Quote from: Joliet Jim on April 29, 2021, 09:11:24 AM
Only the 02s had the engine paint issue and after 20 years I wish my Stone engine paint looked that good. Though the 40L bags and racks as compensation more than made up for having to powerwash and touch up the engine every 5 yrs or so. :)
The V11 Lemans is probably the only bike I would give up my Centauro for. Heck I think that exhaust came with a chip and was a pretty expensive option ($1000 ?)
>>IIRC it was a 1200.00 option which included an ECU. Not just a chip, but the whole puter under the seat.
Well when you put together the US year model criteria and the Italian model criteria and the confusion about how to categorise "left over" bikes from previous years I personally come away rather confused with regards to exactly what "model year" means in the US. As I mentioned it looks like a bike that has either had the engine case recall OR had a replacement engine at some point. Could have had a new gearbox fitted at some point I suppose but who in their right mind would fit a "crinkle" gearbox without repainting it to suit the engine black.
Phil, there is no way that gearbox came on that bike originally. That is an '03 bike with an '02 gearbox. Guzzi did not send it out that way. I had an '03 that I needed to replace a leaky seal in the rear drive. I discovered this shortly before a trip and sourced a rear drive for reasonable. I didn't bother repainting it, but I did give the original to my buddy when he bought the bike off me.
As the Bassa transitioned to the Special Sport, I personally saw some late Bassa's with the adjustable suspension but not the tubeless wheels, or maybe it was the other way around. The point is, Guzzi did use up parts, but I have never seen a deliberate cosmetic mismatch.
This was mine. My buddy is the present caretaker.