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    Posted: 03 Feb 2018 at 18:29
Evening all, I have just joined the forum and am stopping by to say hello. I'm new to Guzzi's, having bought a V50 M3 which needs a bit of attention to get it back on the road after years in storage. Previously had mainly British bikes, but currently riding a BMW K75S. The V50 looks tiny next to it!

I have lots to learn and look forward to catching up with things here. In fact I have a starter question: is there an owner's manual which explains things like how to remove the side panels without breaking the lugs, and so on? I have a full workshop manual but I assume something smaller came with the bike. Are they still available in any form?
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Hi and welcome
The side panels can be a proper pain to remove especially if there is a build up of paint or powder coating on the frame lugs. I resorted to a claw hammer and WD40 to get mine off for the first time but have since applied Vaseline to the surfaces which makes them slightly easier to remove.
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Welcome, lots of good folk on here advise you about almost anything
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There is a workshop manual if that helps.
 
I can only find a German copy of the owner's manual on that site.
 
When you get the panels off eventually, use silicone grease to lubricate the rubbers. The stuff used by plumbers for the seals on plastic pipes.
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In theory, the side panels come off by carefully levering / pulling outwards at the bottom then lifting vertically to release the top grommets. As Chris says, Vaseline (or silicone grease) on the grommet can help. The ears on both sides of mine were broken; I fixed them using superglue and baking powder which seems to have done the trick.

I have never found a user handbook in English other than the odd (very expensive) one that comes up on ebay. And I don't think even the German (or Italian) ones tell you how to remove the side panels. I think they see it as obvious........
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2018 at 12:22
The only small block owner manual I have found online is for the Florida models.
 
 


Edited by Brian UK - 04 Feb 2018 at 12:25
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For the preservation of rubber parts you cannot do any better than to use this specialist stuff- GUMMI PFLEGE .

Linkyhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Gummi-Pflege-Rubber-Stick-100ml/dp/B007TNOQDI

It is nourishes the rubber and brings it back to life, used sparingly it lasts ages.
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Thanks for that link Brian - adds to the store.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Oldrat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2018 at 14:50
Just checked the link and I couldn’t get it to work. Doh!


You might want to surf around for a best price, the liquid with the sponge applicator works well for me.
Here’s a video review
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jpc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2018 at 15:26
In a pinch, brake caliper seal grease also works well for grommets, won't react with rubber.


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Fairy liquid.
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Originally posted by red leader one red leader one wrote:

Fairy liquid.

Is this about ointments again ?   Wink


Edited by jpc - 04 Feb 2018 at 16:34
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote red leader one Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2018 at 15:39
If you've got a squeaky bush on your suspension or the rubber draught excluder around the door going hard.
It works.
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