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Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports Today, 10:04 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
My battery box was replaced under warranty by my...

My battery box was replaced under warranty by my dealer for the same reason. They also did a goodwill replacement of my battery due to leakage and replaced it with a nice WPS LiPo. You may want to...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-27-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,260
Posted By Sock Monkey
Completely agree on bang for buck. I've heard the...

Completely agree on bang for buck. I've heard the Rally is just a bit more (maybe $500) so my Guzzi better behave or else [emoji1]

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-27-2015, 03:17 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I tried brief, I tried a bit shorter than brief,...

I tried brief, I tried a bit shorter than brief, I tried a bit longer than brief, and of course I tried the chicken dance. :lol3 Nada.

It was probably "user error" on my part just not being...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-27-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,260
Posted By Sock Monkey
Questions for owners

Hello Capo 1200 Owners!

I took a test ride on a new Capo a few days ago while my Stelvio was in for service (dealer tossed me the keys, filled the tank, and said go have fun :wink: ). Wow. What...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-25-2015, 07:40 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
It's the little things.....

I had an opportunity to smash some bugs with one of these today:



http://images.motorcycle-usa.com/PhotoGallerys/2014ApriliaCaponord1200FirstRide26.jpg



Very nice bike.....but I'm still...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-25-2015, 06:23 PM
Replies: 12,597
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Posted By Sock Monkey
:clap:clap:clap:clap Congrats. You're gonna...

:clap:clap:clap:clap

Congrats. You're gonna love it. :D

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-25-2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
I never commute with the side bags on the Stelvio...

I never commute with the side bags on the Stelvio because it makes lane splitting a dodgy affair. With the tucked in bags on the Norge, it was a non-issue because the bags stuck out no further than...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-24-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
Programming the ECU - Update

I wanted to report back on something I proposed a while back, and that was the results of trying to use the various bits of "free" software out there together with the magic cable and a Windows...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-24-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
I had an '08 Norge and now a '12 Stelvio, so I'll...

I had an '08 Norge and now a '12 Stelvio, so I'll toss in my 2 cents:

Peter hit many of the points, and they're all spot on.

One that he didn't mention was THE reason I got rid of my Norge: ...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-23-2015, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12,597
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Well, you do realize Dan hangs out a lot with...

Well, you do realize Dan hangs out a lot with Harley riders...... :lol3

:hide

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-22-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 12,597
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Yep, when bikes the size and weight of the AT...

Yep, when bikes the size and weight of the AT land, it registers on local seismographs. :lol3

If you are bending/breaking shock mounts on the AT, I'd say you are likely using the bike outside of...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-22-2015, 03:04 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I'll use a vid from one of your countrymen to...

I'll use a vid from one of your countrymen to help bridge the culture gap :lol3

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BV2tO1mzmXo" frameborder="0"...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-22-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
Unless you know all of the details leading to the...

Unless you know all of the details leading to the destruction of that NTX, I think that might be a bit premature. :norton

Having said that, if you want a 1200cc bike to go beat around in the bush...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-22-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 203,395
Posted By Sock Monkey
I've ridden the T-Scram many times and REALLY ...

I've ridden the T-Scram many times and REALLY like it. Absolutely love the "soul" of the bike, the feel of the 270 degree crank in that twin, the "back in the day" styling, and the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-22-2015, 09:45 AM
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Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
As you said, there just aren't failures like this...

As you said, there just aren't failures like this unless there's significant abuse, so the particulars really don't matter (and the comments on the original thread of it being "Guzzi shite" aren't...
Forum: Australia 03-22-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5,053
Views: 743,110
Posted By Sock Monkey
:loco From the pics of the damage it's...

:loco

From the pics of the damage it's pretty clear the rider smashed it to death. There's been a BIG impact on the right side of the CARC, likely due to smashing it into a large rock.

Let's...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-21-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 203,395
Posted By Sock Monkey
I think part of this comes about because you have...

I think part of this comes about because you have one set of buyers who want to do it all themselves and others who don't. Some have the time to tinker where others may not and are happy to buy and...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-21-2015, 10:01 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
By the looks of the pics and the fact that the...

By the looks of the pics and the fact that the swingarm section of the CARC is cracked through at arguably it's beefiest area (structurally), I'd guess he came down HARD on the point of a very...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-19-2015, 12:49 PM
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Views: 203,395
Posted By Sock Monkey
:clap:clap:clap Very nice. Thank you for...

:clap:clap:clap

Very nice. Thank you for posting that up.

I think if I was the marketing manager over at Triumph responsible for their Scrambler, I'd be a bit concerned about my future sales...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-17-2015, 07:25 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I had not seen this promo video before so I...

I had not seen this promo video before so I thought I'd share....

