High mileage stelvio clutch job , clutch slipping because it is,a worn out ,b because the cush springs were rubbing on the gearbox casing .
Norge 8v GT ,
had a leaking oil pressure switch , to get to it involves seat, panels,and fuel tank …then you remove the lower fairing , on both sides to access the inlet manifolds to the throttle bodies .
then you can remove the airbox , underneath is the oil pressure switch. It also means you can get to everywhere to clean up the oil that has leaked out .
new switch has an adapter to fit new type of switch , so hopefully it won’t happen again .
clean everything up and screw it all back together.
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 !
When there used to be lots of guzzi workshops in London , ….this is how we would send messages to each other .
I once took out a filter that was 25 years old , message written by a mechanic in 3 Cross . He still worked at a dealer nearby , took it to show him ….he nearly fell over !
1200 Sport , one of my all-time favourite Guzzi’s , i don’t think there are 200 in the UK .
A do everything bike , comparable to a VFR750 , doesn’t do anything fantastic , just does everything well.
Fast enough to get from A 2 B at a very good average speed , comfy if you mod the seat a bit and put on the later bars , fuel efficient , 40+ mpg , good looking , forgiving chassis , good brakes , what more do you need?
Put on the factory 2 into 2 exhaust system , and lose a bit …ok a lot , of weight ,AND get some noise out of it .
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 .
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.
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 .