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    I think this is the third of my annual "what I'm doing in the garage this winter" posts. The Le Mans is back up on my bench (which Ive had for a year now and recommended for everyone with dodgy knees and backs). As mentioned in another post and my trip to Le Mans. I was getting 30/32mpg. I've been making gradual changes and keeping a check of the mpg. Putting the atomiser jet back to standard (must have been changed by a previous owner) complete with lowering the needle one notch, got it up to 35mpg The right plug is also now a nice straw colour, although the left hand plug is still sooty due to a dodgy replacment white plastic float. I've now got a a "new" 10g black one to go in.
    For the last couple of rides I disconnected the accelerator pumps by removing the pump arms this got the mpg up to 42mpg.

    2019/20 Plans are:
    Re paint the exhausts.
    New float in the left carb and new accelarator pump diaphragms.
    Tune the accelerator pumps, should squirt 5cc of petrol for 20 strokes of the carb, I've bought a measuring cylinder specially.
    Drain the tank and clean the fuel taps and filters.
    Front engine bolt out to clean and copper slip.

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    Default Re: Le Mans Garage fun 19/20

    That'll keep you busy for a week or so. What will you do the rest of the time?

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    Default Re: Le Mans Garage fun 19/20

    Check out getting the exhausts black chromed / ceramic coated if its a keeper

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    that'll keep you busy for a week or so. What will you do the rest of the afternoon?
    ftfy

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    That'll keep you busy for a week or so. What will you do the rest of the time?
    I know, suprisingly little to do this year. I'll take some other bits off and clean them like the oil return do the vlave timing and points.

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    No doubt something will crop up. Probably just before you're due to set off on that long trip.....

    Many years ago I was competing in the Roman Ride (remember that?) on my Commando. The return oil pipe decided to part company with the oil filter; all the oil coated the back end and the engine stopped dead. Subsequent post mortem showed the nearside big end locked solid with a banana shaped con rod.

    The problem was I was due to set off for Frankfurt on it 2 weeks later so lots of frantic spannering, pressing kind friends into taking the crank to be reground etc saw me on the ferry although with copious amounts of oil leaking from the head joint.

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    Took the opportinity of dry roads today to go for a quick spin up to to Haverhill and back via Finchingfield. First time I've ridden the Le Mans this early in the year. I'd done all the little jobs above and maneged to get the left hand cylinder timing spot on, always a problem with points. The fuel was the same half tank left over from the end of October and had drained it to clean the tank out over the Xmas holidays.
    Bike started and ran fine although a little smokey initially, everything worked fine and nothing fell off which is always a bonus. I'll have a look at the plugs later and see how my carb fiddling has done.

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    Its ages since we'e seen a pic of this Guzzi.

    Forums need lots of pics of Guzzis

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    Southwold.jpg Southwold last September

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    Somewhere in France in June smaller.jpgsmaller 2.jpg

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    Nice pic of the chateau - looks familiar, is it near Bourges / Nevers?

    Would be nice to see a bit more detail of the Lemon (and a bigger pic!)

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    The castle wall/lake is Falase. The other if you click on the photo and zoom in is a burnt out Chateau at La Ferte Vidame. I checked my google time line to get the locations. The two photos are from my trip to Le Mans last year as in my "there and back again" thread.

    I have a few hundred photos of the Le Mans in various stages of undress. Every time I strip it down I take photos of all the components and wiring to help when putting it back together if you need a particular photo i have possibly got it I have a complete folder of various bits if you want any in particular I can pm them over. I don't however have a photobucket account or similar hence why the photos are fairly small unless clicked on.

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    Thanks Paul.

    No, there's nothing in particular - just like seeing pics of nice bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuzziPaul View Post
    Southwold.jpg Southwold last September
    You could have popped round mine on the way and had a cup of tea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    You could have popped round mine on the way and had a cup of tea
    Maybe later in the year as Southwold is my day out riding destination. When I had my first Le Mans my mate had a Z900, when we went for rides together, although his bike was faster it also weeved over 80mph, I suspect your kwak handles a bit better.

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