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  1. Now l have to do some organizing in my shelfs with the enormous amount of parts. Many new, Titanium ex, carbon fender, side covers, complete fuelpump asembly ++++. 10013km, all original. Cheers Tom. Sent fra min SM-S906B via Tapatalk
    11 points
  2. A sound of thunder across the Frisian countryside.
    10 points
  3. Hey Lagrasta! well…. I have just got back into my house from a 4 day trip south to north of Portugal. There is a publicised route that runs from Faro in the south to Chaves (pronounced shoves). Don’t tell anyone but the roads here beat the Alps by a mile. The Alps has higher mountains, but a ton more tourists and speed cameras. There is a lot of info on the N2 route on Google and a thread on Advrider. https://www.advrider.com/f/threads/n2-portugal.1580803/ But this is just a very small part of what Portugal can offer. I came back via Serra da Estrella. This was even better. Just stunning. And I have ridden the alps, dolomites picos and Pyrenees etc. But that’s all for a longer tour. If you are hotspotting.. Lisbon and Oporto have plenty rental opportunities and great riding near by. Around Lisbon ride out of Lisbon on the Marginal to Cascais stay on the N247 north up the coast to Guincho then Malveira da Serra. After this you can continue North on 247 and take a quick stop at Cabo da Rocca. (The most western point in EU) If you have time Azenhas do Mar is. Great place for food. Sinatra is a must see place and can be visited on the way back. It is very busy there on a weekend. South of Lisbon, go across the old bridge (Ponte April 25th) and route yourself to the coastal road of Arribida. This is used a lot for new bike launches. N379-1. Halfway along there is a small road that goes down to the beaches portinho da Arrabida. Fantastic place for lunch. Continue to Setúbal and take the ferry to Troia. It’s another world over there but sandy and flat for a while. I like it there because it’s more original and the food is great and cheap. If you want to go further then the Alentejo is wonderful for slow touring. (Can be fast also if you want…) Evora is a very nice place to visit and happens to have the best Guzzi dealer in Portugal. It’s Piaggio and not a big place but the people are great. They organise the yearly Guzzi owners day. Had a fantastic time with them. You can ride there for lunch and be back in lisbon for dinner. All on national roads. There is a dealer in Lisbon if you just want to window shop etc. Service with them was not to my liking and I am not the only one with that view. Porto this is easier.. everywhere is great! 😂 Follow the Douro river out of town in land. Jump on the N222 (voted most picturesque road in Europe). There are loads of vineyards to visit for wine and port. Or just stop where ever something takes your fancy. Braga and Guimares are great cities to visit. hope that gets you started. If there is anything more specific or you want to do or if you need some help finding bike rental then I will be glad to assist. you will have a great time, that is guaranteed.
    9 points
  4. Following a weekend of riding on wet, sodden roads (another appalling wash out of a UK summer), I cleaned the filth off my burgundy V11 today
    8 points
  5. Mallory Park bike fest this weekend, weather poor with heavy downpours. My V11 in the Guzzi club tent
    8 points
  6. Yes, the 2003-on Rosso Corsa are long frame V11 with the long tank (internal pump/filter) and the LeMans faring with the checkerboard graphics. And Ohlins!). @MojoFuzzi's Rosso Corsa The 2001 Rosso Mandello is a special edition first generation Sport with short (black) frame, short tank (chin pad with external pump/filter), and a carbon fiber "flyscreen" (fork mounted). @Guzzijens's Rosso Mandello If you leave a Rosso Corsa and a Rosso Mandello in the garage too long without adult supervision, a Ballabio could be the outcome . . . @Steve S's Ballabio
    8 points
  7. Unless it's a dry clutch with twin friction plates and a steel intermediate. In a basket flywheel. With a couple hundred thousand kays on it, all ridden like a jackrabbit on hot lava. Then it sounds like nine monkeys fighting their way out of a cymbal factory with ball pein hammers.
    8 points
  8. We better watch out... Guzzi will be a mainstream brand
    8 points
  9. Many exited ways to Rome. Cheers Tom. Sent fra min SM-S906B via Tapatalk
    8 points
  10. Love the Rosso Corsa, I have one myself
    7 points
  11. Sunday at the Mallory Park bike festival (with classic racing) Poor weather with heavy downpours - look at the sky above the Guzzi tent. Good selection of Guzzi’s, a club member was out on the track with his MK2 Le Mans
    7 points
  12. Here's some pictures of the end result.
    7 points
  13. Seen at Moto International in Seattle in 2015. A nice-looking Rosso Corsa.
    7 points
  14. Another Guzzi Club meeting this evening My silver V11 & a V7 next to a Harley Amazing sky this evening
    7 points
  15. Oh yeah you got that right. I managed to purchase a set with the ECU, footpeg hangers, adaptor plates and...........a few dents. Puled them apart (one had no packing left at all) and used a combination of soft hammers on a 75mm PVC pipe to remove the dents. Followed a thread on this forum and they came up pretty good.
