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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #120 on: August 09, 2020, 02:14:49 AM »
You don't have the garage space Pete, remember.
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #121 on: August 10, 2020, 03:55:56 AM »
You don't have the garage space Pete, remember.
Ok mate..
Iíll give my shed a facelift... :thumb:

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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #122 on: September 29, 2020, 04:15:49 AM »
Oh well, I guess I always knew this would happen.
I bought one of these today..



Itíll be here by the weekend.
I had planned to mount it low such that it exited just behind the riderís foot peg and took a swoop so it passed just below the passenger Ďpeg and terminated just short of the rear caliper.


 I think the lines would have been very nice, but would have been prone to damage if used for itís intended purpose.
So I said ďbugger it allĒ and just got the Zard and will mount it as intended.
So pretty soon thereíll be a complete V85 exhaust system hanging on the wall.. :rolleyes:
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #123 on: September 29, 2020, 09:26:14 AM »
Interested to hear how you like the sound.  Iíve been hesitant as I canít stand loud pipes.  I put a y pipe on mine to reduce the heat but also got the benefit of a slightly throatier exhaust note. :boozing:
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #123 on: September 29, 2020, 09:26:14 AM »

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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #124 on: October 09, 2020, 12:53:19 AM »
Hereís the latest..
Not much left to do, almost there.
https://youtu.be/ji_1RUDuRIg
Actually, it sounds like my mateís J1 Auster with the Gypsy Major motor at idle.
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #125 on: October 09, 2020, 02:43:36 AM »
Looking good Huzo.  All shined up & nowhere to go.....  too near "the wet" to do a Cape York run, even IF they allow you Victorians loose on the rest of Australia. 

Maybe winter 2021?  In the meantime there's always Halls Gap, (maybe) the Flinders Ranges in Summer, Oodnadatta, Birdsville, Uluru, or Mt. Buffalo/Hotham/Falls etc. along the spine of the Southern Alps if you're still not allowed out of Victoria!

There's plenty of lovely wild miles to explore fairly close to home, without leaving the state.

I think those Zard cans are the mellowest sounding available to date for the V85.  I'd still like to hear a cored modification of the standard can too.  Apart from the Zard, I think it's still one of the best looking mufflers for the bike available.
« Last Edit: October 09, 2020, 02:48:01 AM by Knuckle Dragger »
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #126 on: October 09, 2020, 03:23:02 AM »
Looking good Huzo.  All shined up & nowhere to go.....  too near "the wet" to do a Cape York run, even IF they allow you Victorians loose on the rest of Australia. 

Maybe winter 2021?  In the meantime there's always Halls Gap, (maybe) the Flinders Ranges in Summer, Oodnadatta, Birdsville, Uluru, or Mt. Buffalo/Hotham/Falls etc. along the spine of the Southern Alps if you're still not allowed out of Victoria!

There's plenty of lovely wild miles to explore fairly close to home, without leaving the state.

I think those Zard cans are the mellowest sounding available to date for the V85.  I'd still like to hear a cored modification of the standard can too.  Apart from the Zard, I think it's still one of the best looking mufflers for the bike available.
If Italy is off the menu next year, Iím going from Cape Otway to Cape York and back on my Honda CT110.

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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #127 on: October 09, 2020, 08:57:04 PM »
Back in '84 I met a couple of masochistic lads from Reggio di Calabria (deepest south Italy) @ the Austrian GP, Salzbugring .  Fast-Freddie Spencer won both 250 & 500 races incidentally.

Silly buggers were just starting a return trip to Nordkapp on old Lambrettas!   Those step-through postie bikes (Hondas, not Lambrettas) have a solid reputation as long-distance rides.  Those hundreds (thousands?) of kms. of corrugations won't be kind to either the Honda or pilot, however.  You'll need a suspension upgrade, a massage or 2 & regular Radox or Badedas baths methinks.
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #128 on: October 10, 2020, 04:14:21 AM »
Back in '84 I met a couple of masochistic lads from Reggio di Calabria (deepest south Italy) @ the Austrian GP, Salzbugring .  Fast-Freddie Spencer won both 250 & 500 races incidentally.

