New Rear Brake Pads

August 23, 2013

Rear Brake Pads

Just for the record last week I changed rear brake pads at 27.200 kt. (16.900 miles). Took the pads to the limit, quite frankly.

Rear tire at 26.450 kt (yes, another Pirelli Sport Demon). Me likes that tire and I remain faithful. And yet again I ran the tire right through to the wire. Frankly, the weather was being so nice that I wasn’t minding riding along with a slick — but not wire folks! Was keeping a close eye on it and from one day to the next WIRE SHOWING.

By my count the tire lasted 13.232 kt (8.222 miles).

Have to be carefull with these important safety items.

Pirelli Sport Demon beyond the limit!


V7C Lithium Battery Options

August 16, 2013
SSB Lithium Battery

SSB Lithium Battery

Brief report from Mal in Australia about his battery replacement on his V7C. Sounds like an interesting, albeit expensive option. A Wopping $ 274.30 (Australian $ I think)! That gets me about 4 regular batteries, which multiplied by a fair 3 years per battery, amounts to alot of battery years.

Here’s Mal’s report:

After having to push-start the V7C one cold morning (on a trip) a couple of months back, I replaced the original battery (after 2.5 years & 68,000k) with an SSB Powersport lithium (model LH14-BS). A bit expensive, but 425 CCA, longer lasting, rechargeable with standard chargers, 1.1kg & about half the size – comes with feet to lift it up, but thinking about making a shelf underneath to store stuff. So happy, have them on all my bikes now. Supposed to be able to leave them for a year without loosing charge. I no longer check the battery & recharge after leaving a bike for a couple of weeks. Plug & play.

I’m in Sydney & get them from Batteries Direct.



Pics of LeMans I Fairing Bracket Hook-Up

August 14, 2013

Here they go. Some bad pictures of how the LeMans I fairing hooks to the Breva 750 headlight system.


The way I purchase it at Classic Co., Madrid, Spain, (who, by the way, are simply terric and super-knowledgable Guzzi folk), the set up came with 1) screen, 2) fiberglass headlight cover (unpainted), and 3) two hook-up metal brackets. I don’t remember if it came with bolts and washers but knowing Mauro at Classic Co. they probably did.  At any rate it is a simple set up and very solid.

Remember that you have to cut the fiberglass light cover to size so it fits the Breva 750 because it is shorter than the LeMans so the fiberglass going over the light signals will touch the tank unless you cut to size. This is the part that requires a bit more patience as you have to fit and try and fit and try. Otherwise this is very simple.







Less Gear Most of the Time

August 2, 2013
Progressive Motorcylce Shows

Progressive Motorcylce Shows

Been thinking lately about some safety issues concerning wearing gear some of the time, all of the time, etc. I know this ranks just short of oil threads, yak fat, kool-aid, small block envy and other forum basic squabbling issues. But for once that I’m thinking, what the hell.

Lately I’ve been wearing less gear most of the time (LGMT). I mean riding around town, commuting to work (about 5 miles each way) and, I confess, stopping for the occasional beer now and then (we’re a gregarious and sociable bunch here in Spain, you know, though our Troopers aren’t social at all!) I don’t mean to belittle this issue: When I say a beer I mean one or two beers max, just chatting with some friends after a ride and then just getting home practically down the street. (And, yes, an accident could be waiting to happen just around the corner 🙂 ).

I’ll also confess that I’ve always been very safety-minded and take my safety gear very seriously as well as my riding. Touch wood, I’ve been a lucky rider for a few years now and continue to enjoy riding very much…except that I’m wearing less gear most of the time. I know, I know, it’s common sense and we’re all adults here (most of the time 🙂 ).

Just wondering how you guys deal with this gear issue. What do you wear, how often, in what conditions sort of thing?

Thanks for listening.

You can see the rest of the thread and opinions at the Wildgoose Chase Moto Guzzi forum. Interesting information.


More on the magic fairy – I mean fairing!

July 31, 2013
Moto Guzzi LeMans, Le Mans, Breva 750

LeMans I Fairing on Breva 750

Allow me to put on my amateur designer clothes on and be pretentious. I always found the original LeMans 850 (and her later Big Le Mans) to be one of the best looking bikes ever. I mean that. There’s just something about them. I figured that for the Little Breva (my lovely ugly duckling) I’d borrow a dash of that Le Mans elegance. Can’t match it, of course; the LeMans 850 is leaner and longer (found that out when fitting the fairing, which I had to shorten on the Breva by a few inches.)

Turns out, by design or luck, that the LeMans fairing actually worked on that bike if we remember that at one time loooong ago that was a hot, fast bike. The fact that the same fairing would have a similar effect on the Little Breva was icing on the cake. Every single time I ride the bike I am reminded of that. Legal speed limit here in Spain is 75 mph, so you go to 85 mph before the boys in uniform and the radars start rubbing their hands. At those speeds I really appreciate that little fairing, and I would venture to say that you might actually gain a couple of miles per hour with it, or at least it seems so because there is no buffeting.

I hope the DART works the same way, though from the pictures I think it lacks the slight curvature of the Lemans I fairing. Also, it lacks the bottom cover of the fairing that surrounds the headlight and passes just past the turn signals. So it may be that it is not the glass part of the fairing alone that works, but the entire fairing itself.

DART Flyscreen

Let me know how it works.