    7 points
  16. A couple videos from the Motorcycle Day with some nice shots of that Coppa. I wasn't there last year, I think I was having dinner with @docc instead. The year before that I did have the Guzzi out. @activpop What was the other Guzzi? I think I missed it. Also I was at the back of the pack as we came in. I get to pick up any parts that fall off the other Nortons.
    7 points
  17. So it begins. Let me say first, I'm not riding a Moto-Guzzi. A nice '04 BMW R1150GSA Adventure got thrown at me instead of a V85TT, thanks a lot guys. I'm leaving tomorrow morning, 28 June from El Paso. Should be an easy ride through Albuquerque to Chama. I intended to ride the Toltec Steam excursion but looks like weather doesn't want me to hang around there Sunday. I may post some pictures here, but mostly just put them in a Google Album with this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/RLJDCUNS6Pwux8gj7 We'll spend plenty of time out of cell service, and I'm not carrying anything with a keyboard. Oh, already had someone ask why I don't post a thread in the ADV forum. Well, because there are only 2 people I know on that forum, one is in this forum and the other is the old friend meeting me in Bozeman. Or Billings, or Sturgis, if I don't dawdle too much on the way up. Besides, the ADV forum is full of menies.
    6 points
  18. If you are seeking out guidance on mini-split AC units for your garage, please type Starter motor repair in the search box.
    6 points
  19. After spending Friday and Saturday at the John Day rally, I'd like to give my impressions of it. As a fairly new guy in the Guzzi world, I felt honored to be there. This was my first motorcycle rally of any kind that I have attended, and being bit by the bug I knew I would attend since I first heard about it over half a year ago. I mean, given it was in Oregon, it was a no brainer, right? It was sort of like church, with two wheels from Italy as the religion. The combination of knowledge, passion and experience was omnipresent. I was a fly on the wall to many conversations and got into others meeting many interesting folks. People rode in from all over Canada and the US. Lots from California, Oregon and Washington as expected, but all four corners of the country were represented with many states in between. So many pulled in on older bikes giving testament to the long life of these Guzzi engines. A Falcone was ridden down from Seattle. Two Australians flew into California where one kept his bike and the other bought and registered a 1000SP to make the run over...he will be shipping it back home. Spoke to the woman who rode in from New Hampshire. She showed me pictures of her old Norge with Crater Lake in the backround. She said, "See, they are the same color!" Not her first rodeo. I don't know all the variations and models, but my guess most all were there. I had the pleasure of meeting Gmc28 who turned me on to a stellar route for my return trip. Eastern Oregon roads...smooth, curvy and no cars. So nice! TwinAH rode from Canada on his nicely sorted out Stelvio. It's beautiful! If you knew him you would expect nothing less. Those were the only two forum members that I knew would be there. What went down to making this the outstanding event it was came down to the people...the organizers, the volunteers and the riders. Each and every one had something to say...I mean, have you ever met anybody that didn't want to talk about their bikes? I had a blast!
    6 points
  20. As if I didn't already have enough project bikes to work on, I had to go pick up another one. Not running quite yet but she'll get there.
    6 points
  21. My Honda GB500 clearly says "Tourist Trophy " on the side covers, but no one calls them that. Instead, invoking the alphanumeric "GB500" (which is not depicted on the motorcycle anywhere). I am not one adept at naming my own machines, but this one rather earned her own (from the Honda marketing slogan of those days . . . > RIDE RED <
    6 points
  22. Not a big turnout because of early off and on rain, but the Norton guys don't mind the precip. @swooshdavehad his Interstate at the head of the pack and the Norton Club was there in full force. I had my Coppa there. Just one other Guzzi. We all lucked out though, rain stopped by 8AM.
    6 points
  23. The hairs on the back of my hands protect my knuckles from wearing out, but it's a bit hurtful of you to point that out. I hope a Drop Bear rips your bike seat, and your bananas go straight from green to brown
    6 points
  24. That. There have so many attempts to define "THAT." Somehow, "fun" just does not entirely translate the fullness of the experience. "Welcome home, dear! Did you experience that surreal , uplifting, transcendental, existential experience on your ride ? " "Why, yes, darling, the ride was fun . . ." "Did you cheat death with your awareness and skillset, mastering the physical realm with intensity and purpose ?" "Yes, yes. Quite fun, actually."
