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  1. I think I'm older than you Pete and I'm probably a great deal more wooly headed. My understanding and it could well be wrong, was the B kitted bikes were the same as the C kit but without the hotter cam. The A kit was a different air filter, exhaust cross over, end cans (unsure about that) and chip. As for a B kit being offered by Mandello I've no idea, but I do know of 2 Magni Australias that were the first of the 2 runs of these bikes being fitted with B kits. The C kit sold in the US/Singapore and Switzerland had a milder cam than the rest of the world. The milder cam installed on the US models was also used in the Centauro, so only C kitted bikes outside US/Singapore and Switzerland and the RS had that particular cam. As you know, my bike drove me round the bend trying to understand why it ran so hot with low oil pressure (partly due to the high temp). What I found out, thanks mainly to @Lucky Phil was the PRV spring was poor and partially lifted, robbing the bike of much needed pressure and that was swapped out for a Griso spring (which has its own problems). Phil also found info on a German forum, apparently common knowledge that the Non US/Singapore and Switzerland cams make the HiCam run hot, up to 140C (when mine reaches 120C I pull over and let it cool) whereas with the US/Singapore and Switzerland cam the temp never rises above 100C. I now also run either Royal Purple or Penrite full synth 10/60 and that helps quite a bit too. If I could lay my hands on a set of Centauro cams I'd install them just to make the bike a little less of red headed stepchild, but happy enough with the current setup As for the A and C cams in the same bike, doesn't surprise.............only in Italy
  2. I thought all Daytona RS's were C kitted Pete (now I'm going to get my ass kicked) I agree the A kitted bikes are nicer, I had an A kitted Daytona and now have a C kitted Magni (a Daytona RS lump), the power difference isn't large and the C kitted bikes have more top end at the expense of lower down pull. I don't know if it's just mine but the non US/Switzerland bikes had different cams AFAIK and mine runs great above 40/50 mph, but sit idling for 15 minutes or get caught in standing/slow moving traffic and it cooks both engine and rider. My subjective opinion is the Daytona sounds better than my Sporti. I do find the Sporti easier to ride with more low down pull, generally a more relaxed ride. With the Hi Cam I'm always at least 1k RPM higher for a given speed and it seems to thrive on being "shown the stick" John
  3. You know about Carl Allison's diagrams, I thought everbody did https://www.thisoldtractor.com/guzzi007/sportissimo.html Apologies if it's not what you're looking for
  4. Oberon sent me 2 caps in different colours after I sent my OEM one to them for the Sfida 1100 (Sporti running gear). They were fabulous told me to use what I wanted send back the parts I didn't need. After I did that they then sent me an invoice for the parts I kept and as I recall it was very reasonable. I'd recommend them to anybody I also replaced the SS cap screws with black alloy eventually.
  5. IMHO that's a good way to go, I don't know what's in the V11 but the Sporti's Ducati Energia Regulator I'm told is a Series type (thanks @Kiwi_Roy) I've also seen reports of guys installing shunt type regualtors and have not had any problem, so I guess you pays your money and takes you choice. Ducati recorded quite a few fires and melting looms with LiFe batteries and the Reg/Recs on those bikes were known to be weak. The common fix was a Shindengen Mosfet Reg/Rec replacement and I've not heard of any problems when using them @audiomick advice also is useful, the problem with them overheating is because of the low internal resistance, meaning they can pull or push large amounts of current, so an undersized or marginal battery doesn't sound like a wise move.
  6. Got a Shorai in the 1100 Sport bike, I used it due to space constaints and it works fine. The only problem I sometimes have is going from store to charge, I get repeated failures on the charger and I've got to reset it 10 or more, which gets tedious. It always gets there eventually. I don't ride at low temps so cannot comment on that but it's well documented. As said the batteries require balance charging to prolong life and anything longer than a few weeks off the road, I put the battery into Storage mode. LiFe give greater CCA but have reduced Ah capacity and I also balance charge it with a small hand held unit Shorai sent me. LiFe so I'm informed also prefer a slightly lower charging voltage, but my expereince so far is positive
  7. Almost certainly what Chuck said The switches are well known failure points. If it was my bike, I'd order a new switch, but I wouldn't run the bike until I confirmed it, or put on a temp pressure gauge to confirm the engine pressure is good. Almost certainly the switch but even with the odds in my favour I wouldn't take a chance (but that's just me). Another quick and dirty (literally) check would be to remove one of the head feeds or the switch and whirl it over on the starter, you'll soon know if engine pressure is good.............hint wear coveralls and old boots Pulling the wires off the switch confirms that the wiring and connectors are fine, it doesn't tell you anything about the pressure Good luck with it
  8. I wonder if that metal gasket Would also install onto the earlier bikes? AFAIK there's no difference to the crankcase between the earlier bikes and the V11, I've no clue about the CARC bikes and later models. Would offer any advantage if installed onto them? Personally I'm thinking about also putting one onto my LM1000 engine, as well as the 1100 and HiCam which are both broadsumps.
