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Old 12-13-2011, 03:06 AM   #6391
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That looks like a mid-80's unit to me and, of course, it's a Guzzi so the technology is much older.
So, I should post pics of my 2009 V7 Classic then?
Yes, I know it is old tech, I like it that way -- simple, and easy maintenance. It is actually a blend of old and new, as it does have electronic fuel injection.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:35 PM   #6392
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My TT500 in middle between buddies' XT and TT (yellow was 1978, orange 1979). Suprisingly fast on gravel road!
Here's mine. Some one mentioned they are hard to start. They are, until you get rid of the stock carb. Along with a few other mods. Yes its a fire road killer.

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Old 12-14-2011, 08:12 AM   #6393
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Here's mine. Some one mentioned they are hard to start. They are, until you get rid of the stock carb. Along with a few other mods. Yes its a fire road killer.
Cool! What year is that, haven't seen those colors before. Guess 1979 or later since alu swingarm?

Actually easy to start. But want a new exhaust system, where did you get yours and what type is it?
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:46 PM   #6394
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Cool! What year is that, haven't seen those colors before. Guess 1979 or later since alu swingarm?

Actually easy to start. But want a new exhaust system, where did you get yours and what type is it?
Its a '78. The front and rear plastic fenders are universal fenders, along with the headlight / numberplate. The side covers are from a CR 250. The exhaust header pipe is from White Bros. mufffler is an aluminum SuperTrapp,( no discs) Aluminum swing arm and shocks also from White bros. I installed a high compression piston, and new Mikuni carb, ( it was a bitch to restart if it chocked off, this carb cured that. Startup was easy, 1 or 2 kicks, usually 1 is all it took. just for some reason going slow and it chocked off, took a while to get it to start, with the new carb it was like day and night difference, starting and throttle response), relocated oil lines, among other things. The piston, exhaust system and carb really wakes this bike up. Decided against a hotter cam. Has good power, has surprised many of people. It loves a winding dirt road, hang the back out with power to keep it there.

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:54 PM   #6395
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Here's mine. Some one mentioned they are hard to start. They are, until you get rid of the stock carb. Along with a few other mods. Yes its a fire road killer.
Never had a problem with the one's I've had, all have had the standard carb. Here's my 77 model, had it since 1981. The tank is off a later model.

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Old 12-15-2011, 09:00 AM   #6396
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Never had a problem with the one's I've had, all have had the standard carb. Here's my 77 model, had it since 1981. The tank is off a later model.
Impressing, 30 years...longest I've had a bike is 3 years.

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The piston, exhaust system and carb really wakes this bike up. Decided against a hotter cam. Has good power, has surprised many of people.
Plan is NOT spending any money on the bike, my 530EXC is lots faster anyway. Bought it because I think they are cool and a couple of classic enduro events a year in Scandinavia...but just there to participate, not to win. But...must admit I could use some more power. Plan was starting with a bigger rear sprocket and exhaust.

But next thing going on is studded enduro tyres...THAT's really fun
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:50 PM   #6397
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It needs a battery to start, so I wasn't able to start it yet, but got a battery, so I'll try soon. The engine as good compression, and the transmission shifts into and operates well in each gear.

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Old 12-16-2011, 05:18 PM   #6398
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It needs a battery to start, so I wasn't able to start it yet, but got a battery, so I'll try soon. The engine as good compression, and the transmission shifts into and operates well in each gear.

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Love the Guzzi and the Honda. You just need a TU250 to complete the fleet
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:25 PM   #6399
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Love the Guzzi and the Honda. You just need a TU250 to complete the fleet
Thanks! Which Honda do you love? there are two: XL185S, and CL90.

I'd love to have a TU250x. I just don't want to drop the coin on what one costs right now.

I also love the look of the CB77 Super Hawk (305cc twin)., and would love to find a good deal on one in nice-condition. Granted, it wouldn't be fuel-injected like the TU though.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:17 PM   #6400
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Thanks! Which Honda do you love? there are two: XL185S, and CL90.

I'd love to have a TU250x. I just don't want to drop the coin on what one costs right now.

I also love the look of the CB77 Super Hawk (305cc twin)., and would love to find a good deal on one in nice-condition. Granted, it wouldn't be fuel-injected like the TU though.
I had a nearly new S90 way back in the day but I don't believe I've ever seen the CL 90. I also had a nearly new 305 Superhawk in ancient times as well.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:30 PM   #6401
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Thanks! Which Honda do you love? there are two: XL185S, and CL90.

I'd love to have a TU250x. I just don't want to drop the coin on what one costs right now.

I also love the look of the CB77 Super Hawk (305cc twin)., and would love to find a good deal on one in nice-condition. Granted, it wouldn't be fuel-injected like the TU though.
The CL90. You just can't beat the simplicity and clean lines of those old Hondas. Back then, it was considered a small bike. Now a 250 is considered small. If your not riding around on a 427 Boss Hoss people don't think it's a "real" bike anymore
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:44 PM   #6402
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:34 AM   #6403
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The CL90. You just can't beat the simplicity and clean lines of those old Hondas. Back then, it was considered a small bike. Now a 250 is considered small. If your not riding around on a 427 Boss Hoss people don't think it's a "real" bike anymore
The XL185S is a pretty simple bike too -- and it will run w/o a battery in it. You're right about the displacement escalation in the motorcycle market. My V7 is a 750 (actually 744cc). In the 70's and 80's, a 750 was a "big" bike. Nowadays, it is considered "entry level". Now, the V7 might not be the best example, as it is lower powered than most 750's, at 48 HP, it is out-powered by a lot of 600's, and about the same power as some 500's. But, in the early 70's a CB-450 @ 44 HP, was considered a fast bike.

In many other parts of the world, they still ride much smaller displacement bikes than we do. Some, because they have a lot less money, and the cost of fuel is a critical factor them, and some because of tax structure.

I'd love to see a modern equivalent of a CB-350 or CB-400T available. I love the Suzuki TU-250X, but I think that I would want a little more power than 17; although, even at 17 HP, it'd be a fun bike to own -- I enjoy knocking around on my XL185S (180cc/16HP). I would love to have a modern, light-weight, fuel-injected 350-400cc twin. About 320 lbs and 33-35 HP would be a great all-around bike (except superslab, which I don't like to ride my V7 on, anyway).

I think I'm a little different than a lot of riders today, in that I like to do more with less. I can't weight to get the little CL90 road-worthy, and ride it. Screaming down the road at 9,000 RPM -- at legal speeds... what's not to like?
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:57 AM   #6404
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:54 PM   #6405
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I love the colors on this one. Classic down in Medellin, Colombia


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