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V7 First Year Mods
« on: May 22, 2020, 09:53:53 PM »
I have owned my V7iii Special for just over a year, in that time I have made a number of improvements and some changes, you can decide which is which.
The first picture shows the dam I made around the tool tray so I could get a decent kit in there. I carry the manual underneath the tools in a plastic bag. I have supplemented the tool kit
with a wrench for all the bolts and a full set of Allen keys. To make a bit more room I heated the mudguard with a heat gun and pushed the hump down with a block of wood. There is actually a ton of space under the side covers if you wanted to carry some larger tools but of course access is restricted.
Notice the 3 lights to the left of the fuse block, there is a light for each of the relays, this is a troubleshooting aid, they put on a little light show as you start the machine. If for any reason the bike won't start the lights will give a valuable clue. Click on the pictures to zoom in.

I carry a USB charger for my phone and a test lamp. The dam is attached via existing tapped holes.

I was given a Top Box so I carved a bracket out of 1/4" Aluminium plate cutting it out on a band saw, As well as the side mounting it also has a brace to the grab rail so its super strong.

Rear view, I bent the ends together and riveted them in the centre. I don't really like the look of a top box but it was free (Guzzi content) one day I may change it for a Pelican box or a pair of Ammo cans.

Next I added a decent set of hooters and driving lights, the horns were originally bolted solid but that spoils the note they make so they are now sprung loaded. you can barely see the metal strip below the aluminium bracket, The horn relay sits where the original squeaker sat and I have a decent feed to supply it.

Front view. The lights are switched but I defy anyone to figure out how lol
You can just see the 4 x 6mm bolts holding the bracket under the headlight, these holes were pre-tapped at the factory.

I added a simple pocket under the seat to hold the insurance papers.
Again the holes were pre-tapped at the factory.

I had to send my Girbing vest in for repair so I asked them to send me a 2 channel heat controller, they sent their latest Bluetooth model, its glued to the side of the air-box under the side cover
and set via the Bluetooth gismo on the bars, I took that off for the summer,

Now this accessory is really essential for Covid 19 survival, all the coffee bars are closed.

So we have to resort to drive through, the first time I dropped my change on the ground, that won't happen again,
The magnetic tray is also handy to hold papers or a map perhaps. (16 gauge Aluminum just pinched between the handlebar clamp) The cup holder just clips onto the mirror stem protected by clear heat shrink tube with a ty-wrap for safety, the Hula hoop is a recycled bicycle spoke, I find these are the handiest things, stainless and very strong.

Why do I have a picture of the wheel? Its now tubeless thats why.

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How about adding to this thread with any innovations you have made, especially the ones that cost nothing but time.
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 10:21:46 PM »
The driving lights are hooked up to the side stand cut off switch? :wink: :wink:
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 10:51:25 PM »
The magnetic coin tray is absolutely ridiculous but I love it.  :cheesy:
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2020, 10:54:18 PM »
I was just going to say the same-  the magnetic tray is gloriously redonkulous.
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2020, 11:04:36 PM »
Damn, Roy, now you're just showing off!  Really nicely done.

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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2020, 03:13:23 AM »
I bloody well like that..!


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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2020, 05:32:01 AM »
Re the magnetic coin tray, does it magnetically hold the coins in place?

Are coins in Canada magnetic?


My own story;  I cycle up to Canada, but not often enough.  On my last trip, I took the bills and coins from a previous trip, some years ago.  I stopped for coffee at a Tim Hortons, and the teenager behind the counter refused my money, saying he didn't recognize it.  Apparently Canada had revamped their currency.

Fortunately there was an old codger behind me in line, who vouched for the authenticity of the dollars, and told the youth that he had to take it.
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2020, 05:52:33 AM »
That tool/troubleshooting kit and accommodation is super neat.  You are just the buddy I'd like to have along on a cross country trip.  Way to go, Roy.

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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2020, 05:57:38 AM »
Re the magnetic coin tray, does it magnetically hold the coins in place?

Are coins in Canada magnetic?


My own story;  I cycle up to Canada, but not often enough.  On my last trip, I took the bills and coins from a previous trip, some years ago.  I stopped for coffee at a Tim Hortons, and the teenager behind the counter refused my money, saying he didn't recognize it.  Apparently Canada had revamped their currency.

Fortunately there was an old codger behind me in line, who vouched for the authenticity of the dollars, and told the youth that he had to take it.
All our silver coins are attracted (Nickel content I think) we used to have a copper penny but that's been abandoned, you probably tried to pay with a $2 bill thats been phased out also, yes all our bills are modified. I have lots of US coins, I haven't tried those, if they don't work I'll stay home lol
Update: Sorry to say the magnetic money tray is "Only in Canada eh!" the rest of you guys will have to make a little tray with sides for your non-magnetic change.
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2020, 06:02:47 AM »
All our silver coins are attracted (ferrous is the term I think) we used to have a copper penny but that's been abandoned, you probably tried to pay with a $2 bill thats been phased out also, yes all our bills are modified.

