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Topic: What did you do with yer bike today.......
Posted By: kateguy
Subject: What did you do with yer bike today.......
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 08:27
Back to what its all about..........
We went to Matlock fer lunch, then hoolied round the Peak District in the sunshine......with the Alpacas....


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Moto Guzzi Club GB.....
850 LE MANS...1 & 2....V7 Loop Frame..V7 Sport replica...Guzzi Daytona...Ducati 900ss Bevel not belt.....Laverda 3C ....and an MZ...



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Posted By: Zecis
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 09:33
No pics...too busy riding, sorry - Down the A30 from home to Compton Abbas airfield... a beaut of morning, there for 10. Met up with a mate then down through the A and B roads to Wimborne Minster and ended up at Branksome Chine (between Bournemouth and Poole).

Sit on the beach, enjoy some fantastic sun.  Then back up past Fordingbridge to Salisbury and home. A good ride out.

While its cold overnight... this would be a great week for an autumn tour - cant get off work though Confused

Adam


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Regards Adam
Located near Stonehenge
...A 1200sport (2 valve with stage 1), Daytona RS and a tatty LeMans


Posted By: ranton_rambler
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 13:00
I saw some alpacas this morning on my way to work. Couldn't remember the name, so thanks for the reminder Kate.
 
Tomorrow will be loading the bike up and then setting off in the direction of Mandello.......
 
Ian


Posted By: TooJuicy
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 14:49
Yesterday returned from visit to Picardy, northern France to the geographically challenged.  A short 650 mile blat in 4 days to a region I've never been before.  My fourth trip [overseas] on the 12S this year, this time somewhere on my doorstep and I discovered several reasons to return with more time.
 
Tony


Posted By: red leader one
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 16:26
125, Which Guzzi's that?


Posted By: kateguy
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 16:39
LOL

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Moto Guzzi Club GB.....
850 LE MANS...1 & 2....V7 Loop Frame..V7 Sport replica...Guzzi Daytona...Ducati 900ss Bevel not belt.....Laverda 3C ....and an MZ...


Posted By: BobV7
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 17:19
Fitted the fork gaiters I bought back in January and promised meself a ride today. Today I dug out the battery charger.Unhappy

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V7 Classic Black and gold is the best colour


Posted By: v7john
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 18:08
Washed the V7 Fire Bike. 4th time this year! I usually clean the bike (and the car) once a year whether they need it or not.


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1972 V7Sport "The Racing Rhino".
1972 V7 700cc "The Fire Bike".

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Posted By: Jim Mac
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 18:33
did the usual commute, all day in office and such a glorious day, then commute home. The bit in the middle applied it

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Norge 1200 GT 8v   T5 Polizia
Too old to die young


Posted By: Andy M
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 19:00
Day out to the seaside. Car job as the aim was to get the dogs wet and tired out.

Anyone here riding a white Stelvio on the marine drive Scarborough at lunchtime? I was the bloke eating toffee covered doughnut to top off the fish, chips, cockles etc.

Andy


Posted By: red leader one
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 19:08
Too much information.


Posted By: GuzziHero
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 20:29
Originally posted by red leader one red leader one wrote:

Too much information.


And yet I still had to click back a page to see what you meant ;)

Yesterday I redid up my exhaust header nuts because my local bike workshop is ****.

Long story short for those who don't know:

Had the Griso exhaust valves adjusted.  Riding along a few days later I went to an angry overtake on a car that pulled out on me.  Suddenly 'BANGBANGBANGBANGBANG' ad nauseum.  Had to wait 3 hours for recovery.

After nudging by folks on here, I examined the issue myself.  Bike shop hadn't done the left side adjuster retainer up.  It had wound out and was sitting in the rocker box, the adjuster wound out and hammered on the rocker head, wrecking the valve.

When I took the left side 'wing' to them I told them specifically that the screws were inside it on a piece of tape.  They took it for a test ride without fitting these, and they fell off and were lost.  They also rounded the heads of 2 other screws.

Yesterday I was riding to rescue a friend who had broken down, and suddenly the bike sounded like Thomas the Tank Engine on steroids.  Seems that when they replaced the valve they hadnt tightened the header flange bolts up (or retorqued them on a warm engine) and the left exhaust was being held to the head only by the Y-pipe clamp...


Posted By: Wits
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 20:43
Rode from Woking via channel tunnel to rocrei in France via the V 2 site at Saint Omar.
Stayed off the motorways in France and used the d roads empty roads and fantastic towns and villages.
Off to Bastogne in the morning via the Ardennes to visit the new 101 St airborne museum...


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Breva 1100 in Black
St George's Telford Shropshire.


Posted By: Tarquin
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 20:53
Took my recently acquired Yellow  Ducati ST2 out for it's first run since doing a full service and cambelts.

It has replaced  the BMW K1100Rs ( Good bike actually ) and the Ducati now shares the garage with the Cali and the Centauro.

It pulls like a train, sounds absolutely glorious and is comfy so I think we're going to get along very nicely!

