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Escorted my dad on his 3.5yr owned BMW 1200RT to trade it in to the right brand of bike :notworthy:

 

His in the front, mine in the back.IMG-0427.jpg

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i blew the left head gasket while going for a ride after I replaced the fork oil....

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i blew the left head gasket while going for a ride after I replaced the fork oil....

 

As in, leaking oil or actually loosing compression?

Possibly replaced the gaskets recently and did not re-torque the heads after a while? Otherwise I have never seen that happen on a bigblock Guzzi...

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Leaking oil from the gasket which is at least 4 years old and I never had any issues with it.

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Leaking oil from the gasket which is at least 4 years old and I never had any issues with it.

 

I have seen that happen on a big block once, on smallblocks several times, but that may have had something to do with the person driving it (not me). :homer:

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As you are from Holland, and English is probably not your first language, do you mean valve cover gasket instead of head gasket? It is very uncommon to blow a head gasket. :huh2:

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the valve cover gaskets leak on mine all the time.  I blame the mechanic.  (in fact, I try to carry a spare when I travel)

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the valve cover gaskets leak on mine all the time.  I blame the mechanic.  (in fact, I try to carry a spare when I travel)

The big block gaskets tend to get sucked in when on and off the throttle hard. You can either ride more sanely.. :D Ok, not at option.. or think about gluing the gasket to the valve cover with aviation permatex or some such.

The Kid discovered this on our trip to the Tn./ Carolina area.. :rasta:

34931107712_4438dd605d_k.jpg2017-06-04_01-31-41 by Charles Stottlemyer, on Flickr

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Had the same problem with a valve cover gasket. As I was ordering a new set, Curtis Harper suggested flattening the valve cover on plate glass, saying they can get distorted by over tightening. Mine were twisted & it seemed to help.

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Pete sez there is a "Klingerlight" or some such gasket that is a metal sandwich. I looked at MG Cycle and didn't see anything like that.

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Pete sez there is a "Klingerlight" or some such gasket that is a metal sandwich. I looked at MG Cycle and didn't see anything like that.

Yes Chuck, Valpollini gaskets I have them on my bike. From an engineering perspective they appear to be far superior to the originals and so far zero leaks. Mind you I havent done many miles on them yet but Pete says they are the go.

 

https://www.v11lemans.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=20295&hl=gaskets

 

Ciao

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I know the day will come when I have to replace my original :o valve cover gaskets. 

Probably should keep them, grind them into a powder and smoke 'em.  :rasta:

 

(It's like "drinking the KoolAid", but more edgy . . . :sun: )

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Went to the Ducati Panigale V4 R release party at Otto Car Club in Scottsdale.
http://ottocarclub.com/
The Otto Car Club is for 0.1% rich people who baby their car collections. Think social club with a huge garage attached.

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Can't argue with free beer and wine, right.  But oddly, no Italian wine nor beer !!  I rode there, so only 1/2 of a beer for me.  Also had wandering waiters handing out small nibbles.

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Here's my goose in front of some ducks.

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They did a full on technical presentation of the V4R features, which includes going back to a dry clutch.  I challenged some of the older ducks to a dry clutch rattle off contest.  The single plate Scura (lever out) won handily.

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The star of the show.  Can you see the winglets at the front of the fairing just under the handlebars?  I think we are not too far away from seeing ailerons and rudders controlling body lean in MotoGP.

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And finally, some other Ducks on display.

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Nice car collection indeed!

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