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V10 CENTAURO

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Hello Angel
I am located in
Grenoble (south East of FR, in the Alps, not very far from Geneva Switzerland). Yes I have done all the changes myself and no I am not a mechanic (no diploma) but its my hobby. It’s the second engine that I work on. I have rebuilt a broken one for my bother in law.
Well, if your bike is only 11000 km there is little to do. Is it stock ? or already modified?
The are two things I would recommend to do are:
- remove the exhaust box (just behind the engine) and replace it with X crossover from Stucchi. two advantages: you can change oil without dismantling the whole exaust pipes. The bike breathes better.
- Replace the ECU chip with the one provided by Will Creedon (on this forum) It really improves the bike behavior mainly in altitude compensation (usefull in the
Alps).
And that’s about it

Some advises and findings:
- Use 20W50/60 oil (highly recommended). I used till now 15W50 but a thicker one is better due to the constraints in the head cams
- Always fill the level to the max never below, you may disamorce the oil pump in hard accelerations.
- I found the that the Bridgestone BT020 on the front wheel make the bike much more easy to handle.
- Suspensions are bit tricky to adjust
- Grease the transmission regularly. Do not change it (they mention to replace it regularly in the manuals), never heard about a failing one.
- Excellent bike

When you will be around 30000Km you may want to check the state of the valves and guides (depends on how you drive) and the oil pump (known to fail).

I personnaly know guies that put more than 80000 km on it without trouble.

Enjoy
Jacques

 

 

Hi Plotino,
I own a 1100
Le Mans cafe racer and a California also. The Centauro I have since one year now. I bought it in Sth. Germany with 20thousand km. The pre owner exchanged the cam belts already. I use the Centauro often on longer trips, it runs great and never had problems. I am not a mechanic either, so I hope it stays that way...
In comparison to the other Guzzis with the additional valves, it runs and sounds different and I had to get used to it. I love to ride it and through the special look of the Centy (people love it or hate it, not much inbetween) it chatches a lot of attention-I like that too


Let me now when you are in
Berlin. Stay in touch!
Glenn

 

No exchanged exhaust box until now, but I wanna change the exhaust system next winter for a better sound and look. I am using the Michelin Pilot Road 2 and I am very happy with them. I like to go for a higher rear suspension.

I also use a front windshield, cause I like to go long distances and I change the big rear mirrors to small ones on the ends of the handle bar. I am not happy with the stability of the seat. Also will have check the transmition next winter, because sometimes when the oil is very hot, I cant find the neutral gear easily.

My Centy is at the 25K km inspection in
Berlin at the moment. Will get it back on Monday.
Keep you posted,

I Live in Houten. That is a bit SE of Utrecht. Utrecht itself is ~30 km S of Amsterdam.
My bike:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~rloef/Centauro/centauro.jpg
http://www.xs4all.nl/~rloef/Centauro/centauro-2.jpg
Pictures are from the shop in
Germany where I bought the bike. The flyscreen is now gone and will be replaced with a sportsfairing with a Gustafsen screen.

Biggest improvement untill now: a replacement ECU from Karsten in
germany. He will send you the chip for the price of an EPROM plus shipping costst (<< E10). Made low rpm handling of the motor much better

Have a nice holliday in
Amsterdam

 

 

Hi Angel,

I Replaced the EPROM in the ECU with one I received from Karsten. This is not the Wil Creedon C5 chip. There are lots of alternatives to the C5 chip.
You will find that most of the german Centauro owners are using Karsten’s chip.

 

 

The only real issues are the shape of the seat, the shape of the tank, and the footpeg position.

The V11 foot controls solve the one issue. Convertibars will do the best job on the bar issue, just a matter of ajusting them back as far as you can to just kiss the tank at full lock. The subframe needs to be lifted a little at the rear, here are some plans for a shim.

http://community.webshots.com/album/546636344TYvElk

 

The painting job made previos owner as well as the leather seat. The rest of modifications are made by myself. They inslude carbon racing cans, cross over pipe, C5 chip, extra light Rizoma handlebars, clear optics front light and side indicators etc. Front fairing is moved 2 cm forwards and 3 cm upwards.