    6 points
  25. Don't overthink it, just clean it and grease it. You'll be in there again in a few thousand miles anyway. Burn that rubber!
    5 points
  26. Refill capacity is 27-28 oz. If this box was empty , you should have destroyed everything inside. Make sure you have ridden this at least 5 miles to make everything in the gearbox is mixed together , then remove the drain plug and allow just a little to drain (into a white paper plate) and quickly reinstalling the drain plug. Looking at what you have in the plate will tell you what is going on inside . Shift bendix ? That is new to me. A normal motorcycle trans had a shift drum that moves the gears to produce different gear ratios. MG has a different setup .You would just have to look at it to understand how it works .There are adjustments that can be made but you have to be familiar wit this stuff before you start adjusting things .
    5 points
  27. Having a few bikes it's actually very recomended for a pensioner's health, shoud have been on blue subscription. Winther project started july last year, why not this year to with riding weather like this, -3 not far away. Gives me something meaningful to do since bikes always was a BIG part of life. Bit wet and on the chilly side here, but no thank you to 100+ in Houston. Remember well 43c in Barcelona with up north riding gear, TERRIBLE. Cheers Tom.
    5 points
  28. And ready for more km [emoji16]. Cheers Tom. Sent fra min SM-S906B via Tapatalk
    5 points
  29. There are well known ways to achieve this seemingly desirable racket . . .
    5 points
  30. Installed the starter yesterday; what a misery! I had to keep a towel around my neck to wipe my face every five minutes to remove the perspiration. My glasses were continuously slipping from my nose. My garage was literally an oven. What a difference that starter made. I can easily gauge with the older one. The crank is a lot stronger. In the package sent by the supplier, there is a note stating there is no guaranty if I use a Lithium battery.
    5 points
  31. Another thing that makes it much more difficult to safely work out any modifications to the mapping of the MP11 compared to earlier devices is quite simply down to the size of the maps/data it contains. I was chatting briefly with Mark the other day and can’t remember the exact figures, I’ll ask him again next time we meet and pay more attention, but the 7SM as used on bikes like the Cali 1400’s and early V85’s contains vast amounts more data and many more ‘Unknown’ parameters than the simpler ECUs of yore like the 15M and W5AM but then the MP11 is orders of magnitude larger again! Really, it’s huge! Not only that there are huge swathes of files and info inside it that will controll not only the fuelling and spark but the ride by wire parameters and safety features, the heat related advance decay curves and hosts of other things that unless you not only know what they do but how they interact with each other could be not only damaging but downright dangerous to be messing with. Apparently Alientech has some sort of software that allows access to the MP11 but from what I could gather from talking to Mark it is ECU and map specific meaning that if you do purchase it you need to pay some form of licence fee for each ecu or map it interacts with. I may be off the ball with this as it is way, way above my pay grade but the main take-away seemed to be that building a map for an individual MP11 was going to be hideously expensive! Up in the high hundreds of dollars! Per map/ecu! You can imagine your average Guzzi owner who is so mean they can peel and eat an orange without taking their hands out of their pockets lining up around the block for that can’t you? NOT! No doubt there will be the usual tribes of clueless charlatans jumping out from behind bushes waving their cheap fetishes to ward off the demons of ‘Power sapping emissions controls forced on us by the evil gubmint’ by tricking some aspect of the sensors to pour in and waste more fuel and damage the engine and environment for no gain but they’ve been around forever! Hopefully they won’t actually do anything downright dangerous, but who knows? Since I don’t think I’ll ever own one of these shiny, glittering monsters it doesn’t really matter to me. I retired yesterday. My shit all works. I’m good.
    5 points
  32. I always remember the consultant to the movie 'Saving Private Ryan' who made the landing- when asked, 'What if anything was wrong with the movie?" his answer was, "There were not enough bodies on the beach". https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2429903/Peace-Day-Reminder-millions-lives-lost-war-artists-stencil-9-000-bodies-Normandy-beach.html
    5 points
  33. Last nights Guzzi club meet. Other makes welcome There are actually several other Guzzi’s in the line, but my photographic skills aren’t great
    5 points
  34. Home run... I was training night driving with FLIR- the screen was 14"x16", a little too close to the driver's face and above head level. Sucked to drive with. The guys who could drive all, every one, suffered driving 'on-screen' as it was pitch black outside. Some simply could not get certified. There was a young girl, though, from NYC somewhere who had never driven anything before enlisting in the Army. Of course, they put her in a logistics battalion as a truck driver... and so since she was airbrake certified she got tagged to drive our truck. She wasn't a good driver in the daytime, had no sense of direction or sense of speed or inertia. She crawled through every obstacle slowly and fearfully, but did manage to pass. Of course, all the guys were either 'coaching' her condescendingly, or teasing her, and jerking each other off about who was fastest. At night, though, when the lights went out, she was a freakin' werewolf. As soon as it was full dark and she could only see the video screen, she set a course record for her battalion. At night. Over 12 foot hills and 12 foot deep trenches with blind corners, around off-camber turns. We were all so stunned we could only laugh. And every one of us learned something from that.
