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So the new to me 2001 California EV, got trailered home from Delaware last night. Spent some time this morning doing a quick cleanup. Aside from the poor quality chrome, she came out pretty spiffy. Note the painters tape holding the non locking gas cap on.The gas cap just sits in place, but the key does not turn to lock it. I pulled it apart, and lubricated the mating surfaces, but still cannot get it to function correctly.Thatís an on going issue with these models ad my 02 Stone suffered the problem. You can sand down the green plastic material to increase the play and reduce friction and see if that helps, it did mine. I think there is also a replacement cap that some have used. Iím sure others will shout out assistance shortly. By the way, beautiful bike👍
Thanks for all the tips guys.There are two green plastic parts, the one that holds the pin.The other, large green plastic, is the one that interfaces with the cast metal part. Is this the one that should be sanded down??
Cool bike, but doesn't quite make it to Guzzi Porn status.
You don't sand down the green plastic shown. If you take it apart there is a pale green disk that needs to be made smaller to stop binding up the mechanism. I used a dremmel with a grinding stone point.
If I remember correctly, when the gas cap is disassembled by driving the pin out of it, the parts have to be reoriented correctly when its going back together - it can go back together two ways - or the key wont turn.
Want to send a shout out to John Henry. We spoke earlier today, and he clarified exactly what part to sand off material. After a few minutes of scraping and sanding, the parts slipped together very smoothly. After buttoning everything up, the cap works fine.Thanks to all of the good advice here.
Don't lie now, how many times did you put it together and take it apart before you got it right?
John, if you plan to run 55-60mph, use 4th. You probably will hear people say 3rd, I prefer 4th. If your running 70mph, and just need to drop down to 55mph and then back up to 70mph, 5th is fine.JMO,Tom
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