Hi Angel

I bought it from here:
http://stores.ebay.fr/MotoMoto-NL_Batteries_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ16063748QQftidZ2QQtZkm

 

The world is my dyno.
1100 Sport iniezione elettronica -- the perfect merge of a superbike and a steam train

 

Welcome, and congrats on the bike.

Where in the world are you located -
UK I take it?

I’m sure you’ll find that the gearing suits the bike once you’ve put a few miles on it - change at or just below the rev limiter.


The V10 ’box has a set of ratios that are unique to the bike and IMHO in combination with the 4 valve lump are just about the best streetable combination the factory has produced - use the torque and the whole rev range and you should find that two of the cogs may become redundant for general riding. Dave has grafted a 6 speed ’box onto his C but I like the V10 box so much I swapped a spare 6 speeder with him so I can use a Centauro box on a race bike.

I ride a Cali EV as well and the difference in engine output means that the gearing of the two can’t be directly compared on the street, (at least by me) - it’s not a swap which I am aware of anyone doing - maybe Guzziology will reveal the ratios if you seriously can’t get on with it.

Graham

Hello Graham!
I would like to acquire rear sets for my ’98 Centauro.
Can you steer me to a supplier?

Thanks,

 

Check out the Matra pegs in the "For sale" section. I have them on my Lemans and they are the best. Really well made and thought out. I have everything John sells and it is top quality. Shoot him an email if you have questions about fit on the Centauro.
-Kev

 

Harper’s also has billet foot pedals in the original Centauro configuration as well as V11 Sport (same as Sport 1100). I moved the pegs back to the "porkchops" on mine and used the V11 Sport pedals. If you take the same approach, you will also have to get a stock V11 Sport brake pivot bolt.

Howard

 

I got those from Pete at Reboot Guzzi - source of all things secondhand Guzzi but in this case newly manufactured. http://www.rebootguzzispares.com/index.html?mainframe.htm&2

He ships worldwide.

 

 

 

this is it: the connection screw from the inside of the gear pedal to the joint broke while I was in gear 4. so no more regular shifting. I checked the construction-within the massive appearance of the beast, this is a filigran construction for shifting gears up and down... is this breakdown a common thing, any experience? I am thinking of getting a whole new set, if available-but than I have the same thing again sooner or later. Any suggestions?

 

http://www.swva.net/jkenny/

 

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Hi all
After reading the oil pump problems I am very concerned about my bike .
I have spoken to my mechanic and he seem to think it is more of a problem with bikes that higher Ks on them mine has 22000Ks .
So has anyone fitted an oil pressure gauge to there bike to keep
an eye on the oil pressure ?
Also what is the recommended oil pressure at idle and when at higher RPMs ?

Or should I just do the oil pump mod and be done with it ?

 

 

 

Hi,

I have done both. I used a VDO oil pressure sensor with low pressure detection to keep the light feature on the display panel.
The oil pressure I have noticed is dependent on several things:
- oil temperature
- oil fluidity
I also fitted and oil temp sensor.
Oil type 15W50
oil temp <80 deg C normal-high range 3.5-4 Kg/cm2
idle ~ 2kg/cm2

>80 - 100 3Kg/cm2
1.5 Kg/cm2 (idle)

Oil type 20W60
oil temp <80 deg C 4.5-5 Kg/cm2 (the valve should open as it must be limited to 4Kg)
idle 2.5
>8-100 4Kg/cm2
idle 2Kg/cm2

Cheers

 

This is the oil gauge I fitted to my centauro (Ryland version) recently. We had to manufacture the bolt that goes between the heads, but we gave the specs to John (Ryland). It fits to either the left or right screw on your instrument panel mount. It’s slick and good to monitor. Peace of mind.
-Kevin

 

It is not just bikes with higher K’s. I bought some parts from a guy that was parting his bike that had an engine blow when the oil pump failed at somewhere around 9 thousand miles.... Just something to keep in mind, and when it happens a gauge is not going to help much when you are turning 5k+ RPM unless maybe you have one eye glued to the gage at all times. It will let you know what happened as you are coasting to a stop on the side of the road and that is about it. I would like to have a gauge, just to keep an eye on things, but it will not help in the event of a catastophic pump failure.

