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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by MotorCade, Oct 20, 2012.
Back roads tour 2017
Love this bike!
That plug is for GPS. It is designed to mate up with a TomTom unit. Most of us gave up on finding the matching TomTom plug. Simply cut it off and mounted a different (and more easily sourced) plug.
Keep us posted pnw. Power to the bars is next on the list for me. I like no/minimal cut solutions.
I rec'd the OEM Large rear rack, finally. A UPS screw-up, apparently. Look forward to mounting it this coming (rainy) weekend. Riding season will be ending over the next month or so. After a wet, crappy Summer, we had a great Indian Summer (am I allowed to say that??), so I can't complain.
Will post photos after rack has been installed.
Is that OEM rear rack a Hepco-Becker or a Stuchi-Luigi? I'm asking because the former allows for hard bags that simply clip on and the latter did not allow for side bags or after market shocks. You can guess how I found this out!
Pyoungbl - it is the large Moto Guzzi rack, part number 2S000259
I believe it will be compatible with the Givi / Kappa saddlebag supports.
I prefer the design of the MG rack to the Hepco Becker rack.
Looks like that will offer a nice grab rail, too. Looking forward to seeing it on the bike.
I rode one in El Paso last weekend yep I think I will get a blue one loved it !
Frustrated about the rack installation that I had planned for today - there was no hardware included in the carton. Now I have to go back to the bike shop and see if they have the correct size cap screws.
The quality looks awesome, we'll see how everything lines up once I have hardware.
most hardware stores have good selections of metric now.
For what this thing cost, I shouldn't have to.
Metric socket cap screws aren't easy to find here, except for the specialty fastener houses, which sell full boxes (I need two 6mm and two 8mm).
If it's of any help I can send the four screws to you. Have a good supply of SS allen head cap screws. What length? I do not know how the Canadian Post will react to such a 'letter'.
I also found it frustrating that a rack costing north of $300 uS didn't include the screws needed to mount. Fortunately my local big box hardware had a good selection of stainless screws so I was only delayed for a few hours. After that, everything lined up and installation was simple. It looks sturdy enough and better in my opinion than the HB rack. Next time I have the bike out, I'll take a few pics to post.
Still trying out a few options for bags. The V&III's now have Givi racks that would allow me to use the same Givi hard bags I use on the Tiger. That would be ideal as I could keep everything I need like tool kit, tire plugger etc in one bag and just switch to whichever bike I ride. Being in the wet Pacific Northwest, being waterproof is also mandatory. Will report back if/when I find the perfect top for the job.
Just got heated grips installed so now with my Gerbing vest and heated grips, I can ride year round as long as it is above freezing.
A word of caution on the use of heated grips and heated gear on a V7 III. I ran the battery down to the point where my bike would not turn over after a few hours use of both heated grips and a full heated jacket liner(Warm & Safe).
The electrical output of the III is rated woefully low at only 268 watts!
Thank you for the kind offer Peter!
I have a solution. I went to the dealer that I ordered the rack from this morning, and while I was there, they ordered some, figuring they better stock them. I scrounged some black (no plating) screws at work which will get the rack mounted.
In their showroom, there was a Stone parked right beside a Special, and now I see what the issue is. The Special has the passenger grab rail, which adds the same offset from shock-mount post dimension as the rack, so longer cap screws would not be req'd.
Still, the description indicates the rack fits both models, so for what the rack costs, they could toss in 4 screws!
Paul - good caution on power to run heated gear. There isn't a lot available.
I bought Oxford's Heaterz grips with Battery Saving Mode which turns grips off if you forget or if battery voltage falls too low.
I also shut off the grips toward the end of a ride, to allow the battery to recharge better. And when I get home, I connect to a battery Tender for a few minutes, until the solid green light shows.
Paul: Thanks for the warning. I grilled the mechanic at Moto International here in Seattle and he said it should be OK as long as running at full steam on the bike and not just die for long periods. He also specified this was with the vest, but he didn't think a full jacket would fly. I plan to install either a battery monitor or voltmeter if some sort to keep an eye on things. Also if I replace the headlamp with an LED it will provide an extra 30-40 amps apparently.
I've been so spoiled with my heated gear that it is hard to imagine having to go back to 27 layers under my gear to ride in the cold!
I'm leaving on Wednesday for a 1,000 ~ 1,200 mile trip. Expecting typical fall weather I'm packing a heated liner/jacket from Warm & Safe. I already have a voltage monitor installed so I can tell how the electrons are flowing while underway. Thankfully the V7 came with a 300 watt alternator. I cannot imagine a reason for Guzzi to downsize on the alternator for the newer bikes. Heck, they also have the ABS to power with the reduced electrical capacity.
A voltage monitor sounds like a good idea, I hadn't given any thought to that. What are you folks using??
Peter, I seen to recall reading that output dropped when the went to the internal oiled cooled unit, dunno...
Paul, the output did drop as soon as they went wet. I don't know if that's due to the oil (although cooling with engine oil might transfer more heat than with air) or some other factor. Even at 300 watts my V7 will discharge slightly at idle with no outside draw. 300 watts seems to be pretty normal for internal alternators. When you go to external ones the output soars. The Stelvio had electrons to spare...something like 800 watts. My RX3 is a puny 250cc but cranks out 300 watts and has a wet alternator. It's magic and I do not pretend to understand.
Easy once I had the correct length cap screws. I like the look, not too bulky, but large enough to be useful. Quality looks to be first-rate.
After the photos I put on a Wolfman Wolf Tail bag that I had from a now-departed dual sport. Not sure whether this tail bag will stay, but it's a nice bag, nearly new, and easy on and off.
For over-nighters, my Wolfman size small dry duffel will fit nicely on the rack and extending over the pillion portion of the seat. It holds enough for most trips (unless camping, which I seem to do less of as I get older and lazier).
Still to come - OEM tank knee pads, and those vinyl stripes I posted a photo of on the previous page.