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valve adjustment 2002 California

Discussion in 'Chat & Tech Info' started by Jay3, Jul 16, 2021.

  1. Jay3

    Jay3 Just got it firing!

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    I just picked up a 2002 California found in garage unused for many years. Runs great but very noisy. Adjusted valves per specs and still noisy. Speedo shows only 23k miles. Any suggestions? Thanks Jay3
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    What specification did you use?
     
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    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    For newbies to Moto Guzzis, especially a California, they think the ticking they hear is noisy. It’s supposed to tick. If you don’t hear the rocker ticking against the top of the valve stem, then your valves are too tight.
     
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    DeadEye GT Reference GT di Razza Pura

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    Funny - when I'm stopped at a light with the clutch in you hear some valve train noise - if I put it in neutral you hear More !
    My son was *complaining* about how noisy it is...
    You know its ALIVE !!!

    Maybe he prefers or is just used to the sound of his sewing machine...
     
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    Jay3 Just got it firing!

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    I used 0.15mm for the exhaust and 0.1.mm for the intake.
     
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    Jay the .1 & .15 are fine and the idle noise is just the dry clutch. FYI much quieter than a Ducati!
     
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    V700Steve GT Reference GT di Razza Pura

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    You can compare valve tapping and clutch rattle end of month at the WI MGNOC Rally
    https://wmgr.org/
    Sounds like you are off to a good start, ride it.
     
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    Jay3 Just got it firing!

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    Thank you for the responses. I will chill with what I perceived as excessive noise. It is however noisier than my sons 2017 V7 Racer but that is 15 years newer. I am used to the engine noise of my Honda (sewing machine) Goldwing. Since I found this older and neglected California I actually prefer riding this beauty.
     
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    Jay3 Just got it firing!

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    Great idea. I do plan to attend the WI MGNOC Rally on July 31st. The noise I'm experiencing may very well be something else.
     
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    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    Virtually every cellphone has the ability to record a video with sound…
     
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    Jay3 Just got it firing!

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    Good idea Scott. Thanks. I’ll need to enlist a teenager or some young buck for help with that but hope to have a video with sound to post soon. Jay3
     
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