Suffice to say, the score now  is Italy 3,  Germany 0. LOL




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“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”


Posted By: Ken-Guzzibear
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2015 at 21:15
work n home on the bike best part of m day every day

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The Older i Get, The Better I Was


Posted By: Mike H
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 01:20
Went to Boston for cod n chips, which I ate in the cemetery. Also got to meet my new neighbours, as will be! (When I move.) 320 miles round trip. Return journey mostly in the dark and glad to say the X10 headlights are flippin' good. I've done the headlight mod which means low beam stays on when dip switch is toggled to high beam. (While there are 2 x dip lights but only 1 high beam light.) And high beam bulb was changed to a Philips X-treme. Easily as good as the twin H4 Cibie setup I had on the Guzzi which is saying a lot.

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"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."


Posted By: Brian UK
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 08:53
You're moving to Boston??? I know several people who have emigrated from there. They went to France where they say more people speak English.LOL

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Brian.

Better 5 minutes late in this world than years early in the next.


Posted By: BobV7
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 09:10
Thought about retiring to Louth, very nice place with a lot going for it plus you get a lot for your money, but such a long way from anywhere.

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V7 Classic Black and gold is the best colour


Posted By: BondEquipe
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 10:14
Originally posted by BobV7 BobV7 wrote:

Thought about retiring to Louth, very nice place with a lot going for it plus you get a lot for your money, but such a long way from anywhere.

But very close to Cadwell Park  Smile


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Stephen
Black & Gold LM2
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Posted By: BobV7
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 10:17
That was a consideration!Emoticons

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V7 Classic Black and gold is the best colour


Posted By: Andy M
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 14:19
Had a ride to the Yorkshire sculpture park to see the poppies.
 
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Not as impressive as at the Tower last year but a decent excuse to get the wife out on the bike.
 
Andy


Posted By: Andy M
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 14:28
The bike parking and therefore entrance is free. Go for the country park rather than the main entrance as this is all gravel and less busy. They are using wet grass as overflow car parking but didn't complain when I went and found an empty corner of the main tarmac.
 
Their tea and cakes are very passable.
 
The other sculptures are mostly pants. Henry Moore blobs. A rabbit with t*ts. Something brown that made me think they own a large dog Confused
 
Andy


Posted By: Mike H
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 17:56
Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:

You're moving to Boston??? I know several people who have emigrated from there. They went to France where they say more people speak English.LOL


Yep lots of Polish accents.




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"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."


Posted By: David Nimrod
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 17:57
Originally posted by Mike H Mike H wrote:



Yep lots of Polish accents.



That means there'll be some good Polish food shopsThumbs Up


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Harley Davidson FXST (1989)

BMW K1100LT (1995)

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Posted By: Mike H
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 18:00
I did see Polish speciality stuff in the Asda supermarket



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"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."


Posted By: David Nimrod
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 20:52
Originally posted by Mike H Mike H wrote:

I did see Polish speciality stuff in the Asda supermarket


I do get Kabanos sausages at Asda, two packs for £4.

But mostly it's up to a proper Polish shop, for more...




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Harley Davidson FXST (1989)

BMW K1100LT (1995)

My Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/david_nimrod


Posted By: kateguy
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 21:19
Originally posted by Andy M Andy M wrote:

Had a ride to the Yorkshire sculpture park to see the poppies.
 
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Not as impressive as at the Tower last year but a decent excuse to get the wife out on the bike.
 
Andy

How lovely........
Today I visited me Aunty Sue for tea, I took Stumpy, me customised Mark 2....Happy Days.....


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Moto Guzzi Club GB.....
850 LE MANS...1 & 2....V7 Loop Frame..V7 Sport replica...Guzzi Daytona...Ducati 900ss Bevel not belt.....Laverda 3C ....and an MZ...


Posted By: Mike H
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 21:27
Thumbs Up



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"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."


Posted By: Zecis
Date Posted: 08 Sep 2015 at 22:43
This evening took the Daytona to "Not the Poole bike night" at Bugad in Cranbourne..... you can tell summer is over, the roads were empty, a good ride both ways,empty roads, no caravans, or queues at all, just empty roads

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Regards Adam
Located near Stonehenge
...A 1200sport (2 valve with stage 1), Daytona RS and a tatty LeMans


Posted By: Mike H
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2015 at 21:37
Say Kate I saw somebody today could've been the spitting image of you, was wearing specs tho. Spotted crossing the road towards Halfords and Asda etc. in my local shopping complex.

Big smile




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"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."


Posted By: kateguy
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2015 at 22:06
Not guilty...!...LOL

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Moto Guzzi Club GB.....
850 LE MANS...1 & 2....V7 Loop Frame..V7 Sport replica...Guzzi Daytona...Ducati 900ss Bevel not belt.....Laverda 3C ....and an MZ...


Posted By: BobV7
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2015 at 22:53
First real ride for no reason this year...sausage and chips lunch at Jack's with the old fogies. Rather enthusiastic ride back..ahem...I'd forgotten how much fun the bike is and there are some quite interesting roads around here!Big smile

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V7 Classic Black and gold is the best colour


Posted By: English
Date Posted: 09 Sep 2015 at 23:21
Today ? Struck camp and drove the 230 miles home sidecar rally in Watchet to Sussex.
We're on the anthracite Centauro outfit , anyone see us ? Always on the lookout for guzzi's but didn't spot any . We're the ones with a couple of yellow and black ortleib bags strapped on ..... gotta do something about that seat !


