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I don't believe there are any inherent faults with those bikes but to be sure why not pose the question at VIILemans.comYes, tanks are effected but usually not to the point of making them impossible.My VII Sport had after market Mistrals, I had several people tell me they were the best sounding mufflers they had heard,You might also consider Knight Design lowered pegs but that should wait until you have ridden it for a while.
I'll second what Kiwi Roy said.I have a 2004 V11, with 18,000 miles. There were some minor electrical issues; bullet connectors not crimped up which stopped it starting if the handle bars were turned to the right. One of the wires broke the solder joint on the keyed ignition switch. All stuff that gets fettled & sorted out by an owner of Italian machinery early on.There were limited models with single plate clutches. The Le Mans wasn't one of them.Talk to Chuck from Indiana about shifter return springs.Get on V11LeMans.com & do some research, ask some questions.Get it. Ride it. If it wins your heart, great. If it doesn't, you won't have to wonder 'Should I have bought that' & sell it on.
No issues with mine.Mike
I miss mine every day. I changed my shift pawl spring as soon as I got home. Picked it up in Sacramento and rode her home. Amazing. The seat is low, so even with clip-ons there is not much weight on your wrist. Pegs from a Buell used to be a cheap wat to gain a little leg room. Spines are fine! Just buy her already!
I only put about 15,000 miles on my 03 Lemans but in that time, the speedometer went south because they are cheap. They can be fixed, as mine was mended by Greg Field but I donít know if anyone else is doing this work. There were threads on this forum and probably the V11 list and it involved cutting open the plastic housing and fixing the plastic gear(s?). If this bike doesnít have a Roper sloppage sheet, you need to get one or acquire the pattern and have one made because the oil light will flicker under hard acceleration. I kept an extra shifter spring on the bike but mine never went. When I sold the bike some small bubbles were forming under the stickers on the Rosso Corsa and if I kept the bike I would have purchased the sticker kit from MG as it looked like Iíd need it someday. And I installed the Mistral Ti-pipes, and didnít have any issues mounting them, but I donít recommend them as they dent extremely easily.
I put similar risers on mine and could pretty much tour all day. It was more comfy for my back than the Tonti frame bikes.How many miles on this bike and how was it ridden, if hard you should hope it already has a Roper plate. MGcycle has after market mufflers.
I bought two 1/2" drive sockets (chrome of course) and longer screws to make bar risers. This is one of the units with the plastic / bakelite adaptor screwed into the right head for the temperature sensor. they like to break. metal replacements were available from as I recall MG cycle and Harpers.
I bought two 1/2" drive sockets (chrome of course) and longer screws to make bar risers.
It sure looks nice in the pictures! DO IT~~
I'd appreciate any thoughts or input at all on the bike; pro/con,,, good bad and ugly.
If you buy a replacement shift pawl spring, it is much heavier-duty than the original. Don't carry it around like an emergency $20 bill hoping you won't need it, install it and be done. Anywhere it breaks while you are on a ride will be a less convenient place to change it than in your garage. When I picked up my Tenni, I had the tools and the spring with me in case it broke between the Sacramento airport and my home in Portland, but after that, the old one was out of there and the shockproof heavy and the new spring were in. Easy fix.
2003 and 2004 V11s were pretty well sorted. As mentioned: -the ITI speedometer's odo and trip odo functions will fail. Poor design in the gear drive. Just don't let it get you down if/when it happens.-the shift return springs are a sporadic problem on '03-'04 V11s. Buy one. Keep it handy. It's a relatively easy fix, if yours fails.-the relays aren't that great, and can fail. get some good relays from Pyro Dan. You'll never have to touch them again.-the front exhaust crossover's gaskets will fail. Repeatedly. They're a pain. Delete the front crossover with welding, or new header pipes.I put over 40,000 miles on my V11 LeMans Nero Corsa. It was a great sport-touring machine! Mine did not suffer tank swelling. I used mainly 91-93 octane fuel, and most of it had ethanol. You should ride it for a bit before changing the bars. The stockers are actually pretty comfortable. If you can't find a set of the MPH risers, there were other similar options. Drilling the top clamp and using regular bar clamp and bars is one of them. There are bosses on the back of the top clamp for this purpose which were used for the holes for the bars on the Cafe Sport and Coppa Italia.
Mph style risers,I don't know where you score these extenders but you won't need new longer cables if you can find some.
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