<iframe width="640" height="390" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DVUFCAo9I3I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Also...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-17-2015, 04:35 PM
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Views: 203,395
Posted By Sock Monkey
What got this started was someone asking what RPM...

What got this started was someone asking what RPM the bike was turning at 75mph. Until an owner chimes in with the answer, the next best source of info is to consult a gearing chart. Was just...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-16-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 901
Posted By Sock Monkey
Thanks again. :thumb That comment seems...

Thanks again. :thumb

That comment seems very consistent (F800GS is buzzy, Tiger is smooth). At some point I'm going to have to ride both again, because when the little Tiger first came out, I...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-16-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 901
Posted By Sock Monkey
That was awesome and VERY helpful. Thank you. ...

That was awesome and VERY helpful. Thank you. :clap

One question and one note:

- What about the F800GS didn't you like vs. the Tiger 800? :ear

- Re. switch gear, BMW went away from the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-15-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 203,395
Posted By Sock Monkey
Common sense will tell you that the torque of the...

Common sense will tell you that the torque of the motor plus wind resistance won't allow that. :deal

Hopefully Janet and other lucky owners will be able to chime in with actual results...assuming...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-15-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
Two questions: what tires did you choose, and...

Two questions: what tires did you choose, and where is your ride report? :evil

I love reading Alaska RR's and don't think I've seen one yet on a Stelvio, so getting both in a single report would...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-15-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
Very much looking forward to reading your RR. ...

Very much looking forward to reading your RR. Have a great trip! :thumb

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-15-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 203,395
Posted By Sock Monkey
Gear Commander and other tools like it don't take...

Gear Commander and other tools like it don't take into account engine torque, wind resistance, etc. It's just a straight math calculation based on final drive ratio, gear ratios, and wheel...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-14-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 203,395
Posted By Sock Monkey
I see you've gotten some "speculative" answers...

I see you've gotten some "speculative" answers but nothing from an owner, so maybe this will help.

I entered the Scrambler gearing into Gear Commander and got this:
...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-13-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
Random tuning thoughts

So I've had a week testing different tunes now that I have my magic cable. Here are a few things I found out that may help others:

- As others have reported, if you have problems with your bike...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-13-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
Go for the 2012 and save the $$$. It's the same...

Go for the 2012 and save the $$$. It's the same bike, and since you are only going to ride it this one time for this one trip, roller tappets etc. don't matter (btw, I have a 2012 and don't care at...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-12-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12,597
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Normal - Immobilizer active, i.e. you can't start...

Normal - Immobilizer active, i.e. you can't start the bike without the correct key (i.e. thieves RUN AWAY because superior Italian electronics are active :lol3 ).

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-12-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 12,597
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Do you mean the key is on but the bike isn't...

Do you mean the key is on but the bike isn't running and the red triangle is lit? Normal -> Battery draining

Or do you mean the key is off/out and the little red LED is blinking at you? Normal...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-12-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 203,395
Posted By Sock Monkey
I don't see a fuel gauge anywhere...... ...

I don't see a fuel gauge anywhere......

http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--biifTVuM--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/j9s9kymed5ymfyaezfra.jpg

And then there's this from The...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-12-2015, 12:09 PM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
- Double check the tightness of the chassis...

- Double check the tightness of the chassis ground near the starter.

- Make sure the battery connections are tight.

- Tug on the ground wires at the battery and chassis ground to make sure the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-11-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
+1 Used my Slime compressor several times...

+1

Used my Slime compressor several times just drawing power through the SAE connector that is attached to my battery for use with my battery tender (which I never need any more with my LiPo...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-11-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
:thumb Great to hear you found the problem...

:thumb

Great to hear you found the problem and it was a relatively simple fix. Now go enjoy the big girl! :clap

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-11-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
This ^^^^^ Lowering the RPMs makes a huge...

This ^^^^^

Lowering the RPMs makes a huge difference on mileage. The really nice thing about these bikes is they will cruise all day long at 3k rpm and be perfectly happy, where my old BMW R12GS...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-10-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
With just shy of 13k miles on mine, my avg is...

With just shy of 13k miles on mine, my avg is right at 40.2 US MPG. That's lifetime, meaning all roads, from 25 mph surface streets to 75 mph + freeway blasting and a bit of unsealed roads (jeep...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-10-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
You might be able to find one of these locally: ...

You might be able to find one of these locally:

Interstate Motorcycle Battery...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 03-10-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 12,597
Views: 1,762,133
Posted By Sock Monkey
Resting no-load voltage should be 14+. Do...

Resting no-load voltage should be 14+.

Do yourself a favor and get something like this and be done:

http://www.wpsstatic.com/Catalogs/ST2015/ST2015-0651.jpg

No leaking, can sit for months...
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