 

 

I agree Joe with catastrophic failure, however, if there is something more subtle going on before the complete failure (i.e. gear shearing) maybe it will register as a blip on the radar. I don’t know if anyone can say for sure because I doubt many have a gauge that have had the failure. Please chime in if you have had failure and noticed or didn’t notice anything on the gauge. I personally would have it no other way on this known issue on the "BEAST".
-Kev

 

Hello,

I have made a plate on each side of the counters that fit into the fairing

Jacques

 

Symptoms:
after usual local ride around (fully warmed up, 45-90 minutes), noticed tach was very low; pulled over, cut ignition, turned key off, waited ~ 30 seconds, restarted with very slight hesitancy to crank over - tach OK the rest of the way home (NOT where I was heading.)

Let sit for several hours while emptying garage to reorganize; went to start (dead cold) and had No idiots lights, no headlight, DID not try to crank. Noted smell of something too hot - kinda electrical in nature.
Rolled into garage, removed batt. leads, measured voltage: 12.35 - it’s almost always 13.2-3. THIS was at
11:00 pm (beautiful moon and ~68 degrees) I haven’t looked yet today.

I’ve been rereading prior posts on failed tachs - noteing mention of loose (tach) grounds, broken bits shorting, etc.
My bike is fully grounded front to rear w/12awg cable, ecu seperate cable, diode installed.

 

Trust your nose. Check your fuses. Try to isolate the problem by idientifing which circuit is being affected. My guess is your blowing #4 fuse. This is headlight, starter, indicators, brake light and tach.
Good Luck...

 

Bad #3 relay!! (center Left)

To all of you who posted in the past with same/similar problems:
LOTS OF GRATITUDE!!!

 

Get the MATRA relays as posted in the for sale section. I just ordered them today myself. They are the best. OMRON made in USA (sealed or unsealed). They are amazing in the Lemans. The idiot lights alone light up like a x-mas tree now. My friend also noticed huge difference before I had them in mine. He will send all the test data if you should want to know. He does not work for them, but realizes the need for good relays in our Guzzi’s (and his). I have no affiliation with him, but have all of his mods and think the world of his research (and development).
-Kev

 

Thanks Kevdog-sounds like a great resource.
When I replaced my orig. OH MY GAWD - has it really been EIGHT years?!?
- yes 8 yrs. I bought enough for two complete sets of Bosch; so that was my source this a.m. for t/shooting & R/R

It might be good to post this guys info in the "Replacement Parts" sticky note.

Thanks again!!

 

 

 

Don’t forget to install the missing reg/rec earth to battery negative if the previous owner hasn’t already done it - and the additional subframe and ECU box earths if not there. 


Los amis te sugieren que conectes un cable desde el regulador a una toma de tierra (al chasis directamente.. ) si éste no la tubiese..., pienso que debería tenerla de serie  pero échale un vistazo por si las flies... Aconsejan hacer lo mismo para  la ECU (unidad de control del motor = la caja negra  )

Matt

 

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Hello, My name is Ed. My wife and I live on the California coast, dead center in the middle of Monterey Bay. I bought the Centauro as the latest in a 40 year quest for the perfect dual sport machine. To me, "dual sport" means able to cruise and to tour.
After trailering the Beast home on Friday, we took it down the
California coastline on Hwy 1, past Big Sur to Lucia and back, about 130 miles/200 kms.
In all my years on bikes, I have never experienced nor even heard of this much power on tap - it’s like somebody miniaturized the motor from a semi tractor and shoehorned it in the bike. The bike was very hard to handle at lower speeds. I found I had to be in the tallest possible gear to maintain a semblance of control. Both exhilarating and terrifying - like riding a Beast

I also found the rear suspension to be overly harsh. I weigh about 165 lbs dressed out. With preload, dampening, and rebound at their lowest settings, my back was getting banged up on the bumps and still hurts as I sit to type this. Big Beast! I attribute this to the slightly cramped seating position and will be hunting for rearsets, as well as a softer shock.
Other than the above nits, the bike is an awesome, jewel-like piece of work, definitely unsuitable for mass consumption.
Any comments and/or fixes fellow Beastmasters?

