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First Guzzi
« on: October 18, 2021, 07:15:20 AM »
Finally bought my first Guzzi. 98 V11 EV

Thanks Kevin, glad to be joining the Guzzi gang.


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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2021, 08:34:39 AM »
Welcome.  :thumb: and welcome to WG..
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2021, 10:55:38 AM »
That looks comfy. Enjoy the ride! :thumb:

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2021, 11:37:19 AM »
You have one of the best platforms, Guzzi has ever made. Congratulations! The EV, is one of my favorite Guzzis.Yours looks well cared for. Love the seat!
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2021, 11:37:19 AM »

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2021, 11:42:18 AM »
It only took 20 years of me preaching Guzzi to him to get him into one. That's a new record.  :laugh:
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2021, 12:12:18 PM »
Some things to keep an eye on.  Regina and I ride identical 98 EV (except for color).  100,000 miles each.

Have the rear lights been modified to prevent the risk of melting and failing the reflectors?
Has the hand brake switch been lubricated to prevent the brake light from locking ON and thus melting the rear lights as above?
Have all four turn indicators been checked for tightness to prevent eventual mount fracture?
Has the recall been done for a second 'pull-closed' throttle cable?
Has the fuel filler cap moat been inspected to insure there is no drain blockage?
Have the front brake rotor buttons been spun and lubricated to minimize binding and pulsing?
If you remove the tank, are you aware of the color coding for wiring of the electric petcock and fuel level sensor?
Have you removed the timing sensor from the bell housing to wipe away metallic dust and swarf?
Inspect the routing of the spark secondary wires which are prone to chaffing and abrasion (thus short circuiting) against cylinder fins.

Like all machines, this bike has a few oddities that need attention.  Once you're on top of those it is a brilliant and simple platform for joy.  Someone else might chime in with a few more advisory items.

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2021, 01:05:47 PM »
Like all machines, this bike has a few oddities that need attention.  Once you're on top of those it is a brilliant and simple platform for joy.  Someone else might chime in with a few more advisory items.

This statement, after a list that long of things he should do to the bike he just bought, reminds me of the old joke about how Harleys are great, because all you have to do is roll one off the showroom floor, change the lights, tires, bars, seat, intake, exhaust, etc, and it's basically ready to ride.  :laugh:

Let's not scare the new guy too much lol. The bike has been serviced and worked on by Ace Mallot its entire life, so my guess is that the answer to all of those questions is yes.
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2021, 01:43:16 PM »
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2021, 02:24:57 PM »
You have one of the best platforms, Guzzi has ever made. Congratulations! The EV, is one of my favorite Guzzis.Yours looks well cared for. Love the seat!
Rick

Yeah, it'll be just a tad more comfortable than my Hayabusa for the longer rides. LOL

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2021, 02:31:56 PM »
This statement, after a list that long of things he should do to the bike he just bought, reminds me of the old joke about how Harleys are great, because all you have to do is roll one off the showroom floor, change the lights, tires, bars, seat, intake, exhaust, etc, and it's basically ready to ride.  :laugh:

Let's not scare the new guy too much lol. The bike has been serviced and worked on by Ace Mallot its entire life, so my guess is that the answer to all of those questions is yes.

Haha, you forgot about the Harley's engine being in there the wrong way.

The brakes do pulse a bit, so I'll have to check that out. I'm sure there will be a few things on my list of things to do. But it's nice to have a starter list of things to check.

You know I'm tough to scare. 😁

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2021, 02:38:45 PM »
Congrats and welcome.

Couldn’t do any better than “BusaNinja” for a screen name on a Guzzi forum?


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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2021, 02:48:13 PM »
Congrats and welcome.

Couldn’t do any better than “BusaNinja” for a screen name on a Guzzi forum?


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Haha, yeah. That's my standard screen name for most forums. And my Xbox gamertag.
Also, when I set up the account, I wasn't a Guzzi owner yet.

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2021, 03:41:35 PM »
Welcome to the madhouse, where you'll find most everything you need, and a few things that you didn't know you needed.
I absolutely love the color! :drool:
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2021, 03:43:14 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  It’s a great group. I think your handle is great.  We need a few people who don’t remember rotary dial phones. I’m interested in your thoughts about riding the Guzzi compared to the Hayabusa. 
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2021, 04:51:42 PM »
Hello and welcome!

Congratulations with your FIRST Guzzi!  :grin:

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2021, 05:24:00 PM »
We need a few people who don’t remember rotary dial phones.

