Honesty , does it pay ?

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Little V50 , comes in , owner says he has broken the clutch , he has no drive . wants a quote for clutch replacement . Bring it in says i ….turns up in a van from Bristol….

leave it with me for the week , he says , i’ll be back on Saturday .

have a quick check over deffo , no drive .

remove rear wheel , drive box and caliper.

bear in mind this guy has owned this for 2 years .

as i remove the drive box , there is a spring , sleeve , circlip , and disc .These link the driveshaft to the drive box .

there was no disc or circlip ?


the spring pushes against the disc and circlip (the circlip locates in the sleeve) and this all holds it against the pinion in the drive box , transmitting the drive .

so quoted for clutch plate swop about £550 , actual cost £100 .


Bloody Moto Guzzi parts department .

So frustrating , ordered this from my friendly dealer , correct part number used , wait 4 weeks . parcel arrives …left hand part in a right hand bag .

Order another one , same thing happens …BUGGER !

See one for sale , on the other side of the EU , at more than UK retail , but i need it …. email an order , with a note to check before sending , that it is the correct part .

parcel turns up 4 days later , BRILLIANT , thinks me …..unwrap parcel…left hand part inside . BUGGER.

Email EU supplier , with photo’s to show it is the wrong part, they agree and arrange collection , to return said part .

Have currently spent nearly £400 , and nothing to show for it .

Just watch both of them turn up at the same time .

update , they did turn up on the same day , 30 minutes apart !

Bloody Italians , coming over here , breaking down , drinking our beer .

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This is Max Guzzi , he is from Pavia just south of Milan ,

be nice to him if you see him, it is his first time in England .

Buy him a beer , then look at all the places he has been . He is on Cali Jackal ,

with over 270k kms on it. He has more Elephant stickers on his bike than you have

fingers !


False economy

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customer went for MOT …MOT failed .
customer complained of poor back brake performance.
customer complained about MOT tester .
customer complained about cost of replacement pads.
mechanic , how long has your rear brake been poor ?
customer , for about the last 4 months .
mechanic , do you not check your bike over every now and again ?
customer , well the last mechanic said they were ok !
mechanic , when was that then ?
customer , last year just before the MOT.
mechanic , how many miles have you done since then ?
customer , 12,000 miles all in London.
mechanic , OH !


This is why i tell people , always have a minimum of 2 keys.

ALWAYS have a minimum of 2 keys for your Breva , Griso , Stelvio , Cali 14 ,Norge , 1200 Sport, anything that has a key coded to the bike .

This customer managed to lose a set of keys ages ago, never got around to getting some more cut, even though he had brought some spares, to do just that .

Lost his only remaining set , didn’t have the key number written down , BUT does, thankfully , know his user code .

SO , new set of locks all-round , code the new keys to the dash , and off he goes,

£450 quid lighter .


Special offer , all of June , if you don’t know your user code , but you have 2 keys , come and see me,  and i will give you one , THAT YOU CANNOT FORGET OR LOSE .



Yes Sir , we will service your new bike before you pick it up !

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So , a new owner says… give it a service , so we have a start point. Shouldn’t need much he says , i’ve only done 5-600 miles since i got it . Dropped the oil out and took off the sump… oil filter dated 2012 , thick black sludge in the sump , a drain washer that has been used more than once is cut off of the drain bolt. Double gaskets on the rocker covers ? and valves so very tight , carb balance a mile off , and mixture screws set at 2 turns out not the 3 1/2 turns out the engine wants .

Run it down the road for an MOT , tester can’t get it out of gear , passes with flying colours .


Griso 12 clutch replacement

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Griso 1200 clutch plate . worn right down to the rivets . The centre of the plate was rubbing against the middle of the pressure plate , causing the clutch to slip under load . You can see the shiney part on the rivets where they are touching the pressure plate .


Does your drive box oil come out looking like this ?

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does your oil come out like this ?

this is oil with maybe 10% water in it . Probably caused by lots of short journeys , where the drive box doesn’t get hot enough to make the water evaporate off .
solution , change you oil more frequently , open out the hole in the vent at the breather .

When you change it , try and do it hot , just after a ride is best , leave it to drain , overnight if you can .

Then refill to the correct level .

You may need to do this twice in quick succession , to get all the affected oil out.

Your drive box is an expensive bit of engineering , oil changes are very cheap by comparison .


what bike mags do you read ?

so what bike magazines /papers do you read ?


Oh dear !

customer , hello i think i have a problem …

me , what ?

customer , i don’t have any gears …

me , well bring it in , lets have a look …..

it would seem that , customer did an oil change 2500 mls ago , and the oil has gone somewhere else …

rear output bearing has failed .

gearbox is so damaged it isn’t worth fixing .