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oh, the good ol' days. extra jets, points and condenser
Time has warped your mind. It's so much easier connecting up the laptop with the Guzzidiag cables and checking everything. Been over forty years since I owned a bike with points, haven't missed them at all.
Laptop? Let me give you an example. My old buddy Chuck has an "antique" (sorry Chuck) convert. My opinion, one of the nicest bikes I'e had the pleasure of riding.Anyway, we were a few hundred miles from home, in the middle of nowhere on a Sunday. His bike starts missing pretty bad. He's ready to call a tow. I'm an old school kinda guy, easy diagnose, bad condenser. Sputtered down the road, came across a dead car junkyard, yanked a condenser out of some junk heap, tagged a longer wire to it to reach the connection, off we go, good as new.I bet he carries a spare condenser and extra points now.So yeah, maybe pre computer can break down more often, but yeah, you can get er going easier too.BTW it seems the older carb./points bikes got better mileage too. If I remember correctly, his bike did really well on fuel.Sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings
Even if you never intend to get deep into the esoterica, GuzziDiag is a low-cost, basic tool that should be in your garage if you have a Guzzi with a supported ECM. There is such a wealth of information available through it, and so many straightforward fixes and refinements that can be made with it, that it's the electronic equivalent of a screwdriver. Sonic screwdriver? maybe....Just as even someone who was a hack mechanic at best in the old days would still have a file to dress their points, a modern Guzzi owner needs this tool.And for the record, I do not miss points, carbs, jets or condensers one little bit. I had way more trouble from them than I have had from all the machines I've owned with EFI and modern electrics and fuel management.
so when you stated "Just as even someone who was a hack mechanic at best" you didn't qualify?
To the OP, yes do it!And just so you know, you don't even need GuzziDiag ... just get the reader & writer software (all free). Read your current map. Save it and clearly name it. Then write your new map you get from Beetle. Compared to jetting this is amazing!
Well, you do need the Guzzidiag programme to check and recalibrate, (If needed.) the TPS and the like. Simply uploading a map may affect other tables in the ECU.Pete
Either that or team up with someone who already has it and knows how to use it.
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