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Discussion in 'Small Block' started by guzzisti91, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. guzzisti91

    guzzisti91 Tuned and Synch'ed

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    So, about a week ago i did both the tyres & with them off i decided to do the forks as well. In a prevoius post concerning the forks, the left fork was jammed on, thanks to encountering rust that was flaking the chrome off. I have since taken the blinker off & pressed it out using a scissor jack, & the rest was easy! I sanded it with wet & dry, causing the rusted part to turn silver. Stanchion is still strong. Pumped until there was nothing left. About 400mL came out, but boy, did it stink! Washed it out with carby cleaner, which pumped out of the stanchion clear before swabbing it with a clean rag. Left it to drain more overnight before reinstalling it.

    The right fork was a bit easier, only when it reached it's rust band, i had to tap the bottom tree a bit before it would press out. Otherwise, same story as the left. Same strength. Same amount of oil. Same smell. Reinstalled both flush with the upper tree using a flat piece of wood across the top before putting in Dexron III (reccomended by a lube guide), levelling, & reinstalling the caps.

    Now, after riding it a few times, i noticed a few things. Firstly, the handling is sharper. Secondly, it grips better (because of the new Lasertechs?). It's also more stable, suspension is stiffer, yet i feel less bumps & no longer hear any rattle. & since fixing the carbs & changing to a home made filter, the fuel light came on with the tripmeter at 283km. I filled the tank 5 minutes after fixing the carbs. The screen was removed for 10 of those km.

    Now, previously, the most i could get was 294km out of it's 14 litre tank. But this time, after 283km, it needed 10.74 litres. The light came on 5km prior. I am puzzled by these improvements, but i suspect it's because this 2-wheeled tank has fallen into the hands of someone who actually looks after it.

    But that's not my question. I had to remove the screen to do the forks, & decided to leave it off while tested the forks. Does this thing look better with or without the screen?
    tmp_1467-20180204_164355_HDR972792864.jpg That's it to the right, screen on
    tmp_1467-20180221_191130190094034.jpg This is how it looks now
     
  2. Trout

    Trout GT Reference

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    I like the look without but I like "basic" bikes best.

    I have a '89 Guzzi Mille GT that looks best without the screen but I need to wear a full face hat to be comfortable for any ride over an hour.
    Longer or cold/wet weather or if I want to wear the old 3/4 Bell open face I put the screen back on.
     
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  3. Raven

    Raven Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Looks better without, more practical with.
     
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    guzzisti91 Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Yeah, buffeting can be an issue but i'm used to it. I only have a THH T-373 open face with full face shield. Safest open face on the market, apparently. Can be quite noisy in certain situations, but otherwise, no issues. My only gripe is without the screen, the wind twists the flag
     

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