Silly buggers were just starting a return trip to Nordkapp on old Lambrettas!   Those step-through postie bikes (Hondas, not Lambrettas) have a solid reputation as long-distance rides.  Those hundreds (thousands?) of kms. of corrugations won't be kind to either the Honda or pilot, however.  You'll need a suspension upgrade, a massage or 2 & regular Radox or Badedas baths methinks.
I was a postie for 37 years.
(40 km a day) x (5 days a week) x (48 weeks a year) x (37 years) = 355,200 km in first and second gear delivering letters...(thatís not counting overtime..).
Piece of cake..
Also.
My round was 6 hrs. a day, and thatís after working indoors for 3 hrs.
The way I see it is as follows..
If I do 7 hrs a day seat time at an average of 70 kph, thatís just on 500 kís a day, so a 4,000 k one way trip is 8 days. Call it ten each way and youíre laughing.
Easier than Nordkapp and Iíve done that twice from London then down to Sicily via Romania....
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #129 on: October 17, 2020, 05:03:45 AM »
Well hereís the latest..
Iíve decided Iím going with the low front guard/no beak option. I was always going to explore how to protect the front of the engine from debris from the front wheel. I have given the guard 25 mm clearance so as to be a compromise between on road/off road work.
I reckon Iíll eventually get the guard done in red with a small splash of red/white/green, or something similar.
Hereís the work so far..





The now redundant space under the headlights, will get a couple of Touratech high intensity spotlights.


« Last Edit: October 17, 2020, 05:07:10 AM by Huzo »

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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #130 on: October 17, 2020, 06:48:33 AM »
much more traditional looking without the beak.  i like it.  now, take off the dual head lights, replace it with a deer-hunter type 8 inch round light and add a bikini fairing.  get rid of the high exhaust and add a la franconi and your conversion will be complete.
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« Reply #131 on: October 17, 2020, 09:05:02 AM »
Putting these on my new V85tt when it is ready to pick up, mounting on the crash bars. Will run through a Skene controller to make them drl's as well as spots.
https://www.stedi.com.au/25-cree-led-motorcycle-driving-spot-light.html

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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #132 on: October 17, 2020, 09:12:25 AM »
Hereís the latest..
Not much left to do, almost there.
https://youtu.be/ji_1RUDuRIg
Actually, it sounds like my mateís J1 Auster with the Gypsy Major motor at idle.

Looks great Huzo. One of the cleanest looking modern Guzzi's, or modern bikes I have seen in a long time.  All the hard work paid off in a classic, simplistic look. 

I imagine the aesthetics all go to Hell when you sit on the bike, but that's true for most of us.   :wink:
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #133 on: October 17, 2020, 09:44:15 AM »
much more traditional looking without the beak.  i like it.  now, take off the dual head lights, replace it with a deer-hunter type 8 inch round light and add a bikini fairing.  get rid of the high exhaust and add a la franconi and your conversion will be complete.

Good eye.  Going to the low front fender looks better and screams "replace the dual headlights with a single headlight!"
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #134 on: October 17, 2020, 05:58:42 PM »
Putting these on my new V85tt when it is ready to pick up, mounting on the crash bars. Will run through a Skene controller to make them drl's as well as spots.
https://www.stedi.com.au/25-cree-led-motorcycle-driving-spot-light.html
Very interested to hear how they go... :popcorn:

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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #135 on: October 17, 2020, 06:00:58 PM »
Looks great Huzo. One of the cleanest looking modern Guzzi's, or modern bikes I have seen in a long time.  All the hard work paid off in a classic, simplistic look. 

I imagine the aesthetics all go to Hell when you sit on the bike, but that's true for most of us.   :wink:
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #136 on: October 18, 2020, 03:14:55 AM »
I needed to arrange some protection for the front of the engine and thought I would have the most success with a low mounted guard.
I donít suggest it is more attractive, but when done in red, it will begin to blend..
Before..



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Walk around..
https://youtu.be/bT5mUS3_EKA

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« Reply #137 on: October 18, 2020, 05:34:47 AM »
Very nice.  :thumb:
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« Reply #139 on: October 18, 2020, 09:27:56 AM »
Looks great Huzo!  I wanted to go a similar route with mine, but my side cases are on most of the time which takes away from the looks.  I also had the Aprilia fender on mine with a 6 bulb led light mounted under the headlights, but still felt it didnít look right and went back to the beak.  I also blacked out the windscreen which helps make it disappear and hides all the mounting hardware underneath and makes the display easier to see.
I love the way you incorporated your headers into the y-pipe, really a clean look!  Keep up the great work!  :boozing:
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #140 on: October 19, 2020, 04:01:20 AM »
Looks great Huzo!  I wanted to go a similar route with mine, but my side cases are on most of the time which takes away from the looks.  I also had the Aprilia fender on mine with a 6 bulb led light mounted under the headlights, but still felt it didnít look right and went back to the beak.  I also blacked out the windscreen which helps make it disappear and hides all the mounting hardware underneath and makes the display easier to see.
I love the way you incorporated your headers into the y-pipe, really a clean look!  Keep up the great work!  :boozing:
Well yes..
But if I were to draw a crass comparison. Does George Clooney think Amal looks bad in a raincoat ?
He has a pretty good idea whatís underneath... :wink:

