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2nd hand V7 Stone 2 2015

Discussion in 'V7/V9 Chat & Tech' started by jyppis, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. jyppis

    jyppis Just got it firing!

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    I changed my vn900 last week to Stone II. It has 8500km on it and luckily still warranty left. I will take it to dealer for repair with following defect list:

    - rusty water dripping out from the shaftdrive swing bar after rain
    -downshifting to 1st gear makes big clunk and sometimes even impossible to downshift because clutch wont disengage. Blipping doesnt help.
    - cold start problems, maybe too old fuel mapping
    - foot brake lever holding rusted
    - moist under alarn lights, speedometer
    - oil leak to airbox
    - brake fluid leaks from the handlebar chamber

    I have had Japanese bikes before without any of these above. Ill hope they get everything fixed because I really like this bike.
     
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  2. Kev M

    Kev M Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    My prediction:

    1. Normal (ish)
    2. Adjust clutch
    3. Normal, let it warm up
    4. Normal
    5. Dude you gotta put this thing in a garage once in a while. (They're gonna say normal)
    6. Normal (breather system will carry some pool to airbox).
    7. They'll get you the updated (ironically older) cover.

    Can't say I'm seeing any corrosion on my 13 Stone, but it lives inside and doesn't see winter. If either of those aren't true for you or it's near the ocean than expect some corrosion. Moisture generally doesn't intrude on the instruments, but again depending on environment it's possible.

    Though I understand you wanting to not have ANY issues, what JAPanInc. products you have had without this doesn't really tell us anything, apples and oranges at the least (i.e. were they shaft drive? single throttle body EFI pushrod twins? Similar materials? Price range? Bodywork?).

    Bottom line I'm not hearing anything particularly troubling, not because it's a Guzzi, but because it's a motorcycle.
     
  3. TimmyTheHog

    TimmyTheHog Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Basically Kev covers all.

    I came off a Japanese Cruiser & sports bike before I dove into Guzzi.

    Let just say both has their own perks...

    Japanese Bikes are more or less follow the procedure or it might crash and burn. The good part of Japanese bike is their supports & manuals are VERY WELL WRITTEN.

    Guzzi is a true Italian where it really depends on her mood of the day, but at the end of the day as long as it is within spec, she will do what you say and leave you with a smile on your face.

    Not saying my old jap bikes are not fun, but I just like my guzzi better as you are always playing with her...in a good way while my old Japs are more of 0 & 1 style.
     
  4. jyppis

    jyppis Just got it firing!

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    Thanks guys for the replies. I know these are small issues just didnt expect almost new bike have this much.

    The only thing that can be major one is the water inside cardan and maybe the gearbox. Ill update after the service.
     
  5. TimmyTheHog

    TimmyTheHog Tuned and Synch'ed

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    The one thing I would advise is to watch out for the seal n the rear final drive. hopefully the water or whatever was in there did not damaged the seal.

    There are few people had reported leaking final drive due to failed seal.
     
  6. yvrider

    yvrider Just got it firing!

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    Been a month riding a Guzzi now coming from a Yamaha R3. Japanese bikes are reliable and rarely have an issue in my short experience. Guzzis I've learned have a lot of character, they are somewhat divas. It's kind of a love and hate relationship with me right now. I too have some of those issues you're going through, but be patient I suppose, take it to a trustworthy, knowledgeable dealer who knows about Guzzis and hope for the best. I too really love my bike so that's why I'm having more patience than I usually would with anything.

    Have fun and good luck.

    Ride safe!
     
  7. Trout

    Trout High Miler

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    I think diva fits them pretty well.
    The biggest problem I have ever had with Guzzi's is that they are addicting.

    For riders that are new to Guzzi & have bought a new Guzzi there is about a 5000 mile challenge period.
    If you keep it to the 5000 mark then move on to a different brand you will never stop wanting the Guzzi back.

    I've always liked finding a used one with about 10,000 miles on it.
    It's just about broke in & the previous TWO owners have already fixed all the niggles.
     
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  8. yvrider

    yvrider Just got it firing!

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    Interesting.
     
  9. Trout

    Trout High Miler

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    Just so you know:
    I have never owned one of the small block V7's all my Guzzi's are & have been big blocks.
    But in talking to small block owners it seems that they follow a similar pattern.
    Little aggravating things in the beginning & they seem to come one behind the other.

    The folks that stick it out & get past that become devoted followers.
    I am firmly convinced that these bikes are not fully broke in 'till after 10,000 miles.
    The 1100 Black Eagle I owned was still settling in at 20,000.

    Don't mis-read that!
    All the niggles were worked out with the first few thousand miles.
    After that it was getting to know the bike & feeling the positive changes in it as the miles racked up.
     
  10. roadscum

    roadscum Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    With my '09 1200 Sport I had 2 1/2 years and numerous unwanted issues. When the instrument cluster went out at 25K and starting became intermittent again(fixed once) it was out of warranty and the nearest ok dealer was 650 miles away.....
    ..... it had to go. The only interested party was the local Yamaha dealer who made me an excellent deal on a new '12 Super Tenere. Deal done!!

    However they do get into your blood.........
    Last week I closed a deal on a V7 III Special and will do a fly/ride to Ct. the ride home to Florida. The dealer has agreed to put the break-in miles on the bike and perform the 1st service before I arrive. My hopes are he will discover and fix early issues so I'm not left at road side returning to Florida on the V7 as I had been on the 1200 Sport.

    Paul
     
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  11. Trout

    Trout High Miler

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    Yep sometimes you get "That One" that's why the Custom 1400 & I parted ways.

    Guess you decided against a Griso?
     
  12. jyppis

    jyppis Just got it firing!

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    I got to ride whole day with R nineT urban gs while my v7 was in service. Almost everything is fixed or said to be normal :D Brakefluid cover is still on its way from Italy.

    For a second v7 felt underpowered after R nineT :D
     

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