Posted By: Mike H
Date Posted: 10 Sep 2015 at 15:45
Originally posted by kateguy kateguy wrote:

Not guilty...!...LOL


I knew that ... Big smile



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"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."


Posted By: Wits
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2015 at 13:20
Yesterday Brugge to Shropshire....
Today back to work .........

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Breva 1100 in Black
St George's Telford Shropshire.


Posted By: daveymac55
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2015 at 13:46
today I rode the A9 and A99 to Wick Caithness to get the front brake sorted on my Cali, beautiful sunny day for a ride, waste of time regarding the brake issue as the wrong pads had been sent grrrr so back next week fingers crossed, had a ride from Wick to Helmsdale in Sutherland, still lots of camper vans seemingly stuck in 1st gear, pain in the ass.


Posted By: Jim Mac
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2015 at 14:41
booked a tyre change for the Norge, reckon that 11,126 miles out of the rear is doing well and need to change before the rainy season.  Just need to take it off tonight and get it to the workshop tomorrow.  when i did the front one in June i ended up spending £120 in the bloody shop, so going tomorrow with just enough to pay for the tyre and no credit card.

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Norge 1200 GT 8v   T5 Polizia
Too old to die young


Posted By: Zecis
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2015 at 16:30
dashed out for a blast before the rain comes... a mistake, I left it too late and every road was choked with Friday afternoon traffic.
Lets hope it stays dry (as currently forecasted) for the Squadra run to Lymington on Sunday...9:00am meet at Sammy Millers. Tomorrow looks to be a write off, unless you like testing waterproofs




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Regards Adam
Located near Stonehenge
...A 1200sport (2 valve with stage 1), Daytona RS and a tatty LeMans


Posted By: Barry
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2015 at 16:48
Nipped out to M&S for a bagful of luxury non-essentials, liquid and other.


Posted By: Andy M
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2015 at 19:09
The hunters chicken and pinot fills a hole quite well.

Andy


Posted By: italianmotor
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2015 at 18:44
The rain subsided, the sun came out, so I managed a rare opportunity to drag the S3 out and get over to the Oxford Norton Owners Club Café Racer day - always a good range of machines there. It was a pleasure to finally meet Barry of this here forum and he even bought me a shandy for which I thank him. Also nice to see my old mucker John of Motonero of Bristol there on one of his tasty specials with mate Martin on a tasty 1976 BMW R100 special. Not many Guzzis there apart from Bazzer's well-used Spada, my well-used S3 and John's 950 Special, a Monza and a Breva - but - (and Barry might disagree) most interesting bike of the day was probably this Norton Rotary 588cc café racer, followed by a 1956 Norton Dommie with Commando engine special. Wonderful!





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Posted By: kateguy
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2015 at 19:40
I got the frankies off Stumpy and cut one into 3 pieces to discover the baffle broken away....Guy tig'ed it back...made a new internal plate...then tigged the frankie back together....cleaned up the welds....I sprayed them with Wilkos barbie n stove paint. Popped them back on and voila......




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Moto Guzzi Club GB.....
850 LE MANS...1 & 2....V7 Loop Frame..V7 Sport replica...Guzzi Daytona...Ducati 900ss Bevel not belt.....Laverda 3C ....and an MZ...


Posted By: Barry
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2015 at 19:53
I don't disagree at all. That Norton Rotary was pretty special. Clearly lots of time and effort spent on it, and - I'm guessing - more than little cash, too. Bet there's a heck of back story there.

For my money, the Triton triple takes some beating. Looking forward to hearing that in action at Kop Hill, if I remember to make it. The photo of it here is from Cassington, earlier in the year.

Always nice to see a Montjuic. I didn't think there were any left in the wild.

There's was lovely patina'd BSA that made me smile. And a couple of (much cleaner than mine) Guzzis. Couple of Morini 3 and a Halfs - unusual to see more than one in one place, at the same time.  Also a Breva, I think? And a well used 500 Monza.

Happy that I made the effort, especially as @Italianmotor and John Motonero turned up.













Posted By: Jak
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2015 at 22:40
Hi, I rode my new Cali III back from it's previous home in Pershore to it's new home in the Derbyshire Dale.  Cracking run and great to be back on a solo Cali again. 1989 and its only done 7,000 miles, I'm tempted to put it in one of those vac bags and bring it out in ten years when it has become a 'classic', but I think I'll just ride it instead.  Trouble is now I might have to sell my NTX to make some space in the garage and put some money back in the bank.

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Everyday is a good day to ride a bike, but some days are better than others.


Posted By: johnno
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2015 at 08:35
page 5 is just full of great looking bikes everyone of them aceThumbs Up
I wanted to go to Norton day as I had a leaflet left on my sport asking me to go but the exhaust started blowing and spent the day doing repair work should of jumped on corsa sport and gone .


