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V7iii General Chat-Mods Thread

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by PepperoniBros., Oct 3, 2019.

  1. PepperoniBros.

    PepperoniBros. Just got it firing!

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    image.jpg Hi, like many of you folks here I am in the process of turning my new V7iii into the machine it was meant to be. One of the first things that I do when I get a new bike is adjust all the controls to fit, one of my surprises was that while you can adjust the position of the rear brake pedal, there is no provision to adjust the brake light switch. There is a non adjustable stop for the switch that limits you to the standard position, I got around this by installing a longer 5mm button head SS bolt that would just catch the tit of the brake light switch with the pedal in a lower position. Now that I can use the rear brake comfortably it doesn't seem to have much power, a true anti-lock brake for sure. Is this normal? Absolutely the weakest rear brake of any motorcycle that I have ever owned. Like everything else, that brake just needed some break-in miles, working much better now.
     
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    PepperoniBros. Just got it firing!

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    image.jpeg View attachment 18250 View attachment 18250 I pulled my tank so I could have some vinyl stripes applied and took advantage to swap out the fuel filter as well as install the SAS block off kit. Good call as the filter was getting ready to go, 2018 Milano with 720 miles, why isn't there a recall on these?
     
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  3. Mayakovski

    Mayakovski Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    According to Guzzi and Piaggio there is no issue with the filter. We all know better but they are clueless, or don't care.
     
  4. PepperoniBros.

    PepperoniBros. Just got it firing!

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    Looks a little better with some color on it, an emerald green windscreen is on the way. While the tank was off I replaced the fuel filter, blocked off the SAS, and installed a Bosch horn from a Crown Vic, here is a box of stuff that has fallen off the bike so far.

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  5. Bill Hagan

    Bill Hagan GT Reference GT Famiglia

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    I am a OEM stock kind of guy, but those mods look good.

    Apropos the box contents, curious how you ended up with two fuel filters? ;)

    Also wonder how/where you mounted the new horn. Don't see it in your pic.

    Finally, I use my rear brake, but more for stabilizing, trail braking, emergency stops, and similar tasks more than for standard stopping. I have not found it particularly lame as you note.

    Bill
     
  6. PepperoniBros.

    PepperoniBros. Just got it firing!

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    The discarded mirrors in the box make it look like there is more than one filter in there, it's a trick. The horn is mounted in the stock position, I will post a better pic. My rear brake is starting to break in and is working better now.
     
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    Bill Hagan GT Reference GT Famiglia

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    Figured that re filter(s), but I am easily amused. :giggle:

    I'd like to mount two horns as I did on my Stornello, but the crash bars on the III make that more problematic than I can resolve just now.

    I can't keep up with Guzzi models WRT livery, etc., but yours has a tach that I thought only came with Specials, yet has cast wheels that I thought were on Stones, etc.

    I like the "look" of the wire-spoked wheels on my III, but -- aside from the inconvenience of tubed tires -- mine have an annoying bobble at front end that I have pretty much narrowed down to the wheel being a bit out of round. Not ruling out other possibilities that even might implicate the rear wheel as the culprit, but my front wheel is at the shop getting inspected and, if out of whack, hopefully fixed.

    Bill
     
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  8. PepperoniBros.

    PepperoniBros. Just got it firing!

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    image.jpeg Here is a better pic of the horn.
    The good thing about spoke wheels is that they can usually be trued, I hope that your shop can get the bobble out.
    My bike was a leftover, nobody wanted it, View attachment 18295 but to me it had all the right stuff, except for the gray paint.
     
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    vagrant High Miler GT Contributor

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    so did putting the Stronello help?
     
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    Bill Hagan GT Reference GT Famiglia

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    Don't want to steal the OP's post, but yes.

    [For the puzzled-by-vagrant's-question bunch, I swapped out my III's front wheel with the front from my Stornello to see if the bobble, mentioned above, was independent of the wheel.]

    The answer is "I think so." :think:

    Actually, I am pretty sure it did narrow the problem to the III's wheel. I am only a bit reserved as to finality of that because, while the roads I took it on day before yesterday are twisting delights, I got caught up in that joy rather than looking for silky smooth ones. AS a result, there was more wheel "noise" of all sorts such that I cannot say definitively. Still, it was enough for me to remount the Stornello's wheel on it -- so I can ride it today in this grand weather :clap: -- and take the III's wheel to Winchester Motorsports to have the tire removed and the wheel checked and (hopefully) fixed.

    Bill

    P.S. 1. Thanks, P'roni, for the horn pic, but my crash bars make that particular approach undoable. Will figure out something as the anemic OEM horn wouldn't run a stinkbug off an apple. :( 2. OK, I'll bite. 329?
     
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    PepperoniBros. Just got it firing!

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    329 is my SCTA race number that I still hold for some lucky reason, we quit racing the Bonneville Bee in 2014 when my MS just made it too difficult. And feel free to hijack away, I started this thread because the others were dull and lifeless.
     
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