This is not the typical "Let's see your nice bike picture" post. This is more of a "Let's see the bike that almost got the best of you" post! I'm starting this thread off with a bike (1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport), which I purchased from a guy out of Ann Arbor Michigan. I assumed that all this bike needed was a tuneup to be ready to ride...... I was so off ...... I would have saved me a lot of $$$ if I would have shot this bike and thereby taking us both out of our miseries right after I unloaded her at my home! So get a drink and sit back in your favorite chair, since this posting will take a couple of minutes to read! :) Before & After, this bike has come a long way! I bought this originally yellow, now painted in BMW red, 1997 1100 Sport two years ago on November 16th, 2016. I had been working (on & off) on sorting this bikes issues out starting back in November 2016, and I finally had her sorted in October 2018. My bike (picture below) started her life off as a yellow 1997 1100 Sporti. Her original owner wanted a red 1100 Sport, but none were left for purchase back in 1997, so he bought himself the only other, a yellow 1100 Sport still available for purchase and painted her in BMW red. I always wondered why he first of all painted the bike, since yellow looks pretty good on the 1100 Sport, but why did he choose to have this bike painted in BMW red and not the Moto Guzzi red? Either way, the bike was painted in late 1997. The original owner did a couple of modifications to this bike, which were the removal of the ram air box, which he replaced with K&N pod filters, and he removed the stock exhaust and installed a Mistral exhaust system including a Mistral crossover. He also changed the original ECU's operating chip out with a 1st generation Will Creedon performance chip. I also with the purchase of this bike received a nicely done and very detailed handwritten maintenance book which the original owner started and the second owner continued. In addition, I got lots of maintenance books, which including the Guzzi Bible, Dave Richardson's Guzziology, and lot's of spare parts, including a 1100 Sporti fuel tank. The original owner then sold his bike with 15799 miles on the clock on July 7th, 2000 to the second owner, who was and still is a professor at Michigan University in Ann Arbor. This picture below of the now painted BMW red bike was taken by her second owner after he bought this bike. He owned this bike from July, 2000 until he sold me this bike with now 25200 miles on the clock in November 2016. I noticed upon arrival to the professors house in Ann Arbor, where the bike was sitting in his garage, that the front tire was in such bad shape that there was no way that I could test-ride this bike. However, the bikes engine fired right up, all electrical items worked properly, the engine sounded healthy, all gears shifted as they should, and all fluids were clean. So, I completed the transaction and paid for this red beauty. I took the following picture after we loaded the bike up into my truck. I was soon after back on my way home to Raleigh NC, which was a return trip of approximately 700 miles / 12 hour drive. Below is what this 1100 Sport looks like today. She doesn't really seem that different from when her original owner still had her. However, looks can be deceiving........ I had new tires installed as soon as I got this bike home, which allowed me to take her out riding for the very first time. I noticed right away that both the front and rear brakes were shot and that the engine after warming up started to hiccup and spotter really bad. The engine would also cut off at idle. I assumed that maybe all she needed was some fresh fuel and a tuneup to fix whatever was ailing her. So I changed the plugs, cleaned and oiled the pod filters, replaced the fuel with 93 octane ethanol free fuel, changed the oil and filter, checked and adjusted the valves, synchronized the injectors, installed a new Odyssey battery, installed new Brambo front and rear rotors and pads, rebuild the brake calipers and replace the brake fluid. I also replaced the timing chain and tensioner. I also serviced the gearbox, final drive, and cleaned / greased the drive shaft. She now handled great, and the Brembo brakes functioned perfect. However, the engine didn't do any better after the tuneup. Still huffing and puffing, hiccuping, and cutting off whenever she felt like it. I then got some good feedback from a different MG specific forum members about making sure that I had the Creedon performance chip actually installed within the ECU, which I did. I also received an email from Will Creedon himself..... He told me that he actually remembered working both with the first and second owner of this bike with some engine issues they also had. Will told me that the second owner bought a second generation chip from him, and that he (Will) gave him written instructions on how to setup the fuel delivery system and tuneup the bike to eliminate the engine issues. Will Creedon send me the tuneup instructions too, so I was on a mission now to get the engine / fuel system dialed in. To my surprise, the second owner actually decided to completely bypass the bikes ECU's fuel system program and the Creedon Chip by installing a Power Commander III............ I uninstalled the Power Commander and rewired the fuel injectors back into the ECU. I then removed the pod filters and reinstalled the ram-air box which also had a K&N filter installed. I also set the valve setting between the Moto Guzzi and Receco racing recommended settings. I then restarted this bike and she fired right up without the engine cutting off, without hiccuping, huffing, or puffing. But now however, the tachometer and instrument cluster lights stopped working. I finally after tracing the electrical system for three hours located the electrical issues, which was a bad ground connection from the battery to the frame to the ECU. So I got that fixed and ended up greasing every electrical connection with a 3M dielectric grease. So after doing all of those repairs, I was finally able and took her out on our first ride last month, and she did absolutely great. I still need to fine-tune the valve settings and the fuel lean / rich settings, but this bike is 95% sorted out by now. I did however noticed a couple of days ago that the battery was dead after this bike was sitting for only two weeks without being started up. This may be another electrical short somewhere, or maybe the regulator rectifier or stator are bad??? On cosmetic related items that needed to be addressed: I changed the front turn signals out, which were smaller Ducati turn signals which the last owners installed. I replaced them with a set of the original 1100 Sport turn signals. I think the original turn signals must have gotten knocked off some time ago, since pieces of them were in the parts box I received. I also had the valve covers and crash bars powder coated, since there were some minor scratches and blemishes on the original covers. I had the passenger seat re-lathered in black, which I like better than the red lathered seat she had when I bought her. This bike is also in need of a good detailing job, so this will happen this winter! Although I only ridden this bike now for about twenty miles since I serviced her two years ago, it's time again to replace all fluids since they and the filters are already two years old by now. And now winter is coming..... So I'm now looking forward to next years riding season! But yes, this bike gave me plenty of headaches during the last two years! I also came close on several occasions to take my 12 ga police shotgun to take her out in the hopes that I would stop bleeding money trying to get this ride sorted.... I'm now glad that I didn't give into temptation! I own seven (two 1996 & five 1997) 1100 Sports, and I have realized pretty quickly that many Moto Guzzi riders are cheap, cheap, cheap bike owners. They will ride their bikes until most things are either worn out, broken, or needing to be replaced, and then sell their ride instead of keeping up with maintenance as time goes by. But then again, maybe those guys are the smart ones, and I'm the schmuck!