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GSXR1100 L ,Moto Guzzi 650tt/ntx.750xpa,t5 850.1100 sport,1100 sport corsa rider


Posted By: Brian UK
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2015 at 09:06
I'd have liked to go to that. One of my few claims to fame(?) is that I am responsible for the NOC badge. I was club chairman going back to my youth.

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Better 5 minutes late in this world than years early in the next.


Posted By: italianmotor
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2015 at 09:14
Apologies, I did mention it on another thread last week but maybe not in the Events section.


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Posted By: Jonny Boy
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2015 at 16:56
Just a short local 50 mile bimble about today on the V7 spesh, taking advantage of the sunshine.
Can tell the weather's starting to turn chilly, boo!


Posted By: David Nimrod
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2015 at 17:17
Rode over to http://www.mfn-club.co.uk/Home.html" rel="nofollow - MFN with my youngest son (13yrs) on the back of the R100RT.

Lots of interesting bikes, no Guzzi's though... where are they all I wonder..?




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Harley Davidson FXST (1989)

BMW K1100LT (1995)

My Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/david_nimrod


Posted By: kateguy
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2015 at 19:20
Well...we were hoolieing around the High Peak on ours....VMCC Buxton Run.....abfab.....

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Moto Guzzi Club GB.....
850 LE MANS...1 & 2....V7 Loop Frame..V7 Sport replica...Guzzi Daytona...Ducati 900ss Bevel not belt.....Laverda 3C ....and an MZ...


Posted By: Zecis
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2015 at 20:36
Joined around 50 bikes at Sammy Millers in the New Forest, then rode in procession around Lymington for the towns Italian market. I got there early so the roads were empty on the way there.....good progress was made

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Regards Adam
Located near Stonehenge
...A 1200sport (2 valve with stage 1), Daytona RS and a tatty LeMans


Posted By: motopete
Date Posted: 14 Sep 2015 at 20:29
Originally posted by kateguy kateguy wrote:

Well...we were hoolieing around the High Peak on ours....VMCC Buxton Run.....abfab.....
 
Ooh, I thought about popping up to Buxton when I heard this was on, but opted for a nice round trip -  visit friends in Notts the morning - CMC Italian Bike day - Matlock Bath - Home in time for tea Smile


Posted By: the doctor
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2015 at 22:05
kicked it.....

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I suffer from Cyclonic irritation

Bikes - 4 x V-twins and a V-3.....


Posted By: Jak
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2015 at 22:50
Therapy.  After a sh*t day at work (when half my staff, many of whom I count as good friends and all of whom I think are incredibly skilled and passionate about their jobs, were informed that they face a pay cut of approximately 25% due to the council 'equal pay review') having a blast home through the Derbyshire Dales on the NTX 650 was the best way to take my mind of it.  They ought to prescribe it on the NHS (along with the particularly fine single malt I am now enjoying).
Cheers


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Everyday is a good day to ride a bike, but some days are better than others.


Posted By: Brian UK
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2015 at 23:13
Originally posted by the doctor the doctor wrote:

kicked it.....
You'll hurt its feelings and it won't start next time. It'll be a fuel pipe dropped off in the tank. Wink


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Brian.

Better 5 minutes late in this world than years early in the next.


Posted By: tonewuk
Date Posted: 16 Sep 2015 at 15:23
I cleaned my scooter,Does that count.
http://s130.photobucket.com/user/tonewuk/media/PIAGGO%20MP3/20150916_103037_zpsrq5selik.jpg.html" rel="nofollow">


Posted By: Jim Mac
Date Posted: 16 Sep 2015 at 15:31
Used the T5 instead of the Norge to do my commute, always great to use a completely different bike.

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Norge 1200 GT 8v   T5 Polizia
Too old to die young


Posted By: johnno
Date Posted: 16 Sep 2015 at 17:38
Originally posted by Jim Mac Jim Mac wrote:


Used the T5 instead of the Norge to do my commute, always great to use a completely different bike.

That's why I need 6

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GSXR1100 L ,Moto Guzzi 650tt/ntx.750xpa,t5 850.1100 sport,1100 sport corsa rider


Posted By: v7john
Date Posted: 16 Sep 2015 at 17:51
Successful visit to the garage for an MOT test on the V7. The tester even remarked on how good the brakes were! Slight free play in the rear wheel bearing but not enough to even warrant an advisory, he said.


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1972 V7Sport "The Racing Rhino".
1972 V7 700cc "The Fire Bike".

Read my blog https://racingrhino.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow - https://racingrhino.wordpress.com/


Posted By: Mike H
Date Posted: 16 Sep 2015 at 18:11




Watched the rain dripping off mine.



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"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."


Posted By: the doctor
Date Posted: 16 Sep 2015 at 19:39
Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:

Originally posted by the doctor the doctor wrote:

kicked it.....

You'll hurt its feelings and it won't start next time. It'll be a fuel pipe dropped off in the tank. <img src="smileys/smiley2.gif" height="17" width="17" alt="Wink" title="Wink" />


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I suffer from Cyclonic irritation

Bikes - 4 x V-twins and a V-3.....


