My Moto Guzzi V7. Does it smell like pizza or is it just me?

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#221 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:42 pm

A little summer picture from last year... 3 V7's... does that make it a V21?
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#222 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:01 pm

3150 miles.

Changed Transmission oil
Changed Shaft drive oil

What's crazy here is the transmission takes 1L of oil, but in the USA, it's sold in 1 quart = 946ml... argh.

Need to remember to change the engine oil in the next 400 miles. :D

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#223 Unread post by Hanson » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:14 am

Mike,

Did your V7 maintenance schedule require you to change your shaft drive oil at 600 miles? I was looking at the schedule on the Super Tenere and basically the final gear oil is changed at 600 miles, and then every 12,000 miles. Is this a topical maintenance interval for a shaft drive?

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#224 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:23 pm

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#225 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:26 pm

Hanson wrote:Mike,

Did your V7 maintenance schedule require you to change your shaft drive oil at 600 miles? I was looking at the schedule on the Super Tenere and basically the final gear oil is changed at 600 miles, and then every 12,000 miles. Is this a topical maintenance interval for a shaft drive?

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Hi Richard,

I've owned 3 shaft drive bikes and I usually changed the shaft drive oil every other oil change. The exception to this rule is when they are new, in which case I'll change it every oil change for the first few times to get the metal filings out. My shaft oil changes for have been:

100 miles
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3200 miles

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#226 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:37 pm

Amazing it hit +29°C here yesterday, sunny and was a great time to work on the bike. :sunshine:

I installed new Disc horns on the Guzzi today as I'm really getting tired of the Houston drivers not paying attention those around them. The worse cause of this is cell phone use, particularly texting. The other cause is the careless non-use of turn signals, amazing to watch people change up to 6 lanes without a turn signal cutting people off in the process and not get any in an accident. Unfortunately both things happen quite often.

So off with the meep meep horns (109db) and onto bigger louder ones (136db) :kicking:

So I ordered up:

1. Trombe Stebel Motorcycle Car Electric Horn HF80 430 Hz High Tone 12V C152
2. Trombe Stebel Motorcycle Car Electric Horn HF80 340 Hz Low Tone 12V C152

painted them both flat black and installed them in the front of the bike rather than on the sides for MAXIMUM TOOT-A-LIGE

Now I can't wait to honk at someone...lol :D

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#227 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:20 pm

Better loud horns than loud pipes.

I had a loud horn installed and it did make a difference. It gets heard.
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#228 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:03 am

blues2cruise wrote:Better loud horns than loud pipes.

I had a loud horn installed and it did make a difference. It gets heard.
Like you, I'd rather have loud horns than louder pipes. I do think louder pipes do help but I'm on the side of "loud so you can enjoy the sound but not obviously so others get annoyed". Louder pipes passively help others to maybe hear your bike around them while I look at loud horns are active attention getters.

I definitely recommend upgrading a bike's horn as it's a tiny investment that can be priceless when you need it.

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#229 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:18 am

Man, That Guzzi is Fast!

I was out last night with my friend who just recently finished a full-on upgrade of this Sportster 1200. He has done an incredible job with it, building it for power and speed plus customizing it as well. I really have to admit it's the best custom Sportster I've ever seen. Rather than just adding chrome bits and bobs to it he (as a H-D mechanic) went into the engine and bored it out, added sport pipes, a Power Commander as well as adding a lot of "go-fast" internals as well. The 1250cc V-Twin pumps out 90hp+ now and is a real "big-twin" killer. Following him on his bike I can attest it's a beast of torque. Hopefully I can get a photo of it to post up as well one day.

Well, long story short last night he brought it to work/bike-night and after bike-night was over he headed for a 30min ride, of course he wanted to test out his bike and an unofficial Stop Light GP was in order. Well, light turns green we both WOT it, right to the redlines in 3 gears, I actually got the reaction time over him so I'm in the lead (waiting for him to pass me at any second, after all, I'm on 750cc vs a 1250cc supped up bike). Well, it really goes to show how impressive that V7 Guzzi is as he didn't pass me till I rolled off the throttle at 75mph (fast enough for me, ty) and I was still a bike's length ahead. I think if we went to 100mph he might have passed me as his 1250cc should have a higher top end. But both of us were blown away by the Guzzi's performance and trust me, his bike is not slow nor is he a slow rider by any accounts.

After we got to a local coffee shop, he comes up to me and says "man, that Guzzi is fast" and says he has an even bigger appreciation for the bike. (Honestly I beamed from that comment as it's not everyday you hear something nice like that). Heck, even I have a bigger appreciation of this 50hp bike. 50hp isn't a lot but the Guzzi continuously amazes me with. After all, other than the pipes and new horns my V7 is bone stock, I'd like to do more to it but there unfortunately isn't many "go-fast parts" available for it.

So I know now my V7 can hang in there with a supped-up 1250cc Sportster and is about 90% of a 1900cc Yamaha Striker. Truly incredible.

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#230 Unread post by Hanson » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:44 am

Great story Mike.

The Guzzi is light, 395 pounds compared to 584 pounds for a 1200 Sporster, so the power to weight ratio delta between the two bikes is not a dramatic as one might first think although you should add the weight of the riders to each moto before making such a comparison.

You have a great bike with amazing stile!

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#231 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:48 am

:ohmy:
Mike, you hooligan!

Awesome story, these machines are a blast aren't they? Nothing like grabbing a handful and trying to stay onboard. Your poor friend, I'll bet he's into that Sportster at least $13 or $14k, and then gets spanked by your Italian Stallion. He must be crushed.

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#232 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:43 am

I can picture the big grin on your face all the way from here on the coast. :D
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#233 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu May 15, 2014 2:00 pm

Toot toot!

Birthdays today:
Congratulations to: the_first_lonewolf (58), scooter12 (50), totalmotorcycle (43)

Wow, so I was 30 when I started this all, looking back that's pretty amazing. Not a bad use of 13 years so far, I feel like I'm definitely helping a lot of people and making a lot of great friends too. :D

Here is to another 100 years! :D

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#234 Unread post by dr_bar » Fri May 16, 2014 10:15 am

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#235 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 16, 2014 10:37 am

dr_bar wrote:Happy Birthday youngster...

Many thanks!!! And I'm still looking young enough to get carded as well...lol. :cowboy:

:happybirthday:

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#236 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri May 16, 2014 2:16 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:
dr_bar wrote:Happy Birthday youngster...

Many thanks!!! And I'm still looking young enough to get carded as well...lol. :cowboy:

:happybirthday:

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#237 Unread post by mgrt13 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:39 am

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Its been a while since I have posted on here, apologies, but i have been working hard on making my Tiger ready for public viewing.

I think now she is ready.....it would be great to know what you think.....

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#238 Unread post by Hanson » Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:07 am

Paul,

At first I was thinking that Mike had posted an update where he had done some major cosmetic surgery on his pizza girl transforming her into an edgy Italian super model. It took me a moment to get that strait in my head, and that is a great looking V7. Ride her hard.

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#239 Unread post by mgrt13 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:48 am

"Edgy Italian Super Model" - That has just made my day!

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#240 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:35 am

Paul, GREAT looking V7! Very clean and very sweet! It's a one-of-a-kind!

Love the UK scenery, it really suits the bike. Top notch job!

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