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Centauro that has sat for years?

Discussion in 'Spine' started by 56Steve, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. 56Steve

    56Steve Just got it firing!

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    Is there a non oem fuel filter that can be used? I figure there has to be some 10 year old gas in the one on the bike.
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT Famiglia

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    Not that I know of. Looks like the same one used on the Quota.
     
  3. Bigbear

    Bigbear Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I'm sure Todd can supply one - you are lucky to have such a dedicated patriarch.
    The one on mine is a Weber - quite large - a benefiet to healthy running, & placed out front helps cooling.
    One other thing is check the fuel tap tank filter, the one in mine wouldn't have been amiss on scooter!
    I have fitted a Mk5 one which is quite long & better quality. The Centauro tap has a smaller thread for it however.
    Find a bicycle pump nozzle ( small male thread with knurled top & fine tubular needle striking out of it - used to blow up footballs etc ) they have the same thread & are long enuf to protrude out of the tap. Break the fine nozzel off & drill apropriate same I.d. As the nozzel & then screw it in, the knurled end will fit snugly inside the Mk5 filter stem & the Mk5 tap washer has the same I.d. as the filter, so when pushed over the filter it is held snugly on the fitting & tightening the tap into the tank squeezes the filter in the washer to ensure it is held firm.
    I Have just completed my 2 year Centauro to 992 Sport conversion - Yahoooooo so with a few minor items I will get to enjoy it during our summer.
    I will try & post a build event with pics ASAP
    One thing I have learnt - it's not the build, but the details!!!

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  4. 56Steve

    56Steve Just got it firing!

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    Nice work. The sports where such great looking bikes. To bad the ergos don't work for me.
     
  5. scottmastrocinque

    scottmastrocinque High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Well, I have owned 2 Centauro's in my lifetime and still have my 1997. I have replaced almost everything on the bike that wears, (i.e. brakes, lines, rubbers, etc) and have virtually every factory special tool needed to work on the engine, so if you need a picture or a question, I can probably help.

    I've been waiting for spring to yank my engine and replace the aluminum gears and factory oil pump with the much better replacement units from Joe in England. With the proper tools, the job is not overly insane, but I cannot imagine doing it on the garage floor with just general tools. Insane if you ask me.

    I love my 2012 Stelvio and every other Moto Guzzi I have owned as well, however, I ADORE my Centauro! I am definitely a Centauristi!

    It is BY FAR, the most wonderful motorcycle (to me), that I have ever owned in my life and I've owned just about everything.

    Is it perfection?, Hell No! It's a hairy chested monstrosity and a beast to work on. Parts are often times hard to find and $$$$$ (think $650 headlight, I'm not kidding, if you can find one!). I searched for months to locate what I believe are the last OEM brand new set of factory mirrors in a tiny obscure shop in Germany and had to pay over $300 US to buy them, but I was glad to get them! It's a madness, for sure.

    It is the very incarnation of what is meant when people say 'Guzzi are quirky..." It unexpectedly and randomly, burps, farts, and snores but when I open her up, and the power pulses start singing through the custom twin Mistral 50mm wide open pipes....well, that's a symphony like no other motorcycle in the world.

    I've been working very hard to get mine dialed in as perfect as I can get it. My youngest son already knows that I am leaving it to him upon my death, and he can display it as art, or actually ride the thing. He'll hopefully do both!

    So, welcome to the club. If I can be of assistance, please let me know.

    Scott Mastrocinque
    419-581-0274
    Findlay, Ohio








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  6. Blaufeld

    Blaufeld Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Since I started to ride, I've always tought that the Centauro is the proverbial "sex on wheels" bike!!!
     
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    scottmastrocinque High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Agreed!

    FWIW: I know a nice gentleman on another site, who mounted saddlebags on his Centauro! :( It's his only bike and I kind of understand that people have to do what makes them happy, but he didn't get the humor in this graphic I made for him... I think it's self-explanatory. :rofl:

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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT Famiglia

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    I put red 18 liter Krausers on my MkV LeMans. I would go to rallies and travel with it and had to put stuff somewhere. The small bags don't detract much from the looks but are functional.
     
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