Posted By: italianmotor
Date Posted: 21 Sep 2015 at 13:12
Caned it up the Kop Hill Climb. Managed to do a couple of tyre smokes too, much to the surprise of the bloke on the Norton sprinter next to me.





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Posted By: theoneandonly
Date Posted: 21 Sep 2015 at 14:03
rode my b7 ...in the rain . 

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Posted By: johnno
Date Posted: 21 Sep 2015 at 17:39
Originally posted by theoneandonly theoneandonly wrote:

rode my b7 ...in the rain . 
beat you ,I rode in a monsoon and me sport never missed a beatThumbs Up
Great pictures of Adam doing his thing .Love the bootsThumbs Up


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GSXR1100 L ,Moto Guzzi 650tt/ntx.750xpa,t5 850.1100 sport,1100 sport corsa rider


Posted By: theone&onlymin
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2015 at 20:42
Not today, as today I rode to work round the North Circ.

But last week we rode up the  Pacific Coast on  Highway 1 for a fag, then back down into Los Angeles via Sunset Boulevard. Cool.

http://s821.photobucket.com/user/theoneandonlymin/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-09-162007.59.12_1.jpg.html" rel="nofollow">



Cheers
Min


Posted By: red leader one
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2015 at 20:57
Went for some Lemon Curd Jam in Morpeth 40 mile round trip.

Coming back, tried a different route went through Bothal.

Believe me nothing prepares you for it.

 I should have been in first gear

it's up a steep hill, really blind and sharp hairpins.

What turned out to be the last one, I was on the other side of the road in second.

If anything had been there I'd have been buried with me ironing board.

So the lesson for today is  "avoid Bothal" there's nowt there anyway.

£6 quid for two jars of jam.

The things we do for women.


Posted By: BondEquipe
Date Posted: 27 Sep 2015 at 22:33
Did a 'Sharprider' Advanced Rider Training course. Leicestershire Police sponsored so only £20 not £100.

Frankly, it was a bit Billy Basic but I got an A grade pass which apparently goes to the DSA so can be checked by insurance companies to lower my premiums (I'll believe that when it happens!). Took the Triumph yesterday for the classroom and slow riding/ braking bit but thought I'd give the Le Mans a run out for the assessed ride today. Didn't really think that through as riding an old Guzzi actually demands more work and concentration in itself than a modern bike. Still, had a nice ride out!


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Stephen
Black & Gold LM2
+ Other Bikes & Projects!


Posted By: kateguy
Date Posted: 27 Sep 2015 at 23:40
Originally posted by theone&onlymin theone&onlymin wrote:

Not today, as today I rode to work round the North Circ.

But last week we rode up the  Pacific Coast on  Highway 1 for a fag, then back down into Los Angeles via Sunset Boulevard. Cool.

http://s821.photobucket.com/user/theoneandonlymin/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-09-162007.59.12_1.jpg.html" rel="nofollow">



Cheers
Min

thats a crackin pic.....

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Moto Guzzi Club GB.....
850 LE MANS...1 & 2....V7 Loop Frame..V7 Sport replica...Guzzi Daytona...Ducati 900ss Bevel not belt.....Laverda 3C ....and an MZ...


Posted By: theone&onlymin
Date Posted: 29 Sep 2015 at 10:48
Cheers, Jim took it and my phone tweaked it.
Min


Posted By: BondEquipe
Date Posted: 29 Sep 2015 at 12:34
Well; last night I went to the Warwickshire MGOC meet in Wolvey.  Nice enough people but nothing really going on. In a pub with lousy beer too!

7 bikes of which (including mine) only 3 were Guzzis.


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Stephen
Black & Gold LM2
+ Other Bikes & Projects!


Posted By: Hoover1962
Date Posted: 29 Sep 2015 at 12:45
Fitted the CNC levers on the Breva and had a blast to work, really need something with a little less weight lol , old bones struggle lol

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Never put it off till tomorrow, it may never come


Posted By: Trev1340
Date Posted: 29 Sep 2015 at 16:14
Took the steering damper off of the Cali ev fed up with the front wheel feeling like it's walking at slow speeds
Will see on the journey into work tonight

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Keep on keeping on


Posted By: Wits
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2015 at 15:03
Breva passed MOT, no advisories .....
So weather nice ride to sleap airfield via shrewsbury town centre for spot of lunch...
Only other bike at sleap was a police spec T5 (Mikes bike as tag line on number plate)
Then home to complete the list of job left by SWMBO..
   

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Breva 1100 in Black
St George's Telford Shropshire.


Posted By: Zecis
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2015 at 16:44
put the 1200 on SORN for a few months... only got the Daytona taxed for the time being. Cry

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Regards Adam
Located near Stonehenge
...A 1200sport (2 valve with stage 1), Daytona RS and a tatty LeMans


Posted By: Ropro
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2015 at 17:35
Had new boots fitted to the Norge -Pirelli Angel GTs - then went for a ride in the afternoon sun to get them scrubbed in. Very pleasant.