Okay, the USA abandoned "silver" in the 1960's, and our "copper" penny isn't even copper anymore.  However, I think our nickel is still nickel.  But all our coins are still non-ferrous. 

They've been talking about stopping the penny, and also dropping the paper dollar, but there's too much resistance.


P.S.  Sorry for the thread drift.  With ferrous coins, the magnetic coin plate is a great idea. 
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2020, 06:26:49 PM »
I like how you've mounted the driving lights. Do you have more details on that, please? I used some springy  strapping & aluminium plate to mount them to the fork tubes. Works well, but need removing (& cleaning, polishing & fresh rubbers) each fork oil change.









The stripes on the Bagster tank bra are fading with the UV, but it sure keeps the tank underneath bright & shiny.





And the piece de resistance - a rare earth magnet on the bottom frame rail holds a 5mm Allen key. If I add another (4mm) or a 10 mm spanner, they tend to vanish, but Te single one has stayed on for over 100,000km on this bike, and another for some 200,000km on the other.





I would like to try adding a relay to the horns (Hellas), but I haven't yet been able to translate any of my collection of instructions & diagrams to my V7s' particular hardware. (Even though I did manage to do so on other bikes back in the 70's & 80's).
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2020, 07:22:56 PM »
What is it with people adding magnets to their bikes to hold coins and Allen keys?   :shocked:
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #12 on: Today at 12:23:34 AM »
I like how you've mounted the driving lights. Do you have more details on that, please? I used some springy  strapping & aluminium plate to mount them to the fork tubes. Works well, but need removing (& cleaning, polishing & fresh rubbers) each fork oil change.
 
 

I would like to try adding a relay to the horns (Hellas), but I haven't yet been able to translate any of my collection of instructions & diagrams to my V7s' particular hardware. (Even though I did manage to do so on other bikes back in the 70's & 80's).
Re Horn/light mounting.
If you look up at the steering from underneath there are 4 tapped holes in the lower steering plate. just make a flat plate to mount there. The type of horns I used must be mounted horizontal or water gets trapped inside destroying them, I just made a bend where they mount, However as I said if you mount the horns rigid they don't sound right so I used the metal strip that was shipped with them and bent it to look as though the horns are still mounted on the plate, theres an "O" ring making sure they don't make contact.
The relay is mounted where the original horns were and the coil is driven from the original horn wires, they are far too small to operate a decent horn. Take a #16 equivalent and run a new feed through a fuse to the relay contact and on the other side a #16 to each horn with a chassis return.

I'm sorry to have to tell you guys living Stateside or in the Southern hemisphere, your money won't stick to a magnetic tray, The Kiwi 10c and 20c will but not the larger denominations.

What is it with people adding magnets to their bikes to hold coins and Allen keys?   :shocked:
We are a weird mob down under.
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #13 on: Today at 01:42:22 AM »
What is it with people adding magnets to their bikes to hold coins and Allen keys?   :shocked:

It's just that out on the road, the tools are usually at the bottom of the luggage or under the seat (so to access them the bags have to come off too), so if you sprinkle a few of most used minor tools around in easily accessible places, you save yourself some grief. Note, mind you, that although many have noticed & commented, there has not been a significant (or even noticeable) take up of this feature. Works for me, occasionally useful.
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #14 on: Today at 02:01:53 AM »
Too true. On my last big trip my gear shifter fell off. Had to pull off all the camping gear and luggage to get to the tools.
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #15 on: Today at 04:04:17 AM »
Too true. On my last big trip my gear shifter fell off. Had to pull off all the camping gear and luggage to get to the tools.

And all you needed was rage 5mm allen. Been there, done that. Though eventually the Imm angle grinder blade did the trick.
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Re: V7 First Year Mods
« Reply #16 on: Today at 06:10:53 AM »
Some cheap/easy mods include.

Using a rubber compression nut to mount a ring to the frame and then wire tie the tool bag to. I haven't confirmed this location will work for tools since my seat is out being recovered. I removed the stock rubber foot peg cover, filled in part way up with JB weld to make a level surface and cut rubber that is flush with the outside edge of the peg mount. It's about 3/4" lower and stock height on the bottom. I removed the stock shifter peg and replaced it with a shorter bolt with some fuel hose over it. This made room for my adventure boots and my size 13's. I did the same thing on the other side which gave me a raised brake shift peg which is much shorter allowing my boot to be tucked in more.







While I had the fuel tank off I added a quick disconnect to the tank vent. My bike had a splice under the left cover so I removed it and added the FI disconnect.





 

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