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    Posted: 27 Apr 2020 at 08:05
Yes, you are probably right, the carb sport had no cush drive.
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I've corresponded with quite a few guzzi owners over the years. A higher percentage of 1100i owners than any other model reported ongoing problems with their bikes.

If EVERY 1100i was a dog then I suppose there would be none left, but given the likelihood of trouble I would not buy one. On the other hand I bought a 2001 cali aluminium, which has the common 5th gear whine, so what would I know.

The guzzi market here in australia is very soft. I have numerous things advertised atm and I've never had such a rate of enquiries ever, but while I've sold a lot of other stuff the aluminium is still in my garage. Guzzi prices got dragged up a few years ago by insane bevel prices but I think that has passed. They have dropped back, although not to pre-spike prices. There are as always a lot of optimists in the ads, but a lot of those bikes have been on market for years. Motorcycles are a niche. Guzzis are a niche within that, and older second hand guzzis are a niche within a niche within a niche. On top of that the few people who are interested in them usually already have a shedfull...

I thought the 1100 carb had a cush drive. The carb sport did not.
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Didn’t do too bad considering it was a cat D, (and not even an EV 😉)



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Originally posted by Graham FR Graham FR wrote:

Seem to be a few coming out of the woods 


I do love the way he has carefully covered the number plate in the photos then taken a shot of the V5 and MOT with the reg nice and clear!
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eBay is not the only place to look - Facebook MarketPlace, I'm told, has been kicking up some bargains in this respect - no fees being something of a draw, and the ability to 'filter' on local buy/sell being something that works (as opposed to eBay which seems to think China is still 'local' and "within 50 miles").  Find something reasonably local and that might alter the whole 'buying unseen' aspect.

Anyway, good luck. I'm to be reducing the fleet this year, not adding to it!


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Yup Barry

I think your right, Ion Drakos on the forum Facebook thing picked up one for a song. Trouble is finding them, the ebay disease is still rife though.

Agree with the buy unseen, but I have been lucky before, in fact I have always been lucky except for my three boxes of rusting festering V50ii which I got a few years ago. 

I also have a great chappie who for £109 will pick a bike up anywhere in the country. He has just moved my DL650 to a mate in Dorset cos he needed a bike for work and I such a nice guy Cry


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Apr 2020 at 13:54
Right now, the later Cali's (Cali EV, Cali 1100i, for example) seem to be going for remarkably little money (comparatively speaking), often complete with fitted luggage, screens and all.  Common sense says you are most likely going to have to buy sight unseen, if you do so now, and get the bike shipped, but there are definitely some apparent bargains going - and if you accept that whatever you buy will likely need (some) recommissioning anyway...

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Indeedy they can Brian

And now I want a grown up one again, memory and dreams can be dangerous things especially when combined. Mind you she is confused staring at the walls so now would be a good time to sneak something in under the radar and then do the

" what - it has been there for years, got it years ago. You remember don't you?"  

Worked before, may do again. 

Had a Cali 1100i brilliant bike. So now my confusion starts on what to look for if something comes up. Don't really have knowledge of other models too much. 

It does appear choice between a G5 then perhaps the great Min would love me forever, or an 850 of some variant. I could start a 'what's the best bike' post, but then you possibly all would kill me. 

I've got the V50ii to finish and I am enjoying rebuilding everything, but the urge for a big one has started again and retired now so time I do have. 

Just don't really want anything younger than 1980 ish as my pledge to myself is no more mot or tax on any bike, that's why the Urinal outfit has to go. My two Velosolex are 70's so coming together. 

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Exotic Budgies can be quite expensive.
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Blimey I didn't think he was so well thought of. 

Yup Dave think that was the plan, memory dims a bit now might have been Switzerland as it was a straight drop down but I remember being stung for a vignetty thing for about 30 quid for only a few miles. So probably Austria, was rather hilly though. 

God all this talk of big Guzzies has got me wanting another one. Come on whose got one going cheaper than a budgie. I'm onot half way through the V50ii and it is a money pit. 