 

Ed...I agree with you wholeheartedly about your first impressions. I too am 165 lbs and 34+" inseam. I don’t find the legs an issue, but the rear is pretty harsh even at the softest setting. The throttle is also quite "unsafe" feeling at first. Check my post on "twitchy throttle". I’m very new to the beast myself, but I’m finding more and more as I ride it I’m really settling in on things. Is it totally stock? Tell us about your bike a little if you would. Also, I found if you set the front forks equal to the dampening of the rear it balances things out more. I had to crank mine up much stiffer up front and also make them rebound a bit slower. It helped the throttle a lot to steady the front end from bouncing around. The harsh bumps are also now transferred over the whole bike, not just the rear end. It felt like riding a bucking bull before.
It is definitely a bike you grow into. It’s not for the faint-hearted nor for a rookie. At least I wouldn’t want to learn on this thing! As you get to know her a bit (and tame the BEAST) t is an incredible experience that sucks you in . Right now it may feel like you had your first date with Osama Bin Laden’s red-headed stepsister, but that will all change...trust me!

 

Yes - to all the above !!
Having regard to the suspension , are you only going to ride solo ?
If you are then a reduction in spring rate is worth consideration and not expensive. The stocker is 500lb. A friend whose wife rides a V11 (same set-up) eventually went down to something like 360 lb. She is light . You are not heavy yourself. If you will ride two-up then the stock spring you will probably have to live with. Road surface conditions do have a large part in this of course. The spring length is not an off the shelf length , (here in England at least) at 165mm free length but if you don’t mind a struggle ! you can get a 7" on .
It’s important to get the static sag right here. You could go down a little but need to wind the preload up to get the ride height.
The low speed "switch-like" low speed throttle response can be cured by an aftermarket Ecu from Oz.
Enjoy the ride ....eh Centy owners !!!! heh heh.
_________________
English Dave

 

19/05/2008 12:29. plotino #. MOTO GUZZI No hay comentarios. Comentar.

Worcester, Massachusetts May 16, 2008

1.

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel)
2.Girl Of The North Country
(Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on pedal steel, Tony on standup bass)
3.Watching The River Flow (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel)
4.Can’t Wait (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin)
5.The Levee’s Gonna Break
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin, Tony on standup bass)
6.Simple Twist Of Fate
(Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
7.Rollin’ And Tumblin’
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin, Stu on acoustic guitar)
8.Tryin’ To Get To Heaven (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel)
9.John Brown
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on banjo, Stu on acoustic guitar, Tony on standup bass)
10.Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
11.Spirit On The Water
(Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on pedal steel, Tony on standup bass)
12.Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel)
13. Workingman’s Blues #2
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
14.Summer Days (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel, Tony on standup bass)
15.Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on lap steel)
  
 (encore)
16. Thunder On The Mountain
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel, Stu on acoutic guitar)
17. Like A Rolling Stone (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel)
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Lewiston, Maine May 17, 2008

1.Watching The River Flow (Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on lap steel)
2.Lay, Lady, Lay (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
3.The Levee's Gonna Break
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin, Stu on acoustic guitar, Tony on standup bass)
4.Shelter From The Storm
(Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
5.Rollin' And Tumblin'
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin, Stu on acoustic guitar)
6.The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (Bob on keyboard)
7.Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel)
8.Mississippi
(Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on electric mandolin, Stu on acoutic guitar)
9.Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel )
10.Workingman's Blues #2
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
11.It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on banjo, Tony on standup bass)
12.Spirit On The Water
(Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on pedal steel, Tony on standup bass)
13. Ballad Of Hollis Brown
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on banjo, Denny and Stu on acoustic guitars, Tony on standup bass)
14.Summer Days (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel, Tony on standup bass)
15.Ain't Talkin' (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on viola, Stu on acoustic guitar)
  
 (encore)
16. Thunder On The Mountain
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
17. Blowin' In The Wind
(Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on violin, Stu on acoustic guitar)
  
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Saint John, New Brunswick May 19, 2008

1.Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (Bob on keyboard and harp)
2.Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob on keyboard and harp)
3.The Levee's Gonna Break (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin)
4.Desolation Row (Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on electric mandolin)
5.Watching The River Flow (Bob on keyboard)
6.Nettie Moore (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on viola)
7.I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Bob on keyboard and harp)
8.High Water (For Charlie Patton) (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on banjo)
9.Spirit On The Water (Bob on keyboard)
10.Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on keyboard)
11.Visions Of Johanna (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin)
12.Things Have Changed (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on violin)
13. When The Deal Goes Down (Bob on keyboard)
14.Summer Days (Bob on keyboard)
15.Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob on keyboard and harp)
  
 (encore)
16. Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on keyboard)
17. Like A Rolling Stone (Bob on keyboard)
  
20/05/2008 13:01. plotino #. BOB DYLAN No hay comentarios. Comentar.