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Regards Rob


Posted By: Oafski
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2015 at 21:01
Went to Downham Market to visit a former work colleague. Only 170 miles round trip but the B1368 from near Royston down to Puckeridge was especially rewarding on the way home.


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OCD- Old Coffin Dodger
"Lags Droopfinger-The Biking Viking" "Good Deeds never go unpunished"


Posted By: Barry
Date Posted: 01 Oct 2015 at 18:26
Had a pootle around to test  the newly re-linked brakes (bloody hell! no need to stop *that* quickly!), check out the free-breathing and nice-sounding K&N's, and scrub some of those hairs off the new tyres.

A good time was had by all. Thank you, Weather Gods.





Posted By: GuzziHero
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 15:58
Ordered a new exhaust stud kit from Gutsibits... it seems one of my studs on the right side has gone walkabouts... I only realised when I heard what sounded like an air leak!

I'm also taking off the Guzzitech Y-pipe (despite the fact I think its nicer than the original) and putting the U-bend back on.  Sadly, the lack of fixing between the headers and the endcan causes all sorts of vibration issues.


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Current: Griso 1100, Sport 1100, Zontes Panther 125.


Posted By: Mike H
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 17:04
Originally posted by Barry Barry wrote:

Had a pootle around to test  the newly re-linked brakes



Where was the photo taken?



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"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."


Posted By: Tarquin
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 18:37
Went out on the Ducati ST and seriously warmed it's RS around Northumberland in the sunshine.

Great bike and so much better than the BMW K1100RS that I had in every respect.

Got home , pulled the covers off the Centauro and Cali and  instantly remembered why a Guzzi will always take top spot for me.Wink


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California 111 70th Anniversary Model, California 1100i 75th Anniversary Model, Honda ST1300


“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”


Posted By: vmaxer
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 19:50
The K1100RS is an excellent bike,
Me and the Mrs went on a bit of an epic voyage on ours today around Lyme Regis, and covered about 200 miles.
The weather in the SW in just insane at the moment.
Even by the sea, it was blazing hot.
The bike just glides effortlessly, and whilst not the best, it's definitely one of the best sports tourers I have ever owned, (and I've owned quite a few).
Filled up twice, and got nearly 55mpg.
Love it
Smile
 


Posted By: Barry
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 19:55
Originally posted by Mike H Mike H wrote:


Where was the photo taken?



Farmyard, Buckinghamshire.


Posted By: Tarquin
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 21:22
Originally posted by vmaxer vmaxer wrote:

The K1100RS is an excellent bike,
Love itSmile


It certainly is Vmaxer and in the same vein, I have porridge every morning because it is wholesome, reliable food but it is never going to be truly satisfying or exciting.Wink



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California 111 70th Anniversary Model, California 1100i 75th Anniversary Model, Honda ST1300


“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”


Posted By: vmaxer
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 21:31
Originally posted by Tarquin Tarquin wrote:

Originally posted by vmaxer vmaxer wrote:

The K1100RS is an excellent bike,
Love itSmile


It certainly is Vmaxer and in the same vein, I have porridge every morning because it is wholesome, reliable food but it is never going to be truly satisfying or exciting.Wink

 
It's a very subjective thing.
I wasn't going to say anything here, but as the subject has been broached, when you and another member here started talking about the ST4, I had a test ride on one in Bridge motorcycles in Exeter, as my interest had been aroused.
It was mint and low miles
Good bike, but did nothing for me, and I certainly wouldn't have swapped my Beemer for it.
But then, we're all different.
I don't think it's a case of one bike being better than another.
It's more a case of it being more suitable.
I mean look at my Griso, and your Centauro for that matter.
There are any number of naked bikes out there that would out perform them every way.
So does that mean those bikes are "better"
Answers on a postcard
LOL


Posted By: red leader one
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 21:32
Went to a carpet shop in Forest Hall, 15 miles round trip.

Traffic was terrible.

"Tarqers can I put me name down for the Centauro"?


Posted By: Tarquin
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 21:39
Originally posted by red leader one red leader one wrote:

Went to a carpet shop in Forest Hall, 15 miles round trip.

Traffic was terrible.

"Tarqers can I put me name down for the Centauro"?


Would I have to include tea and a sarnie in the sale RLO?LOL


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California 111 70th Anniversary Model, California 1100i 75th Anniversary Model, Honda ST1300


“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”


Posted By: GuzziHero
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 21:55
Originally posted by vmaxer vmaxer wrote:

I mean look at my Griso, and your Centauro for that matter.
There are any number of naked bikes out there that would out perform them every way.
So does that mean those bikes are "better"
Answers on a postcard
LOL


You know... I'd sort of argue on the naked bikes outperforming a Griso.  They are surprisingly capable machines ;)

It may be a long old Hector, but a friend on a new Kawasaki Z1000 said he was absolutely pinned to keep with me in acceleration, and he doesn't know how I corner the way I do.  He admitted he'd have been hard pressed on his old Triumph Daytone 675 to keep up with me in the bends.  I can pull away from another friends ZX636 until about 105mph.


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Current: Griso 1100, Sport 1100, Zontes Panther 125.