  9. @Rolf Halvorsen Looking at that gasket it would be the one that sits between the oil sump internal pipework/upper spacer face and the crankcase. Are you recommending its use due to issues with the standard paper gasket deforming or blowing out resulting in loss of pressure on the oil circuit's feed to the sump? I've heard of problems with either poorly installed or badly made gaskets causing pressure drops, but never of blowouts, so I'm curious. John
  10. I'd get an adapter which screws into the oil pressure switch tapping and allows a gauge to be installed and put a gauge in. You could do that simply as a temporary test or permanent install, it would give you some idea of what is actually happening. I don't own a V11 but have a Sport 1100i and HiCam which both have broad sumps and run the oil level to just below the level of the plate, which is a lot more than the Hi mark on the dipstick without issue, but AFAIK there is no real reason to do that and the V11s are fine with the recommended amount of oil. Were you running in a lot of traffic or stop/start prior to this and when the light came on was it at idle (I assume it was)? Idle pressure is way lower than above 2k rpm and higher still at 3k rpm but then plateaus. Wondering if the switch was a bit sticky and activated but didn't reset when it should. If the engine gets very hot due to low speed/traffic/log periods at idle high engine temp can result in thin oil and pressure dropping which may exacerbate the situation. That said my experience is the 2v/v bikes are far more robust and don't usually have an issue with low pressure. Checking the filter is an easy job, but messy, if you've just changed oil, or aren't due a change you can drain it into a clean container and reuse, although for all the cost I refill with fresh oil. You could check the filter for looseness and the gasket for either none or doubling and get a Roper plate installed, cheap and work great.
  11. The lines had been bled out completely before and I still had the lever coming further back than I would've liked, but I take the point. It could also be something to do with replacing 25 year old lines, or the newer lines having a smaller internal diameter, I don't know. But both back and front brake action improved dramtically
  12. Well let me know if any of you plan to venture this way @Tomchri Norway blows Scotland into the weeds when it comes to stunning scenery, but our booze is a lot cheaper
  13. I'm in the UK so I don't know about their availability in the US. Here's the web site https://www.helperformance.com/ It looks from the site like they do have US distribution and a lot of other countries. I'm not making out they're the ultimate in brake lines, Goodridge, Earls and all the others will be just as good, perhaps better. They do have kits for some Guzzis but I couldn't see the V11 listed. When I replaced the lines on my Australia, I removed the existing lines, measured them, noted the the banjo type (diameter and angle) and ordered identical custom lines. One thing I do like about the HEL lines is the banjo can be rotated on the line with a wrench which results in a neater install and prevents the line from being twisted to make the M/C and caliper banjos fit onto their respective bolts.
  14. Nothing connected with the question but I replaced the OEM braided lines on my Hi Cam with new HEL lines and the difference in lever travel was a lot larger than I expected. The old lines, though braided, were obviously expanding a little so fluid being moved was expanding the lines and not moving the pads. That resulted in the lever at "full panic" was just touching the bars, now I recokon it's at least an inch clear. The feel is also much better, prior to installing the new lines the brakes felt a bit wooden and it was hard to judge how much braking force was being applied. Just thought I'd mention it
  15. How are they assembled, as I don't know Napoleon? Picture might help Most come with a bolt through the mirror that goes into either a sliding 2 part mechanism or just a block of rubber with a hole up the center that fits inside the bar. If it's like that I'd just get a cylindrical rubber block that will fit inside the bar and use a flanged nut on the end
  16. I agree, as I don't do much night riding, it's not much of an issue for me. Installing either an LED bulb or an HID (although they've mostly been surpassed by LEDs) is always going to result in a compromise. The H4 shell optics are designed for an H4 bulb and anything else will probably result in more stray light and possibly reduced performance. Some of the reduced performance will be overcome to a degree I suppose by the sheer brute force output of LEDs. If you just want to be seen during the day though IMHO an LED bulb is a good way to enhance visibility to other road users, but could become a liability after dark. My preference is to install an LED unit and not a Chinese cheapy. There are a few YouTube channels where some folks did extensive testing on many units. As I recall the JW Speaker's products scored consistently high on the ratings and nearly all the Chinese offerings were woeful.
