Guzzi Le Mans

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by WorkTOG, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. WorkTOG

    sweller Guest

    I was thinking of the older ones, around 1979/80 so, yes, pretty old.
    But fairly unburstable. The newer ones are not much different but don't
    have quite the same style and look more dated IYSWIM.

    Not sure what you mean by "any restriction mechanism"
    sweller, Jan 10, 2004
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  2. Ah. You mean a Vulcan?
    pseudoplatypus, Jan 11, 2004
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  3. FI showed up as an option when the Cali III arrived in '87, and was
    apparently very successful and popular. It was also an option when the 1100
    showed up in '94. The EV ('97 on) had FI as standard.
    pseudoplatypus, Jan 11, 2004
  4. WorkTOG

    Hog Guest

    Things that make them go slower than a lemon
    Hog, Jan 11, 2004
  5. Wot, like cams, valve diameters, that sort of thing?
    pseudoplatypus, Jan 11, 2004
  6. WorkTOG

    Hog Guest

    Well you can change that sort of thing easily. Big Injection and ECU changes
    are the devil's work.
    Hog, Jan 11, 2004
  7. WorkTOG

    sweller Guest

    Oh right. Main differences between a T3 and Le Mans are...

    Cylinder head inlet tract diameter and valve size. A T3/G5 head can be
    modified easily (by a specialist).

    Pistons, Le Mans have domed higher compression pistons.

    The cams are the same, but a P3 cam (from a G5 IIRC) is worthwhile.

    The Flywheel on a Le Mans is lighter, can't recall by how much, but its
    not extreme. The timing is also slightly more advanced, but a Rita
    ignition runs at the more advanced settings.

    Carbs, Le Mans have 38mm Dell Orto PHB as opposed to 30mm VHB.

    The breather systems are marginally different as are the brakes. Le Mans
    have two piece discs and T3 are single piece. By which I mean the LM
    disc and carrier are separate.

    G5 1000cc barrel and pistons will drop into 850cc engines, the heads are
    the same.
    sweller, Jan 11, 2004
  8. WorkTOG

    Hog Guest

    Mmm, it suggests the injector bodies will be different in the later Cally.
    Is there a Guzzi tuning specialist co. around?
    Hog, Jan 11, 2004
  9. Odd, cos the smaller z400 parallel twin was lovely and smooth with its
    balance shaft.[/QUOTE]

    Smaller reciprocating masses, I suppose.
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 11, 2004
  10. WorkTOG

    sweller Guest

    You could try Motorwerks, they may know.

    The FI was on the square [1] barrel Guzzis, all the bits I listed were
    for the round barrel engines.

    [1] The fin pattern
    sweller, Jan 11, 2004
  11. That's the minger! Oh yuk. First time I came across one was in Lloyd's
    of Hamilton; I was standing aghast when the salesman came over and
    remarked on how wonderful it looked.

    "Aye, if your taste is in your arse," I said.



    GS 850 x2 / SE 6a
    FUB KotL OSOS#12? UKRMMA#19
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Jan 12, 2004
  12. I quite like them.
    pseudoplatypus, Jan 12, 2004
  13. WorkTOG

    Hog Guest

    Lloyds! we may be of similar vintage.
    Hog, Jan 12, 2004
  14. Each to their own and all that. The fact that you own a Multipla in no
    way prejudices me against you, or gives me cause to suspect that in
    matters of style or taste your choices are in any way inferior to mine.

    Life is a broad church, and if someone chooses to sit up the back and
    piss in the pews, well then, that's why we employ cleaning staff.



    GS 850 x2 / SE 6a
    FUB KotL OSOS#12? UKRMMA#19
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Jan 12, 2004
  15. And a Drifter.
    pseudoplatypus, Jan 12, 2004
  16. MWHID



    GS 850 x2 / SE 6a
    FUB KotL OSOS#12? UKRMMA#19
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Jan 12, 2004
  17. WorkTOG

    sweller Guest

    ...and this is a problem, how?
    Never had a problem. The unsprung weight is never going to win it prizes
    but a pair Koni DARs handle it with aplomb.

    I seem to manage it, especially bearing in mind nearly 30 years
    difference in technology.

    O ring hard between swing arm and bevel box. 20 minute job. Hylomar
    will do if you can't get a replacement O ring.

    They're probably 25+ years old. Replacement OE are cheap, stainless
    versions can be made up at most bike shops. Pretty reasonable.

    Lucas RITA is the answer. But they're not /that/ difficult in OE trim.

    HT leads are shot.

    Oil cables, route them properly they should go forward then under
    headlight with a straight run following top frame rail.

    I don't have a problem with it, bike very planted and stable under heavy
    braking. Don't use handbrake by itself for heavy braking. Forks don't
    flex that badly, but they're only 38mm, much stiffer than contemporary

    I don't have this problem 7K+ per set. Although the rust from cast disks
    doesn't do them any favours.

    Bollocks, learn to adjust it. 25K+ for me, and I ride it like a ****.

    Tarrozzi rearsets.

    I suspect you haven't a fucking clue how to ride it.
    sweller, Feb 21, 2004
  18. WorkTOG

    MattG Guest

    I suspect you may be entirely correct.
    MattG, Feb 21, 2004
  19. Funny: I was going to respond in detail, but really, all I was going to say


    Platypus - (unreal)
    VN800 Drifter, R80RT, Z200
    BOB#1 SBS#35 ANORAK#18 TWA#15
    pseudoplatypus, Feb 21, 2004
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