Posted By: vmaxer
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 22:05
Originally posted by GuzziHero GuzziHero wrote:


You know... I'd sort of argue on the naked bikes outperforming a Griso.  They are surprisingly capable machines ;)

It may be a long old Hector, but a friend on a new Kawasaki Z1000 said he was absolutely pinned to keep with me in acceleration, and he doesn't know how I corner the way I do.  He admitted he'd have been hard pressed on his old Triumph Daytone 675 to keep up with me in the bends.  I can pull away from another friends ZX636 until about 105mph.
 
I once had a ZZR1100, and fancied myself a bit.
One day, I was out for a spirited ride, and became aware of a bike closing on me fast from behind.
Determined not to be had (I was young and naïve then), I pressed on, but this guy just kept getting closer, until eventually, he took me on a left hander, and then he was just gone.
The bike was an old BMW air head.
Probably an R100RT.
Didn't really have time to see, because he'd buggered off into the distance before I had a chance to take in what had happened.
I did try keeping up, but it was futile.
So then, does this mean that the old BMW is a faster better performing bike than a ZZR1100 ?
No, of course not.
It just means that the rider on board was an infinitely better rider than me.
 
Smile


Posted By: GuzziHero
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 22:11
Originally posted by vmaxer vmaxer wrote:


I once had a ZZR1100, and fancied myself a bit.
One day, I was out for a spirited ride, and became aware of a bike closing on me fast from behind.
Determined not to be had (I was young and naïve then), I pressed on, but this guy just kept getting closer, until eventually, he took me on a left hander, and then he was just gone.
The bike was an old BMW air head.
Probably an R100RT.
Didn't really have time to see, because he'd buggered off into the distance before I had a chance to take in what had happened.
I did try keeping up, but it was futile.
So then, does this mean that the old BMW is a faster better performing bike than a ZZR1100 ?
No, of course not.
It just means that the rider on board was an infinitely better rider than me.
 
Smile


Well tbh when Im out with friends, I find that they are unwilling to do the speeds that I am even though most of them have R1/GSXR1000/Fireblade.  So yeah, I see your point that its the rider, not the bike in most circumstances.

But does that mean that their bikes are too capable to be fully utilised one the road whilst my bike is more suitable?  The best performing bike changes depending on the situation :)  And the Griso is a near ideal bike for most real world conditions, imo.

The right guy on the wrong bike will always outperform the wrong guy on the right bike...





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Current: Griso 1100, Sport 1100, Zontes Panther 125.


Posted By: vmaxer
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2015 at 23:03
Originally posted by GuzziHero GuzziHero wrote:



But does that mean that their bikes are too capable to be fully utilised one the road whilst my bike is more suitable? 
 
I think that the road is the great equalizer of man and machine,
No matter what you have, and how great the performance, the road will ultimately dictate how much of it you can actually exploit.
A maxed out Griso, for sure will keep up with sportier bikes in the right hands.
This doesn't mean it's as quick, or equal in terms of handling.
It just means that on the road, the riders of higher performance machines simply cannot safely use all that is on tap, where as we can use most of what we have.
That said, I can honestly tell you that if you cloned me, and put one of me on a BMW 1200R, and the other one on the Griso, the, me, on the Beemer wouldn't be seen for dust by the me, on the Griso.
And so we come back to the original point.
Does better performance and handling necessarily equal better bike.
In my opinion no.
My Griso still manages to be the superior bike, despite being inferior to the BMW in just about every way, but I simply cannot explain why that is.
 


Posted By: Tarquin
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2015 at 06:55
Originally posted by vmaxer vmaxer wrote:

Originally posted by GuzziHero GuzziHero wrote:



But does that mean that their bikes are too capable to be fully utilised one the road whilst my bike is more suitable? 
 


My Griso still manages to be the superior bike, despite being inferior to the BMW in just about every way, but I simply cannot explain why that is.
 



My very point Vmaxer, the BMW K1100RS should be better than my Ducati ST2 but in MY OPINION it is not.
The Ducati only has 85bhp compared tp the K's 100 but it is lighter, has better quality suspension, is far prettier, has much better luggage and delivers comparable fuel economy. In addition, it's gearing for a tourer is infinitely more relaxing than the K where I always felt that it was revving it's nuts off when on the motorway Lastlly,  the sound, did I mention that it sounds glorious.

I think you thought that I was having a snipe at your K and that was simply not the case, just an honest observation by me comparing a bike that I had recently to it's successor.

The K is a very honest and capable  bike but if I wanted to tour Europe the Ducati would do it as reliably and comfortably as the K but in MY OPINION is just simply a nicer thing to ride.Thumbs Up


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California 111 70th Anniversary Model, California 1100i 75th Anniversary Model, Honda ST1300


“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”


Posted By: johnno
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2015 at 07:43
Originally posted by Tarquin Tarquin wrote:

Originally posted by vmaxer vmaxer wrote:

Originally posted by GuzziHero GuzziHero wrote:



But does that mean that their bikes are too capable to be fully utilised one the road whilst my bike is more suitable? 
 


