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Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by young skywalker, Jan 8, 2006.
I've got a PM to Silver Goose to see if he still does this kit on wildguzzi
I guess I was confusing your post with Boxermoose's. He was going to post pix later.
Put mine on and it took 10 minutes.
I'm not a fan of top boxes, but occasionally the wife will ride pillion and she likes the back support of a box. I'll use some longer bolts to temporarily mount this box (from Underwater Kinetics) on top of the new rack.
Fresh drained - I changed fluid a couple days before my trip - so say 2 weeks old
I had hoped this was just internet hype
I did 2 passes in heavy rain in CO - maybe the pressure change due to elevation and rain - but on the way home, an 800 mile day..probably 450 hundred miles were in very heavy rain also at high speed (I-10)
I'm letting it settle out for a few days to see if I can see how much water there really is - right now I'd guess +/- 20ml, or about a teaspoon and a half
Dealer suggested doing the Peter Roper mod:huh
That photo is proof positive that there is an issue with the OEM vent. I installed Pete Roper's kit but have not put it to a serious test yet since my trips have been mostly rain free. The kit is slick, all stainless, and well out of sight. It is a close fit to the rear brake disk, maybe 3/8" clearance. You can make up your own kit for a lot less $$$ but Pete's is my choice because it looks OEM. I'd have to point it out to the casual observer.
That's a slick setup!
Nice guy from Texas arrived at my house this afternoon with a delivery from MPH Cycle. After an all to short ride this evening when I finnaly could get away I am already in love. Pics to follow soon.
Boxermoose: My recently departed, but much loved, V11 Sport had a vent fitted on the back of the transmission. Just short of being protected by the sub fender from rain water coming off the rear tire at speed. Got home after my first two day run in very rainy weather. The trans was full of what looked like milk.:huh It took three flushings with clean gear lube to get it all out. I fasioned an extension out of small diameter heater hose to deflect the water and not block the vent function. Thanks for the tip, I will be looking at my new rear drive vent before doing any wet runnings.
I did pull the plug on the gearbox as well but the oil still looked as new
I have fallen in love with the Stelvio and am considering to invest.
But with the standard NTX panniers she really is too wide (fat assed) for me.
At my home, I drive in through a 100 cm port, and besides I do a lot of lane splitting.
So, I really need something narrower.
Can anybody recommend an alternative set of panniers which
would make my life with the Stelvio possible.
Pictures would be very welcome.
Thank you very much,
I believe that there are standard plastic panniers which mount to the street version - the NTX still has those mounting slots in the bodywork - but I have no idea how much slimmer it would be
The plastic bags are quite a bit narrower as the left one is actually molded to go around the exhaust. At least on the early ones.
Here's a some pictures of the one we rented in Italy to give you a little idea of the width. Sorry I didn't have a straight on shot from the back, but they were considerably narrower than the Trax bags on mine. Good luck.
I'm in the same boat and fixed the day-to-day riding/parking/lane splitting issue with a top box. I needed a top box anyway for touring (and to keep the Missus attached to the seat ), so for daily use I leave the panniers off and just put my work items in the top box.
I never have the panniers on unless I'm on a road trip and need the space....otherwise it's a Wolfman Rainier tankbag for incidentals.
I sure wouldn't let that be a reason to not buy a great bike!
Lane splitting (or "filtering") is something we do here as well. Plus i despise top boxes and am not too fond of tank bags either :)
Checked the plastic ones out at a dealer. The standard panniers aren't as wide as the handle bars, for me personally that'd qualify them for everyday use for me, as i could filter throug traffic without issues.
Hope that helps.
Nice ride through Big Hole area, circled around through Idaho to West Yellowstone and back to Bozeman. My wife and I wanted another crack at it as we had become involved with a nasty thunderstorm on our Ennis loop. Ride was beautiful. We ran between 55-75 mph, as you can only do 55 mph through the Yellowstone park arm, with rolling mountain passes and nice deep turns. Our average MPG.......57.3! I am not making this up and must assume those of you getting much less must have a lot of cargo on board. As is I am 225lbs, my wife hits 110. Our saddle bags were filled as we were not about to be taken unaware by the rain again.
Also I made a discovery yesterday that may sound silly but was profound to me. I was just riding some of our little paved outer roads yesterday that have some nice curves and have discovered this bike comes in at least two modes. There is the throaty 0-4,000RPM burble mode and the consistentyly 5K and above mode. Both are smooth as glass, but you can go around in a much lower gear with the RPM much higher and pure glass which of course allows a roadbike ability in the twistys. Very smooth, very fast. I call it the Ferrari mode. God I love this bike.
That's the beauty of the Guzzi 90 degree V-twin. It's naturally balanced so even at redline it's still very smooth. My BMW R12GS was definitely NOT smooth. Sure, at 4500 rpm it was wonderful. At 5500 rpm the vibes were getting gnarly, and by 7,000 rpm I couldn't see because my eyes were literally vibrating in my head. Yeesh.....
Of course, with the Guzzi spinning at 5k rpm +, it also has the advantage of taking off like a scalded cat. It's deceptively quick in those upper revs.
I have a 1200 Stelvio and it is the most fun I have ever had on a street bike. Rode it to Alaska from Ga. and it was a blast!
What exactly is the service bulletin that was released? I asked a Guzzi dealer and they could not find one?