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Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-23-2014, 05:16 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Good input for those who need it. At 6'0" and...

Good input for those who need it. At 6'0" and 33" inseam, I'm fine with the stock height shock, but I know others posting on this thread have stated that they wouldn't mind a lower seat height........
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-23-2014, 01:55 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I wasn't referring to pre-load. I think for many...

I wasn't referring to pre-load. I think for many of the folks looking at aftermarket shocks, not being able to lower the back of the bike in the process is a deal killer, hence my comment.

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-23-2014, 10:19 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Stelvio 1200 LZ 08> X 640-1005-00 641-1005-00 - -...

Stelvio 1200 LZ 08> X 640-1005-00 641-1005-00 - - Ride height adjustment not possible

Deal killer. :deal

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-22-2014, 03:01 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Dan, you've probably already done this, but just...

Dan, you've probably already done this, but just in case you have not, head over to GuzziTech and check out Todd's thread on shocks for the Stelvio. The short list is:
- Penske
- Hyperpro
- YSS...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-21-2014, 11:06 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Makes that Griso SE brown seat even more...

Makes that Griso SE brown seat even more attractive with the matte green body plastics....... :tb

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-21-2014, 11:02 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Anyone who has had USD style forks for any length...

Anyone who has had USD style forks for any length of time has one of these tools, or one like it. From your sig and past posts, it seems you've had a lot of bikes with "conventional" forks (KLR,...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-21-2014, 10:58 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
As am I, I just choose not too. For me, riding...

As am I, I just choose not too. For me, riding is about the journey, not the destination. Unless I'm commuting, my riding is to see the sights, which means back roads (not slab) and stopping often....
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-12-2014, 03:17 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
In effect, yes, because it doesn't turn...

In effect, yes, because it doesn't turn on/off/on/off/etc after startup, at least mine never did. Maybe I gave her too much whip..... :evil All I know is the fuel economy was pretty poor at 150'ish...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-12-2014, 03:00 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
It does, but once the engine comes up to...

It does, but once the engine comes up to temperature, the radiator is enabled and is never disabled after that. The rads on the Duc are very efficient, so when the temps got low enough (40's F),...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-12-2014, 12:28 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
This seems to be a common trait among "big block"...

This seems to be a common trait among "big block" twins. It was true of my BMW R1200GS, it was DEFINITELY true of my Ducati MTS 1200, and also true of my 2 Guzzis to about the same degree as the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-11-2014, 08:55 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I'll probably lose a lot of credibility here...

I'll probably lose a lot of credibility here (well, what little I might have anyway), but I can certainly see a Harley Road Glide in my (distant) future. I've toured on the Roadies several times,...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-11-2014, 10:36 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I would guess the reason your bike runs so well...

I would guess the reason your bike runs so well on the low-cost gas is because it's running quite rich, especially given your relatively poor fuel economy.

How are you modifying your map, ie....
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-08-2014, 08:54 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
But how does he do that, do you know? Does he...

But how does he do that, do you know? Does he use rubber O-rings or ???? And how well do they stay sealed over the long haul?

The only systems I know of that work well are the BMW wheels where...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-08-2014, 08:30 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Do you know what system Woody uses to retain the...

Do you know what system Woody uses to retain the tubeless-ness of the OEM wheels? :ear

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-06-2014, 10:47 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
If I were to purchase a Stelvio today, and I had...

If I were to purchase a Stelvio today, and I had a theoretical choice between black, green, and orange, I'd go with the green. One of my favorite Guzzi color combos of all time was on the Griso SE...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 12-05-2014, 07:29 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Conti Trail Attack 2 tire report

A while back I promised to report back after I had a few miles on my Conti Trail Attack 2's. I haven't seen anyone else mention they are running these on their Stelvios, so I thought this may be of...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-26-2014, 12:11 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
+1 That's why I think they'll keep the...

+1

That's why I think they'll keep the Stelvio in its "primitive" form. It's a visceral bike, and really feels like an old school machine in many ways. It's also extremely reliable over the...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-25-2014, 10:41 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
:lol3 Well, that's sort of the way it is...

:lol3

Well, that's sort of the way it is with Guzzi's. Once you get through the initial set of issues (if any), they just run and run with little to no drama. It seems the 2012 NTX sparked a bit...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-24-2014, 04:50 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
+1, especially the new updated models (XCx or XC...

+1, especially the new updated models (XCx or XC Adventure).

The only issue I have with it is when I took a test ride on one of the first ones that hit my dealer about 2yrs ago, the vibes were...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-24-2014, 02:33 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Well, my WRR has a 6 speed tranny and with...

Well, my WRR has a 6 speed tranny and with basically free mods to uncork the motor will pull all 6 just fine thank you very much. It has far less torque than the V7, Scrambler, etc., but then again...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-23-2014, 09:17 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Good point. My issue with the Triumph twin was...

