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    Posted: 08 Oct 2018 at 20:54
Hello from the NE of England. My machine, just aquired, is a 2007 Breva 750 (Brevina on Italian forums I note) which has had too little use though it is in fine cosmetic condition as a result.

I owned a California Mk 1 in the early '80's, a 950 (V5?) in the mid '80's and later still a lovely V50 Monza. The Breva is therefore surprisingly familiar and yet rather different to all my previous Guzzis. Actually, delightful about sums it up.

How so different? Fuel injection brings benefits which I hope aren't going to be overshadowed by drawbacks as I hear there are a few. Time will tell and I hope I can get help here if needed and contribute some knowledge in return - I have been riding for, erm, a while.
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Hi and welcome
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Hello and welcome Ron. Thumbs Up
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Hello Ron, and welcome to the forum.
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Welcome, I hope you enjoy your latest Guzzi
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welcome
thrash the nuts of it
check the oil level often
I have had mine for 15 years now and dont worry about it
batteries do need to be kept charged though, especially if you are not using it a lot
a Ctek charger is a good investment
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The FI on the Breva didn't suffer all the EU restraints the way later models did, so is arguably better in many ways.

Yes, if left the ECU will drain the battery, so watch out for that. Drained batteries die quickly.
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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome.

And yes, the battery on this rarely ridden bike was flat when I went to pick it up, so a bit of a delay while it charged enough to start! Took about 12 hours on an Optimate once home.

I will give it the routine service treatment as soon as I can, oils in particular, starting at the bevel box.

So far (battery aside) I have araldited an indicator stem back together and am now trying to unblock the drain pipe from the filler surround which had obviously filled with water when the bike was washed for sale. Here we go...
Ron

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Hi and welcomeThumbs Up
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Originally posted by Bugsy Bugsy wrote:

Thank you everyone for the warm welcome.

And yes, the battery on this rarely ridden bike was flat when I went to pick it up, so a bit of a delay while it charged enough to start! Took about 12 hours on an Optimate once home.

I will give it the routine service treatment as soon as I can, oils in particular, starting at the bevel box.

So far (battery aside) I have araldited an indicator stem back together and am now trying to unblock the drain pipe from the filler surround which had obviously filled with water when the bike was washed for sale. Here we go...
oh those bloody things always block up one is the water drain the other lets air in
the pipes under the tank are usually rotted or melted at the ends, pop the tank off remove them, use an airline through the filler cap to clean through then fit new hoses, if it  wont unblock a wiggle with wire usually does it
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You are absolutely right Raphael - couldn't get the fuel union off so squeezed my hand up and under and used a 2mm drill to work the gunge out. An occasional wiggle with a guitar string (son's, not mine) ought to keep it clear. I imagine there is some water in the tank but it runs fine so hopefully that won't be an issue.
Ron

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Originally posted by Bugsy Bugsy wrote:


And yes, the battery on this rarely ridden bike was flat when I went to pick it up,
 
Guzzi recommend disconnecting the battery if bike is parked up...  My B 750 gave trouble soon after purchase but it turned out the new battery I had fitted  to eliminate any  problems was faulty!
Also  , mine may have had a harder life than yours but all the electrical connectors  under the tank and around the head stock were a bit green / corroded looking.
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On bit of preventative maintenance I would recommend to every bike owner.
Get a can of electrical contact cleaner and lubricant and spray that into every connector you can find. Also spray it into every switch on the bike. Servisol is one such product, but others also exist.  WD40 would not be my fifrst preference.

It does make a difference.
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