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02 v11 runs

Discussion in 'Spine' started by Dolittle, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. Dolittle

    Dolittle Just got it firing!

    Jun 4, 2013
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    I bought a 02 v 11 naked and got it in shape to ride. It runs ok but what should I look for that would leave me stoped on the road ? Also if the fuel tank hits the body when you install it is it swelled because of the ethnol ? And is there anything I can do about it .
    Thanks Dolittle ;)
  2. GuzziMoto

    GuzziMoto GT Reference GT Contributor

    Nov 7, 2008
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    B'more, Md
    Tank swell is a sticky subject. It is something some plastic tanks do. It seems to be the plastic the tank is made from reacting with something or somethings in the fuel. Is it ethanol? I have heard many people say it is but I have seen little actual proof that it is. Around here we have been using ethanol in our fuel for a very long time, but tank swell issues seem rather new. I have my doubts.
    But what ever it is that is causing it is likely in the fuel and so sealing the inside of the tank should stop it. That requires fully drying out the tank and applying something like Casewell epoxy tank sealer. Prep is key, you must thoroughly clean the inside of the tank and scuff it to promote adhesion.
    Another option, more grey, is to use a fuel conditioner/stabilizer like Startron or Stabil ethanol version.

    As for the other question, what to watch for....
    Many have had issue with the relays and their sockets. Bad relays or poor connections to them will cause the bike to not run.
    Weak charging systems due to Italians poor understanding of electricity is another. Making sure the regulator is well grounded and improving the connections helps. There are plenty of others, but I do not want to imply that they are not incredibly reliable. They are, but in classic Italian style the details are often not quite right. Most of the issues are minor unless they are allowed to get out of hand.
  3. fotoguzzi

    fotoguzzi Tuned and Synch'ed

    Oct 28, 2008
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    Minneapolis, MN
    the frame can rub a hole right thru the tank, right side of steering head, get something in there to keep it from rubbing on that exposed end of frame tube.

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