My Griso still manages to be the superior bike, despite being inferior to the BMW in just about every way, but I simply cannot explain why that is.
 



My very point Vmaxer, the BMW K1100RS should be better than my Ducati ST2 but in MY OPINION it is not.
The Ducati only has 85bhp compared tp the K's 100 but it is lighter, has better quality suspension, is far prettier, has much better luggage and delivers comparable fuel economy. In addition, it's gearing for a tourer is infinitely more relaxing than the K where I always felt that it was revving it's nuts off when on the motorway Lastlly,  the sound, did I mention that it sounds glorious.

I think you thought that I was having a snipe at your K and that was simply not the case, just an honest observation by me comparing a bike that I had recently to it's successor.

The K is a very honest and capable  bike but if I wanted to tour Europe the Ducati would do it as reliably and comfortably as the K but in MY OPINION is just simply a nicer thing to ride.Thumbs Up
glad ure enjoying the duke . I know what you mean about these guzzis I get to ride a lot of the jap stuff and on paper they are a million times better than my guzzis but when it comes down to the reward of riding a bike the old guzzis win everytime . In fact it now highlights how great my  1998 sport corsa isThumbs Up

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GSXR1100 L ,Moto Guzzi 650tt/ntx.750xpa,t5 850.1100 sport,1100 sport corsa rider


Posted By: vmaxer
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2015 at 09:23
Originally posted by Tarquin Tarquin wrote:

[it is lighter, has better quality suspension, is far prettier, has much better luggage and delivers comparable fuel economy. In addition, it's gearing for a tourer is infinitely more relaxing than the K where I always felt that it was revving it's nuts off when on the motorway Lastlly,  the sound, did I mention that it sounds glorious.Thumbs Up
 
 
I'll use the example I used earlier.
The BMW R1200R is a comparable bike to the Griso.
However, it has better suspension, handling, turns in quicker, and is better handling, is more comfortable and is definitely faster.
So it's better than the Griso, but yet it isn't.
The Griso is better,
It's weird, but somehow it's imperfections and weaknesses are it's advantages.
What I'm saying is that better, doesn't always mean better.
Erm
Confused
 


Posted By: kateguy
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2015 at 09:58
We have a garage full of 70s and 80s Italian bikes.....I get the chance to regularly roadtest some exotica and recent stuff.....I have yet to say...'I've got to have one of these'....We use a bike every day...if twas my only vehicle and I was travelling up and down the country all day every day...thars the only time I would have a large modern allrounder...but I'm not....I do have a decent van for that sort of thing.....
We attended a talk given by the great Peter Williams last week....and he said...'a lovely motorcycle is just that...it doesn't matter whether its 2 or 4 stroke or who made it......'

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Moto Guzzi Club GB.....
850 LE MANS...1 & 2....V7 Loop Frame..V7 Sport replica...Guzzi Daytona...Ducati 900ss Bevel not belt.....Laverda 3C ....and an MZ...


Posted By: Jim Mac
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2015 at 10:44
going to swap my calipers around on the front of the T5 with the P5 and see if it does what MR Guzziology says it will

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Norge 1200 GT 8v   T5 Polizia
Too old to die young


Posted By: vmaxer
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2015 at 11:07
Another hot summers day in the SW today.
After our epic trip yesterday, Mrs wants to stay at home and read her papers today.
Thumbs Up
Sandwiches and thermos in the tank bag, and off for a solitary spin in the countryside to nowhere in partcular on the Griso.
Big smile


Posted By: red leader one
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2015 at 11:10
Originally posted by vmaxer vmaxer wrote:

Originally posted by Tarquin Tarquin wrote:

[it is lighter, has better quality suspension, is far prettier, has much better luggage and delivers comparable fuel economy. In addition, it's gearing for a tourer is infinitely more relaxing than the K where I always felt that it was revving it's nuts off when on the motorway Lastlly,  the sound, did I mention that it sounds glorious.Thumbs Up
 
 
I'll use the example I used earlier.
The BMW R1200R is a comparable bike to the Griso.
However, it has better suspension, handling, turns in quicker, and is better handling, is more comfortable and is definitely faster.
So it's better than the Griso, but yet it isn't.
The Griso is better,
It's weird, but somehow it's imperfections and weaknesses are it's advantages.
What I'm saying is that better, doesn't always mean better.
Erm
Confused
 



Perhaps less is more.


Posted By: Tarquin
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2015 at 12:35
What, like a one legged Ironing Board for example?LOL


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California 111 70th Anniversary Model, California 1100i 75th Anniversary Model, Honda ST1300


“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”


Posted By: Jim Mac
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2015 at 15:13
swapped the calipers on the T5, P9 on front is great improvement but having a sod of a time bleeding the linked brakes.

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Norge 1200 GT 8v   T5 Polizia
Too old to die young


Posted By: Jerry atric
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2015 at 18:11
I've never owned a BMW but I have spent quite a lot of time with groups of Germans and groups of Italians in NATO. believe me, it explains exactly why the bikes are different. They are a reflection of the people that design them. I expect Italianmotor can corroborate this



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