in the sand. It might benefit from a steering damper, but I have not ever seen one fitted. I'm leaning toward street/touring tires at the next tire-change for my Stelvio.
  18. Late to this, so to clarify... The rattle when pushing is only when the bike is in gear, and clutch lever pulled in. Is it safe to assume that the noise is absent when pushing the bike in neutral (whether clutch is activated or not)? Have you tested different gears? Does the noise speed up or slow down as you change gears? Do you have a way to lift the rear wheel? If so, you can bind the clutch lever in (zip-tie or bungee), then rotate the wheel while changing gears and listen for noises. With the wheel up, it will also be easier to look for play in the driveshaft.
  19. No worries... this is a great forum for us to debate the pros and cons of things, then make our own decisions. And sometimes deciding not to do something is the best decision of all (not just re motorcycles, but life in general).
  20. Seems to me this thread is about doing something for the fun of it, not trying to make a technical improvement. Extra gauges can be fun, and some can even be useful. When I did the Speethut speedo and tach on my previous red LeMans, I added oil pressure and voltmeter. They were fun to look at, especially riding at night. And the oil pressure gauge helped me diagnose a problem in a way that a simple warning light did not. The guy who bought that LeMans said, after owning it for a while, that the set of four matching gauges was his favorite modification on that bike. Does the oil temp gauge make the rider happy? If yes, then good improvement.
  21. Tomchri p6x acknowledges that this is a totally unnecessary modification to the bike in his opening post. He just wants to do it because of reasons. Actually, he didn't give any reasons. He just wants it. [moderator edit to correct the reference to the original comment.]
  22. Welcome. Sounds like a worthy project. Let us know if you need something. I live less than an hour's ride South of you. I have various specials tools and a stash of spare bits.
  23. I use a Garmin inReach explorer, which requires a subscription that includes the ability to download unlimited maps to my phone. Then the app will work on my phone with the phone's GPS. So why the supplemental hand-held GPS unit? It also has satellite text capabilities that I can use from the unit itself or via my phone's app (but only if the unit is with me). Since I often go into the woods or desert on dirt bikes, the device allows me to send tracking info to select people, and also to call SOS. I pay a little extra each year for the medical evacuation insurance. I still like to carry a good-old paper map, which doesn't need charging. I kind of miss having a roll-chart on the handlebars. That's a true navigation challenge.
  24. I'll buy two in the "unlikely" event that other V11s show up in my garage in future. I bought a spare last time you did a run and recently used it on the Nero Corsa.
  25. Ha - I'll bet many of us thought we could rescue a special car and found out later that it was a bad idea. In the early 1990s I bought a 1982 Mercedes 500SEL. It was a German (not US) model that someone had imported. I thought I got it for a great price (just needed a little work). It was loaded. Remote start and pre-heater. Hydraulically adjustable ride height, power and heated everything. Monstrous 5 litre power. But oh... the parts unavailability and repair bills. Traded it to a dealer to get a two year old first-gen Infinity Q45. Pearl white with white carpets and white leather interior. That thing was a rocket. Then we had a baby. I sold that and got a Toyota T100 that was trouble free for many years. I've sworn off luxury cars, and now I only like trucks (though I had a dalliance with a sporty Volvo V70). But I must confess, the Bronco has the "Lux" package and it's pretty damn cozy.
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