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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by leafman60, Dec 18, 2012.
Sunava....... .dang that's a nice looking bike,all these little Guzzis are neat.
Yeah, that café Guzzi is one of my favorites.
Well, I've been riding my NFalcone this weekend. I have a lot of things done to it now - halogen headlight, Lucas running/turn signal lighting, led tail light in stock housing, touched-up paint and bodywork etc etc.
I removed the flywheel cover to measure the flywheel lock nut since I'd like to have a proper tool for removing it. The bike looked kinda nice without the cover. The flywheels spins out in the open like the old or, rather, older bikes. I also considered removing the rear part of the cover bolted behind the flywheel but, for now, I screwed the screws back in the exposed threaded rear cover holes and it looked better.
So, I take the bike out for a little run to a coffee shop for a cappuccino. Hey man, this is fine. I may just leave the cover off for a while.
I rode around town for a while and stopped at an auto parts store for some lead-replacement upper-end lubricant.
I motored on down to the coffee place. I sat and sipped my coffee and looked at the little bike. Me likes it. I like the look without the flywheel cover.
On my way home, I made a turn off the main roadway, all of a sudden something caught my left foot. I felt a jerking, pulling motion as though my boot was dragging the ground. Guess what? My heel had dug into the spinning flywheel!
If I keep the flywheel cover removed, I will make a foot guard down by the footpeg to keep my foot out of the flywheel.
Has/is anyone running their NF with the flywheel cover removed?
Well, I suppose you can try to turn back the clock, but the NF is an NF, not a Falc. You'll be looking for some pressed forks next
I actually like that ugly great cover and have no desire to remove it. If you do, don't ride in flipflops..........
Its not as if the bike isn't funky enough as it is.
I took the flywheel cover off a while ago, and it's definitely not going back on. Looks so much better without.
and it is for sale too
Any suggestions on where I can obtain the actual tool used for removing the big castle nut holding the flywheel on the Nuovo Falcone?
Nevermind. I think I found one.
Hubert, anybody -
My compression release is not working. I removed the valve cover to show this:
Does this look right? Is the compression release cam positioned correctly or should the curvature be turned towards the valve?
False alert. Everything is fine. My new cable had stretched and just needed adjusting. The compression cam in the pic is just like it should be. All good now. Sorry.
That's okay Leafman60, we forgive you. Nice machines these new falcons....I want one!
Okay, I finally finished Stage One of my NFalc redux.
I added a properly-wired halogen headlamp, correct Lucas turn signals/running lights and mirrors. I also went down a 6-month adventure of having my bodywork touched-up.
I kept my original paint and decals but had it all touched-up to fix the worse nicks, dings and scuffs. I also replaced all wheel bearings and mounted a pair of new Continental tires. I replaced all the original cables with new and I did an engine tune-up with valve check etc. Doing all these things right takes a lot of time.
I still have some more serious engine mods to make but I plan to ride the bike for a while first.
Everyone will notice that I have removed the flywheel cover for now. How does this look? Should I reinstall the cover? I sure get lots of comments and fascination when I ride the bike with that wheel spinning. I fashioned a discreet foot guard to prevent inadvertent shoe scuffing.
Very nice indeed.
Here's my 2 cents. Without the cover it doesn't look too bad, but a bit unfinished. Have you thought of making a small cover to hide the generator / belt and close up the gaping screw holes? Are you going to paint the flywheel?
Personally, I like the industrial strength flywheel cover and will keep mine on, but then, while I'm not fussy about minor usability changes, I try to keep my bikes more-or-less standard.
I'll bet the rev counter is exciting to watch . It must race around the dial like syrup off a spoon, porridge off a blanket (or insert your favourite here).
I agree that setting the valves is a bit of a nightmare until you get on to it. Finding the spot for the feeler gauge is a bit tricky and impossible to see. You have to do it by feel alone.
Leafm. That is one elegant bike. The indicators look as though they belong.
I see you don't have any snow where you are. I'm looking forward to hearing more riding tales. It will help while away the time until I can get mine out past the snowdrifts.
Thanks, Nick. Yes, I have thought about another cover. I just don't want things to start looking too homemade.
I've also thought about painting or chrome-plating the flywheel. However, I will probably just put the nice stock cover back on it.
By the way, all the bolt holes have bolts run-up in them right now.
The time factor I mentioned wasn't directed at the valve check. I've gotten that down pretty good. It's all the detail stuff like sourcing and hanging the correct signal lights with a new wiring system. The paint renovation work lasted for 6 months!
Anyway, all is good. Runs well.
Well, I spent all day out and about on the NFalcon. I rode maybe 150 miles but stopped and did a lot of talking with bikers.
Several folks thought I should do something about a mini cover that maybe covered the generator pulley. I also got the suggestion of chrome-plating and accent-painting the flywheel. I'm still up in the air about it. I am truly amazed at how captivating an exposed spinning flywheel can be.
The little bike really came into its own today. It ran like a champ and seemed so relaxed. 60-65 seems to be a sweet spot.
By the way, I'm getting better with the shifting. I've discovered that I do not always have to wait a second or two before changing gears. Once the throttle is eased, a quick, though not hard, stab of the shifter snicks it right into gear.
I have a special lightweight flywheel that I've not yet tried but I'm liking the heavy one right now. You can slow this thing down slower than you can walk in a parking lot. It just idles smoothly along. It would be great for police or parade duty.
Okay, today I reinstalled the flywheel cover. I'm going to keep it all stock and it looks fine to me.
setting the valves is easier if you realise the thread on the adjuster is 1 mm.
even without feeler gauge you can set the valves
close the adjuster down , and open it to your desired clearance.
i checked after setting the valves without feeler gauges , and and the result was remarkably accurate
I haven't had any problem kick-starting the NFalcon. Even though I have electric start, I kick it from time to time. It's the easiest bike to kick-start that I've ever owned.
Once you get past the compression stroke and give it a kick, that huge flywheel keeps things going. In fact, I'm not sure I can remember it not starting on the first kick!
Regarding rpm/speed, I'd say 65 MPH puts you slightly above 4000 RPM. The speedo is in KPM so, I'm getting good at converting. 60 MPH is about 96 KPH. At that speed, I'm turning close to 4000 RPM. 65 MPH would be about 100 KPH and about 4200-4300 RPM +-.
My NFalcon is a Civilian model with chain sprockets to gear it a little taller than the military versions.
Now that I've tightened down all the frame bolts and been riding the bike, it really has smoothed out. I was out for a coffee late yesterday and covered about 150 miles coming home after dark. It is a very nice-riding machine that just cadillacs along in an effortless manner.
My up-to-date lighting system is the bomb for the vintage bike. I can see the road very well and other motorists can see me. At one point, out on a country road, I stopped on the shoulder and walked way behind the bike to see how it looked. Those leds are great.
I really like the NFalc. It's an old bike that can run safely in modern traffic.
I am pleased to say that my partially rebuilt NF (details a few pages ago) is running beautifully, After nearly 1000 miles (run in) the increase in power with the capacity at 570cc (94mm bore) is noticeable, better pull up hills. Thanks to Escher for a good job well done.
David, I sure wish you would post more information about your bike. I am VERY interested in the benefits of the big bore and re-done heads.
I especially would like to know what sort of top speed the bike will do now.
Please post some pictures too.
Also, any words of advice on the reassembly of parts?