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Discussion in 'Spine' started by GT-Rx®, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Bigbear

    Bigbear Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Lucky Bugga! Nice to see you out & about. We are coming to the end of our summer & are still Lock-down 3 -no non essential travel :( - but I couldn't stand house arrest any longer & took the 992 down to the testing station on Sat to get the warrant I had gone for before lock-down but failed - no horn (wires came off) & no front break rear stoplight (because lil ball bearing in switch was"stuck" from lack of use!).
    Anyway I can tell you no fun police would have wiped the grin off my face for the sheer pleasure of the ride there & back.
    Oh yes got the warrant despite headlight floating because of a broken bracket - which I have now fixed.
    Note your beauty has the rectangular light - ( is available as Kawasaki replica from Taiwan for $12).
    Now you've tempted me for another ride - will do the same with the 1100 but will take the long way round hahaha.
     
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  2. MedicAndy

    MedicAndy Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I'm glad that you got to take your bike out for a ride.... :) We are also suppose to stay at home and only leave if it is absolutely needed..... So yes, I can't see how I could possibly harm anyone while I'm riding a motorcycle...... Our police / government stated that they would not pull anybody over for any reason, so I do take some rides every now ant then. I work in our local Level 1 Trauma Center's Pediatric Emergency Department, and I actually got to leave four hours early today, due to a lack of patients, which is a good thing! :) So the first thing I did after I got home was pulling my 1996 GSXR1100 out of the barn, and then spend the following two hours burning up our country roads with that bike. Off all the bikes I own, I love riding the GSXR the most. That bike's engine is highly modified (this bike was raced at the Michigan International Raceway in the late 90's), and I have right at 200 hp on the rear wheel hitting the asphalt.... The power of this bike is so intoxicating...... :) On the brighter side of life, I bought me a 1987 LeMans 1000SE today. I'm driving to New Hampshire in two weeks to take her to her new stable here in Raleigh NC. I sold my 1985 LeMans to a good friend of mine when I needed to come up with some cash for a 1100 Sport I wanted, and I had been missing the LeMans ever since....... I will post the pictures of that bike in my next post.

    Anyway my friend, stay safe and healthy down under, and I hope that you get a couple more therapeutic rides in soon! :)
     
  3. MedicAndy

    MedicAndy Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I sold my 1985 LeMans about two years ago to a good friend of mine here in Raleigh, and I guess seeing this bike again a couple of days ago rekindled the LeMans flame deep within! :) Make a long story short: I bought me a 9.6k original miles 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000SE earlier today.

    Here is a little history of the Moto Guzzi Lemans SE, which I copied from "Raresportbikesforsale"

    The 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 SE (Special Edition) was a limited run of motorcycles based on the Series II Le Mans 1000. Built in honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of the V7, it has evolved into a collector’s bike particularly desired by Guzzistas. Only 100 examples of the Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 SE made it to the United States. Of however many still remain, plenty are in museums and private collections, so a purchasing opportunity like this can be quite rare.

    All of the Special Editions had the red and white paint scheme, with distinctive aspects including a red seat, and red wheels. Cosmetic differences were many, though the mechanical differences were few. Engines were untouched, though the acceleration was boosted as the transmissions were geared closer than the standard Le Mans.

    The Le Mans 1000 (sometimes referred to as the Le Mans IV) entered production in 1984 and was made until 1993 in two series. This was a quite different looking motorcycle although still unmistakably a “Guzzi”. The seat was changed and flowed in an upward curve from the fuel tank. The half fairing grew a belly pan and the riding position was made a little more upright for touring.

    The cockpit instrument panel was mounted in the fairing which had been developed in the Mandello del Lario wind tunnel. Engine capacity of the Le Mans 1000 was increased to 949cc with 40mm pumper Dell’Orto PHM 40 carburettors to ensure an adequate fuel air supply to that larger engine. This bike was also fitted as standard with the B10 camshaft originally used in the factory production racing model and had larger valves. The Le Mans 1000 was also fitted with a new Valeo starter. The frame of the bike remained much the same as the previous models but with a modified steering head and altered rear.

    I'm driving up to NH in two weeks to pick up and take this LeMans to her new stable here in Raleigh, NC, which is currently full to capacity of mostly 1100 Sports.... I'm pretty sure that they all will get along just fine! :)

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    This is what this bike would look like with the original red seat installed. I'm getting the original eat with this bike, and I'm pretty sure that I will re-install it on my new bike.
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  4. MedicAndy

    MedicAndy Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I finally had some time this week with servicing the 1997 1100 Sport, which I bought from her Canadian owners last October. This bike was highly modified both mechanically and cosmetically by her first Californian collector / owner. The cam was balanced and the engine blue printed, the fuel mapping was replaced from the ECU to a Power Commander, and this bike was then Dyno tuned. Very view parts remained stock on this bike, and I added my modifications to this bike by adding the single seater and the belly fairing. Sadly enough, the paint of those two items is not a perfect match, so I will need to remove and get them repainted.




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    Greasing the drive shaft while also checking and greasing the splines. I'm using Würth SIG 3000 High Impact Grease.
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    I heard of several 1100 Sport owners who have lost their engines due to the oil filter spinning off while riding their bikes. So installing a hose clamp around the filter is normal operation procedure now when changing the oil filters. I use Mobil 1 V-Twin 20W50 full synthetic oil with a Mobil 1 oil filter.
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    Servicing the final drive the easy way!
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    I heard some rumors on several other forums about Red Line's transmission oil not being good to our transmissions, so I contacted both Harpers and Red Line's customer service departments, and both came back with nothing but positive comments about this transmission oil, so I will most definitely continue adding it into my Guzzi's.
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  5. scottmastrocinque

    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    Oh so beautiful Andy! Really awesome. :party::party::party:

    I LOVED the video until the moment I fell out of the chair when I saw... :sick::sick::sick:

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    I know you love these Sports so please, I beg you on my knees, beg, beg, beg...

    Never put anything but a SINGLE KEY, by itself, in these bikes. :shake::shake::shake:

    Nothing makes me more sick than seeing a drop dead beautiful bike with a scratched up triple tree or scratches all around the ignition switch, from a collection of keys and crap.

    These bikes of yours, are rolling artwork. That clump of keys, is a travesty! I'm crying here...:cry::cry::cry:

    Other than that, they are perfect! Well done!

    I'm jealous... :envy::envy::envy:

    :):):)
     
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  6. MedicAndy

    MedicAndy Tuned and Synch'ed

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    How cool is this!

    This picture showed the original Moto Guzzi Lake Como factory assembly line while it was loaded up with one red and then followed by a full line of blue 1995 1100 Sports!

    The gentleman who took this picture visited / toured the factory in early 1995, right after he received his new 1994 1100 Sport, which he had just purchased & was delivered to his home in December 1994. He, as of today, still owns his 1994 1100 Sport.

    This is the only picture that I have ever seen of 1100 Sports sitting on the assembly line at the Moto Guzzi factory!

    Andy

    ps: I did ask for permission to share this picture.....

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  7. thierry roullier

    thierry roullier Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Beautiful. It looks like you have the 16'' front wheel as well.
     
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  8. MedicAndy

    MedicAndy Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I had a 1985 LM IV, which I sold to a friend of mine, and that also bike had a 16" front wheel. I like the 16" front wheels, which for me help the bike turn faster, especially when the wheel is matched with a great tire. So yes, my new LM IV also has the 16" front wheel, which works great for me.
     

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