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Old 05-23-2013, 01:31 PM   #5146
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Damn i got a burn mark on my finger, that fool needs to be kept away from design decisions.
Half my ring finger is a blister and I'm due to leave on a 3 day trip tomorrow moring. Splendid.
I'll make sure to have you check my hot oil on the Griso...not any better.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:56 PM   #5147
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Ok i found my first real gripe with this bike.

Which engineer was sitting in the construction approval meeting of that engine, looked at the oil dipstick just above the exhaust, stood up pointed at the powerpoint presentation and said:
"Thats it! Thats exactly how we are going to build that!"

Bring him to my doorstep, I'll promise his demise will neither be swift nor painless.

Damn i got a burn mark on my finger, that fool needs to be kept away from design decisions.
Half my ring finger is a blister and I'm due to leave on a 3 day trip tomorrow moring. Splendid.
"...and lets design it so that they'll have to balance the bike with one hand and check the oil level with the other. At the very least they'll drip oil on the hot header pipe. Maybe they'll even tip the bike too far to the right and over she goes. Second degree burns would be a bonus!"
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:58 PM   #5148
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OK, Mine too

One of my driving light mounts cracked with around 3,000 miles on the bike. Yes, it's under warranty, but I don't want to be going through this every couple months.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #5149
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Ok i found my first real gripe with this bike.

Which engineer was sitting in the construction approval meeting of that engine, looked at the oil dipstick just above the exhaust, stood up pointed at the powerpoint presentation and said:
"Thats it! Thats exactly how we are going to build that!"

Bring him to my doorstep, I'll promise his demise will neither be swift nor painless.

Damn i got a burn mark on my finger, that fool needs to be kept away from design decisions.
Half my ring finger is a blister and I'm due to leave on a 3 day trip tomorrow moring. Splendid.
Didn't your daddy ever tell you to be careful where you stick your finger?
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:20 PM   #5150
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I pull the dipstick with my leatherman pliers. I learned my lesson.

The Hella lights suck. Mine cracked multiple times. Glad they're gone.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:32 PM   #5151
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Actually mine doesn't use any oil so I seldom check it. If I do, it's always before setting out so that the engine is cold.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:57 PM   #5152
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Actually mine doesn't use any oil so I seldom check it. If I do, it's always before setting out so that the engine is cold.
Checking oil on a cold engine has been ingrained in me to be a nono (whether thats true or not), that i cant do it.

Hadnt check oil before, came up below empty (after 2000km since purchase), topped her up with some good stuff. will see after the weekend if thats going to be habit or not.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:12 PM   #5153
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Checking oil on a cold engine has been ingrained in me to be a nono (whether thats true or not), that i cant do it.

Hadnt check oil before, came up below empty (after 2000km since purchase), topped her up with some good stuff. will see after the weekend if thats going to be habit or not.
Is yours the old dip stick with the crew in - or the car type? I changed mine for the later car type. It's much easier!!
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:55 PM   #5154
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Is yours the old dip stick with the crew in - or the car type? I changed mine for the later car type. It's much easier!!
I thought the new style car type dip stick arrangement was pretty good. I prefer a sight glass but I'd say this is the next best thing.

I don't want to start an oil discussion here, are there some good existing discussions already someplace? Maybe earlier in this monster thread or someplace else? I need to read up on the options. The 10w-60 spec is kinda non-standard.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:02 PM   #5155
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After reading about the plastic of the original getting brittle from the proximity to the hot exhaust....I took the dipstick assembly out and replaced it with a conventional Norge dipstick.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:24 PM   #5156
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After reading about the plastic of the original getting brittle from the proximity to the hot exhaust....I took the dipstick assembly out and replaced it with a conventional Norge dipstick.
You put a refrigerator dip stick in my bike. ?????

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:50 PM   #5157
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I thought the new style car type dip stick arrangement was pretty good. I prefer a sight glass but I'd say this is the next best thing.

I don't want to start an oil discussion here, are there some good existing discussions already someplace? Maybe earlier in this monster thread or someplace else? I need to read up on the options. The 10w-60 spec is kinda non-standard.
The dealer at my first service used Silkolene Pro 4 4T 10w40. It runs well with this. I found some of the same and also 15w50 on Amazon for $45/4l so I bought a bunch. I'll mix and go 75%/25% 15w50/10w40.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:43 PM   #5158
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New Stelvio

Picked up my new Stelvio NTX ('13) last week. This is my forth Guzzi. Started back in '75 with an 850T. Next is my '98 EV1100 that I still have (with over 75,000 miles and running strong). Had an '02 Lemans for about 7 years before selling it. Loved it, but the slight bent over riding position and looking up started bothering my neck. Looking forward to many, many fun years with the Stelvio. The weight is really noticable when trying to just push it aound (almost dropped it once already) but like others have stated, once riding it disappears and handles great.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:22 PM   #5159
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Picked up my new Stelvio NTX ('13) last week. This is my forth Guzzi. Started back in '75 with an 850T. Next is my '98 EV1100 that I still have (with over 75,000 miles and running strong). Had an '02 Lemans for about 7 years before selling it. Loved it, but the slight bent over riding position and looking up started bothering my neck. Looking forward to many, many fun years with the Stelvio. The weight is really noticable when trying to just push it aound (almost dropped it once already) but like others have stated, once riding it disappears and handles great.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:40 PM   #5160
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Picked up my new Stelvio NTX ('13) last week. This is my forth Guzzi. Started back in '75 with an 850T. Next is my '98 EV1100 that I still have (with over 75,000 miles and running strong). Had an '02 Lemans for about 7 years before selling it. Loved it, but the slight bent over riding position and looking up started bothering my neck. Looking forward to many, many fun years with the Stelvio. The weight is really noticable when trying to just push it aound (almost dropped it once already) but like others have stated, once riding it disappears and handles great.


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