Well, you're s**t out of luck, then. He's a few years older than I am, and I remember them. We're not THAT young, though I wish I was lol.
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2021, 05:51:35 PM »
JC85, I've got shifter bushings around here somewhere  he will be a happy camper if we get those tightened up
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2021, 07:28:51 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  It’s a great group. I think your handle is great.  We need a few people who don’t remember rotary dial phones. I’m interested in your thoughts about riding the Guzzi compared to the Hayabusa.

So far, the the first thing I notice is 1st gear doesn't get me to 80 mph.

But in all seriousness, having pretty much exclusively ridden a Hayabusa for the past few years, the EV just feels more like being able to take a leisurely ride instead of always feeling like I'm holding back a tiger on cocaine as we walk past a butcher shop. I love the Hayabusa for a lot of things, but any more than 300 miles in a day and I'm wishing I was on something else.

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2021, 12:47:31 AM »
  the EV just feels more like being able to take a leisurely ride instead of always feeling like I'm holding back a tiger on cocaine as we walk past a butcher shop.

    My CalVin is very similar to and an evolution of your bike, like a favorite pair of old slippers, very dependable and always a nice relaxing zen ride.

    I agree with the other comments, what a pretty blue, very comfy looking and well set up!  :thumb:

    Welcome aboard, wishing you many safe miles and smiles on your new ride.

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2021, 03:14:28 AM »
Well, you're s**t out of luck, then. He's a few years older than I am, and I remember them. We're not THAT young, though I wish I was lol.
What does that make me then, I remember hand crank. our number was 38. the exchange was only in operation up until midnight. you could ask though to be left plugged into another line if you needed to call in the middle of the night.
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2021, 04:00:01 AM »
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Congratulations on the bike.  Nice pick.

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2021, 09:25:39 AM »
Well, you're s**t out of luck, then. He's a few years older than I am, and I remember them. We're not THAT young, though I wish I was lol.

Hell.. our first "number" was two shorts and a long.  :shocked: If you wanted to call somebody that wasn't on the party line, one long ring would bring up the operator, who you knew by name.  :smiley:
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2021, 10:46:34 AM »
Hell.. our first "number" was two shorts and a long.  :shocked: If you wanted to call somebody that wasn't on the party line, one long ring would bring up the operator, who you knew by name.  :smiley:

I'm old enough to remember using rotary dial (had in our house until I was about 12), but I was also fortunate to be able to experience a party line at a family cottage right into the 80s.  This 'bridge to the past' let me relate to an earlier generation of people and technology in a way that wouldn't have been possible otherwise.  It was a fun novelty, but I can see that it could have been inconvenient in daily use.  It seems that someone on each party line was infamous for listening in on everyone's business.  🤫

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #23 on: October 19, 2021, 11:19:13 AM »
welcome to the fray.  sounds like the bike is in good hands, with a knowledgeable rider diggin' it for what it is. Enjoy!

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #24 on: October 19, 2021, 11:41:13 AM »
Nice bike, and i see it says you are from Salina Kansas.  Isnt that close to where wildguzzi has one of its get togethers at?  Cedar Vale if I remember correctly.....  Welcome.   :thumb:
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #25 on: October 19, 2021, 02:25:06 PM »
Nice bike, and i see it says you are from Salina Kansas.  Isnt that close to where wildguzzi has one of its get togethers at?  Cedar Vale if I remember correctly.....  Welcome.   :thumb:

Yeah, JC85 has been inviting me for a couple years and there have just been some scheduling conflicts. Hopefully be able to attend the next one.

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #26 on: October 20, 2021, 06:11:35 AM »
Mr. Hayes gave you a few things to check. With a quarter million miles on '98 Ev's I'll give you a few things to check.

Put on 4 gallon fuel cell as the 4.8 gallon tank only gives you a school girl riding distance.
 The hand grip material is CRAP. Mine were down to the metal at only 130K. John Ulrich felt sorry for me and gave me a new pair.
The fake chrome panels cracked in two years time with around 100K. I'll take some of the blame for that as I rode on many gravel roads and didn't check them enough.

Good bike for pulling a trailer as I pulled a KwikKamp with a fat girl as passenger from coast to coast. Never did replace a clutch.

Ace is a top notch wrench so your bike is all set to put some miles on.

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #27 on: October 20, 2021, 09:18:13 AM »
Put on 4 gallon fuel cell as the 4.8 gallon tank only gives you a school girl riding distance.
 The hand grip material is CRAP. Mine were down to the metal at only 130K.

Thanks. The tank has already been modified by Ace to be (I believe) 6.3 gallons.

The grips are definitely wearing a bit, so I'll probably be looking for replacements in the near future.

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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #28 on: October 20, 2021, 11:07:55 AM »
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Re: First Guzzi
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2021, 07:20:51 AM »
The first one will just leave you wanting another, then another and another... :grin:
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