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Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by young skywalker, Jan 8, 2006.
Do you have a link to the Rally info?
We don't generally get a ton of snow here in the Springs, but that picture is from just east of the San Isabel NF, where there should be more snow.
This is a question for anyone who has removed their fuel tank. What's the secret to removing the fuel line with the fancy clip? I have everything else ready for removal
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DM, I just removed my gas tank recently. There are two ways to do this. The official way is to press in on the actual fuel line, it will move about 1/16", then push the black retainer ring in towards the tank and the fuel line will then pop out in your hand. Another way is to take a very fine pick, like a ground down ice pick, and press the small black retaining lugs away from the fuel line. You can see these clips if you look very closely between the fuel line and the black ring.
It helps to disconnect the electrical connection to the fuel pump and then crank the engine. That will take all pressure off the fuel line.
Just press the elbow of the fuel line in toward the tank, it will move inward a little bit. Then while still pressing inward on the elbow, push the black ring inwards too. Then, while holding the black ring in, release pressure on the elbow and pull it out of the tank.
It works easy as pie.
I ended up using the tiny screwdriver method...I actually got it before I checked back here.
Now that I have the tank and trim off is there anything else I should do while I have it apart? The whole reason for this was to install my OEM heated grips. I had already installed Oxford heated grips but when they lowered the OEM grips to $100 or so I bought some. I'm just hoping that the OEM grips get as warm as the Oxfords...those babies get hot on the highest setting.
I am also putting handlebar risers on...maybe I should do the Euro turn signal mirror conversion?
You shouldn't need to remove the tank for the mirrors/turn signals installation, so that can be easily done at a different time.
Uh, you might want to keep those Oxford grips handy. I've got the MG grips on mine and they don't get nearly as warm as the BMW grips that came on my GSA.
Hmmm, I haven't put them on yet. Maybe I should rethink this.
DM, now that you have the tank off it's time to check the upper engine mounts...two on each jug. The specs seem to call for 80NM but that's much too high for the size of the bolts. I'd think in terms of 45NM or so. The point is that there have been reports of the bolts coming loose and you don't want that!
Also check the two throttle cables on the left upper frame. The cables tend to fray where they touch the engine mount bolts.
The heated grip leads were easy to find on my bike, did not need to take the tank off. Someone else reported that his grip leads were hidden behind the ABS module. While you have the tank off you can get a good look at where yours are so the later install will be easy peasy.
I'll check the mounts and cables. What are your thoughts about the amount of heat from the OEM grips?
I like the OEM heated grips. They put out plenty of heat for me; I usually use them on low or medium. The connectors for mine were underneath the ABS module and a real pain to get to.
So far I have not used my heated grips. In two weeks I head for Daytona and will probably put them to the test. I had the same setup on my Norge and thought they were OK, not blistering but better than without heat.
I will say that when it is less than 20 degrees (F) outside, my fingertips still get cold even with good gloves on. But my palms are still toasty if the grips are on high.
Good to know. I try not to ride if it's under 20, if I do I have my gerbings heated gloves.
I'm still thinking about the MRA windshield extension...
The OEM grips won't get as hot as Oxfords. The hottest OEM grips I've had were on my Ducati, and even they can't compare to the Oxfords. The OEM Guzzi grips are fine for me (about the same as my BMW grips), but if you want "burn a bare hand" hot, don't bother.....keep the Oxfords.
Those of you that made an aux storage tube out of 6 inch pipe, would any of you be willing to give some dimensions of your tube and post some pictures of how you mounted it?