8v clutch job , stelvio

High mileage stelvio clutch job , clutch slipping because it is,a worn out ,b because the cush springs were rubbing on the gearbox casing .

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Norge 8v GT , oil pressure switch leak

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.

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 !

1200 Sport

 

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 .

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 .

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 .