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    Well the Le Mans is all back together as of last night. Drained and replaced all the engine, gearbox and bevel drive oils last week and no leaks. new gaskets and aluminum crush washers of course. It's off the hydraulic bench and covered in a new stretchy bike cover after the previous one dissolved in the sunlight that came through the garage window on a morning.
    Got to pump the tyres up and if it's sunny and the roads are dry I'll go for a ride tomorrow.

    It's still "taxed", free as a historic vehicle, no need for an MOT and Insurance isn't due till March. I think just a short spin to check everything is ok then I'll nip out again with my vacuum gauges to balance the carbs, don't like doing it in the drive as I don't want to annoy the neighbours or attract unwanted attention from naughty people. Did all the timing whilst it was on the bench so that fine.
    Want to get a 200 mile ride soon as a shakedown for my trip to Le Mans in June which will be about 800 miles.

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    Sounds good. I've had a very short shakedown run on the Norton - a few adjustments to make - and the Guzzi V50 will be disinterred at the beginning of March (still paying for tax on that!)

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    Well that didn't quite go to plan. The left hand mirror blew round but that just needed the locknut tightening, but about 20 miles in just near Great Bardfield noticed the clutch lever was very flappy. Dropped it through the gears without the clutch and came to a halt. Fully tightend the handlebar adjustment and that didn't enable me to disengage. So backed that off and tightened up at the bottom, that didn't allow it to disengage either. With the handlebar adjustment all the way out it it was the lever was solid but wouldn't disengage. Rode it home trying to avoid "t" junctions and stops, which I did. Its now back up on the bench and I'll get the swinging arm out and investigate further, although I think it will be an engine out again job.
    Put Slick 50 in the gearbox and bevel drive, quite impress with that both before and after the clutch went.

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    Character?

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    Got it up on the bench this morning, seat, exhausts, shocks off, rear wheel and swinging arm out. The solid feel at the clutch lever with both adjusters fully out was the clutch arm hitting the gearbox. So wound everything back in. The clutch arm pushes onto the clutch push rod and there is a screw and lock nut to adjust the initial bite of the arm. It appears I didn't tighten the locknut up enough and the screw backed off with the vibration so despite using all the cable adjustment I couldn't separate the clutch.

    Adjusted the screw up to give a little slack at the handlebar lever and put the swinging arm and wheel in, then took it off the bench and tested by push it forward in gear and pulling the clutch. All ok and working. Didn't fire it up though'cos I hadn't put the tank or seat back on in case I hadn't fixed it and needed to get the engine out and separate the gearbox.
    I'll sort that tomorrow.

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    Got chance to test ride it today, a quick 20 mile run and all worked fine. Did have to adjust it a bit on the handle bar once I got back into town. So remember folk do those lock nuts up tight especially on old V twins that have a bit of vibration. Almost everything else has a nyloc nut or is loctited.
    Got home and whilst everything was still hot I undid the bevel drive filling bolt to relieve any excess pressure as there is no breather. This in meant to reduce oil leaks at the bevel drive.
    Also got the vacuum gauges out and balanced the carbs, they weren't too far out but slight unevenness of the column was sorted by adjusting the tickover on the LHS.

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    Today's handy hint - if your guzzi has indicators that flash too quickly on account of ancient flasher units , and you happen to have a spare mitsua fr 3303 flasher relay to hand, then it makes a good replacement for the two oem flash units, even though it has three pinouts, rather than two. Looking at it with the lock prong on top, the pinouts from left to right are (e)ground, (L)amp, and (B)attery. Connect the purple to B, the orange to (L), and run a ground wire to, well, ground. All good again, ready for next week's MOT

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    Did about 80 miles today up towards Newmarket and back. Saw a couple of nice Morini 3 1/2 in Finchingfield. Wouldn't mind one of them myself. Virtually every other bike was an Adventure bike of one sort or another, that's really put me off having one, although an original GS800 would be ok
    I fitted my Garmin Satnav today ready for my France trip and wanted to check its position for visibility as its just clamped to the left clip on. A few adjustments I think for a long trip but ok for now. Used it to check the speedo as well. I've always consider the Le Mans speedo (any any old bike) to be widely optimistic, however an indicated 80 'ish ( the needle bounces around a 10mph range lot so you have to take an average) was 77mph on the satnav.At low speeds however an indicated 40mph was 30 on the satnav. I'll use it set to KPH when I'm in France.

    Filled up with petrol again, Shell VMax, just short of 30 I've only done about 140 miles so the mpg isn't to good at the moment.
    Got home and checked for oil leaks and loose nuts, all ok apart from the dipstick bolt. Oil seems to be coming through where the diptsick is attached to the bolt. Not sure what I can do about that.

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    Default Re: Guzzi Le Mans Garage Fun for 18/19

    So when are we off to Mandello then?

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    So when are we off to Mandello then?
    Well I went a couple of years ago to Lake Como and the Guzzi museum was shut, it's shut all August and only open randomly the rest of the time. Your welcome to join me on my trip to Le Mans in June on your MkII if you want.
    For today's ride I took my wife to Finchingfield, first time she's been on a bike for about 15 years. She used my old helmet on and my current leather jacket and summer gloves. She slid around on the seat a bit despite me being steady, but she kept my lower back warm. Apart from the sliding about she was fine with the leaning and acceleration but she won't be coming to France with me.

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    Did 180 miles today (went to Southwold the long way), which will be roughly what my daily mileage will be when I go to Le Mans in June. Bike ran fine even cruising in the low 80s on the A12. Rained a bit near the coast and I was freezing.
    Oil has leaked from the dipstick, it's coming out of the centre of the nut where the stick joins the nut. I've tried soldering it but that's not worked so I've order a new one from Gutsibits. I'll use it but I prefer the original and I might try filling the original dipstick nut with epoxy and see if that works.
    Also going to lower the brake lever a fraction its a fraction too high but not really noticed it till this long ride.
    Treated myself to the Guzziology book, so been reading odd sections of that. Seems I shouldn't rely on the oil level plug in the bevel drive, the thread is weak and easily stripped and unless the swinging arm is level the oil level cannot be trusted. Guzziology recommend measuring 230ml of gear oil and 20ml of moly, so bought a 250ml measuring cylinder from Amazon on same day delivery yesterday and put fresh oil in last night even though the oil was less than a 100 miles old but I'm happy Ive got the correct amount in now.

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    Default Re: Guzzi Le Mans Garage Fun for 18/19

    Great thread mate. Hope your prep pays off for your trip, which I'm sure it will.

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    Default Re: Guzzi Le Mans Garage Fun for 18/19

    Any pics ?

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    Any pics ?
    No.I was going to take a photos at Southwold but is was so grey and wet I just turned round and came back. Should have taken a clear visor with my pinlock, even at speed I was steaming up.
    Went via Krazy Horse to have a look at the Indians, apart from that the only time I got off the bike was to get some petrol and at Southwold to put my overtrouses on. Didn't even stop for a drink or a piss. Contemplated buying a paper to shove up my front to hopefully warm me up a bit. I'd put the lining in my jacket and was nice and warm when I set off although my legs were a bit cold with vented leather jeans.

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    WRT the bevel box level, I found on my V50 it was best to remove the rear spring units so I could get the swinging arm horizontal otherwise the oil started to drip out before it was all in.

    I agree Guzziology is a very handy resource - now available as Kindle I believe.

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