    5 points
  35. Just in case you don't read the post, HERTZRIDE rents bike in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and so on. I put the location list underneath. So you may be able to enjoy riding there too.
    5 points
  36. Greetings, all. New to the forum. Sixth bike in six years of riding. Came to it later in life. Third* Guzzi, long story there... this one is a keeper, and the others should've been too. 2000 V11 Sport Sexy Magni Fairing, some ugly little turn signal lights to replace. Loads of miles before I fell for her. Will require attention, purchased last month and still getting to know her. The style of these bikes just really grabs me, and the ride is pure joy - the shake and the rumble make it feel really alive. I can't help but smile when I ride this bike, so the repairs and hassle are worth it. If you have to go somewhere, do it in style, right? Life is short. Find joy. -Tom *Previously *02 Vll LeMans (Champagne/gold) that died on the drive home from the dealer. He took it back and we undid the deal - good guy. I wasn't ready to wrench a bike then, and had to get home! It was the best 12 miles I've ridden. I fell in love and finally searched out this new one many years later, *08 V7 Cafe Classic Greenie. Pretty little thing, a little too little for me. I wasn't confident on highways. Would be a perfect second bike if I wasn't married.
    5 points
  37. I realized via instructing young soldiers, that there is a specific mentality in a lot of people I don't really have a phrase to fit, but the anecdote illuminates- While training overseas, I was issued a laptop to interface the vehicles we were attached to. I discovered very quickly in field training that when I brought the computer, nearly everyone defaulted to the position that whatever problem was had, could not be solved without the computer. So afterwards, I never carried the computer unless it proved to be absolutely necessary- and it nearly never was. I developed the standard to train "99% of all faults can be found with your eyes and fingers". This seems to be where this pilot was, searching for answers in the technology- technology that she was incompetent to operate sufficiently- when the problem was self-evident upon looking out the window. On a side note, I have a reputation amongst my sailing friends as the best navigator they know. That is terrifying, since firstly 90% of navigating is looking at the horizon and the compass only and secondly that I can find a lighthouse on a chart and relate that to the horizon and the compass. So I have to wonder, are people so truly absent the concept that they can look out the window and tell where they are?
    5 points
  38. Don't bother getting into a discussion it's pointless. Once someone is on a bandwagon and gets feeling all warm and fuzzy with the other climate warriors involved in this now 2 trillion dollar " climate emergency" industry there's no changing their ideas. You just need to wait it out or the next big panic comes along. Like "peak oil" the "ozone hole" the "70's oil panic" the "Y2K bug" Eventually another train pulls out of the "panic station" and they all jump on that. The next generation won't be worrying about the climate they'll be too busy scrapping old wind turbines, solar panels and Lithium batteries and getting a headache figuring how to do that without wrecking the planets ecology. Phil
    5 points
  39. I have had 5 different muffler combo's on my bike as a 2 valver and 2 different cross overs and the bike ran well/exactly the same on all of them. Below is the "delta" map of a 2000 V11 Sport main fuel map compared to the factory "Titanium" main map. So you know the expensive new ECU they supply with the Titanium mufflers same as Ducati used to do with the approved Termi exhausts. Note there is zero difference in the fuel map. Ducati used to do a similar thing, sell you an $1800ecu with Termi mufflers and just add 3% fuel everywhere which wasn't necessary. My 1198 has a Full Ti Akropovic exhaust and what do Akra say to do when you fit their system? Nothing. Fit it and ride it which I have done and it's fine. You want to get the absolute maximum out of a set of mufflers or exhaust combo on pretty much any bike then you'll need to map it but for 99% of bikes 99% of the time it isn't necessary in my experience. You might need to tweak the Co and the air bleeds a little but other than that install and ride.