Good point. My issue with the Triumph twin was on the freeway where it struggled a bit at the speeds they drive around here. You are likely right, and they didn't put a 6th gear in their 900cc...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-22-2014, 12:09 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
+1 I would have had a Triumph Scrambler in...

+1

I would have had a Triumph Scrambler in my garage already if it weren't for the 5 speed gearbox. :cry

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-21-2014, 10:34 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
What do you do when it rains? :ear -SM

What do you do when it rains? :ear

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-21-2014, 02:45 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Totally agree on both counts. Was painful...

Totally agree on both counts. Was painful forking over the $$$ for that mount, but I've had it through 3 bikes now and it's been faultless. I know the TT stuff is expensive, but it's very high...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-21-2014, 10:16 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I have a Garmin Zumo 660 mounted in a Touratech...

I have a Garmin Zumo 660 mounted in a Touratech V2 vibration resistant, locking mount. I've used this setup on 3 different bikes now and it works on the Stelvio as it did on the others, that is to...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-20-2014, 10:56 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I'm coming up on 11k miles and mine is glass...

I'm coming up on 11k miles and mine is glass smooth at various spots in the RPM range. By the time I hit 20k, I expect I won't even know the engine is running.... :rofl

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-20-2014, 04:20 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Look at Dan's pic above and you'll see that you...

Look at Dan's pic above and you'll see that you need to move all of your cables/wires behind the bars. It's not a difficult task, just a bit tedious. I removed my top clamp to get it done, where...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-20-2014, 09:06 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I have them on mine. I think they help a little,...

I have them on mine. I think they help a little, but honestly the #1 thing to keep the big girl running smoothly is to keep the TB's sync'd (local Guzzi Master Mech recommends every 5k miles to...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-19-2014, 11:23 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Thanks! Yeah, I can see now how they attach...

Thanks!

Yeah, I can see now how they attach the carrier to the frame. Nice. Looks like I can still use a BlueOx or similar towing system for my truck, so I should be all set.

Now I need to do...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-19-2014, 08:42 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Ah!! Good to know! I didn't realize they welded...

Ah!! Good to know! I didn't realize they welded the carrier to your rig. I thought it was a receiver setup. That's great then as I can put the bike on the carrier and still pull the truck. ...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-19-2014, 06:02 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Thanks for your reply. :thumb I looked at...

Thanks for your reply. :thumb

I looked at the Hydralift, but the tongue weight on many of the DP's I'm looking at is listed at 500lbs. Obviously the Stelvio + lift will weigh a lot more than...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-19-2014, 03:14 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Total sidebar, but how do you haul your Guzzi w/...

Total sidebar, but how do you haul your Guzzi w/ your RV? I'm looking at getting into the RV scene (looking at 35-40ft DP, but not full time) and can't find anything that will still allow me to pull...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-17-2014, 09:15 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Go where ever there's a good shop. As long as...

Go where ever there's a good shop. As long as your money is green, they'll gladly take it from you. :lol3

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-15-2014, 06:36 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I find my gauge is almost hyper accurate, and if...

I find my gauge is almost hyper accurate, and if I'm a bit lax in my filling of the tank (i.e. I don't top it off completely) it won't display the top bar. I have to fill it right to the top to get...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-15-2014, 01:35 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
I wear Klim's and they're built the same way with...

I wear Klim's and they're built the same way with a thin palm for good feel and grip and thicker insulation on the rest of the glove. They're perfect for cold/rainy weather (they have a Gortex...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-15-2014, 12:13 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
It depends on the thickness of your gloves. I...

It depends on the thickness of your gloves. I wear relatively thin-palmed gloves living in Cali, and the OEM grips are plenty warm even down to the upper 20's deg F. But I can see where they...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-13-2014, 11:27 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
They were, but only for a short time (4 years). ...

They were, but only for a short time (4 years). In 2000 Aprilia bought Guzzi, but in 2004 Piaggio bought Aprilia and made Guzzi it's own division. So Guzzi is now under Piaggio, not Aprilia. ...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-08-2014, 09:55 AM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Good luck in your quest. In my experience, ALL...

Good luck in your quest. In my experience, ALL bikes have issues (well, EVERY bike I'v ever owned has had them....maybe it's just me), so it's really a question of which one(s) has more. I have...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-06-2014, 10:39 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
Ah....OK, so still using the SWMotech (i.e. Trax)...

Ah....OK, so still using the SWMotech (i.e. Trax) mounts. Too bad. I was hoping maybe Givi was making a direct fit bag for the integrated OEM mounts. :cry

-SM
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 11-06-2014, 08:49 PM
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Posted By Sock Monkey
By "existing racks" do you mean the racks the...

By "existing racks" do you mean the racks the Trax boxes attach to, or do you mean the built-into-the-tail-section mounts that the OEM bags for the 1200 ABS attach to? :ear

-SM
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