  17. Some explanation of what I did to install the Koso Thunderbolt LED Headlamp The bike had a Bosch H4 Unit installed as standard & looks better, don't think there wold be any argument there. The Unit is very large and the hole in the fairing to accomodate it is approximately 306mm diameter The Koso Thunderbolt lamp is 170mm diameter. This left a large gap and as the unit doesn't have a bucket would also be deeper in the fairing After looking to try to find a suitable bucket and failing I came across a trim ring on Ali Express https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002252489460.html?spm=a2g0o.order_list.order_list_main.9.775d1802WuUIaq This would take up some of the gap, but wasn't wide enough, to protrude into the fairing from the mounts that the headlamp mates to. So I ordered 2 with the idea of joining them together, the outer diameter of the tirm ring was 190mm. That would reduce the gap from approx 18mm (36/2) to 8mm (16/2). I'd also have the issue of how to secure the headlamp and the trim ring to stop it freely rotating. The Bosch butted onto the mounting tabs and tightening the tabs to the bucket prevented it rotating. Eventually in desperation after running out of ideas I used Gorrila tape to join the 2 trim rings together. To my surprise this worked much better than expected and the trim rings were quite secure. I also needed to buy 2 thread reducers from E Bay as the trim rings were tapped for M10 and I needed M8 Using a 5mm sponge strip, usually used for draught excluders on doors, I placed that around the headlamp and squeezed the trim rings onto the headlamp. To stop the whole thing now freely rotating I got longer bolts that bottomed out inside the headlamp then using nuts between the lamp and the mounting tab I could screw them onto the mounting tabs on the inside, clamping the bolts onto the tabs. As the bolts also bottomed out in the headlamp and the trim rings were secured to the lamp with foam it was held captive. Sort of difficult to explain so this picture might help to make it clearer, you can see the nut on the inside clamping the tab Finally I need a rubber trim to take up the gap between the trim ring and the fairing, somewhere around 8-9mm. After a few fails I purchased a some D rubber strip, this is normally used to seal doors, hatches etc: The one I chose would usually be used for hatches on boats. As the inside is hollow it can be compressed down to squeeze through the 8mm gap and expands back out either side and worked a treat. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/112139428859 Not sure if that helps or not
  18. Not in my bedroom, its the basement, I can wheel the bikes in from the back of the house, makes Winter maintenance a little more bearable. Thank you for the compliment, I'm still unsure about the look, but it was the best I could manage, not that's saying very much. I'll post up what I did, but it was all a bit "Bodge it yourself" there was no grand plan. More WTF have I gotten myself into and WTF will I do now trying to get an install that looked even halfway decent.
  19. The most common Shindengen purchased on Ducatis that I know of is the Shindengen is the FH020AA, these cost a lot less than the 847. I recall a couple of guys posted on WG that they had installed FH020AAAs into Sports, which use the same charging system as the V11 and were running without issue, but caveat emptor, personally I've no idea what it might do to alternator life. Beware of Chinese "look-a-likeys" on the Bay of Fleas and elsewhere for the FH020AAAs going for stupidly little money, I very much doubt they're Shindengen units or built to the same specs. As I recall it was @Kiwi_Roy that told me the OEM reg/recs in the bikes were the series type, which is unusual, the 847 is a series type regulator. Shunt regulators short circuit the alternator, so large current flow and can cause the alternator to get hot EDIT The Reg/Rec also gets hot, perhaps the reason the OEM Ducati Reg/Recs fail (which are shunts, at least it was on my 1098) Series open ciricuit the alternator, so no current flows and the alternator runs cool, but a high voltage can be generated in the stator windings IMHO the series type is far superior. Both the FH020AAA and 847 are 3 phase regulators, so to use them for the single phase alternators, that are in the Sports and V11, one phase is not used, effectively cutting the output rating by 1/3rd. The alternator output on the Sports and V11 are not high enough for this to be an issue, but don't take my word and double check anyway. The 847s are very spendy, but if I develop any reg/rec issues with the Sport it's definately what I intend to use Roadster Cycle sell them and also have some good info about them https://roadstercycle.com/
  20. Just to add if anybody was wanting to install an LED unit that is smaller than the OEM, with a fairing and is foolish enough to want to know how I ended up with the headlamp looking halfway decent, I'm open to explaining it all. Just didn't want to bore the lot of you when it's a V11 forum and that clearly is nothing like a V11
