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Old 12-06-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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New italian immigrant on the forum

Hi all, I'm lorenzo, I'm from italy and i'm actually living near takaka (Golden Bay), as you can see my english is not perfect yet so feel free to point out all my grammatical mistakes and help me improve it.

I had many diffrent bikes in my life, starting with 125cc 2strokes dirtbikes up to ducati monster 600 and cagiva elefant 900 passing trough dome suzuki dr650 and some other bikes.

At the moment i just bought an old xlv 750 r with lot of problems that hopefully i'll fix in a short time and I'm here for your tips and advices.

I will expand this post later on with some photos and more infos, if anyone has some question or need some help translating something from italian to english I'll be happy to help

some pictures about my bike history (not in chronological order)

my vespa pk125xl '88 a cheap vespa that i used to delivery pizza.....


and few years later also for going to the elefantentreffen (2012)


but i already was at the elefantentreffen in 2009 with my dr650 '97



i also had a '91 dr650 but didn't lasted long (frontal impact with a car that were driving on the wrong side of the road)


my first motorbike when i was 16, aprilia rx125 '97


one of the best bike i ever had, cagiva elefant 900




and now here it is the actual project, an old xlv750r in horrible condition that hopefully will run again in a few weeks (if i can fix this f...ing alternator)
how it was

how it is now



the main problem of this xlv is the fact that someone forgot to put loctite (or to proper tension) the flywheel bolts... one came off and destroyed the alternator, did you guys have an idea about how difficult is finding spare parts for this bike?
Btw hopefully the alternator will be rebuilt and then IF and only IF i can get the engine running i will:
-change rims (original destroyed by rust), black D.I.D. probably
-matte black tank and other parts
-tkc80 tires
-replace the original CDI with the more modern ignitech version

and if i become totally crazy i may one day take off the carbs and switch to EFI system (it's years that i want to try those aftermarket kits)

Closing line:
I probably get more fun from fixing bikes than riding them... and if i have some money i spend it on the bike
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:32 PM   #2
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welcome to the nuthouse reverendo. good intro with lots of pics, keep that up. not sure what drove you to live in takaka mate, guess its not a bad spot if you dont need to work anywhere else. there are a few on here pretty active in the nelson/marlborough region so its only a matter of time before you recognise someone. good luck with that big honda.
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:59 PM   #3
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g/day Reverendo

Post up on the Oz forum, there are people who can point you in the right direction, re parts etc

Cheers

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Old 12-07-2014, 12:10 AM   #4
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Hey Lorenzo.... That XLV didn't come from a dodgy looking guy in Picton did it ??
It looks like a real "project"
I can't offer any technical assistance, but I'm happy to offer moral support and refreshments
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:54 AM   #5
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Welcome to NZ Lorenzo.

If you are ever up in the "Naki" we are in New Plymouth if you need a bed for a night :-)

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Old 12-07-2014, 01:34 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard Lorenzo!

I think "motu" on here has or had an XLV - not sure. Might be worth searching... ok, here ya go:

Google search site:advrider.com+motu+xlv
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Old 12-07-2014, 02:23 AM   #7
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Hey Lorenzo.... That XLV didn't come from a dodgy looking guy in Picton did it ??
That's the one. Was pretty impressed with how he squeezed it in that Subie
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Old 12-07-2014, 01:50 PM   #8
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That's the one. Was pretty impressed with how he squeezed it in that Subie
give me some tools and i can even fit a subaru inside another subaru xD


ps: taz you have to take off the xlv in the list of the bikes you own ;)
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