V10 CENTAURO

Pump prime is a good sign - ECU ’safety’ circuit appears to be working okay and letting the pump relay operate. Remember, in common with much auto electronics most circuits for ancillaries operate through switchable grounds via the ECU - keeps the heat down so less chance of frying components. Good idea to test the phase sensor though. The resistance values are in the workshop manual you can download from the ’Articles’ section on this website.

Check out the Guzzi EFI manual as well. Although written at the time of the P8 ECU it’s all applicable to our 16M bikes as well - download a copy from Dan’s website -
http://www.dpguzzi.com/ - it shows in detail the relationship between the control/pump relay and the ECU/injector relay and how power must be pulled through the first before the second can operate.

After putting on the first 250 miles on my new (to me, anyway) ’98 Centauro (29K miles), I checked all the fluids. When I opened the transmission side/oil level port, some grey, viscous fluid leaked out. I’ve never seen transmission oil that looked like that but I’m not familiar with moly additives, either. No foam, just a light grey color. I also seem to have more neutral positions than I should: an extra one between 2nd and 3rd, and a big one between 4th and 5th. I can handle the extra effort but is this something deserving of worry?

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Sounds like you have some water / condensation in your gear oil. For the record, the gearbox doesn’t get moly additive... and that is jet black.

For a much smoother shifting gearbox, I recommend using the same oil as in the rear drive. 85/140W. Just leave out the moly. I started doing that after reading that in Guzziology while looking for a fix for the clunky gear shift. Seems the factory also recommended it for a while before switching back to 80/90. I’ve been doing it for years and it does wonders for non-clunk gearing.
(Using the same in both boxes also adds up perfectly to one quart)

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Hello,

Using "molybdene bisulfure" as an additive in th eoil give this grey almost black color to the oil. It could happens (and I do it myself) that the gear box may have been filled with the same oil as the transmission.
1 liter can fill perfectly (no spare) both the transmission and the

Hola, simplemente decirte que ojo al tema del motor de arranque, pues la corriente NO va directamente desde el boton al solenoide del propio motor (de arranque) . Esta explicacion de nuestro eminente moderador puede servir para muchos coches, porque es asi como lo montan, PEEERO en nuestras queridas Guzzis existe un relé intermedio (normalmente junto a la bateria o MUY cerca) , este relé suele fallar bastante y tambien es el primero que acusa la falta de tension en la bateria, por lo que no se excita y no deja pasar corriente al motor de arraque.
El dichoso es lo primero que se debe mirar despues de comprobar que la carga de bateria está OK.
Lo digo porque mucha gente mal informada ante problemas de arranque, se lanza a comprar una bateria nueva (70 euros) o un motor de arranque nuevo (+ 200 euros completo o +30 euros solo juego escobillas) cuando lo aconsejable es comprobar primero un simple relé cuyo precio oscila entre 4 u 8 euros.

Veréis, tengo un amigo con una Jackal (de inyección) y una vez, al desmontar el depósito y volverlo a montar, se empezó a oir un ruido anormal, en lugar del consabido SSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHH en la bomba de gasolina.
Nos volvimos locos, pensando que era la bomba la que no funcionaba bien; era el mismo ruido que al arrancar, pero mucho más fuerte y como con sobresaltos, como un pedorreo vamos (con perdón).
Después de instalar tres bombas usadas (una nueva vale 300€) y de desmontar una de ellas un mecánico amigo, que hizo lo imposible, arreglar una pieza que no es desmontable, el ruido seguía.
Al final dimos con la solución; resulta que las guzzis de inyección llevan una electroválvula en lugar del consabido grifo de gasolina, que se abre automáticamente cuando le das a la llave de contacto para permitir el flujo de gasolina y se cierra cuando aparcas la moto, para evitar fugas.
La jodía ni se abría ni se cerraba y por eso el fuerte ruido al pasar la gasolina por la electroválvula "obligada".
La solución; 79 € por una nueva (no tiene reparación) o poner una manual, que es lo que hicimos.
Y volvió el delicioso SSSSSHHHHHHHH suavecito que indica que todo va OK.
Ya lo sabéis.

