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    2004 V11 Sport Ballabio, 2012 Stelvio NXT, 1995 Ducati 916, 1979 CBX, 82 CX500T, 75 Norton 850, 1940 Indian Chief

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  1. Recently needed to rebuild rear master cylinder on my 2004 V11 Sport Ballabio. Found the rebuild kits at Gutsibits in UK. Cost for the two kits was about 38 Euro. The one kit is the piston, seals, spring, o-ring, sleeve, washer, etc. (BRA10241 / LS0418) The other is the 90 degree plastic fitting and seal that attaches to body where brake fluid supply enters master cylinder. (BRA19500 / LP1419) I suggest making sure to remove the 90 degree fitting, as that is where my problem was where the smaller of the two holes was plugged in behind the 90 degree fitting seal. This resulted in the caliper not fully releasing, keeping the rear brake active, heating up the pads/rotor. Lucky I noticed fairly quickly ( the next time I went to apply the brake) as I think if one did not, it would quickly cook the pads/disc. Delivery to Canada by post was relatively fast. I rebuilt the rear caliper, new pads, as well using kits from Powerhouse UK. Could not find Rear Brake Master Cylinder Thread so added here. Picture is of the removed old parts.
  2. Thanks DucatiGuzzIindian. I could also have it shipped to Point Roberts, Wa, just a short ride away. Shipping is much less to there and for lower cost items like this manufactured in the USA I will not need to pay and tax to import in person. Thanks
  3. Confirming I (PhillipLarsen) am still needing one plate. I am in Vancouver BC Canada. Thanks for everyone’s efforts to design and manufacture these.
  4. At about the same time when I was 13 years old in 1967 I bought a used 1964 Honda 50 Sport C110 (the image is from internet, mine looked identical) and a very used 1940 Indian Chief 74 with sidecar (found it on a nearby farm in northern Saskatchewan not being used). I still have the Indian 56 years later (picture is of me riding it a couple years ago) and the 50 Sport was in a moto museum in Alberta last time I saw it about 10 years ago.
  5. Could you please add me to the list for one slosh plate for my 2004 Ballabio. Thanks
  6. I do really like the Stelvio for long multi day, 10 or more hours per day trips, and for some nice gravel back road. It is very comfortable and I am old. I love my V11 for sport riding and shorter day or two trips, even 8 hour one day trips is ok.
  7. I bought a 2012 Stelvio 3 years (8,000 miles ago) from a friend which had about 22k miles on it. I am third owner, previous two are close friends of each other and me, Guzzi enthusiasts and look after their bikes. The bike had been used about 98 % on pavement, but used through rainy weather on longer trips when that occurred. This one was a pre rollerization from factory and had the correct rollerization kit installed by the dealer at about 10k miles. It has the running lights rewired to ensure no shorts. The issues I have had are fairly common I think. I now have about 30K miles on it, and just follow the service recommendations. 1. Rear suspension and swingarm needle bearings I noticed the rear suspension link was due for servicing (24K miles) of bearings and also the swingarm bearings (there are no grease nipples on any of these). When I removed all the rear suspension link needle bearings and seals they all needed replacing (almost no grease in them and rust in many of them). Apparently both the needle bearings and swingarm bearing came from factory with only a smaller amount of light grease at new. I would just take apart and grease it all as a preventative measure, if there is no history of it being done. The swingarm tapered needle bearings had little grease and just a very slight indication of rust around the edges starting. I replaced the link bearings and seals, and cleaned up the swingarm bearings, replaced the seals on these as well. I used marine grease for all of these ( packed full of grease), as it tends to keep the water from getting in at all. Apparently it is fairly common for these to get contaminated with water. With the bike on the double stand removing the linkages and swingarm is quite easy and pressing the needle bearings out of and into the linkages is straight forward with a small hydraulic press. Allows to clean up and lubricate the drive shaft, etc. at the same time. 2. Spoke wheels leaking at nipple O rings Excessive leakage from wheels through the O-rings on the spoke nipples. The rear was loosing 2 to 3 psi per week, and just annoying me. I put the wheel in the water tank and realized that a lot of the spoke nipples were weeping past the o rings ( very small bubbles very slowly). Next time I changed the rear tire I ended up taking them all out one at a time to replace the o rings, clean out and spray each nipple bore in the rim with a engine block enamel to give a smoother finish and then reinstall the spoke/ nipple with proper silicone grease. No leaking in two years since.
  8. I see there is some consideration of using Kevlar. My recommendation would be not to, based on some experience about 25 years ago when i worked as a design engineer for an airline, and we had new Airbus A320 aircraft that had Kevlar in many of the the belly panel. The environment in this location subjects them to hydraulic oil and Skydrol from leaks as well as a lot of water and humidity. The panels absorbed oils into the the panel from the edges where they were trimmed during production, using the Kevlar to wick into the panel saturating the core material and turning the ridged panels to mush. Airbus ended up having to replace all the belly panels with Kevlar with new Carbon fiber or fiberglass panels on the early serial number planes that had them. Cost a fortune. The original design goal of the Kevlar was for durability.
  9. I am looking to buy a set of Front Foot Pegs (the folding pegs themselves, as do not need the mount) part numbers GU30440705 Right Hand, and GU30441805 Left Hand. I think all the V11 Sport, Lemans, Ballabio, Scura, etc. used the same footpegs. I am going to modify them by cutting the Peg off, welding on a aluminum piece than extends them down about 25 mm and welding the peg back on to that extension. They will still fold using original method. Want a spare set to modify while I still ride my V11 Ballabio. Appreciate any information where a set maybe available. Thanks
  10. Much thanks to @paulnaz for the parts to allow me to put original Ballabio bars back on my Ballabio which has Lemans top triple plate with Lemans Clip ons. When done I will be able to switch back and forth between bar setups fairly quickly. Really appreciate the parts. If anyone would have the two top parts that clamp the bars in place I am looking for those to complete the installation. Thanks Phillip
  11. Hello Paul, that is great. My postal code is V6K 1B2 Vancouver BC. Thanks a lot. Usually by post is the most reasonable to Canada for small items.
  12. Hello @paulnaz, sorry I had missed your reply back in December. I am just getting back to trying to change the bars back to original on the 2004 Ballabio. Yes those look like the parts that I need if/when I find an original upper triple plate (GU01493180). I would like to buy them from you if you may be willing to sell them, just for the case that I find an original Ballabio triple plate. The Stein Dense upper triple plate is no longer available. There is a LSL Super bike V11 Lemans kit to convert to one piece handle bars that will work. It is a plate that mounts on top of the existing triple plate that has the handlebars mounts on it, and shown previously I think, but the link shows it in black and they may have changed it slightly from the previous one shown. If I cannot find an original Ballabio triple plate, I may end up going with the LSL plate adapter. Link Superbike-Kit MOTO GUZZI V11 Sport schwarz LSL black Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Le M | eBay Thanks Phillip
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