Funny old world. 
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I'm afraid I must echo the comments about same specialist dealer in dorset.
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A very entertaining story Ian. For reasons I shan't go into here I too have had certain dealings with the dealer in the South West which were far from satisfactory.

Would that have been Austria into Northern Italy??

Edited by Dave P. - 25 Apr 2020 at 10:29
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Well funny you ask Tongue

Probably for the first time ever I put me front forks into a Guzzi shop think it was called Moto Corsa or Moto Mecca, one in London one in Dorset at a place called Three Legged Cross, or very near. Anyway it was the one at Three Legged Cross, there is a reason why I start the story here!!!

When I picked the forks up just prior to going on a trip I wondered why there was a tiny little bit of oil on the nice clean workshop floor even commented on it, the nice man just rubbed it with his foot. 

So home I goes and fits the forks, everything bolted up, and loaded up ready for the trip to the ferry and a jaunty to Lake como through France, Germany, Austria and of course the big factory. Then the plan was to go round the med and end up at that madness they call the Moto Club de Faro rally at yup you guessed it Faro then up through Portugal across Spain then up through France to home. All in 10 days, well that was the plan. 

All went well until it was time to take a pootle down those very big steep hills from Austria into northern Spain, pah, easy peasy innit. 

Well it would have been with a front brake, that little bit of oil on the shop floor turned out to be a screwed up put together front fork by the 'specialists'.  As the decent went on more and more oil just happened to find its way out of the fork and onto the front brake caliper and disc. Finally deciding that even with standing on the back brake and using my luggage and tent as a drag brake. I thought that this was then end just at that point my tightly bolted together front mudguard said enough was enough and it decided to flop backwards, then wiggle then lock the whole front end up. 

No idea how I kept it up, but it did stop right outside of a little cafe that sold wonderful snacks so all was not wasted. 

When the recovery van arrived he took me all the way to Agostinis I could not believe it, miles and miles what a nice man. 

Well I think it was a nice chap called Richard or Robert or it could been Fred but he was the chap who married Mr A's daughter and spoke English. He said three weeks before he could fit me in, I said I've got three hairy arsed mates who will kill me if they no get to Faro so he did it in a couple of days. What a nice man. 

Funny thing was that I told him about the shop allegedly fixing my forks and thought nothing of it. A day later when doing the prescriptive evening ring home, wife said she had a strange call from that motorbike shop in Dorset and that the chap in Italy had rung him and said I was not best pleased and a murder may be committed on my return, think that was the cleaned up words I used when I spoke with that nice man in Mándelo. 

Well it turns out he knows the owner of the Three Legged across shop and rang him and told him. The chap had rung the wife and offered a full refund on the work he had charged me for. Ha ha funny old word. 

Trouble was it cost me a new fork stanchion cos the crap down the hill had scored the old one and while I was there in the workshop the man with the spanner started laughing at my shocks, Hagon recommended ones. When I asked what he was saying that very nice man said the shocks were not up to the job on a Cali far too weak, so dazzled by the lure I ended up having a wonderful set of Agostini specials fitted and parting with another 400 plus euros. 

It was a trip of epic memories then I go and trade it in for a Urinal 750 outfit when I got home. 

So I regret it every day, would love another big Guzzi, pouring a fortune into this V50ii and still have to outfit which I now no longer want. 

Ha ha bet you wished you had never asked Dave. 

Cheers

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Originally posted by Guzzis3 Guzzis3 wrote:

I wouldn't buy an 1100i for any money. Too many horror stories.I'd have an 1100 carb all day long but not the FI version.

But didn't the 1100 carb model lack a cush drive, with the occasional result of the back of the gearbox disintegrating?
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Quote Ian T.
Probably the best bike I ever owned, never any trouble except when the front mudguard fell down going through the Alps, that was interesting. 


Interesting!! I'll bet. What happened then Ian, Do tell!




Edited by Dave P. - 25 Apr 2020 at 08:53
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