Moto Guzzi Breva 750

Moto Guzzi Panda Camping

2015-05-25 16.41.21Bank holiday Monday – traditionally that day when you rejoice in not having to go to work then arrive at the end of the day having done nothing better with it. That’s usually the case with us anyway. This time however, with a whole week ahead of us and the threat of serious DIY projects, I felt a camping trip would be in order. We’d done exactly the same thing at Easter but this time I had a tweak I wanted to try.

The Panda’s been camping a few times now. We can just about get the basics in there with a few folding chairs and a table thrown in for sheer luxury value. Unfortunately that usually means fitting a roof box. I hate getting the roof box on almost as much as I hate getting things in and out of it. Even with it fitted, we still end up cramming gear into every single nook and cranny the little car offers, including the foot wells, between the children, on the children…

Another less than ideal part of camping with a small car and two kids is that you end up having to pitch a tent and monitor two children exploring their new environs simultaneously. A more competent father would be teaching his children to help set up the tent but not me. Too stressful and I’m not carrying spare poles or patience.

2015-05-25 16.13.17So my plan was a simple one. I’ll pack the car. I’ll make sure everything’s sorted. Then I’ll pop the tent on the back of the bike, leaving the car with one less bulky item and one less person to carry. I then leave early, get the tent pitched in peace and get a free ride out into the bargain. What’s not to like?

Angie wasn’t convinced. I’m not all that sure she is now but the plan worked perfectly. After a fantastic ride to the coast (something I don’t tend to do for the fun of it) I’d paid up and pitched the tent by the time the main party arrived.
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In fairness, the bike then remained parked behind the tent for the rest of the short break. Even there it proved useful. The wing mirrors are a great place to hang your rubbish bag or towels. Then, when the children were tucked up in their bags and the sun was setting, I could admire the view over Robin Hood’s Bay, scotch in hand, feet up on the exhaust. It’s a beautiful view over the bay but when you add a Guzzi, it’s pure stunning. 2015-05-25 16.41.42

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New Luggage for the YBR125 and the Guzzi is Fixed.

I’ve spent this week riding to work on the YBR125, preferring to leave the heavier, more powerful and harder to keep clean VStrom at home. Together we’ve battled strong winds, snow, ice and a particularly nasty man in a blue Zafira, coming out on top every time. Other that enough power to reach a reasonable speed in a steady 35mph head wind, the only thing it lacked was lockable luggage.

Well, the lockable luggage thing is sorted, though I don’t think Ang will be impressed. She, for reasons I can’t fathom, prefers to use a backpack. In fact, she was was rather pleased when the last box broke. I’m not a fan of backpacks and using a tail pack every day is a real bind so I waited till Angie was at work and fitted a back box.
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This Lextec box is removable so Ang doesn’t need to use it when she rides the YBR. Also it can come off when we need to store the bike. This is particularly necessary as the box makes the bike much longer, blocking the steps.

Whether it’s any good or our not, I don’t know. It’s not been anywhere yet. It seems well made. It’s not Givi quality or construction but then, is not Givi money either. I doubt it’s construction will limit it. The problem is the rack on the YBR125 which isn’t really big enough. It’s only just on there. I will need to be very careful about how much weight I put in this thing. I guess we’ll see how it goes.
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Not wanting to wait for something ordered online, I bought the box from G. W. Johnson’s. Alan and Sandra are great and is not uncommon to get a cup of tea and a biscuit out of them too so I didn’t mind paying high street price for luggage. They’ve had the Guzzi since last Saturday and I assumed it was still ‘awaiting spares.’ Imagine my surprise when I heard the distinctive sound of its engine starting up in the workshop below. Leaving the kids to wander the showroom, I popped my head around the door to find the Guzzi in its traditional parking space: atop Alan’s lift.

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And good news! Having replaced the surprisingly expensive sensor, the speedo is working again. In fact is all working again. FOR NOW! Keep checking back for next week’s fault of the week.

Actually, the Guzzi will stay there for this week as we’ve no chance to pick it up. I intend to carry on riding the 125. Best bike for the job and, frankly, it’s a doddle and a joy to ride so why not.

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Guzzi Gremlins

Before I say anything else, I would just life to say, I love looking at, listening to and occasionally riding my wonderful wife’s Moto Guzzi Breva 750. It’s beautiful and the engine is a peach. Both can’t help smiling when we see hear or ride it. Infectious!  But there’s a but.
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The thing has gremlins crawling through every wire. First, the indicators started coming on all by themselves. Then it wouldn’t start because of a dodgy starter motor, replaced at great expense. Just before we left for a big rideout, the fuel pump decided it would take a few days off. Now, the speedometer is not working even though it posts at startup.

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Shiny looking ain't it!

Yesterday I took it to see Alan at G. W. Johnson’s in Harrogate. Together we located the road speed sensor and removed the rear wheel to test it. What a mare that was. Shaft drives are meant to be easy to take off but it seems Moto Guzzi didn’t see it that way. You have to take off the caliper and break the tyre of the rim to get it out. Even then there are cush driver rubbers all over the place. Daft!

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This is where we eventually found the road speed sensor.

In the end, I left the sensor with Alan and brought the bike home, where I tucked it into the back corner. Once again, the trusty old YBR125 comes back into play, filling the gap left by much more expensive bikes.
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The worst part is what it’s doing for Ang. She can’t trust it. She probably never will. To be fair, it is 9 years and nearly 28000 miles old’s but there’s more going wrong here than you’d expect in a worst case scenario. We’re both starting to think we should have bought an older SV650, something with a proven track record and performance. Something Alan sees all the time and shares many systems with my DL650.

But we didn’t do that because that Breva chooses you, makes you love it, make excuses for it, forgive it and put up with it. For now. Here’s hoping those gremlins are chased out soon.

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