20/05/2008 15:33. plotino #. MOTO GUZZI No hay comentarios. Comentar.

V10 CENTAURO

Hello, My name is Ed. My wife and I live on the California coast, dead center in the middle of Monterey Bay. I bought the Centauro as the latest in a 40 year quest for the perfect dual sport machine. To me, "dual sport" means able to cruise and to tour.
After trailering the Beast home on Friday, we took it down the
California coastline on Hwy 1, past Big Sur to Lucia and back, about 130 miles/200 kms.
In all my years on bikes, I have never experienced nor even heard of this much power on tap - it's like somebody miniaturized the motor from a semi tractor and shoehorned it in the bike. The bike was very hard to handle at lower speeds. I found I had to be in the tallest possible gear to maintain a semblance of control. Both exhilarating and terrifying - like riding a Beast

I also found the rear suspension to be overly harsh. I weigh about 165 lbs dressed out. With preload, dampening, and rebound at their lowest settings, my back was getting banged up on the bumps and still hurts as I sit to type this. Big Beast! I attribute this to the slightly cramped seating position and will be hunting for rearsets, as well as a softer shock.
Other than the above nits, the bike is an awesome, jewel-like piece of work, definitely unsuitable for mass consumption.
Any comments and/or fixes fellow Beastmasters

 

***

Ed...I agree with you wholeheartedly about your first impressions. I too am 165 lbs and 34+" inseam. I don't find the legs an issue, but the rear is pretty harsh even at the softest setting. The throttle is also quite "unsafe" feeling at first. Check my post on "twitchy throttle". I'm very new to the beast myself, but I'm finding more and more as I ride it I'm really settling in on things. Is it totally stock? Tell us about your bike a little if you would. Also, I found if you set the front forks equal to the dampening of the rear it balances things out more. I had to crank mine up much stiffer up front and also make them rebound a bit slower. It helped the throttle a lot to steady the front end from bouncing around. The harsh bumps are also now transferred over the whole bike, not just the rear end. It felt like riding a bucking bull before.
It is definitely a bike you grow into. It's not for the faint-hearted nor for a rookie. At least I wouldn't want to learn on this thing! As you get to know her a bit (and tame the BEAST) t is an incredible experience that sucks you in . Right now it may feel like you had your first date with Osama Bin Laden's red-headed stepsister, but that will all change...trust me

 

***

Yes - to all the above !!
Having regard to the suspension , are you only going to ride solo ?
If you are then a reduction in spring rate is worth consideration and not expensive. The stocker is 500lb. A friend whose wife rides a V11 (same set-up) eventually went down to something like 360 lb. She is light . You are not heavy yourself. If you will ride two-up then the stock spring you will probably have to live with. Road surface conditions do have a large part in this of course. The spring length is not an off the shelf length , (here in
England at least) at 165mm free length but if you don't mind a struggle ! you can get a 7" on .
It's important to get the static sag right here. You could go down a little but need to wind the preload up to get the ride height.
The low speed "switch-like" low speed throttle response can be cured by an aftermarket Ecu from Oz.
Enjoy the ride ....eh Centy owners !!!! heh heh.
_________________

21/05/2008 10:20. plotino #. MOTO GUZZI No hay comentarios. Comentar.

V 10 CENTAURO

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Special features and tips about the Centauro

Here are some reports about knowledge and infos what to do and what can be done

better:

Groundline: It is absolutly necessary to connect the regulators housing to battery

minus via a 4 mm² line. It MUST be installed. This "always" missing

cable is the reason for voltage peaks destroying the ecu. Without this

cable the total amount of current has to go through the stearing

bearing.

Valve clearance: The new and only correct valve clearance is 0.15/ 0.20mm (in/out).

This is 0.05mm more than described in your handbook but absolutly

necessary for a longtime stability and 10.000km maintenance

intervalls. Without it, even the idle run is worse.

Oillevel engine: 10mm over the max sign (fully screwed in)

Engineoil: Synthetic, 10W60, 1oW50 or 20W60. Never 5W... or 0W...

Oillevel gear box: Synthetic, 0,60l. Forget about the level indicator

Oillevel cardan: Synthetic, 0,20l. Forget about the level indicator

If oil is comming out of the front of the cardan box you may change

the shaft seal. There is place for TWO!

