Moto Guzzi Stelvio (merged) threadfest...

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by young skywalker, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I think I've mentioned this before but with today's modern oils, changing right on the OEM drain interval is the last thing I'm worried about. Modern oils are very good, I've been a happy Amsoil user for years and when I started using it, I didn't necessarily trust their "double the drain interval", so I sent samples off for analysis every time I did an oil change on ALL our vehicles, using the manufacturers drain intervals. They always said "looks good, run longer next time". We have too many bikes in the garage so I typically don't even get to the manufacturers drain interval lately but on 2 bikes, a Kawasaki Mean Streak and my BMW R1200RT I regularly made it to double the drain interval before sending off samples and those came back positive, so at that point I just quit sending in samples and now I just change the oil in the bikes once a year in the fall and that's it.
  2. Bonafide Bob

    Bonafide Bob Been here awhile

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    I am new to the KTM world this 450 2008 XCR-W is my first KTM, but I did have a Penton back in the early 70's.
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  3. Hoak

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    Well, the reason I ask what brand you're using in addition to your being a high mile rider, is you've owned a Stelvio for a while, have few issues, and I see a lot of 10W50 but very little 10W60 around...
  4. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer

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    There's a number of them: Castrol, Red Line, Eni, Motorex, Motul, Liqui-Moly, etc. I've been using Liqui-Moly because it's relatively cheap on Amazon and I assume it's decent stuff like any other synthetic. :dunno Probably should get it tested, although I sometimes wonder how useful (or sincere) those tests really are.
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  5. Dracula

    Dracula Comfortably bored

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    It's interesting how we now extend what to me seems already a huge service interval. If I just think going back to the old school mineral motor oil days, 3,000 miles in a conventional motor, was considered about the right time to change it. But indeed engine technology and lubricants chemistry seems has progressed allot. And am hoping Stelvio metallurgy isn't perhaps that yesterday hot rod iron.. I would be very curious to hear about some 8V motors longest mileage documented. I recall reading of Hank with a R1100 GS BMW was nearing half million miles, with not much major work done in terms of motor wear.
  6. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    3000 miles is VERY outdated, not that we ever trust the govt but CA has been trying to educate people for years about the "3000 mile oil change myth".

    http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/UsedOil/OilChange/

    You can't judge an oils quality by it's color, the ONLY way to know if your oil is still good is to send it off for analysis. There's one AMSOIL dealer who has 120,000 miles on his car and never changed the oil, just changes filters and sends off a sample. They kept coming back OK so he just kept running it. I wouldn't go that far but you get the idea.
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  7. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    Well, what do you do when you fail to keep up with this thread and suddenly find yourself 50 pages behind?

    You read a a few posts every 8 pages or so, and here's what you find:

    I left the action during a discussion of what really constitutes Imola Blue...

    A few pages on: Kriega fork protectors are the talk of the day:

    Next up: Nobody loves their Guzzi like an owner loves their Guzzi.


    Next up: Patching Tires!


    A quick tangent to Fishing :)

    Before we head back to learning OEM hoses will deteriorate over time :)

    And to the wonderous world of Carc bevelboxes:

    And finally to the current day - a discussion about oil on a motorcycle forum :)


    What else did I miss?
  8. aftCG

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    I ran the surplus hose across between the bodies too.
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  9. Dracula

    Dracula Comfortably bored

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    I get it now!! So this is capitalism, testing oil vs. changing it - to maximize profit!
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  10. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer

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    Charcoal canister is officially bypassed.

    Capped the TB nipples/spigots
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    Unplugged tank-to-canister vent line and plugged in new 3/16 fuel line running down . . .
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    . . . past the shock and out the belly.
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    No hoses have been removed and the whole system can be made operable again in 15 minutes. No ride test yet, has to wait til morning.
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  11. KraZ440

    KraZ440 Been here awhile

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    A reminder of how "special" we all are:
  12. Dracula

    Dracula Comfortably bored

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    And so the law of (Murphy ?) says all temporary fixes become permanent repairs. :D

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  13. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer

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    That looks pretty cool. :D
  14. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    You do realize that you've now voided your warranty on your Flux Capacitorâ„¢.
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  15. Dr AT

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    I can't help with how to ride in crazy traffic, but I hope you don't mind some pillion advice.

    What does your wife now think you should have done? Do you regret continuing now that the adrenaline has worn off?

    For us, riding 2 up is a huge trust issue. We don't use an intercom, but if I detect my wife is feeling uncomfortable I try to work out why - even if it involves stopping. Usually it's just because she needs a toilet stop or is getting cold, but occasionally it's because she is noticing something I haven't noticed - like suicidal emus. Bottom line is, when something unnexpected happens I want her relaxed so we are working together.

    On the second day of our first multi week dessert trip she was getting a little tight as we moved around in sand, I stopped and explained and she started to relax - thankfully she was relaxed as we crested a dune sideways on the wrong side of 100 k's and hit a lip that gave us a bit too much air - I suspect I used up every last bit of skill / luck / fear landing that jump safely, and she was able to remain loose rather than fighting me BECAUSE I had listened to her earlier.

    The only time I've ever dropped the bike with her aboard was after we had stopped communicating. I'd clipped one too mamy rocks up in the kimberley ranges, she punched me in the kidneys and rather than stopping to talk I threw a grumpy and continued. Stupid. By the end of that day I was too exhausted to hold the bike up and we litterally fell over in the carpark when we stopped. In front of 12 guys . Best wife in the world....rather than punching me again she laughed louder than the guys watching.

    When a pillion starts feeling uncomfortable, STOP .
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  16. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer

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    Should I start drinking?
  17. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    Dude, you own a Guzzi. The question is, when should we stop drinking?
  18. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer

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    This is a trick question, I know it. Next you'll ask how many Guzzis should a dude own.
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  19. Canuck1969

    Canuck1969 Been here awhile

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    Like every quick solution there is potential risk. Not sure how comfortable I would be with that vent line right in front of the rear tire. First time you fill up and park it on a hot day you will have fuel come out of that hose. Murphy's law will state it will be on a rainy day and can get a little slippery. Just be mindful of that. There is a reason why that vent drains at the front of the bike to one side.
  20. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer

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    Yep, understood. This is really only to see if there is an operational difference with the canister inactive. If I notice a benefit I'll go whole hog and do it right.