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 .

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Servicing your bike

You don’t have to go to an authorized dealer . Provided the service is done to the standard the factory set ( not hard ) using genuine parts ( to support the factory ) the service book is filled in , all the right oils are used , and all the items on the maintenance schedule are completed .

There is a piece of E.U. law that allows you to do this . It was designed to stop the monopoly of franchised dealers/importers .

how not to have an alarm fitted

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This is an alarm removed in 15 mins from a V7 . Fitted by a Datatool Dealer . Bike came to a halt , because it was so badly fitted . i don’t know any alarm fitter who would have done it like this , it was embarrassingly bad . Have spoken to Datatool who want it back , so they can see what has been done to it .

there is a wire to sense that the ignition has been switched on ….the wire was poked into the ignition live …it is supposed to be soldered in .

Hopefully a new unit is on it’s way , and a letter will be sent to the fitting dealer .

Moto Guzzi Norge 8V GT broken collector box

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Norge 8V GT

broken exhaust collector box , needed welding .

here is what happens… next put bike on the bench , remove fairing panels, remove header pipes …deal with exhaust studs, deal with exhaust clamps to coll. box ,remove silencer, strap bike to bench , jack the bike up, chock rear wheel ( for a bit of height ) remove centre stand, 4 hours later collector box in your hand ! ….take to welders.

Stelvio swinging arm bearings , all carc models

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A distinct lack of grease from new…these are going to be a problem for every owner. The problem will be compounded by other problems that you are trying to fix at the same time .

This needs to be a job on it’s own, because you will end up doing the knuckle underneath at the same time .
Parts involved , knuckle, swinging arm bearings , seals for bearings , swinging arm spindle …and if you are really unlucky …a swinging arm .

Getting the rhs bearing out , means grinding/cutting the inner race as the output shaft from the gearbox gets in the way of a puller , and the shape of the hole and frame stop you getting a drift on it from behind .

Moto Guzzi California II X reg Knocking noise

In my profile picture you will see a Moto Guzzi California II in white, this bike came to me with a knocking noise which started from around 2 thousand revs and stopped around 3.5 thousand revs. After a road test. I found the issue by stripping the engine and checking the con rods. The rods were egg shaped worn. This caused the bike to make the noise.

With a engine out of the frame, second hand conrods, machined crankshaft to oversize shells. The bike was brought back onto the road.

This bike had been seven years parked up so it was good to see a happy customer able to use the bike as it should be. No nasty  noises and back out, on the open road.

Baldrick

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