Monthly Archives: October 2013

50,000km service (cont.2)

The fork oil hadn’t been changed for at least 30,000km, which is probably too long, but I never seemed to get around to it.  The Guzzi forks are similar to that of my Metal Stone and are easy to remove to replace the oil, so there’s no real excuse.

I drop the forks part of the way, then tighten the lower triple clamp, which acts as a vice so I can crack open the top fork cap.  Then drop them all the way out.

Take off the fork cap, remove the spring and spacer tube and drain.  The old oil which drained out looked like old dish washing water.  After a rinse with kerosene, I let the staunchions drain while cleaning up the legs and parts of the front of the bike which I can’t normally reach.

Four hundred ml of lovely red Motorex 10w fork oil then went into each leg.  Reinsert with the aid of a screwdriver to slightly lever open the triple clamps.

Taking the front end apart.

Taking the front end apart.

Dirty old fork oil.

Dirty old fork oil.

Draining the forks after a rinse with kerosene.

Draining the forks after a rinse with kerosene.

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50,000km service (cont.)

Drop the oil and filter.

The foil keeps the oil off the wheel.

Rear drive, gear box and sump all draining at once. I still manage to spill gear box oil, though.

Penrite for the gear box and rear drive. I change them every 10,000km, not every 20,000km.

Usually I use Penrite 15w-60 but the garage was out of it. This 15w-50 Diesel is used in a lot of bikes. Guzzis need an oil with a high zinc level to protect their tappets. I change the oil every 5000km, not every 10,000km.

Diving in to change the inner plugs. The right hand one was particularly difficult. I damaged the cap getting the lead off and had to go into Melbourne to buy a new one from A1 Ringwood, the Guzzi dealer.

The lift makes working on the bike much easier. I had to adjust the tappets and change the outer plugs, too.
The after-market exhaust needed adjusting because the O2 sensor was rubbing on the frame. It’s a pain trying to do it on my knees!

After I zipped her all up, I gave all the battery leads a clean with bicarb of soda and some sand paper.  She started straight up and – bonus – no screws or nuts left over!

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50,000km run

Lovely day, so headed out to bring the Breva up to its 50,000km service.

Coffee and scones at the Dig Cafe, Newstead.

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Looking south towards Clunes, canola crops in the distance.

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The snake, an eastern brown I reckon, doesn’t appear as big as it was. I eyeballed the length several times and it was definitely over 5 foot long.

Commencing the 50,000km service. First drain the fluids while they’re still warm.

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Spaghetti Rally 2013

Weekend run up to the King Valley for the Moto Guzzi Club’s annual Spaghetti Rally.  I took the Cali – I always feel like I’m going to a party when I ride the Cali!  I had a Drift HD camera mounted on the brake reservoir for the first series of pics.

The pub put on a bus to ferry us from the rally site  for a counter meal and few beers.

The pub put on a bus to ferry us from the rally site for a counter meal and few beers.

Breakfast at the Rail Trail Cafe, Porepunkah.

Breakfast at the Rail Trail Cafe, Porepunkah.

The Rail Trail Cafe, Porepunkah.

The Rail Trail Cafe, Porepunkah.

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