    5 points
  40. 330km now, have a good feeling about clearances and everything. Winther project with a clean bill of health. Must admit she has an easier willingnes to curbs than myV11. I actually have a feeling for my keepers, yes IPA TIME. Cheers Tom. Sent fra min SM-S906B via Tapatalk
    4 points
  41. hah, exactly! of all places to talk about rational things, a V11 lemans forum… that’s beautiful! 20-some years ago when my good friend had a Lemans and I had an ST4 with factory side cases, I gave him an endless hard time about what a useless bike he had. It was a good natured debate we had, but I just laughed at his ridiculous choice of a moto guzzi v11, which he rode in all weather, putting the after market side bags on it (ugly… ouch), buzz in the handlebars, had mechanical problems he was always fussing with, had less HP than my ST4, didn’t handle as well, and so on. To me, the St4 was a real stretch on rationality, meaning it wasnt as rational as a Japanese bike like the FJ (etc), but I could justify it with whatever logic I used at that time. Oh, and I had my BMW 1150RT…. now there’s a bike that’s so rational it’s like a car, just with better fuel econ and easier to park in a downtown area. Now I own that same V11 he had, the one I scoffed at. Plus 2 more. The practical but boring BMW is long gone (after 80k miles). If we try real hard to rationalize the V11’s we can, sort-of, but its a stretch. but for me it’s pretty much because I just really like them, and they make me happy when I ride them or think about riding them.
    4 points
  42. Just sent AJ Howard -- a Guzzista and general gearhead from Baltimore and a veteran of several Mutton Runs and Moto Grappa Tech Days -- info about "The Twentieth." Naturally, I haven't told AJ about the lengthy, onerous, and painful initiation ceremony. I also think that, given the 20th anniversary that this 'Raid is, we should consider adding a tattoo as a final event in the initiation rite. If the group agrees, we'll need a committee to come up with an appropriate design. Bill
    4 points
  43. I've been shamed into performing my proper moderator duties and move these (valuable) posts here instead of being a total slacker . . . Share your shop/garage A/C, heat, and dehumidifier insights here.
    4 points
  44. Heads back today. Another quide VERY loose. Oversize quides from Guzzi not big enough, so they made 4 new ones. Expensive but superb. Happy friday here. Cheers Tom. Sent fra min SM-S906B via Tapatalk
    4 points
  45. I always enjoyed Glen Campbell's music and will always be amazed at all the artists he played with. It is a very long list. His talents were in demand as he was a master of his craft. Minor detail correction...he and Tayna were never married, but for their short time together they were in the news quite a bit. Here is a link to the story about Witchita Lineman, one of my all time favorite songs. The music video is included but some advertisements too. Couldn't do anything about that. https://www.musicradar.com/news/glen-campbell-wichita-lineman
    4 points
  46. Wyoming looks flat on the map, but now I know where the Bighorn mountains are. Got snowflakes?
    4 points
  47. I found the root cause of my problem; The shield between the planetary and the armature was making contact with the armature and arcing. At this point, I think I am going to play it safe, and purchase a new starter motor. I am not certain I understand how could the armature could come in contact with the shield. I will continue investigating as I did not manage to remove the brush assy. holder at the back of the motor housing. With the shield removed, you can clearly see it seats on the top of the magnets. I am guessing the armature moved forward. By the way, the magnets were glued and not clipped. Now I have a decision to make: should I replace it with a Valeo, or with a no brand equivalent.... The no brand is a drop in replacement, correct?
    4 points
  48. Flying, It’s like everything else in life…. Requires some degree of natural skill, and then experience to compliment that skill set. if someone doesn’t have the basic skill set, it will not ultimately work out well. If they don’t have or acquire experience, same problem. plenty of skilled folks, “naturals”, who don’t learn from experience, and bad things happen. Or folks who manage to amass a lot of experience and survive by luck (or thanks to all the systems now available to pilots which make things safer), but without the natural skill set they are still not a great option as a PIC (pilot in command). to complicate it more, there are the very distinctly different skill sets involved: “stick and rudder” skills, akin to riding skills, and then there’s “instrument flying/competence skillset”, which is more like a video game skill set. Different parts of the brain. Bush pilots need stick and rudder skills, airline pilots just need the instrument skills, but the best pilots have both. I’ve come across plenty of airline pilots who were truly horrible pilots, but survived with the instrument skills and in an airline environment designed wisely over the decades to minimize risk via lots of amazing systems. Oh, and the final major issue is ego…. Male pride is the most common issue, but the American dream BS of “if you can dream it you can do it” ideology is just as bad at causing people to think they can do what they either can’t or shouldn’t. same for operating cars 😏, motorbikes, welding, surgery, etc
    4 points
  49. Got it running great! My old twinmax not working correctly so ordered a new one and did the tune up again. So thanks for most everyones input all is well.
    4 points
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