  21. Just coz I stumbled across this thread I thought I'd put in my bodged effort to install an LED unit into the Sfida. Yes I know the original H4 Bosch unit looks better, I could hardly think I'd do a better job than Arturo Magni after all. I was also careful to ensure I could easily change it back, I reckon the stock one could be back in, taking a little over an hour from start to finish. I very rarely ride in the dark now, I wanted an LED unit to improve my visibility to others in daytime conditions. Purchased a Koso Thunderbolt, it has a flat Lo Beam so suitable for left and right side driving. When it comes to 7" headlamps the measurement is a joke, the Bosch OEM unit is >300mm diameter (say 305), the Thunderbolt is 170mm. After a lot of bodging and experimentation and regretting that the idea ever entered my tiny little brain I got something that, sort of, works. I won't bore you with all the details, but in the end I'm reasonably pleased with the result. Was it worth the effort? DEFINATELY NOT. That said it has yet to be tested out on the road and the LED running light on its own will be more visible to other traffic, due to the higher colour temp, than the H4 dip beam I reckon hope.
  22. Fine looking machine & glad you found the problem
  23. Sorry for the oil level comment, but just checking there was plenty in it I don't own a V11, basing my experience on my Sporti, but that's exactly the sort of behaviour I see when the bike is overheating, which could be a cause or a symptom of the low pressure I guess. If you were at speed and with not much traffic on the open road, almost certainly a symptom but if stuck in town and crawling along in traffic it might be, at least, a partial cause. If you don't want to drain the oil and drop the sump immediately, although I'd recommend you do. You could remove the plugs to allow the starter to spin faster and reduce load on the big ends. Ensure battery is fully charged then crank it over on the starter, it should develop pressure almost immediately although it won't rise as high as with the engine running, it should be well over 20psi, seem to recall on the Sport it will easily rise to 40 plus. Keep the plugs in the HT leads and ground them, preferably away from the plug hole. Spin it for a 5-10 seconds max, providing you haven't drained off the oil then that should be more than enough time to see if it's developing pressure. What viscosity oil are you using and what pressures do you normally see? I run the Sport on 15W/50 and oil pressure at 3k rpm and above is a solid 60psi (usually a bit above when cold), at idle when hot it's around 15-20 psi As far as the Roper Plate it should have no impact, unless you got this issue just after the install, then it might be. This isn't typical of values you'll see but, here is a HiCam engine being spun over after an oil change (with oil filter pre-filled) just to give an indication of how quick pressure develops, your values will be a lot lower.
  24. There are a few likely culprits, first off I wouldn't conduct any experiments that involved running the engine Was the bike likely to have been overheating? Its improbable, but if the bike got super hot then you could loose pressure, but I've never seen that on a 2v/v engine. I'm assuming there's oil in the engine As @MartyNZ said most likely culprit is the oil filter. Drop the pan and check, if that's not it the relief valve is in there too and check the gaskets Sounds like the filter to me, leaking and dropping the pressure when the engine is above 2k rpm pressure really starts to build up to 3k rpm when the engine's developing more or less full pressure (but you probably know that as you've a gauge), I reckon that's why you seen the small rise when you rev'd it. I think a gauge is a good idea, but I've encountered a lot of stiff competition on that philosophy, if you didn't have one you'd now be dicking around with oil pressure warning switch. Good Luck, be interested to know what you find.
  25. Interesting @Pressureangle I don't know if I'm setting up my Sport correctly but I close the airbleeds then balance at 2k and 3k rpm on the butterflies the idea is both TB's get the same amount of fuel so I try ensure they get the same amount of air, at 3k hopefully they are starting to flow a reasonable amount of air Then I set idle using the throttle stop on one side only (other side is screwed way out). Finally I adjust the air bleeds to balance the TBs at idle. Correct me on this if I'm wrong but my thinking is the amount of air fed via air bleeds is pretty much insignificant in the scheme of things compared to the butterflies so they've negligable effect at any significant throttle opening. I agree on the statement regarding getting it perfect I just get it near enough at the 2k and 3k mark and average a little
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