If the oil is comming out on other places, make a little whole in the

filling screw, connect it with a plastic tube as high as possible. I have

this tube going towards the gearbox and back under the seat ending

near the ecu.

The fork has to be stick through by 10mm (see in the workshop manual, free available in

the www).

Never use sintermetal break pads.

Fuelfilter: Mahle KL14, Art. 07637655 or MANN WK 613

Oilfilter: MANN W712/52

Brake caliper: Change the standard 8.8 screws, connecting the two halfs of each

front brake caliper by 12.9 Inbus (M8x40mm, cylinder head screw).

Use 40 Nm! The brake power will be linear instead of degressive!

Fuelpreasure: Connect the fuel preasure gauge with one or both intakes. It will

increase the drivability during changes of load (see my description of

EPROMs).

Cam belt: Contitech Syncroforce CXP STD 640-S8M-20 with 80 teath.

Any questions:

Karsten Steinke

Karsten@Steinke.org

Tel.: +49-2922-85266

29/05/2008 18:07. plotino #. MOTO GUZZI No hay comentarios. Comentar.

Reykjavik, Iceland May 26 2008

1.Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
(Bob on keyboard and harp)
2.Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob on keyboard and harp)
3.The Levee's Gonna Break (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandollin)
4.Tryin' To Get To Heaven (Bob on keyboard)
5.Rollin' And Tumblin' (Bob on keyboard)
6.Nettie Moore (Bob on keyboard)
7.I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Bob on keyboard)
8.Honest With Me (Bob on keyboard)
9.Workingman's Blues #2 (Bob on keyboard)
10.Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on keyboard)
11.Spirit On The Water (Bob on keyboard)
12.It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on banjo)
13. When The Deal Goes Down (Bob on keyboard)
14.Summer Days (Bob on keyboard)
15.Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob on keyboard and harp)
  
 (encore)
16. Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on keyboard)
17. Blowin' In The Wind (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on violin)
  
29/05/2008 19:31. plotino #. BOB DYLAN No hay comentarios. Comentar.

el "castillo de los españoles"

En Montenegro todavía enseñan el "castillo de los españoles"

"En 1538 Carlos I creyó llegado el momento de una gran cruzada contra los turcos y formó una Santa Liga con Venecia, Roma y Viena. Una poderosa armada al mando de Andrea Doria acorraló en Prevesa, al suroeste de los Balcanes, a la flota de Barbarroja. Pero este eludió diestramente el bloqueo y persiguió, a su vez, a los cristianos, que no osaron hacerle frente. La única ganancia cristiana fue Castelnuovo o Herceg Novi, lugar de difícil defensa en la costa de Montenegro, junto a Cátaro (Kotor), no legos de Ragusa (Dubrovnik). Venecia reclamó la plaza, pero quedó allí una guarnición de 3.000 españoles al mando de Francisco Sarmiento, como base para futuras ofensivas. Sin embargo la Liga Santa se deshizo enseguida. Venecia pactó con Constantinopla en condiciones de inferioridad y se desinteresó de Castelnuovo, mientras Francia advertía que no toloeraría ataques a los otomanos. Castelnuovo quedó aislado por completo. En verano de 1539, Barbarroja acudió con 130 galeras y 20.000 soldados, a los que se sumaron 30.000 llegados por tierra. Ofrecieron a la guarnición una rendición honrosa y devolverlos a Italia, paro los sitiados prefirieron resistir y contestaron estoicamente a los turcos que "viniesen cuando quisiesen". Fracasado los primeros asaltos, Barbarroja empleó a fondo su potente artillería, arrasando el fuerte. Los últimos 600 defensores cayeron luchando espalda contra espalda. Solo 200 fueron hechos prisioneros, 25 de los cuales lograron fugarse de Constantinopla seis años después, capturando para ello una galeota, con la cual llegaron a Mesina. La gesta de Castelnuovo, cuyo recuerdo ha rescatado el historiador Fernández Álvarez, conmovió a toda Europa e hizo ver a muchos descontentos italianos cómo su defensa dependía de España y podían confiar en ella. Inspiró algunos sonetos de Gutierre de Cetina y del italiano Luigi Tansillo a los huesos de los soldados blanqueando entre las ruinas".

(De Bravuconadas de los españoles)

 
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