Keeping it Simple – The MOTO GUZZI Breva V 750

November 24, 2010


Coming back to the 750, with a seat height of low 29 inches, Guzzi is clearly aiming for the city riding/ street bike market. With a 90 degree angle to the knees and a almost upright position, you should be able to drive it all day long. The flat curve of torque means that the 750 is a pleasure to cruise in highways just as it is for fun in city driving. But that also means it will give you adequate ammount of adrenaline rush. Handling will obvious be a first rate (c’mon, its a Guzzi) and anyway Guzzis always have a rock solid center of gravity. Ride quality again cant be compromized, so it has the smoothness of the Marzocchi suspension system. For better efficiency, the bike is fuel injected. And better still, Guzzi sticks with its shaft drive system which means you won’t be lubing a chain every 500 miles and Guzzi has made it sure that you can go out for weekends with the 18 litres fuel tank. But lets not forget that going for a weekend, you may need something extra. So Guzzi will give you that. For accessories, you can order a windshield, center stand, tank and rear bag systems, a low profile seat and a rear suspension kit. So its customized. A customized bike with all that you NEED in a very good bike. It looks I am almost doing a promo for the Breva V750!

via Keeping it Simple – The MOTO GUZZI Breva V 750.


Moto Guzzi V11 Advice

November 16, 2010


Moto Guzzi Le Mans Nero Corsa

By rocker59:

*2000-2001 V11 Sports have a shorter wheelbase than either the preceeding Sport 1100, or the subsequent V11 Lemans.  They also have clipons mounted below the triple clamp and a 4.25″ or 4.5″ (can’t remember right now) rear wheel that requires a 160 or 170 mm rear tire.

*Some 2001 and 2002 models came with a single-plate clutch. (Rosso Mandello, Scura, and Tenni, IIRC).  The dual-plate clutch is more desireable.

*2002 bikes had ugly, peeling black engine paint.

*’02-’04 LeMans bikes have clipons above the triple clamp and 1/2 fairing.  They have a 5″ rim that accepts either a 170 or 180 mm rear tire.  They also went back to the chassis geometry of the Sport 1100i/Daytona RS.

*Ballabio, Cafe Sport, Coppa Italia have a “fixed-mounting” bikini fairing and Renthal tubular bars.

*Scura, Cafe Sport, Coppa Italia, Rosso Corsa, Nero Corsa came with Ohlins suspension front and rear.

*The ’03 and ’04 bikes have black-faced ITI speedos.  The odometer/trip odometer gears wear out on these requiring repair, or replacement of the entire instrument.

*All of the V11s can have shift-system spring failures in the transmission.  There are two springs on the pre-selector gearset.  One centers the shifter.  The other helps select the gears.  Both are easily replaceable if they fail.

*They’re all pretty nice bikes, but the ’01 and ’02 bikes will probably have the most issues, if they’ve not already been dealt with by the previous owner.

*’03 and ’04 bikes were well sorted.

via V11 Advice.


Conversion: Nevada in V7 Clothes (Pictures)

November 5, 2010

Classic Co. Moto Guzzi V7 RGS

So here’s a custom Nevada turned “V750 RGS”, named after the owner, Rosa. Custom work done by Guzzi extraordinaire Classic Co. of Madrid. A lovely outcome. You can see many detailed pictures here. So if you have a Nevada that you’d like to turn into a V7 Café you can start studying those pictures. Bike sounds pretty damn good too!

Note the gas tank has a transparent line that actually acts as a measure for tank capacity–same as in some 70’s endurance racers.


Extended Cruising at 5,000 rpm, what say you?

September 20, 2010

Moto Guzzi V11 R.P.M.s

Pete Roper on Guzzi R.P.M.’s:

General and sensible rule of thumb is if it doesn’t feel right? Then it’s wrong. That pic basically sez all you need to know.

Chuck’s Scura and Sean’s Coppa spent HOURS with our guages pegged like that or higher in west Texas Luckily we didn’t meet any ! My 1100G, the lowest geared of the lot, would sit for hours, If I was feeling brave and had a screen on with the tacho needle in the 6,500 zone. The Griso Verde with the ‘Touring’ screen in the pic in the other thread will sit all day quite happily at whatever revs its doing at 190-200KPH 125MPH to you lot. but since I have no desire to have my bike impounded and then go and spend time in a small room with a large, violent, psychopath and a ‘Soap on a Rope’ I never ask it to do this. I can, if I desire, ride at similar revs in a lower gear if I wish but its uncomfortable, will drink fuel and the throttle control will require the sort of precision I’ve never had and certainly won’t get now I’m over fifty!

If your bike has a tacho there are usually yellow lines on it somewehre meaning ‘Don’t use the engine over this for long periods of time’ and then a red line which means ‘Keep it here for long and it will be expensive.’ If you have something like a Bellagio with no tacho you just wring the little bugger’s neck until it goes ‘Blurp-Blurp-Blurp!’ that means its hit the rev limiter and its time to change up!

via Extended Cruising at 5,000 rpm, what say you?.


Moto Guzzi V7 Classic – 10,000, ahhh, I mean, 11,000 mile report! « As the Dude Abides…

August 2, 2010

Danilo on his V7C:

In fact, except for a kick stand spring and one 6000 mile maintenance, the V7 Classic has been the same. Nothing remarkable but grins and good times. It hasn’t used a drop of oil, not one hiccup in the engine, and I’ve only had to replace the tires with Pirelli Sport Demons (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!) and that inner sidestand spring with a stainless steel one after I found fault in the metallurgy (Moose Racing M7712). Other than that, I have enjoyed this Guzzi more than I thought I would, and I had high expectations.

From city riding, to long trips on the road and romps through country twisties, the V7 has never let me down or not been up to the task. It’s like a scooter in the city, a Road King on the Highway, and a petite blaster when the pavement turns to ribbons. If “Standard” means “great all ’round bike,” then this is the “true” standard. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.

via Moto Guzzi V7 Classic – 10,000, ahhh, I mean, 11,000 mile report! « As the Dude Abides….