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General Discussion / Re: If I was/were to do one more Guzzi ...
« Last post by alanp on Today at 08:55:24 AM »
The more you ride them the more you like them.

This.  Smallblocks (at least the V7's) are a bit hard to appreciate on a test ride, but after living with one for awhile it really starts to sink in.  For me (previous owner of a bunch of big blocks including a Norge and Griso) I have found the V7 to be the most satisfying of all.  They are light and carry the weight they have low which makes them surprisingly easy to handle.  And they have classic looks and sound.  Mine has been unfailingly reliable. 

If you get a chance to ride one, I would suggest not so much trying to flog it, but focusing on just riding it and cornering.  They are not race bikes, but instead induce you to relax and enjoy riding a motorcycle.  Having a V7 caused me to quickly reconnect with my early years of motorcycling back in the '70's when I rode just to be out in the air and on the road. 

The only negative (and this may have been remedied to some extent with the V7III) is a very harsh factory suspension, but it is not a big deal to fix and the bikes are pretty inexpensive to begin with. 
General Discussion / Re: Deep Forest Campout
« Last post by travelingbyguzzi on Today at 08:53:35 AM »
A 4-day event this year. My only concern is that there may be a campfire ban. Seems to be happening more and more.
General Discussion / Re: 50 Years ago, Apollo 11
« Last post by LowRyter on Today at 08:51:59 AM »
Donít feel too bad.
The surface of the moon looks strikingly similar to the deserts where they did their training...

don't go there.   :evil:

General Discussion / Re: Getting to know my Norge
« Last post by Bert Remington on Today at 08:50:34 AM »
My 2012 Norge GT 8V bought used 14K miles believed to have been stored for 3 years shifted like my BMW R1100RT.  I changed clutch fluid (ATE 200) thrice and transmission fluid (Motul 300 Synthetic GL-4/GL-5) twice in the space of 1K miles.  Much smoother up-and down-shifting.  When the throttle is closed, the RPM doesn't immediately drop to idle but rather to 2K then eases down to idle so that's a factor too.
General Discussion / Re: URGENT SERVICE 850 miles New 1400 Eldo
« Last post by LowRyter on Today at 08:49:39 AM »
Reading this got my curiosity. 

So I googled the "Demand Sensor" and found that it's a problem component throughout several Aprilia and Guzzi models.  I just wonder why it's such a bad part and whether the manufacturer has improved the reliability or if the replacements are still the same?
General Discussion / Re: Rider killed by grass clippings
« Last post by Ncdan on Today at 08:46:29 AM »
I donít wish to be a kill joy here as I have no right to throw stones living in a glass house. That being said, every time we ride in excess of the posted speed limits on any road for any reason we take our lives in our hands. Donít blame the person making the dreaded ďleft turnĒ in your path when you are running 10mph over the posted limit or the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly and you are riding up his arse. The posted speed limits by no means is ok to run that speed regardless of conditions such as traffic, weather, or even times of the day. Iím sorry guys but Iíve investigated hundreds of accidents involving motorcycles and cars and I can attest there have been very few which were simply acts of God, 99.9 percent were operator, weather intentional or not, caused the accident. There are opinions and there are facts, I withhold my opinion on this one. Ride safe my friends:)
I have been struggling, cussing, and discussing bleeding the bloody linked brake system on the 1000S!  Oh what fun!  :boozing:  The fact that the whole system was thoroughly cleaned and bone dry when I started the bleeding process makes it quite a challenge.  I have used the search feature to find all the sure fire methods others have used on the forum and tried most of them, but no love so far.  Out of desperation I ordered a new rear master cylinder today as the original despite having a new rebuild kit in it just doesn't seem to be doing the job.  I will report back on if the new master cylinder helped. 

I just rebuilt the rear master cylinder on my Morini last evening. It too acted as if the rebuild didn't "take" until I bled just the master cylinder first. Removed the hose to the caliper, screwed in a fitting and hose that was long enough to reach the (remote) reservoir. Pumped the pedal until fluid flowed from the master cylinder to the reservoir. Hooked up the brake line and bled normally from there on.
General Discussion / Re: Need a bigger wife....
« Last post by OldMojo on Today at 08:26:11 AM »
Grip 'n' Ride?  That must be a joke, right?  Something for pubescent schoolboys to snigger about.

A similar item is somewhat common among the jet ski crowd. Keeps the young'uns from going missing in the chop.
General Discussion / Re: V7iii First Service
« Last post by sign216 on Today at 08:15:50 AM »
One area the old 5 speed comes out in front. :thumb:

Again, 1 lit measured, and it just starts flowing out the side filler.  Makes servicing dead simple. :thumb:  I can handle that! :grin: :grin:

I never felt the bike needed a 6th gear.  It's got a broad torque range, making 5 speeds fine.  Was the 6th gear a marketing idea, to keep up with the industry?
General Discussion / Re: V7 clutch slip
« Last post by sign216 on Today at 08:12:32 AM »
That adjustment nub on the bottom back of the transmission is a bear to deal with.  Using a bicycle spoke wrench is a good approach because it has many small variations in size.  Conventional wrenches don't fit well.


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