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« Reply #141 on: October 19, 2020, 11:05:26 AM »
Holy crap! I've not been able to keep up, Huso. Typical of my vintage? Your 8.5 is gorgeous, beak et. al. In my view terrific balance. Great focal points.  Very classy. I've never cared for those spear like fenders. Going into battle? Another story.
I added 5" to the trailing portion of the frt. fender on the V7 IIIR, b4 paint, stripe, saddle and cast wheels. It does a fairly good job and looks good, imnsho. Love the exhaust sound. 5 cyl. radial? :)
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I really enjoy seeing excellent thought process, put into 3 dimensions of entertainment on 2 wheels.
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #142 on: October 19, 2020, 11:40:31 AM »
Thanks R...
I cannot decide definitively whether to go on and complete the full transformation re front lower guard.
I now like both looks equally.
The lower guard looks nice and squat and when matched in red with a hint of green/white/red graphic, should ĎpopĒ like Peter North...Also the undeniable benefit of debris reduction on the front of the motor gets me engorged in an adolescent way.. :thumb:
Then thereís the beak option..
I do like the look of the fully exposed fork lowers and the splash of metal visuals without the Darth Vader staunchion protectors..If the lower guard remains, there will be some trimming to be done..
Decisions, decisions..
Iíll need two V85ís..
One of each.. :popcorn:

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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #143 on: October 19, 2020, 12:23:25 PM »
I needed to arrange some protection for the front of the engine and thought I would have the most success with a low mounted guard.
I donít suggest it is more attractive, but when done in red, it will begin to blend..
Before..



After..



Walk around..
https://youtu.be/bT5mUS3_EKA

IMHO that is so much better Huz

I rode a v85 just to see ..... as everyone said it was good and sensible

and i think that they are finally getting some more heart in the small block motor
but it is ugly especially in Mcdonalds paint and with a beak

 - i dont mind a real motocross bike with high flappy front mudguards
but on a 100% road bike the beak a cosmetic thing that is not at all cosmetic  :violent1:
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #144 on: October 19, 2020, 12:31:42 PM »
IMHO that is so much better Huz

I rode a v85 just to see ..... as everyone said it was good and sensible

and i think that they are finally getting some more heart in the small block motor
but it is ugly especially in Mcdonalds paint and with a beak

 - i dont mind a real motocross bike with high flappy front mudguards
but on a 100% road bike the beak a cosmetic thing that is not at all cosmetic  :violent1:
Hmmmm..Yes.
But the issue is going to be, that mine will not be exclusively on road, (although predominately so..).
BTW..
Hands up who went to Google after reading reply #142..?  :popcorn:
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Re: V85 facelift
« Reply #145 on: October 19, 2020, 05:45:13 PM »
Although much better now, you'll still be copping a fair bit of road grime thrown up from the front tyre that'll end up oven-baked to your black engine casings.

Would one of those Pyramid Plastics "Fenda-Extanda" not look too ugly on the trailing edge of your new front mudguard?  Assuming of course it's actually available for Aprilia's Dorsoduro mudguard.
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« Reply #146 on: October 19, 2020, 06:14:16 PM »
Although much better now, you'll still be copping a fair bit of road grime thrown up from the front tyre that'll end up oven-baked to your black engine casings.

Would one of those Pyramid Plastics "Fenda-Extanda" not look too ugly on the trailing edge of your new front mudguard?  Assuming of course it's actually available for Aprilia's Dorsoduro mudguard.
Thatíll be the go KD..
Probably only fitted for more serious expeditions, will still be better than the high one in that respect.
The final decision will be made to keep or reject the low setup, once I see how much I can trim the fork covers..
They look pox.

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« Reply #147 on: October 19, 2020, 06:25:21 PM »
Trim the fork covers?  They keep the road crap off the stanchions (tubes?  what are they called on USD forks?).  I would be concerned that the seals would see a lot more wear.

If you don't like whatever pyramid plastics has to offer- then just roll your own.  I used a piece of neoprene, cut to a sort-of triangle shape, that is unobtrusive.  Cost less than a (US) dollar. 
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« Reply #148 on: October 19, 2020, 06:54:30 PM »
Thatíll be the go KD..
Probably only fitted for more serious expeditions, will still be better than the high one in that respect.
The final decision will be made to keep or reject the low setup, once I see how much I can trim the fork covers..
They look pox.

Real Men makes fender extenders out of plastic bleach bottles, old motorcycle tires, or dumbstruck mudflaps.

If you want that bike to be a real head turner, next time you go riding, stop by the grocery store, get two nice size Cantalopes and stuff them in the front of your jacket. 

Trust me, works great!
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« Reply #149 on: October 19, 2020, 07:26:13 PM »
get two nice size Cantalopes and stuff them in the front of your jacket. 
I already have two in my pants... :rolleyes:


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